It means the issues of leasehold can be discussed in a privileged setting.
The debate is in Westminster Hall, not the main chamber … and it is on the last day before the Christmas break.
Nonetheless, it is an agenda-free backbench debate.
There is no shortage of material:
Sajid Javid’s now prolonged review of leasehold abuses, onerous ground rents and leasehold houses, which we have been waiting for the best part of a year.
More than a year, as LKP got media attention to this in October 2016. This is when Patrick Collinson, of the Guardian started his brilliant series of articles on the scandal.
Then there are the massive bills facing leaseholders over Grenfell cladding, addressed by the Times today and again tomorrow.
The bottom line here is that if aggressive and anonymous offshore freeholders impose these enormous bills then families are going to lose their homes.
Can it be right for entities that hide their beneficial ownership offshore are able to forfeit the leases of ordinary families?
This nonsense needs stopping right now.
There is Justin Madders MP’s bill to impose a statutory formula of ten times annual ground rent to buy out freeholds.
This goes to the heart of the murky racket.
Urgent reforms are needed: to repair the damage to Right To Manage caused by the Triplerose decision.
Regulation of managing agents and protection of funds – the subject of yet another review.
Meanwhile, taxpayers are still fuelling the sales of leasehold properties through Help To Buy, even though they are simply long tenancies.
All this before we get to consideration of the infinite variety of leasehold scams, which this deeply flawed form of tenure gives rise to.