HC Deb 16 January 1978 vol 942 c8
6. Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether his Department will undertake a survey into the extent and causes of rent arrears amongst the district council housing authorities of Wales.

Mr. Alec Jones

It has already been arranged that such a survey shall be carried out in England and Wales this year by the Institute of Housing. I am grateful to the Institute for offering to undertake this survey.

Mr. Wigley

Will the Minister confirm or deny that in the first place the Welsh Office refused to undertake such a survey as is being undertaken by the Department of the Environment because of staffing problems? If so, is this a general problem? What does he intend to do about it?

Mr. Alec Jones

We have had lengthy discussions, naturally, on the question of the survey and what it should contain, when it should take place and who should finance it. I am delighted that the decision has been made to go ahead with a survey to give us the sort of information which will be of help.