§ Sir A. Bossom
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether, when a preservation order has been made on a building, he will take steps to require the owner to carry out repairs in order to prevent the structure in question being allowed to go to rack and ruin due to neglect.
§ Mr. Sandys
The effect of a building preservation order is to prevent uncontrolled demolition or alteration of a building. There are no statutory powers to oblige an owner to carry out repairs to his house, if it is unoccupied, and not a danger to the public. If it is occupied as a dwellinghouse, he can be required by the Housing and Public Health Acts to make it fit for human habitation.