HC Deb 31 January 1955 vol 536 c74W
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.