§ Mr. Harold Walker
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government how many certificates of disrepair were issued by local authorities in the last three years, and in the three years preceding the introduction of the Rent Act, 1957, respectively.
§ Mr. Mellish
In 1962 and 1963 local authorities issued respectively 879 and 937 certificates of disrepair under the Rent Act, 1957. Before the introduction of that Act a different scheme was in force, brought in by the Housing Repairs and Rents Act, 1954. Between 30th August, 1954, and 31st March, 1955, 18,471 certificates were issued: for the years ending 31st March, 1956, and 31st March, 1957, the figures were respectively 6,860 and 2,840.