§ Mr. Tebbit
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he proposes to undertake a survey of the national housing stock.
§ Mr. Amery
Yes. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales and I have decided that a new sample house condition survey for England and Wales should be carried out this autumn. This will provide a more reliable assessment than we have at present of the condition of the national housing stock including the numbers of unfit houses. It should also enable us by comparing the results with those of the 1967 sample survey to assess how far houses have been declining over recent years into unfitness or have been brought up to standard.