HC Deb 08 February 1978 vol 943 cc613-4W
Mr. Bean

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress he has made towards setting up his new Housing Services Advisory Unit.

Mr. Freeson

I am glad to announce the appointment of Mr. William Woof, FIHM, at present Director of Housing at Gateshead, as director of the unit. Two further advisers will be appointed in the next few months, when the unit will become fully operational.

The unit is intended to foster good professional practice in all branches of housing services; to advise the Department on the practical effects of present housing policies; and to help in the formulation of new ones. I hope it will stimulate a free exchange of ideas and information throughout the management field.