§ 30. Mr. Litherland
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what response there has been from local authorities and others to the report of the 1981 English house condition survey published in December 1982.
§ Mr. Stanley
There has been a general recognition of the need for a higher priority to be given to the improvement and repair of the existing housing stock within the overall resources available. This was reflected in the number of home improvement grants paid by local authorities in 1982 being the highest since 1974, due particularly to the Government making available additional allocations for home improvement last year and 90 per cent. intermediate and repair grants.