§ Mr. Rooker
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment to what factors he attributes the increase between 1980 and 1984 of unfit dwellings indicated in his reply to the hon. Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Winterton) on 21 December, Official Report, columns 402–3.
§ Sir George Young
The figures quoted—an increase from 3.1 per cent. to 3.2 per cent. — are based on assessments by individual local authorities. The Department is not aware of any general factors which would account for the modest difference between the 1980 and 1984 figures.