§ Mr. Winnick
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if a Minister in his Department will receive a deputation of tenants on Thursday 18 July from the Rosehill estate, Willenhall, Walsall, accompanied by the hon. Member for Walsall, North, to discuss funding for the modernisation by the local authority of its pre-war dwellings.
§ Sir George Young
Because of prior engagements neither I nor my hon. Friend the Minister for Housing arid Construction will be available to receive a deputation of tenants from the Rosehill estate on that day.
As has been explained previously, the responsibility for deciding whether priority should be given to modernising these properties rests with the local authority. It is not a matter in which Ministers can intervene.3W
If, however, a deputation of tenants still wish to visit the Department's offices on 18 July, I shall see to it that my officials will be available to receive them and to listen to any points the tenants may wish to make.