§ 49. Mr. Peter Bruinvels
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from Leicester city council concerning the designation of Smith houses by the local authority under the Housing Defects Act and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Patten
Leicester city council wrote to my Department on 2 July and again on 30 August about the designation of Smith houses under section 12 of the Housing Defects Act 1984. The designation was however 525W legally invalid, and my officials have written to the council explaining why this is so. I have also written to my hon. Friend about this.