HC Deb 13 January 1986 vol 89 cc465-7W
Mr. Parry

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what was the waiting list for housing in Liverpool at the latest available date;

2.if he will publish in the Official Report the housing waiting list for London boroughs at the latest available date;

3.if he will publish the waiting lists for housing for Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham and Leeds at the latest available date;

Sir George Young

Information on local authority waiting lists for housing is not collected centrally.

Mr. Rooker

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) why he approved an urban development grant for the Spencerbeck estate in Langbaurgh which involves the loss of the second water closet in the three-bedroomed houses;

2.if he will publish details of the updated returns which he requested by the end of December 1985 from local authorities in respect of additional resources required to operate the Housing Defects Act 1984;

3.what is the most recent estimate of the cost to local authorities of providing bed and breakfast accommodation for homeless families;

4.if he will list the totals for England of each aspect of housing needs appraisal listed on the numerical statement sent by housing authorities to his Department on form DOE 16314;

5.how the net provisions for the total housing programme in 1986–87 compare with the expected outturn for 1985–86; and if he will show the difference in (a) cost and (b) real terms.

Mr. John Patten

I shall answer these questions shortly.

Mr. Rooker

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list for each of the designated houses in the Housing Defects Act the progress in obtaining an approval and warranty scheme for repair methods and show how many reinstatement grants have been offered for each type of house.

Mr. John Patten

PRC Homes Ltd has now approved repair systems for Airey, Cornish Unit and Unity houses. These types account for more than half of the PRC houses in private ownership. Details from the company of progress on the approval of repair systems for all designated types are as follows:

House type Number notified but not yet submitted Number submitted but not yet approved Number approved
Airey 5 7 1
Boot 1
Cornish Unit 2 4 2
Hawkesley SGS
Orlit 3 1
Parkinson 2
Reema Hollow Panel 1
Stent 1 1
Tarran 1
Unity 3 2 1
Wates 2
Woolaway 2 2
Totals 22 18 4

Information on the number of reinstatement grants offered for each type is not available. But my Department will be asking local authorities, at the end of this financial year, to provide information on the number of reinstatement grants given for each type.