HC Deb 20 May 1986 vol 98 cc134-7W
Mr. Spencer

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if Leicester city council was eligible to submit a bid for additional funding for Boot houses under the Housing Defects Act;

(2) if he will publish a list in the Official Report of local authorities which have submitted bids for additional funding under the Housing Defects Act.

Sir George Young

My Department's circular 9/85 (dated 27 March 1985) gave local housing authorities the opportunity to bid for additional housing investment programme allocations if these were needed to meet expected statutory obligations in 1985–86 under the housing defects legislation. Leicester city council did not apply: the authorities which have done so are listed. Of these, 28 were notified, in August 1985, that they were likely to be eligible for assistance: a further six have now been notified on the basis of end December 1985 monitoring returns.

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Mr. Janner

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many repair systems to Smith houses that meet PRC Homes Ltd.'s rules have been registered; how many have been considered; and how many are under consideration.

Sir George Young

Though none has yet been submitted to PRC Homes Ltd., I hope appropriate repair methods for Smith houses will emerge in due course.

Mr. Janner

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he last met representatives of (a) PRC Homes Ltd. and (b) the National House Builders Council; and what was discussed.

Sir George Young

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State met the National House Building Council on 14 January, for a general discussion. My officials attend all meetings of the PRC Homes Ltd. assessment committee: the most recent was on 13 May, at which repair systems for Airey, Cornish Unit, Stent and Unity houses were discussed. My officials also attend meetings of the NHBC executive committee: the latest was on 1 May. The repair of Smith houses was not discussed, but the NHBC had confirmed, in January, that the PRC Homes Ltd.'s approval and warranty scheme was being extended to include Smith houses.

Mr. Janner

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will make a statement on the applicability to Smith houses of the criteria used by PRC Homes Ltd. for approving and registering repair systems for prefabricated reinforced concrete houses.

Sir George Young

The Smith house is not a prefabricated reinforced concrete house and I expect that the detailed design criteria used by PRC Homes Ltd. in appraising proposed repair systems will therefore differ from those for PRC houses, but its general criteria for the durability of the repaired house will no doubt remain the same.

Mr. Rooker

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will update the information in the answer of 13 January, Official Report, column 466, in respect of approved repair schemes for houses designated under the Housing Defects Act.

Mr. John Patten

[pursuant to his reply, 19 May 1986]: PRC Homes Ltd. has now approved 14 repair systems, covering the Airey, Cornish Unit, Unity and Woolaway house types. Details of progress on the approval of repair systems (provided by PRC Homes Ltd.), are as follows for all designated types.

House type Number notified but not yet submitted Number submitted but not yet approved Number approved
Airey 4 7 3
Boot 1
Cornish Unit 1 2 7
Dorran 1
Myton 1
Newland 1
Orlit 3 1
Parkinson 2
Reema Hollow Panel 1
Schindler and Hawkesley SGS
Smith 1
Stent 1 1
Tarran 1
Unity and Butterley 3 3 3
Wates 1 1
Woolaway 2 3 1
TOTALS 23 19 14