§ Mr. Tracey
I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave on 4 February to my hon. Friend the Member for Epping 543W Forest (Sir J. Biggs-Davison) at column 723 concerning progress under the housing defects legislation. Evidence available to the Department suggests that some 23,000 private owners of PRC properties were eligible for assistance. Although it is not possible to forecast reliably the position at 31 March 1988 we expect to see substantial progress on repairs over the next year.