HC Deb 05 February 1996 vol 271 c40W
Mr. Jim Cunningham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many council houses in the United Kingdom are currently unfit for habitation. [10501]

Mr. Clappison

[holding answer 23 January 1996]: The 1991 English house condition survey found 307,000—7.7 per cent.—local authority dwellings in England to be unfit under section 604 of the Housing Act 1985, as amended by schedule 9 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. Scotland does not operate a comparable standard of fitness. The figures for Wales and Northern Ireland may be available from the respective Secretaries of State.