§ Mr. Livsey
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many local authority houses in Wales were assessed to be unfit for human habitation(a) in total and (b) by local authority in 1997. 
§ Mr. Win Griffiths
Information is not available for 1997. The latest Welsh House Condition Survey was conducted in 1993. From this, it is estimated that 37,900 occupied local authority dwellings, 15.8 per cent. of the total, in Wales were unfit. Information on individual local authority areas is not available from the survey.
The 1997 Welsh House Condition Survey is in progress. Information from this survey which will provide results for local authority areas is expected to be available later this year.