23. Mr. Anthony D. Wright
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to improve public housing in areas of high deprivation. 
§ Ms Keeble
We have made a commitment to bring all social housing up to a decent standard by 2010 with a reduction of one third being made by 2004. Most of the reduction in the period up to 2004 will be in deprived areas. This objective is supported by the substantial element of targeting of resources to deprived areas incorporated within the needs indices which underpin resource allocation.