§ 9. Mr. Bennett
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many homes in England are unfit for human habitation. 
§ Mr. Robert B. Jones
Against the statutory definition the last English house condition survey in 1991 recorded 1.5 million such dwellings. More up-to-date information will be available from the 1996 English house condition survey, which is due to report next year.
§ Mr. Bennett
Given the increasing need for new accommodation, does the Minister accept that it is extremely important for the Government to make the best use of existing stock? Is he satisfied that there are now sufficient resources to bring unfit dwellings up to date to modern standards?