Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Unfit Dwellings.

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asked the Minister for Local Government if any investigation has been carried out into the number of dwellings likely to be unfit in the Dublin city area by 1971.

It was indicated in the statutory assessment of housing needs for the period ending 31st March, 1971, which was submitted to me last October by Dublin Corporation under section 53 of the Housing Act, 1966, that an estimated 3,423 households, including elderly persons, were living in dwellings which were regarded as unfit and incapable of economic repair, in dwellings which were structurally dangerous, or in dwellings which had been the subject of demolition or closure orders under the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1931. I understand from Dublin Corporation however, that a detailed investigation into the number of unfit dwellings likely to arise in the Dublin city area by 1971 has been in progress for some time but has not yet been completed by them.

Has the Minister any idea when the survey will be completed? Will it be this year?

I could not say.

Can the Minister give any date for it?

I have not any information about when the corporation are expected to have this completed.

This is very important in order that the corporation may formulate a proper plan to build houses. This survey should be made available as quickly as possible to facilitate planning.

It is being dealt with as expeditiously as possible.