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Houses (Owner-Occupation)

Volume 884: debated on Thursday 23 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the present proportion of the dwelling stock in Wales which is owner-occupied; and what are the equivalent figures for Welsh new towns.

In December 1973 57·6 per cent. of dwellings in Wales were owner-occupied. The latest information on the position in the Welsh new towns relates to April 1971, when 22·6 per cent. of households were owner-occupied.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of the 9,228 new houses and flats built in Welsh new towns up to 30th September 1974 was originally built for sale, expressed both as a numerical and a percentage figure; what proportion was built for rent, but subsequently sold; and if he will give each of those figures for each of the two new towns, and also in total.

The figure of 9,228 includes 703 houses built by private developers—503 at Cwmbran and 200 at Newtown. The information regarding corporation-built houses is as follows:Ireland are effectively policed by the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

I said in the House on 14th January—[Vol. 884, c. 202.]—that as the Army gradually reduces and withdraws to barracks the community would require that law and order should be maintained by policing throughout Northern Ireland. There should not be a vacuum.