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Police Houses

Volume 885: debated on Monday 3 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the practice of police authorities on making unoccupied police houses available to housing authorities by sale or lease.

The disposal of unoccupied police houses is a matter for police authorities, but we have made clear to them our natural concern that houses should not remain unoccupied for longer than is absolutely necessary. I understand that some police authorities offer their surplus houses for sale to housing authorities or are prepared to lease to housing authorities police houses which are temporarily unoccupied.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the approximate number of police houses in England and Wales which have been unoccupied for more than one month.

I regret that this information is not readily available and could not be obtained without disproportionate cost.