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Empty Houses

Volume 889: debated on Tuesday 8 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will list in the Official Report the number of houses not occupied on census night in Cornwall in 1971 and the percentage this represents of the total housing stock, together with any more recently available figures.

The latest information is from the 1971 Census. Of 147,235 dwellings identified in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, 10,890–7·4 per cent.—were recorded as vacant. The term "dwellings" covers not only houses occupied by one household but also flats and self-contained accommodation within houses, as explained in "Census 1971: County Reports: General Explanatory Notes" published by HMSO, November 1972.