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Housing Policy (Technical Information)

Volume 957: debated on Thursday 9 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will provide the information necessary to up-date Tables VIII 2, 5, 25 and 26 in Technical

TABLE VIII.2 (REVISED): CHANGES IN THE STOCK OF LOCAL AUTHORITY DWELLINGS: ENGLAND AND WALES
Thousands
1975–761976–771977–78*
Total at start of year4,7484,8704,902
Gains
Completions112109104
Acquisitions (from developers)1NilNil
Acquisitions (others)162214
Net gain from conversions122
Total gains130133120
Losses
Sales2614
Slum clearance111
Temporary houses demolished321
Other losses222
Total losses81118
Total at end of year4,8704,9925,094†
Net Gain122122102
Discretionary improvements413331
*Provisional figures; partly estimated and subject to revisions.
†Excludes 94,000 new town dwellings transferred on 1st April 1978.
TABLE VIII.5 (REVISED): TYPES OF HOUSES IN LOCAL AUTHORITY HOUSING STOCK: ENGLAND AND WALES 1978
Thousands
Pre 19451945–641965 or laterAll ages
Houses and Bungalows
One bedroom198074173
Two bedrooms190362182734
Three bedrooms7531,0234242,200
Total9621,4656803,107
Flats
One bedroom39242403684
Two bedrooms 45347294686
Three bedrooms28116114258
Total1127058111,628
Dwellings with four or more bedrooms (houses and flats)475551153
Unclassified (mostly acquired by purchase)*......206
Total1,1212,2251,5425,094
*The 170,000 acquired dwellings shown in table VIII.3 of technical volume 3 of the housing policy Green Paper, plus "acquisitions" in 1976–77 and 1977–78 as shown in table VIII.2 (revised). Detail of dwellings sold, or withdrawn from the stock in other ways, is not sufficient to allocate them other than pro rata. For this reason, and because the returns are not complete, the figures in this table are estimates that cannot be relied on to the nearest 1,000.

Volume III of the Green Paper "Housing Policy", Command Paper No. 6851, to 1st April 1978 or the latest convenient date.

The revised tables are as follows:

TABLE VIII.25 (REVISED): AVERAGE LOCAL AUTHORITY RENTS BY TYPE, AGE AND SIZE OF DWELLING AT APRIL 1978: ENGLAND AND WALES
£ a week
Dwellings built before 1945Dwellings built 1945–64Dwellings built since 1964Dwellings completed in 1977–78
Houses
Two bedrooms4·875·576·406·96
Three bedrooms5·336·177·067·75
Bungalows
Two bedrooms3·884·465·065·57
Three bedrooms4·494·895·756·43
Flats
One bedroom4·054·825·395·86
Two bedrooms5·115·836·587·35
Three bedrooms5·816·807·528·99
Note: The figures for dwellings built before 1945 and in 1945–64 refer to the same dwellings—apart from there being a few differences in the District Councils providing figures—as the corresponding figures in table VIII.25 in technical volume III of the housing policy Green Paper. But the rents of dwellings built since 1964 include in addition dwellings completed in 1976–77 and 1977–78—about 213,000—see the revised table VIII.2.
TABLE VIII.26 (REVISED): CHANGES IN AVERAGE LOCAL AUTHORITY RENTS BY TYPE OF DWELLING 1969–78
31st March 1969 (£ a week)1st April 1978 (£ a week)Increase (£ a week)Increase (per cent.)
Two bedroom houses
Pre 19451·564·873·31212
1945–641·955·573·62186
Three bedroom houses
Pre 19451·755·333·58205
1945–642·166·174·01186
One bedroom flats
Pre 19451·364·052·69198
1945–641·764·823·06174
Two bedroom flats
Pre 19451·915·113·20168
1945–642·255·833·58159
Three bedroom flats
Pre 19452·115·813·70175
1945–642·826·803·98141
Note: The reference in the note to table VIII.25 (revised) about comparability with table VIII.25 of technical volume III applies also to this table.