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Council Houses

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list in the Official Report the local authorities which (a) allow joint tenancies in the properties which they own, and (b) those which allow their tenants to accept lodgers into council property.

This information is not available in the Department. However, I have already recommended housing authorities to give their tenants the choice between a joint tenancy and a sole tenancy. The right to take in lodgers will be included in forthcoming legislation as part of the package of tenants' rights.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total amount of money spent by local housing authorities in England and Wales on the maintenance and repairs of council houses for the latest year available.

The information requested is as follows:

1977–78 (estimated)£ Million
England449·6
Wales27·1

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total amount of money received by local housing authorities in England and Wales from the payment of rent by council house tenants for the latest year available.

The information requested is as follows:

1977–78 (estimated)£ Million
England138·2
Wales77·2
The figures are for gross rent income excluding rates, and so on.