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Council Houses (Sale)

Volume 974: debated on Tuesday 27 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what proposals he has to enable local authorities to replace (a) all, (b) a proportion of, council houses sold, with new or acquired properties.(2) what information on the sale of council houses he collects from local authorities and other sources; and if he will make this available in the Library.

Pursuant to my reply of 26 July—[Vol. 971, c. 466]—in which I said that information was not available in this form, I regret that this was in error. The information requested in the hon. Member's first question is as follows:

Local authorities' capital allocations will continue to be settled in the context of discussions of housing investment programmes.
In respect of the hon. Member's second question, the information is as follows:

England and Wales figures for each quarter derived from authorities' returns on dwellings sold or leased are published in "Housing and Construction Statistics". The number of dwellings sold by each authority each calendar year is published in "Local Housing Statistics".
Annual information about individual authorities also appears in "Housing Statistics—Part 2" published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
As part of their housing investment programme submissions, authorities are asked for forecasts of sales in future years. A copy of each authority's original submission is placed in the Library of the House.