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Council Houses (Sales)

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 26 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will seek to protect council tenants whose right to buy may be frustrated by the sale of their house to other landlords prior to the passing of the Housing Bill.

The Government will take such steps as they believe necessary to ensure that the right to buy cannot be circumvented and council tenants

1975 June1976 June1977 June1978 June1979 June1979 September
Non Metropolitan Counties1,163,2401,167,5071,159,5171,163,5411,184,9281,150,710
Non Metropolitan Districts293,288295,971288,389292,025293,992295,377
Metropolitan Counties32,29634,38735,84936,05337,04637,320
Metropolitan Districts586,442588,439584,092590,110601,162588,464
London Boroughs and Greater London Council394,233397,113397,346397,667401,331393,356
Police Service, including cadets, police civilians and traffic wardens153,368156,928155,854152,865158,529159,621
Totals (including job creation programme/special temporary employment programme)2,622,8672,640,3452,621,0472,632,2612,676,9882,624,848

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how people were employed in local government in 1970–71, 1974–75 and 1979–80; and what number he anticipates will be employed in 1980–81.

The following table gives the combined totals of full and part-time employees in local authorities in England and Wales, including police. The numbers of police civilians, traffic wardens, police cadets, agency, Magistrates Courts and probation staffs were not covered in surveys prior to 1975 and are therefore excluded from the table in order to provide a broadly comparable set of figures.

thereby denied the opportunity of homeownership.