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Empty Dwellings

Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of state for the Environment what is the most reliable estimate available to him of the number of empty dwellings at present in the private and public sectors ; and whether he is able to break this down into London, other inner-city areas, other metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas.

Local authorities, in their housing investment programme (HIP) returns, have estimated the following numbers of vacant dwellings :

VACANT DWELLINGS, APRIL 1979: ENGLAND
Thousands
Public sector*Privaite sectorTotal
London5071121
Other Metropolitan areas44102146
Non-Metropolitan areas59312371
England153485638
* Includes local authorities, new town, housing associations, government departments ' forces 'accommodation etc.
Estimates for individual local authorities are available on their HIP returns, copies of which are in the Library.

Unrebated rents atUnrebated rent as a
April 1979 prices (£)*percentage of earnings †
March 1968May 1973April 1979March 1968May 1973April 979
Northern4·936·855·626·77·45·7
Yorkshire and Humberside5·336·655·457·37·45·7
North-Western5·537·366·057·37·y6·3
East Midlands5·096·905·766·87·66·1
West Midlands6·437·626·187·97·96·5
East Anglia5·837·526·148·28·36·4
South-East7·819·447·429·79·77·3
South-Western6·608·086·479·29·07·1
Wales6·337·506·328·28·06·6
* Figures of unrebated rents derived from CIPFA rent returns and inflated by the monthly Retail Price Index (for United Kingdom).
† Unrebated rents as a proportion of regional average male manual full-time earnings for October of each year.
Regional estimates of council house rents for earlier years are not available.