asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has as to (a) how many and (b) what percentage of houses in (i) the public and (ii) the private sectors in the city of Leicester are now empty.
The latest information available is from the city council's housing investment programme return for 1985, a copy of which is available in the Library. This return showed that 1,096, or 2·8 per cent. of the dwellings owned by the council and housing associations were vacant at 1 April 1985 and 3,851, or 5·6 per cent., of the privately owned dwellings. The council was unable to supply an estimate of how many of the 325 public sector dwellings other than those owned by the council and housing associations were vacant.