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Council Housing

Volume 109: debated on Saturday 2 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give the number of council houses sold in each of the metropolitan boroughs which comprise the former Greater Manchester council for each year from 1980 to 1986.

Dwelling sales reported by each metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester for the financial years 1980–81 to 1985–86 appear in the following issues of "Local Housing Statistics" which are available in the Library:

YearIssue Number
1980–8162
1981–8263
1982–8367
1983–8475
1984–8579
1985–8679
Figures for the first half of 1986–87 have been provided by the boroughs, except Manchester and Salford, and are as follows:

Number
Bolton43
Bury43
Oldham97
Rochdale134
Stockport135
Tameside0
Trafford110
Wigan122

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give the comparative figures for arrears in England and Wales of (a) council house rents and (b) local authority mortgage repayments, showing (i) the global sum, (ii) the number of cases and (iii) the relationship of these figures to the total numbers of lettings and mortgages, respectively.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what was the total rent roll for local authority dwellings in 1985–86 in each local authority in England;(2) what arrears were owed to each of the local authorities in 1985–86 by

(a) current tenants and (b) former tenants.

Tables placed in the Library in response to the question from my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Staffordshire (Mr. Heddle) on 10 December 1986, at column 188, set out the accumulated rent arrears owed by current and former tenants to local authorities in England at 1 April 1986 together with their annual rent rolls.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what percentage of the total rent roll in each local authority in England in 1985–86 was (a) owed in arrears, (b) written off and (c) collected.