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Volume 118: debated on Monday 29 June 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will list for each housing authority in England the latest figures for the number of dwellings classed as difficult to let, indicating the percentage this figure represents of the authority-owned stock; and what are the changes in these figures since April 1986;

(2) if he will list in descending order the numbers of dwellings owned by each English local housing authority, as at 1 April 1987, showing the comparable figure for 1 April 1986;

(3) if he will list for each housing authority the latest figures for (a) the number of unfit dwellings, (b) the number of dwellings fit but lacking basic amenities and (c) the number of non-standard dwellings in need of renovation, indicating in each case the percentage of total stock affected and the percentage change from the same date in 1986.

Stock of rented dwellings: England

Thousands of dwellings

Rented from :

LAs and NTs


Private owners and other tenures1

Total rented stock

April 19613,3394,4247,763
December 19664,0163,6837,699
December 19674,1453,5697,714
December 19684,2673,4557,722
December 19694,3903,3547,744
December 19704,5063,2027,708
December 19714,5873,1227,709
December 19724,6053,0137,618
December 19734,6352,9117,546
December 19744,7432,8117,554
December 19754,8722,7077,579
December 19764,9902772,3427,609
December 19775,0963102.2377,643
December 19785,1573372.1397,633
December 19795,1873622,0427,591
December 19805,1713891,9527,512
December 19815,1174111,8767,404
December 19824,9524321,7997,183
December 19834,8374511,7267,014
December 19844,7554741,6566,885
December 19854,6774931,5876,757
December 198624,6065071,5166,629
March 198724,5795091,4986,586

Note: For statistical purposes the stock estimates are expressed to the nearest thousand, but should not be regarded as accurate to the last digit.

Estimates are based on data from the censuses of 1961 to 1981 and those for the years before 1971 are not strictly comparable.

1 "Private owners and other tenures" include dwellings occupied by virtue of employment whether in public or private ownership, and before 1976 included housing associations.

2 Provisional.