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Housing Statistics

Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the number of homes owned by each English district council which have been empty for (a) up to two months, (b) two to four months, (c) four to six months, (d) six to nine months, (e) nine months to one year, (f) one year to two years and (g) two years or more, in each of the last five years for which figures are available, and the percentage of each council's housing stock these figures represent.

Local authorities report the numbers of their empty council dwellings in their annual housing investment programme returns. These figures appear in the columns listed below of the "HIP1 All items prints", which are available in the Library.I shall write to my hon. Friend providing the corresponding percentages of the authorities' stock as soon as possible.

Vacant local authority dwellings


at 1 April: England

Vacant for more than:

All vacant

6 months

1 year

2 years

Total LA slock







n.a. Information not collected.

1 Vacant includes dwellings closed and those acquired for demolition.

2. "HIP4 All items print" in 1985.

3. 1987 figures included any dwellings owned by an authority outside its own area; in previous returns these were not included.