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Local Authority Housing

Volume 130: debated on Monday 28 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the cost of his Department's research project on tenants' views on the future of certain estates in Nottingham.

My Department is not carrying out any research on the future of any housing estates in Nottingham. A small sample of tenants in the city are, however, along with others in other places, being asked to identify the factors which are important in their choice of landlord. The cost of the interviews in Nottingham is approximately £1,550.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those local authorities which have informed his Department during the last six months of the possible transfer of their housing stock (i) to a newly created company, (ii) to a housing association, (iii) to a friendly society or (iv) to a private trust; which local authorities have informed his Department that they firmly intend to make such transfers of their stock; and which local authorities have so far submitted outline or detailed proposals of this kind for approval by his Department.

A number of authorities have contacted the Department over the past six months to discuss the possible transfer of their council housing to other bodies. With the two exceptions stated later, those discussions have been informal. If a local authority decides that it wishes to transfer its housing, it will need to consult tenants fully before applying to the Secretary of State for consent to the transfer. No authority has yet submitted an application.The Department has received outline proposals from Bournemouth borough council and Rochford district council.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury, Official Report, 20 January, columns 749–52, how many additional units of (a) ordinary housing accommodation, provided by local authorities by refurbishing their empty dwellings, (b) hostel accommodation, provided by local authorities by buying and converting empty private dwellings, (c) hostel accommodition, provided by housing associations by buying and converting empty private dwellings and (d) other forms of accommodation are expected to be provided in (a) Greater London, (b) the south-east, and (c) the south-west giving this information: (i)for each of these regions and (ii) for each local authority in these regions, which has received an additional housing capital allocation.

Local Authority(a) Local authority dwellings refurbished(b) Hostel places provided by local authorities(c) Hostel places provided by housing associations(d) Other dwellings/ places provided
Brent3715
Camden5167
Greenwich521915
Hackney152
Hammersmith3032
Haringey10730
Islington11516
Lambeth2756
Lewisham88
Newham341034
Tower Hamlets11010
Wandsworth2210
Westminster50
Greater London710370172
Brighton6
Canterbury126
Crawley14
Dover6
Gillingham14
Gravesham7
Guildford6
Hastings82
Lewes3
Medina8
Newbury6
New Forest20
Reading112
Slough8
South Oxfordshire2
Wealden5
Woking3
South East989744
Bath6
Bristol40
Isles of Scilly2
Kennet8
North Dorset7
Poole8
Purbeck9
South Somerset6
Weymouth and Portland10
South West404610