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Empty Properties

Volume 169: debated on Tuesday 13 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what percentage of properties owned by his Department and suitable for residential accommodation has been empty for (a) up to a year and (b) over a year; and where these properties are located, by region or local authority area.

[holding answer 27 February 1990]: As at 6 March 1990, six (1·5 per cent.) of the 408 residential properties owned by the Department of the Environment had been empty for less than a year and 10 (2·4 per cent.) for more than a year. Of these, 10 (63 per cent.) are in the process of disposal on the open market. These properties are located in the following regions of the United Kingdom and local authority areas:


Argyll, City of Glasgow

North East

Hambleton, Iangbaurgh


Suffolk Coastal




Milton Keynes

South West

Cotswold, Sedgemoor

South East

Medway, South Wight