To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many local authority-owned houses were empty at the last date at which figures were available; what information he has on the length of time they had been vacant; what is his estimate of the rent forgone for each local authority during the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
At 1 April 1992 the number of local authority owned properties in England that were empty and available for letting, either immediately or after minor works—that is, excluding dwellings awaiting major works or due to be sold or demolished—was 40,400, representing 1·1 per cent. of all local authority dwellings.The available information on the length of time these dwellings had been vacant is as follows:
|Time vacant||Number of dwellings vacant|
|Three weeks or less||15,400|
|Over three weeks but not more than six weeks||8,900|
|Over six weeks but not more than six months||10,600|
|Over six months but not more than one year||2,400|
|Over one year||3,200|