To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what estimate he has made of the total number of unoccupied homes in England (i) in 1990 and (ii) at the latest date for which figures are available; and what proportion was owned by (a) local authorities, (b) central government departments, (c) the private sector, (d) housing associations and (e) others. 
Estimates are given below of the numbers of vacant dwellings in England on 1 April in 1990 and, the latest date for which figures are available, in 1996.
|Number||Proportion||Number||Proportion (per cent)|
|Other public sector3||17,000||2||20,000||3|
|1 HIP1 returns from local authorities.|
|2 Housing Corporation HAR10/1 returns from housing associations.|
|3 Govnerment Departments and HIP1 returns from local authorities.|