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Public Conveniences

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many public conveniences were in working order and available for use in each of the last 10 years. (95929)

The provision and maintenance of toilets in public places is at the discretion of local authorities who have, under section 87 of the Public Health Act 1936, a power to provide public conveniences, but no duty to do so. For this reason, the information requested is not held centrally. Figures from the Valuation Office Agency indicate the number of public conveniences open to the public between 2000 and 2004 was as set out in the following table:

Number of public conveniences open to the public

Government Office Region

2000

2002

2003

2004

Percentage reduction

North East

286

280

276

260

9.1

North West

565

538

519

509

9.9

Yorkshire and the Humber

567

536

520

496

12.5

East Midlands

439

418

411

399

9.1

West Midlands

437

428

416

408

6.6

East of England

578

574

561

560

3.1

London

500

474

451

419

16.2

South West

1,099

1,063

1,034

1,014

7.7

England

5,342

5,157

4,996

4,853

9.2

Note: VOA totals given in the table show conveniences that are open to the public. They will include stand alone conveniences, and also those located in (for example) car parks and shopping malls