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Right to Buy

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many right-to-buy sales there were in England in each year since 1980, broken down by Government office of the region since 1996. (94652)

The number of right-to-buy sales in England broken down by Government office region can be found on the Communities and Local Government website at: http://www.communities.gov.uk/pub/231/Table670_id1502231.xls.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of housing association tenants in England have (a) the right to buy and (b) preserved right to buy. (94756)

There are 1.862 million housing association tenants in England, of whom approximately 27,000 (i.e. 2 per cent.), who are secure tenants of non-charitable housing associations, have the right to buy. Another 998,000 tenants (i.e. 54 per cent.), who have transferred with their homes from local authorities, have a preserved right to buy.

A further 174,000 (i.e. 9 per cent.) housing association tenants may qualify for the right to acquire because their homes have been built with public funds since April 1997. Some of the tenants of the 752,000 homes which have transferred from local authorities to housing associations after 1 April 1997 may also qualify for the right to acquire scheme.