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Housing: Surveys

Volume 459: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the collation of data for the next English Housing Survey. (129273)

The Department currently conducts two continuous housing surveys: the Survey of English Housing and the English House Condition Survey. However, these are to be merged into a single survey, the English Housing Survey, which will start in April 2008 with fieldwork conducted throughout the year.

The proposed timetable for the publication of annual reports from the existing surveys is:

Survey of English Housing

Report for the year

Date of publication

2005-06

September 2007

2006-07

May 2008

2007-08

May 2009

English House Condition Survey annual reports are published every May. The report for 2005 will be published in May 2007.

The timetable for publishing outputs from the new English Housing Survey has not been finalised. Some preliminary reports based on the first survey year (2008-09) may be published towards the end of 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department is (a) gathering and (b) compiling data on individual homes for its housing surveys. (129275)

The Department conducts two continuous housing surveys, the Survey of English Housing and the English House Condition Survey. Both are sample surveys that involve interviewing households at randomly selected addresses in England. Property inspections are also conducted as part of the English House Condition Survey.

In accordance with the National Statistics Code of Practice, no information is published that would enable individuals or their addresses to be identified. Moreover, the identities of participating households are anonymous; and their addresses are known only to the survey teams.