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Empty Property: East of England

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many empty dwellings there were in the eastern region in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement; (254845)

(2) how many empty dwellings there were in Mid-Bedfordshire constituency in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

The number of empty dwellings in local authority areas covering the Mid-Bedfordshire constituency, and in the eastern region, in each year since 2004 are shown in the following table. Information for years prior to 2004 is not available.

Bedford B.C.

Mid-Bedfordshire D.C.

Eastern region

1 November 2004

2,341

1,465

65,665

10 October 2005

2,270

1,375

66,783

9 October 2006

1,935

1,398

68,485

8 October 2007

2,024

1,460

69,107

6 October 2008

2,040

1,781

75,198

The data are as reported annually to Communities and Local Government on the CTB and CTB (supplementary) forms that are completed by all billing authorities in England. The data relate to particular dates in the autumn of each year.