HC Deb 24 July 1964 vol 699 cc160-1W
Mr. M. Stewart

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs how many slums remain to be cleared, and what proportion of the permanent houses are recognised slums, in each of the following, London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Bristol, Nottingham, Coventry, Kingston-upon-Hull, Bradford, Leicester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Stoke-on-Trent, Cardiff, Croydon, Portsmouth, Harrow, Southampton, and Plymouth.

Sir K. Joseph

I estimate that for the Greater London area about 40,000 unfit houses remain, representing 1.5 per cent. of the total permanent dwellings.

The following table is based on the most recent returns made to me by local authorities for the other towns, after taking account of unfit houses since reported as demolished or closed. No allowance has been made for those houses which may since have become unfit or those which have been made fit.

Area Unfit houses remaining at 31st March, 1964
Number Percentage of permanent dwellings in the area
Birmingham 36,100 11
Liverpool 78,000 38
Manchester 53,200 26
Leeds 16,900 10
Sheffield 24,900 15
Bristol 5,500 4
Nottingham 7,500 7
Coventry 400 0.5
Kingston-upon-Hull 11,200 12
Bradford 1,900 2
Leicester 4,300 5
Newcastle upon Tyne 1,100 1
Stoke-on-Trent 7,000 8
Cardiff 1,700 2
Croydon 150 0.2
Portsmouth 1,000 1.5
Harrow 400 0.5
Southampton 800 1
Plymouth negligible negligible