§ Mr. Victor Yates
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give figures showing the amount of crime in England and Wales in 1966 and the comparison with 1965.
§ Mr. Roy Jenkins
The following table gives the figures of indictable offences known to the police in England and Wales in 1965 and provisional figures for 1966, and shows the percentage variation between each of these years and the previous year:
the numbers of sales during the past 12 months in each case; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Greenwood
184 local authorities in England and Wales sold 3,766 council houses in 1966, the number sold varying from 1 to 1,138 in the case of Birmingham. Full details are not readily available, but the following authorities sold more than 50:
Birmingham C.B.C. … 1,138 Warley C.B.C. … 297 Brighton C.B.C. … 198 Wakefield R.D.C. … 158 Stourbridge B.C. … 139 Frimley and Camberley U.D.C. … 96 Billingham U.D.C. … 83 Bristol C.B.C. … 74 Kendal B.C. … 73 Reading C.B.C. … 72 Stanley U.D.C. … 61
Most local authorities do not encourage the sale of council houses to existing tenants but individual houses are sold 119W in the normal course of housing management.
I would also refer my hon. Friend to my reply to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Christopher Price) on 23rd February, 1967.—[Vol. 741, c. 344–5.]