HC Deb 20 April 1972 vol 835 c133W
41. Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons are currently on rent strike; how long they have been involved in such strikes; how much is now owing in rent arrears in aggregate and per average household; and how these households are distributed in each of the main towns.

Mr. David Howell

Approximately 22,000 tenants of public authority dwellings are withholding rent, the majority of whom have been doing so since August, 1971. The total arrears including rates amount to just over £1 million; the average per household is about £50. The distribution of households in the main areas is:

Belfast 7,365
Londonderry 5,020
Newry 1,618
Lurgan 950
Strabane 789
Armagh 449
Omagh 329
Dungannon 220

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