HC Deb 18 October 1972 vol 843 c80W
49. Mr. Oakes

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what advice he has given to local authorities as to the future ownership and administration after 1st April, 1974, of council houses at present owned by one authority which will be within the area of a different local authority district; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Graham Page

Consultations about the transfer of property generally will be initiated with the local authority associations as soon as possible after the Local Government Bill has received Royal Assent. These consultations will cover the ownership and management of local authority dwellings outside the area of the authority by whom they are owned.

Mr. Clinton Davis

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the number of council housing starts in the first, second and third quarters of 1972 compared with comparable periods in each of the years 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971.

Mr. Amery

In the first and second quarters of 1972, 25,000 and 27,800 dwellings, respectively, were started for local authorities in Great Britain; the figure for the third quarter is not yet available. Comparable figures for the years 1965 to 1971 appear in Table 3(a) of Housing Statistics Nos. 3, 7, 15 and 23, copies of which are available in the Library.