HC Deb 16 March 1973 vol 852 cc447-8W
Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total number of households for each year since 1960, and, for each of these years, what was the percentage of this total number of households who were, respectively, owner-occupiers, local authority tenants and private tenants.

Mr. Channon

From the censuses of 1961 and 1966, it is estimated there were 16.5 million and 17.8 million private households in Great Britain. Information from the 1971 Census for the whole of Great Britain is not yet available.

Of those households present on census night in 1961, 41 per cent. were owner-occupiers, 25 per cent. were tenants of local authorities and new towns and 34 per cent. were private tenants. The corresponding figures in 1966 were 45, 28 and 27 per cent., respectively.

From the results of the General Household Survey, it is estimated that in 1971 49 per cent. of households were owner-occupiers, 31 per cent. were local authority and new town tenants and 20 per cent. were private tenants. Information for intermediate years is not available.