HC Deb 25 October 1973 vol 861 cc653-4W
Mr. Tope

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what estimate he has made on the latest available information of the number of empty houses in each of the London boroughs; and what percentage of the total number of properties in each borough these figures represent.

Mr. Channon

Complete information relating to individual London boroughs is not available. A recent survey by the London Housing Office of the London Boroughs Association shows that in the private sector, at April 1973, a total of 51,365 dwellings had been vacant for three months or more; this represents approximately 2½ per cent, of the total stock. The figures for boroughs are as follows:

London Borough Total empty over 3 months
City of London (est.) 38
Barking 191
Barnet 2,870
Bexley (est.) 426
Brent (est.) 1,337
Bromley (est.) 1,467
Camden 2,384
Croydon 1,536
Ealing 1,396
Enfield 1,718
Greenwich 1,270
Hackney (est.) 1,102
Hammersmith 1,791
Haringey 1,704
Harrow (est.) 639
Havering 449
Hillingdon 589
Hounslow 981
Islington 1,108
Kensington & Chelsea 3,499
Kingston-upon-Thames 625
Lambeth 1,892
Lewisham (est.) 1,926
Merton 1,073
Newham 807
Redbridge 1,060
Richmond-upon-Thames 1,145
Southwark 1,154
Sutton 842
Tower Hamlets 381
Waltham Forest 1,231
Wandsworth 1,684
Westminster 11,050

This survey did not cover local authority dwellings but an estimate was made which suggests that, on average, the vacancy level varied between 0.4 per cent, and 1 per cent. of the total stock in each borough.