HC Deb 04 May 1976 vol 910 cc330-1W
Mr. Madden

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many empty properties exist within the metropolitan borough of Calderdale; how many are in the ownership of the local authority; what applications have been made by the metropolitan borough of Calderdale, in each of the years since the new authority was established, to modernise empty property in its ownership; and what arrangements there are for such finance to be made available to local authorities.

Mr. Armstrong

Up-to-date information on empty properties is not available. However, 4,350 dwellings in what is now the metropolitan borough of Calderdale were vacant on the night of the 1971 Census. It is not known how many of these were owned by local authorities.

Much of the expenditure by councils on improvements is eligible for 66 per cent. Government subsidy. Since 1st December 1975 councils have been able to claim subsidy without requiring the Department's specific approval to individual schemes, provided the costs fall within the prescribed limits. Details of applications from Calderdale for subsidy for improvements to empty properties are not readily available, and would in any case be incomplete after 1st December 1975.

Mr. Madden

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many house completions have been made, in each of the years since the new authorities were established, by each local authority in Yorkshire and Humberside; and how many houses were started in the past year to the latest convenient date for each authority.

Mr. Armstrong

The information for 1975 is given in the following table. Figures for 1974 appear in Table 5 of Local Housing Statistics issue 33, copies of which are available in the Library.

Started Completed
South Yorkshire
Barnsley 354 322
Doncaster 746 917
Rotherham 573 552
Sheffield 1,810 2,078
West Yorkshire
Bradford 531 474
Calderdale 80 175
Kirklees 126 415
Leeds 1,146 1,776
Wakefield 314 965
Beverley 92 165
Boothferry 16 64
Cleethorpes 12 2
Glanford 117 41
Grimsby 273 253
Holderness 20
Kingston upon Hull 1,354 1,146
North Wolds 174 55
Scunthorpe 387 158
North Yorkshire
Craven 54 24
Hambleton 65 59
Harrogate 374 180
Richmondshire 56 72
Ryedale 78 2
Scarborough 59 121
Selby 33 193
York 353 47

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