§ Mr. Michael Morris
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report the estimated waiting time in weeks likely to be experienced by those nominated under the new and expanded town scheme serving London.
§ Mr. John Silkin
According to information compiled by the Greater London Council the current estimated average waiting time for housing for those nominated under the scheme is:
A. NEW TOWNS Basildon 26 weeks. Bracknell Houses 4 weeks; flats 2 weeks. Corby 8–16 weeks for standard dwellings. Crawley 40 weeks. Harlow 6–12 weeks for key workers, otherwise 52 weeks. Milton Keynes 8–12 weeks. Northampton 4–8 weeks. Peterborough 4–8 weeks. Stevenage 8–12 weeks.
B. EXPANDING TOWNS Andover Nil except for single person accommodation. Ashford 5 weeks. Aylesbury 2–4 weeks (3-bedroom dwellings). Banbury 10 weeks. Bletchley A few 3-bedroom maisonettes immediately available. Bodmin 26 weeks. Braintree 2–3 weeks (3-bedroom dwellings). Brandon Housing available immediately. Bury St. Edmunds 3-bedroom houses available immediately. Gainsborough Family accommodation available immediately: 3 months delay for single person accommodation. Grantham No accommodation available at present. Hastings 3-bedroom houses available immediately. Haverhill Housing available immediately. Houghton Regis 3 months for 3-bedroom houses. Huntingdon 1–2 weeks. Kings Lynn 3-bedroom houses available immediately. Letchworth Only relets available; indefinite waiting time. Mildenhall 1–2 weeks. Plymouth Up to 13 weeks. St. Neots Housing immediately available. Sandy Housing immediately available. Sudbury 6–8 weeks. Swindon 3-bedroom family accommodation immediately available. Thetford Housing immediately available. Wellingborough Housing immediately available. Witham 8–10 weeks.