HC Deb 15 June 1979 vol 968 cc344-5W
Mr. Jessel

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will set out in respect of outer London boroughs, inner London boroughs, South-East England and the United Kingdom generally the proportions of houses and fiats bought within any convenient time interval, and falling into the price ranges of below £10,000, £10,000 to £15,000, £15,000 to £20,000, £20,000 to £25,000, £25,000 to £30,000, £30,000 to £40,000, £40,000 to £50,000 and above £50,000 or other figures in the same range (a) in the spring of 1974, and (b) in the spring of 1979.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

The available information (for dwellings bought with a building society mortgage) is as follows:

Mr. King

I regret this information could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

However, as my right hon. Friend stated on 17 May 1979—[Vol. 967. c. 401–21]—the Government are determined to reduce substantially the number of controls by central Government Departments over local government activities and an urgent and rigorous review has been commissioned to this effect. It is also the Government's intention to issue many fewer circulars and other communications to local authorities.