HC Deb 18 June 1980 vol 986 cc530-1W
Mr. Frank Allaun

asked the Secretary of state for the Environment for the latest full year for which figures are available, what is the number of dwellings in the private rented sector ; and what are the figures for each of the previous four years for the purposes of comparison.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

The national dwelling and housing survey estimates that at the end of 1977 there were 2.2 million dwellings in the private rented sector in England. The previous comparable figures is 3.0 million based on the 1971 census of population.