§ Mr. Dempsey
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total number of houses owned by local authorities in Scotland; and how many have been sold at the most recent convenient date.
§ Mr. Rifkind
The number of houses on the housing revenue accounts of local authorities at 30 September 1980 was just over 893,000. Up-to-date information on total sales is not available; the most recent published information, relating to the period up to the end of 1980, is contained in a table on page 18 of Scottish Housing Statistics No. 12 which is available in the Library. However, information given to my Department by local116W authorities was that the number of houses sold, or in respect of which missives have been concluded, under the right to buy, as at 13 May 1981, was just over 3,000; this does not include sales under voluntary arrangements.