HC Deb 19 December 1985 vol 89 cc259-60W
Mr. Murphy

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the number of council homes sold since the introduction of the right-to-buy legislation for each local authority district; what percentage this is of the local authority housing stock; if he will also provide the relevant figures for (a) houses on which options to buy have been granted to tenants and not yet taken up and (b)houses on which options have been taken up but where the sale has not yet been completed; and if he will express all these figures as a percentage of the national total.

Sir George Young

I am placing in the Library the latest version of the regular table showing sales completed by local authorities in England up to September 1985.

The term "options to buy" is not used in the right-to-buy legislation. The table shows the available figures of numbers of claims made by tenants and, of these, the numbers where the right to buy has been admitted by the authority.

Between October 1980 and September 1985 an estimated total of 885,300 claims under the right to buy had been made to local authorities in England and 496,450 sales had been completed. No authority has received more than 3 per cent. of the national total, and most of the 367 local housing authorities accounted for less than 1 per cent. of the total.