§ 61. Mr. Rooker
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what were the total housing starts for 1984; and how this compares with 1978.
§ Sir George Young
The figures for England appear in table 2 of the Department's housing statistics press notice released on 5 February; a copy is available in the Library.
§ Mr. John Fraser
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment why the "Housing and Construction Statistics 1972–82" did not include up-to-date information in (a) table 11.7 (rent registration: mean registered rents and previous rents by type of accommodation) and (b) table 11.8 (rent registration: mean change on previous rent and number of cases by type of applicant); what are the figures for these tables for 1981, 1982 and 1983; and what are the figures for table 11.9 (rent registration: references to rent assessment committees) for 1982 and 1983.
§ Mr. Gow:
In 1981 we reviewed the tables of rents which are compiled from the rents registered by rent officers. Some new tables were introduced and some were discontinued, including those of rents registered for unfurnished houses, flats and rooms—excluding housing associations and decontrolled cases—in table 11.7; and those of rent changes of applicants for first registrations of unfurnished accommodation — excluding housing associations—and of furnished accommodation in table 11.8. The tables of references to rent assessment committees are to continue and statistics up to the end of 1984 will be available shortly, when I will write to the hon. Member.