HC Deb 19 February 1986 vol 92 c209W
21. Mr. Peter Bruinvels

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will provide the most up-to-date figures as to the number of local authority houses and flats sold under the tenants' statutory right to buy, giving also the corresponding figures for Leicester; and if he will make a statement.

Sir George Young

A total of 496,000 dwellings, including 17,000 flats, are estimated to have been sold by local authorities in England under the right to buy between October 1980 and September 1985. A total of 4,030 houses and 10 flats were reported as sold by Leicester city council. (These figures exclude sales by agreement on terms equivalent to the right to buy).

In order to encourage the sale of flats, the Housing and Planning Bill provides for tenants buying flats to have higher discounts and better protection against unexpected service charges.

25. Mr. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many council houses have been sold to sitting tenants since May 1979.

Sir George Young

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 22 January 1986, at column225.