§ Mr. Raynsford
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will estimate the total number of protected shorthold tenancies which (a) have been created and (b) remain in letting in each of the years from 1981 to 1986 in (i) Greater London and (ii) the rest of England and Wales.
§ Mr. Tracey
This information is not available. Over 5,000 protected shorthold tenancies were created in England and Wales in 1981, the first year after shorthold was introduced, and the only year for which figures are available. Information about shortholds created since 1 December 1981 has not been collected because the compulsory rent registration requirement for new shortholds outside the greater London area was lifted on that date.