§ Sir David Price
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how many British citizens were buying their own houses on mortgage in 1979; and how many in 1987;
(2) how many British citizens owned their own house in 1979; and how many in 1987.
§ Mr. Tracey
The proportion of households owning their own homes and buying their homes with a mortgage are estimated from information collected in the annualGeneral Household Survey; the latest results available are for 1984. The figures below are derived from those proportions and from estimates of total households produced by this Department and the Scottish Development Department.181W
Owner-occupiers: Great Britain million households Owning outright With mortgage Mid-1979 4.4 5.8 Mid-1984 4.9 7.1
Estimates of how many of those owner-occupiers were British citizens are not readily available. However, from the 1984 Labour Force Survey, it is estimated that at least 96 per cent. of all household heads had British nationality.