HC Deb 24 May 1989 vol 153 c591W
43. Mr. Gow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many houses and how many flats are owned by local authorities; and what new proposals he has to extend the opportunity for them to become owner-occupied.

Mr. Trippier

In April 1988 local authorities in England owned some 4.5 million dwellings, about a third of them flats or maisonettes. Following the new discount scale for flats introduced in January 1987 sales of flats increased from 9 per cent. to 17.6 per cent. as a proportion of all sales. Tenants of both houses and flats have recently been helped to buy their homes by an increase in the maximum discount to £50,000 and by a new power to have rent deducted from the purchase price if the landlord delays the sale.