§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will state(a) the average percentage rises in house prices, by region, annually in the last 10 years and (b) the current average house price for each region.
§ Mr. Chope
Dwelling price indices showing the annual change in the prices of houses and flats bought with building society mortgages, and adjusted to take account of the mix of dwellings sold, for the years 1978 to 1988 are in the latest annual volume of "Housing and Construction Statistics—Great Britain" (Table 10.8), a copy of which is in the Library. The corresponding indices for 1989 and the average dwelling prices for the same year are as follows:
Index 1985=100 Price1 £s North 170 37,374 Yorkshire and Humberside 194 41,817 East Midlands 207 49,421 East Anglia 221 64,610 Greater London 203 82,383 South East (excluding Greater London) 216 81,635 South West 219 67,004 West Midlands 219 49,815 North West 184 42,126 England 207 58,458 Wales 193 42,981 Scotland 144 35,394 Northern Ireland 124 30,280 United Kingdom 202 54,846 1 These are simple average prices of dwellings purchased with building society mortgages, not adjusted for the mix of dwellings. Figures for earlier years are in table 10.11 of the publication referred to.