HC Deb 19 November 1990 vol 181 c43W
Sir Ian Gilmour

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his latest estimate of the number of families with dependent children who have mortgages; and what was the comparable figure in 1979.

Mr. Michael Spicer

The estimated numbers of households in England with dependent children (aged under 16, or under 19 if in full-time education) buying with a mortgage, were 3.1 million in 1979 and 3.6 million in 1988. These figures are derived from the general household survey.