HC Deb 23 January 1991 vol 184 c193W
Mr. Corbyn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list, for each of the last 10 years, in London(a) the number of local authority dwellings built, (b) the number sold, (c) the number built by housing associations, (d) the number of homeless persons arid (e) his estimate of the number sleeping on the streets.

Mr. Yeo

The latest available information about the numbers of dwellings built by London boroughs and by housing associations in London can be found in tables 1.1 to 1.10 inclusive of "Housebuilding in England by Local Authority Areas 1980–1989", a copy of which is in the Library.

Tables of council house sales showing year-by-year sales for each local authority are regularly placed in the Library. A table showing sales to September 1990 will be placed in the Library shortly.

Local authorities have a statutory duty to secure accommodation for households who have been found to be homeless, or threatened with homelessness, under part III of the Housing Act 1985. The numbers of households accepted and found accommodation are reported quarterly to the Department. Estimates for London for the years 1980–1989 are set out in the table.

Year Number of households accepted and found accommodation
1980 17,480
1981 18,470
1982 21,110
1983 24,050
1984 25,180
1985 27,390
1986 29,740
1987 29,710
1988 29,320
1989 33,160

Having consulted front-line voluntary organisations, my Department estimates that some 2,000 or 3,000 people sleep on the streets in London. A count of persons sleeping rough is to be carried out as part of the 1991 population census.