§ 140. Mr. Peter Shore
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many local authority dwellings were reported as vacant in the London borough of Tower Hamlets in 1992; what percentage of the local authority housing stock this figure respresents; and what is the comparable percentage in other London boroughs.
§ Mr. Robin Squire
Local authorities report the numbers of their own dwellings that are vacant in their annual housing investment programme (HIP1) returns. At 1 April 1992 Tower Hamlets reported 1,703 of their dwellings as empty, 4.2 per cent. of their dwelling stock. The comparable percentage for the other London boroughs is 2.3 per cent.