HC Deb 31 March 1994 vol 240 c916W
Sir John Stanley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the percentage of home ownership in 1979 and what it is now; and how many more home owners there are now in the United Kingdom than there were in 1979.

Sir George Young

The available figures of the proportion of dwellings which are owner-occupied is shown in the table below:

England United Kingdom
December 1979 56.6 54.7
September 1993 67.4 166.3
1December 1992.

The number of owner-occupier households in England was estimated at 9,170,000 households in 1977–78 and 13,460,000 in 1993. These figures are derived from the national dwelling and housing survey of 1977–78 and the labour force survey 1993 respectively, and are subject to sampling error. Comparable figures for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are not readily available to this Department.