§ Mrs. Maddock
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many empty dwellings were owned by Government Departments in England in the latest year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Clappison
I refer the hon. Member to the reply which my hon. Friend the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Urban Regeneration gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Ryedale (Mr. Greenway) on 23 November 1995,Official Report, column 238.