HC Deb 08 July 1996 vol 281 c50W

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the housing action trusts in England and Wales at the latest available date; and if he will make a statement. [35726]

Sir Paul Beresford

There are six housing action trusts—HATs—in England—at North Hull, Liverpool, Waltham Forest, Castle Vale (Birmingham), Tower Hamlets and Stonebridge (Brent). There are no HATs in Wales. HATs provide a comprehensive approach to the regeneration of former local authority estates. They are responsible for the management, repair, refurbishment and redevelopment of their housing accommodation; giving tenants a range of options for future home ownership and tenure; and undertaking environmental, economic and social initiatives to help local communities sustain the improvements achieved by public and private investment once the trusts themselves have completed their work.

Mr. Parry

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many housing units the Liverpool housing action trust operates at the most recent available date; and what plans there are for expansion. [35727]

Sir Paul Beresford

The Liverpool housing action trust has 4,934 housing units. It has no plans for expansion; like all housing action trusts, it was set up as a fixed life organisation to manage and improve housing stock transferred from the local authority.