§ Joan Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many affordable houses to rent were developed in each London borough in 1998; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
The additional rented social lettings provided in each London borough in 1998–99 by registered social landlords, with support from the Housing Corporation's Approved Development Programme (ADP) and Local Authority Social Housing Grant (LASHG), were as follows:
Borough 1998–99 Barking and Dagenham 193 Barnet 352 Bexley 158 Brent 220 Bromley 167 Camden 174 City of London 0
Borough 1998–99 Croydon 369 Ealing 222 Enfield 204 Greenwich 269 Hackney 582 Hammersmith and Fulham 266 Haringey 264 Harrow 85 Havering 59 Hillingdon 397 Hounslow 208 Islington 211 Kensington and Chelsea 110 Kingston upon Thames 84 Lambeth 199 Lewisham 367 Merton 119 Newham 354 Redbridge 85 Richmond upon Thames 44 Southwark 171 Sutton 39 Tower Hamlets 340 Waltham Forest 342 Wandsworth 83 Westminster 196
These additional social lettings come from new build, the purchase and rehabilitation of existing property and from empty properties brought into use for temporary social housing. The ADP and LASHG also supports the provision of homes for shared ownership and incentive schemes which assist social tenants to move into home ownership and vacate their lettings for others in housing need.
On the basis of information provided to the Department by local authorities, there were at least 35 council houses built in London boroughs in 1998–99.