HC Deb 26 July 1999 vol 336 cc1-2W
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. [92428]

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.