§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list for each local authority in England the number and percentage of(a) public and (b) private sector dwellings which are empty. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
I have placed the information requested in the Library. This table presents the latest available data on the number and proportion of vacant dwellings owned by local authorities, Registered Social Landlords (RSLs), 'Other Public Sector organisations' and the rest of the private sector for local authority districts in England. The figures relate to 1 April 1998 and have been provided by local authorities on their HIP returns, except for those for RSLs which relate to 31 March 1998 and are based on information supplied by the Housing Corporation. Estimated totals that include allowances for missing or incomplete returns are provided for England.