§ Chris Ruane
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the number of households that are officially described as overcrowded by region according to(a) percentage figures and (b) total number, ranked in descending order according to percentage figures in the latest year for which figures are available. 
§ Ms Keeble
No estimates are available based on the statutory definition of overcrowding in the Housing Act (1985). The information provided in the table is based on the 'bedroom standard', which is a well established statistical measure of overcrowding.
Households in England, 2000–01: Difference from bedroom Standard1 One or more bedrooms per household below the standard Region Number (thousand) Percentage London 178 6 North-west 68 2 West midlands 49 2 East midlands 36 2 East 42 2 South-east 61 2 South-west 35 2 Yorkshire and the Humber 33 2 North-east 17 1 England 518 3 1'Bedroom standard' is used as an indicator of occupation density. A standard number of bedrooms is allocated to each household in accordance with its age/sex/marital status composition and the relationship of the members to one another.
Survey of English Housing, DTLR