§ Sir John Stanley
To ask the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister how many home-owners there were in(a) 1979, (b) 1997 and (c) at the latest date for which figures are available; and what percentage of the population this represented at each of these dates. 
§ Mr. McNulty
Consistent estimates of the number of owner occupied households are not available before 1981. For England, the information requested for 1981, 1979 and 2000 is given in the following table.
Owner occupied households in England Year Owner occupied households (thousand) All households (thousand) Percentage of owner occupiers 1981 9,860 17,225 57 1997–98 13,940 20,250 69 2000–01 14,437 20.660 70
Survey of English Housing. ODPM