§ Mrs. Dunwoody
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many council dwellings have been (a) insulated and (b) built with full insulations in each financial year since 1978–79.
§ Sir George Young
(a) The numbers of existing local authority dwellings in England insulated in each financial year are as follows:
Year Number 1978–79 245,000 1979–80 597,000 1980–81 235,000 1981–82 246,000 1982–83 308,000 1983–84 *116,000 * First 9 months—provisional.
Others may have been insulated as part of general improvement works.
(b) The numbers of local authority dwellings completed in England in each financial year are as follows:
Year Number 1978–79 76,500 1979–80 70,000 1980–81 65,400 1981–82 39,700 1982–83 26,900 1983–84 *23,800 * First 10 months—provisional.
These dwellings will have been required to be insulated in accordance with the relevant building regulations, except in inner London where insulation is a matter for the discretion of the local authority concerned.