§ Mrs. Gorman
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many new towns tenants have bought their homes since the right to buy was introduced; and if he will show the percentages for each new town in England and Wales.
§ Mr. Chope
Some 28,300 tenants have bought their homes from English new town corporations since October 1980, of which 9,400 were bought under the terms of the right-to-buy legislation. This does not include the number of tenants who have bought their homes after the transfer of new town stock to various local authorities and housing associations during the period; these sales cannot be distinguished from other sales by local authorities and housing associations.
The table gives the estimated percentage of stock sold by individual new towns to tenants between October 1980 and the date of transfer to local authorities and-or housing associations.
Date of transfer Percentage of stock sold to sitting tenants Basildon — 32 Central Lancashire July 1985 4 Milton Keynes — 26 Northampton April 1985 12 Peterborough November 1989–January 1990 42 Redditch April 1985 12 Runcorn December 1989 23
Date of transfer Percentage of stock sold to sitting tenants Skelmersdale April 1985 15 Telford — 47 Warrington — 21 Washington January 1986 10
For information about Welsh new towns I refer my hon. Friend to the Secretary of State for Wales.