§ 26. Mr. Willetts
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the 10 local authorities with the highest number of empty council homes.
§ Mr. Baldry
In the latest housing investment programme returns, the 10 councils reporting the highest percentage of their council house stock empty on 1 April 1992 were:
Empty dwellings Liverpool 5,552 Hackney 2,432 Burnley 368 Manchester 4,938 Salford 1,661 North Tyneside 1,082 Redbridge 373 Tower Hamlets 1,703 Easington 619 Newcastle upon Tyne 1,562
These figures cover management vacants and those which are empty awaiting sale, major repairs or demolition.
I am considering whether to put greater emphasis on a more selective definition that would better reflect underlying trends in local authorities' management performance.