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Contaminated Land

Mr. Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps are being taken by his Department to promote the decontamination of contaminated land and its development in preference to green field sites; and if he will make a statement. [20319]

Mr. Clappison: My Department's contaminated land policies, funding of research, technical guidance on topics such as techniques for site investigation, risk assessment of sites, take-up of new technologies and potential environmental liabilities and support under the single regeneration budget and through English Partnerships are all designed to enable the use of brown field sites in preference to green field sites.

Property Disposals (Residuary Body)

Mr. Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many properties the residuary body, established under section 22 of the Local Government Act 1992, has dealt with or disposed of to date; and if he will list those properties. [20291]

Sir Paul Beresford: The Secretary of State has no role in deciding which particular properties vest in the residuary body. This is a matter for the body and the local authorities concerned. I understand from the residuary body that it is dealing with the archives owned by the former Humberside county council and has disposed of an interest in Carlisle House, Goole, an office building formerly owned by Boothferry district council. The residuary body has put forward recommendations to the Secretary of State for the disposal of the Humberside archives.

English House Condition Survey

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will provide for the combined regions of the north (northern, Yorkshire and Humberside and north-west), Greater London (inner London and outer London) and the rest of England (east midlands, west midlands, south-west, east anglia and rest of south-east) from the 1991 English house condition survey the figures for (a) construction date by tenure, (b) unfitness by tenure, (c) worst or best condition by tenure, (d) unfit vacants by tenure, (e) unfitness by dwelling type and tenure, (f) reason for vacancy by tenure and (g) variation of general comprehensive and urgent repair costs by tenure. [20217]

Mr. Clappison: Tables (a), (b), (c) and (g) are presented as requested. The information requested in (d) is part of table (b). The sample of dwellings surveyed in the 1991 English house condition survey is too small to provide (e) and (f).

Table A: Construction date by tenure by three broad regions

Thousand (per cent.) dwellings
Construction date by broad regionOwner-occupied Private rented Local authority Housing associationVacant Total
Northern
Pre 19191,106 (71.5) 29.6276 (17.8) 66.233 (2.1) 2.557 (3.7) 26.175 (4.8) 38.91,547 (100) 26.2
1919-44816 (64.2) 21.862 (4.9) 14.9344 (27.1) 25.621 (1.7) 9.628 (2.2) 14.51,271 (100) 21.5
1945-64673 (52.1) 18.040 (3.1) 9.6529 (40.9) 39.414 (1.1) 6.436 (2.8) 18.71,292 (100) 21.9
Post 19641,140 (63.4) 30.539 (2.2) 9.4438 (24.4) 32.6126 (7.0) 57.854 (3.0) 28.01,797 (100) 30.4
Regional total3,735 (63.2) 100417 (7.1) 1001,344 (22.8) 100218 (3.7) 100193 (3.3) 1005,904 (100) 100
Greater London
Pre 1919661 (59.2) 38.8197 (17.6) 63.183 (7.4) 12.483 (7.4) 54.293 (8.3) 62.01,117 (100) 37.4
1919-44610 (70.8) 35.864 (7.4) 20.5134 (15.6) 19.918 (2.1) 11.835 (4.1) 23.3861 (100) 28.8
1945-64183 (43.7) 10.722 (5.3) 7.1204 (48.7) 30.42 (0.5) 1.38 (1.9) 5.3419 (100) 14.0
Post 1964249 (42.0) 14.629 (4.9) 9.3251 (42.3) 37.450 (8.4) 32.714 (2.4) 9.3593 (100) 19.8
Regional total1,703 (57.0) 100312 (10.4) 100672 (22.5) 100153 (5.1) 100150 (5.0) 1002,990 (100) 100
Rest of England
Pre 19191,831 (71.7) 24.2492 (19.3) 54.951 (2.0) 2.838 (1.5) 16.1141 (15.5) 47.32,553 (100) 23.6
1919-441,250 (70.0) 16.5127 (7.1) 14.2354 (19.8) 19.222 (1.2) 9.332 (1.8) 10.71,785 (100) 16.5
1945-641,550 (61.1) 20.5104 (4.1) 11.6797 (31.4) 43.235 (1.4) 14.852 (2.0) 17.42,538 (100) 23.4
Post 19642,925 (74.0) 38.7173 (4.4) 19.3643 (16.3) 34.9141 (3.6) 59.773 (1.8) 24.53,955 (100) 36.5
Regional total7,556 (69.8) 100896 (8.3) 1001,845 (17.0) 100236 (2.2) 100298 (2.8) 10010,831 (100) 100

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Table B: Unfitness by tenure by 3 broad regions

Thousand (per cent.) dwellings
Unfitness by broad regionOwner-occupied Private rented Local authority Housing associationVacant Total
Northern
Fit3,487 (654.7) 93.4310 (5.8) 74.31,249 (23.2) 93.0207 (3.8) 95.8135 (2.5) 70.75,388 (100) 91.3
Unfit248 (48.2) 6.6107 (20.8) 25.794 (18.3) 7.0(29)--56 (10.9) 29.3514 (100) 8.7
Regional total3,735 (63.33) 100417 (7.1) 1001,342 (22.8) 100216 (3.7) 100191 (3.2) 1005,904 (100) 100
Greater London
Fit1,576 (58.6) 92.5257 (9.6) 82.1601 (22.4) 89.7130 (4.8) 84.4125 (4.6) 83.32,689 (100) 89.9
Unfit127 (42.2) 7.556 (18.6) 17.969 (22.9) 10.3(29)--25 (8.3) 16.7301 (100) 10.1
Regional total1,703 (57.0) 100313 (10.5) 100670 (22.4) 100154 (5.2) 100150 (5.0) 1002,990 (100) 100
Rest of England
Fit7,217 (71.1) 95.5726 (7.2) 81.01,744 (17.2) 94.5229 (2.3) 96.6235 (2.3) 78.910,151 (100) 93.7
Unfit339 (49.7) 4.5170 (24.9) 19.0102 (15.0) 5.5(29)--63 (9.2) 21.1682 (100) 6.3
Regional total7,556 (69.7) 100896 (89.3) 1001,846 (17.0) 100237 (2.2) 100298 (2.8) 10010,833 (100) 100

(29) Sample sizes too small to provide statistically significant data.


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Table C: Worst/best condition by tenure by 3 broad regions

Thousand (per cent.) dwellings
Worst/best condition by broad regionOwner-occupied Private rented Local authority Housing association Vacant Total
Northern
Best 30 per cent.1,271 (71.6) 34.044 (2.5) 10.6320 (18.0) 23.8114 (6.4) 52.825 (1.4) 13.11,774 (100) 30.1
Rest (60 per cent.)2,117 (61.4) 56.7234 (6.8) 56.1905 (26.2) 67.490 (2.6) 41.7103 (3.0) 53.93,449 (100) 58.4
Worst 10 per cent.348 (51.2) 9.3139 (20.4) 33.3118 (17.4) 8.812 (1.8) 5.663 (9.3) 33.0680 (100) 11.5
Regional total3,736 (63.3) 100417 (7.1) 1001,343 (22.8) 100216 (3.7) 100191 (3.2) 1005,904 (100) 100
Greater London
Best 30 per cent.392 (62.0) 23.049 (7.8) 15.7110 (17.4) 16.441 (6.5) 26.640 (6.3) 26.7632 (100) 21.1
Rest (60 per cent.)1,162 (58.3) 68.3174 (8.7) 55.6475 (23.8) 70.897 (4.9) 63.085 (4.3) 56.71,993 (100) 66.7
Worst 10 per cent.148 (40.5) 8.790 (24.7) 28.886 (23.6) 12.816 (4.4) 10.425 (6.8) 16.7365 (100) 12.2
Regional total1,702 (56.9) 100313 (10.5) 100671 (22.4) 100154 (5.2) 100150 (5.0) 1002,990 (100) 100
Rest of England
Best 30 per cent.2,758 (78.6) 36.5104 (3.0) 11.6479 (13.7) 25.9116 (3.3) 49.251 (1.5) 17.13,508 (100) 32.4
Rest (60 per cent.)4,325 (67.6) 57.2556 (8.7) 62.11,242 (19.4) 67.3103 (1.6) 43.6171 (2.7) 57.46,397 (100) 59.1
Worst 10 per cent.473 (51.1) 6.3235 (25.4) 26.3125 (13.5) 6.817 (1.8) 7.276 (8.2) 25.5926 (100) 8.5
Regional total7,556 (69.8) 100895 (8.3) 1001,846 (17.0) 100236 (2.2) 100298 (2.8) 10010,831 (100) 100

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Table G: Variation of urgent, general and comprehensive repair costs by tenure by 3 broad regions
Estimated cost of remedial work (£)

Urgent repairs General repairs Comprehensive repairs
Tenure by regionMeanMedianMeanMedianMeanMedian
Northern
Owner-occupied6851371,1604152,053776
Private rented1,8558842,6171,7984,5492,872
Local authority7622521,0914742,002969
Housing association37726561651,035122
All tenures7971901,2524732,227903
Greater London
Owner-occupied6972611,3416492,5971,437
Private rented1,4654642,0028543,4881,708
Local authority7233001,0424522,000947
Housing association7361939813731,674681
All tenures8172921,3496022,5391,282
Rest of England
Owner-occupied538971,0273421,966593
Private rented1,7055252,5351,1814,2332,111
Local authority4971828633741,726730
Housing association35040699801,356128
All tenures6531341,1543702,155701

(30) Vacant dwellings have been included in the relevant tenure group. Assumptions have been made regarding the distribution of private sector vacants between the owner-occupied and private rented sectors.


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