To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many public toilets there were on a given date in each year between 1990 and 2004, broken down by Government Office Region.
The provision and maintenance of toilets in public places is at the discretion of local authorities who have, under section 87 of the Public Health Act 1936, a power to provide public conveniences, but no duty to do so. For this reason, the information requested is not held centrally. The information in the following table has however been obtained from commercial and industrial property data held by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).
|Government Office Region||2000||2002||2003||2004|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||567||536||520||496|
|East of England||578||574||561||560|
|England and Wales||6,087||5,882||5,701||5,539|
(4) Data as at
The table gives the number of public conveniences as at
Totals given in the table show conveniences that are open to the public. They will include stand alone conveniences, and also those located in (for example) car parks and shopping malls.