Council House Sales

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th January 1987.

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Photo of Mr David Knox Mr David Knox , Staffordshire Moorlands 12:00 am, 14th January 1987

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many council houses have been sold to sitting tenants in Scotland in each year since 1983.

Photo of Michael Ancram Michael Ancram Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scottish Office)

In 1983, 17,800 houses were sold to sitting tenants, including tenants of the new towns and the Scottish Special Housing Association. In 1984 the number was 16,000; and in 1985, 14,800. A final figure for 1986 is not yet available.

Photo of Mr David Knox Mr David Knox , Staffordshire Moorlands

Can my hon. Friend tell us whether the number of applications to buy council houses in Scotland is on an upward or downward trend?

Photo of Michael Ancram Michael Ancram Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scottish Office)

In the second quarter of 1986 the number of applications was running at about 2,000 each month, which was very encouraging. That is about 20 per cent. up on the same quarter in 1985 and is only slightly lower than the peak levels in 1983. We believe that that shows the healthy continuing impact of the right-to-buy policy in Scotland.

Photo of Mr Barry Henderson Mr Barry Henderson , North East Fife

Does the north-east Fife district still hold the record for being the Scottish district council which has enabled the greatest number of its tenants to buy their own homes? If so, does that mean that more funds are available to meet today's housing needs for those who wish to remain tenants?

Photo of Michael Ancram Michael Ancram Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scottish Office)

I cannot say whether that district council still holds the record, but it certainly has a very high, successful rate of council house sales. It is a lesson to other councils that the resources released by the sale of council houses can be used to deal with the serious structural problems that exist in the rest of Scotland's public housing stock.