Housing

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Development), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) council owned, (b) privately owned, (c) housing association owned and (d) arm's length management organisation managed properties in each London borough do not have an indoor toilet; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Housing and Planning)

The Department does not collect this information from local authorities and there are too few homes without indoor toilets in the housing stock as a whole to make a robust estimate from housing surveys. The English House Condition Survey estimates that around 200,000 homes in England are missing at least one of the five basic amenities (these are: kitchen sink; bath or shower in a bathroom; wash hand basin; hot and cold water supply; indoor toilet). These are mainly properties that were being renovated at the time of the survey and a few isolated rural homes.

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