Private sector housebuilding completions accounted for around 85 per cent of the total (17,600), and housing association completions were
just under 2,700. Local authorities completed just over 200 dwellings.
During 1996 an estimated 20,400 new dwellings were started,
There were 5,600 and 4,400 applications to buy public authority
dwellings in the last two quarters of 1996, slightly higher than the
corresponding figures in 1995. Total sales to sitting tenants for the same quarters in 1996 were 3,000 and 4,200, bringing the total for the year to 12,900, over 4,000 less than in 1995.
The provisional estimate of dwelling stock at December 1996 indicates that there were 2,246,000 dwellings in Scotland, 59.2 per cent of which were owner occupied.
-- Copies of the Bulletin, Housing Trends in Scotland: Quarters
Ended September 30 and December 31, 1996 (HSG/1997/6), are available
from The Stationery Office Bookshop, 21 South Gyle Road, Edinburgh,
EH12 9EB, priced£2.