HC Deb 01 April 1925 vol 182 cc1314-5

asked the Minister of Health how many houses have actually been completed under the Chamberlain and Wheatley Acts, respectively; how far this number is supplying the normal increase of the population; and how far it is overtaking the existing shortage of houses?


Up to the 1st of March last the number of houses completed in England and Wales under the Housing Acts of 1923 and 1924 was:

Act of 1923 64,249
Act of 1924 1,285
Considerable numbers of additional houses are being erected without State subsidy. During the 12 months ending on the 30th of September last, the total number of houses completed with and without subsidy was approximately 110,000, and my right hon. Friend would expect this number to be exceeded during the current 12 months if present conditions continue. In answer to the second and third questions, I can only say that on the present rate of construction house-building is, in the opinion of my right hon. Friend, providing far the normal increase of population and also making progress in overtaking arrears.