10. Mr. Alan Williams
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the number of houses which will be built in Wales this year; and how this figures compares with the average annual output in the last 10 years.
Is my hon. Friend aware that hon. Members on this side of the House very much welcome the increase, which is equal to 60 per cent. over the average record of the previous Administration? Does he realise that the Tories in Wales so neglected housing that over the ten years from 1954 the loss of housing production in Wales was the equivalent of a complete standstill in the building industry in Wales for one year and ten months?
§ Mr. Gibson-Watt
I do not accept the figures produced by the hon. Member for Swansea, West (Mr. Alan Williams). Will the hon. Gentleman give us an assurance that plans for housing in Wales will not be held up by the present unfortunate shortage of cement which is prevalent in other areas in the border counties?
§ Mr. Probert
In relation to the construction of houses by local authorities, will my hon. Friend convey to his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State the importance of the retention of housing 1921 concessionary subsidies in respect of any future proposals for changes in subsidies?