HC Deb 24 February 1966 vol 725 cc603-4
12. Mr. J. Idwal Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many dwellings are likely to be built this year in Wales; and what the housing programme is likely to be in the next five years.

Mr. Finch

Over 20,000 this year, and it is intended to increase this steadily to about 22,500 a year by 1970.

Mr. Thorneycroft

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Government's policy of procuring a shortage of houses and a surplus of bricks at the same time in Wales is causing some concern?

Mr. Finch

Whatever concern the right hon. Gentleman may feel, the fact is that the housing position has improved in Wales during the period of office of my right hon. Friend.