HC Deb 07 February 1967 vol 740 c1345
28. Mr. Grant

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government in which year he anticipates that the total of houses completed in the private sector will rise to the level achieved in 1964.

Mr. Greenwood

I am discussing with the builders and the building societies what needs to be done to stimulate private housebuilding in addition to the steps announced by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer yesterday and it would not be useful to make a forecast at the present time.

Mr. Grant

Yes, in view of the fact that some 51,000 families who would otherwise have enjoyed new homes have been let down in the last two years by the Labour Government, if the Minister will not give a pledge, can he give at least a light promise?

Mr. Greenwood

Building Societies advanced a record amount last year and they expect to increase it this year, and the proposals made yesterday about building finance and bridging finance will give great help to the private sector.