18. Mr. R. C. Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many starts in local authority housing in Southampton have taken place in 1971 and up to the present time in 1972; and if he will make a statement.
Is not the figure for 1971 absolutely disgraceful? When the Labour Party held control of Southampton Council before 1967 the figure of starts was running at over 1,000 a year. Is not this a good example of Tory local government?
§ Mr. James Hill
Does my hon. Friend agree that in the past, when Southampton was Labour-controlled, the rate of building of council properties was at the ratio of two to one to private development, and that it is now more like one to one? Is not this a more equitable and good social mix?