HC Deb 19 June 1972 vol 839 cc23-4
28. Mr. Roderick

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many council houses were sold in Wales in 1970, 1971 and so far in 1972.

Mr. Gibson-Watt

99 in 1970. 489 in 1971, and 449 to 30th April, 1972.

Mr. Roderick

Will the hon. Gentleman tell us whether he believes that this policy of selling council houses will lead to a bigger supply of homes in Wales and. if so, how many?

Mr. Gibson-Watt

I am not able to give the exact figure. However, I can say that the Government believe that it is in the best interests of our people that they should be encouraged to buy their homes. That is why this Government have sent out a circular lately to housing authorities which is designed to help them in their deliberations on this matter.

Mr. George Thomas

Will the hon. Gentleman explain why neither Minister from the Welsh Office came to this House to give us an opportunity to question their circular on the sale of council houses, whereas English Members had the opportunity of raising a great many questions about the circular sent out in England?

Mr. Gibson-Watt

If the right hon. Gentleman is so upset about that, he had every opportunity to put down a Question about it today. Why did he not do so?

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