§ Mr. NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN
The position of schemes under the Housing Acts of 1923 and 1924 is as follows:
Number of Houses. Authorised Completed.* Under construction. Housing, etc., Act, 1923. 184,202 57,882 47,789 Housing (Financial Provisions) Act, 1924. 32,110 824 4,674 216,312 58,706 52,463 *According, to returns furnished by local authorities showing the position on 1st February last.
§ Mr. CECIL WILSON
asked the Minister of Health whether he can give for England, Wales, and Scotland, for the years 1899–1904, 1904–1909, and 1909–1914, the number of houses erected, the number of marriages, and the estimated population of England, Wales, and Scotland at the commencement of the years 1899, 1904, 1909, and 1915?
§ Mr. CHAMBERLAIN
Statistics are not available as to the total number of houses erected prior to the War, but the figures in the following table, which are taken from Inland Revenue Returns, as to Inhabited House Duty, show the net increase in the number of houses during the periods in question. The figures for marriages are also included in the table:
England and Wales. Period. Net in number of houses. Number of marriages. 1900–04 581,848 1,297,589 1905–09 513,529 1,332 685 1910–14 303,238 1,407,482
The estimated population at the beginning of the year cannot be stated, but at mid-year it was as follows:
1899 31,881,365 1904 33,639,287 1909 35,423,805 1914 36,960,684
As regards similar figures for Scotland, I would suggest that the hon. Member should address a similar question to ray right hon. Friend the Secretary for Scotland.