§ 38. Mr. A. Lewis
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs whether he will now announce his policy for making more rented accommodation available at economic or realistic rents; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Sir K. Joseph
I hope that the Government scheme for advances to housing associations will lead the way in getting more houses built for letting at economic rents without subsidy. In the areas where there is an urgent need for more housing let at less than economic rents the local authorities have been told they can build as many houses as they can manage. Realistic rents for these houses means charging economic rents or as near as possible to those who can afford them, and applying the subsidy mainly to those who need most help.