§ Lord Balniel
asked the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs (1) how many flats and houses especially designed for elderly people were completed in each of the past five years by local authorities in England and Wales; how many have been approved for construction during the current year; and how many were under construction at the latest available date;
(2) what proportion of the houses and flats built by local authorities in each of the past five years has been specially designed for elderly people; and what is the proportion of such houses and flats in the current building programme.
§ Sir K. Joseph
The number of one bedroom dwellings completed by local authorities in the last five years and the percentage of the total number of completed dwellings are:
1958 20,132 17.8 per cent. 1959 21,840 22.0 per cent. 1960 27,057 26.2 per cent. 1961 24,257 26.1 per cent. 1962 28,971 27.5 per cent.
In the first three months of the current year, 4,327 one bedroom dwellings were completed; this represented 31.5 per cent. of the total completions. During the same period 7,395 were approved; this was 28.2 per cent. of the total number of dwellings approved.
At 31st March, 1963, 52,780 one bedroom dwellings were either under construction or covered by tenders approved but not put to contract; this was 27.2 per cent. of the dwellings under construction or approved.