§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he will publish in HANSARD a table of figures giving the annual production of council houses for each calendar year since the end of the last war; and why less council houses were built in 1963 than in 1951.
§ Mr. Crossman
Information about the number of houses completed in England and Wales by local authorities and New Town Corporations for the years in question is published in the quarterly Housing Returns. These are Command Papers.
The decline in the number of houses completed by these authorities in 1963 compared with 1951 was partly due to the bad weather conditions experienced in the first three months of 1963, but the principal reason was that there was much more private house building in 1963 than in 1951.