§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he is aware that, whereas in the calendar year 1947 the West Ham council built 170 council houses and had increased this to 636 in 1963, in Ilford the number declined from 126 to 122, in Hornchurch from 257 to 14, in Wanstead and Woodford from 222 to 52, and in Chigwell from 128 to 52; and whether he will cause an investigation to be made to ascertain the reasons for these declines in council house-building by these authorities.
§ Mr. Mellish
My right hon. Friend is aware of the facts. It would, however, be more profitable to attend to the future than to the past. As my hon. Friend32W will know, I am having discussions with all the housing authorities in Greater London to find out how best to increase their housing programme.