HC Deb 14 October 1969 vol 788 cc52-3W
19. Sir E. Bullus

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government how many new houses have been completed to the latest date available for the past 12 months; and how this compares with figures for the previous three years.

50. Mr. Frank Allaun

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will state the number of houses completed so far this year compared with the corresponding period in each of the last two years; and what measures he proposes to take to reverse the decline since last year.

Mr. Greenwood

In the twelve months ending August, 1969, 381,000 houses were completed in Great Britain. For the comparable periods ending August 1966, 1967 and 1968 the figures were 382,000, 393,000 and 419,000, respectively. I am sorry to say that the local authorities for some areas recognised as areas of priority housing need have been relaxing their efforts to meet this need. I am inviting these authorities to discuss their programmes with me.

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