HC Deb 15 December 1971 vol 828 c112W
97. Mr. Arthur Jones

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has for encouraging local authorities to build houses for sale on land in their ownership with a view to ensuring its early release for residential development.

Mr. Amery

I am anxious that there should be a good supply of new homes for would-be owner-occupiers, particularly those with modest incomes, and I am encouraging local authorities in the pressure areas to do all they can to that end by releasing land for private building. Private builders and local authorities should co-operate in this objective, and I am convinced that private builders will do the job most efficiently. Nevertheless, if a demand exists which cannot be or is not being met by private builders, I should be prepared to consider proposals from a local authority to build for sale.

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