HC Deb 23 March 1971 vol 814 cc95-6W
Mr. Costain

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment by how much the official target for industrialised dwellings to be completed in the public sector in 1970, as set out in Circular 76/65, was missed; and what were the general reasons for that failure.

Mr. Amery

The last Administration forecast that 40 per cent. of all public sector housing in the United Kingdom would need to be built by industrialised methods by 1970, given a projected house-building programme of 500,000 by that date. Local authorities and new towns in England and Wales built 55,701 industrialised dwellings in 1970, which were 41.3 per cent. of all the new housing completed by these authorities. Similar information is not available for 1970 for the remainder of the United Kingdom.

It is very probable that any shortfall in numbers was due to the failure of the previous Government to create the conditions in which it would have been possible to achieve their own target of 500,000 dwellings a year by 1970.