§ Mr. Gurden
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many local authorities now employ a direct-labour building department for development projects.
§ Mr. Amery
Information is not readily available on the number of local authorities with direct labour organisations engaged on full housebuilding schemes at any one point in time. However, 83 separate local authorities in England and Wales received approval for housing schemes to be undertaken by direct labour in the period January, 1969—March, 1971.