HC Deb 23 July 1973 vol 860 cc307-8W
Mr. Leadbitter

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the local housing authorities which have stopped building houses, and those which are building at lower standards than the previous year.

Mr. Eyre

I would refer the hon. Member to Local Housing Statistics No. 26, published on 17th July, a copy of which is in the Library, and which gives statistics of new house building by local authority area. One column gives the number of dwellings in tenders approved but not started and another the number under construction for local authorities at the end of the first quarter of 1973. If they are to qualify for subsidy, dwellings built by local authorities must conform to Parker Morris standards.

Mr. Dell

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has about house building schemes not started by Birkenhead Borough Council because the tenders exceeded the Government's unit cost yardstick.

Mr. Eyre

No Birkenhead Borough Council house building schemes have been rejected by my Department since the new more flexible yardstick arrangements were introduced last November.

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