§ Mr. Michael Latham
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how many additional houses, in numerical terms, lie expects to be started during the second half of 1974 in the private and public sectors, respectively, solely as a result of the decisions announced in the Budget; and what percentage increase over the equivalent period of 1973 this will involve;
(2) how many additional houses, in numerical terms, he expects to be completed during the second half of 1974 317W in the private and public sectors, respectively, solely as a result of the decisions announced in the Budget; and what percentage increase over the equivalent period of 1973 this will involve.
§ Mr. Freeson
The purpose of the additional £350 million capital provision for housing in the Budget and the offer of loans up to £500 million to the building societies for mortgage lending is to get a clear upturn in house building programmes, in contrast to the sharp and continuing decline in recent years. It would not be sensible at this stage to venture a numerical forecast.
§ Mr. Terry Walker
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what legislative measures he proposes to deal with housing problems.
§ Mr. Crosland
The Housing Bill presented today includes a range of measures to deal with areas of housing stress; to make the improvement grant system more effective, and to stop abuses; and to strengthen the Housing Corporation and expand activity by housing associations.
Shortly after Easter I intend to introduce the Bill to give tenants of furnished accommodation security of tenure. The provisions to be made for the first stage in the repeal of the Housing Finance Act will be the subject of consultations as soon as possible with local authorities and others concerned, with a view to introducing, the necessary legislation later in the summer. This legislation will include provision for halting the work of the rent scrutiny boards.
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