HC Deb 12 June 1975 vol 893 cc225-6W
Mr. Michael Latham

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment by what percentage the number of private houses started in Great Britain in the first quarter of 1975 fell below the first quarter of (a) 1971, (b) 1972 and (c) 1973.

Mr. Kaufman

Private sector dwelling starts during the first quarter of 1975 were, after seasonal adjustment which includes allowance for the number of working days, 27, 34 and 46 per cent. fewer than in the corresponding quarters of 1971, 1972 and 1973, respectively. They were, however, 1 per cent. more than in the corresponding quarter of 1974.