§ Mr. Nicholas Wintertonasked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what has been the total cost to the Exchequer to date of the new towns;

(2) what is the approximate date when the debt to the Exchequer will be liquidated in the case of (a) Milton Keynes New Town, and (b) Central Lancashire New Town;

(3) what has been the total number of houses built under the direction of the Housing Corporation for each of the years since its inception; and what are the com-

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§ Mr. Marks,pursuant to his reply [Official Report, Vol. 924; c. 433 and 434], circulated the following information:

parable figures for the same years for the New Towns Commission;

(4) on what date Stevenage New Town first showed a net return to the Exchequer;

(5) what is the anticipated date on which a net return on capital is expected from (a) Milton Keynes, and (b) Central Lancashire New Town;

(6) what is the total number of people currently living in each of the new towns, and what was the total number of people living in each new town prior to its designation as a new town;

61W(7) what was the cost to public funds of the new towns programme for the last 12 months for which figures are available;

(8) what has been the cost to the Exchequer to date of the new towns expressed in terms of 1970 prices;

(9) what is the total number of staff employed by each new town development corporation and new town commission; and what were the equivalent figures for 1950, 1956 and 1966, or convenient dates for which statistics are available;

(10) how many staff are employed by his department on the new towns programme, and what were the equivalent figures for 1950, 1956 and 1966, or other convenient dates for which statistics are available;

(11) what is the current anticipated cost of Milton Keynes New Town;

(12) what is the current anticipated cost of the Central Lancashire New Town;

(13) what is the date on which Stevenage New Town expects that its debts will be liquidated.

§ Mr. Guy BarnettI will write to the hon. Member.