§ Mr. Thornton
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish figures for the number of houses built by public authorities and the private sector, for each of the past 15 years in (a) England and Wales and a whole, (b) metropolitan areas including the Greater London Council and (c) Merseyside.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
Following is the information for 1978:
DWELLINGS COMPLETED; PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS: ENGLAND AND WALES, METRO-POLITAN AREAS AND MERSEYSIDE: 1978 Public sector Number Private sector England and Wales 119,328 134,142 Metropolitan areas including Greater London and Merseyside 47,682 25,032 Merseyside 2,274 2,664
Figures for the previous 14 years appear in Housing and Construction Statistics and its predecessor Housing Statistics, copies of which are available in the the Library.