§ Mr. Alton
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will consider giving cash incentives to self-build housing groups and seek to amend the Housing Act 1974 to facilitate the establishment and growth of more self-build groups.
§ Mr. Stanley
Self-build groups are already eligible for loans from the Housing Corporation and local authorities to cover their development costs. In addition, local authorities have been encouraged to assist them in finding suitable building plots, and in preparing them for development. I have no plans at present to amend the Housing Act 1974 in this respect.