§ 41. Mr. Winnick
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the number of dwellings in the public and private sectors that have been started in 1981; and how many dwellings in both sectors he now expects to see started during the course of the present year.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
Provisional—seasonally adjusted—figures show that in January 1981 there were 2,200 housing starts in the public sector in England and 8,600 in the private sector. The number of public sector starts this year will depend largely on what proportion of their capital allocations local authorities decide to devote to new house building. In the private sector it will depend on the commercial judgements of private house builders.