§ Mr. Gwilym Roberts
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the latest figures available for the number of local authority housing starts by the Cannock Chase district council; how these figures compare with the number of starts made by the same council in each of the five previous years; what steps he is taking to stimulate local authority house building in the area; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Stanley
Cannock Chase district council has reported that 17 new dwellings were started in the first three quarters of 1981. Numbers of starts in the years 1976 to 1980, respectively, appear in table 5 of issues 41, 45, 49 and 53 and table 4 of issue 57, of "Local Housing Statistics", copies of which are available in the Library. It is for the district council to decide how much of its single block capital allocation, as increased by housing and non-housing capital receipts, it uses for new local authority housebuilding.