HC Deb 23 July 1985 vol 83 c459W
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will estimate the expected level of investment in public sector house building in each of the next three years, expressed in both cash and real terms using 1985 as a base year, and for private house building over the same period.

Mr. Gow

The White Paper on the Government's "Public Expenditure Plans 1985–86 to 1987–88" (Cmnd. 9428) shows gross capital expenditure on housing as:

1985–86 3,051
1986–87 3,120
1987–88 3,150

The equivalent figures in real terms at 1985–86 prices are:

1985–86 3,051
1986–87 2,995
1987–88 2,911

No plans have been published for 1988–89. My Department makes no forecast of what proportion of this planned expenditure will be used for house building, nor does it make any forecast of investment in private house building.