HC Deb 08 December 1986 vol 107 c30W
Mr. Winnick

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received on the level of the current housing shortage.

Mr. Tracey

There is no overall shortage of housing. We regularly receive representations about housing policy from a large number of bodies, some of which relate to shortages of housing, particularly for rent, in high pressure areas such as parts of London and the south-east. We have taken initiatives which will enable the private sector to play an increasing role in remedying such shortages.