HC Deb 27 January 1986 vol 90 cc414-5W
Mr. Thornton

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report (a) any available breakdown and (b) the source, of the repair and maintenance figures given in Cmnd. 9702-II, Part 2, "Additional Analyses," paragraph 24.

Sir George Young

These figures are based on table 1.6 of Housing and Construction Statistics 1974–84, HMSO, published by the Department of the Environment, recording output by the construction industry.

Table 1.6(a) shows that in 1984 the industry recorded output of £3,746 million (at current prices) of repair and maintenance work for the public sector excluding Housing. Housing repair and maintenance for the public and private sector totalled £6,251 million, at current prices, of which it is estimated that the public sector accounted for half, approximately £3,100 million. The figure of £6 billion reflects a cautious adjustment to allow for capitalised repair and maintenance subsumed within table 2.18.