§ Sir George Young
Provisional estimates are that in England, in 1991, 14,600 dwellings were completed by housing associations and 7,800 by local authorities. Housing associations are now the main providers of new subsidised housing: they also provide housing by acquisition, renovation, conversion and other means, and their total output is expected to rise to over 50,000 by 1993–94.188W
§ Mr. Skinner
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the figures for housebuilding in the public sector in the current year to the latest available date; what was the comparable figure for 1978–79; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Yeo
Provisional estimates are that in England, during the nine months April to December 1991, 5,500 dwellings were completed for local authorities, new towns and Government Departments and 11,900 for housing associations. In April to December 1978 the equivalent figures were 64,500 and 15,700. I also refer the hon. Member to the answer given today to the hon. Member for Wentworth (Mr. Hardy) by my hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Planning.