HC Deb 04 November 1993 vol 231 cc329-30W
Mr. Hinchliffe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what proportion of gross domestic product was dedicated to building, public sector houses for rent, annually, for each year since 1979.

Sir George Young

[holding answer 26 October 1993]: The provision of new social housing is now mainly the responsibility of housing associations, although the houses they build are not public sector. Local authorities, on the other hand, are increasingly concentrating on the management of their existing stock and on their broad enabling role. To reflect this, gross capital expenditure through the Housing Corporation on new provision for rent rose from £484 million in 1981–82 to £2,231 million in 1992–93.

Reliable outturn information on housing expenditure by local authorities is available only on a financial year basis. Estimates of gross domestic product in England are not available for financial years. The cash figures are given:

Expenditure by local authorities and new towns on houses built for rent
England cash value £ million
1978–79 1,674
1979–80 1,214
1980–81 1,121
1981–82 816
1982–83 710
1983–84 692
1984–85 748
1985–86 586
1986–87 466
1987–88 462
1988–89 S80
1989–90 705
1990–91 447
1991–92 252
1992–93 116

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