§ Mr. Harry Greenway
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how much land he expects to be used for public housing for(a) council and (b) housing association development during the current year; at what cost to public funds; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir George Young
New house building by local authorities is now negligible. Housing associations are now the main providers of new social housing.
Forecasts of the amount of land expected to be used for the provision of social housing, and the cost to public funds of the land, are not collected by the Housing Corporation or the Department. Housing association bids for funds from the Housing Corporation's approved development programme take into account the total cost of a scheme including any requirement to purchase land but do not identify the cost of the land separately.