HC Deb 02 March 1994 vol 238 c776W
Mr. Llew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will make it his policy that Tai Cymru devotes its budget primarily towards ensuring there are sufficient houses available to rent;

(2) what assessment he has made of Tai Cymru's policy of insisting that housing associations build houses for sales as well as for rent, with particular reference to its effect on homelessness in Wales.

Mr. Gwilym Jones

I expect that Housing for Wales will market some 10 per cent. of its programme for low-cost home ownership in 1994–95. That will help ensure that more people who wish to and can afford to progress by stages to full home ownership have the chance to do so—and thus avoid being constrained to a lifetime of renting alone. It will also mean that the rented social housing stock, now accounting for about 15,000 lettings per annum, can be managed more flexibly to provide for those in greatest housing need.

Mr. Llwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what funds for local authority areas were approved by Tai Cymru to be spent by housing associations in Wales. in 1992–93; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Gwilym Jones

Local authorities are not funded by housing associations.

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