HC Deb 15 March 1995 vol 256 c593W
35. Mr. Olner

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many homes have been built by local councils in England over the past five years; and how this compares with the figures for the period 1974 to 1979.

Mr. Robert B. Jones

It is estimated that local authorities completed 27,700 dwellings in the five years up the end of 1994. They completed 460,900 dwellings in the five years from the end of 1974 to the end of 1979.

Housing associations are now the main providers of new social housing. Local authorities' primary housing tasks are the efficient management of their own stock of housing and enabling other organisations to provide new housing.