§ Mr. Sarwar
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of new homes that will need to be built in Scotland to accommodate projections of household growth. 
§ Mr. Macdonald
The published projections of household growth, and their implications for the number of new homes required, are currently embodied in local authorities' Structure and Local Development Plans. In addition, a steering group has been established to oversee the production of a national housing needs assessment. The group will be chaired by the Scottish Office and have representatives from COSLA, Scottish Homes, Shelter, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and the Chartered Institute of Housing.