HC Deb 23 April 2004 vol 420 cc695-6W
Mr. Clifton-Brown

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many(a) council houses and (b) registered social landlord houses he anticipates will be built in each of the next three years. [166890]

Keith Hill

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister set out in the Sustainable Communities action plan proposals to tackle the issues including the supply of affordable housing.

£5 billion is being invested in housing over the next two years (2004–06) and the role of the regions is being strengthened to ensure this investment is targeted more effectively on local and regional investment priorities.

Registered Social Landlords are the main providers of affordable housing and £3.3 billion finding was recently agreed for the Housing Corporation's Approved Development Programme for 2004–05 and 2005–06 to

Mr. Raynsford

The dates, venues, audience size and cost of the Hearings in the regions attended by Ministers so far are tabled:

In addition, the dates, venues, audience size and cost of previous meetings with an invited audience attended by Ministers, as indicated in the written statement on 3 November 2003 are tabled as follows:

provide homes for both rent and low cost home ownership. This funding will provide around 67,000 new affordable homes in England. The number of homes to be provided in 2006–07 will be the subject of the outcome of the Spending Review 2004.

The number of council houses built has fallen with only a small number of dwellings being provided in recent years. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does not have estimates of the number of homes that will be provided by councils over the next three years. It is estimated from local authority housing investment returns that some 260 were planned to be built in 2003–04.