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Housing (Softwood Supplies)

Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 28 June 1950

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asked the Minister of Health how many standards of sawn softwood for housing will be required to complete this year's housing programme; and how many standards were required in each of the last four years.

The quantity of timber required for the housing programme can be calculated on the basis of approximately 1.6 standards per house. With a stabilised programme of 175,000 houses a year for England and Wales, this means approximately 280,000 standards a year. As the process of building is a continuous one and as, therefore, at a particular date houses are at varying stages of construction it is not possible to estimate how much will actually be required to complete this year's programme.