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Volume 722: debated on Tuesday 21 December 1965

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asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what steps he is taking to meet the demand for more new houses for owner-occupation and for facilitating the purchase of such houses by persons of modest means.

On the first part of the Question, the Government's plans were announced in the White Paper on the Housing Programme 1965 to 1970, published on 24th November. They envisage a steady increase in building for owner-occupation as part of an overall expansion in the house-building programme to half a million a year in the United Kingdom by 1970. On the second part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Finchley (Mrs. Thatcher) on 16th November.