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Housing (New Towns)

Volume 884: debated on Wednesday 15 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what directives he has given to new town corporations about the proportions of public and private housing they should adopt as their building targets.

No such directives have been issued, but I am conscious of the heavy demand for rented accommodation in many of the new towns. In a consultation document, "New Towns in England and Wales", issued jointly by my Department and that of my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales on 31st December last, the need to give sufficient emphasis within new town building programmes to the provision of housing for rent has been made clear. Copies of the consultation document have been placed in the Library.