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House Building

Volume 885: debated on Thursday 30 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment by what percentage the average period between the start and completion of houses built by English local authorities lengthened between February 1972 and February 1974.

There was an estimated increase of 22 per cent. in the time lag between start and completion of dwellings built in England and Wales for local authorities and new towns.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment by what percentage the number of dwellings completed for rent in English new towns fell in 1972 compared with 1971, and in 1973 compared with 1971; and by what percentage the number of local authority houses completed in England fell in 1972 compared with 1971, and in 1973 compared with 1971.

In the English new towns the number of dwellings completed for rent in 1972 and 1973 showed falls of 24·3 per cent. and 24·4 per cent., respectively, in comparison with the 1971 figure. The comparable falls in English local authority completions were 18·9 per cent. and 32·0 per cent. respectively.