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Housing (Starts)

Volume 885: debated on Wednesday 5 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what estimates he has received of the likely number of private sector housing starts in 1975.

A sample of house builders' own expectations of starts taken in November and published on 30th December indicated a figure of 135,000. A forecast made by the Joint Forecasting Committee of the Building and Civil Engineering Economic Development Committees and published on 22nd January indicated a figure of 100,000. My right hon. Friend announced on 27th January in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, West (Mrs. Taylor)—[Vol. 885, c. 43–4.]—a number of measures agreed in discussion with the building societies and the house builders designed to get the building of more houses started.