asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement about the state of the building industry and his proposals to stimulate house building.
I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave today to the hon. Member for Hazel Grove (Mr. Arnold). The Government believe that the measures announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 27th January will do much to restore confidence to private housebuilders, get more houses started and help those wishing to own their own homes. We are continuing to examine the problems facing the housebuilding industry. We have also been looking into ways of providing houses more cheaply and more quickly and our conclusions will be announced shortly.