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House Building

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 6 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment in which of the last 30 years the numbers of homes completed by local authorities in Great Britain was lower than the number completed in 1986.

None. But private sector completions were the highest since 1973, and the total housing stock has grown by 1·4 million since this Government came to office in 1979. Over the same period the number of households is estimated to have increased by only about 1·25 million; so the overall balance of supply and demand has improved significantly.