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Drinking Water

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 3 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the drinking water inspectorate; and if he will make a statement.

Housebuilding Starts and Completions
19881989Per cent. change19881989Per cent. change
Yorkshire and Humberside17.915.9-1116.914.4-15
East Midlands21.716.8-2319.915.9-20
East Anglia16.511.4-3113.213.7+3
South East:
Rest of South East63.741.9-3455.547.9-14
South West30.219.2-3623.721.0-11
West Midlands19.115.6-1917.614.2-19
North West18.718.0-418.516.3-12
In 1988 private enterprise housebuilding was at its highest since 1973. Because of the need to raise interest rates to keep down inflation the fall during 1989 and early 1990 is not surprising. Interest rates will remain at current levels as long as is necessary to defeat inflation.