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Households

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the likely change in the number of households in each region in the next (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15 and (d) 20 years; and if she will make a statement. (81710)

Projections of households for 2003 to 2026 and intervening years were published on 4 March 2006 via the DCLG website:

http://www.odpm.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1002882& PressNoticeID=2097

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the accuracy of house building targets in relation to growth in the number of households over the past 10 years; and if she will make a statement. (81711)

In response to the Barker Review of Housing Supply, the Government announced, in December 2005, an ambition to increase new housing supply in England to 200,000 net additions per year over the next decade. This took account of factors including household growth, affordability, numbers of houses in plans and recent trends in housing supply.

The level of household growth over the past 10 years reflects in part the level of home building as where the number of new homes are restricted it can restrict household formation. So, for example, young people live with their parents for longer than they would otherwise choose to do.