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Housing: Construction

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) private, (b) socially rented and (c) shared ownership homes she estimates will be built in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2010. (210686)

The Government do not publish forecasts for private house building.

In 2006-07 199,200 additional homes were delivered. Housing starts in 2007-08 were 10 per cent. lower than in 2006-07 and this is likely to be reflected in lower levels of housing completions during 2008-09.

The Housing Green Paper, “Homes for the Future: more affordable, more sustainable” (CM 7191), published in July 2007, announced an increase of new affordable housing to at least 70,000 per annum by 2010-11, to be delivered mainly through the Housing Corporation’s National Affordable Housing Programme. Of these, 45,000 homes will be for social rent, an increase of 50 per cent. on 2007-08, with a goal to go further to 50,000 new homes for social rent in the next spending review period.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the effect of the economic situation, with particular reference to the availability of credit on levels on house building. (210687)