§ Mr. John Silkin
In real terms, out-put of new work in 1969 was about 3 per cent. lower than in 1968. There was an increase in non-housing work, but this was offset by the fall in housing. In 1970, I expect output of new work to be not less than it was in 1969. I am confident that the measures recently announced by the Government will help house building in the private sector.
§ Mr. Silkin
A number of measures on private house building, of which I think the hon. Gentleman is aware, have recently been announced. I have every 1188 reason to believe that the raising of the ceiling on local authority mortgages to £155 million, together with the further resources now available to the housing corporations and the Save-As-You-Earn Scheme, will increase the number of houses built, though I must add that the number is very much higher than it was when the Opposition were in office.
§ Mr. Allason
Has not the small builder lost his proper share of the house-building programme? Cannot the Minister do something to help the small builder in this?
§ Mr. Silkin
It is the small builder who has suffered more than the medium and large builders, but the measures to which I referred a moment ago will be of direct help to him.