§ 68. Mr. Dodds-Parker
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government why he has agreed to switch the production of houses from the private to the 241W public sector, in view of the fact that this costs a further £20 million a year in housing subsidies.
§ Mr. Greenwood
The extra houses built in the public sector are required to increase the programmes of authorities with urgent housing needs arising from slum clearance and shortages, and to increase the pool of houses to let at reasonable rents, especially in the big cities. There is no question of a switch from the private to the public sector; I want to see increases in both sectors, and to maintain an approximate balance between them.