§ Mr. Kaufman
Merseyside does not in itself constitute a region and it cannot, therefore, be compared with regions. Although the information requested is not available I would, however, refer my hon. Friend to my answer to his other Question today.
§ Mr. Freeson
The estimated number of new dwellings started in the public sector in Great Britain in 1974 showed an increase of 30 per cent. over the number started in 1973. There was a 33 per cent. increase in the number of dwellings in new contracts let and completions rose by 20 per cent. I will shortly be issuing a circular to local authorities on further housing initiatives520W which can be taken to increase housing provision quickly.