§ Mr.Frank Allaun
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many council home were started in 1978 and 1979; what is the approximate estimate for 1980; and what emergency steps he will now operate to increase the number for 1980.
§ Mr. Stanley
68,000 new council houses were started in England in the478W year ending 31 December 1978, and 47,000 in the year ending 31 December 1979. Within their single block housing investment programme allocation, it will be for local authorities to decide what resources to devote to new council house building in 1980.