§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimates he has made of the extent of unmet housing need; and if he will make it his policy to collate figures on unmet housing need so as to qualify the requirements for(a) new housebuilding and (b) renovation activity.
§ Mr. Redwood
For the whole of Wales I have estimates of house condition, population growth and household formation. However it is the responsibility of local authorities to assess housing need in their areas. They are best placed to decide priorities, taking account of local factors, and to devise strategies drawing in developers, housing associations and others to meet housing need.