§ Mr. Webb
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will estimate how many additional council houses have been built as a result of his decision to release for use by local authorities, part of the capital receipts from previous council house sales. 
§ Mr. Mullin
The available information relates to new build or purchase of existing dwellings by local authorities. Information provided by authorities on their plans for the use of Capital Receipts Initiative resources for 1997–98 and 1998–99 indicated that around 100 council houses would be built or purchased over the two years. Most of the resources have been used to carry out improvement and renovation work on existing local authority stock.