House Building (North-West Region)

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th June 1985.

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Photo of Mr Terry Lewis Mr Terry Lewis , Worsley 12:00 am, 12th June 1985

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the house building programme in the north-west region.

Photo of George Young George Young Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Environment)

About 20,050 dwellings were completed in the north-west region in 1984, compared with 18,250 in 1983 and 17,450 in 1982.

Photo of Mr Terry Lewis Mr Terry Lewis , Worsley

Is the Minister aware that those figures are pathetic when set against the need for housing in the north-west region? When the Secretary of State visits the north-west next week, and especially when he visits the city of Salford, will he please listen intently to the representations that will be made by that authority about the devastating effect on its housing programme of the severe cuts in housing investment programme money during the past six years?

Photo of George Young George Young Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Environment)

My right hon. Friend is looking forward to his visit to the north-west in a few days' time. He will, of course, listen attentively to representations made by local councillors about the gravity of the housing situation there. I hope the hon. Gentleman agrees that the figures that I gave show a welcome increase in the number of completions in the north-west region.

Photo of Mr Richard Holt Mr Richard Holt , Langbaurgh

Does my hon. Friend agree that, although it is important to consider the house building programme in the north-west, the building programme in the southeast is equally important? A planning application in the south-east region had a public inquiry two and a half years ago, and one single inspector has yet to make up his mind one way or the other.