Rural Housing

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th June 1992.

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Photo of George Young George Young Minister (Department of Environment) (Housing) 12:00 am, 17th June 1992

I do not accept the analysis to which we have just listened. There are 2 million more homes than there were in 1979. There are more homes per 1,000 population than in 1979. The Housing Corporation programme is increasing dramatically. Its output this year is some 54,000 homes—about three times the level of two or three years ago.

The hon. Gentleman will know that there are fresh initiatives on empty MOD stock, including those in the Conservative party manifesto. We are determined to put to good use any surplus stock that the MOD has. However, the MOD is bringing back a substantial number of troops from Germany and other places. Much of the accommodation that is now empty may be needed for those families.