Household Projections

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:51 pm on 25th November 1996.

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Photo of Neil Gerrard Neil Gerrard , Walthamstow 4:51 pm, 25th November 1996

The Secretary of State has said several times that his Department has underestimated the population projections for some years. Since those projections become the starting point for regional planning guidance for housing provision, is not the implication that the number of houses that need to be built has also been grossly underestimated? Even the Government accept that some houses will be built as social housing, mainly by housing associations, so can we expect that the Budget this week will provide more money to put right the backlog that the Secretary of State has just admitted?