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 Peter Luff Peter Luff , Worcester 4:51 pm, 25th November 1996

I thank my right hon. Friend for his statement and for encouraging a debate on the subject. Does he understand that the people of Worcester will be alarmed by the new and higher figures for household formation rates that he has provided to the House?

First, can I urge my right hon. Friend to collaborate with his Government colleagues and with other organisations to find a way to create a downward impact on household formation rates, which I do not believe the House should accept as a given? Secondly, can I urge him to set a target of two thirds for the building of new houses in urban areas and brown-field sites? Thirdly, will he encourage the county councils which are setting arbitrary divisions in terms of the areas where development should go—I am thinking particularly of Worcestershire—to introduce policies that enable new housing developments to be spread evenly across county council areas and not concentrated in sensitive areas?