To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment there set out.
Increasing the supply of land for new homes is central to this Government’s vision of a country that works for everyone. The Government has an ambition to release surplus public land with capacity for at least 160,000 homes during this Parliament. This target was set at the Autumn Statement in 2015 and reiterated in the recent Housing White Paper.
Progress towards meeting this ambition is set out in Table 3 of the Public Land for Housing Programme Annual Report published in February 2017, which shows that between 8 May 2015 and 30 September 2016 all departments released land for a total of 13,817 homes. It is the responsibility of the Treasury, alongside the Cabinet Office, to provide oversight, support and challenge to the Public Land for Housing Programme.