Sir George presses Housing Minister on targets
19 Nov 2008
At questions to Ministers from the Department of Communities and Local Government, Sir George pressed Margaret Beckett on the Government's Housebuilding Target - see below

Sir George Young (North-West Hampshire) (Con): The target of 3 million new homes by 2020 was a very challenging one when it was announced many months ago, before the economy entered its downturn. Does the right hon. Lady believe that it is still attainable?

Margaret Beckett: My understanding is that that was an ambition, whereas some of the more short-term numbers in the programme are definitely targets. Of course I appreciate that, owing to the present difficulties, people will consider whether and on what trajectory we should meet the need, but I am sure the right hon. Gentleman agrees that because the need is not going to go away, the targets cannot just disappear either.

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