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.