Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Building of Houses.

25.

asked the Minister for Local Government the number of dwellings per 1,000 of population erected each year since 1955 in (a) Dublin city and (b) the rest of the State.

As the reply is in the form of a tabular statement, I propose, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to have it circulated with the Official Report.

Following is the statement:

Year ended 31st March

Number of dwellings provided per 1,000 of population

Dublin City

Rest of country

1956

5.5

3.1

1957

5.2

3.6

1958

3.3

2.6

1959

2.4

1.7

1960

2.5

2.2

1961

2.2

2.2

1962

2.2

2.1

1963

3.1

2.4

1964

3.1

2.7

1965

3.2

3.4

1966

4.0

3.9

1967

4.3

3.7

1968

5.3

3.8

NOTE:—The population for the years ended 31st March, 1957, 1962 and 1967 is based on the Census taken in those years. The figures for the remaining years are based on estimates of the population.

26.

asked the Minister for Local Government the number of dwellings per 1,000 inhabitants erected each year since 1955 in (a) the Republic of Ireland (b) the United Kingdom (c) Belgium and (d) Denmark.

As the reply is in the form of a tabular statement, I propose, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to have it circulated with the Official Report.

Following is the statement:

Year

Number of dwellings provided per 1,000 of population

Ireland

United Kingdom

Belgium

Denmark

1955

3.5

6.4

5.0

5.4

1956

3.9

6.1

4.9

4.4

1957

2.7

6.0

4.8

5.8

1958

1.8

5.4

4.5

4.6

1959

2.2

5.5

4.9

5.8

1960

2.2

5.9

5.3

6.1

1961

2.1

5.9

5.6

6.9

1962

2.5

6.0

5.0

7.2

1963

2.7

5.9

4.3

7.1

1964

3.4

7.2

5.6

8.2

1965

3.9

7.3

N.A.

8.5

1966

3.8

7.3

N.A.

8.3

1967

4.1

N.A.

N.A.

N.A.

No account is taken in the figures of differing wealth or rates of population growth in the various countries.

Houses in Ireland appear to be larger, on average, than those built in the other countries.

The figures are based on those in the Annual Bulletin of Housing and Building Statistics for Europe, 1966, published by the United Nations, New York. The figures for Ireland take into account a revision of population estimates following the 1966 Census.