in England and 10,800 were completed. The equivalent figures for
Great Britain were 16,700 and 13,300.
up 8 per cent (after allowing for seasonal variation) on the same
period a year ago.
Completions, on the same basis, were up 7 per cent. (The seasonally
adjusted figures show the rate of monthly starts has been mostly
level between August and February. Monthly completions, over the same
period, showed some increase particularly in November and December.)
Starts and completions in Great Britain followed similar trends:
starts up 8 per cent (after seasonal adjustment) during the three
months to February compared with the same period last year and
completions up 6 per cent.
Publication of house building figures
ODPM plans to publish housing starts and completions quarterly from
financial year 2003/04, because quarterly figures are better for
assessing trends as the monthly figures are very variable.
1. Estimates are included in the monthly figures for Great Britain of
house building in Wales and Scotland but they are not published
separately in the Statistical Release.
2. The monthly figures are very variable, and therefore attention is
directed to the latest three months rather than to the latest single
month. The seasonally adjusted figures show the trends underlying the
variation of building activity during different times of the year.
3. The figures shown in tables 1 and 2 are derived from records kept
for building control purposes. It is sometimes difficult for data
providers to identify whether a dwelling is being built for a housing
association or for a private developer. This may lead to an
understatement of housing association starts and completions recorded
in these tables, and a corresponding overstatement of private
enterp rise figures. This problem is more likely to occur with starts
4. Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) include housing associations
and Local Housing Companies that are registered with the Housing
Corporation; some housing associations are not registered and are
outside this RSL category. The Housing Corporation was able to
register Local Housing Companies from the end of 1996.
5. National Statistics are produced to high professional standards
set out in the National Statistics Code of Practice. They undergo
regular quality assurance Reviews to ensure that they meet customer
6. The seasonally adjusted figures are no longer constrained to the
unadjusted financial year totals, which has resulted in a revision to
the seasonally adjusted series for both England and Great Britain.
7. The tables and charts accompanying this release are shown below in
the Table of Contents. They are provided in both MS Excel and Comma
Separated Value (CSV) files.
8. Next publication date of house building figures: 8 May 2003.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table 1: Housebuilding starts and completions: Great Britain (MS
Excel) and (CSV)
Table 2: Housebuilding starts and completions: England (MS Excel) and
Charts: Housebuilding starts and completions: Great Britain:
Seasonally adjusted rates over three months (MS Excel only)
Tables are available on the ODPM website: http://www.odpm.gov.uk