Completions numbered 15,300 compared with 15,700 in the previous year.
In the latest three months 47,300 dwellings were started, up 29 per cent on the same three months a year ago, while completions at 46,300 were down 2 per cent.
Seasonally adjusted comparisons
Housing association starts of new dwellings in the three months September to November 1996 were higher than during the previous three months ; completions were lower.
Both starts and completions by local authorities and government departments remained at a low level.
It is provisionally estimated that 13,100 mandatory and 9,000 discretionary house renovation grants (including 8,000 minor works assistance) were paid to private owners and tenants in England during the third quarter of 1996.
This compares with 12,400 mandatory and 8,100 discretionary grants in the second quarter and 13,200 mandatory and 8,200 discretionary grants in the third quarter of 1995.
In the third quarter of 1996 some 58,300 local authority dwellings were converted or improved, compared with 73,200 in the second quarter and 58,700 in the third quarter of 1995.