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Business Premises: Construction

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL13476, tabled on 5 February 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of a recent decline in the growth of UK commercial construction projects.

Answered on

19 February 2019

The Office of National Statistics publishes monthly statistics on construction output, which are influenced by many factors, including levels of investment and the weather. The latest figures show that construction output grew by 0.6% in November 2018 to an all-time monthly high, exceeding £14 billion for the first time. Construction output in the 3 months to November 2018 was 2.1% higher than in the previous period. Whilst most estimates suggested that commercial construction activity will decline slightly in 2018 and 2019, despite increases in October and November, this has been offset by increases in activity in the infrastructure and private housing sectors.