Prime minister Gordon Brown yesterday promised the biggest programme of housebuilding since the 1970s. The Times. Daily Telegraph. The Independent. The Guardian. Financial Times

The Prime Minister pledged the creation of three million extra new homes by the end of the next decade. The annual housebuilding target is rise to 240,000 homes a year.

Around 550 government-owned sites across the country owned by are being examined for the building of up to 100,000 homes. A further 60,000 are to built on brownfield sites owned by local authorities.

But Brown came under immediate attack for failing to disclose what proportion would be social housing and how he would ensure that affordable private housing was built.

There was also little detail about where the homes would be built and how planning could be fast-tracked to make sure that houses were delivered quickly.