Opinion: Fyson on ... facing up to the need for a sound population policy

Discussion of population policy, or whether the government should have one, all too often gets no further than arguments about tougher controls on immigration and family size. The latest estimate, showing that Britain's population will rise by four million over the next two decades and by a further 1.5 million by 2050, may have eliminated any doubt about the need for an accelerated house building programme. But it has also triggered more simplistic assertions from would-be fertility managers and immigration controllers, along with even wilder speculation from the proponents of "ecological footprinting".

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