Housing expenditure will double to boost flat supply and home ownership in an effort to achieve the Chief Executive's targets. Spending on housing now accounts for up to 16.8 per cent of the financial cake, ranking second - behind education - in total expenditure. The increased spending will focus mainly on Housing Authority construction work, rising to cope with an estimated 60 per cent rise in public housing and Home Ownership Scheme flats in the next three years. More than 150,000 flats are expected to be built in the next financial year. This year, another $3.6 billion will be injected into a Loan Fund to help 6,000 eligible families buy a new home under the Home Starter Loan Scheme. Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa pledged to build 85,000 flats each year and meet a 70 per cent home ownership rate by 2007. Cash is also set aside to search for Sandwich Class Housing Scheme sites. The Housing Department will outlay some $530 million on squatter control and temporary clearance, as hundreds of families will be evacuated for the construction of the West Rail line from West Kowloon to Tuen Mun. To keep up housing supply, infrastructure development funding will rise $1.2 billion to $11.4 billion. The Government hopes the increases will boost land supply and help implement road and rail projects to open up land for housing projects. But Secretary for Housing Dominic Wong Shing-wah earlier admitted the target might not be met, as private developments have slowed in the market slump. Mr Wong will announce the Long Term Housing Strategy, mapping out housing policies for the next 10 years, today.