Housing, Hornchurch

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th November 1951.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Marples Mr Ernest Marples , Wallasey 12:00 am, 12th November 1951

If the hon. and learned Member wants to continue his electioneering debates, I suggests that he arranges meetings in Hornchurch. So far as my own opponent is concerned, his party built 1,300,000 houses, I understand, but he gave a figure which lost 213,285 houses. I do appeal to the hon. and learned Member to realise that it is quite irrelevant to the problems facing us to introduce these issues, and I hope that we can deal with those problems in a different atmosphere, because it is about time that housing ceased to be a political football and was discussed seriously. I believe the hon. and learned Gentleman and the party opposite will misjudge the temper of the country if they treat with levity the very serious housing problem facing us.