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Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st February 1972.

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Photo of Alan Williams Alan Williams , Swansea West 12:00 am, 21st February 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many council houses there are in Wales.

Photo of Mr David Gibson-Watt Mr David Gibson-Watt , Hereford

It is estimated that there were 260,000 at the end of 1971.

Photo of Alan Williams Alan Williams , Swansea West

Does the hon. Gentleman recognise that a policy which deliberately imposes rent increases will inevitably force up the cost of living for people on low incomes, particularly in Wales, and will trigger off defensive wage claims? Will he therefore bear in mind that in the next year he may see many such claims in view of the Government's regressive rent legislation plus V.A.T.?

Photo of Mr David Gibson-Watt Mr David Gibson-Watt , Hereford

The hon. Gentleman's Question referred to the number of council houses in Wales and not to rents.

Photo of Mr Neil Kinnock Mr Neil Kinnock , Bedwellty

When the Minister's officials discuss the future of housing in Wales with local authorities and the question of rents comes up, do they tell those local authorities that in the event of their promising not to comply with the Housing Finance Bill until it becomes law, the withdrawal of subsidies and other finance is threatened in respect of the period before the Measure becomes law?

Photo of Mr David Gibson-Watt Mr David Gibson-Watt , Hereford

That does not arise on this Question.