Housing (Public Expenditure)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st February 1980.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Dubs Mr Alfred Dubs , Wandsworth Battersea South 12:00 am, 21st February 1980

Is the Secretary of State aware that in many inner cities, such as that which I represent, there is a serious housing crisis that will not be helped by the complacency of his housing policly? Is he aware that waiting lists and homelessness are increasing? How can he have the effrontery to suggest that we should tell those people who are waiting for houses that the shorthold provisions will help them? If I were to tell my constituents who are waiting for houses that shorthold is the answer I should be lynched and there would be a by-election.