Orders of the Day — Housing and Building Control Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:11 pm on 5th July 1983.

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Photo of Mr Eldon Griffiths Mr Eldon Griffiths , Bury St Edmunds 5:11 pm, 5th July 1983

The Bill also deals with the extension of the social revolution that the Government have set in motion—the massive move towards home ownership. I have now been through eight general election campaigns. During the most recent one, I encountered the fear among large numbers of women who live in council houses in my constituency and the other five that visited that if a Labour Government were returned to office, their opportunity to purchase their homes would be snuffed out. I am not making a party political point, simply an observation. I suspect that many such women who had recognised the opportunity to get on to the home ownership ladder had for years been nagging the old man to take advantage of that opportunity, but that, for some reason, he had not done so. Perhaps he could not afford it, or perhaps he was not interested. During the election campaign, however, many women suddenly realised that if the election went the wrong way, their option to buy would be ended overnight. I am sure that many women who normally vote Labour changed their minds and their votes over this issue. I hope that the Opposition will realise that there was a shift of expectation and desire among many of their supporters on that issue.