Orders of the Day — Housing and Building Control Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:40 pm on 5th July 1983.

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Photo of Sir Nicholas Lyell Sir Nicholas Lyell , Mid Bedfordshire 7:40 pm, 5th July 1983

The hon. Member for Bootle (Mr. Roberts) repeats what has been repeated by Opposition Members as though they think that comparison with the private sector is a useful argument. It has been stated time and again that it is not for the Government to dispossess people of private property. However, it is quite proper for the Government to do that in regard to public authority housing. There is a fundamental distinction between the two. If Opposition Members believe that they can get out of their astonishing dislike of council house sales by repeating that hopeless argument parrot fashion, they deceive themselves just as they do in many other ways.