Orders of the Day — Housing and Planning Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:50 pm on 4th February 1986.

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Photo of David Winnick David Winnick , Walsall North 6:50 pm, 4th February 1986

I do not know why the hon. Member for Mid-Staffordshire (Mr. Heddle) concluded that there is consensus here on the legislation. There is nothing of the kind, as has already been demonstrated by my hon. Friends, including my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker).

We face a formidable housing crisis. New public sector starts are at their lowest level in peace time. It is unlikely that the total number of building starts in the public sector in the whole of the United Kingdom this year will be more than 30,000. That means that a large number of people are unable to buy, and stand no chance in the near future of being offered, accommodation by a council. That all adds to the housing crisis.

Last year was the centenary of the Housing of the Working Classes Act 1885; so we have had 100 years of council housing.