Bed and breakfast Accommodation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th February 1987.

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Photo of Mr Richard Wainwright Mr Richard Wainwright , Colne Valley 12:00 am, 4th February 1987

Does the Minister not realise that even allowing for the Government's recent changes to the bed and breakfast system, the amount spent on it is exorbitant and would more than cover the cost of building many dwellings for the homeless? Will he explain why he prevents local authorities from spending a higher proportion of council house sale receipts on providing homes for those who are incurring such exorbitant costs?