Leicester (Housing Waiting List)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th December 1988.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz , Leicester East 12:00 am, 14th December 1988

As the Minister was in Leicester so recently, he will know that there are currently 10,500 people on the housing waiting list in Leicester and that last year the city council did not build a single new council house. That contrasts with the position 10 years ago when it used to build an average of 1,000 new houses a year. Does the Minister realise that the appalling statistics are a direct result of the Government's miserable housing policies? When will the Minister return to the people of Leicester the £15,274,000·18 stolen by the Government from the council's housing allocation grant? Will the Minister confirm that if the money was given to the city council—it is its rightful property—it would considerably ease the housing crisis in Leicester?