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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:36 pm on 23 November 1989.

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Photo of Mr Geoffrey Howe Mr Geoffrey Howe , East Surrey 2:36, 23 November 1989

The hon. Lady must accept that in his statement last week my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that an additional £250 million would be made available for a crash programme in respect of homelessness. The hon. Lady will also recollect that, at any one time, 100,000 local authority owned properties are standing empty. Homelessness could be substantially alleviated if those properties were brought into occupation more promptly.