Housing

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25 April 1990.

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Photo of Mr Eric Heffer Mr Eric Heffer , Liverpool, Walton 12:00, 25 April 1990

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that Liverpool's homelessness record is one of the best in the country? Might not that be due to the fact that, since 1983, when Liverpool city council came under Labour control, it has regularly been building houses for the people who live in the area? Is not it true that many of the so-called empty houses are blocks of flats that were built when the Tories were in power and that they are being demolished because they are a blot on the area? Is the Minister aware that the Government practically destroyed industry on Merseyside and that many rent arrears are due to the great poverty in the area?