Rural Housing

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd May 1990.

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Photo of Mr Clive Soley Mr Clive Soley , Hammersmith 12:00 am, 23rd May 1990

The Minister has developed an unenviable reputation for not answering questions on housing, and his performance today has been no exception. I shall ask him a nice easy question today to help him regain his reputation. Why are Lady Anson and the Conservative-controlled Association of District Councils, as well as nearly every Conservative-controlled local authority in rural areas, saying that the schemes that the Minister has introduced do not begin to touch the problem and that a major change of Government policy is required if the housing crisis that is the result of a lack of affordable accommodation for rent or sale in rural areas is to be reversed? Why, in the hon. Gentleman's judgment, is Lady Anson wrong?