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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 25th April 1991.

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Photo of Harry Cohen Harry Cohen , Leyton 3:30 pm, 25th April 1991

May we have an urgent debate on the housing crisis that continues unabated, especially in London? Because of the Government's policies, council rents have gone up by three times the level of inflation. The Government allocation for repairs and decorations in my borough has been cut by 30 per cent. this year, virtually no new homes are being built, and people who have huge numbers of points are still stuck on the council waiting list and cannot get a home. Ministers are well housed; why do they not care about those who are not?