Housing Associations

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th November 1991.

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Photo of Mr Gerry Steinberg Mr Gerry Steinberg , City of Durham 12:00 am, 6th November 1991

Does the Minister agree that the transfer of council houses to housing associations will not solve the housing crisis? My district council, Durham City, has sold 3,000 houses under the right-to-buy scheme and we have 4,000 people on the waiting list. When will the Government lose their dogmatic policy and allow councils to build new houses so that people from those lists can be housed? So many people want rented accommodation provided by local authorities.