Recession

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd June 1992.

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Photo of Peter Hain Peter Hain , Neath 12:00 am, 22nd June 1992

Is the Secretary of State aware that the recession is creating a terrible housing crisis in Wales? People come to my surgeries in tears. One young woman sleeps with her 14-month-old baby on the living room floor of her parents' home because there is nowhere else for her. In another case, two adults, four children and another couple—a total of eight people—live in a three-bedroomed house. Those problems could be solved at a stroke if the Secretary of State would release £500,000 from housing capital receipts funds in Wales and let councils build houses that are so desperately needed. Does the Secretary of State not care about those human tragedies?