Part of STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. – in the House of Commons at 7:05 pm on 26th January 1994.

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Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry , High Peak 7:05 pm, 26th January 1994

I am grateful to have caught your eye, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am glad to see the hon. Member for Leeds, West (Mr. Battle). I hope that he will listen carefully, because it might enable him to get some of his facts more accurate than he did when we had a discussion on Radio Leeds on Thursday morning.

During the radio phone-in, the hon. Gentleman told listeners that not one penny of the money that had been raised from council house sales could be spent on housing. Perhaps on further reflection he will accept that that is not the case. Furthermore, the hon. Gentleman stated that the number of houses is getting "smaller and smaller" all the time. That is a quote from him. I hope that he will further reflect on the fact that that is not the case. As he knows, there are 2·5 million more houses in Britain today than there were in 1979.