Housing and Urban Policies

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 3:54 pm on 29th June 1994.

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Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw Shadow Secretary of State (Environment) 3:54 pm, 29th June 1994

No. I am answering the question.

Our opposition to that was based on our anticipation that councils would not be allowed to use the capital receipts from the sale of houses to restore and renew the housing stock.

The other point of that interview, and of a speech that I gave to Shelter in July 1980, which certainly stands the test of time, was that I predicted—although I do not often get such things right—that, 10 years later, there would be a housing crisis, with many more people homeless and with a great shortage of social housing, precisely because the Government had stopped authorities from using their capital receipts.