I wish to present a petition signed by 1,000 council tenants in Southampton, which is headed by David and Rashin Bishop of 2 Kenilworth house. They are in their fourth year of waiting for a larger home for themselves and their three children. They cannot understand why they have to wait so long while the city council has £14 million from the sale of council houses, which cannot be used to build new homes.
The petition reads:
To the Honourable Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.
The humble Petition of residents of Southampton sheweth that:
Local authorities are prevented from using the money raised from the sale of council housing to build new homes.
Wherefore your petitioners pray that your humble House will:
Urge Her Majesty's Government to enable Southampton and other local councils to use capital receipts to build new homes, improve existing homes and create useful work.