Housing

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 27th June 1995.

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Photo of Dennis Skinner Dennis Skinner Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 3:31 pm, 27th June 1995

It is no wonder that the Tory party is going to the dogs when, after 16 years in government, it fails to recognise that it is facing a housing crisis. More than a quarter of a million building workers are looking for jobs, there are millions of bricks at the London Brick Company and elsewhere, thousands of people are on the streets without a roof over their heads and many more are on council housing waiting lists. Yet, despite all the talk about negative equity, today the Minister calls upon more people to get up to their necks in debt. The country is in never-never land, living on tick. The Minister, in his swan song speech—he is likely to be dumped—does not have the decency to tell councils to build some houses, get people back to work and put roofs over people's heads.