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 Ms Jean Corston Ms Jean Corston , Bristol East 3:31 pm, 27th June 1995

Is this not another case of the Government pursuing dogma in the face of the evidence? Is the Secretary of State aware of the scale of the housing crisis in Bristol, where 23,000 people are on the council waiting list? To afford the rent for a three-bedroomed housing association property, it would be necessary for the tenant to earn £300 a week. Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that his White Paper will encourage homeless people to be set against each other, provide in the rented sector only insecure tenancies and irresponsibly promote home ownership among people who evidently do not have the means to afford repairs and maintenance?