Affordable Housing (London)

Part of Office of the Deputy Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 16th October 2002.

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Photo of Mike Gapes Mike Gapes Labour/Co-operative, Ilford South 2:30 pm, 16th October 2002

I am grateful for that reply, but does my right hon. Friend accept that London faces an acute housing crisis? Many people cannot afford to live and work in the city. Is not it time that we invested far more in social housing, instead of selling off the social housing that we have? At the same time, should not we recognise the needs of those London boroughs that do not have much land but which have serious problems with people on their housing lists? Should we not give those authorities the right to nominate people for the new social housing developments in the Thames gateway and elsewhere?