Affordable Housing

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:48 pm on 22nd October 2002.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Shadow Minister (Defence) 4:48 pm, 22nd October 2002

I thank the hon. Gentleman for his courtesy in giving way. While he is on the subject of manifestos, what has he to say about the Liberal Democrats' 2002 alternative Budget, which proposed the infliction of VAT of up to 7 per cent. on all new building? How would that help to increase the supply of affordable housing?