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 Don Foster Don Foster Shadow Secretary of State for Transport 4:48 pm, 22nd October 2002

I will answer that in full at some point, but I hope that the hon. Gentleman will not mind waiting until later in my speech. Various Labour and Conservative manifestos have contained many fine words on the subject, but despite that the crisis is mounting. The Deputy Prime Minister honestly accepted that when he said:

XWe know the problems . . . We . . . recognise in the country and on both sides of this House that we have not done enough over the years. We need more homes where people want to live, near where they work, in the north and in the south, at a price that people can afford and in a way that protects our countryside."—[Hansard, 18 July 2002; Vol. 388, c. 442.]

That is a clear admission that enough has not yet been done. Fine words in manifestos and on the Floor of the House have not led to sufficient action to prevent the problem.