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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 30th October 2002.

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Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair Prime Minister 2:30 pm, 30th October 2002

We are putting an immense amount of money into housing, as the hon. Gentleman knows. The important thing is that the building industry faces real challenges in relation to skills and the use of land. If he listened to the statement that my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister made before the summer break, I hope that he would realise that the answers to the housing issue lie in many different facets. One of them is to make sure that our building industry and the private construction industry build the houses that are needed in particular parts of the country, such as the south-east. I hope very much that he will support that policy rather than oppose it.