Sustainable and Secure Buildings Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:23 am on 30th January 2004.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) 11:23 am, 30th January 2004

I hear what the hon. Gentleman says, but he has not addressed the critical point. At a time when the Government are facing a housing crisis and addressing—the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is certainly doing so—much of their energy to trying to deal with the housing affordability problem across a large part of the country, are we seriously contemplating doubling the construction costs of new dwellings? I suggest that, although that might move us forward on one agenda, it will move us sharply backwards on the Government's priority agenda of achieving affordability.