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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Lynne Jones Lynne Jones Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak 11:30 am, 4th February 2004

It is good that the Government have increased investment in housing, but it is still only up to the 1992 level in real terms. In my constituency, only those applicants for council housing or housing association housing who are homeless or are clearance cases are receiving offers. Even those living in extremely overcrowded conditions, or with urgent medical needs, cannot get an offer. Does my right hon. Friend share my concern that unless there is a substantial increase in the number of affordable homes for rent—and council housing is the most efficient way of providing this—many areas are approaching a housing crisis not seen since the post-war era?