Social Housing

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 12th December 2006.

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Photo of Brian Iddon Brian Iddon Labour, Bolton South East 2:30 pm, 12th December 2006

Does my hon. Friend recognise that the crisis in housing is now becoming as fierce in some northern towns and cities as it is in some southern towns and cities? Bolton has lost a third of its housing stock, largely through the right to buy, and its housing waiting list in the last few years has quadrupled from 5,000 to over 23,000, and it is rising steeply. A few days ago, the Minister for Housing and Planning met the northern housing forum. Will the Department look at its proposals for alleviating the housing crisis in northern areas?