Part of Opposition Day — [12th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 7:34 pm on 9th June 2009.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour, North West Leicestershire 7:34 pm, 9th June 2009

I congratulate the Minister on his promotion to his post. The last word spoken by his predecessor about housing revenue accounts was in answer to a question that I asked last week. I put to my right hon. Friend Margaret Beckett the possibility of councils retaining all rent income so that they could reinvest in their local housing stock, build new houses and have the same access as registered social landlords to grants and loans to tackle the housing crisis. She seemed well disposed towards those suggestions and ideas, which have come from a wide range of organisations and individuals. Would the Minister say that he was a fan as well?

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