Autumn Statement

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 1:21 pm on 5th December 2012.

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Photo of George Osborne George Osborne The Chancellor of the Exchequer 1:21 pm, 5th December 2012

House building was at an all-time low under the Labour Government—the lowest, I think, since the 1920s or 1930s. That is what had happened. Of course, things such as problems in the mortgage market were created by the banking crisis and the financial crisis. The banking crisis happened, by the way, when Ed Balls was the City Minister. The funding for lending scheme is bringing mortgage costs down. The first buy scheme helps with shared equity, and the new buy scheme is helping people who cannot afford their first deposit, so we have those schemes out there, helping to repair problems in the financial markets. We are also committing money for additional affordable homes and we are providing guarantees to social landlords to build not just social homes, but homes for the private rented sector. We are dealing with the problems that occurred when the hon. Gentleman’s party was in office.