Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:46 pm on 25th March 2013.

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Photo of Danny Alexander Danny Alexander The Chief Secretary to the Treasury 9:46 pm, 25th March 2013

We have made it clear throughout that there is no intention that this scheme should work to the benefit of second-home owners, but as I said yesterday and as the Chancellor has said repeatedly, we will consult on the detail of the scheme to make sure it benefits those whom it needs to benefit.

There is a very serious problem in this country: many people, especially young couples, can afford the monthly repayments on their mortgage but cannot afford the large deposits that are now required by mortgage—