Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 3rd June 2013.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion 2:30 pm, 3rd June 2013

In Brighton and Hove, we have an acute housing crisis with a private rented sector that is twice the national average at 21% and a generation of families living in uncertainty with short-term tenancies. Does the Minister agree that longer-term tenancies should be much more widely available and will he consider measures to incentivise landlords to offer longer-term tenancies through changes to capital gains tax and national insurance contributions, which have been proposed by a number of housing charities?