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Part of Welfare Reform and Work Bill – in the House of Lords at 9:45 pm on 27th January 2016.

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Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Conservative 9:45 pm, 27th January 2016

My Lords, from these Benches I join other noble Lords in commending the negotiating skills of the noble Lord, Lord Best. As a former Housing Minister, I know what a plausible advocate he can be on behalf of those in social housing. I also commend my noble friend the Minister for listening to the case made by both sides in this House a few weeks ago.

The only clarification I seek from my noble friend is in relation to Amendment 51, which says:

Section 21 does not apply to social housing which meets the definition of supported housing”.

I wonder if my noble friend can confirm that it will be absolutely clear, if we go ahead with this amendment or something similar to it, exactly which housing schemes will benefit from the exemption and which will fall outside, and, related to that, how the good news he is about to announce will be communicated to those associations or organisations which run operations that will qualify under Amendment 51 and indeed some of the other related amendments.