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Clause 5 - Modification or discharge of affordable housing requirements

Part of Growth and Infrastructure Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 27th November 2012.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons) 11:00 am, 27th November 2012

I very much welcome the Minister’s comments towards the end of his speech. I think we were all surprised by Dr Stone’s evidence: the issue had not  occurred to us, and my right hon. Friend the Member for Greenwich and Woolwich was as surprised as everybody else. When we interrogated Dr Stone, it became clear that this is a genuine issue, so if the Minister is saying that he recognises there is a genuine issue and that he is willing to work cross party to find a resolution that would meet the concerns of the likes of Dr Stone, who is probably one of the few people who know what they are talking about on this issue, I would welcome that.