Clause 313 - Transactions funded with the assistance of a public subsidy

Part of Finance (No. 2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 18 May 2023.

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Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 11:30, 18 May 2023

I can answer yes to the question that the hon. Member for Ealing North asked about the £250 million.

On the question that the hon. Member for Wallasey asked about the number of houses, DLUHC has estimated that it will be about 1,300 homes. She will understand—indeed, we discussed this when I was Minister for Afghan Resettlement—that one of the complexities with Afghan families is that their larger family sizes mean that there is not the availability of housing stock that there is for slightly smaller families. That is why it is taking a bit of time.

The hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife asked about Scotland, and I commit to write to him. This is across the board, so I imagine the scheme will be UK-wide, but I will get that confirmation for him by the end of the sitting.