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Housing

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 4th December 2013.

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Photo of Alex Johnstone Alex Johnstone Conservative

This has been a bad-tempered barney of a debate and I have enjoyed it tremendously. However, I need to address a few things. If, as seems to have been established in the debate, the success of any Government is measured by the number of council houses that are built during its time in office, I make my claim for Harold McMillan and his Conservative Government of the early 1950s. It broke all records for council housing construction in Scotland and—not only that—it had the tremendous achievement of getting more than 50 per cent of the vote in the 1955 general election. However, that was a long time ago, and I am sure that there are very few people in this chamber who can remember it. With that in mind, I give way to Chic Brodie.