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Housing

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

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Photo of Chic Brodie Chic Brodie Scottish National Party

I congratulate Mary Fee and the Labour Party on bringing forward the debate. I do so because I believe that it takes a certain type of chutzpah or bravery—or skill, even—to seek to selectively rewrite the history of the management of the housing sector while trying to pursue the aims of the motion.

Where shall we start? How about with local authority build completions? Mr Johnstone wants the stats and I have the information. In Scotland, we know that on a calendar year basis in 2006—two years before the financial crisis—Labour built only six local authority houses, as was stated, and Labour started only 28 houses. [Interruption.] In 2012, we built 1,096 and we started 1,211. To bring it a bit closer to home, as Mary Fee will certainly know, on the west coast of Scotland no houses were built in 2006, repeating the wonderful successes of 2004 and 2005, when Labour also built none.