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

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Photo of Jim Hume Jim Hume Liberal Democrat

It is a pleasure to participate in this consensual debate this afternoon. [Laughter.] I do not know if I will help that aspect of it in any way, I am afraid.

It is telling that, while we are in the midst of a housing crisis, with tens of thousands of people languishing on waiting lists throughout the country, it has taken an Opposition debate to smoke the matter out of St Andrew’s house. In the past 15 months since the housing minister took on her new role, I have given more speeches on housing at conferences than in this chamber.