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

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Photo of Jim Eadie Jim Eadie Scottish National Party

Mr Hume made the point that I know he wants to make now in his own speech, so I will not give way.

We are building council houses for the first time in a generation. Only this week, in Edinburgh, the housing minister launched Castle Rock Edinvar’s 1,000 homes for Edinburgh initiative, which will provide more affordable homes in the capital. That is real leadership where it matters most. Over the four years to 2015-16, planned investment in affordable housing will exceed £1.35 billion. I defy any member to say that that is not a significant commitment in the trying financial circumstances in which we find ourselves.

Mary Fee referred to the amount of house building, but she omitted to mention the fact that the collapse in the private house-building sector was brought about as a direct result of the financial crisis, the blame for which can be laid firmly at the door of the present and previous UK Governments.