Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:37 pm on 15th November 2001.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government) 3:37 pm, 15th November 2001

Each local area, if given power over the relevant area of policy, should take that decision. I do not think that the solution should be imposed from the centre. I am not opposed to the right to buy. In my view it should be possible to use the proceeds from such sales to replace lost stock.

Although the right to buy certainly puts a strain on the provision of social housing, it is not the only culprit in the reduction in affordable housing.