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[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Housing Benefit

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:21 am on 13th October 2010.

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Photo of Glenda Jackson Glenda Jackson Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn 10:21 am, 13th October 2010

I congratulate my right hon. Friend Margaret Hodge on securing this debate. I am stunned that the Minister, who has, as my right hon. Friend mentioned, been sent here again to attempt to defend the indefensible, seems to have ignored previous debates on this issue. His response to the entirely justified criticism by my right hon. Friend was to try to move the debate, which was endorsed by Bob Russell, on to the failings of the previous Labour Government. It is almost impossible to believe that the Minister did not take on board the litany of facts and figures that were presented to him in this Chamber by the usual suspects, who are here. [Interruption.]