[Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] — Decent Homes

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:29 pm on 27th January 2011.

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Photo of Heidi Alexander Heidi Alexander Labour, Lewisham East 3:29 pm, 27th January 2011

I completely share my hon. Friend's concerns about that and I press the Government to look at new ways of making sure that public money is used in the best way possible. My experience on Lewisham council-indeed, I was also a member of the Lewisham Homes board for a year-showed me that the right skills need to be in place to make sure that programmes are delivered effectively and efficiently. I am not saying that things cannot change in that respect and that money cannot be saved, but clearly people need to have the right clienting skills to get the most out of the contract.