[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — First-time Buyers

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:55 am on 14th March 2012.

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Photo of Iain Stewart Iain Stewart Conservative, Milton Keynes South 9:55 am, 14th March 2012

My hon. Friend makes a powerful point. I will be making a few additional points about how the policy will interact with the social housing sector. I congratulate my hon. Friend on making that point.

On localism and building sustainable communities, we need to get away from simply building new flats as the primary housing stock, which was a feature of the old top-down system. Local authorities were given targets for new houses, and the easiest way to fulfil the target was to build blocks of flats. There is absolutely nothing wrong with flats; they have their place. I live in a flat in my constituency—there is nothing wrong with it—but the situation has got out of proportion.