Christina Rees Shadow Minister (Justice):
Does the Minister agree that available housing provision is the key to reducing homelessness and that his Government should look to the Welsh Labour Government’s legislative pledges of �5.6 million in 2015 and �3 million in following years to fund affordable homes to rent as well as to buy?
Gavin Barwell Comptroller (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons), Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Housing, Planning and London)
The hon. Lady will have heard, in the autumn statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer adding �1.4 billion to the affordable housing budget. We are doubling the housing capital budget over this Parliament. That is not rhetoric, but proof of our commitment to delivering the housing that is needed.