HC Deb 06 April 1965 vol 710 cc49-50W
54. Sir G. Sinclair

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he will seek power to provide funds to finance a national programme for providing additional houses to rent and to buy in the areas where immigrant settlement has helped to produce housing problems, involving money, land and building resources, beyond the capacity of the local authorities; and if he will take steps to increase the supply of housing in such areas, hasten slum clearance, deal with twilight areas and achieve some measure of dispersal.

Mr. Crossman

The local authorities with the worst problems to overcome in housing are by no means always those with a high proportion of immigrants. Any special help should be given where the housing needs are greatest—on housing, not on racial grounds. I shall have this in mind in my review of housing subsidies.

I am already taking the steps suggested by the hon. Member, but on an assessment of all-round housing need.

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