§ 43. Mr. Michael Spicer
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what information he has on the effects of rigidities within public sector housing on the ability of those seeking work to take up employment in parts of the United Kingdom other than those in which they are living.
§ Mr. Golding
The availability of housing of all types undoubtedly restricts mobility, but it is not possible to isolate the impact of housing compared with other factors. Local authorities are being encouraged to take account of the needs of incoming workers in their housing investment programmes. My right hon. Friend has already announced the Government's intention to ease residential qualifications in the interests of mobility.