HC Deb 23 July 1996 vol 282 c307W
Mr. Fraser

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give directions to the Housing Corporation to ensure that in the operation of sections 4 and 5, of schedule 1 to the Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act 1993, or any amending legislation, housing associations do not discriminate on the grounds of nationality, race or colour. [38911]

Mr. Clappison

We shall shortly be discussing with the Housing Corporation the guidance to be issued to housing associations about access to accommodation. We envisage that the guidance will continue to expect associations to comply with, and endorse, the Commission for Racial Equality's code of practice in rented housing. We also expect that guidance will cover the issue of discrimination when dealing with approaches from people whom they consider may be asylum seekers. Housing associations will be expected to comply with the corporation's guidance.