Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2016)

Alan Brown Scottish National Party, Kilmarnock and Loudoun

My local authority measures the delivery of new social housing by issue of completion certificates. The Secretary of State’s Department does it by site starts. Given that it is impossible for a site start to equate to a physical replacement, does the Secretary of State agree that the like-for-like replacement statistics to date are one big con?

Gavin Barwell Comptroller (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons), Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)

No, I do not accept that. The core of the Government’s policy is that, as we dispose of housing through the right-to-buy mechanism, replacement of housing is key. I am happy to meet the hon. Gentleman to address the particular concerns he raises, but that is the existing policy.