Social Housing (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Mr Mayor, could you, if possible, do some research and produce a figure that would analyse the effect on housing funding of adopting the Labour Party’s plan to restrict council house sales?  Because of course now under this Government we have an agreement that the proceeds from council house sales can be used in order to build new council houses.



Supplementary To: 


Answer for Social Housing (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Social Housing (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Absolutely right.


Andrew Boff AM:  Could you do an analysis of what the Labour Party’s plan of restricting council house sales would have on housing funding in London?


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I will do some investigations into that for you, Andrew.  I will find out what their odious policy would achieve.  What they want to do is stop the proceeds of council house sales being used to build new housing, which is what their policy was.


Does anybody happen to know how many council homes were flogged off under the Governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown [Former Labour Prime Ministers], which they supported, whose boots they licked?  Do you know how many council homes in London were sold off?  85,000, yes, 85,000 sold.  Look at them, look at their guilty faces.  Look at them.  85,000 they sold.  How much of the proceeds of those council housing sales were used to build new homes in London?  How much?  Not a penny.


Andrew Boff AM:  Not a penny, absolutely.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Not a penny, and then they have the effrontery to try to criticise the Conservative record on house building, when we are finally showing the guts, determination, dynamism to get homes built across London in huge numbers.


Darren Johnson (Chair):  Thank you.