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Wandsworth Borough Council And Council House Sales

EDM number 542 in 1993-94, proposed by Peter Hain on 08/02/1994.

That this House believes that Wandsworth Borough Council should discontinue its council house sales policy pending investigation by Rowland Little, district auditor; notes with concern that if the same criteria as were applied by John Magill, auditor to Westminster, were exercised by the Wandsworth auditor, the ruling Conservative councillors could be liable to a surcharge of up to ú23 million; further notes that Wandsworth Council committee agendas show that, like Westminster, the council had enough vacancies last year, 1,048, to meet all of its statutory housing requirements but chose to sell 315 empty properties on the open market, mainly in its priority sales areas and, as a result, had to put 382 families into bed and breakfast accommodation; notes Mr Magill's findings in paragraphs 107 and 110 that Westminster's designations of sales areas was not compatible with any reasonable treatment of category A medical cases and, noting Wandsworth has 290 households in category A essential medical need, believes its ability to meet their medical needs has been seriously undermined by Wandsworth's decision to sell empty council houses on the open market; notes the cost of bed and breakfast accommodation in Wandsworth in the 1993-94 year is ú6,906,000 and budgeted at ú6,359,000 and ú6,436,000 for the following two years, that forgone rent from keeping 300 properties empty pending sale could amount to ú900,000 a year and that the capital budget has specifically earmarked ú2.5 million for improvements to properties in sales areas, amounting to almost ú23 million; and believes that urgent action should now be taken to halt the selling of empty properties.

This motion has been signed by a total of 111 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

Peter Hain08/02/1994NeathProposed
Tom Cox08/02/1994TootingSeconded
Bridget Prentice08/02/1994Lewisham EastSeconded
Roger Berry08/02/1994KingswoodSeconded
Dennis Skinner08/02/1994BolsoverSeconded
Ken Livingstone08/02/1994Brent EastSeconded
David Hanson08/02/1994DelynSigned
Max Madden08/02/1994Bradford WestSigned
Mike O'Brien08/02/1994North WarwickshireSigned
Colin Pickthall08/02/1994West LancashireSigned
Peter Pike08/02/1994BurnleySigned
Robert Parry08/02/1994Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Terry Patchett08/02/1994Barnsley EastSigned
Greg Pope08/02/1994HyndburnSigned
Ken Purchase08/02/1994Wolverhampton North EastSigned
Martin Redmond08/02/1994Don ValleySigned
Barbara Roche08/02/1994Hornsey & Wood GreenSigned
Jeff Rooker08/02/1994Birmingham, Perry BarrSigned
Terry Rooney08/02/1994Bradford NorthSigned
Alan Simpson08/02/1994Nottingham SouthSigned
Llew Smith08/02/1994Blaenau GwentSigned
Peter Hardy08/02/1994WentworthSigned
John Heppell08/02/1994Nottingham EastSigned
John Home Robertson08/02/1994East LothianSigned
Kevin Hughes08/02/1994Doncaster NorthSigned
Eric Illsley08/02/1994Barnsley CentralSigned
Helen Jackson08/02/1994Sheffield, HillsboroughSigned
Jon Owen Jones08/02/1994Cardiff CentralSigned
Lynne Jones08/02/1994Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Nigel Jones08/02/1994CheltenhamSigned
Tessa Jowell08/02/1994DulwichSigned
Jane Kennedy08/02/1994Liverpool BroadgreenSigned
Peter Kilfoyle08/02/1994Liverpool, WaltonSigned
Terry Lewis08/02/1994WorsleySigned
Tony Lloyd08/02/1994StretfordSigned
Elfyn Llwyd08/02/1994Meirionnydd Nant ConwySigned
Alice Mahon08/02/1994HalifaxSigned
John McAllion08/02/1994Dundee EastSigned
Ian McCartney08/02/1994MakerfieldSigned
Alan Meale08/02/1994MansfieldSigned
Bill Michie08/02/1994Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Andrew Miller08/02/1994Ellesmere Port & NestonSigned
Estelle Morris08/02/1994Birmingham, YardleySigned
George Mudie08/02/1994Leeds EastSigned
Chris Mullin08/02/1994Sunderland SouthSigned
Paul Murphy08/02/1994TorfaenSigned
Stan Orme08/02/1994Salford EastSigned
Keith Bradley08/02/1994Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Richard Burden08/02/1994Birmingham, NorthfieldSigned
Stephen Byers08/02/1994WallsendSigned
Anne Campbell08/02/1994CambridgeSigned
Ronnie Campbell08/02/1994Blyth ValleySigned
Jamie Cann08/02/1994IpswichSigned
Alex Carlile08/02/1994MontgomerySigned
Malcolm Chisholm08/02/1994Edinburgh LeithSigned
Michael Clapham08/02/1994Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Eric Clarke08/02/1994MidlothianSigned
David Clelland08/02/1994Tyne BridgeSigned
Michael Connarty08/02/1994Falkirk EastSigned
John Cummings08/02/1994EasingtonSigned
Jim Cunningham08/02/1994Coventry South EastSigned
Ian Davidson08/02/1994Glasgow, GovanSigned
John Denham08/02/1994Southampton, ItchenSigned
Jim Dowd08/02/1994Lewisham WestSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie08/02/1994Glasgow, PollokSigned
Angela Eagle08/02/1994WallaseySigned
Bill Etherington08/02/1994Sunderland NorthSigned
John Evans08/02/1994St Helens NorthSigned
Andrew Faulds08/02/1994Warley EastSigned
Maria Fyfe08/02/1994Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
Mike Gapes08/02/1994Ilford SouthSigned
John Garrett08/02/1994Norwich SouthSigned
Roger Godsiff08/02/1994Birmingham Small HeathSigned
Llin Golding08/02/1994Newcastle-under-LymeSigned
Mildred Gordon08/02/1994Bow and PoplarSigned
Tommy Graham08/02/1994Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Bruce Grocott08/02/1994Wrekin, TheSigned
Donald Anderson08/02/1994Swansea EastSigned
Janet Anderson08/02/1994Rossendale & DarwenSigned
Tony Banks08/02/1994Newham North WestSigned
Harry Barnes08/02/1994North East DerbyshireSigned
Hugh Bayley08/02/1994York, City ofSigned
Clive Betts08/02/1994Sheffield, AttercliffeSigned
Gerry Steinberg08/02/1994Durham, City ofSigned
George Stevenson08/02/1994Stoke-on-Trent SouthSigned
Jack Thompson08/02/1994WansbeckSigned
Dennis Turner08/02/1994Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Mike Watson08/02/1994Glasgow CentralSigned
Audrey Wise08/02/1994PrestonSigned
Tony Worthington08/02/1994Clydebank & MilngavieSigned
James Wray08/02/1994Glasgow ProvanSigned
Ernie Ross09/02/1994Dundee WestSigned
William McKelvey09/02/1994Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Edward O'Hara09/02/1994Knowsley SouthSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe09/02/1994LeighSigned
Paul Flynn09/02/1994Newport WestSigned
John Battle09/02/1994Leeds WestSigned
Paddy Tipping09/02/1994SherwoodSigned
Alan Wynne Williams09/02/1994CarmarthenSigned
Eddie Loyden10/02/1994Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Norman Godman10/02/1994Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Neil Gerrard14/02/1994WalthamstowSigned
Martyn Jones15/02/1994Clwyd South WestSigned
Jean Corston16/02/1994Bristol EastSigned
Nigel Griffiths17/02/1994Edinburgh SouthSigned
Win Griffiths17/02/1994BridgendSigned
Terry Davis21/02/1994Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Barry Sheerman24/02/1994HuddersfieldSigned
Mike Hall28/02/1994Warrington SouthSigned
Tom Pendry29/03/1994Stalybridge & HydeSigned
Bob CryerUnknownWithdrawn

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