Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government, Jack Dromey, moved an Opposition day debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday 5 September on Housing
The motion in the name of the Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government stated that "this House notes that England faces a housing crisis" and called on the Government to "introduce a tax on bankers’ bonuses to fund the building of 25,000 additional affordable homes, to bring forward infrastructure investment, including for housing, and to cut VAT on home improvements, repairs and maintenance to five per cent for one year to help homeowners and create jobs."
The motion was defeated on a division (Ayes 222; Noes 297).
Minister of State for Housing, Mark Prisk responded on behalf of the Government.
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Opposition day debates
Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition. Seventeen days are at the disposal of the leader of the largest opposition party to decide which topics are debated. Three days are also allocated to the other smaller opposition parties.
The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.