The Economic Affairs Committee holds the final public evidence session of its inquiry into the economics of the UK housing market by taking evidence from Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, and Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Damian Hinds.
Tuesday 22 March in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster
- Mr Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Communities and Local Government
- Mr Damian Hinds MP, Exchequer Secretary, HM Treasury
The Committee questions the witnesses on a range of policy issues including:
- The Government’s aspiration for a million new homes by the end of the Parliament and how this figure was decided on
- Why the Government is confident there will be a sharp increase in private sector house building
- Whether the Government’s housing policy focus should move from demand side measures to helping to increase the supply of housing
- What the Government can do to support the building of new homes on public land
- How the Government can support local authorities ‘huge ambition’ to get involved in housebuilding again
- Why the Government has such a clear preference for home ownership over other tenures?
- The Chancellor announced in the Budget that Government will take measures to speed up the planning system. The Ministers will be asked for further details on how this will be achieved.