Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Formal Minutes

Monday 12 December 2005

Members present:

Dr Phyllis Starkey, in the Chair

Sir Paul Beresford

Clive Betts

Lyn Brown

John Cummings

Martin Horwood

Mark Lancaster

Anne Main

Bill Olner

Dr John Pugh

Alison Seabeck

The Committee deliberated.

Declaration of new Member’s Interests

Members disclosed their interests pursuant to the Resolution of the House of 13 July 1992.

The interests disclosed by Lyn Brown are as follows:

“5. Gifts, benefits and hospitality (UK)

30 May 2005, ticket, flight and hospitality for Premiership play-off, provided by West Ham United FC. (Registered 27 October 2005)

8. Land and Property

One quarter share in a holiday cottage in Ambleside, Cumbria.

Lyn Brown declared that, in addition to her entry in the Register of Member’s Interests, she was a councillor in the London Borough of Newham.”

Bill Olner declared a non-pecuniary interest as the Chair of the All-Party Park Homes Group, in relation to evidence given to the inquiry into Affordability and the Supply of Housing. 

Alison Seabeck declared a non-pecuniary interest as the Chair of the All-Party LGIU Group, also in connection with evidence given to the inquiry into Affordability and the Supply of Housing.

Evidence session on Affordability and the Supply of Housing

Keith Mitchell, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council and Chairman of SECL, Nick Skellett , Leader of Surrey County Council, and Bill Brisbane, Managing Partner Roger Tym & Partners, South East Council Leader’s Group,  gave oral evidence;

Dr Hugh Ellis, Planning Advisor, Simon Bullock, Researcher, Friends of the Earth, gave oral evidence;

Ines Newman ,Head of Policy, LGIU and Janet Sillett, Policy Officer, LGIU, Local Government Information Unit, gave evidence;

Adam Sampson, Director and Patrick South, Director of Policy, Shelter, gave oral evidence; and

Alan Benson, Head of Housing and Homelessness, Greater London Authority, gave oral evidence.

 [Adjourned till Monday 9 January at twenty past Four o’clock.