Communities and Local Government Committee: Press Notice

New Inquiry and Call for Evidence

Housing and the Credit Crunch

The Communities and Local Government Committee has resolved to undertake a brief inquiry into the Government's response to the effect of the "credit crunch" on its housing policies.

The Committee will consider the likely effectiveness of the measures which the Department for Communities and Local Government is taking to deal with the credit crunch, with particular reference to:

€ achievement of the Government's housebuilding targets, both for market and for social housing;

€ the financial viability and ongoing business of housing associations; and

€ measures to help existing and prospective homeowners affected by the credit crunch.

Written submissions to this short inquiry are invited by Friday 31st October. A single session of oral evidence will be held on a date in November to be confirmed shortly.

Details of the measures which the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) is taking are available from CLG's website:

Guidelines on submitting evidence

Each submission should:

€ Be accompanied by a covering letter containing the name and contact details of the individual or organisation submitting evidence.

€ Begin with a short summary in bullet point form; and

€ Have numbered paragraphs.

Ideally, submissions should be sent in electronic form, preferably in MS Word format, and sent by email to and marked 'Housing and the Credit Crunch'. If you are unable to send an electronic version, please send a paper copy to:

Nicola McCoy

Committee Secretary

Communities and Local Government Committee

House of Commons

7 Millbank



It is helpful, for Data Protection purposes, for contact details not to be included in the text of submissions, but sent separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at:

Please also note that:

€ Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work may be included.

€ Memoranda submitted should be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless specifically authorised. Authorisation to publish your submission, which is normally granted, should be sought from the Inquiry Manager.

€ Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or making it available through the Parliamentary Record Office. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.


Committee Membership is as follows: Dr Phyllis Starkey MP (Chair, Lab), Sir Paul Beresford MP (Con), Mr Clive Betts MP (Lab), John Cummings MP (Lab), Jim Dobbin MP (Lab/Co-op), Andrew George (Lib Dem), Mr Greg Hands MP (Con), Anne Main MP (Con), Mr Bill Olner MP (Lab), Dr John Pugh MP (Lib Dem), Emily Thornberry MP (Lab).

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Media Information: Laura Kibby, 020 7219 0718

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