Housing and the Credit Crunch

Oral evidence session

On 14 October The Communities and Local Government Committee announced its intention to conduct a brief inquiry into the Government's response to the effect of the "credit crunch" on its housing policies. The Committee will be hearing oral evidence on this inquiry at a single session as follows:

Tuesday 16 December 2008

10.20 am Council of Mortgage Lenders:

Michael Coogan, Director General

National Housing Federation:

David Orr, Chief Executive

Home Builders Federation:

John Stewart, Director of Economic Affairs

Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association:

Peter Williams, Executive Director

11.20 am Communities and Local Government:

Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP, Minister for Housing;

Richard McCarthy, Director General, Housing and Planning

Homes and Communities Agency:

Sir Bob Kerslake, Chief Executive-designate

Tenant Services Authority:

Peter Marsh, Chief Executive-designate

The evidence session will take place in public, unless otherwise decided by the Committee, in a Committee Room at the House of Commons. All members of the public entering the Palace of Westminster are subject to security search, so please allow time for this.

Written evidence for this inquiry can be viewed on the Committee website:


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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