ODPM Press Notice

Session 2002-03  16 October 2003


The ODPM has a Public Service Agreement to:

"By 2010, bring all social housing into decent condition with most of this improvement taking place in deprived areas, and increase the proportion of private housing in decent condition occupied by vulnerable groups."

The Committee has resolved to undertake an inquiry into how this target is to be achieved, looking in particular at:

• The definition of 'decent';

• The scale of the problem;

• The various mechanisms for funding and delivery - stock transfer, PFI, Arms Length Management Organisations and council housing;

• The implications of the PSA Plus Review undertaken earlier this year and the recent studies by the National Audit Office and Audit Commission;

• The role of tenant choice; and

• The link between the decent homes target and other parts of the Government's sustainable communities agenda.

The Committee invites written evidence on the points above and other relevant topics by Monday 17 November. It is unlikely that evidence submitted after this date will be published until the inquiry is completed. (Witnesses who wish their evidence to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee clerk in advance.) Decisions about who to call for oral evidence are likely to be taken on the basis of evidence received by this date.[The form which such evidence should take is set out below B please note in particular the restriction on length and that wherever possible it should be submitted by e-mail or on disk].

Oral evidence sessions will be arranged and will be announced in due course.

Contact: Kate Emms, Clerk, 020 7219 3927


Written evidence must if possible be submitted in an electronic format, either on disk or preferably by e-mail. It should be in MS Word or Rich Text format.  If sent by e-mail it should for this inquiry be sent to odpmcom@parliament.uk.  The e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from. If sent by post it should be sent to the Clerk, ODPM Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. Witnesses without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and it would be helpful to include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it. Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm

Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee's homepage at http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/odpm.cfm.  Information about the Committee can also be obtained from 020 7219 4972.