Ministers to face questions on the housing crisis – Lords Committee wraps up inquiry with evidence from Damian Hinds and Brandon Lewis
The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will next week hold 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.
The Committee will question the Ministers on 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 the Government will take measures to speed up the planning system. The Ministers will be asked for further details on how this will be achieved.
The evidence session will start at 3:30pm on Tuesday 22 March in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords.