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Select Committee on Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witness(Questions 437-439)




  437. Welcome to the Committee. Perhaps you would introduce yourself for the record.
  (Lord Rooker) I am Geoff Rooker, Minister of State, ODPM.

  438. Would you like to say anything by way of introduction, or are you happy for us to go straight to the questions?

  (Lord Rooker) You have received two memoranda from the department, and anything that I say in an introductory statement I shall only probably repeat in answers to questions, so I am happy to go straight to the questions.

Christine Russell

  439. Minister, the Comprehensive Spending Review gave a 4.2 per cent increase for housing. Have you a figure of how many actual new homes you think that money will build?
  (Lord Rooker) No, I do not have any figure that I can give you this morning. One reason for that is that we have announced, for example, on the first of the three years in the Comprehensive Spending Review for the ADP, the development grant for the Housing Corporation. We shall come back to Parliament, as the Deputy Prime Minister has said, around the turn of the year, which is a euphemism in "Minister speak" for December or January, with a major statement. At the moment we call it a Communities Plan. That is a simple working title. By then we shall have "divi-ed" up the rest of the Comprehensive Spending Review money and outsiders might then be able to put a figure for housing on it. But at the moment we do not have a figure that we can put on it.

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