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Open inquiry into the housing market begins. Oh, in London. Not here.

November 27th, 2015 · 3 Comments

I get a lot of junk mail from clueless publicists. But, every so often, something good. This just landed. Perhaps we should all tune in.

27 November 2015


The Economic Affairs Committee will next week open its new inquiry into the economics of the UK Housing Market with evidence from Dame Kate Barker, Martin Wolf and Chris Walker.

Kate Barker authored the Barker Review of Housing Supply in 2004, Martin Woolf is Chief Economic Correspondent for the FT and writes extensively about the housing market, Chris Walker is Head of Housing Planning and Urban Policy at the Policy Exchange think tank.

The evidence session will start at 3:35pm on Tuesday 1 December in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords.

Areas the session will cover include the measures announced by the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement as well as:

 whether the Government’s ambition for one million new homes in the next five years is realistic or adequate to deal with the housing crisis;

 what impact introducing a new land value tax might have on motivation to build new houses;

 the impact of Help to Buy;

 how renting can be made a more attractive proposition for young people and others and not be seen as ‘throwing money away’.

Notes to Editors

1. The evidence session is open to the public. If you wish to attend you should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and allow time for security screening.

2. You can watch the session live on the internet at

3. The Committee has issued a Call for Evidence for its new inquiry. The deadline for the submission of written evidence is Thursday 17 December. More details are available here

4. You can follow the Economic Affairs Committee on Twitter @LordsEconCom


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