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Home Inspectors

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Government plan to fund compensation for those who have trained to be home inspectors; and if she will make a statement. (94823)

The Government's policy is that mandatory Home Condition Reports (HCRs) remain on the table if the industry fails to make a success of the roll-out of HCRs. We will promote the voluntary take-up of HCRs, and have allocated £4 million to support their take-up and testing of home information packs. Therefore home inspectors will still be needed and job opportunities for home inspectors remain for those who have undertaken training. Moreover, the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates for private and social rented properties will further enhance these opportunities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home inspectors are in training. (94824)

According to the figures supplied by assessment centres, as at 5 October, there were 4,180 home inspectors in training. This excludes those who had completed training.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the most recent figures are for the number of home inspectors who are now (a) qualified and (b) in training. (95840)

The most recent figures, as at 5 October, supplied by assessment centres show that

(a) there are 500 home inspectors who have completed their training, of whom 190 have now been issued with their certificate

(b) there were 4,180 candidates still in training.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of trained home inspectors. (95888)

At least 470 home inspector candidates have completed their training.

This figure is based on returns provided by six of the 11 assessment centres at 25 August, together with earlier returns from the other centres.