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National Housing and Planning Advice Unit

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the (a) purpose and (b) budget is of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit; (155690)

(2) who the board members of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit are; and by what process they were appointed;

(3) how many full-time equivalent staff work for the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit.

The National Housing and Planning Advice Unit's objective is to advise Government and the regions on the implications for the level and broad distribution of future house building of the Government's national ambitions for long-term market affordability and housing supply. The unit's budget for 2007-08 is £1,459,000 to include funding research and expert analysis on future housing trends.

The board members of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit are:

Stephen Nickell (Chair), Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford

Prof. Glen Bramley, Professor of Housing and Urban Planning, Heriot-Watt University

Prof. Paul Cheshire, Professor of Economic Geography, LSE

Bob Lane, Chief Executive for Catalyst Corby/North Northants Development Co.

Max Steinberg, Chief Executive of Elevate East Lancashire

Dr. Peter Williams, Independent consultant on housing and mortgage markets and housing policy and acts as Executive Director of the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association.

The board appointments were made in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

There are 12 full-time equivalent staff who work for the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit.