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Peter Housden

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to pages 22-3 of her Department’s Resource Accounts 2007-08, for what reason Mr. Peter Housden receives an interest-free housing loan; and for how many years he has received such a loan from her Department and its predecessor. (259578)

The loan was provided in 2002 when Mr. Housden worked for the DFES as part of a relocation package from Nottingham to London—the loan transferred to Communities and Local Government when Mr. Housden was appointed as permanent secretary on 24 October 2005. Packages of this kind are commonplace in many major organisations and are a key part of recruiting the very best candidates. The loan is counted as taxable income and is being paid back over a 10 year period. Rules governing loans are detailed in the Civil Service Code.