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Housing: Private Finance Initiative

Volume 489: debated on Thursday 19 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to accelerate the completion of private finance initiative housebuilding schemes. (263927)

The Department, through its Central Private Finance Unit in association with the Homes and Communities Agency, is actively engaged in measures to help ensure the efficient and effective procurement of its Housing PFI programme and projects.

Steps taken by the Department include: transfer of Housing PFI delivery responsibilities from DCLG to the HCA; setting procurement target timescales; updating the Housing PFI Procurement Pack Guidance, currently under way; monitoring the progress of individual projects; and keeping in close contact with local authorities on projects, offering advice and support as required.

The Department is keeping the procurement of its Housing PFI projects under regular review.