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Audit Commission

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th November 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Whitaker Baroness Whitaker Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government which members of the External Advisory Group for the Audit Commission publication Building Better Lives had expertise in design.

Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government), Department for Communities and Local Government, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government), Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (also in Department for Work and Pensions), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

This is an operational matter for the Audit Commission, and I will ask the chief executive of the Audit Commission to write to the noble Baroness direct.

Letter from Steve Bundred, Chief Executive, Audit Commission, dated 6 November 2009.

Your Parliamentary Question outlined above has been passed to me for reply.

The External Advisory Group, the members of which are listed below, comprised experts from the housing and academic world. It included people from the public and private sector with experience in planning, commissioning new housing and strategic housing management. As the focus of the study was on the strategic housing role, not specifically on new build or design, we did not seek specific design expertise for the advisory group.

Members of the External Advisory Group:

Alan Murie, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham;Andrew Griffiths, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health; Howard Revill, National Audit Office;Ian Potter, Association of Residential Lettings Agents; Jenny Allen, National Housing Federation; Martin Field, East Midlands Development Agency; Nick Hooper, Bristol City Council;Reniera O'Donnell, Improvement and Development Agency; Ric Pallister, South Somerset Council; Richard Bayley, Places For People;Richard Capie, Chartered Institute of Housing; Rob Cogings, Derbyshire Dales & High Peak Council;Roy Donson, Barrett Developers; Ruth Lucas, Local Government Association; andTony Hatch, Communities and Local Government.

A copy of this letter will be placed in Hansard.

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