Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Stephen Gilbert Stephen Gilbert Liberal Democrat, St Austell and Newquay

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with the Council of Mortgage Lenders on the Financial Services Authority's responsible lending proposals and their effects on the housing market.

Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Minister for Housing

The Government welcomes all contributions to the debate on the Financial Services Authority consultation, including the substantial research commissioned by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. Responsible lending, including to first-time buyers and the self-employed, is essential to support access to homeownership and new housing supply.

My officials have worked closely with the Council of Mortgage Lenders and the Financial Services Authority on these proposals and will continue to do so.

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