Housing: Construction

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th May 2019.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Public Land for Housing programme, what meetings he has had on that programme involving (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants of his Department and (i) Ministers and (ii) civil servants of (A) the Cabinet Office, (B) the Ministry of Defence, (C) the Department for Transport, (D) the Department of Health and (E) the Ministry of Justice since 2015.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Since the programme launched in May 2015 there have been at least four rounds of bilateral meetings with Ministers from MoD, DfT, DHSC, MoJ and DfE, some of which involved the Minister for Implementation and Cabinet Office officials. The Housing Minister also convened a Public Sector Land round-table involving all major land owning departments to discuss programme performance in 2018.

I and my predecessors have presented progress on the Public Land for Housing Programme to ministerial colleagues at six meetings of the Housing Implementation Task Force attended by the major land owning departments.

I receive regular updates on the Programme from my officials and in the last 12 months the Housing Minister has met with his officials at least eight times to discuss the Programmes Performance.

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