Date Published 11 September 2012
Lobbyists who would like to see private letting agents mandatorily launched may find a more sympathetic ear in new housing minister Mark Prisk than his predecessor.
Five years ago, he tried to introduce a clause into a Bill that would have regulated private letting agents.
The revelation was made by Labour MP Ian Mearns during a debate on housing in the House of Commons, where shadow housing minister Jack Dromey was speaking of Labour’s plans to introduce some kind of ‘effective regulation’.
Mearns said: `Is my Hon. Friend aware that he has an ally in the new minister for housing on the regulation of the private sector? In 2007, he tried to introduce a clause into a Bill that would have regulated private letting agents.`
Dromey replied: `It is welcome that the new minister for housing has taken that position. Perhaps he will follow that through in government.`