§ Maria Eagle
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has for curbing the cost of housing benefit by introducing rent controls; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
We are considering rent levels and their interaction with Housing Benefit in the context of our overall housing policy as part of our Comprehensive Spending Review. Conclusions from the Review are due to be announced in the summer.