HC Deb 29 March 2004 vol 419 c1260W
Mr. Todd

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to increase the protection afforded to purchasers of new homes; and if he will make a statement. [163914]

Keith Hill

Almost all new home buyers have protection under new home warranty schemes, in addition to any other contractual, statutory or common law rights they may have. The Home Information Pack will ensure that prospective buyers of new homes have good information on such matters as contract terms and warranty cover before they decide whether to go ahead with the purchase.

In addition, the final report of the Barker Review of Housing Supply sets out a series of challenging reform proposals to the house building industry to increase customer satisfaction, tackle skills shortages, increase the flow of new houses on to the market and improve design and the use of modem methods of construction. The Government and the industry must work together in partnership to deliver these reforms. The Government will review progress made by summer 2005.

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