10 January 2022
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown urges speedy implementation of measures to tackle unsafe cladding and protect leaseholders

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown welcomes the Government statement on building safety, unsafe cladding and leaseholders and urges speedy implementation of the scheme to indemnify building assessors so that those leaseholders who desperately need to move can do so.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds) (Con)

I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests as a chartered surveyor.

I warmly welcome today’s announcement. May I ask my right hon. Friend about two aspects that he has mentioned in the statement—namely that the indemnity given to building assessors and the proper auditing assessment should enable lenders and insurers to offer those products at reasonable rates fairly quickly? That, in turn, will get the market moving, so that those leaseholders who desperately need to move should soon find that there will be a market for them to do so.

Michael Gove (The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. That is exactly our intention, and it is the fruit of the work read by my hon. Friend and others.