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New select committee set up to review built environment policy

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Government policy on the built environment is to be scrutinised by a new and potentially influential Parliamentary committee after the election

The creation of a select committee for the built environment on an initially temporary basis has been revealed by the all-party Parliamentary design and innovation group

According to the group, the new committee will be established after the May poll.

The creation of the new committee is a result of the lobbying efforts of the cross-party group’s vice-chair Baroness Janet Whitaker, its newsletter says.

‘We look forward to contributing to its work via written evidence and will send a further update when details are more concrete,’ it adds.

The idea of a select committee for the built environment was also put forward by Labour peer Lord Hunt of Chesterton during a debate on the Farrell Revew last year.

‘We have never had a select committee on this subject.,’ he told peers in July. ‘[They] are extraordinarily powerful bodies…it would be the only way to have a genuine cross-cutting move’.

The all-party parliamentary group is a cross-party coalition of MPs and design organisations, which was established to develop new design policy ideas and critique government decision-making in the sector.

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