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Future Homes Commission debate

On 4 December 2012, peers took part in a dinner-break debate on the Future Homes Commission report: Building the Homes and Communities Britain Needs.

The report , published at the end of October, concluded that a possible 100,000 to 300,000 homes could be built in the UK every year without using any government money.

The Future Homes Commission, set up by the Royal Institute of British Architects, said council pension funds could be used to reach the target.

Some of the assets in local government pension schemes could be pooled to provide a £10bn housing fund, it said.

Housing Minister Mark Prisk said the ideas would be considered carefully.

The debate in the Lords was called by Labour peer Baroness Whitaker.

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