Select Committee report shows concern about housing crash, says Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats say that a Treasury Select Committee report on the 2004 budget showing commentators concerns over a housing market crash, demonstrates the potential threat it poses to the economy.

Norman Lamb MP, Liberal Democrat member of the committee, says: “It is clear that many independent commentators differ from the Chancellor on the potential threat to our economy from rising interest rates, high house prices and consumer debt.

“The Deputy Governor of the Bank of England has acknowledged that these factors pose a &#39credible threat&#39 to our economy.

“The views of the many experts contradict Gordon Brown&#39s complacent attitude towards consumer debt, high house prices and rising Bank of England interest rates. The IMF is also now warning that almost half of house price booms end in tears.

“Mr Brown should acknowledge now the potential threat of house price boom and bust is similar to the early 1990s.

“The Budget failed to take responsibility for the level of lending by banks. It is time the government took action to protect ordinary homeowners against irresponsible lending.”