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&#39Govt is bullying CML over seller&#39s packs opposition&#39

Conservative Shadow housing minister Nigel Waterson has slammed the Government for bullying the Council of Mortgage Lenders over proposals for home seller&#39s packs.

At a Parliamentary legislative committee meeting last week, Waterson accused ministers at the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions of trying to force the CML into withdrawing its public criticism of seller&#39s packs.

Waterstone used an internal CML letter obtained “through the good offices of Money Marketing” to show how the CML had come under pressure from DETR officials to tone down its opposition.

The letter, sent by director general Michael Coogan, asks executive committee members to back a change of direction and adopt a less high-profile and critical approach to the packs.

Waterson invited Government housing minister Nick Raynsford to give the committee precise details of the pressures that were bought to bear on the CML by him or his officials.

Raynsford claimed that a speech he made at last December&#39s CML conference had persuaded members to change their “slightly ill thought out” opposition to the packs.

Waterson said: “The CML has obviously seen fit to haul up the white flag after being bullied by the minister.

“The Government intends to take no prisoners and certainly does not intend to do any favours for the Council of Mortgage Lenders and its members if they have the temerity to continue publicly to oppose the legislation.”

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