On Thursday 6 September, the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, made a statement on housing and planning reforms.

In response Kevan said that more needed to be done to help small builders, such as his constituent Simon Smith, and that planning regulations were not the major problem, but a lack of demand in the economy.

To see more of Kevan’s contribution, and text of the full statement, go to http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2012-09-06a.400.0&s=speaker%3A11003#g404.0