Ministerial role

Minister of State for Housing and Planning


The minister is responsible for:

  • Housing supply policy
  • Home ownership policy
  • Planning policy
  • Planning casework oversight
  • Homes and Communities Agency sponsorship and performance
  • Building regulations
  • Private rented sector

Current role holder: Alok Sharma MP

Alok Sharma was appointed Minister of State for Housing and Planning, for the Department for Communities and Local Government on 13 June 2017.

Parliamentary career

Alok was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 17 July 2016 to 13 June 2017.

He has served as a member of the Commons Treasury select committee, a member of the Commons Science and Technology select committee, a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Treasury and from 2012 to 2015 as a Conservative Party Vice Chairman. Alok was appointed in 2016 as the Prime Minister’s Infrastructure Envoy to India.

He also served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, the former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who had overall responsibility for the Cabinet Office. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Reading West in May 2010.

Career outside politics

Prior to entering Parliament, Alok qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte, and then worked for 16 years within banking, first with the Japanese firm Nikko Securities and then Enskilda Securities (the investment banking arm of SE Banken), where he held senior roles based out of London, Stockholm and Frankfurt, including serving as a member of the bank’s Corporate Finance Global Management Committee.


Alok is married and lives in Reading Borough with his wife, two daughters and his dog Olly.


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