The Treasury has snubbed calls from Britain’s lenders for direct government intervention to kick-start the mortgage market.

This week’s package of measures intended to stabilise the housing market will not meet a key demand from banks, building societies and housing-market lobby groups.

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has said that without government intervention in the market for mortgage-backed securities, the lending famine that has resulted in a 65% drop in new approvals over the past year will continue.

But the Treasury, which is awaiting final recommendations from former HBOS chief executive Sir James Crosby, remains unpersuaded.

Sunday Times