A Lords committee yesterday launched a scathing attack on next month’s mandatory introduction of home information packs, warning that the government had failed to convince the industry or consumers the proposals were 'sensible or worthwhile or likely to be effective'. Financial Times

A highly critical report will fuel last-ditch attempts by the Tories to derail plans for the packs, which come into force on 1 June.

The merits committee on statutory instruments committee said the government had united industry and consumer bodies in opposition to the packs and that it had 'rarely seen such widespread opposition to proposals'.

Lord Filkin, the committee’s Labour chairman, warned that the government 'needs to take such criticism seriously and to do more if the market is to respond positively'.