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HIPs Brown 'was not behind HIPs climb-down'

The Government was forced into a humiliating and chaotic climb-down over Home Information Packs yesterday, announcing that they would be postponed indefinitely for four out of five homes.

With less than two weeks to go before the packs were to become mandatory, Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary, said they would only go ahead in England and Wales from Aug 1 - and only for larger houses with four or more bedrooms.