Caroline Flint MP

The Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP

Minister of State

Minister for Housing, attending Cabinet


  • lead responsibility for: housing policy and programmes (Homebuy and shared ownership, low and zero-carbon housing, eco-towns, homelessness, HMR pathfinders, social housing, HIPs), including housing elements of the Comprehensive Spending Review and PSAs; and planning reform (town and country planning); and representing the Department in Cabinet on these areas of policy
  • physical and housing-related regeneration and sponsor minister for new Homes Agency implementation
  • Housing and Regeneration Bill
  • urban policy and design
  • sustainable development and climate change: including the code for sustainable homes and building regulations
  • Minister for the Thames Gateway, new growth points and growth areas
  • Olympics legacy issues.


Caroline Flint was appointed as Minister for Housing at Communities and Local Government on 24 January 2008.

Ms Flint was most recently Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform. Her ministerial responsibilities included the labour market, welfare to work and child poverty. Caroline was also Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Previously, as Minister for Public Health (May 2005-June 2007), Caroline was responsible for taking the Health Act 2006 through Parliament. This Act made England smoke-free from 1 July 2007, ending smoking in enclosed public places.

From 2003-5 Caroline was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office.  Before that she was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the House and Minister without Portfolio/Labour Party Chair (2002-3). Caroline was Parliamentary Private Secretary from 1999-2002 to Ministers of State at the DTI and FCO respectively. Between 1997 and 1999, she served on the House of Commons Education & Employment Committee.

She is MP for Don Valley.

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