I am a member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee which has recently completed an inquiry into the Private Rented Sector. It is clear that the Private Rented Sector in England and the UK as a whole is growing at an unprecedented rate. In 2000 it made up 10% of the housing stock but in 2011 it had risen to 17%. This rise suggests we may be seeing a long-term structural change to the housing market, and a shift from owner occupation towards renting. The inquiry has been an in depth look at the state of the rental market in England and we have received widespread evidence from Membership Bodies, Housing Associations, Tenants, Landlords and Government Ministers.