ISLAMABAD (APP) - Senate Standing Committee on Housing and Works supports all efforts of the government to overcome shortage of housing units and construction of new homes especially for the middle and lower income groups. The committee, met here Monday with Senator Muhammad Ali Brohi in the chair, said it only wants to ensure that necessary procedures and relevant rules must be followed and highest degree of transparency be maintained since major housing projects involve colossal amount of tax payers money. The committee also expressed displeasure over the absence of high-ups of Ministry of Housing and Works from the meeting despite prior notice. The meeting was held pursuant upon a requisition made by three members of the Committee namely Senators Mir Mohabbat Khan Mari, Dr.Abdul Khaliq Pirzada and Sardar Mehmud Khan under Rule 163(4) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 1988 to discuss news reports regarding Rs. 60 billion project under Prime Minister's House Programme which was being awarded to the UK-based Company IHL without inviting open bid and without safeguarding interests of the government and the public. It vowed to write a letter to the Prime Minister in this regard and said that the bureaucracy not taking elected representatives seriously and decided to take up the matter in next meeting of the full committee scheduled for December 29. Earlier, Secretary Finance informed the Committee that Ministry of Housing asked his ministry to furnish sovereign guarantees in favour of IHL. However, we told them that sovereign guarantees are not involved in the project as it would be executed as a joint venture and there is no component of foreign loans etc. He said the Infrastructure Project Development Facility (IPDF) developed under public - private partnership basis was examining the matter. Then, he said, we were again approached by the Ministry of Housing and Works to provide these guarantees and we constituted a Committee. The Senate body commended professional handling by the Ministry of Finance. Senator Nisar A.Memon and some other members of the Committee had drawn the attention of the Chairman towards the issue of eviction of renowned Quaid scholar Prof. Dr. Zaidi, allegedly by officials of Ministry of Housing and Works. They said, the scholar contributed immensely towards editing of Quaid's papers and termed the incident as most "unfortunate and deplorable." The chair rules that everything would be discussed threadbare in the next meeting scheduled for December 29 and the wrong-doers would be taken to task. He said there should not be the slightest doubt that parliament is supreme and so are its committees. The meeting was attended by Senators Hafiz Abdul Malik Qadri, Shuja-ul-Mulk, Bibi Yasmeen Shah, Dr. Abdul Khaliq Pirzada, Sardar Muhammad Jamal Khan Leghari, Maulana Rahat Hussain, Mir Mohabbat Khan Marri, Nisar A. Memon and Muhammad Saleh Shah besides the Secretary Finance, Dr. Waqar Masood and Secretary Senate, Raja Muhammad Amin.