Another consultation, on smoke and carbon monoxide alarm regulations, was announced just this week. Javid laid down a challenge to the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, in a speech yesterday, in which he called for a â€œgiant leapâ€? in the number of new homes being built. The Communities Secretary said that the lack of new homes being built was a â€œbig problem, and we have to think bigâ€? to tackle the housing crisis.