Gross mortgage lending in the UK reached a new record in June, due to seasonal effects as well as the cost of higher interest rates, the Council of Mortgage Lenders reported. Although lending in June was up by 9% on May, this was a lower monthly increase for June than in each of the last two years (12% in 2006 and 15% in 2005). The Council for Mortgage Lenders (CML) warned the Bank of England today not to raise interest rates to 6 per cent despite revealing that mortgage lending soared to a record £34.2 billion in June. One of Britain’s biggest financial trade bodies urged the Bank’s rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee to “carefully assess” the impact of the five rate hikes made over the past year before taking any further action. Despite the record level of mortgage lending, there are signs that the market is feeling the cumulative effects of the five interest rate rises we have seen over the past year.