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Backbench Business: Clean Water and Sanitation (Africa) — [Andrew Percy in the Chair] (21 Apr 2016)

Pauline Latham: ...specifically for me to go in. I found that rather embarrassing—not for me, but for them to have to do that. They did it, though, and the joke was that they made a wooden box for me to sit on so that I would not have to squat. They thought that as a westerner, I would not have been able to cope with that. It would not have bothered me, but they have to deal with that all the time, and...

Homelessness: Edmonton (14 Apr 2016)

Kate Osamor: ..., and many are long-term tenants. One has lived in their rented home for over 23 years. One woman, a former lawyer, was homeless for over six months. She and her disabled adult daughter resorted to squatting, and to sleeping in churches or on night buses. A mother of a young child, who worked as a teaching assistant, was evicted from temporary accommodation and deemed intentionally...

Women: Representation and Empowerment — Motion to Take Note (7 Mar 2016)

Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill: ...homelessness accommodation. Instead, they may be “sofa surfing”, staying with family or friends, or trapped in abusive relationships because they have nowhere else to go. Others, according to St Mungo’s, will be squatting or living in crack houses, or engaged in prostitution. Better data collection is needed to help plan appropriate gender-sensitive accommodation and...

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, I am very supportive of the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Greaves. Empty homes represent both waste and a missed opportunity. They also leave the property at risk of squatting and subject to vandalism, and there is the blight that brings to the wider community—to which the noble Lord referred. Empty dwelling management orders are a legal device which enable local...

Equitable Life (11 Feb 2016)

Caroline Nokes: I can reassure Members that I probably will not take up seven minutes. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) not just on securing this important debate, but on his tireless work on Equitable Life since he entered this place in 2010. This sorry saga has been extremely long running. The hon. Member for Angus (Mike Weir) indicated that he had been speaking...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (9 Feb 2016)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: I see the point, and as I say, my son is living in such accommodation, but the reason owners do it is to protect against squatting as opposed to provide for permanent accommodation. There is no tenancy agreement in place. However, I will go back and think further about this. It is a slightly anomalous situation in the general housing market, given that many of the properties are not housing....

Public Bill Committee: Enterprise Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Small Business Commissioner (9 Feb 2016)

Anna Soubry: ...I had read out the figures that show a huge change; I am happy to read them out again. I am resisting all temptation to say that it is rather strange that the Labour party seems to have done diddly squat during the 13 years when they could have solved all these problems. This Government have made a significant change. For the purposes of Hansard, I repeat that BIS paid 96.8% of those...

Public Bill Committee: Enterprise Bill [Lords]: Small Business Commissioner (9 Feb 2016)

Anna Soubry: ...I had read out the figures that show a huge change; I am happy to read them out again. I am resisting all temptation to say that it is rather strange that the Labour party seems to have done diddly squat during the 13 years when they could have solved all these problems. This Government have made a significant change. For the purposes of Hansard, I repeat that BIS paid 96.8% of those...

[Mark Pritchard in the Chair] — NHS Bursary (11 Jan 2016)

Mark Pritchard: Will Members who want to speak, even if they are on the list, please stand clearly rather than squat, in order that we can work out whether we will have to impose a time limit later? Thank you very much indeed.

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

...that question, we have quite a few housing co-operatives within the borough already. They tend to be managing existing stock that they have been bequeathed through CPOs in the past and through the squatting movement in the ‘70s and ‘80s. As far as I am aware, they are not currently seeking to develop. We are focusing on working with housing association partners and our own new...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

...that question, we have quite a few housing co-operatives within the borough already. They tend to be managing existing stock that they have been bequeathed through CPOs in the past and through the squatting movement in the ‘70s and ‘80s. As far as I am aware, they are not currently seeking to develop. We are focusing on working with housing association partners and our own new...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Policing (4 Nov 2015)

Neil Coyle: ...has been raised with me by Tesco managers. Particular businesses have been targeted—for example, pub users have had their mobile phones stolen. We have seen a dramatic increase in commercial squatting across the constituency, which I raised with the Met commissioner. The Albion in Rotherhithe and The Elephant and Castle—unsurprisingly, located in Elephant and Castle—have...

Travellers (Mole Valley) — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (20 Oct 2015)

Paul Beresford: ...development is severely limited as the road goes through, or close to, an area of natural beauty and ancient forests, and is entirely in the green belt. A Traveller from outside Mole Valley inherited the land, squatted on it and, over a short period of time, placed a number of caravans, trucks and cars there. He ran a number of different businesses from the site, as indicated by...

Business of the House (9 Jul 2015)

Paul Beresford: ...have a number of dreadful cases in my patch, including one where so-called Travellers have submitted applications followed by appeals for 10 years or more. They are building on the site as well as squatting on it. It is green belt land; they should not be there.

Hatfield Colliery (2 Jul 2015)

Anna Soubry: ...girl, I was never allowed underground, but at Manton we built a coalface on the top: we could all visit, and see the photographs and understand the experience of men who were stripped to the waist and often worked squatting for long shifts in the most appalling conditions, as these men will have undoubtedly done at some stage in their lives. It is indeed darned hard work and it is a...

Global Challenges — Motion to Take Note (2 Jul 2015)

Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon: ...centre of the opium trade. Nowadays it is connected to crime in our inner cities. He would not have mentioned the mad mullah in the cave, although he had those too. The mad mullah of the time was called the Wali of Swat, about whom Edward Lear wrote a poem in which he asked who or what is the Wali of Swat; is he short, is he fat, is he squat? He would not ask today who or what was Osama...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Squatting (1 Jul 2015)

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of changes in the prevalence of squatting in commercial premises following the introduction of the criminal provisions contained in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st day] (27 May 2015)

John Martin McDonnell: ..., which has been blocked by people who are angry at not being listened to and angry at the production of this Queen’s Speech. We will also see more occupations, particularly among the people in our capital city who are desperate to have a roof over their head and are forced to squat. We saw an example last year, when a young man was evicted from a squat and froze to death on its...

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Mike Weatherley: ..., followed that up with a Westminster Hall debate and got the Government on side, and the law was duly changed via an amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill. Changing the law on squatting was a huge deal, and it has virtually ended squatting in residential properties in the UK. Wikipedia now lists it as “Weatherley’s law”. At this stage I...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Squatting (25 Mar 2015)

Matthew Offord: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit the squatting of premises in the commercial property sector.


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