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Results 1–20 of 490 for squatting

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.

Women: Economic Empowerment — Motion to Take Note (5 Mar 2015)

Baroness Gould of Potternewton: ...will not often show up in a headcount of rough sleepers. The hidden homeless may be sofa-surfing, staying with family or friends, or trapped in abusive relationships because they have nowhere else to go. Others may be squatting, living in crack houses, and some unfortunately engage in prostitution. St Mungo’s, the homeless charity, feels that unless urgent action is taken now, the...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: ...time round. When homeless people do approach their council, the consequences of being turned away with no support can be disastrous. Many are left with no option but to sleep on the floors of friends and family, squat in abandoned buildings or, in the worst examples, sleep rough. That can lead to their falling into a situation where support needs and other issues develop, resulting in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Jan 2015)

David Cameron: ...exactly how we meet that: it is 13 billion of departmental cuts and 12 billion of welfare cuts and 5 billion from tax evasion and avoidance. So far the Labour party has told us absolutely diddly-squat about how it would raise a single penny of that money, so the challenge for the Labour party is: if you are going to sign up to 30 billion of adjustment, is it not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (12 Jan 2015)

Anna Soubry: May I say how very disappointed I am at such an appallingly negative question that achieves absolutely diddly-squat? With the introduction of the covenant enshrined in law, this Government, more than any other, have ensured that our veterans, serving members of our armed forces and their families get the sort of recognition that they need. It is not disputed that we can do more, especially at...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Squatting: Prosecutions (7 Jan 2015)

Matthew Offord: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions his Department has had with the Crown Prosecution Service on ensuring that prosecutions are made under squatting legislation.

[Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Stamp Duty (Housing Market) (4 Sep 2014)

Anne Main: ...home, they have a mountain to climb. While they wait to get their finances in place, they will face, according to Zoopla, a crippling average home rental in the south and east of 1,765 a month. They will have to shell out an awful lot of their modest salaries just to live in the area that they serve by working in the public sector. If they are not paying rent, they may be squatting...

Written Answers — Justice: Squatting: Reoffenders (17 Jul 2014)

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have been convicted of the offence of squatting in a residential building under section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 on more than one occasion since its entry into force; (2) how many people have been (a) arrested for and (b) convicted of the offence of squatting in a residential building...

Education: British Values — Question for Short Debate (26 Jun 2014)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: ...was a charter imposed by powerful barons—hardly nascent democrats—on the weak King John to prevent him trampling on their rights: it didn't satisfy them, and they rose in revolt anyway. It meant diddly squat to average English subjects, most of whom were serfs”. Yet this is on what we are proposing to base a discussion around fundamental British values. I end where I...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Clause 58 — Interveners and costs (17 Jun 2014)

Philip Davies: ...to go even more left wing than his predecessor, we are in big trouble on this side of the House on criminal justice matters. New clause 34, to which the Minister gave his Sir Humphrey blurb, is actually about squatting. This activity was criminalised in residential buildings in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012—it was one of the rare triumphs of that...

Written Answers — Justice: Squatting (14 May 2014)

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) court possession orders and (b) interim possession orders in relation to squatting in non-residential buildings have been made since the introduction of the criminal offence of squatting in a residential building; and how many such orders were made in the equivalent period preceding this law being implemented.

Written Answers — Justice: Crime (28 Apr 2014)

Simon Hughes: ...the statistical bulletin New Criminal Offences. The new criminal offences enforce Government policy in a range of areas, including to contain the spread of serious animal diseases and to criminalise squatting in a residential building. Period covered Number of legislative provisions (secondary and primary) containing new offences Total criminal offences created 1 June 2010 to 31...

Written Answers — Justice: Squatting (19 Mar 2014)

Tony Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2013, Official Report, column 127W, on squatting, what the cost to the public purse has been of hearings in relation to the case of a constituent of the hon. Member for Workington (Sir Tony Cunningham), Gary Tomlinson, Claim Number OWH00080, Cert Number JBIRQK61BB77/A/E/1; for what reasons legal aid funding in...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Housing (11 Mar 2014)

Nick Hurd: ...surveys to establish Housing Tenure. These questions include; Details about the accommodation (Owned outright; being bought with a mortgage or loan; part rent, part mortgage, rented, rent free, squatting) Is the accommodation tied to a job? Who is the landlord? (Housing association, charitable trust or local housing company; employing organisation; another organisation; relative of...


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