Tuesday, 9 March 2010
The Secretary of State was asked-
Under what exceptional circumstances planning inspectors may consider representations on planning appeals made after the deadline for submissions has passed.
What guidance he has issued to local authorities on achieving efficiency savings without reducing front-line services.
What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government support for local authority regeneration initiatives delivered regionally.
What account his Department takes of the effects on local employment in the construction industry in its decisions on the allocation of funding for house building projects.
If he will arrange for public consultation to take place in Essex on the subject of establishing unitary authorities.
What recent representations he has had from local authorities on the effects on them of the recent recession.
For what reasons he overruled the advice of his Department's accounting officer in relation to the value for money of his proposals for unitary restructuring in Norfolk.
What progress has been made in providing security of tenure for Gypsies and Travellers on local authority sites.
How much on average was paid by a business in non-domestic rates in (a) 1997-98 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.
What recent estimate he has made of the proportion of the working neighbourhoods fund which has been allocated to local authorities.
What recent representations he has received on his Department's target to build 3 million houses by 2020; and if he will make a statement.
If he will issue guidance to local authorities on the granting of licences for massage parlours.
If he will make it his policy to suspend or abolish home information packs.
What his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of Government support for local authority regeneration initiatives in the north-west; and if he will make a statement.
If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
I rise to make a point of order, of which I gave your office notice yesterday, in connection with the shameful behaviour of the Department for Work and Pensions in failing to answer written...
Motion for leave to bring in a Bill ( Standing Order No. 23)
I inform the House that I have selected the amendment in the name of the Prime Minister. The House will also be conscious that I have imposed a limit of eight minutes on Back-Bench contributions...
I advise the House that Mr. Speaker has selected the amendment in the name of the Prime Minister, and also that an eight-minute limit on Back-Bench speeches will apply to this debate.
Motion made, and Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 118(6)),
That the draft Protection from Tobacco (Sales from Vending Machines) (England) Regulations 2010, which were laid before this House on 27 January, be approved .-(David Wright.) Question agreed...
That the draft Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Display of Prices) (England) Regulations 2010, which were laid before this House on 27 January, be approved . -(David Wright.) Question agreed...
That the draft Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order 2010, which was laid before this House on 27 January, be approved . -(David Wright.) Question agreed to. Motion made, and Question put...
That the draft Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations 2010, which were laid before this House on 27 January, be approved . -(David Wright.) Question agreed to.
Motion made, and Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 119(11)),
That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 5770/10, a Council Decision on a European military mission to contribute to the training of Somali security forces; and welcomes the...
With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I would like to present a petition that has been signed by virtually every resident of Manor way, Duchy close and Queensway in Higham Ferrers. The petition...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn. -(David Wright.)
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