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Monday, 7 April 2014
The Secretary of State was asked—
What assessment he has made of the effect on local authorities of recent changes in the proportion of local authority funding that comes from revenue support grants.
What steps he is taking to help shops in England and Enfield with their business rate bills.
If he will take steps to ensure that the views of local people are given priority in planning decisions on large-scale housing projects.
What estimate he has made of local authority revenues from the sale of recyclate in the last year for which figures are available.
If he will grant additional planning protection for pubs that are listed as assets of community value.
What steps his Department is taking with the Department for Education to encourage the development of schools on former brownfield sites.
What assessment he has made of the wider applicability of the key elements of Kettering borough council's budget for 2014-15 which (a) freezes council tax, (b) cuts car parking charges and (c)...
What discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing the amount of housing accommodation by extending the scope and level of the rent-a-room scheme.
What estimate he has made of the average saving to families paying band D council tax from the Government’s council tax freeze policy.
What recent estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of their public health responsibilities.
What assessment he has made of the effect of recent changes in local authority spending on youth work budgets.
What steps the Government are taking to reform the private rented sector.
What further steps he is taking to increase the supply of social housing.
How his Department is supporting self-build projects. [R]
What steps the Government are taking to support community pubs.
If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The Prime Minister said this morning that he is “very open” to suggestions on how to reform the system that some would describe as MPs regulating...
[Relevant documents: Twenty-first Report from the European Scrutiny Committee, on the UK’s block opt-out of pre-Lisboncriminal law and policing measures, HC 683, and the Government...
Ordered, That Rehman Chishti and Sir Richard Shepherd be discharged from the Joint Committee on Human Rights and Sir Edward Garnier and Gareth Johnson be added.—(Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.)
Ordered, That Fiona Mactaggart be discharged from the Committee of Public Accounts and Mrs Anne McGuire be added.—(Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.)
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do no adjourn.—(Gavin Barwell.)
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