Alan Duncan

Minister of State

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Rutland and Melton Conservative

Powers of Local Councils

There have been votes in Parliament on the extent of powers devolved to local government on a range of matters from planning to the regulation of street trading.

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Alan Duncan voted a mixture of for and against more powers for local councils

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about more powers for local councils:

  • On 19 Jul 2010: Alan Duncan voted to enable more schools in England to gain "Academy Status" and the consequent financial independence and removal from local authority control. Show vote
  • On 19 Jul 2010: Alan Duncan voted to enable more schools in England to gain "Academy Status" and the consequent financial independence and removal from local authority control. Show vote
  • On 26 Jul 2010: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2010: Alan Duncan voted to give more powers to London local authorities. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Money Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2011: Alan Duncan voted to devolve more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2011: Alan Duncan voted to authorise spending relating to the Localism Bill, enabling the devolution of more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2011: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Education Bill (second reading) Show vote
  • On 30 Mar 2011: Alan Duncan voted to recommend publicity by local authorities be lawful, cost effective, objective etc. Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Clause 142 — Directions Releated to Prohibited Actvitity in Parliament Square Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: Alan Duncan voted to introduce Police and Crime Commissioners, to give local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and in support of the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 11 May 2011: Alan Duncan voted not to give local councils more powers in relation to school admissions. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Alan Duncan voted t to limit the power of the Secretary of State to repeal laws considered to detract from the general power of competence for local authorities. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Alan Duncan voted for the Secretary of State to have the power to implement change a local council's system of governance to a mayor and cabinet executive. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Alan Duncan voted against making specific planning permission be required for betting shops rather than allowing any premises with permission for use for financial and professional services to become a betting shop. Show vote
  • On 18 May 2011: Alan Duncan voted against only allowing the Mayor of London to designate a Mayoral development area if the majority of councils covering the area agree to the designation. Show vote
  • On 18 May 2011: Alan Duncan voted to devolve more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2011: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Clause 4 — Power to Require Name and Address for Council Officers, PCSOs and Accredited Individuals When Issuing FPNs Show vote
  • On 10 Jan 2012: Alan Duncan voted to allow local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 11 Jan 2012: Alan Duncan voted to allow local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 18 Jan 2012: Alan Duncan voted against delaying enabling local councils to keep money raised from business rates in their areas. Show vote
  • On 25 Jan 2012: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Street Litter Control Notices — Application to All Non Domestic Premises Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2012: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Local Government Finance Bill — Clause 8 — Spending on Council tax Reduction Schemes Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2012: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Clause 9 — Street trading: vehicles and the internet Show vote
  • On 21 May 2012: Alan Duncan voted to allow local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2012: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Clause 1 — Planning Applications Directly to Secretary of State Show vote
  • On 23 Jan 2013: Alan Duncan voted against more regulation of the private rental sector, against a national register of landlords, against clearer information on charges, and against the promotion of longer tenancies when tenants want them. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2013: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Development orders: development within the curtilage of a dwelling house Show vote
  • On 16 Oct 2013: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Localism — Powers Relating to High Streets and Town and City Centres Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2013: Alan Duncan voted against a proposal to only allow the Secretary of State to issue a direction to a local council relating to compliance with the code of practice on local authority publicity where evidence of a breach of a code has been sent to the authority and, if the authority has replied, that a report from the Secretary of State in light of that reply has been published. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Alan Duncan voted against boosting housing supply by reforming the development industry; against measures to tackle landbanking; against a new generation of New Towns and Garden Cities and against giving local authorities a new right to grow to deliver the homes their communities need. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Alan Duncan voted against giving local councils powers to prevent the proliferation of fixed odds betting terminals and betting shops Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Alan Duncan voted against giving local government more powers to regulate betting shops and fixed odds betting terminals. Show vote
  • On 5 Nov 2014: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Local Bus Services Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2015: Alan Duncan voted to require a more extensive set of conditions be met prior to consent for hydraulic fracturing being given. Show vote
  • On 10 Mar 2015: Alan Duncan voted to let planning authorities insist Londoners wishing to rent out their homes for short periods have specific planning permission to do so on the grounds the authority considers that it is "necessary" rather than merely "desirable" to "protect the amenity of the locality". Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2015: Alan Duncan voted in favour of allowing more devolution of powers to local councils and to enable councils to collaboratively form regional combined authorities. Show vote
  • On 21 Oct 2015: Alan Duncan voted to allow the creation of a combined authority to be made conditional on the authority having an elected mayor. Show vote
  • On 10 Nov 2015: Alan Duncan voted against requiring the consent of the devolved administrations and local government before applying new regulations on trade union activity within their areas of responsibility. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2016: Alan Duncan voted to give local government powers to vary the restrictions on large shops opening on Sundays. Show vote
  • On 13 Apr 2016: Alan Duncan voted in favour of turning all primary and secondary schools in England to become academies, shifting control over them from local councils to central government. Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Alan Duncan voted for central Government, rather than local councils, to determine how many starter homes to be sold to first time buyers at a discount are to be required to be provided in new residential developments. Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Alan Duncan voted against requiring the local retention of funds from selling high value council homes where there is a local need for social housing. Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Alan Duncan voted to require local councils to charge high income social housing tenants rent at levels set by central Government. Show vote
  • On 9 May 2016: Alan Duncan voted not to exempt local councils from having to require discounted starter homes on certain new developments if they provide affordable home ownership via other routes. Show vote
  • On 9 May 2016: Alan Duncan voted against giving local councils a right to retain payments in respect of vacant high value council houses to provide new social homes where they can demonstrate a need for them. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2016: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Neighbourhood Planning Bill — New Clause 9 — Requirement for Planning Permission for the Demolition or Change of Use of Drinking Establishments Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2016: Alan Duncan was absent for a vote on Neighbourhood Planning Bill — Clause 12 — Power for Secretary of State to Ban Certain Types of Planning Conditions in England Show vote

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