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Clause 1 - Unlawful sub-letting: secure tenancies

Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 8:55 am on 24th October 2012.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendments 2, 4 to 6, 8 to 10, 25, 26, 30 to 33, 47.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Amess, in my first Committee. The first set of amendments would all do one thing: apply the Bill to Wales. The Welsh Assembly Government have now concluded their consultation on the subject and have confirmed that they wish the Bill to apply to Wales.

Amendment 1 agreed to.

Amendment made: 2, in clause 1, page 1, line 13, leave out ‘in England’.—(Brandon Lewis.)

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

I beg to move amendment 3, in clause 1, page 2, line 10, after ‘P’, insert

‘or to another person to be held for P’s benefit’.

Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendment 7.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

The amendments clarify that the offences under clauses 1(1) and 2(1) do not apply if a child occupies the property. A person under the age of 18 cannot in law hold a tenancy and the amendments make it clear that the exemption applies if the tenancy could be transferred to another person for the child’s benefit.

Amendment 3 agreed to.

Clause 1, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.