Housing and Planning Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 10th November 2015.

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[Mr James Gray in the Chair]

The Committee deliberated in private.

On resuming—

Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire

I welcome you all to the first Committee sitting of the Housing and Planning Bill. I hope to keep our discussions pleasant and civilised. There are a couple of little rules. We are not allowed to have coffees, or to drink or eat anything else, and if anyone’s mobile phone goes off they will earn my strict displeasure, or a wiggle of my eyebrow at the very least.

Before we begin the more interesting part of the sitting, I ask Members who have interests to declare now to do so.

Photo of Richard Bacon Richard Bacon Conservative, South Norfolk

I am organising a seminar on 20 November called “How should Norfolk grow?” It has eight commercial sponsors: Barclays bank, the New Anglia local enterprise partnership, the local train franchise, Anglian Water, Saffron Housing, Norwich International airport, Swallowtail Print and the Maids Head hotel.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)

May I draw attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests?

Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Conservative, Peterborough

May I also draw the Committee’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests?

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp Conservative, Croydon South

May I likewise draw the Committee’s attention to my declarations in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests?

Photo of Julian Smith Julian Smith Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

Likewise, I draw Members’ attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy Conservative, South Ribble

I draw Members’ attention to my declaration in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.

Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood

Chairman, I would like the Committee to note that I am a councillor in the London Borough of Southwark and that I employ a councillor in my parliamentary team.

Photo of Peter Dowd Peter Dowd Labour, Bootle

I also declare that I am a member of my local authority.

Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire

A large number of interests. I wish I had some.

Photo of Kevin Hollinrake Kevin Hollinrake Conservative, Thirsk and Malton

May I draw Members’ attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests?

Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire

All duly noted. Thank you very much indeed.

Before we move to the discussion, I need to deal with a few formalities. I first call the Minister to move the programme motion.

Ordered,

That—

(1) the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 10 November) meet— (a) at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 10 November;

(b) at 9.25 am on Tuesday 17 November;

(c) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 19 November;

(d) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 24 November;

(e) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 26 November;

(f) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 1 December;

(g) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 3 December;

(h) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 8 December;

(i) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 10 December;

(2) the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following Table:

Date

Time

Witness

Tuesday 10 November

Until no later than 10.00 am

Greater London Authority

Tuesday 10 November

Until no later than 10.45 am

Local Government Association; London Councils

Tuesday 10 November

Until no later than 11.25 am

National Housing Federation; PlaceShapers

Tuesday 10 November

Until no later than 2.45 pm

British Property Federation; Federation of Master Builders; Home Builders Federation

Tuesday 10 November

Until no later than 3.15 pm

Shelter; Crisis

Tuesday 10 November

Until no later than 4.15 pm

Peaks and Plains Housing Trust; Hastoe Group; Riverside; L&Q

Tuesday 10 November

Until no later than 5.00 pm

National Landlords Association; Residential Landlords Association; Association of Residential Letting Agents

Tuesday 17 November

Until no later than 10.15 am

Chartered Institute of Housing; Planning Officers Society; Royal Town Planning Institute; Town and Country Planning Association

Tuesday 17 November

Until no later than 10.45 am

Campaign to Protect Rural England

Tuesday 17 November

Until no later than 11.25 am

Department for Communities and Local Government

(3) proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the following order: Clauses 1 to 17; Schedule 1; Clauses 18 and 19; Schedule 2; Clause 20; Schedule 3; Clauses 21 to 86; Schedule 4; Clauses 87 to 90; Schedule 5; Clauses 91 to 102; Schedule 6; Clauses 103 to 121; Schedule 7; Clauses 122 to 127; Schedule 8; Clauses 128 to 134; Schedules 9 and 10; Clauses 135 to 139; Schedule 11; Clauses 140 to 145; new Clauses; new Schedules; remaining proceedings on the Bill;

(4) the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 pm on Thursday 10 December.—(Brandon Lewis.)

Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire

That means that the deadline for tabling amendments to be considered in the first two line-by-line Committee sittings is by the rise of the House on Monday 16 November.

Resolved,

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.—(Brandon Lewis.)

Resolved,

That, at this and any subsequent meeting at which oral evidence is to be heard, the Committee shall sit in private until the witnesses are admitted.—(Brandon Lewis.)

Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire

Copies of written evidence that the Committee receives will be made available in the Committee Room if anyone wishes to pick them up.