Lord Watts

Labour Peer

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.

Photo: Neil Howard

Lord Watts generally voted for 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.

Key votes about more powers for local councils:

  • On 10 Mar 2015: Lord Watts was absent for a vote on Deregulation Bill — Short-term Use of London Accommodation: Relaxation of Restrictions Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2015: Lord Watts was absent for a vote on Infrastructure Bill — Safeguards and Conditions for Hydraulic Fracturing Activities (Fracking) Show vote
  • On 5 Nov 2014: Lord Watts voted for local government to have powers to develop more integrated, frequent, cheaper and greener bus services with integrated Oyster card-style ticketing. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Lord Watts voted to boost housing supply by reforming the development industry; for measures to tackle landbanking; for a new generation of New Towns and Garden Cities and for giving local authorities a new right to grow to deliver the homes their communities need. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Lord Watts voted to give local councils powers to prevent the proliferation of fixed odds betting terminals and betting shops Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Lord Watts voted to give local government more powers to regulate betting shops and fixed odds betting terminals. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2013: Lord Watts voted 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 16 Oct 2013: Lord Watts voted to give more powers to local communities in relation to high streets and town and city centres. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2013: Lord Watts voted to give local councils the power to remove householders' permitted development rights. Show vote
  • On 23 Jan 2013: Lord Watts voted for more regulation of the private rental sector, a national register of landlords, clearer information on charges, and the promotion of longer tenancies when tenants want them. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2012: Lord Watts voted against an option to make planning applications directly to the Secretary of State in areas where the local planning authority is deemed to be performing poorly. Show vote
  • On 21 May 2012: Lord Watts voted against allowing local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and not to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2012: Lord Watts voted against making the sale of motor vehicles on the internet, where the vehicle is kept on the highway, come within the existing street trading legislation which applies in London. Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2012: Lord Watts voted to require local councils to keep the amount they spend on council tax reductions for those in financial need the same from year to year. Show vote
  • On 25 Jan 2012: Lord Watts voted to enable all non-domestic premises in London, rather than just commercial or retail premises, to be subject to notices making requirements in relation to litter or refuse such as the provision of, and emptying of a bin. Show vote
  • On 18 Jan 2012: Lord Watts voted to delay enabling local councils to keep money raised from business rates in their areas. Show vote
  • On 11 Jan 2012: Lord Watts voted against allowing ocal councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and not to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 10 Jan 2012: Lord Watts voted against allowing local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and not to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2011: Lord Watts 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 18 May 2011: Lord Watts voted to only allow 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: Lord Watts voted against devolving more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Lord Watts voted 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: Lord Watts voted against the Secretary of State having the power to implement change a local council's system of governance to a mayor and cabinet executive. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Lord Watts voted to make 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 11 May 2011: Lord Watts voted to give local councils more powers in relation to school admissions. Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: Lord Watts 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: Lord Watts was absent for a vote on Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 30 Mar 2011: Lord Watts voted against recommending publicity by local authorities be lawful, cost effective, objective etc. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2011: Lord Watts voted against proposals which would have allowed the establishment of free schools, resulted in the abolition of a range of teaching related bodies, allowed student loan interest to be charged at market rates, and allowed teachers to search pupils. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2011: Lord Watts voted against devolving more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2011: Lord Watts voted against authorising 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 13 Dec 2010: Lord Watts voted against introducing Police and Crime Commissioners, against giving local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and against the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: Lord Watts voted against introducing Police and Crime Commissioners, against giving local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and against the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2010: Lord Watts was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 26 Jul 2010: Lord Watts acted as teller for a vote on Academies Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 19 Jul 2010: Lord Watts voted against enabling 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: Lord Watts voted against enabling more schools in England to gain "Academy Status" and the consequent financial independence and removal from local authority control. Show vote

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