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Business Rates — [James Gray in the Chair] (13 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for York Central (Rachael Maskell) on securing this important debate about the relevance of business rates to our local communities, and the impact that they may be having on them. I may approach the debate slightly differently, from a local government perspective, because I have the...

Business Rates — [James Gray in the Chair] (13 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: That was a very helpful intervention. It shows that some very interesting things are going on at a local level. Very often, ideas begin in local government, are tried and tested at a local level, and then are moved on to the whole country. It is very important that we do not simply say that now we want to move away from the whole system, and leave those valuable lessons unlearned and...

Business Rates — [James Gray in the Chair] (13 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: It is important that we look at those issues in wider taxation. I am not sure we can quite go there this morning, but we certainly need to look at whether we can tax some of those major companies—we know the international conglomerates of online shopping without necessarily having to name them—on the turnover that they have in this country rather than on the profits that they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (7 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: Just before the recess, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government made an announcement about proposals for a consultation to create a single shale gas regulator. Can the Secretary of State assure the House that there will be absolutely no change to the powers of the Environment Agency to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Council Tax Reduction Schemes: Disability (6 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government provides guidance on the length of time for which local authorities can backdate claims for severely mentally impaired discount.

Nuclear Power (4 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: One aspect of a future nuclear strategy the Secretary of State did not deal with is small modular reactors. I have written him several emails about this. Davy Markham, in my constituency, is one of the few places that can actually machine the largest parts for these reactors, but it is in receivership. The receiver is selling off this capacity, and currently it looks as if it will go...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy: Meters (4 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when second generation smart meters become available whether priority will be accorded to the conversion of first generation smart meters in circumstances where a consumer is switching energy supplier and their first generation meter is not compatible with their new supplier.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Second Homes: Holiday Accommodation (4 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of second homes in (a) each local authority and (b) England which (i) are and (ii) have been registered as holiday lets for which small business rate relief is claimed; and the amount of tax revenue that has been foregone through that provision.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Second Homes: Non-domestic Rates (4 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to increase the minimum number of letting days to for a property to be eligible for small business rate relief.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Tenants' Rights (4 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department is available to (a) tenants and (b) landlords on the right of tenants to have a smart meter installed under a tenancy contract.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Council Tax Reduction Schemes: Disability (4 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many severely mentally impaired discounts have been given by each local authority in England (a) in total and (b) per head of head of population in each of the last three years.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction Methods (4 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to develop a robust understanding of modern methods of construction performance under fire, flood, escape of water and other events.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction Methods (4 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent research his Department has carried out on the risks associated with properties built using modern methods of construction.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction Methods (4 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how his Department plans to ensure that risks associated with properties built using modern methods of construction are fully considered in the design, construction and inhabitation phases of the lifecycle of such properties.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Second Homes: Non-domestic Rates (30 May 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on the eligibility of second homes for small business rate relief; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention (29 May 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of high rise buildings with cladding materials which are not of limited combustibility; and what materials are being used instead on each of those buildings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Train Timetable: Hitchin and Harpenden (24 May 2018)

Clive Betts: Let me follow up on that question from my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham South (Lilian Greenwood). Last month, the Secretary of State promised quicker and better train services to Sheffield. As a result of these Thameslink changes, East Midlands Trains says that priority is being given to these new trains on Thameslink services over trains to Sheffield. As a result, peak-time trains...

Transport Emissions: Urban Areas (22 May 2018)

Clive Betts: The Secretary of State is right that local authorities have a big role to play in this, but they could do an awful lot more if they had the resources. Central Government have an even bigger role to play. In Tinsley in my constituency, NO2 levels are regularly above safe limits because it is next to the M1 motorway, which is a central Government responsibility. What are the Government going...

Transport Emissions: Urban Areas (22 May 2018)

Clive Betts: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Transport Emissions: Urban Areas (22 May 2018)

Clive Betts: Yes.


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