Results 1–20 of 1931 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Clive Betts

Backbench Business: UK-Romanian Relations — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (19 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: I ask the hon. Gentleman to keep to the time limit, because it is the same for all the Front-Bench speakers.

Backbench Business: UK-Romanian Relations — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (19 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: Order. I now call the Front-Bench speakers. You have no more than 12 minutes each, because we need to allow time for the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) to respond to the debate.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: High-rise Buildings: Cladding (18 Jun 2018)

Clive Betts: The Secretary of State is rightly consulting on banning all material that is not of limited combustibility from high-rise buildings, and the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee hopes that he will bring in such a ban after the consultation. If he concludes that it is right to ban such material from all new buildings, does he accept that it would be completely untenable to leave...

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...

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...

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.

Transport Emissions: Urban Areas (22 May 2018)

Clive Betts: It is an honest pursuit of truth, Mr Speaker.

Transport Emissions: Urban Areas (22 May 2018)

Clive Betts: I am sure that the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs would not want an inaccurate statement to go uncorrected. He said that Sheffield City Council was felling trees and that that was adding to the pollution problems in the city. The truth is that while there has been some contention about the removal and replacement of some trees on some streets, overall there will be...

Transport Emissions: Urban Areas (22 May 2018)

Clive Betts: He agrees—thank you very much.

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Tenant Fees Bill (21 May 2018)

Clive Betts: On enforcement, does the Minister accept that going to a county court is quite an experience for a tenant and would probably put them off, and does he therefore accept that the first-tier tribunal itself should take the matter of enforcement to the county court on behalf of tenants who have already won their case?

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Tenant Fees Bill (21 May 2018)

Clive Betts: First, I refer to my declaration in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests: I own one property which I let out. The Select Committee carried out pre-legislative scrutiny, and we unanimously warmly welcomed the principle behind this Bill. The principle we accepted was that the contract is between a landlord and a letting agent, and therefore it is up to the landlord to pay the cost...

Tower Block Cladding (21 May 2018)

Clive Betts: Last week, the Select Committee welcomed the Secretary of State’s decision to consult about banning all combustible material from the cladding on tower blocks. May I ask him, once again, whether he has given further thought to banning the material on existing blocks as well as on new blocks and refurbishment works? If he is minded to do that, does he accept that the Government would...

Local Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committees — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (17 May 2018)

Clive Betts: I thank the Minister for his response—whether it was positive or not will depend on the outcome of those further consultations. He gave us a general indication that he recognises the important role of scrutiny in local government, which is done well in many councils and not so well in others. Improvement is down to the sector, working with the Centre for Public Scrutiny. We look forward...


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