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Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: The Commonwealth (9 Jan 2018)

Peter Bottomley: Before CHOGM, will the Foreign Secretary get a chronological list of the countries where UK pensioners overseas get inflation-level increases and how many of those are Commonwealth countries? Should we not hang our heads in shame that for half of pensioners overseas who are in Commonwealth countries, there has been no change? I ask him to do something about that.

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Peter Bottomley: I am grateful to you for chairing the debate, Mr Bone. We all thank the Minister, not only because he has responded to many of the points made today, but because he has been one of the people responsible for carrying forward the work and initiative of his predecessor, Gavin Barwell. When Gavin Barwell spoke at the LEASE conference a year ago, he shocked people by telling the truth: LEASE...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Peter Bottomley: I suggest that either the Minister or his officials should have a round table with the charities, the National Trust and the Charity Commission, and spell out to those people that, although the law at present may give them the right to say no, they ought to ask whether it fits with their charitable purposes to do so. Perhaps they ought to say yes, because charities are supposed to do good for...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Peter Bottomley: It goes a stage further than that. There is a case going to appeal—the Stanley v. Mundy case—where the Wellcome Trust, which bought freeholds from the Henry Smith Charity, has managed to persuade a property tribunal that the rate at which people pay for extending leases should be much higher than at present. In fact, most of the evidence is that it should be lower. Governments...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Peter Bottomley: The hon. Lady has raised a point that the hon. Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick) also raised. LEASE has been given extra responsibility for trying to help people living in blocks that may be affected by post-Grenfell issues, but what is presently on the LEASE website is totally inadequate. It may be a start, but it is not good enough. LEASE should get together with the LKP to...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Peter Bottomley: I think I am right in saying that the law is that if they had been in a residential flat, the freehold could not have been sold without it being offered to them. That should have been the law for the houses, but I suppose it was not because no one imagined that anyone would ever sell a leasehold house again.

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Peter Bottomley: The hon. Lady’s early-day motion is very important. The Government should consult on whether it is possible to refer the matter to the Competition and Markets Authority and have that kind of clause struck out as unfair, unreasonable and unenforceable.

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Peter Bottomley: I can quote an example where, if the people had managed to buy the freehold from the developer at the beginning, it would have cost them between £2,000 and £4,000. A year later, when they applied to the so-called long-term freehold interest—often using pension money for purchasing—they were quoted £40,000. When they objected, that came down to £30,000, but they...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Peter Bottomley: I beg to move, That this House has considered leasehold and commonhold reform and leasehold abuses. May I first say that we are grateful for your chairing the debate, Sir David? We hope that the next time we debate this issue, it will be on the Floor of the House. The all-party parliamentary group on leasehold and commonhold reform, which now has more than 130 members from both Houses, is...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Peter Bottomley: I think people will accept that. I ought to say that we are not trying to solve all the problems with all forms of housing in one short debate. I will try to limit my remarks and leave space for others to bring up issues, although we do not expect the Minister to answer every point today. The Government’s announcement was welcomed by most people in the field as a step forward that is...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Peter Bottomley: That matches the problems of some park home owners. If I had the time, I would get into the activities of Barry Weir, the Smart family and various others who have ruined people’s lives. On solving the doubling of ground rents for residential properties, whether houses or flats, it is quite clear that there are three approaches that will work. The first is trying to deal with the problem...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Peter Bottomley: My hon. Friend makes a point that shows the truth of what I said at the beginning: the Government’s announcement today has gone further than people expected, but it does not cover everything. There needs to be a forum in which the Government can actually listen to the voices of those who represent the unfortunate ones who are caught in a trap and find ways of solving that. By the way,...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Peter Bottomley: That is a point that the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne Central (Chi Onwurah) might raise if she speaks. My right hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Sir Hugo Swire) sadly cannot be here because he has a Secretary of State visiting his constituency, but he asked that the question of National Trust leaseholders be raised. I also want to pass on the strong encouragement from my hon....

Attorney General: Business of the House (21 Dec 2017)

Peter Bottomley: The House will welcome the statement by DCLG today on the crack- down on unfair leasehold practices. Will it be possible early in the new year for the Government to announce when there will be a Government debate on the timetable, so that we can stamp out the exploitation, crookery and heartlessness of some freeholders, who have been operating untouched in this field for too long?

Business of the House (14 Dec 2017)

Peter Bottomley: May I suggest to my right hon. Friend that it might be sensible to have another Grenfell United meeting in, say, six months’ time? We will not forget what we heard this week, but I think that a repeat would be a good idea so that we can hear more from those who have life after death. In this season of good will, and especially in view of the Foreign Secretary’s visit to Iran,...

Business of the House (14 Dec 2017)

Peter Bottomley: I hope, Mr Speaker, that I said “in the first week after we come back”, rather than “next week”.

Business of the House (30 Nov 2017)

Peter Bottomley: I want the Government to make a statement on how they are going to involve leaseholders in the discussions on high-rise buildings with cladding. The Department for Communities and Local Government is having meetings with the managing agents and others, but leaseholders, who may be isolated, are not being brought in and not being brought together. Would it be possible for the Leader of the...

Online Hate Speech (30 Nov 2017)

Peter Bottomley: The retweet has been condemned. We can concentrate on the wrong done by the original tweet. Can we ask the Home Secretary if we can do right by identifying, isolating, putting down and putting out the intended community, religious and ethnic strains?

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Peter Bottomley: I want to make two brief mathematical points to my hon. Friend. First, the turnout now for 16 and 17-year-olds is zero, but if they got the vote and their turnout was 60%, there would be an increase in turnout, not a reduction. Secondly, we can be registered to vote at 18 and the average age of voting in a general election is 20, but if we could be registered to vote at 16, the average age of...


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