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Principal Local Authorities (Grounds for Abolition) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Christopher Chope: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. This is a timely debate because Christchurch Borough Council is this very day sending out voting papers for a local referendum to ask every local elector in Christchurch whether he or she consents to the abolition of Christchurch Borough Council and its forced merger with Bournemouth and Poole into a unitary council. The electors will...

Principal Local Authorities (Grounds for Abolition) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Christopher Chope: It would put a lot more pressure on councils to agree. It would mean that no individual council or group of councils could impose a majority opinion on the minority. We are talking about the essence of local democracy. There is nothing more local than a local district council that is accountable to its own electors. From time to time, the Government have suggested that it would be appropriate...

Principal Local Authorities (Grounds for Abolition) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Christopher Chope: I will not, actually, because I have only one more minute to go. This is analogous to the EU referendum. We wished to take back control over our national democracy, so why should we wish to take away from local people and their local councils the right to decide their own future and therefore potentially force them to surrender valuable assets and control over vital services such as planning,...

Leaving the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (28 Nov 2017)

Christopher Chope: Most people would accept that it is perfectly reasonable to exclude commercial market and negotiation-sensitive information but, unfortunately, that was not expressly excluded in the terms of the Humble Address on 1 November. Will my hon. Friend look carefully at the option of the Government bringing forward a revised motion that expressly excludes that information from the material to be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Detention Centres (20 Nov 2017)

Christopher Chope: Does the Minister agree that there are too many people in detention centres who should have already been deported? They should have been deported before the expiry of their prison sentences. Why is that not happening?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: District Councils (15 Nov 2017)

Christopher Chope: In the light of the response that my hon. Friend is yet to get from the Minister, does he share my disappointment that it is proposed that the partnership between East Dorset District Council and Christchurch Borough Council should be broken and that those councils should be absorbed into unitary authorities against their will? That is contrary, surely, to the principles being enunciated of...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Analysis (7 Nov 2017)

Christopher Chope: Most fair-minded people would accept that it is reasonable that some of this material may not be available until three weeks have expired, but there must be some of the material that could be made available now or sooner than in three weeks. Will my hon. Friend assure the House that he will do his best to make available soon that material which could be supplied before the three-week deadline?

Points of Order (25 Oct 2017)

Christopher Chope: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker.

Points of Order (25 Oct 2017)

Christopher Chope: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. I was indeed present at the Committee this morning, and I heard exactly what the Secretary of State said and the questions that were put to him. I am sorry to have to say that the hon. Member for Streatham (Chuka Umunna) has misunderstood the situation. The question the Secretary of State had was whether or not he thought there would be an...

Affordable Home Ownership (24 Oct 2017)

Christopher Chope: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for affordable home ownership; to require the inclusion of rent to buy homes in the definition of affordable housing; to make provision for a minimum proportion of new affordable housing to be available on affordable rent to buy terms; to provide relief from stamp duty when an affordable rent to buy home is purchased; and...

Middle Level Bill: Revival (17 Oct 2017)

Christopher Chope: It is great that, compared with when we first discussed the Bill, the hon. Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner) has shown an interest in the subject, and I am glad that his constituents have taken the opportunity to brief him on some of their concerns. The issue before the House is obviously quite simple—whether the Bill should be revived. My view is very much that it should not be...

New Southgate Cemetery Bill [Lords] (17 Oct 2017)

Christopher Chope: I thank my right hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Theresa Villiers) for her very full introduction to this Third Reading debate. I objected to the Third Reading going through on the nod because I thought it important that the undertakings given in Committee were recorded in this Chamber so that everybody could look back and see the nature of those undertakings. I echo my right...

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

Christopher Chope: Does my right hon. Friend believe that the EU genuinely wants a dynamic and creative future trade relationship with the UK in accordance with her vision? If so, where is the evidence for it?

Local Housing Need (14 Sep 2017)

Christopher Chope: The written statement says that there will be places, such as areas of outstanding natural beauty or green belt, where constraints mean that there is not enough space to meet local need. As the Opposition spokesman pointed out, my right hon. Friend omitted a reference to green belt in the written statement; was that a slip of the tongue or intentional? He instead inserted the phrase...

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women: Scotland-Malawi Relationship (13 Sep 2017)

Christopher Chope: I am going to call the Minister no later than 20 past five. I hope the two Opposition spokespeople will be able to share the time between now and then, should they so wish.

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women: Corby Urgent Care Centre — [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Christopher Chope: Order. As we have got a minute and a half spare, we can go straight on to the next debate because the Minister is here. I now call the next speaker, Mr Linden.

Korean Peninsula (5 Sep 2017)

Christopher Chope: The financial burden of implementing UN resolution 2371 will largely fall on China. What proposals are there, from our friends elsewhere and from within our country, to help China to meet those costs? It is easy for us to say, “They won’t do it,” but surely we can do something to say, “If you take that step, we will do something to help you.”

Business of the House (20 Jul 2017)

Christopher Chope: Growing public anger at the BBC is made worse by the fact that the public know that the BBC is funded by a highly regressive television tax. May we have an early debate not just on the accountability of the BBC but on its funding, with a view to getting rid of the television tax, which at the moment results in 10% of all cases in the magistrates courts and particularly impacts on women? Some...

Jobcentre Plus: Closures (6 Jul 2017)

Christopher Chope: May I say to my right hon. Friend that when the Labour Government closed down the Christchurch jobcentre the sky did not fall in. Would it not be sensible now, with fewer jobcentres, to ensure that they are open at weekends so that they are more accessible?

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