Frank Dobson: In terms of fees paid, the hon. Lady surely cannot think it is right that some agents charge people £450 simply to change the name on an agreement, because one of the people sharing a flat has moved out and someone else has moved in.
Frank Dobson: We last debated private rents on 24 March, and at that time I and other London Members pointed out that ordinary Londoners were being priced out of the city. I do not mean the City where they play with money; I mean the great London conurbation. That is because there has been a total failure in the housing market, be it buying or renting. Increasingly, ordinary people can no longer afford...
Frank Dobson: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. Things generally have been getting worse, but there has been one enormous change for the better: the Labour party’s commitment to regulating rents and providing security of tenure in a way not proposed for a very long time. I am delighted to welcome this development, although personally I would go rather further. However, it is the right thing to do, it...
Frank Dobson: My hon. Friend—my good, long-term and hon. Friend—makes an excellent point, as usual. I recently picked up a brochure advertising new apartments to rent in Bloomsbury. A two-bedroom flat costs £560 a week. That is £26,880 a year. Who can afford that sort of rent? A Russian oligarch, I am sure—even perhaps a Ukrainian oligarch—and perhaps a banker who spends their time advising tax...
Frank Dobson: I have given way twice and I ought to sit down before my eight minutes are up.
Frank Dobson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Could you ask the hon. Gentleman to tell us whether he warned my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts) that he would be mentioned in this debate?
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what form he expects the Chinese investment in High Speed 2 to take.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects Chinese workers to be employed in the construction of High Speed 2.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many income tax payers were registered with HM Revenue and Customs as self-employed in (a) 2010-11 and (b) each succeeding year.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education which members of his Department's assessment panel, which interviewed representatives of the Institute of Education of London University in January 2014 about the proposals to establish a University Training School in Holborn and St Pancras, had served in the previous three years as head teacher, deputy or assistant head of a secondary school.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the contribution to economic growth of payment protection insurance repayments.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in the light of the High Court decision of 11 February 2014, she will now set up a public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, column 524W, on NHS: public appointments, where data showing the gender of people appointed the boards of NHS Foundation trusts are held.
Frank Dobson: I am very happy to take up that invitation. As a fellow Yorkshireman, I suggest we go at lunchtime when there is a brilliant buffet that costs a lot less than eating in the evening.
Frank Dobson: Does my hon. Friend accept that the proposed walk is along Euston road, which has the worst air pollution in London, and for which the Government are presently being prosecuted under European air quality legislation?
Frank Dobson: Does the right hon. Lady agree that one of HS2 Ltd’s favourite words is “temporary”? It only meets the ultimate dictionary definition of “not permanent.” The temporary use of a depot next to a school, for example, would last longer than the average time a child is at the school. If it is next to a quiet, little garden where old people like to sit, most of them will not be alive at...
Frank Dobson: As I hope I have already explained to my hon. Friend, I would happily accept paragraphs (a) and (c) in the amendment, but were the proposal to “facilitate the provision at a later date of the spur” accepted, we would create a situation in which people would be able to petition in favour of the abandoned spur, but the people affected by it would not be able to petition against it.
Frank Dobson: You were Mr Ordinary.
Frank Dobson: People sometimes think that the environmental factors apply just to rural areas, but the environmental impact in my constituency will be dramatic; I am thinking of the effect on air pollution, noise, general filth of one sort or another, and disruption. I very much agree with the line my hon. Friend was taking in her last few words, because, for example, not only will people have to live next...
Frank Dobson: My hon. Friend rightly referred to the fact that Crossrail is usually cited as an example of how things should be done, and I agree with that view. Crossrail runs across my constituency and its Tottenham Court Road station is in it. The original proposal was that the nearest depot to facilitate the building of Crossrail should take over the Phoenix garden behind St Giles’s church for about...