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Health: Alcohol - Question (12 May 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, my noble friend will be aware that the risk of dementia in later life is now one of the public’s principal concerns, and of course it is established that there is a relationship between harmful alcohol use and the risk of alcohol-related dementia and Korsakoff’s disease. The One You website does not readily click through to give that information so that people’s...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: UK Membership of EU (12 May 2016)

Lord Lansley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of leaving the EU on businesses that export within the EU single market and on individual sectors.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Business: UK Membership of EU (12 May 2016)

Lord Lansley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance and specific information they have provided, or plan to provide, to businesses about the impact of the UK leaving the EU on individual business sectors in order to support those businesses in communicating with their staff, suppliers, and other stakeholders about the possible impact on them of the UK leaving the EU.

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (10 May 2016)

Lord Lansley: I am grateful to my noble friend. I think the argument is stronger than he put in relation to financial privilege being claimed, because that has happened twice. The second time, which was last Wednesday, the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake, believed that the amendment would not invoke financial privilege, but it did. In that sense, the House has perhaps inadvertently sent an amendment back in lieu...

Education: Academies - Statement (9 May 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend the Minister for the Statement. I will ask two quick questions. First, what is the Government’s view of the establishment of multi-academy trusts by local authorities? Clearly they will require them to be at arm’s length, but is this something that the Government would encourage to reach that 2022 objective? Secondly, will my noble friend...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons (4 May 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I will just briefly add to what my noble friends have said. In the first instance, it is always important to remember that when the Commons sends us its reasons for disagreeing with your Lordships on an amendment, and financial privilege is invoked, as I understand it they are obliged not to add any other reason. That does not mean there is no other reason; it just means they are...

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: I thank the noble Lord for giving way. I am not sure why he has chosen the consumer prices index rather than the retail prices index, since the difference between the two is that the retail prices index reflects housing costs.

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I will briefly contribute to the debate on this group of amendments. I am pleased that the Government have brought forward Amendment 2. As many of your Lordships will recognise, we have always felt strongly that it was likely in many places across the country that the need for additional housing was such that the desire of local authorities, the local development community and local...

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: We are debating the extent to which the Government allow local authorities to retain money that would otherwise be payable to support the right to buy for housing association tenants, in recognition of building houses, and that is under Chapter 2 of this part. If at the same time under this legislation separately under Chapter 3 they are returning money to the Government as a result of the...

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: I am sorry but I do not agree with that at all. The amendment says, in so far as an authority, “can demonstrate … that there is a need in its area for social housing of the kind that it proposes to build”. I know from my experience in local authorities that there are many places across the country where there is a need for new affordable housing and a need for social...

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: No, I am saying that in many places there is a need for affordable housing. Local authorities may well be able to demonstrate a need for affordable housing with a range of tenures, including starter homes, which are included within the Bill’s provisions, but the local authority itself may choose in some circumstances to prioritise its own building of social housing over the needs of the...

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: We will move on, but I will just say to my noble friend that I do not think this is irrelevant. We should not build into the legislation, through Amendment 6, this rigidity of tenure and the character of affordable housing that should be funded by a reduction in the payment that local authorities would otherwise have to make.

Immigration Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (26 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: I am very grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. In response to a Written Question that I tabled in March, I was told that in 2015 of a total of 10,199 asylum claims concluded after six months, fewer than half were well founded. Therefore, the majority of those who are seeking asylum, and would therefore be eligible for work after six months on the original amendment, would not have made...

Healthwatch England - Question (26 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, would my noble friend the Minister agree with me, as one who was responsible for the creation of Healthwatch, that there is a powerful rationale for its close working relationship with the CQC? The CQC needs to listen to the patient voice in the exercise of its responsibilities, and Healthwatch benefits significantly from being able to trigger action by the CQC where it finds that...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (4th Day) (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I contribute briefly in respect of Amendment 107ZZA simply to say that I did not agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Andrews, on her criticism of permission in principle. I think it will enable certainty to be given and the process to be speeded up. Certainty about how the system works is needed not only for the developer but for the community. I am sure many noble Lords will be...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (4th Day) (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I did not intend to contribute to this debate but, having seen the amendments and heard how the noble Lord, Lord Beecham, introduced them, I will say a word or two. I draw noble Lords’ attention to my interests in the register, as I have done on previous occasions when speaking to the Bill: I am chair of the Cambridgeshire Development Forum. We shall go on to discuss...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (4th Day) (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. I am trying to follow this amendment and the debate on it. I understood a local development scheme to be a description on the part of the local authority of how it is going to go about the process of creating its local development plan, not the local development plan itself. To that extent, the amendment, while not technical, in effect takes...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (4th Day) (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: For the purposes of clarification, can my noble friend be very clear about this? The amendment we are debating is about a power for the Secretary of State or the mayor, where appropriate, to take over and direct that their local authority should have a local development scheme. It is not taking over the plan-making process itself, and that is a very important distinction. I am afraid that the...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (18 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I shall contribute briefly to this short debate. I spoke in Committee to support the Government’s Clause 115, and I shall not repeat all of that, but it remains true—I am convinced of this by reference to local circumstances that I know well—that local authorities will continue to undertake an objective assessment of need for their Gypsy and Traveller communities...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (3rd Day) (18 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I had not intended to say anything on this, but following the most helpful exchange with the noble Lord, Lord Best, I just want to make two points quickly before we conclude this debate. First, it seems to me that, within this group of amendments, there appears to be an assumption both that the taper should be low and that the threshold should be high, but that is an illogical...


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