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Results 1–20 of 4000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Nick Raynsford

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Nick Raynsford: I am pleased to follow the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling (Sir John Stanley), not least because, although we come from different political persuasions, he is the Member of the House I have known the longest, in that we both attended the same school more than 55 years ago. I recall inviting him to see examples of bad housing in the area of west London, where I worked in the late...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Building of Homes for Social Rent (16 Mar 2015)

Nick Raynsford: I draw attention to my interests in the register. As the Minister clearly has difficulty with the figures, may I remind him that the highly authoritative UK housing review, published last week, shows very clearly the figures for the number of new social rented homes started in this country in each of the years from 2009-10 to 2013-14? In 2009-10, the last year of the previous Government,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (16 Mar 2015)

Nick Raynsford: This will be the last Communities and Local Government question that I shall ask. May I therefore surprise the Government by congratulating them on introducing measures to require the installation of smoke alarms in all privately rented housing, but—there is a sting in the tail—may I also ask them to explain why it took them so long to reach that decision, given that their own impact...

Deregulation Bill (Programme) (No.3): Clause 1 — Health and safety at work: general duty of self-employed persons (10 Mar 2015)

Nick Raynsford: I, too, intend to speak about the provisions on short-term lettings. I very much endorse the views that were ably expressed by my hon. Friends and by the hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Mark Field). There is cross-party agreement and I fail to understand why the Government are proceeding with a measure which, as my hon. Friend the Member for Hammersmith (Mr Slaughter)...

Deregulation Bill (Programme) (No.3): Clause 1 — Health and safety at work: general duty of self-employed persons (10 Mar 2015)

Nick Raynsford: I did not quite follow the Minister’s argument. He accepted the fact that London is different and that there is strong feeling about it in London, but he proceeded to say that the Government therefore want to make London like the rest of the country. I am afraid that that is a non sequitur. If there is a problem in London, the Government must address it by accepting it and listening to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (2 Feb 2015)

Nick Raynsford: May I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests? This time last year, the Department published a consultation paper on the private rented sector that, among other items, proposed that the installation of working smoke alarms be mandatory. Since then, Ministers have repeatedly failed to meet their own—frequently deferred—deadlines for saying...

Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: New Clause 14 — Expenditure of Greater London Authority on housing or regeneration (26 Jan 2015)

Nick Raynsford: May I start by drawing attention to my interests, as declared in the register? I agreed with the right hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert) on one point only, which was his opening remark about the lack of time for this debate. I am afraid that I will not have time to explain in detail why he is totally wrong about the Planning Inspectorate, because I want to address two...

Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: New Clause 14 — Expenditure of Greater London Authority on housing or regeneration (26 Jan 2015)

Nick Raynsford: When the Opposition urged the Minister’s colleague, who was leading on this issue, to do exactly that in Committee, the Minister who responded accused the Opposition of burying their head, ostrich-like, in the sand. Have Ministers now decided to put their heads in the sand—or do they admit they were wrong?

Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: New Clause 14 — Expenditure of Greater London Authority on housing or regeneration (26 Jan 2015)

Nick Raynsford: In the light of those remarks, will the Minister tell the House whether the Government were right to subcontract the issue of airport capacity to Sir Howard Davies?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (8 Dec 2014)

Nick Raynsford: The Minister said—I hope I quote him correctly—that where it is possible to achieve the zero-carbon standard on site, that should be the objective, and that only where that is not possible should it be off site. Why is he proposing to break that rule in respect of developments of fewer than 10 units?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (8 Dec 2014)

Nick Raynsford: I draw the attention of the House to my interests as declared in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, and to my non-pecuniary interests as a trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association. I was pleased to listen to the speech by the hon. Member for Wealden (Charles Hendry). He made a number of very important points. I hope he will forgive me for not following on directly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (8 Dec 2014)

Nick Raynsford: I give way to the right hon. Gentleman, who was a Minister in the responsible Department.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (8 Dec 2014)

Nick Raynsford: I could not agree more with the right hon. Gentleman, and I hope he can exercise some influence on his coalition partners. Amid the many mixed metaphors and rhetorical flourishes that characterised the speech of the Minister who introduced the Bill, perhaps the most telling was his characterisation of the Government’s vision of infrastructure as “looking through a kaleidoscope”. I think...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (8 Dec 2014)

Nick Raynsford: The Minister talks about deemed discharges and refers to the national planning policy framework. Where a local authority has set a condition that is in conformity with the national planning policy framework, does he believe that it should be subject to deemed discharge?

NHS (Ttip): Iran (Nuclear Talks) (25 Nov 2014)

Nick Raynsford: Although I endorse the approach that the Foreign Secretary has taken towards the negotiations and the obvious long-term benefit of reaching an agreement, may I express a little bit of surprise at the reasons he has given for not progressing faster with the re-establishment of our embassy in Tehran? The Foreign Secretary will know that this is not the first time we have had to re-establish an...

NHS (Ttip): Murder of Lee Rigby (25 Nov 2014)

Nick Raynsford: The Prime Minister will recall coming to Woolwich in the aftermath of the killing of Lee Rigby—to whose memory we all pay tribute—and he will recall the commitment of the local community to preventing this horrific incident from damaging community relations and opening the door to extremism. May I urge him to look again at the issue of Prevent, which has been highlighted by two of my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Social Housing (10 Nov 2014)

Nick Raynsford: May I draw the House’s attention to my interests? As the Minister will know from his own Department’s figures, just 100,000 new housing association and council homes have been built in the first four years of the life of this Government. Given that their record is an average of just 25,000 affordable homes being built over their four years to date, how will he miraculously deliver a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: London Borough of Tower Hamlets (4 Nov 2014)

Nick Raynsford: I, too, welcome the Secretary of State’s statement, and I entirely support the actions that he has outlined. It is absolutely right that there should be effective intervention in the exceptional cases in which individual local authorities have manifestly failed. I was involved in a similar action some years ago in Hackney, which I am pleased to say led to significant improvements. Hackney...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Sector (8 Sep 2014)

Nick Raynsford: May I draw attention to my interests as declared in the register? In its consultation earlier this year on the future of the private rented sector, the Minister’s Department proposed the possibility of extending a requirement to have working smoke alarms fitted in all private rented units. I understand that there has been overwhelming support for that in the response to the consultation,...


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