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Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 73 - Compulsory acquisition of land for development etc (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Perhaps I can write to the hon. Gentleman on that matter. We are in the process of analysing our current position. We have conducted consultation and said that we could not provide for the whole package in the Bill. I understand that we are also speaking to the Law Commission about the subject. As soon as I am aware of the timetable, I will write to the hon. Gentleman and other Committee members.

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 73 - Compulsory acquisition of land for development etc (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The hon. Gentleman makes an important and valuable point. I hope that by setting out the criteria for the local authority, the Bill will also set them out for the landowner. I will refer to that later. Subsection (1) provides for the amendment set out in the subsequent subsections to be made, and subsection (2) amends section 226(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. As has been...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 73 - Compulsory acquisition of land for development etc (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Let me first respond to the issues raised by the hon. Member for Spelthorne, which are circumstances that we can all envisage, whereby the private sector might have interest in a project for which a CPO might be desired. One can imagine, for example, a big regeneration project that had the support of the local authority and the electorate, and for the completion of which one wanted to involve...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 73 - Compulsory acquisition of land for development etc (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: It is a great pleasure to return to the Committee, and I thank the hon. Members for Cotswold and for Spelthorne (Mr. Wilshire) for their kind welcome. It is interesting to note the Committee's progress—progress that has been ably led for the Government by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State. It is an important day today: it is the birthday of my hon. Friend the Member for Wansdyke...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 73 - Compulsory acquisition of land for development etc (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Of course—but first I wish my hon. Friend many more long and happy years.

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 73 - Compulsory acquisition of land for development etc (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: As a former Opposition Whip, I should be delighted. Compulsory purchase is an important subject. The amendments were probing, and let me respond to them in that spirit. Amendment No. 434 proposes that a compulsory purchase order may be made ''after consultation with all interested parties and the public.'' However, it does not clarify who ''all interested parties'' may be, or the extent of...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 73 - Compulsory acquisition of land for development etc (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I understand the hon. Gentleman's point, but I should make it clear that the word ''think'' does not imply a whim; I will speak about reasonableness later. The word ''think'' or ''thinks'' is not used only in the Bill, but in the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and—I have looked further back—the Fire Precautions Act 1971, as amended by the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 73 - Compulsory acquisition of land for development etc (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I had not come across the hon. Gentleman's argument before, and that is not the line that I am taking. I am saying that the drafting is not unusual for such legislation, and does not represent a new-fangled notion or definition. It has been used extensively before, not only by this Government but by previous Governments. That is relevant, because the definition will have been the subject of...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 73 - Compulsory acquisition of land for development etc (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: It is implicit that in exercising their duties and powers, public authorities are required to act reasonably. Government Departments, local authorities and all public bodies have a duty to act reasonably, and every local authority knows that any court would construe its duty as such.

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 73 - Compulsory acquisition of land for development etc (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I gather that I may have said ''explicit''. ''Implicit'' is what I meant, so the hon. Gentleman was right to raise that point. The word ''think'' implies belief on the part of the local authority in what it is doing, whereas the word ''demonstrate'' does not necessarily do so. It would seem inconceivable that a local authority would seek to ''demonstrate'' that the requirements were...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Neighbourhood Renewal (27 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Guidelines for local authorities in receipt of the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) are set out annually in a Special Grant Report. Special Grant Report No. 93, which has been placed in the Library of the House, explains the purpose, allocations and spending conditions of NRF grant in 2002–03. The grant conditions include the requirements that: local authorities should agree the use of NRF...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Women's Refuges (27 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Targets are not set centrally for refuge places for women. It is for local authorities to assess need for refuge places in their areas and to take steps to address that need. Supporting People Commissioning Bodies have recently completed shadow strategies setting out their assessment of service provision for local people, including for women experiencing domestic violence, and how they will...

Written Answers — Home Department: Community Beat Wardens (27 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I have been asked to reply. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister warden schemes work in partnership with local communities and are still relatively new. Robust evaluation is not yet available, but interim findings are positive and show that warden schemes can contribute to improving the liveability of neighbourhoods and the reduction of crime and fear of crime. Residents report significant...

Hyndburn and Rossendale (21 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: First, I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hyndburn (Mr. Pope) on securing a debate on this extremely important issue. If I may say so, I thought that he articulated his case very well. He rightly drew a distinction between the different housing problems in this country. In constituencies such as mine the problems are very high house prices and a lack of affordable accommodation; in...

Derbyshire Dales District Council (21 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I congratulate the hon. Member for West Derbyshire (Mr. McLoughlin) on securing the debate, which gives us the opportunity to discuss the provisional local government settlement for Derbyshire Dales district council in the coming year. The matter is also of considerable interest to other hon. Members' constituencies and local authorities. We are considering the comments received during...

Derbyshire Dales District Council (21 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I understand the hon. Gentleman's point, but he has got to look at the current formula, under which all districts receive at least a 3 per cent. increase on a like-for-like basis. He also has to take into account the transfers of responsibility that have taken place. Derbyshire Dales, for example, will receive a far higher grant from the Department for Work and Pensions for council tax and...

Derbyshire Dales District Council (21 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Anyone who knows me knows that I would never go in for diversionary tactics. If the hon. Gentleman gives me a little time to make my case, I will deal with the exact position of Derbyshire Dales. We do not believe it appropriate to set the level of the guarantee for future years. That is because factors such as data can vary considerably each year, which makes firm decisions on the levels of...

Derbyshire Dales District Council (21 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: No, that is not what I am saying at all. The level of council tax is not a matter for Ministers or even Members of Parliament; it is a matter for the local authority. I was talking about the move to greater resource equalisation and pointing out that Derbyshire Dales is a high tax-base authority. That is one of the considerations to which the new formula works. The second reason is that we...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Sefton Council (21 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The Community Empowerment Fund for Sefton totals £435,432.00 for the three-year period up to 2004. The fund is managed by the Sefton Community Empowerment Fund Steering Group on behalf of the Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) who are the lead organisation and accountable body. The Community Empowerment Fund is being used to develop the initiatives and mechanisms needed to support...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Social Exclusion Unit (21 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The Social Exclusion Unit has not made any specific assessment of the impact of debt on poor families. It has, however in previous reports, highlighted the effects debt can have on particular disadvantaged groups. In a recent report, "Reducing Re-offending by Ex-prisoners", the SEU assessed the impact of debt on a prisoner's chances of re-offending. Also, "Access to Financial Services", a...


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