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Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: New Deal for Communities (29 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Our New Deal for Communities Partnerships have a wide range of projects underway and are developing agreements with those who provide public services to make them more accountable to local people. Many partnerships can now point to important successes in reducing crime, improving the quality of the local environment and engaging with local people. Some of our partnerships do face challenging...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 77 - Loss payments: supplementary (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I understand that the Committee debated regulation-making powers while considering earlier parts of the Bill—that is probably the understatement of the year. It might help hon. Members if I refer to existing regulation-making powers. Section 30 of the Land Compensation Act 1973, which is amended by new section 33K, to which the two amendments refer, provides a power for the Secretary of...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 78 - Validity of strategies, plans and documents (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: On a point of order, Mr. Pike. This is a slightly unusual procedure, but it is nearly 5 o'clock and I think that the Committee did not want the occasion to pass without thanking you and Mr. Amess for the able way in which you have presided over our proceedings. Sadly, it is only this afternoon that I have had the pleasure of serving under your chairmanship, but the sitting has been conducted,...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 77 - Loss payments: supplementary (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I understand the sentiments behind the amendments. I championed such matters in Opposition and, as a Minister, brought in the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998. I therefore understand what such amounts can mean to small businesses. However, I shall disappoint the hon. Member for Spelthorne by seeking to convince him that the amendments are not necessary. New section...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 77 - Loss payments: supplementary (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: They say, Mr. Pike, that one should never be amazed in politics, but at the moment I am. It was not Governments supported by the hon. Member for Spelthorne that introduced the new loss payments scheme: we introduced it. It is a generous scheme, as the hon. Member for Cotswold acknowledged. Far from penny-pinching, we are giving those whose land has been compulsorily acquired an additional...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 76 - Loss payments: exclusions (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Subsection (7) provides a power for the Secretary of State in England and the National Assembly for Wales to make regulations to amend the list of notices and orders specified in the Bill, in cases in which that is needed. There might be legislation in future that will need to be included in the list of orders or notices. For those who like less legislation, existing orders or notices may be...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 76 - Loss payments: exclusions (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I understand that, and I appreciate the sentiment behind the amendment. Section 17 of the Housing Act is not restricted to the purchase of single properties. Local authorities may also use it as the acquisition power for larger housing redevelopment schemes that would include purchasing tenanted as well as vacant houses. The vacant houses might be temporarily vacant, or the owner might be...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 76 - Loss payments: exclusions (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: May I go on towards that? We have listed the notices in the clause. On the amendments tabled by the Opposition, the problem with serving a notice on the grounds that a property should be brought into residential use is that, however frustrating it may be to those of us who are anxious to provide decent homes for everyone, the law does not forbid people to own property that they choose to keep...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 76 - Loss payments: exclusions (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I understand the hon. Gentleman's point, and it brings me back to the matter raised by the hon. Member for Cotswold. We argue that neglect is implied in the wording of new section 33D(1) and (2). We have also set out the notice orders in full in section 33D(4) and (5). We all know about owners who allow their property to fall into a state of disrepair. We have clearly set out in the Bill the...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 76 - Loss payments: exclusions (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Given such a magnificent example of inconsistency from the Opposition Front Bench, the hon. Gentleman has sought to explain his way out of it in a marvellous and ingenious way. I congratulate him, but he will forgive me if I do not find it convincing. It is not clear why Opposition Members want people whose property is compulsorily purchased following a closing or demolition order to be...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 76 - Loss payments: exclusions (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I was going to say ''entertaining''. Who said that compulsory purchase was not a fascinating subject? The amendments concern serious issues related to empty homes. I understand perfectly why Westminster city council raised these issues, and why Opposition Members have done so as well. The council clearly has in its sights people who have wilfully or neglectfully left their properties vacant....

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 76 - Loss payments: exclusions (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: New section 33(D)(1)(c) says that the notice has to be effective. If the notice has been successfully challenged on appeal, it will not be effective. I understand the hon. Gentleman's concerns, but I assure him that his fears are unfounded.

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 75 - Occupier's loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I shall operate one more time my self-imposed rule of responding only once to those points. First, in response to the hon. Member for Cotswold, the power already exists. It is in section 8 of the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965.

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 75 - Occupier's loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I have already said to the Committee—we also made it clear on Second Reading—that we shall have to consider other issues surrounding compulsory purchase. I will examine whether there is confusion, and that will be considered when we address other measures. There is confusion about the point raised by the hon. Member for Spelthorne. The additional payment is 10 per cent. The 1 per cent....

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 75 - Occupier's loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: It is either/or. Question put and agreed to. Clause 75 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 76 - Loss payments: exclusions (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I understand that hon. Members are concerned that no claimant should be deprived of the loss payment as a result of failing to comply with any unreasonable requirement contained in the notice that was served on them. However, each of the notices that is specified in new section 33D(4) has an appeal procedure attached to it and the time within which the reasonableness of the requirements may...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 76 - Loss payments: exclusions (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: No, the hon. Gentleman needs to look at the 1985 Act to see how the appeal process attaches to the notice. If a claimant had not appealed against a notice but considered its terms unreasonable, he could, on those grounds, object to being served with a compulsory purchase order. It would then be for the inspector and the Secretary of State to consider the justification for the compulsory...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 75 - Occupier's loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Clearly we will want to keep this point under review and will update provision when necessary. The hon. Gentleman questioned the figure of 2.5 per cent. for the occupier's loss payment. That derives from the current home loss payment, under which owner-occupiers can claim 10 per cent. of the value of the interest that is being acquired. It complements the 7.5 per cent. payable as a basic loss...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 75 - Occupier's loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I understand the hon. Gentleman's point, but we cannot use the extra loss payment as a basis for capitalising on the value of the land. He referred to subsection (9) of new section 33B and city prices, but it deals with agricultural land. The sum of £25,000 to which he referred is additional to the £75,000 that is available for owner-occupiers in a special position. I hope that I have...


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