Results 181–200 of 1121 for speaker:Mrs Marion Roe

Opposition Day: Housing and Planning Policies (22 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: They have obviously not read the proposals in detail and are unaware of the benefits that that will bring to other parts of the country. There is already restraint in the south-east. The debate is about whether it would be wise to make that even tighter, with all the consequences for house prices and the availability of housing for the less well off that that would entail. My hon. Friend the...

Opposition Day: Housing and Planning Policies (22 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: By this means local amenity can be safeguarded—

Opposition Day: Housing and Planning Policies (22 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: By this means local amenity can be safeguarded and provision made for necessary development, including additional house building. More importantly, this approach will help to ensure that, wherever possible, the conflicts between development and amenity are solved at local level.

Opposition Day: Housing and Planning Policies (22 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I hope that the local plans will be brought up to date. Many councils do not have up-to-date local plans. Unfortunately, that means that there is no basis for a planning decision, and action has to be taken through the inspector appeals system. On housing, our policies are clear. The hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey tried to argue that they were not, but we have always had two clear...

Opposition Day: Housing and Planning Policies (22 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: In order to create greater choice for those who do not want or cannot afford to buy their own homes, we want to reduce tenants' dependency on the local authority sector and the restrictions that have squeezed out private investment in housing for rent. The provisions in the Housing Bill to deregulate private-sector rents and give tenants the opportunity to change their landlord represent the...

Opposition Day: Housing and Planning Policies (22 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: My hon. Friend the Member for Eastbourne was near the mark when he talked about rented accommodation at reasonable rents. The measures will provide a powerful incentive to bring private rented properties back into use and to build more for rent. To answer the hon. Member for Leeds, West (Mr. Battle), the measures will also help to stimulate investment in the repair and improvement of private...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Power to Give Financial Assistance (27 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I have to admit that I find it hard to imagine what more can be added to the extremely wide-ranging debate that we had a few days ago when we discussed this amendment. When I replied to the points raised by hon. Members then, I explained that housing action trusts will be able to use their power to give financial assistance only with the consent of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Power to Give Financial Assistance (27 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: No. I have already replied in detail to these points and think that we should get on. I hope that the House will agree that the attempt by the amendment to restrict the housing action trusts' financial assistance to statutory authorities and registered charities is pointless. As I have explained, statutory authorities and registered charities are covered in general terms in clause 66. I...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Directions as to Exercise of Functions (27 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I wish first of all to answer the question put by the hon. Member for Newham, South (Mr. Spearing) about housing action trust disposals. He should read the Bill more carefully, because clauses 74 and 77 set out our proposals and the Government amendments, which are to be discussed shortly, further strengthen the proposed arrangements. I agreed in Committee, in response to an amendment tabled...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Dissolution of Housing Action Trust (27 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: Clause 58 sets out clearly the objects of a HAT, which include: to encourage diversity in the interests by virtue of which housing accommodation in the area is occupied and, in the case of accommodation which is occupied under tenancies, diversity in the identity of the landlords". If hon. Members study that clause more carefully. they will appreciate why we cannot accept the amendments and...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Persons by Whom Right May Be Exercised (27 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: Before I deal with the individual amendments, I should like to make it clear that the Government are strongly in favour of the opportunities that housing co-operatives can give enterprising people to take a leading part in the management of their homes. I cannot advise the House to accept any of this group of amendments, but I hope that hon. Members will not be displeased with much of what I...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Persons by Whom Right May Be Exercised (27 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: The Housing Corporation will ensure that tenants know what alternatives are available to them. The ability to set up co-operatives will he spelt out to tenants, and they will be able to consider such a possibility. Amendment No. 398 provides that a parish or community council may be approved by the Housing Corporation under clause 87. As parish and community councils do not currently have...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Determination of Property to Be Included (27 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I beg to move amendment No. 349, in page 62, line 48, leave out 'two' and insert 'four'.

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Determination of Property to Be Included (27 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: The amendment seeks to extend from two weeks to four the period within which the applicant must state whether he accepts the landlord's notice under clause 91(1). Having listened to the arguments in Committee, I concede that two weeks may have been a little brisk and that four weeks would strike the happy medium.

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Determination of Property to Be Included (27 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: Tenants' choice procedures are potentially time-consuming, and we do not want to extend them further unless absolutely necessary. The hon. Member for Brent, South (Mr. Boateng) mentioned asset-stripping. I remind him of the stringent approval criteria under the Housing Corporation amendments that we discussed earlier, and of the Secretary of State's power to control, by his consent under...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Determination of Property to Be Included (27 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I shall not give way, because we have much to do. As to amendment No. 125, once the scope of the application is agreed, the landlord sets his proposed price. I do not understand why an applicant would need more than two weeks to dispute that price. He will have had time to make an assessment of the price, so he should be able to react more quickly. Amendment No. 126 would allow the...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Determination of Property to Be Included (27 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I will give way to the hon. Gentleman if he will be patient and allow me to finish the points that I am making. Any anonymous ballot is not the same as a secret ballot. The independent teller will collect the votes and will pass on to the applicant only the information that he needs to pursue his application. That gives the appropriate protection of the tenant's private interests. Tenants...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Determination of Property to Be Included (27 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: This matter has been covered in debate. It has been made clear that it is one vote per household.

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Statutory tenancy within the meaning of the Housing Act 1988 (27 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: We gave assurances in Committee that we would bring forward amendments to the Matrimonial Homes Act 1983. Those assurances still apply. The amendments, which we shall introduce in another place, will have the same intention as the amendment moved by the hon. Lady. They will extend the scope of the Act to assured tenancies so that, in the event of a divorce, judicial separation or decree of...

Orders of the Day — Education Reform Bill: Gipsy Site (Outwood) (19 Jul 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Reigate (Mr. Gardiner) for raising the issue of management problems of a gipsy site near his constituency. I appreciate that this is a matter which he raises with the support of my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Surrey, East (Sir G. Howe). It is a problem which affects many people locally and I hope that my reply will he considered...


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