Results 81–100 of 1121 for speaker:Mrs Marion Roe

Central Berkshire (24 Jul 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: That point has already been noted by my Department and by others involved in housing, as I am sure my hon. Friend is aware. The key to resolving the planning problems faced in central Berkshire is to complete the process of revising the structure plan, and I have already said that we shall do all that we can to speed this up. My hon. Friends may rest assured that all the representations that...

Central Berkshire (24 Jul 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: I have noted my hon. Friend's point carefully, but he will understand my position and the fact that I am unable to comment further. The matters which have been raised in this debate are important. We fully understand the pressure for development in Berkshire in those areas outside the green belt and the areas of outstanding natural beauty. The essential task now is to set the right levels...

Smith Houses (24 Jul 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: I am grateful to the hon. Member for West Bromwich, East (Mr. Snape) for giving us the opportunity to discuss these issues. My Department's officials met representatives of the Sandwell and Districts National Smiths PRC Owners Association earlier this year and I know that they found the meeting very useful. It gave them a clear picture of the problems of Smith owners nationally. The hon....

Smith Houses (24 Jul 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: I have noted the hon. Gentleman's points. However, the Government have acted fairly towards Sandwell as well as towards many other authorities in this connection. In conclusion, we are continuing to monitor the position. This year's round of HIP meetings should give my Department's regional office a valuable update. The precise pattern of expenditure under the Housing Defects Act 1984 is not...

Bromley (Government Planning Policy) (24 Jul 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: I am particularly grateful to my hon. Friends the Members for Chislehurst (Mr. Sims) and for Beckenham (Sir P. Goodhart) for putting the issues before the House. I have listened most carefully to all the points that they have made about their concerns over certain aspects of the Government's planning policies as they affect the London borough of Bromley. I am pleased to be able to reply to...

Prayers: Housing Rental Purchase Schemes (30 Oct 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Burnley (Mr. Pike) for raising this subject and for the contribution of the hon. Member for Leeds, West (Mr. Battle). As I am sure they know, it is one in which my hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Planning and I take a keen interest. We have expressed our concern that if abuses are taking place and hardship is being caused to innocent people, these...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rent Arrears (4 Nov 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: The latest available comprehensive figures on rent arrears owed to local authorities, taken from the subsidy claim forms, show that at 1 April 1986 accumulated arrears in England totalled over £211 million, or over 5·7 per cent. of the total rent collectable. A list of arrears owing to individual local authorities was placed in the Library on 10 December 1986.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rent Arrears (4 Nov 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Arrears of this size place a totally unnecessary burden on ratepayers and on the vast majority of careful and responsible tenants who pay their rents on time. Councils which let arrears build up are certainly not helping the people whom they allow to get into debt. They are certainly wasting millions of pounds that could be spent on repairs and upkeep for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rent Arrears (4 Nov 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: I do not accept that high rent levels lead to arrears because tenants cannot afford to pay. Local authorities have discretion to set rents to reflect the location, size and amenities of their dwellings, although it is true that we continually seek to persuade local authorities to make rents high enough to ensure that sufficient funds are available for repair and maintenance. The housing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rent Arrears (4 Nov 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: My hon. Friend is quite right. The two local authorities that he mentioned are two of the worst offenders. Of course, we cannot do the local authorities' jobs for them. They are the landlords and it is their duty to collect their rents. We are more than ready to help any local housing authority that wants seriously to improve the quality of its housing management. I remind the House of our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rent Arrears (4 Nov 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: There is no evidence to support the view that delays or difficulties in the housing benefit system can account for the extraordinary differences that exist between the performances of apparently similar councils in collecting rents. For example, in April 1986 Walsall reported rent arrears of over 12·5 per cent. of its total roll. At the same point Wigan had kept the arrears down to 2 per...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rent Arrears (4 Nov 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: I am unable to give my hon. Friend the figure for which he asks, but I can assure him that housing benefit is available for those on low incomes who need that help.

Opposition Day: Housing Estates (Vandalism) (17 Nov 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: I am pleased that the hon. and learned Member for Leicester, West (Mr. Janner) has raised this topic for debate. I also note the contribution made by the hon. Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Vaz), and the presence in the Chamber of my hon. Friends the Members for Loughborough (Mr. Dorrell) and for Rutland and Melton (Mr. Latham). The debate gives me the opportunity to restate the...

Opposition Day: Housing Estates (Vandalism) (17 Nov 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: I still have much to say in answering the debate. More generally, under the urban programme last year, the Department of the Environment provided £10·5 million grant to local authorities in support of 378 projects aimed at combating crime, for victim support, as help for ex-offenders and for preventing drug abuse.

Opposition Day: Housing Estates (Vandalism) (17 Nov 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: I spoke of the importance of help going to the peripheral estates. The hon. and learned Gentleman obviously did not hear what I said about that. When he reads my remarks in the Official Report, he will see that I covered that point. I said that if any local authority with a run down estate came up with innovatory proposals, my Department would be prepared to consider making extra financial...

Bill Presented: Gipsies (South Leeds) (19 Nov 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: I am grateful to the right hon. Member for Morley and Leeds, South (Mr. Rees) for raising the issue of gipsies in the south Leeds area. I know that it is a subject close to his heart and one that he has raised before in the House, in correspondence with my Department and other Government Departments, and elsewhere in his local press. I have also noted the contributions to the debate by my...

Bill Presented: Gipsies (South Leeds) (19 Nov 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: I am sorry; I cannot give way. I have a lot to say in a short time. We are committed to examining the scope for further clarification of the issue and we are at present working on a circular which we might issue, after consultation, to local authorities to give them further advice on this and other matters. But I have to stress that the onus of deciding who is a gipsy for the purposes of the...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill [Money] (30 Nov 1987)

Mrs Marion Roe: I am sure that hon. Members appreciate the fact that the hon. Member for Bradford, South (Mr. Cryer) has tried to sustain the debate on the money resolution at this late hour. I remind hon. Members, however, that the money resolution simply authorises the payment out of money provided by Parliament under the Act. It does not set tags on the amounts of money to be spent. Hon. Members will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Planning Policy (20 Jan 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: We have made many improvements to the planning system in recent years. We expect to make an announcement shortly about our conclusions on the future of the structure and local plan system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Planning Policy (20 Jan 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: Later today we will give the House details of two new series of planning policy guidance and mineral planning guidance notes that are published today. I do not wish to anticipate the detailed written answer that will be given later, but the purpose is to make our planning advice clearer and more accessible. That should increase certainty for developers and others, and I think that it will be...


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