Results 101–120 of 1121 for speaker:Mrs Marion Roe

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

Mrs Marion Roe: I have read with interest my hon. Friend's views on changes in the planning system, which were published in "This Pleasant Land". I do not think that everything he proposes is practical or desirable, but there is widespread agreement about the need to encourage development in urban areas and to protect our countryside as much as possible. It is encouraging that nearly half the land for house...

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

Mrs Marion Roe: I cannot comment on any specific proposal for a new settlement for which an application may have been made, or is being prepared. [HON. MEMBERS: "No one asked the hon. Lady to do so."] The hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) mentioned new consortia. The argument is basically about the green belt. We have made clear how important we consider the green belt and its protection against...

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

Mrs Marion Roe: It is for county councils to make provision for the number of gipsies in their area, and to bring to the Secretary of State proposals to find appropriate accommodation for them.

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

Mrs Marion Roe: We have made it absolutely clear that we have no intention of dismantling any planning system. Our approach is purely to simplify and improve the system. Every application is decided on its merits. The inspector's role is to advise the Secretary of State for the Environment, and the ultimate decision lies with him.

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

Mrs Marion Roe: As I have already informed the House, the future of development plans is under consultation and consideration, and no doubt those points will be taken into account.

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

Mrs Marion Roe: Gross provision for local authorities' capital expenditure on housing will rise from £2,920 million in the current financial year to £3,048 million next, an increase of 4 per cent. It is for local authorities to decide what resources to devote to the homeless, but the Government have urged that priority should be given to those in special need, and £25 million of the special supplementary...

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

Mrs Marion Roe: While there has been a reduction in local authorities' allocations, from £136 million in 1987–88 to £129 million in 1988–89, that is more than offset by the increase in capital receipts available to local authorities. Overall, local authorities' capital spending will increase by 4 per cent. Many councils have only themselves to blame for such a high cost of meeting their obligations to...

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

Mrs Marion Roe: I shall draw the hon. Gentleman's remarks to the notice of my right hon. Friend. However, I must stress that it is for a local authority to decide how to carry out its statutory duties regarding the homeless.

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

Mrs Marion Roe: It is for local authorities to decide how to accommodate the homeless people for whom they accept responsibility. Our code of guidance advises the use of bed and breakfast accommodation only as a last resort. That accommodation is extremely expensive. On average it costs £30 per family per day and it is particularly unsuitable for families for any length of time. It is very surprising that...

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

Mrs Marion Roe: I remember the comments that my hon. Friend made at the party conference. We are still considering that proposal.

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

Mrs Marion Roe: Local authorities must make far better use of their existing housing stock. As I said earlier, local authorities now have more than 112,000 empty properties, and no fewer than 25 per cent. of those have been empty for more than a year. The number of local authority properties empty for more than a year is nearly three times the number of families in bed-and-breakfast accommodation. We have...

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

Mrs Marion Roe: I am aware of the press reports about the bed-and-breakfast problems in Camden. We are now awaiting the borough's official report on the matter. Clearly there has been a significant waste of ratepayers' money. Might I also add that that authority has more empty properties within its total housing stock than families in bed-and-breakfast accommodation. Indeed, 423—or 40 per cent.—of its...

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

Mrs Marion Roe: Government Departments own residential property for operational reasons, and they need to preserve their operational flexibility. Those Departments with significant numbers of empty dwellings are urged to bring them back into use, and, when they are no longer needed, to sell them as quickly as possible. Where they have no immediate operational need for them, but where disposal is not...

Berkshire Draft Structure Plan (11 Feb 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I thank my hon. Friends the Members for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood), for Berkshire, East (Mr. MacKay), for Newbury (Mr. McNair-Wilson), and for Windsor and Maidenhead (Dr. Glyn) for putting forward so clearly the deeply held concerns of many people about development in Berkshire generally and, more specifically, about the modifications that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State proposed to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rent Arrears (16 Mar 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: My Department monitors local authorities' performance in collecting rent arrears through their annual subsidy claim forms, which give the rent arrears figures at the end of each financial year. The latest figures for 1 April 1987 were placed in the Library of the House on 20 January.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rent Arrears (16 Mar 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: Direct Government intervention in the performance of individual local authorities would serve no useful purpose. As day-to-day management functions are matters for them, it would be wrong for the Government to intervene. I agree that the current levels of arrears in some local authorities are an unjustifiable waste of resources. They place an immense burden on those tenants and ratepayers who...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rent Arrears (16 Mar 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: We do not accept that high rent levels lead to arrears because tenants cannot afford to pay the rent. Individual local authorities have discretion to set rents that reflect the location, size and amenities of their dwellings. However, we continually seek to persuade local authorities to set rents sufficiently high to ensure that funds are available for repair and maintenance. The housing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rent Arrears (16 Mar 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: Local authorities have repeatedly been warned about the damaging effects of arrears, most recently in a circular issued in May 1987. That warned that we would not rule out the possibility of legislation if authorities continued to fail to bring the problem under proper control. We shall keep the matter under review.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rent Arrears (16 Mar 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: The Government announced their plans for housing finance in the Budget yesterday.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Residential Areas (16 Mar 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: Detailed policies to protect the character of residential areas are best determined locally.


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