Results 141–160 of 1121 for speaker:Mrs Marion Roe

P and O Dispute: Green Belt (Urban Development) (5 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: indicated assent

Planning Controls (16 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Mr. Chapman) on his speech. I welcome the opportunity presented by the debate to set out some of the key features of the Government's policy on planning matters. Forty years of the post-war town and country planning system have served us well. The modern planning system had its origins in a perceived need to regulate development...

Planning Controls (16 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I am sorry. I cannot give way. We cannot simultaneously preserve the integrity of the suburbs and refuse to allow development on new sites. It is precisely because they are real conflicts to resolve that the planning system is so vital. The reality is that pressure for development and, in particular, for new housing provision is a result of changes taking place within society. Because we...

Planning Controls (16 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I am terribly sorry; I cannot give way. Our primary aim has been to create the right conditions for the market, by stimulating the potential for growth based on private sector initiatives and resources. Equally important, it is no part of Government policy to direct people where to live or where firms should set up. That would risk losing development altogether. So far I referred mainly to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Vacant Council Houses (18 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: Housing investment programme returns indicated that 2,702 local authority dwellings in the northern region were empty and available for letting at 1 April 1987, the latest date for which figures are available.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Vacant Council Houses (18 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: Following discussions in Committee on the Housing Bill we are considering measures to reduce the number of local authority empties. My hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Panning is to make a statement on the subject at the Report stage of the Housing Bill. I am not convinced, however, that compulsory disposal along the lines suggested is necessarily the most effective means of making...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Vacant Council Houses (18 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: One must remember Government empties that are held for operational reasons. My Department does not collect data on reletting times. However, the Audit Commission estimates that if the national average relet period could be reduced by two and a half weeks by better management and by streamlining the reletting procedures, an extra 20,000 dwellings could be occupied. The commission recommends a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Vacant Council Houses (18 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: Government empties are regularly reviewed and Departments are strongly urged to sell surplus stock. Reduction targets agreed by the Treasury are also set. Where disposal is not practicable, Departments are encouraged to let empties temporarily to local authorities or to housing associations for use by homeless people. The Ministry of Defence has arranged 275 such lettings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Housing Corporation (18 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: As at 1 April 1988 the number of staff employed by the Housing Corporation in England whose costs are met from my Department's programme was 573. Future staffing requirements are currently being assessed in the light of the functions to be conferred on the Housing Corporation under the Housing Bill now before Parliament and the proposed establishment of separate bodies which will carry out...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Housing Corporation (18 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: As I have already said, we announced that amendments to the Housing Bill would be brought forward to transfer the Housing Corporation's functions in Wales to a new body, Housing for Wales. The Housing (Scotland) Bill currently before Parliament also provides for the Housing Corporation's functions in Scotland to be transferred to a new body, Scottish Homes, the constitution and staffing of...

Travelling People (Greenwich) (20 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Woolwich (Mr. Cartwright) for raising the issue of travellers' encampments in the Greenwich area. I know that this is a subject close to his heart and one that he has raised before in the House, in correspondence and elsewhere. I entirely share the hon. Gentleman's concern for the residents of Greenwich and for the need to ensure that public order is...

Opposition Day: Housing (23 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: As the hon. Member for Bootle (Mr. Roberts) has said, this has been a wide-ranging and interesting debate. Hon. Members have made many points, to which I shall respond. First, however, may I put the debate in the context of the changes that have been taking place in housing. After the war our housing problems were on a large scale but they were relatively simple. What was needed was a...

Opposition Day: Housing (23 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: The Government's policy is based on offering people choice: letting them decide what they want. What most people want is to buy their own homes.

Opposition Day: Housing (23 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: Since 1979, 4 million people have bought a home for the first time, including 1·1 million who were formerly council tenants. The number of home owners has risen by a quarter, and private sector house building has reached the highest level for 14 years. My hon. Friend the Member for Hyndburn (Mr. Hargreaves) asked about proposals for improvement grants. As I am sure he knows, a consultation...

Opposition Day: Housing (23 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: We must encourage new investment. The business expansion scheme will stimulate investment by offering tax relief. Local authorities are being given a power to give subsidy where it is needed. Those measures will provide a major incentive to the investment that is needed to improve the housing conditions of those who rent. I am glad that the hon. Member for Hammersmith welcomes our policy of...

Opposition Day: Housing (23 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: The Housing Corporation's investment programme has been increased to £737 million in the current year and will increase further to £850 million by 1990–91. The private investment which is already coming in will be over and above that. The increase in the Housing Corporation programme was part of a general increase in the resources made available for housing investment. The housing...

Opposition Day: Housing (23 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I agreed to curb my comments to 15 minutes so that I could respond to hon. Members' points without giving way. Local authorities continue to account for the bulk of expenditure. They continue to account for a very significant proportion of tenancies. It is vital, therefore, that local authorities offer a good service to their tenants. The first priority is to improve the state of the stock...

Prayers: First-time Home Buyers (27 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Walthamstow (Mr. Summerson) for giving us the opportunity to debate this important subject this morning. I welcome the constructive and thoughtful way in which he approached this subject which is close to the hearts of many people. He has clearly reflected on the problems facing those seeking to buy their first house and I am sure that none of us...

Orders of the Day — Basildon (27 May 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I must congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon (Mr. Amess) on his choice of subject for this debate and for the effective manner in which he put forward the concerns of his constituents on a wide range of matters. My hon. Friend has a fine record as an advocate for Basildon and its people and I have no doubt that the "I love Basildon" campaign that he recently helped to initiate...

Clause 38: Rent Assessment Committees: Procedure and Information Powers (13 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I thank the hon. Member for Newham. North-West (Mr. Banks) for welcoming me back to the House. I was on an official visit to Sweden and Finland to examine housing and planning matters on behalf of the Government. When the hon. Gentleman raised the issue in Committee, the Government agreed to consider it. On examining the matter further, we concluded that it was unnecessary to give local...


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