Results 161–180 of 1121 for speaker:Mrs Marion Roe

Clause 38: Information as to Determinations of Rents (13 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I beg to move Government amendment No. 68, in page 30, leave out line 22.

Clause 38: Information as to Determinations of Rents (13 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: Clause 40 as drafted provides for the president of every rent assessment panel to keep and make available information concerning determinations of rent if required to do so by the Secretary of State. There has never been any question in our mind as to the need for such an order to be made. It has always been our firm intention that the requirement to maintain a register of rents should apply...

Clause 47: Recovery etc. of Grants (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: indicated dissent.

Clause 47: Recovery etc. of Grants (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: We have heard a lengthy and wide-ranging contribution from the hon. Member for Knowsley, North (Mr. Howarth). I shall confine my remarks to the amendments. The hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey (Mr. Hughes) raised a point about the Housing Corporation paying interest for late HAG payments. There is no specific provision, but the manner in which housing association grant will be paid...

Clause 47: Recovery etc. of Grants (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I shall come to that in a moment. It is on my list of points to which to reply. I regret that I am going to puncture the fantasy conjured up by the hon. Members for Knowsley, North and for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner). The fact is that the power provided by the amendments to require the payment of interest is a power for the Housing Corporation, not for the Secretary of State. I suspect that the...

Clause 50: Planning Control (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I regret that these amendments represent a further attempt by the Opposition to frustrate the objectives of housing action trusts. Not content with the provisions in clause 61 that require the Secretary of State to consult local planning authorities about a housing action trust's development proposals, or with the provisions in clause 59 that require HATs to consult authorities about their...

Clause 50: Planning Control (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: indicated assent.

Clause 50: Co-Operation Between Local Housing Authorities and Housing Action Trusts (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: In Committee we discussed at length how HATs could work alongside local authorities in helping to deal with the homeless. We responded to Opposition concerns by introducing clause 65. Amendment No. 88 now seeks to go over that old ground by imposing a statutory requirement on HATs which we do not consider to be necessary. As we explained in Committee, we believe that many of the estates where...

Clause 50: Co-Operation Between Local Housing Authorities and Housing Action Trusts (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: Not just yet. I do not wish to debate yet again the local authorities' role in dealing with homelessness, but let me just repeat a few facts. First, this year the housing capital programme has been increased to £3,827 million, £365 million up on earlier plans—a 9·5 per cent. increase. We have also given local authorities additional resources totalling £53 million in the past six months.

Clause 50: Co-Operation Between Local Housing Authorities and Housing Action Trusts (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: No, but I will give way when I have completed these points. Secondly, there are 112,000 council properties standing empty, and a quarter of those have been empty for over a year. At 1 April 1987, there were some 27,000 empty dwellings in London, and that is nearly three times as many as the number of homeless families. Thirdly, there is no restriction on the use of accumulated capital...

Clause 50: Co-Operation Between Local Housing Authorities and Housing Action Trusts (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: Brent council is one of the recipients of the estates action programme. I remind the hon. Gentleman that £140 million of the Department's estates action programme resources have been made available in 1988–89 to turn around the rundown local authority estates and to make empty estate properties available for the homeless. I have visited some of the estates in the hon. Gentleman's...

Clause 50: Co-Operation Between Local Housing Authorities and Housing Action Trusts (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I shall give way a little later in my speech. I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Lancaster (Dame E. Kellett-Bowman) for her intervention. I enjoyed my visit to her constituency. Local authorities will retain their overall responsibilities towards the homeless under part III of the Housing Act 1985. In most instances, it is likely that HATs will be taking over a comparatively...

Clause 50: Co-Operation Between Local Housing Authorities and Housing Action Trusts (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I do not accept the hon. Gentleman's argument. I believe that HATs will help local authorities. I am sure that local authorities will be able to co-operate and will find that their requests will be looked on favourably. We know that it is common for local authorities to agree nomination arrangements with housing associations, for example, even though authorities are not directly involved in...

Clause 50: Co-Operation Between Local Housing Authorities and Housing Action Trusts (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: If the hon. Gentleman had been listening, he would know that I have already covered that argument. In the areas in which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State may be considering to have HATs, we may find that many of the properties will be lying empty. Those properties will be brought back into use. Some of the areas that I have visited during my trips through the country have contained...

Clause 50: Power to Give Financial Assistance (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I have listened with amazement to some of the wild allegations that Opposition Members have made about the likely activities of HATs. It is quite untrue to suggest that the Bill gives HATs an unfettered ability to spend taxpayers' money. HATs will be able to use their power to give financial assistance only with the consent of the Secretary of State. My Department will issue a financial...

Clause 50: Power to Give Financial Assistance (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: The assurances that the hon. Gentleman is seeking were debated in Committee. He knows that the interests of residents in HAT areas are of prime importance. It is simply nonsense to seek, as amendment No. 313 does, to restrict HATs to giving financial assistance to statutory authorities or registered charities, both of which are encompassed in the general term in clause 66, "person"....

Clause 45: Housing Association Grants (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I spoke in the debate yesterday, but unfortunately the hon. Member was not in the Chamber at the time.

Clause 47: Recovery etc. of Grants (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: I beg to move amendment No. 254, in page 35, line 14, at end insert `and a direction under paragraph (c) above requiring the payment of any amount may also require the payment of interest on that amount in accordance with subsections (7) to (9) below'.

Clause 47: Recovery etc. of Grants (14 Jun 1988)

Mrs Marion Roe: The purpose of the amendments is to give the Housing Corporation power to charge interest on repayments of grant directed under the clause. Under existing legislation, the Secretary of State has power to charge interest on payments from grant redemption funds, and under clause 51 that power may be delegated to the corporation. The provision of a similar power for housing association grant...

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

Mrs Marion Roe: Hon. Members have made a number of points, to which I shall respond, but first I remind the House of two comments made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State at the beginning of this debate. Opposition Members have charged that we do not have any regional housing and planning policies. It is true that we do not believe that all house building should be centrally planned and directed....


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