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Amendment of the Law (29 Mar 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: I am having some difficulty in following the logic of the hon. Lady's argument. Does she accept that although house building has fallen in the recession, if it were not for Government funding there would be no investment in housing at all? That is not related in the slightest to the planning system, which has not altered as we have gone into recession. Does she accept that during that period,...

Amendment of the Law (29 Mar 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: My right hon. Friend will be aware that when the Select Committee on Communities and Local Government had a one-off sitting on housing and the credit crunch, all the witnesses from the house building and housing association sectors clearly welcomed what the Government were doing and said that it was not enough. Can he think of anyone from the house building sector who thinks that the...

Points of Order (15 Mar 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. I absolutely take the point that the hon. Member for Christchurch (Mr. Chope) is a senior Member of this House and will be well aware of the convention relating to members of the Panel of Chairs. However, my understanding is that the other two Opposition Members who were present in the House, and who might equally have shouted "Object", are...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Local Government (Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk) (9 Mar 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Local Government (Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk) (9 Mar 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: Does my hon. Friend accept that the point that Opposition Members have made both to him and to my right hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, South (Mr. Clarke)-that the formation of a unitary authority in Norwich would somehow cost everybody else in the county much more money-can only really be true if the county council is taking considerably more income out of Norwich to subsidise services...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Local Government (Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk) (9 Mar 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: I note, Madam Deputy Speaker, that Conservative Members appear to be challenging your ruling in calling me, and I sure that they did not intend to do that and would wish to rephrase their sedentary comments. When listening to the peroration of the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill), I felt that he had lost his knowledge of what had happened in the past on local government...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Local Government (Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk) (9 Mar 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman can tell me, but I am talking about Exeter. He is talking about a county council that is seeking to impose its views on the city. He is belittling the views, published in the local newspaper in Exeter, of two Conservative Members of Exeter city council. He is in danger of suggesting that those Conservative councillors are writing one thing in their local...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Local Government (Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk) (9 Mar 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: The hon. Gentleman talked about joint working and seemed to suggest that if councils had joint working arrangements, they should logically merge and cease to be separate councils. Is that the purport of what he is saying? Is he saying that every council that is in a partnership with another one should merge?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: House Building Projects (9 Mar 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: The Government have given Milton Keynes council funding to appoint an officer to start implementing the empty dwelling management order, because the Liberal Democrat-controlled council has done absolutely nothing on it for the past three years, despite the fact that I went to it with lists of empty properties that were prime candidates for the order. Does the Minister agree, however, that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: September Guarantee (8 Mar 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: What estimate he has made of the number of young people who are staying in education or training in 2010 as a result of the September guarantee.

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: September Guarantee (8 Mar 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: I thank the Secretary of State for those additional places. He knows that the youth unemployment level in Milton Keynes has gone up quite considerably during the recession. Can he assure me that he will maintain the September guarantee and the funding that goes with it, and that he will not be tempted to remove it too early simply in order to pay down the deficit?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 Mar 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: rose- [ Interruption. ]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 Mar 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: On Sunday, Bletchley Park in my constituency marked LGBT-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-history month by having a day of celebration of the life and work of Alan Turing. Will the Leader of the House congratulate the organisers at Bletchley Park on this event, which served as a reminder of the unacceptability of the sort of homophobic laws and prejudices that pushed Alan Turing to his...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Midwives (23 Feb 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: Maternity services in Milton Keynes are currently being monitored by the Care Quality Commission following a second damning coroner's report on a neonatal death in Milton Keynes. There seems to be a particular problem with recruiting midwives. Can the Minister point Milton Keynes to good practice elsewhere, to enable it to be more effective at recruiting the midwives for whom it does have funding?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Local Government Finance (3 Feb 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: I want to make a few observations and I will try to be brief because I know that many hon. Friends wish to speak. Like other hon. Members, before I was a Member of Parliament, I was the Labour leader of a council under a Conservative Government. I can attest that the experience under this Government, with their attitude to local government, although there are some things that I criticise them...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Local Government Finance (3 Feb 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: The hon. Lady should look at the data she cites. The Welsh Assembly-it believe it was my party, but I am not making an excuse for it-took advantage of the revaluation hugely to increase the total take. The bills went up, because it decided to increase the amount of money raised. I am distressed to have to explain this to the hon. Lady, but that is how the system works. As a former chair of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Local Government Finance (3 Feb 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: As I am the Chair of a Select Committee and not a Minister, I can say what I feel on this matter. If we continue to have a property tax-I believe that we should-we need to revalue relatively frequently; otherwise, it becomes distorted. Then, as the hon. Gentleman says, if we make the changes, those who gain will gain a great deal and those who lose will lose a great deal. I am personally in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Local Government Finance (3 Feb 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: Absolutely. My hon. Friend is a great expert on local government finance and I entirely agree with him. What he said suggests that any Opposition proposing such a policy do not really think that they are ever going to come to power, since they would still be in power when such an enormous hike occurred, thereby becoming incredibly unpopular. There are other reasons why I believe the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Local Government Finance (3 Feb 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: Far be it from me to complain about your spoiling my fun, Mr. Speaker. I shall save the remainder of my interesting analysis for other occasions. I believe that the House has got the gist of my view. The suggestions that were advanced at some length by the hon. Member for Putney were indeed risible, and I am not surprised that most of her hon. Friends left the Chamber in order not to subject...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Local Government Finance (3 Feb 2010)

Phyllis Starkey: Will the hon. Lady give way?


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