Results 1–20 of 1420 for speaker:Richard Bacon

Regulation of Property Agents (18 Oct 2017)

Richard Bacon: One good way of placing more power in the hands of consumers is to establish and support more mutual housing co-operatives, which work well in Germany and place real power in residents’ hands. Will the Minister consider steps to encourage the establishment of more such co-operatives here?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Oct 2017)

Richard Bacon: Given that the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 is now on the statute book—it is a very good piece of legislation—will the Prime Minister confirm that the community home building fund, available last year for group housing projects, is still available, and does she agree that providing service plots of land at scale is a good way to fix our broken housing market?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Counter-terrorism (17 Oct 2017)

Richard Bacon: May I remind the Foreign Secretary that 20 million Russians died in the second world war, without which we might have lost the war? Does he agree with Sir Tony Brenton, the former British ambassador to Russia, that despite Russia’s being a leading nuclear power, a member of the UN Security Council, a fundamental source of hydrocarbons and other vital raw materials, and a leading player...

Iran (16 Oct 2017)

Richard Bacon: When Sir Peter Westmacott was British ambassador in Washington, he held 47 one-to-one meetings with United States senators to persuade the United States Congress not to damage the agreement. Will the Minister assure the House that British diplomats are redoubling their efforts in Washington to ensure that Congress continues not to damage the agreement, and will he consider recalling to the...

Local Housing Need (14 Sep 2017)

Richard Bacon: Since the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 was passed by Parliament, some 25,000 people have registered their interest in getting a serviced plot of land to build their own house. Is the Secretary of State aware of how much further this could go, including as regards affordable social rent through group self-build, as I have seen personally in the Netherlands and in Germany? Will...

New Housing Design (5 Sep 2017)

Richard Bacon: Is the Minister aware of the survey conducted by Ipsos MORI for the Home Builders Federation, the trade body for the largest volume house builders? It said that 67% of buyers would prefer not to, or are unlikely to, buy the product of volume house builders.

New Housing Design (5 Sep 2017)

Richard Bacon: I have visited Poundbury several times and have seen some good construction quality. Can the hon. Lady say who is talking about poor quality? Poor quality has not been my experience when I have visited.

New Housing Design (5 Sep 2017)

Richard Bacon: I am sorry to trouble the hon. Lady, but on that point will she give way again very briefly?

New Housing Design (5 Sep 2017)

Richard Bacon: Is the hon. Lady aware that there are many architects among what one might call the ancien régime of the architectural establishment who, despite the fact that lots of people who live there love it and think it is great, hate Poundbury and campaign against it?

New Housing Design (5 Sep 2017)

Richard Bacon: I am listening with interest to my right hon. Friend’s contribution. Last year, I spoke at the Federation of Master Builders’ annual conference, where the technical guru from the National House Building Council put up some slides of really shoddy workmanship. Interestingly, the largest number of examples of shoddy workmanship came from the largest house builders—the biggest...

Housing and Social Security (22 Jun 2017)

Richard Bacon: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I always think that a time limit is good for focusing the mind and generating extra productivity, so I will adhere to your strictures. The Government said in their Queens’ Speech that they want to build more houses, which is an approach I strongly support. The title of the recent housing White Paper is “Fixing our...

Housing and Social Security (22 Jun 2017)

Richard Bacon: I thank my hon. Friend for that and agree with him, although the caveat is that some developers are good at getting around neighbourhood plans, undermining their basis and confidence in them. The Government need to address that. The key to getting the right kind of development is more choice and beauty. Now, that may sound airy-fairy, but it is the exact opposite, something which the Prince...

Housing and Social Security (22 Jun 2017)

Richard Bacon: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. As recently as 1988, 66% of housing in this country was built by small local builders. There has been a huge change that has benefited a small number of large companies, but not our communities or most of our constituents or society as a whole. My hon. Friend mentioned self-build and it will not surprise him to know that I sponsored, got through this House...

Housing and Social Security (22 Jun 2017)

Richard Bacon: There are plenty of heavyweight people around. Indeed, there are plenty of heavy people around, although I should say that I have lost two stone since the beginning of the election campaign. I hope that the right hon. Gentleman will get on to housing at some point. Does he agree with the Redfern review, which he commissioned, that Help to Buy has the potential to be inflationary? Does he...

Housing and Social Security (22 Jun 2017)

Richard Bacon: The Secretary of State mentioned the housing White Paper, which I thought was a terrific document, but in his little list he neglected one thing. Given that the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 is now on the statute book and was strengthened by the Government in the Housing and Planning Act 2016, does he think that serviced plots and land pooling may have an important role to play?

Grenfell Tower (22 Jun 2017)

Richard Bacon: In recent years, London has seen many high-quality high rises being built, often financed with hot foreign money, and then left empty for years, sometimes with their kitchens clingfilmed and pristine. We all understand that a landlord will need to leave an apartment empty from time to time, but does the Prime Minister think that when brand-new properties are left empty for many years it is...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (27 Apr 2017)

Richard Bacon: I am grateful to you, Mr Speaker. I had earlier wished to ask about the pig industry, a very important industry across East Anglia. Can the Minister tell us what prospects he sees for the industry? It is an industry that does not have subsidy from the public purse, but which has made huge gains, particularly in China where the pigs’ ear deal added £5 per carcass? What prospects...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Points of Order (25 Apr 2017)

Richard Bacon: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Points of Order (25 Apr 2017)

Richard Bacon: That is extremely kind of you, Mr Speaker. This is the tie of Anglia Farmers, one of the largest buying co-operatives in the agricultural sector in this country. I gave one to the last Prime Minister and the last Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the hope that they would wear one on the Treasury Bench, but they have not so far done so. I was only going to ask whether the hon. Member for...

Post Office Closures — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (25 Apr 2017)

Richard Bacon: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) on securing the debate. I would like to raise the case of Diss Crown post office in my constituency, which is at the heart of the marketplace in Diss. In that geographically central area of Diss, 10,000 local residents—more than twice the...


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