Results 1–20 of 946 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Richard Bacon

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Recruitment and Retention (11 Dec 2017)

Richard Bacon: Given that the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 is now on the statute book, will the Secretary of State meet me and the National Custom & Self Build Association so that we can explain how the Act’s provisions can be used to recruit and retain teachers in difficult-to-fill subjects?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Reoffending Rates: Custom House Building (5 Dec 2017)

Richard Bacon: What recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of self-build and custom house building on reducing prisoner reoffending rates.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Reoffending Rates: Custom House Building (5 Dec 2017)

Richard Bacon: Given that the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 is now on the statute book, is the Minister aware that probation officers and ex-offenders can now register as associations of individuals under the Act? Will he meet me and the National Custom & Self Build Association’s right to build expert taskforce, so we can brief him on how people building their own dwellings can...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Home Building (4 Dec 2017)

Richard Bacon: In Berlin and elsewhere in Germany, architects, landowners, homeless people and local councils co-operate to bring forward thousands of new dwellings through mutual housing co-operatives. Will the Secretary of State encourage local councils here to consider that option as a way of bringing forward more dwellings more quickly?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Richard Bacon: Given that President Rouhani of Iran has said that his will not be the first country to breach the joint comprehensive plan of action, will the First Secretary assure us that British diplomats are working hard in Washington DC to persuade our American friends that it is in the interests of the west and of Iran to uphold the JCPOA as an essential prelude to solving other regional problems?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Regional Economic Growth (28 Nov 2017)

Richard Bacon: To encourage economic growth in Stoke, the local council is offering serviced plots of land to finance directors and managing directors to build big houses, bring their businesses and invest, creating more jobs and more economic growth. Does the Chancellor agree that that model could be followed elsewhere? Does he agree that it shows that, as in all other areas of social policy, self-build...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Richard Bacon: Does my hon. Friend agree that if it was as easy to go and buy a serviced plot of land on which to build a house as it is to go into a Ford dealership and buy a motor car, that would go a very considerable way towards solving the housing problem?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Richard Bacon: After 13 minutes of what I am sure we all agree was pure gold from the hon. Member for Huddersfield (Mr Sheerman), I am going to make a more focused and narrow-cast speech. I particularly welcome this opportunity to follow a fellow graduate of the London School of Economics, although before he started slating soft social science degrees, he might have declared his own interest, in that he...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4: Relocation (16 Nov 2017)

Richard Bacon: Given that Norwich University of the Arts produces many digital and creative graduates each year, does the Secretary of State agree, notwithstanding the fact that she is not going to make a public endorsement, that Channel 4 should carefully consider the merits of Norfolk for a new location when it moves outside London?

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...


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