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Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 71 - Notification of nominated key-holders (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I thank the Minister for his commitment to leave the matter with local councils, because that is where it should be. Having listened to the hon. Member for Ribble Valley, I am a little concerned about one aspect. I appreciate that people do not want someone else going into their home, and that there should be respect for their privacy. However, if their alarm is going off, which is no...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 71 - Notification of nominated key-holders (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I beg to move amendment No. 111, in clause 71, page 57, line 22, leave out 'a key-holder' and insert 'at least two key-holders'.  

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 71 - Notification of nominated key-holders (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: The Minister touched on this matter in his remarks on previous clauses. We would like more information. In paragraph 13(2) of schedule 3 to the Noise and Statutory Nuisance Act 1993, it states that ''key-holders'', in relation to an alarm, means— (a) two persons, other than the occupier of the premises . . . or (b) a company which holds keys sufficient to obtain access to those...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 71 - Notification of nominated key-holders (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I thank the Minister for that clarification, which is helpful. I hope that it will be in the guidelines. I should like to understand a little more about rural areas and difficulties; perhaps the Minister would expand a little on the information that he received, which led him to make the change to a requirement for one key holder.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 69 - Designation of alarm notification areas (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: The new clause is intended to clarify matters. We already have some legislation in London relating to the issue. For example, it has been a requirement to register the name and address of a key holder with the local authority since 1991. In London, two key holders are required and there is a 20-minute cut-out system on alarms. Local authorities were made aware of that through the Noise and...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 69 - Designation of alarm notification areas (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I beg to move amendment No. 118, in clause 69, page 56, line 34, leave out from 'area' to end of line 35.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 69 - Designation of alarm notification areas (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: Again, this is a probing amendment. We are really considering how the designation of alarm notification areas will work. The Bill requires local authorities to send written notification to the   address of every premises in their area. Our amendment would remove that requirement. Our concern is whether it is practicable to mail every address, especially in view of the in-fill building that...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 69 - Designation of alarm notification areas (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I thank the Minister for his assurance. Constituents often tell their MPs that they were not told about a planning application because the information was not extended to a wide enough area. How does the Minister expect people to be notified? It may be burdensome to send the notification by post to every area, and there will be costs, unless the mailing is sent out with the council tax bills,...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 69 - Designation of alarm notification areas (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I am grateful to the Minister for clarifying the matter; it was the information we sought. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: PM Group plc (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Minister of State for the Environment and Agri-Environment has visited the Bradford-based manufacturing facility of PM Group plc.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Waste Collection (Charging Schemes) (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the work that her Department has undertaken on extending the powers of local authorities to allow the piloting of variable charging schemes for household waste collection and disposal as recommended by the Strategy Unit in the report Waste Not, Want Not.

Written Answers — Defence: Procurement Budget (26 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 12 January 2005, Official Report, column 574W, on the procurement budget, how the figure of £300 million is comprised; from what sources he has calculated that figure; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Home Department: Documents (26 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's policy is in relation to the storage of documents and the use of shredders; and whether this policy has been reviewed in the past 12 months.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 47 - Abolition of requirement to contract out waste disposal functions (25 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I share the concerns about how a council will gradually move away from its current contractual arrangements if it wants to do so. We all recognise the importance of long-term investment, but a stack of issues arise from the existing position. County councils, particularly disposal authorities, are labouring under expensive contracts that are hard to change. Quite rightly, targets on waste...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 44 - Forfeiture of vehicles (25 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I shall not go over ground that other hon. Members have covered perfectly adequately about the importance of sending a strong message, but the Minister will recall that on Second Reading there was concern about Travellers who use their vehicles for fly-tipping. As we know, Travellers can become effective lawyers and use various defences. We are aware that occasionally Travellers use their...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 43 - Clean-up costs (25 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: A landowner may get planning permission for something that involves landscaping, such as a golf course, but may have no intention of constructing that a golf course. He may allow unlicensed tipping of, perhaps, construction waste, under the guise of landscaping. Does the Minister have a view about those particular circumstances?

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 43 - Clean-up costs (25 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I would like to deal with these two amendments separately. We take on board the Minister's comments on amendment 94, that it is an intrinsic part of the regulations that legal disposal is part of the cost of removing waste. We will seek to withdraw amendment No 94, but I will move amendment No. 115 formally and press it to a vote. One of my first questions to the Minister was about how we...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 43 - Clean-up costs (25 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that helpful intervention. That is so. When I attended a parish council meeting last week about fly tipping on Stringers common in Worplesdon, it was clear that it had given up on the Environment Agency. The agency should have installed cameras to track down those responsible for what was happening, but it was left to the local bobby and the parish council to do...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 43 - Clean-up costs (25 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: On the first point, if something is fly-tipped on to the local authority's land—on a verge, for example—the public purse already picks up the costs. This is inconsistent.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 43 - Clean-up costs (25 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: That is a powerful point. Many farmers have already secured much of their land. They have problems with illegal incursions by travellers, and in many cases protection is in place. A specific group is involved. We invited the Government to allow the Environment Agency to retain fixed penalty notice fines, and they were not having any of that. We identified a source of some if not all of the...


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