Results 181–200 of 1367 for speaker:Mr Matthew Green

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I agree with my hon. Friend. Moreover, many of those children live in overcrowded conditions. If the Government are prepared to change the definition of overcrowding to a more sensible one, which will inevitably mean that the numbers of people in overcrowded conditions increase overnight, we will not use that as a party political issue. I make that pledge because we want the definition to be...

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: The hon. Gentleman has made some sensible comments.

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: That is exactly what I am suggesting. I am happy to discuss the detail with the hon. Gentleman, but not now. I have discussed the scheme with registered social landlords and they support it. Although they opposed the Conservative right-to-buy proposal for registered social landlord property, they would be happy with a right to invest. I appreciate that the hon. Member for Telford has much...

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: But not now, because I am conscious of the time. I want to consider the affordability of home ownership. There has been no mention of the price of land, which drives new house prices in particular. Fifteen years ago, developers worked roughly on the thirds principle: property value consisted of one third the cost of the land, one third the cost of building and one third profit. That is to put...

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: The hon. Gentleman makes some good points. I want to refer to a proposal in relation to which there has been an exchange of letters between the Minister and me—a proposal concerning what Liberal Democrats call the intermediate tier of housing. Clearly, I have not explained it sufficiently well in writing because the officials do not understand what I am writing about, so if hon. Members...

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: No, I should like to continue. In Shropshire, the price of a typical property would be realised at £90,000 whereas the average price for that same three-bed property would be closer to £200,000. The key point is that the property is cheap not only the first time it is bought but remains cheap. That happens through the use of a section 106 agreement in the planning arrangements to keep the...

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: A couple of minutes ago, the Minister said—I wrote it down exactly—"We are building where the demand is." If that is true, when a local authority requests extra housing allocation, why does he fail to give it?

Criminal Justice (Justifiable Conduct) Bill (30 Apr 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I fully concur with virtually everything that the hon. Gentleman has said. There is a problem if things do not go to trial, which can be for reasons other than to establish guilt or innocence. There may be a lack of evidence, so there could be uncertainty in people's minds as to whether someone was guilty or innocent of a crime. It is far more satisfactory to find people not guilty in court....

Criminal Justice (Justifiable Conduct) Bill (30 Apr 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way; he is being generous with his time. May I suggest another example of how odd the Bill is? If members of the intelligence services entered a house, which is legitimately occupied by people engaged in drug dealing, organised crime or terrorism, in order to place devices to obtain intelligence, and they were shot in the process, the Bill would...

Orders of the Day — Sustainable and Secure Buildings Bill: Clause 6 — Registers of Information and Documents to be Kept by Local Authorities (30 Apr 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: The House will be relieved to hear that I intend to be brief and that I do not intend to quote from a Burke. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hazel Grove (Mr. Stunell) on this excellent Bill and the manner in which he has taken it forward. I would add my congratulations to the Minister and to the hon. Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Mr. Hayes), who speaks from the...

Orders of the Day — Sustainable and Secure Buildings Bill: Clause 6 — Registers of Information and Documents to be Kept by Local Authorities (30 Apr 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: The hon. Gentleman will know that when a similar amendment was tabled to the Housing Bill it had our broad support. However, I hope that he rapidly describes this as a probing amendment because, if my reading of it is right, it applies to all houses, not just local authority and social housing. I think that the latter is what he means, but the amendment in fact seems to apply to all houses,...

Orders of the Day — Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: New Clause — Application of Part 1 (29 Apr 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: The logic of what the Minister has just said is that an autocratic regime that consults its citizens is better than a democratic one, and that consultation is a substitute for democracy. I am sure that he did not mean to say that to the House.

Orders of the Day — Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: New Clause — Application of Part 1 (29 Apr 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I, too, congratulate the Minister on his approach, not just in the past week but since he took charge of the Bill. We could say that considerable concessions have been made; we could say, if we were being charitable, that people of like mind have reached agreement. There has been movement on the Government's part, and also on the Opposition's part, since we embarked on the Bill nearly 18...

Orders of the Day — Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: New Clause — Application of Part 1 (29 Apr 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: Surely even the Minister will admit that that is a somewhat cheap jibe at the Conservatives—I say that as a Liberal Democrat—for the simple reason that we are talking about the principle of whether something is democratic, not about which party currently has the largest number of councillors on an indirectly elected body. Those members are elected to their council, but then appointed to a...

Government Regeneration Programmes (28 Apr 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Regent's Park and Kensington, North (Ms Buck) on securing the debate. It is a shame that there are no Members from other major urban areas. We have had a good representation from London, but large-scale urban regeneration is also happening in places such as Liverpool and Birmingham. It is a shame that we have not heard some of their stories and about...

Government Regeneration Programmes (28 Apr 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: Thank you for that, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The hon. Member for Regent's Park and Kensington, North raised a series of practical questions, which I will not go over again. She was right to challenge the Minister on some practicalities and on the future of the funding schemes, and I wait with interest to hear the Minister's answers. We also heard some appalling stories from the hon. Member for...

Government Regeneration Programmes (28 Apr 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: Part of the problem is that the council route is not being used. The bodies are not directly accountable to councils. I should prefer the funding to go to the councils. I think that even some of the worst, least efficient councils would do the work at a lower administrative cost than can be achieved by setting up new schemes every time. That problem is inherent in the way that the operation...

Government Regeneration Programmes (28 Apr 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: The hon. Gentleman has given us some appalling examples of the lack of affordable housing in the new plans. How did that get through the local planning process? Did not the inspector pick up that there was no affordable housing built into those large-scale housing schemes?

Government Regeneration Programmes (28 Apr 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: The problem of Barnet council is worse than the hon. Gentleman suggests. He quoted the figure of 24 units—it is 14 in Hammersmith and Fulham—but local councils can change that figure if they want to gain tighter control, even though they may have to negotiate with the inspectorate to get those figures through. In my area—south Shropshire, which is not an urban area—the figure is 50...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Public Bodies (Costs) (28 Apr 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 29 March 2004, Official Report, column 1267W, on public bodies, what the internal costs to his Department were of (a) the Property Advisory Group, (b) the Advisory Panel on Standards for the Planning Inspectorate, (c) the Advisory Panel on Beacon Councils, (d) the Building Regulations Advisory Committee, (e) the Community Forum and...


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