Results 41–60 of 1367 for speaker:Mr Matthew Green

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 55 - Power to make dog control orders (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I thank the Minister for that. Farmers who use dogs will be reassured that they will not be caught up in a rather ridiculous scenario.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 49 - Payments for waste recycling and disposal (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I oppose the amendment, because I want to speak in defence of modern art. The amendment would mean that people would be unable   to re-use an item, such as turning a kettle into some bizarre sculpture, as often happens. It would rule that out because it would be the re-use of a material. If someone took down a garden shed, they could not turn the wooden components into furniture, as that...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 49 - Payments for waste recycling and disposal (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I am not at all. The definition of re-use in the amendment is ''used for the same purpose''. I am arguing that re-use does not necessarily mean used for the same purpose. There are many products and materials that can be re-used, but for a different purpose than the one for which they were originally intended.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 54 - Site waste management plans (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I beg to move amendment No. 97, in clause 54, page 49, line 20, at end insert '; (i) targets for diversion of site waste to landfill'. This quick amendment is designed to test whether the Government intend to do what it proposes anyway. If so, perhaps the Minister will tell us. The issue is whether the site waste management plans will contain targets for the diversion of site waste to  ...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 54 - Site waste management plans (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I suspected that the Minister would not want targets included in the Bill, and I accept his reasons, so I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

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

Mr Matthew Green: My understanding of dogma is that it occurs where one course of action is insisted on. Whatever the politics of the clause, I should have thought that it ended dogma, because it ends a requirement that local authorities follow one particular course and leaves it up to them to choose.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 55 - Power to make dog control orders (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: We have tabled amendment No. 110 in this group, which I hope the Minister will reassure me is completely unneeded, because he can envisage no circumstances in which that could ever happen. The reason for the amendment, which was drawn up with the help of the National Farmers Union, which welcomes the new dog control orders, was concern about the extension of the Countryside and Rights of Way...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 34 - Removal of placards and posters (20 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I beg to move amendment No. 61, in clause 34, page 29, line 25, leave out 'or obliterate'.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 34 - Removal of placards and posters (20 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: The amendment deals with the problem of over-posting, which has been made clear to several members of the Committee by Westminster city council, although I am sure that it is not only council to have done so. It has provided some interesting statistics. The difficulty is that if the law allows that something can either be removed or obliterated, obliterating can be taken to mean putting...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 34 - Removal of placards and posters (20 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: The hon. Lady obviously has not read the most recent version, because that entry has been removed. I no longer receive any commission.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 34 - Removal of placards and posters (20 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I think that the Minister meant amendment No. 59 when he said 61. He said that he did not understand its logic. I was persuaded that the amendment was worth tabling in order to ask why the clause is drafted differently from section 10 of the London Local Authorities Act 1995. The different may suggest that the 1995 legislation was badly drafted or contained an unnecessary section. Perhaps the...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 34 - Removal of placards and posters (20 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I thank the Minister for doing that. We have raised the relevant issues and I am glad that he has clarified what powers there are in the case of over-posting. I hope that the Minister and those assisting him will consider that in order to be certain that there is no longer a loophole, because clearly some people believe that there is. If he will also consider why the drafting is different and...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 31 - Extension of graffiti removal notices to fly-posting (20 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: We have also tabled an amendment in this group, but before I talk about it, I should point out that what the hon. Lady has just spoken about is covered by amendment No. 61 to clause 34. The issue was raised with me by Westminster city council, and I am sure that the appropriate time to deal with the specific point of over-posting is when discussing clause 34. Returning to clause 31, there is...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 31 - Extension of graffiti removal notices to fly-posting (20 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: Do I take it from what the hon. Gentleman is saying that he would condemn any political party that used such mobile posters, months in advance of any election?

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 31 - Extension of graffiti removal notices to fly-posting (20 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I am not referring to posters on lamp-posts, because they might be on property on which it is illegal to post and is, perhaps, owned by the council. I am talking about posters attached to a stake in a hedge, which are used extensively in rural areas and are technically planning offences, but people get round that because of the 28-day rule.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 30 - Fixed penalty notices: authorised officers (20 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: Does the Minister share my bafflement that the Conservatives appear to want to allow councils to enable virtually anyone but a council employee to issue fixed-penalty notices? Paragraphs (b) and (c) would enable the council to authorise somebody other than its employees to do so, but paragraph (a), which the Conservatives would delete, is about council employees. I am somewhat baffled, and I...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 19 - Litter offence: fixed penalty notices (20 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: May I clarify one point? If a council issues a fixed penalty notice, will it be entirely at the council's discretion to commute it into some form of payment in kind—reparation might be one possibility—rather than insisting on payment? That seems to be what the Minister is saying, but I want to be absolutely clear.


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