Results 81–100 of 1367 for speaker:Mr Matthew Green

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 3 - Exposing vehicles for sale on a road (18 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I am intrigued to know which council the hon. Lady is thinking of that has surplus officers to stand outside places where cars are for sale and wait for someone to park on the road after a test drive.

Written Answers — Health: Water Fluoridation (15 Dec 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which water companies put fluoride in the water they supply.

Housing Bill: Clause 154 — Interpretation of part 5 (17 Nov 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: The Labour party doth protest too much. I had no idea that Labour Members would talk about the Greenpeace advertisement quite so much. They have just given Greenpeace huge publicity, so that may have been counterproductive, unless a real double game is being played. We are pleased to have helped force the Government into recommitting to a target to which they have previously been committed...

Housing Bill (17 Nov 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I welcome the Government amendment, which recognises that the Liberal Democrats were talking common sense about home information packs. We have our disagreements. We do not believe that the packs will be a success and the Government clearly believe that they will prove successful. We are glad that they have included a get- out-of-jail clause. We are pleased to have helped them to do that...

Housing Bill (17 Nov 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I thank the Minister. My understanding of what he has just said is that in fact the Government would have the power to ensure that the energy performance certificate could be in place at the end of the process rather than at the start, if they so chose and if they realised that what they were proposing was not working.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Local Government Reform (17 Nov 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: When the Deputy Prime Minister publishes his White Paper on local government reform, will it include details of his planned revaluation of properties and their council tax bands? When will he come clean on that?

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Commercial Property Leases (Consultation) (10 Nov 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many responses the Department received to its consultation paper on commercial property leases: options for deterring or outlawing the use of upward only rent review clauses, broken down by (a) representative organisations, (b) landlords and (c) property occupiers.

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Decent Homes Standard for Social Housing (8 Nov 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I shall be brief, because I know that at least one other hon. Member would like to speak. I have a little bit of sympathy for the Minister's position on this amendment; I am perhaps not as dogmatic as others on the issue. However, in attempting to fight it, he has done himself no credit whatever. Uncharacteristically, he has read things into the amendment that are not there, and cited figures...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Decent Homes Standard for Social Housing (8 Nov 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: Will the Minister give way?

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Decent Homes Standard for Social Housing (8 Nov 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I thank the Minister for giving way, but does he accept that not all the 230,000 households that he says will be raised to the decent homes standard will necessarily reach the SAP 65 rating? Many of those homes may well have to be revisited in future to get them up to that level. In fact, we are talking about guidelines, so some councils—perhaps those facing financial pressures—will not...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Clause 145 — Home Condition Reports (8 Nov 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I will be brief. We broadly welcome the amendments in the group, including the Government amendments, which go a long way towards dealing with the concerns of the House of Lords, but I want to ask the Minister a couple of questions about the administration and security of the system. From what the Minister described, it would appear that, under the system, people producing the reports could...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Clause 145 — Home Condition Reports (8 Nov 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: Much of what the Minister is saying is welcome, but I am concerned about what happens when someone chooses to market their property without going through an estate agent, as they have the right to do. When they produce their pack, how will they check who has access to such information? Will a prospective buyer gain access to the register? If so, will they access such information only in...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Improvements in Energy Efficiency (8 Nov 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: The Minister described the figures as a shifting, moving picture. The shifting and moving has been on the Government's part, because they have moved from their stated target of 5 megatonnes of carbon down to 4.2 megatonnes. He says that that would result in a 19 per cent. target on carbon rather than a 20 per cent. one, and asks what everyone is getting so worked up about. I suspect that the...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Improvements in Energy Efficiency (8 Nov 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: Well, the reduction would be 16 per cent., but the Minister said that the overall effect would be equivalent to a 19 per cent. target. However, if the difference between the targets is so small, why will the Government not agree to the 20 per cent. target? Why is a target of 19 per cent. more achievable than one of 20 per cent.? The Government must know something that the rest of us do not....

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Commercial Property Leases (Consultation) (4 Nov 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many responses the Government received to the recent Office of the Deputy Prime Minister consultation paper, "Commercial Property Leases: Options for Deterring or Outlawing the Use of Upward Only Rent Review Clauses"; and if he will break down the number of responses by (a) representative organisations, (b) landlords and (c) property occupiers.

Tenant Behaviour (28 Oct 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: Does the Minister agree that it is not just the monitoring of tenant behaviour, but the promotion of good standards of housing, that will lead to a reduction in antisocial behaviour? Does he accept that the private sector can be part of the solution rather than just a problem, especially by encouraging private sector landlords to belong to trade organisations such as the National Landlords...

School Exclusions (28 Oct 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I am sure that the Minister will be aware that one of the best ways of reducing exclusion is reducing levels of unacceptable behaviour in classrooms. One of the most successful ways that that has happened in recent years has been through the building of a school designed by Sir Norman Foster. As I understand it, that school has seen a dramatic reduction in the number of pupils playing truant...

Drugs (28 Oct 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: Armed guards?

West Mercia Police (Funding) (12 Oct 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: The point about on-the-spot fines, though, is that many of the people arrested and in custody suites on Friday and Saturday nights are drunk and disorderly, and they cannot be given an on-the-spot fine and be left on the streets to continue to be drunk and disorderly. One whole point of the police action is to take them away and put them in a cell, if only to recover from the state into which...


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