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Housing Bill: New Clause 8 — Exceptions to the right to buy: determination whether exception for dwelling-house suitable for elderly persons applies (11 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I shall attempt to be brief, because I know that we want to turn to other matters, but I cannot resist making a quick comment on the Conservatives' new clause 18, which is the "pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap" clause. It is an attempt to get councils to force through right-to-buy sales, and it is quite frankly barmy. Right to buy is right in some areas, but it works to the detriment of others....

Housing Bill: New Clause 8 — Exceptions to the right to buy: determination whether exception for dwelling-house suitable for elderly persons applies (11 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: The hon. Gentleman says that the right to buy does not apply in rural areas, but he is becoming confused. When the right hon. Member for Skipton and Ripon (Mr. Curry) was a Minister, he got an exemption for the right to acquire, which is a slightly different right that is not used anything like as often as the right to buy. The right to buy still applies in rural areas. It has decimated the...

Housing Bill: Clause 54 — Licensing of HMO to which this Part applies (11 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I shall move swiftly on. The Chairman of the Select Committee will note that many amendments have been tabled in my name. Government amendment No. 67, which deals with student buildings, would have the opposite effect to our amendment No. 124 and would make the position worse. Our amendment No. 95 is a drafting amendment that accompanies new clause 28, which introduces a general duty of care...

Housing Bill: Clause 54 — Licensing of HMO to which this Part applies (11 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: This is a huge group of amendments, including 12 Liberal Democrat amendments and two new clauses that deal with seven major issues. In addition, we have added our names to amendment No. 3. I hope that the House will bear with me as I try to go through some of the amendments. I shall try to allow plenty of time for others to get in. I was mightily relieved to hear that the first two...

Housing Bill: Clause 54 — Licensing of HMO to which this Part applies (11 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I share some of those concerns, but whereas ours is a practical amendment, the Government's provision simply gives everybody too much time. Five years is too long a period in which to allow such properties to be inspected and brought into the regime; indeed, the Conservative amendment reflects that by calling for a period of three years. We have tried to introduce a double-lock system,...

Housing Bill: Clause 54 — Licensing of HMO to which this Part applies (11 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I thank my hon. Friend. She and the group are quite right to bring that matter to the House's attention. When the Select Committee reported, it concluded: "We are concerned that the 'no rent payable' provisions could have adverse consequences for tenants, potentially leading to their eviction. If the Government plans to retain these provisions, the final version of the Bill must include...

Housing Bill: Clause 54 — Licensing of HMO to which this Part applies (11 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: The hon. Gentleman is on to a good point in relation to concerns about regulation. I am therefore bemused by his first two amendments, which would appear to include all HMOs in the regulations, rather than restricting them, which I thought was the thrust of his argument. I am therefore confused, right from the start.

Housing Bill (Programme) (No. 2) (11 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I accept that the Government have discussed with Opposition parties the order of consideration and where the knives will fall. There has been agreement about that, but there is clearly not agreement about the amount of time allowed for debate. Two days were allowed for the Report stage and Third Reading of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill. Three days have been allocated next week to...

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: The hon. Gentleman has pointed out that the wrong sort of housing is being built, and I very much share that view, but given open market conditions, how does he propose, through the planning system, to build the right sort of houses? Does he want centrally imposed Government targets to tell local councils how many one-bedroomed houses to build?

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: Such as what?

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I start by apologising on behalf of my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr. Davey), who was to have spoken today; he has a stinker of a cold and has asked me to step in. I congratulate the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) on her first speech in her new role, and I wish her a longer occupation of that position than some of her predecessors. While it is true that I have...

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: Lack of supply is one of the contributory factors. The problem with the Barker review is that it considers lack of supply to be the sole driver for house price inflation.

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I gave way and answered the question.

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: I could not agree more, and the hon. Gentleman makes a point that I touched on earlier. I do not want to consider the Barker review in too much detail because it was debated last week. It would be nice to have a fuller debate on the subject, but this is obviously a wide-ranging debate on housing, and I want to address some of the other issues. The Minister bears on the right point when he...

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: In fact, our amendment, which was not selected, supports compulsory leasing. Although the Government have consulted on that, they have not yet come out firmly in favour of it—I hope that they will do so. There is a policy vacuum from the Conservatives, as I said earlier. [Interruption.]

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The Conservatives are right to highlight the affordability of owner-occupied housing, as well as the supply of social housing, although that does not feature so prominently in their motion. Affordability is a problem not only in London and the south-east, although it is always addressed in those terms, but all over the country—even in the centre of cities such...

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: The hon. Gentleman has a point, but only just. One stops national pay bargaining at one's peril, because it is frankly unacceptable to suggest that someone doing a job in Shropshire may have a different value from someone doing the same job in, say, Milton Keynes. In many areas, adjustments such as London weighting are made for the cost of living. However, that issue is bigger than the...

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: The hon. Gentleman will not be surprised to find that I entirely agree with him. Telford or Shrewsbury would be excellent places in which to relocate a Department, because they have beautiful countryside around them and lots of highly skilled, educated workers who are ready to work. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will persuade his colleagues of his case and that the electorate in Telford...

Housing (5 May 2004)

Mr Matthew Green: Such schemes can have all sorts of effects on local housing markets. I want to make some positive comments. I have had my bit of fun with the Conservatives, so I will leave them alone for a little while. They are very gentle, tender people these days: one cannot push them too much, or they get upset. The problem of empty homes can be addressed by compulsory leasing, but if any voluntary...


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