Mark Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on which day in November 2016 he expects to publish the housing white paper.
Mark Prisk: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on this excellent report, which has cross-party support, as I hope the Minister knows. My right hon. Friend is right to focus on four-tracking. In his view, are the short-term improvements the report recommends supportive of the long-term goal? That is what many of my constituents will want to know.
Mark Prisk: It is a pleasure to follow the Chairman of my Select Committee, the hon. Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts), and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) not just on deciding to tackle what is a very thorny issue, but on the way he has developed the legislation. His open, collaborative approach means the Bill contains proposals that are workable, have...
Mark Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to establish equality of pension provision for surviving spouses of police officers across England and Wales.
Mark Prisk: In our town centres there are thousands of empty rooms on upper floors that could easily be converted into homes, yet they do not appear in the now excellent statistics to which the Minister refers. Will he bring together the key stakeholders and agencies to look at what the real barriers are that have meant that Governments of all hues have failed to achieve that conversion?
Mark Prisk: The rapid growth in our elderly population is a key driver of housing demand, so what are the Government doing to ensure that we are building not only enough homes, but enough of the right homes for an ageing society?
Mark Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that landlords fulfil their responsibilities to meet Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.
Mark Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the application of band E energy efficiency standards on the amount of industrial and commercial property available for UK businesses.
Mark Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of commercial landlords exempt from Energy Efficiency Regulations because of provisions against upfront costs.
Mark Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the delay repay scheme to begin operating on the (a) Greater Anglia franchise and (b) West Anglia route.
Mark Prisk: On 24 November, I am hosting an exporters summit for businesses in the M11 area. I thank officials in the Department for their fantastic support. Given the importance of winning new trade opportunities, does the Secretary of State agree that all Members have the chance to play their part in ensuring that more British firms export to not only Europe, but the whole world?
Mark Prisk: At present, the way in which business rates work imposes rates on empty properties. This is holding back many urban regeneration schemes. Will the new Secretary of State therefore reform the way in which those rules work before the whole scheme is transferred to local authorities? That would make a crucial difference to the modernisation of our housing estates in particular.
Mark Prisk: Although we are naturally focused on our future role in Europe, our friends in the Baltic nations are concerned about their immediate risks across the border—risks related to both military and cyberspace matters. Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that all that can be done to stand by our friends is being done both within NATO and the European Union?
Mark Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in which month he expects the new arrangements for rail passenger refunds following delays to be announced.
Mark Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, in which month the Pye Tait Review of retentions in the construction industry will be published.
Mark Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in which month he expects the Greater Anglia rail franchise to be awarded.
Mark Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the exemption for the railway sector from the provisions of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 has been extended until October 2016.
Mark Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the scope is of the current consultation on the Government National Carers Strategy.
Mark Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the period will be for a decision to be made on applications to the Primary Care Trust Fund.
Mark Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the decision making process will be for the allocation of funding to (a) premises and (b) IT services related to applications to the Primary Care Trust Fund.