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Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 31 (24 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: My hon. Friend has said that the current definition of overcrowding is archaic and inappropriate, that we do not need primary legislation and that we can use secondary legislation to get what we require by way of a bedroom standard on the books. I also heard him say that he will look at using pathfinders to roll out the standard. Pathfinders are often wonderful in the areas that they cover,...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 31 (24 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: My hon. Friend is, to a certain extent, right. We need evidence on which to base the cost and to plan, but we are at the stage where we know what the problem is and it needs to be solved, so I want to push him on a timetable. A best guess at a timetable would suit me, if that is all he can provide.

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 31 (24 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: When will the pathfinder findings be in front of us? What is the earliest point at which we can assume to see some action by the Government? I love the Minister’s principles, I think that they are cool, but I really want some action.

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 31 (24 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: May I say how grateful I am to the Minister for coming such a long way and giving me the date of 2009, to which I promise I will hold him? With that, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion.

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 31 (24 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: Will the homes be of the size that we need? It has been reinforced time and again today, through anecdotes from both sides of the Committee, that one and two-bedroomed properties are flying off the shelves, because they are the quickest and easiest to build and give the best profit margin to developers. We need three and four-bedroomed, proper-sized houses built to Royal Institute of British...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 31 (24 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: As for the idea that Newham could somehow be designed into becoming Kensington and Chelsea—

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 31 (24 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: Because Newham is one of the 10 poorest areas in the country, and it is poverty coupled with density that causes social problems. Density is an issue where people cannot buy or provide for themselves recreational space and quality of life. Including less dense areas in areas of deprivation improves quality of life and enables families to reach their full potential. I accept the points that...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 31 (24 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 31 (24 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: According to the 2001 census, Newham has the highest average household size in the country. The lack of bigger homes is a principal cause of the overcrowding, with entire families living in one-bedroom flats. The negative impacts of overcrowding and/or cramped accommodation on family life, education, health and community cohesion have been ably demonstrated in reports by Shelter and the Royal...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 29 (24 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: Does my hon. Friend accept that the greatest risk is not necessarily a question of the size of the building; it may be a question of the area in which it sits and the local circumstances?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 29 (24 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: Will the Minister accept that it is difficult for councils to identify those homes that are currently massively overcrowded, as they do not need to be licensed? There are many streets in my area where people live in temporary accommodation or houses in multiple occupation, because of the way in which the housing market is going. That is the result of, first, the pressures caused by property...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 29 (24 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: I support the new clause in the hope that we might broaden the coverage of the current licensing scheme. Even Government figures estimate that the scheme covers only 120,000 houses in multiple occupation—only 19 per cent. of the 638,000 estimated HMOs in England. The mandatory scheme for larger houses places an onus on landlords to register properties, and gives councils a chance, at least,...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 29 (24 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: I thank my hon. Friend. Hot-bedding might be acceptable on a nuclear submarine, but it does not make for sustainable communities. The pressure on accommodation is so great that lock-up garages and garden sheds have been illegally converted into accommodation. On 2 January, the Newham Recorder, a fantastic local campaigning newspaper, reported the death of an individual who had been living in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict (24 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the plans of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to expel the Lord's Resistance Army from the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo; what assessment he has made of such plans; and if he will make a statement.

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Clause 270 (22 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: Has the hon. Gentleman read the social exclusion unit report regarding rough sleeping produced by the Government some years ago? It is clear that the issues around armed forces personnel finding themselves on the street are myriad, and include mental health, losing the camaraderie and the institutionalisation of being in the armed forces. Does he accept that those, and not the issues that...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Clause 270 (22 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Written Answers — International Development: Africa: International Assistance (21 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the political unrest in Kenya has had any impact upon his Department's funded projects in (a) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (b) Burundi, (c) Uganda and (d) Sudan.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict (17 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of clashes between security forces and the Bundu dia Kongo religious sect in the west of the Democratic Republic of Congo; what assessment he has made of the implications of such events for the political situation in that country; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka: Human Rights (17 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the observance of human rights in Sri Lanka of the end of the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka: Peace Negotiations (17 Jan 2008)

Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the (a) Sri Lankan Government and (b) Norwegian Government on the status of the ceasefire agreement in Sri Lanka.


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