Results 3701–3720 of 4011 for speaker:Lyn Brown

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Further written evidence to be reported to the House (13 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: What is your definition of sustainability? You have talked about sustainable communities a couple of times, and it would be interesting to know your view.

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Further written evidence to be reported to the House (13 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: I will go on to the second point that you raised that interested me, and try to link it to the first one. You said that you felt that in the development in the Lea Valley, there was no need to encroach on the urban footprint. You think that there are designs that could enable that to happen. Could you talk a little about those designs? Are we talking about high rise and high density?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Further written evidence to be reported to the House (13 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: For me, when we talk about sustainable communities, we are talking about a living environment. That includes the environment, but we are talking about a living environment. I have some problems with things that I have heard and I would be happy if you could put me right and tell me that I am wrong. In London, there is a population density of 45.6 people per hectare. In my constituency in east...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Written evidence to be reported to the House (11 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: I was interested in boards, not regulators, and I am obviously interested in the tenants. I could go into numerous cases in which I have seen housing associations behave in what I believe to be an appalling way towards my constituents. I have no levers to use against them and, more importantly, neither do my tenants. They cannot run against them at a local election, they cannot vote against...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Written evidence to be reported to the House (11 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: Before you start—sorry, I know I am mean—let me add that I am sure that many of the housing associations that I take issue with would be considered excellent using other indicators: they may, for example, be the bigger ones. Therefore, when I hear someone say, “Wonderful housing association: it’s big, it’s huge, it’s wonderful, it does great things”, for me that does not deliver...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Written evidence to be reported to the House (11 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: So you are not worried about Oftenant, you are worried about the HCA?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Written evidence to be reported to the House (11 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: I was interested to hear you talk about sustainable communities, mixed communities and “place shaping”, an approach I totally agree with. Do you think it possible to plan for a mixed-tenure community and, at the end of the day, not to get it because of market forces?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Written evidence to be reported to the House (11 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: In my community, we have a huge buy-to-let market, so when one is building new private sector homes, one is not necessarily providing for owner-occupation but possibly providing for further rented accommodation in a high rent area, which may well mean that people are not able to work and to pay rent  for the roof over their heads. Thus, when you add that to the social rented housing in an...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Written evidence to be reported to the House (11 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: Do you have any ideas about how one might find a remedy for that situation? Do you think that it could be placed within this Bill?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Written evidence to be reported to the House (11 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: My job was to give you the soft ball. In one of the statements that you made to us, you stated: “We need to grasp this opportunity and make a real difference to residents and tenants.” Does the Bill do that? Which bits of it do you like and which do you not like?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Written evidence to be reported to the House (11 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: You have said that we could go back to the issue of the private sector. When a council needs to place someone in the private sector because there are only a number of places available, do you think that there is any case that in such circumstances there should be domain regulation protection for the tenant?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Written evidence to be reported to the House (11 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: We will not need to cover the other area, because I will get it in here. I thought that that would be wise.

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Written evidence to be reported to the House (11 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: I was interested to hear your views about the regulation of the social rented sector. However, given that many councils, of necessity, are having to house their homeless community in the private rented sector and in temporary accommodation, I wonder whether you think there is scope for greater regulation in the private sector. If so, do you think that that is possibly an omission in the Bill?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Written evidence to be reported to the House (11 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: I would love to spend some time talking to you about the impact of the letting market on house prices in London and whether the market is artificially inflating prices because it is possible to place people in such appalling accommodation in many cases, but I am not sure that I will get the time to do that. Can I talk to you about what Shelter described in its briefing before the Bill was...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Regeneration Bill: Written evidence to be reported to the House (11 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: I understand the regulation for HMOs. You can only really be effective if you are looking at three-storey accommodation and not  two-storey accommodation. The idea was to change the regulation from being about the building to being about the numbers of people and giving greater powers to your environmental health teams to ensure that Rackman-type landlords were not screwing the economy for...

Business of the House (6 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: Following on from the question that the hon. Member for Gosport (Peter Viggers) asked about Alimta, I am honoured to have been made patron of the East London Mesothelioma Society. I am proud of that. May we have a topical debate on the cancer reform strategy? We have not yet debated it.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Climate Change Meeting: Bali (6 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what policy objectives the Government will pursue at the meeting on international climate change policy at Bali in December.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Dec 2007)

Lyn Brown: In Newham, we have 30,000 people on the housing waiting list, and 5,000 in temporary accommodation. Will my right hon. Friend agree to meet me to discuss how we can ensure that the build in Thames Gateway and Stratford city is appropriate to the needs of those families, and that it is of the right size?


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