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Fire Safety Bill - Second Reading (1 Oct 2020)

Lord Tope: My Lords, I declare an interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association, and also as co-president of London Councils, the body that represents all 32 London borough councils and the City of London. I join with other speakers in welcoming the Bill, which is long overdue, and I share their questions and interests. For the sake of brevity, I will not repeat them, but I am looking...

Short-term Holiday Lets - Question (24 Feb 2020)

Lord Tope: My Lords, I declare an interest as co-president of London Councils—and, incidentally, yet another vice-president of the Local Government Association. I am sure that London councils and many other local authorities will be only too willing to speak with the Minister and his colleagues about this increasingly difficult issue, which is affecting not just local authorities but many local...

Public Libraries - Question (3 Feb 2020)

Lord Tope: My Lords, I must declare an interest as co-chair of the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group. I have the noble Lord’s report as well. The Minister has referred to the cultural investment fund. While it is very welcome, I think only 10% of that fund has actually been allocated to libraries, and it is all capital. The problem libraries have, which is leading to the closures that have...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Tope: To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made with plans, announced in January, to introduce mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Tope: To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations are being held with consumer groups on ways to ensure that tenants are aware of electrical safety checks in the private rented sector.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Tope: To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they have held with local government on the enforcement of any new regulations for mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing: Safety (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Tope: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether landlords and letting agents should be prevented from renting properties if they do not possess an up-to-date gas safety certificate.

Electricity Capacity (No. 1) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (3 Apr 2019)

Lord Tope: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for a full and clear explanation of both the regulations and the need for them, which arises from the CJEU ruling. As he has said, the majority of the industry clearly supports these regulations, they are necessary, and they go a considerable way to reduce uncertainty. Therefore, we certainly will not oppose them and will support them. First, on the...

Libraries: Closures - Question (19 Feb 2019)

Lord Tope: My Lords—

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill - Second Reading (23 Nov 2018)

Lord Tope: My Lords, I join everyone in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Best, for introducing this Bill in this House. I join him and everyone else in the tributes paid to Karen Buck MP for her indefatigable work and for promoting this Bill in the other place. I must declare some interests. First, I am one of the many vice-presidents of the Local Government Association. I am co-president of London...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Electrical Safety (22 Oct 2018)

Lord Tope: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the numbers of owner-occupied dwellings in England that (1) require a rewire, and (2) have residual current device protection.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Electrical Safety (22 Oct 2018)

Lord Tope: To ask Her Majesty's Government what grant schemes are available to home owners to improve electrical safety in their dwellings.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Electrical Safety (22 Oct 2018)

Lord Tope: To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration has been given to the merits of introducing free electrical safety checks for homes owned by people over 75.

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Report (5 Jun 2018)

Lord Tope: My Lords, I need to begin by declaring an interest that I did not have in Committee, because I think that this morning, I was elected co-president of London Councils. No one has confirmed that yet and, as a Liberal Democrat, I know only too well not to take things for granted but, just in case I was successful in an unopposed election, I declare an interest as co-president of London Councils....

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (2nd Day)(Continued) (17 May 2018)

Lord Tope: I well understand the difference here, and the fact that we are talking about rapid charging. If I misspoke, I am sorry: I am referring to the amendment and the proposal to give TfL permitted development rights. I think that the noble Baroness is referring to the mayor’s draft transport strategy, which was indeed widely consulted on and widely welcomed, in work with the boroughs. Be that as...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (2nd Day)(Continued) (17 May 2018)

Lord Tope: No, not they are not opposing rapid charging points at all. Quite the opposite—they are very enthusiastic supporters of them. This is my view, not one that has been expressed to me, but one reason that there has been so little installation is that most of the resources that come to boroughs for this comes through what is known as LIP funding which, if I remember rightly, stands for “local...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (2nd Day)(Continued) (17 May 2018)

Lord Tope: My Lords, we must recognise, first, that there is a resource problem for TfL, boroughs and everyone in the public sector. That is possibly the greatest inhibition to rapid implementation. I must say that, in my experience, giving permitted development rights to TfL, while it would be intended to speed things up, would in practice have exactly the opposite effect, because it simply cannot...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (2nd Day)(Continued) (17 May 2018)

Lord Tope: My Lords, as this is my first contribution to the Bill, I should say that my knowledge of, and interest in, electric vehicles is more limited than most of the Committee here. However, I suspect that I might have been the first to drive an electric vehicle when I drove from this House back to the London Borough of Sutton, at least 20 or 25 years ago, and came last in a race with our two MPs....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (8th Day) (Continued) (19 Mar 2018)

Lord Tope: My Lords, I, too, should begin by declaring the usual interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association—but rather more relevant to this debate is a former interest. I was appointed to the EU Committee of the Regions when it was first formed in 1994, and indeed as I look across the Chamber to the noble Lord, Lord Empey, I think that he was among the same number—as indeed...

Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety Checks - Question (26 Feb 2018)

Lord Tope: My Lords, I declare my interest as a patron of Electrical Safety First. Is the Minister aware that Electrical Safety First and the Home Office have both produced data that show that white goods cause five fires every day in people’s homes? Many people in the private rented sector rely on white goods supplied by their landlord. Is it the intention that, if and when mandatory safety checks...


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