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Opposition Day: Mortgage Costs and Housing (13 Dec 1989)

Mr John Heddle: The title of this brief debate is, "Mortgage costs and housing." I shall address my remarks particularly to mortgage costs and the plight of home owners who have borrowed more money than they prudently might have done. Perhaps I should declare a non-pecuniary interest as vice-president of the Building Societies Association. Before you came to the Chair, Mr. Deputy Speaker, there was an...

Opposition Day: Mortgage Costs and Housing (13 Dec 1989)

Mr John Heddle: All of us, from the moment we leave school, want accommodation of our own, but we cannot always have what we want when we want it. Sometimes it is necessary to take what may be second best, but possibly better than the homelessness to which hon. Gentlemen have referred. The hon. Gentleman also mentioned housing benefit. Surely, for a widow or widower in a three-bedroomed house, to sublet a...

Opposition Day: Mortgage Costs and Housing (13 Dec 1989)

Mr John Heddle: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way on this point, because it was the reply to my question to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment to which he has just referred. My interpretation of his answer was not quite the same as the hon. Gentleman's. My right hon. Friend said that he would consult his right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: European Community Ministers (13 Dec 1989)

Mr John Heddle: Does my right hon. Friend recall that despite vigorous opposition from the British Government, the EC imposed VAT on non-domestic construction work in the United Kingdom? If the matter comes before his EC counterparts now or in the immediate future, will he give them notice that in no circumstances do the British Government want VAT to be imposed on domestic construction work in the United...

Clause 71: Duty to Keep Housing Revenue Account (7 Nov 1989)

Mr John Heddle: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am trying to follow the hon. Gentleman's arguments is so far as they relate to the Lords amendments. It is very interesting to hear his general views on the Government's housing policy. However, is not his contribution more of a Second Reading speech than one specifically related to the amendments under discussion?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Homelessness (26 Jul 1989)

Mr John Heddle: Does not homelessness have its foundations in rootlessness? Does my right hon. Friend agree that families, and particularly parents, have a real part to play in this? Will he confirm that the Housing Corporation and the voluntary housing movement also have a real part to play and that the corporation has had an extra £40 million this year and by 1991–92 will provide a further 24,000 homes...

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (25 Jul 1989)

Mr John Heddle: I join other right hon. and hon. Members in sincerely congratulating my right hon. Friend the Member for Bath (Mr. Patten) on his appointment as Secretary of State, and my hon. Friend the Member for Wirral, West (Mr. Hunt) on his appointment as Minister of State. I would like to place on record my personal gratitude to my right hon. Friend the Member for Cirencester and Tewksbury (Mr....

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (25 Jul 1989)

Mr John Heddle: As the hon. Gentleman has responded to my invitation, I shall push him a little further. I ask him yet again to confirm that the capital taxation that his party proposes to introduce will be based on the value of a person's property, even though he does not own it. In other words, a council tenant occupying a property in Mid-Staffordshire, possibly worth £100,000, will pay tax to the local...

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (25 Jul 1989)

Mr John Heddle: I am just about to come to that. The hon. Gentleman has confirmed the worst fears of a significant proportion of the population who do not own their properties. We shall pursue that point relentlessly between now and 1992, until the truth is told.

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (25 Jul 1989)

Mr John Heddle: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will have an opportunity to make his speech. I know that a number of Opposition Members wish to make their contributions. If the hon. Gentleman will allow me, I would like to pursue the policies of the Liberal party. At the last election, in its manifesto, the Liberal party, under the paragraph beginning Local government needs a fair system of local finance...

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (25 Jul 1989)

Mr John Heddle: No, but I shall willingly give way to the hon. Member for Truro (Mr. Taylor) if he will now tell the House and the nation how much he would put on the standard rate of income tax to take account of local income tax to fund the main contribution of local government expenditure, and then what other additional tax he would impose to take account of the balance.

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (25 Jul 1989)

Mr John Heddle: I am baffled by the hon. Gentleman's answer—between 5 and 8 per cent. of what? If it was between 5p and 8p in the pound on the standard rate of income tax, I would believe that the hon. Gentleman was somewhere near the truth because those were the figures produced by the Layfield committee when it reported in 1977. That brings me back to the position today. Why was the Conservative party...

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (25 Jul 1989)

Mr John Heddle: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for inviting me to conclude my remarks. We have established that the official policy of the Labour party is that a significant amount of the money that it would raise if it were in government would be found from the tenants of properties and would be based on a capital value in which they have no interest and over which they have no control. We have...

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (25 Jul 1989)

Mr John Heddle: No, I have given way once to the hon. Gentleman already. I turn now to the safety net and to the position of my constituents in Mid-Staffordshire and to those of the hon. Member for Coventry, South-East—[Interruption.]

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (25 Jul 1989)

Mr John Heddle: I beg the hon. Gentleman's pardon. I meant the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-East (Mr. Turner).

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (25 Jul 1989)

Mr John Heddle: It is inevitable that in transferring from one——

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (25 Jul 1989)

Mr John Heddle: It is inevitable—[HON. MEMBERS: "Give way."] It is inevitable that anomalies will arise when transferring from an unfair and outdated system. They have arisen in the non-domestic sector and that is why my right hon. Friend the Member for Cirencester and Tewksbury introduced transitional relief phased over a five-year period. I do not believe that period to be long enough, because it will...

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (25 Jul 1989)

Mr John Heddle: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (25 Jul 1989)

Mr John Heddle: rose——

Local Government Finance (19 Jul 1989)

Mr John Heddle: Does my right hon. Friend accept that if non-domestic ratepayers receive transitional relief while we transfer from an unfair rating system to a much fairer one in the longer term, it is obvious that householders in prudently run authorities should also do so, and to that extent the House will welcome his statement? Will my right hon. Friend reflect that not many prudently run local...


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