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Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Electricity Disconnections (24 Feb 1992)

Mr Patrick Ground: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy when he last met the chairmen of the regional electricity companies to discuss levels of disconnection for debt.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Electricity Disconnections (24 Feb 1992)

Mr Patrick Ground: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. Is it right to see in the big reduction in disconnections signs of a different attitude on the part of the electricity companies to their customers and signs of better management since the companies were privatised, and is there scope for further improvement in this respect?

New Clause 7: The Right to Be Heard (21 Jan 1992)

Mr Patrick Ground: Have I understood my hon. Friend correctly? Is he saying that the provision previously contained in rule 5(7), which referred to those with no arguable claim for asylum, will now be contained in the body of the Act?

Orders of the Day — Maastricht (19 Dec 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: rose—

Orders of the Day — Maastricht (19 Dec 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: This debate seems to have a quite different character from the debate that we had before the Maastricht conference. In that debate many hon. Members who are not standing for re-election expressed strong doubts and reservations about the countries of the European Community moving more closely together. In this debate, the majority of hon. Members who have been called to speak and who are...

Prayers: Policing (London) (18 Oct 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: In January 1989, Sir Peter Imbert, the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, wrote to all London Members of Parliament with a draft statement of the purpose of and values for the Metropolitan police. It included many fine statements, including the aim to uphold the law fairly and firmly". I suggested that he should add the words, "but with common sense and good judgment". I was pleased...

Prayers: Bank of credit and Commerce International> (19 Jul 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the primary responsibility for running BCCI lies with the owners and management of the bank? In relation to the advertisements that have appeared today, is it still open to the Sheikh of Abu Dhabi to provide funds to meet the deficit, particularly for the protection of small deposit holders? A number of us heard yesterday evening from the Governor of the...

Opposition Day: Low Incomes ( 9 Jul 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: All the speeches and interventions of Opposition Members have been based on the idea that poverty must be defined in relation to average incomes or wages. I accept that there is considerable academic and international support for that concept, but we have not heard much about the relative quality of life at various stages. It has been said—the European definition has been relied on—that...

Bank of Credit and Commerce International ( 8 Jul 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: In conjunction with the Department of Employment, will my hon. Friend look into the issue of work permits for this and other foreign banks in this country? Will he pay particular heed to the representations that have been made on the subject by employees in the banking industry?

New clause 2: Demolition of buildings (16 May 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: Throughout the relevant period, the law has been represented by the Town and Country Planning Act 1971— until the passing of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. I am at a loss to know what changes in the law the hon. Gentleman means.

Orders of the Day — Property Misdescriptions Bill ( 3 May 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: I accept that it is desirable to improve the accuracy of estate agents' descriptions, but I have some unease about elements of the Bill. If its prime motivation is to prevent people from wasting time and money viewing properties in which they would have no interest, it is a pity that there is no provision enabling courts to make compensation payments in such cases. There are many examples in...

Orders of the Day — Property Misdescriptions Bill ( 3 May 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: I am afraid that it was a long time ago, and I would not wish to attempt to say exactly what particulars were given. I simply cannot remember. I am merely using the case to show that the Bill could create considerable problems for an agent letting land even if it had been given a certificate of clearance after its use as a bombing range.

Orders of the Day — Property Misdescriptions Bill ( 3 May 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: I simply do not know. That is a matter of speculation and I am not an estate agent, although I have done much work involving estate agents and surveyors. I fear that, if the agent in question had made any innocent representations about the quality of the land for farming without knowing of the existence of the unexploded bombs, he would have been caught by the Bill. Under clause 1(5)(b),...

Orders of the Day — Property Misdescriptions Bill ( 3 May 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: I accept what the right hon. Member for Swansea, West (Mr. Williams) says. If the agent knew that the land had been used as a bombing range during the war and he was a local agent, it is difficult to know what steps he would have been required to take under clause 2(2). What steps would reasonably have been expected to be taken to verify the information and to assess whether he had any reason...

Orders of the Day — Property Misdescriptions Bill ( 3 May 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: I note what my hon. Friend says, but in this particular case a certificate was issued.

Orders of the Day — Property Misdescriptions Bill ( 3 May 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: That is all very well, but what further steps should he have taken under clause 1 (5)(a) and (b)? Did the agent have any reason to disbelieve his information? That might be a difficult judgment to make in retrospect when hundreds of unexploded bombs are found. With hindsight, someone might suggest that further steps should have been taken. What my hon. Friend said does not entirely dispel the...

Orders of the Day — Property Misdescriptions Bill ( 3 May 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: If that is the prime motivation for the Bill, why does the Bill not provide compensation for people who, as a result of misdescriptions, incur expenses and suffer inconvenience going to view properties, as my hon. Friend described? All they have from the Bill is the doubtful advantage of possibly bringing a criminal prosecution. That does not compensate a person who has suffered.

Orders of the Day — Property Misdescriptions Bill ( 3 May 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: Suppose the agent makes such an oral statement based on a statement made to him by another agent, which is the way estate agents learn of such matters. Would the agent be protected by the due diligence defence in the Bill? If not, it would be a matter of concern if an agent relying on what another agent told him were guilty of a criminal offence.

Orders of the Day — Property Misdescriptions Bill ( 3 May 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: That is so, if the other agent was involved in a sale. My hon. Friend implies, perfectly understandably, that the other agent has an opportunity to have direct knowledge of the price at which the sale was concluded. That is covered by the provision that the second agent—that is, the agent now engaged in the sale—could show that it was reasonable in all circumstances to have relied on the...

Orders of the Day — Property Misdescriptions Bill ( 3 May 1991)

Mr Patrick Ground: Before my hon. Friend moves on to a different subject, will he answer one question? He is explaining why he amended the Bill to allow for the case of the ignorant greengrocer—who is knowledgeable about fruit but ignorant of property. Does he agree that often the only knowledge of defects resides in the owner of a property? Does he have any worries about having excluded the owner of the...


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