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Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Esther McVey

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: It is a real pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I thank the right hon. Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn) for bringing this issue to Westminster Hall, and all the Members who have attended. This debate has shown MPs at their very best, bringing issues, cases, concerns and dilemmas to the Chamber and expressing what needs to be said here on behalf of their...

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: That is a very well made point. In January, the Secretary of State said that we are currently considering options with the Treasury on the support that can go to leaseholders. Those are obviously ongoing conversations and negotiations, and I can go no further than that today.

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: I thank my hon. Friend for making that point. As I said, MPs from both side of the House are raising these issues. The fire risk of tall buildings with cladding was brought to everybody’s attention after the terrible tragedy of Grenfell Tower. It had not been brought to people’s attention before.

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: The Government took immediate action straight after the report. The actions that we took included a comprehensive independent review of building safety, chaired by Dame Judith Hackitt, and we have accepted all the recommendations of her independent review. We will continue to bring forward legislation to deliver an enhanced safety regime for high-rise residential buildings. As we announced...

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: I started my speech with the Secretary of State’s remarks about what we are doing, the actions that we have taken, and how we will deliver going forward. I want to ensure that people understand the rigorous work of the expert panel and the advice that we are taking from it. That work is checked and verified, and we are taking it forward at the right pace. Of course, we are here to discuss...

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: I will take that message back to the Department and see what happened with the correspondence from the Secretary of State. I know that the Department replied to the letter from the hon. Member for Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss) on 6 February, so if she has not already got it, it will be with her shortly.

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: I will go through exactly what we have done and how we have done it, and note the significant steps that we have taken, including the provision of £600 million to support people and the further work led by an expert panel. We have accepted all the recommendations from the independent review, and are going forward at a rigorous pace, which we can do, obviously, once we have had all those...

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: The hon. Lady makes a good point. We need more time to discuss the matter—this is only a 90-minute debate—and the number of hon. Members who are here shows that. Not only should we have that debate, but we should come together to raise those points and work in a constructive fashion. The hon. Lady is quite right; 90 minutes is not long enough. We also need to, and we will, write back to...

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: The Department has met leaseholders, and we have received and replied to letters from leaseholders. The hon. Lady is right: we have to have a bigger consultation and ensure that we meet leaseholders. Yesterday, Lord Younger met a group, some of whom are in the Public Gallery. It is imperative that we hear from the people who are most affected, and I absolutely agree that we should.

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: Time is short—the right hon. Member for Leeds Central might like a minute or so at the end—but I will take any further interventions.

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: It is absolutely imperative that we have people with the right skills who are able to do the job straight away.

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: The Government took the unprecedented step of bringing forward £600 million to support the people whom the expert panel said were in the most dangerous buildings with ACM cladding. I started my speech with the words of the Secretary of State, who spoke about how we can ensure that we have the right support at the right place and at the right time. From the very start, we have taken the...

Wards Corner Redevelopment (29 Jan 2020)

Esther McVey: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy) on securing the debate. I know that this matter is of great importance to him and to those associated with Seven Sisters market. Given the time limit, I may not be able to address every issue that has been raised. I should also make it clear that, for reasons that I will explain in more detail, I cannot comment freely on the...

Wards Corner Redevelopment (29 Jan 2020)

Esther McVey: The right hon. Gentleman makes a compelling case, but any person aggrieved who wishes to dispute the validity of a CPO or any of its provisions has the right to legally challenge the confirmation of the CPO. Where a legal challenge is successful, the Court has the discretionary power to quash either the decision to confirm the CPO or the whole or any part of the CPO itself. A decision not to...

Flats and Shared Housing: Fire Risk — [James Gray in the Chair] (28 Jan 2020)

Esther McVey: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. I thank the hon. Member for Reading East (Matt Rodda) for securing this debate and for speaking so thoughtfully on fire safety last week in the Grenfell Tower public inquiry debate. I am also grateful to all Members who brought key issues before us today and made pertinent points. I thank the hon. Member for Sheffield South East...

Flats and Shared Housing: Fire Risk — [James Gray in the Chair] (28 Jan 2020)

Esther McVey: The hon. Gentleman is correct. The ombudsman must have teeth so that it can support homeowners and ensure that they get full recompense. It must have teeth so that they will not be needed, and so that people follow the rules, the guidelines and the regulations. Members have talked about sprinkler system safety. Our consultation on sprinklers and other measures for new build flats is now...

Flats and Shared Housing: Fire Risk — [James Gray in the Chair] (28 Jan 2020)

Esther McVey: We are doing further consultation because although we have put in place bans and measures, we are now seeing whether they need to be strengthened, and whether the height threshold needs to be reduced. We are going further than we said in the first instance, because further matters have come to light. We are always led by an expert panel, and we always seek the latest advice. As points come...

Flats and Shared Housing: Fire Risk — [James Gray in the Chair] (28 Jan 2020)

Esther McVey: The hon. Member makes a very good point. Those are exactly some of the measures that we are looking at, to make sure that the remediation is done in the best way, while being mindful of leaseholders.

Flats and Shared Housing: Fire Risk — [James Gray in the Chair] (28 Jan 2020)

Esther McVey: The hon. Member makes a good point. I wonder whether we could have a meeting to talk about some of the things we think should be put in place, so that I can make representations to the Secretary of State and the Chancellor. I would like to leave some time for the hon. Member for Reading East to make his closing remarks, but first I want to talk about the stringent rules that private landlords...

Flats and Shared Housing: Fire Risk — [James Gray in the Chair] (28 Jan 2020)

Esther McVey: I will, but I was just about to talk about households in multiple occupation—a point that the hon. Gentleman raised.


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