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Local Government: Finance Settlement — Motion to Take Note (17 Jan 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I declare my interest as vice-president of the Local Government Association. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Smith of Leigh, for initiating this debate, which gives us an opportunity to contribute to the national debate on the settlement. The funding cuts for local authorities are worse than expected. It is not clear to me why local government has had to absorb such large reductions,...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee (1st Day) (22 Jan 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I declare my interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. I agree entirely with my noble friend Lord True and support the four amendments in this group. The report of the Select Committee on the Constitution, published on 18 January, refers to Clause 1 being, "a novel provision in the context of town and country planning". "Novel" might mean "new", but it might...

Railways: High Speed Rail — Statement (28 Jan 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I welcome the announcement very strongly. I have two questions for the Minister. The first relates to the date on which the second phase of the high-speed track north of Manchester and Leeds will join the east and west coast main lines near York and at Wigan respectively. Will the Minister assure the House that this will be done at the very same time as the link to Manchester and...

Arts and Culture: Economic Regeneration — Question for Short Debate (29 Jan 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Quin, for initiating this debate. I also extend my welcome to the Minister in his new role and look forward very much indeed to hearing his response. I should declare that I am a trustee of Audio Visual Arts North East and a patron or supporter of several of the cultural venues in Newcastle and Gateshead. I spent several years over the past decade...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (30 Jan 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, in speaking to this amendment I first declare that I am a vice-president of the Local Government Association and, as your Lordships know, a government adviser on cities policy. This amendment would extend the city deals structure, potentially to all councils, and it would be a practical manifestation of what we passed in the Localism Act. I welcome that. The aim of this amendment is...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (30 Jan 2013)

Lord Shipley: In moving Amendment 60A, I shall also speak to Amendments 60B and 60C, as well as Amendments 71 and 71A. I present the apologies of the noble Lord, Lord Tope, who is unavoidably away today. Amendment 71A, in the name of the noble Lord, Lord McKenzie, is in practice virtually the same as Amendment 60A in our name, but the grammar in his is better than the grammar in ours. Amendment 60A would...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (30 Jan 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her detailed reply. She may be right to say that there will be a desire to return to some of these concerns on Report. For the moment, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 60A withdrawn. Amendments 60B and 60C not moved. Amendment 60D Moved by Lord Greaves 60D: After Clause 12, insert the following new Clause- "Notification of Parish Councils...

Economy: North-East England — Question for Short Debate (31 Jan 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Bates, for initiating this debate and giving, rightly, an encouraging picture of the north-east economy. I also acknowledge the contribution of the noble Lord, Lord Sawyer, and thank him for identifying some of the ways in which the Government can help and emphasising the efforts being made in the region itself. Together, there is enormous...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (4 Feb 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I hope that Amendment 81CC will be seen by the Minister as a constructive one. It is supported by the Local Government Association, of which I am a vice-president but it is also supported by the water industry, specifically its trade body, Water UK. The purpose of the amendment is to place a requirement on Ofwat to have regard to future housing projections and demographic growth in...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (4 Feb 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her reply. I shall read what she says very carefully. I am not sure that I agree that the current system works as well as she indicates-we have ended up with an excess of water in some places and not enough in other places. In the end, we do not seem to be dealing with the leakages, the availability and the flooding that is currently prevalent. I will,...

Housing: Social Housing — Question (7 Feb 2013)

Lord Shipley: Does the Minister agree that there is an urgent need to build more new social housing and that one way that could be done is for the housing borrowing cap of local authorities to be removed and to be substituted by the prudential borrowing code, which enables the self-financing of social housing. That could be backed up by the Local Government Act 2003 so that Ministers have a power to cap...

Transport: HS2 — Question for Short Debate (26 Feb 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I am a long-standing supporter of high-speed rail. I served for several years on the Northern Way Transport Compact and we did a lot of work establishing the case for high-speed rail and setting out the positive cost-benefit ratio that could be achieved for the north of England. My contribution this evening comes from that northern perspective, where connectivity for business and...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Report (1st Day) (27 Feb 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I will speak to Amendment 28. I strongly support Amendment 22 and the principle behind it that only planning obligations agreed prior to Royal Assent should be included in the Bill. Amendment 28 is a sunset clause, and the Government have, through their own Amendment 32, accepted the principles of this. Our view is that no applications should be made under this section three years...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Report (1st Day) (27 Feb 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I declare my vice-presidency of the Local Government Association. This amendment is designed to assess why only the affordable housing element of a stalled development should be considered. To make a stalled development economically viable, it is important to look at the full range of planning obligations, not just affordable housing. Sometimes it might be sensible to vary...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Report (1st Day) (27 Feb 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her reply and for her explanation. I am sure that we share the aim of wanting to build more affordable housing. In accepting the Minister's assurances about the Government's desire to get housebuilding on-site, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 23 withdrawn. Amendment 24 Moved by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon 24: Clause 6, page 7, line 10, after...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Report (1st Day) (27 Feb 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I support the amendment so ably moved by the noble Lord, Lord Best, and would like to speak in particular to Amendment 31, to which my name has been added. I regard this as a public interest matter and I am not currently assured that this is being addressed adequately in the Bill. It seems to me that taxpayers have a right to secure clawback if, following a renegotiation, there is a...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Report (1st Day) (27 Feb 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I am grateful for my noble friend's intervention. The Minister will be in a better position to reply, but it seems to me that, where there is agreement, these matters can be satisfactorily resolved. The problem arises when there is not agreement, as a consequence of which a decision has to be made. The case law definition of commencement will then be used; it will enable a whole set...

First World War: Centenary — Question for Short Debate (4 Mar 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, every time I attend a football match with a large crowd I go through the same routine. I estimate as best I can 21,000 people and then reflect that this is the number of men from Great Britain, Ireland and Newfoundland who died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, and then I reflect that a further 35,000 were casualties on that day. World War 1 was a devastating war that...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Report (2nd Day) (12 Mar 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, the amendment would help to solve three problems: the urgent need for more social housing; the lack of growth in the economy; and the need to boost the construction industry. It is supported by a number of organisations: the Local Government Association, of which I declare my vice-presidency, Shelter, the Home Builders Federation, the Federation of Master Builders, the Chartered...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Report (2nd Day) (12 Mar 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I am grateful for the unity of views across your Lordships' House. I am very disappointed by the Minister's response although I am aware that agreeing to this amendment is not actually within his gift today because it is a matter for the Treasury and, specifically, for the Chancellor. I hope, however, that the strength of feeling demonstrated today will be taken seriously by them....


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