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Combined Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (Amendment) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (14 Feb 2019)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his explanation of these orders. I am supportive of them. They bring the regulations into line with the election of police and crime commissioners and of Members of Parliament. They also respond to the recommendations of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. It will of course be a voluntary matter and, where an individual candidate makes a decision not...

UK Shared Prosperity Fund - Private Notice Question (4 Feb 2019)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, will the Minister confirm that if any meetings are held with individual MPs, the minutes of those discussions will be published immediately after they have taken place?

Social Housing - Motion to Take Note (31 Jan 2019)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I remind the House that I am a vice-president of the Local Government Association. First, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Osamor, on her excellent maiden speech, which was rooted in a strong sense of public service and community. It is a delight to see her take her place in your Lordships’ House. I also thank the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, for enabling us to have this...

Tower Blocks: Cladding - Statement (22 Jan 2019)

Lord Shipley: My Lords—

Tower Blocks: Cladding - Statement (22 Jan 2019)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I remind the House of my entry in the register of interests. In repeating the Answer to this Urgent Question, the Minister referred to the waking watch that has been put in place in all high-rise buildings with ACM cladding. In the case of social housing tower blocks, will he confirm that the significant cost over many months will be paid by the owners and not loaded on to the...

Poverty: Metrics - Question for Short Debate (21 Jan 2019)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I too thank the noble Baroness, Lady Stroud, for her work and for this debate. As she has said and as my noble friend Lady Tyler agreed, what gets measured gets done—but the noble Baroness also reminded us that it needs to be an agreed measure. If we do not have an agreed measure, it will be difficult to solve the problems of poverty. I should also say that the independence of the...

Planning: Permitted Development Rights - Question (16 Jan 2019)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I remind the House of my declaration of interests. I also remind the Minister that since 2015, 42,130 housing units in England have been converted from offices to flats without having to go through the planning system. As a consequence of that, there have been problems, such as no Section 106 agreements, a lack of affordable housing and problems around space standards. As the...

Tenant Fees Bill - Third Reading (15 Jan 2019)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his statement. He said that the Bill would improve the lives of millions of tenants, and he is absolutely right. It is a much better Bill as a consequence of the close cross-party co-operation it has undergone in your Lordships’ House. I thank the Minister for his willingness to give a great deal of time, meeting regularly with us to identify outstanding...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (3rd Day) (14 Jan 2019)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, in the two and a half years since the referendum, debate has continued on the relative merits of possible withdrawal options. That we are still debating these derives from the huge complexity of Brexit, driven in part by the triggering of Article 50 too early, and the Prime Minister’s decision to define unhelpful red lines equally early. People did not vote in the referendum to...

New Home Building Programme - Question (10 Jan 2019)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, it was reported over the Christmas Recess that large housebuilders declared dividends of over £2 billion in 2018. Does the Minister agree that this fact sits most uncomfortably with the facts produced by RoSPA? Given the low-space standards for new homes, too many defects in new homes and the rising number of accidents, might the Government heed the clear advice of the Royal...

Housebuilding: Target - Question (20 Dec 2018)

Lord Shipley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will achieve their commitment to build 300,000 new homes a year.

Housebuilding: Target - Question (20 Dec 2018)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply and note his optimism, but I think that the signs are not good. The Minister will know that Shelter now estimates that there will be 320,000 homeless people over Christmas, that there are 1.25 million families on social housing waiting lists and that the country built only 222,000 new homes in the last year—that figure includes conversions. Is he...

Future Immigration - Statement (19 Dec 2018)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, is the Minister aware of the statement this afternoon by the Federation of Master Builders? It says that the proposals the Government have announced today in the White Paper, “would devastate the construction industry”, and, “would make it impossible to meet the Government’s house building targets”. This all relates to the definitions of lower-skilled and higher-skilled...

Tenant Fees Bill - Report (11 Dec 2018)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, if I might, I will intervene at this stage to speak to Amendment 43, which is what we are currently talking about. In the flurry of amendments not being moved, no debate took place, but the issue has now been raised by two noble Lords. My name is attached to the amendment that refers to five weeks, and I think it is the right conclusion. I want to thank the Government for having...

Tenant Fees Bill - Report (11 Dec 2018)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, since we have begun Report I should declare my vice-presidency of the Local Government Association. I simply say that these are helpful and relevant amendments that have our support.

Tenant Fees Bill - Report (11 Dec 2018)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, the Minister referred to what I said at Second Reading and he is entirely right. I welcome Amendments 3 and 4. They are hugely helpful because they give local housing authorities the flexibility they need to do their job properly, and for that reason they have our support.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Public Libraries (6 Dec 2018)

Lord Shipley: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether spending on public libraries has fallen for a fifth successive year in 2017–18.

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (1st Day) (Continued) (5 Dec 2018)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, it was interesting to listen to the contribution of the noble Lord, Lord Farmer. His speech confirmed to me why I was right to vote remain. We have been reminded many times in this debate that the country voted for Brexit in 2016. It certainly voted to leave the European Union, but it did not at the time establish a clear sense of what that actually meant. The Norway option, a...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Libraries (3 Dec 2018)

Lord Shipley: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether an audit has been undertaken of library provision in each local authority to assess whether any local authority is now failing to meet statutory requirements in relation to public access; and if so, which authorities are not currently meeting those statutory requirements.


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