Results 81–100 of 169 for speaker:Lord Horam

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: Can we come back to the amendment for moment? It is on how the housing association spends the money it gets from selling a house. With the best will in the world, I am afraid that the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, presents a problem. He knows London very well, as do I. The fact is that it is more or less impossible to replace a house sold in, say, Westminster with...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: This is what ordinary people who do not have access to social housing have to do. If they have a job in Westminster they cannot actually afford to live in Westminster. We are putting people who have been in social housing in the same position as the ordinary person who does not have access to social housing.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: It is not quite as brutal as the noble Lord says: there is already quite a mix in London. There is a much better mix in London, for example, than in, say, Paris or New York. All right, the mix may be somewhat lessened if we go down this path—I accept that—none the less, Philippa Rowe was saying that she will make special allowance in her housing allocation for people who, for example,...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: In London as a whole, but not in the same borough.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (5th Day) (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: I am with the noble Lord on manifesto fundamentalism: I, too, think that we should not go too far down that path, but he was asking people the other night to accept, not a cash discount but an equity loan. If people have expected a cash discount from the manifesto, I do not think they will be very pleased to get an equity loan. That is the problem, if I may explain it to the noble Lord, in...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (5th Day) (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, we are having a very productive debate on this issue, and many other aspects of the housing problem that we face. The noble Lord, Lord Best, made the point just now that selling off high-value assets when they become vacant is not necessarily a bad thing, and indeed can be a very good thing in certain circumstances. I see him nodding and take that as assent. Because he is a...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (5th Day) (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: That is the problem that produces the large discounts necessary to make the scheme work. The noble Lord has re-emphasised this in his remarks. The other way of tackling this, which we have dealt with on previous days in our debates, is for the person who buys the house to pay back some of the discount they got in the initial phase over a period of 10 or 20 years or over whatever period. That...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (5th Day) (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: No, I would not, because, frankly, they have not done it and they would not. That is the dilemma that the Government are in: if you are really to make this work, I am afraid it is inevitable that you have to make it mandatory otherwise it will not happen. The question then is how you do that and how you translate it into more social housing.

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: Is not that surely because of the sheer difference between different parts of the country? The noble Lord, Lord Campbell-Savours, was going on about that at some length in previous debates. Things are very different in, say, Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire. On the other hand, we know that London is a special problem with uniquely high prices. Surely the Government are...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the one million new homes they aim to deliver during this Parliament are expected to be built by (1) housing associations, (2) local authorities, and (3) private housebuilders.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the one million new homes they aim to deliver during this Parliament are estimated to be for (1) owner occupation, (2) shared ownership, and (3) rent; and how many of those homes for rent are expected to be for (a) affordable, and (b) social, rent.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the £20 billion they plan to spend on housing investment during this Parliament will be broken down between the various categories including affordable homes for rent and starter homes to buy.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, is definitely on to something here. What one reads about in the Evening Standardand elsewhere being done to basements is amazing. I do not know whether anyone else here watches the “Grand Designs” programme, but being an addict of property porn I watch it from time to time. Recently, there was an example of a small, typical mews house in a mews area of...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Affordable Housing: Construction (4 Apr 2016)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many homes were completed under the Affordable Homes Programme launched in April 2011.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Greater London (7 Apr 2016)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many homes were completed in each London Borough in the latest year for which figures are available; and how many homes were sold under the Right to Buy in each of those London Boroughs in the same year.

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (1st Day) (11 Apr 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Taylor, said graciously that there has been a sea change in Government policy towards housing in the past year or so that recognises that there is obviously a severe problem in London and the south-east in particular, but also in other parts of the country. In debates on housing, we have heard occasionally from the noble Lord on the Liberal Democrat Benches...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (3rd Day) (18 Apr 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, this is, I am afraid, an idea that probably looks good in the confines of the Treasury or in the rarefied world of special advisers in No. 10. In the real world outside it does not look so good. The noble Lord, Lord Kerslake, mentioned the late Bob Crow. I recognise, as the noble Lord said, that there is a case for saying that people on a higher income or earning over £100,000...

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Horam: Perhaps I may add a third Conservative variant to the two that we have already had. The noble Lord, Lord Shipley, absolutely put his finger on the issue that we must not forget in all of this, which is social housing for rent. This is the fundamental point, among all the others, on which we have to focus in these amendments. To illuminate that, perhaps I may give the House some facts, as...

EU Foreign and Security Strategy (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (7 Jun 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, the noble Earl, Lord Sandwich, who has just concluded his remarks, mentioned a previous report from the sub-committee on the European Union and Russia. He was on the committee at the time and I was not, so I can honestly say that it was a superb report and a great credit to the chairman, my noble friend Lord Tugendhat. I pay tribute to him, too, for his work during that period. It...

EU Action Plan Against Migrant Smuggling (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 Jun 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I think that all of us in the Chamber agree that international migration, wherever in the world it is, on the present scale is a huge problem. It is bad for the countries that originate it. For example, I learned recently that Jamaica loses over 80% of its graduates every year. Imagine trying to substantiate sensible systems of government if you are losing four-fifths of your...


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