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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse (26 Nov 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the the Royal College of Psychiatrists' analysis published on 14 September that estimated that the number of high-risk drinkers has risen from 4.8 million in February to 8.4 million during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps they plan to take based on any such assessment.

Leaseholders and Cladding - Commons Urgent Question (25 Nov 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I draw the attention of the House to my relevant interests in the register. I echo what the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, just said about the growing public concern over this issue. The Health and Safety Executive gave evidence to the House of Commons scrutiny committee on the building safety Bill, which includes some clauses on cladding and fire safety of buildings. It said in the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Non-domestic Rates (25 Nov 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to delay proposals to allow local authorities to keep 75 per cent of business rates income until the Treasury’s fundamental review of business rates has reported.

Fire Safety Bill - Third Reading: Motion (24 Nov 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this short, two-clause Bill has provoked considerable interest across the House, which is surprising, as it is a Bill that seeks to remedy some of the system failures that led to the appalling tragedy at Grenfell Tower. I join in the thanks to the Minister for arranging meetings with those of us who wished, through amendments, to improve the Bill. I thank him very much for listening...

Towns Fund - Commons Urgent Question (19 Nov 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I have relevant interests, as set out in the register, and I also welcome the towns fund. however, it is not quite correct that, as the Minister has just said, the top 40 towns, as assessed by the criteria, were chosen for the money in the towns fund. There were many towns in the highest-priority category that were not selected. Can the Minister explain why they were rejected? What...

Fire Safety Bill - Report: Amendment 13 (17 Nov 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his response and all noble Lords who have contributed to this debate. This is about saving thousands of householders from crippling debts when none of the fault for this awful situation is of their making: none of it. I accept what the Minister has said; this is a problem that is hugely costly and complex. However, Governments regularly—daily,...

Fire Safety Bill - Report: Amendment 13 (17 Nov 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, many tenants and leaseholders in blocks with cladding that is now known to be a serious fire hazard find themselves in a very bleak place indeed. This amendment seeks to address that. Leaseholders have purchased flats in good faith with building surveys, mortgage insurance and building warranties in place. They have done the right thing. Now, through no fault of their own, they are...

Fire Safety Bill - Report: Amendment 10 (17 Nov 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: I thank noble Lords for that brief wait while technical glitches were sorted out, and I thank everyone who has contributed to our debate on these important issues of public transparency and accountability in terms of fire safety. I especially thank my noble friend Lord Stunell for his knowledgeable and powerful argument, and the noble Earl, Lord Lytton, for his expert input. I assure him that...

Fire Safety Bill - Report: Amendment 9 (17 Nov 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, in Committee, the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, raised important concerns about the application of fire safety legislation to properties that are, in part or in whole, let as holiday lets. It was unfortunate that the Government were not able to return on Report with a comprehensive response in the form of a government amendment, which would have accepted that there is confusion about...

Fire Safety Bill - Report: Amendment 10 (17 Nov 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, Amendment 10, in my name and that of my noble friend Lord Shipley, seeks to establish the provision, in law, of a public register of fire risk assessments. I will speak also to Amendment 11 in my name and that of my noble friend Lord Stunell, which seeks to establish a public register of fire risk assessors. Amendment 12 in this group, in the name of my noble friend Lord Stunell, is...

Fire Safety Bill - Report: Amendment 8 (17 Nov 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: The report continued: “I therefore recommend that the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law: a. to provide their local fire and rescue services with up-to-date plans in both paper and electronic form of every floor of the building identifying the location of key fire safety systems; b. to ensure that the building contains a premises information box,...

Fire Safety Bill - Report: Amendment 8 (17 Nov 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this amendment, tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, is fundamental to the effective implementation of the principles of this Bill. The role of the responsible person is one of the recommendations of the Grenfell inquiry phase 1 report which was published more than a year ago. I quote from the recommendations in the report: “No plans of the internal layout of the building were...

Fire Safety Bill - Report: Amendment 7 (17 Nov 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, these government amendments, as described, seek to clarify what evidence of culpability, in relation to compliance with the regulations, is required. The very fact that government amendments have been tabled to the Bill at this late stage shows the importance and value of the scrutiny work of this House. As the noble Earl, Lord Lytton, has just said, a risk-based approach is...

Fire Safety Bill - Report: Amendment 5 (17 Nov 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I remind the House of my interests, as recorded in the register, as a councillor in Kirklees and as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. I turn first to Amendment 6, through which the noble Baroness, Lady Neville-Rolfe, has raised concerns about the inclusion of all multi-occupied domestic premises within the scope of the Bill. The issues raised relate to...

Fire Safety Bill - Committee: Amendment 14 (29 Oct 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, it is a pity that the noble Lord, Lord Porter, is not able to move his amendment today, as his is a good idea. A fire safety code of practice would draw together many of the issues raised elsewhere in the debate into one place. I am confident that there will be, of course, prioritisation of buildings at risk, but this amendment would ensure that this is set out and therefore...

Fire Safety Bill - Committee: Amendment 13 (29 Oct 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, the phrase “unintended consequences” comes to mind in Amendment 13. This short amendment seeks to ensure that there is clarity in connection with short holiday lets that use either part or the whole of a building, and it is one that we support. I am no legal expert, but the issues just raised by the noble Lord, Lord Mendelsohn, must be considered and a definitive answer provided...

Fire Safety Bill - Committee: Amendment 10 (29 Oct 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, mindful of my interests as declared at the opening of Committee, I support Amendment 11 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, although an additional cost must not be imposed on local authorities as a consequence of the requirements of the Bill. It is well documented that many local authorities are already facing very challenging circumstances as a result of the costs of...

Fire Safety Bill - Committee: Amendment 8 (29 Oct 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, the “responsible person” definition has a key duty in this legislation, which is why I support the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, which seeks to clarify it. I apologise to the Committee that a lack-of-sound issue has meant that I was not able to hear the contributions by the noble Lords, Lord Berkeley or Lord Whitty, or the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay,...

Fire Safety Bill - Committee: Amendment 5 (29 Oct 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I look forward to the Minister’s response to these amendments, which all seek to add detail carefully so that the positive purpose of this Bill is not marred by the inadequacy of its implementation. The biggest investment people make in their lives is in a home. All sorts of checks are currently required or advised prior to purchase and a mortgage offer. One of these is not...

Fire Safety Bill - Committee: Amendment 3 (29 Oct 2020)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Stunell has made a characteristically well argued and factually detailed contribution in moving Amendment 3. The basis is this: that the practical implementation of new legislation is as important as the legislation itself. Fine words butter no parsnips, as the saying goes. The Grenfell tragedy taught us, I hope, that the concerns of tenants and residents must...


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