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[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — Air Pollution (London) (9 Jun 2015)

Rupa Huq: I echo other Members in congratulating my hon. Friend on securing this important debate on a vital subject. She mentioned Oxford Street, but there are also suburban equivalents. Horn Lane in Acton, off the A40, is one of the most polluted hotspots in London. Asthma UK, a neutral charity, has called the Government’s approach “designed to mask the true scale of England’s air...

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — Air Pollution (London) (9 Jun 2015)

Rupa Huq: Is not part of the problem that local authorities are punished by EU fines if they do not meet the targets, but do not have the power to do anything? Our manifesto promised to put £30 billion of devolved spending behind the issue. That is not happening now. Does the Minister have any plans for anything like it?

Business of the House: European Union (Finance) Bill (11 Jun 2015)

Rupa Huq: Thank you ever so much, Madam Deputy Speaker. The hon. Member for North East Somerset (Mr Rees-Mogg) is a difficult act to follow, but I will try. I have been a bit slower than some of my fellow 2015 intake at getting around to making my maiden speech, but as a former university lecturer who is used to speaking in one-hour bursts, and with 43 years in Ealing behind me, I wanted to do justice...

Business of the House: European Union (Finance) Bill (11 Jun 2015)

Rupa Huq: Yes, Tories. That’s it. The whole episode, with people marauding over Ealing green, eerily prefigured the events that unfolded in August 2011, when rioting sadly hit parts of London and further afield. It hit almost the same spot as depicted in the episode. The seat’s cultural footprint goes wider than onscreen; it also covers musical matters. If Members exit Ealing Broadway...

Business of the House (Today): High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill: Instruction (No. 3) (23 Jun 2015)

Rupa Huq: It is good that these points made by homeowners have been addressed. On Old Oak Common, what compensation is available to residents in Wells House Road and Midland Terrace in NW10, because they say that their suburban way of life will be demolished? Their gardens are being compulsorily purchased and then they will also have to deal with noise, disruption and all sorts of other things for 10...

Business of the House (Today): High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill: Instruction (No. 3) (23 Jun 2015)

Rupa Huq: Does my hon. Friend agree that the residents of Wells House Road and Midland Terrace should be entitled to parity with people further up the line in rural areas? It should not be a case of special treatment for people in the Tory shires.

Opposition Day: 3rd Alloted day — A&E Services (24 Jun 2015)

Rupa Huq: First, I place on record my condolences to the friends and family of the two people who tragically lost their life at Ealing Broadway station yesterday. I am sure that all Members of the House will join me in that. Who was it who said, “I think of the emergency nurse practitioner in Surrey, still in his overalls, telling me that closing A&E means an hour long drive to hospital for...

Opposition Day: 3rd Alloted day — A&E Services (24 Jun 2015)

Rupa Huq: Yes. My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. Another constituent of mine, Mr Anand, lives near Hammersmith hospital and its now closed A&E. He wrote to me describing what he called “near third-world conditions”, and a queue of 10 ambulances. NHS North West London has had the worst waiting times in the country. We have witnessed cutting corners in a process that adds up to its...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Davies Commission Report (1 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) has already mentioned the 2009 “no ifs, no buts” statement, which I am beginning to think was made with an eye more on marginal seats on the flight path, such as my own, than on anything else. However, what I really want to ask the Minister is this: how many Cabinet resignations does he predict if the Davies...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (7 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June 2015, Official Report, column 834, whether apart from the need to sell scheme mentioned that residents affected by the High Speed 2 development in Wells House Road and Midland Terrace NW10 will be entitled to support comparable with that being offered through the Rural Zones.

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Housing Supply (London) (15 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: I beg to move, That this House has considered housing supply in London. In the 1937 novel “Coming Up for Air” by George Orwell, the narrator tells us that his neighbours all think they have bought their own homes, and remarks, “they don’t, the building society does”. Although it was an inter-war satire of social mores in the suburbs, many Londoners now in...

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Housing Supply (London) (15 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: Yes, I will come on to some of the more noteworthy schemes in the constituency—just hang on in there and I will get to that. I do not want to brand all private landlords as neo-Rachman rogues. According to the post-2015 election Register of Members’ Financial Interests, 142 MPs declared rental income under the category for land and property in the UK and elsewhere, in which annual...

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Housing Supply (London) (15 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. It sounds like good things are being done in Islington, but they are being stifled by central Government. If only everywhere could be like Islington. With his leadership bid, maybe we could roll out the Islington model more widely. A residential research report from JLL states that a fifth of women and a third of men aged from 20 to 34 are still...

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Housing Supply (London) (15 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. Those dodgy people do need to be clamped down on. It would be a nightmare if London became just a playground for oligarchs, which is the way things are going. The start of a new term in Parliament marks a natural punctuation point for new thinking. Will the Minister look towards alternative solutions such as co-operative housing? In 1997, Tony Blair...

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Housing Supply (London) (15 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: When new housing starts at £1.2 million, how does the hon. Gentleman square that with the fact that there are 13,000 people on the council waiting list in Ealing borough; there are only 700-plus properties whose leases turn over each year; and there are 250,000 people on the waiting lists in London. The stuff being built is not appropriate to those people.

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Housing Supply (London) (15 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: Will the Minister give way?

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Housing Supply (London) (15 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: The Minister did not answer any of the series of specific questions that I asked him, although he gave us a good catalogue of things from whatever he was reading out—it seemed to be some sort of Mayor’s brief. He was asked: does he think that the definition of affordable housing as 80% of market rate is correct, and does he think that there is scope for changing it, because it is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Retention (20 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: What assessment her Department has made of recent trends in teacher retention; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Retention (20 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: Various recent polls have shown that up to 68% of teachers have considered leaving the profession altogether in the next 12 months. In my constituency, the prohibitive cost of housing contributes to that figure. Heads say that that prevents teachers staying beyond their initial teacher training. What steps will the Department take to head off the coming teacher crisis in London?


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