Results 1–20 of 322 for speaker:Steve Double

Upcoming Business – Commons: Westminster Hall (30 Oct 2017)

E-petition 168657 relating to proportional representation – Steve Double. Westminster Hall debate; 4:30 pm

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Local Roads (19 Oct 2017)

Steve Double: What steps he is taking to improve the condition of local roads.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Local Roads (19 Oct 2017)

Steve Double: I thank the Minister for that answer, but in rural areas such as Cornwall it is important to maintain not just the condition of the road surface but the verges and overhanging trees in particular. I recently visited a local bus company, Roselyn Coaches, which is spending many thousands of pounds a year repairing its buses because of damage caused by overhanging trees. Does the Minister agree...

Regulation of Property Agents (18 Oct 2017)

Steve Double: I welcome the Minister’s statement, which many residents in my constituency will also welcome. More and more freeholders are subject to charges, so will he confirm that any new regulations will include the freehold market? Does he agree that a lack of transparency is at the heart of the issue? If so, will he ensure that any new regulations provide complete transparency for those who pay...

Petition - Law Relating to Travelling Communities: National House Building Council (16 Oct 2017)

Steve Double: High on the list of priorities for many people in our country is the desire to own their own home. Indeed, a recent British social attitudes survey found that 86% of those asked said that they wanted to buy their own home. The UK has a long heritage of home ownership, which sets us up as different and distinct from many of our European neighbours. As the saying goes, an Englishman’s...

Petition - Law Relating to Travelling Communities: National House Building Council (16 Oct 2017)

Steve Double: I agree that we need to put more attention into the design of the housing that we are building rather than just building to the usual design standards. The experience of many is that when they take out the 10-year warranty, the insurers routinely resort to delay and obfuscation, denying and hindering legitimate claims for truly shocking examples of poor workmanship and defects or offering...

Petition - Law Relating to Travelling Communities: National House Building Council (16 Oct 2017)

Steve Double: I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s intervention; she makes a very good point. At the heart of this problem is the quality control on building sites. Too often, subcontractors are used and there is not the level of management oversight of the quality of their workmanship that there has been in the past and that we need to see today. I have been seeking to assist a couple in my...

Petition - Law Relating to Travelling Communities: National House Building Council (16 Oct 2017)

Steve Double: I thank my hon. Friend and Cornish neighbour for that intervention. I have heard of that company, and getting an independent inspection of a new property before signing the completion papers is one way to address the issue.

Petition - Law Relating to Travelling Communities: National House Building Council (16 Oct 2017)

Steve Double: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I was alluding to the fact that in the current system, getting an independent view of the property is worthwhile. Long term, I do not think that that is the answer. We need to get to the point where a house purchaser can be confident in the quality of the housing that they are buying. I return to the situation of the couple I have been assisting in my...

Petition - Law Relating to Travelling Communities: National House Building Council (16 Oct 2017)

Steve Double: I am aware of what has been reported in the press, but I am sure that those data should be available, given the way in which the NHBC operates. That could certainly be followed up. There appears to be a closed shop or old boys’ network, with the industry looking after itself, rather than the consumer. By contrast, recent legislation has strengthened consumer rights further, so that...

Petition - Law Relating to Travelling Communities: National House Building Council (16 Oct 2017)

Steve Double: I am very grateful to my hon. Friend for that clarification. I was not aware who the new chair was, and I am delighted to hear that it is my hon. Friend. I believe the introduction of an independent ombudsman would be an important move, and I ask the Minister to consider it. By its very existence, an independent ombudsman would bring urgently needed fresh focus to the industry. As ever, it is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Steve Double: The Minister will be aware of proposals to merge Devon and Cornwall police with the Dorset police force. Will he reassure me that if that merger goes ahead, there will be no loss in funding and the funding for the new combined force will be at least equal to that which the two separate forces currently enjoy?

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Travel Agents: Internet (20 Sep 2017)

Steve Double: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that online travel agents do not charge commission on the full VAT inclusive bill for bookings taken online.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Travel Agents: Internet (20 Sep 2017)

Steve Double: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of online travel agents charging commission on the full VAT inclusive bill for bookings taken online on hospitality SMEs in rural and deprived areas.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: National Trust (14 Sep 2017)

Steve Double: I thank the Minister for his recent visit to Cornwall. I am pleased to be able to confirm to the House that the Minister is a fine figure of a man when wearing a wetsuit. On his visit, I am sure he will have learned that Cornwall has a disproportionately high number of National Trust properties, many of which are kept going not just by the paid staff but by an army of volunteers. Will he join...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Air Traffic Control (11 Sep 2017)

Steve Double: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish his Department's new airspace plan.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: School Funding (11 Sep 2017)

Steve Double: Schools in rural areas have been underfunded for many years under the current formula. Can the Secretary of State assure me that the matter of sparsity will be given due consideration in the revised formula and that schools in places like Cornwall will start to close the gap on the national average?

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (7 Sep 2017)

Steve Double: Later today, this House will get to debate the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill for the first time, which, as we know is a very important piece of legislation that provides certainty and a smooth exit for this country from the EU. Will the Secretary of State set out for the House, and indeed for the country, what the consequences would be of this Bill not being passed? Does he agree that any...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Economic Opportunities: South Wales and the South-west (6 Sep 2017)

Steve Double: What steps his Department is taking to foster economic opportunities between south Wales and the south-west.


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