Results 1–20 of 279 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Steve Double

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?

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...

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.

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

Steve Double: Will the Secretary of State be a strong voice in Cabinet not just for Wales, but for the regions of our country, especially for places such as—oh, I don’t know—Cornwall? Will he also make sure that the shared prosperity fund is distributed fairly and on the basis of genuine need?

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Sep 2017)

Steve Double: Does the Secretary of State agree that the British people are right to expect any divorce settlement to be determined only within the context of our ongoing relationship with the EU, and any expectation that we will agree to a figure before knowing what our future relationship will be is completely unrealistic?

Business of the House (13 Jul 2017)

Steve Double: The Leader of the House will be aware of the looming crisis involving the amount of plastic entering our seas and oceans. We are quickly getting to the point where there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. In the light of that, I warmly welcomed the comment by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that the Government are now considering introducing a plastic...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Topical Questions (13 Jul 2017)

Steve Double: Will the Minister join me in congratulating Michelle and Mark Williams, who run the C&C taxi firm in St Austell? They have recently replaced all 14 of their diesel vehicles with electric vehicles. Theirs has been hailed as the greenest taxi firm in the country. Does he agree that more taxi firms should follow their example?

Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Bill (3 Jul 2017)

Steve Double: It is a pleasure to be called to speak in this debate by you, Madam Deputy Speaker, in your first session in the Chair. I congratulate you on your new role. It is also a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Alan Brown). I also congratulate the hon. Members who have made their maiden speeches today—we have heard some excellent ones. One of Cornwall’s...

Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Bill (3 Jul 2017)

Steve Double: I am not sure I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention, but I am about to come to the very point. Newquay airport is booming. Passenger numbers are increasing year on year, and by some measures Newquay is now regarded as the fastest growing regional airport in the country. Only recently The Independent declared Newquay the best regional airport in the country. It has regular flights...

European Council (26 Jun 2017)

Steve Double: I was pleased to hear the Prime Minister refer earlier to our manifesto commitment to create a UK shared prosperity fund. Even though it was not specifically mentioned in the Queen’s Speech, will she confirm that the Government are committed to bringing forward such a fund to replace the EU structural funding that has been so important to places such as Cornwall?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Construction Industry (24 Apr 2017)

Steve Double: What plans he has to encourage new methods of building in the construction industry.


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