Results 181–200 of 269 for speaker:Lord Porter of Spalding

Written Answers — Department of Health: Social Services: Finance (24 Apr 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the terms of reference for the Green Paper on the funding of adult social care; whether those terms of reference will include all adults who require social care; and when they expect to launch the consultation.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Voting Rights: Females (22 Mar 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so how, they will support the Women’s Local Government Society Project From Suffrage to Citizenship which will commemorate the centenary of the suffrage of women through the Representation of the People Act 1918.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Forests (16 Mar 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to increase the area of publicly accessible woodland for local communities in the light of the Woodland Trust's 2015 report Residential Developments and Trees which found that access to the natural environment can have benefits to health and well-being.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting (16 Mar 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve tree planting rates as part of their forthcoming 25 year plan for the environment, food and farming.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Third Reading (15 Mar 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, I speak in favour of the amendment as well, and declare my interest in the register as chairman of the Local Government Association. The noble Lord, Lord Best, is right that the association welcomes this. It is pleased to do so, even in a version that is slightly watered down from the original. The Secretary of State should be congratulated on being prepared to cede some power: it...

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (14 Mar 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, first, I remind noble Lords of my registered interests. One of them was referred to earlier by the noble Lord, Lord Beecham, who is not in his seat, as I am chairman of the Local Government Association, but I need to remind Members that it is a cross-party group, and the only reason I am the chairman is that we are the largest group in it, and we have more councillors and control...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Local Government: Newspaper Press (6 Mar 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 9 February (HL5134), what assessment they have made of the cost of publishing and issuing statutory notices to councils and whether this will be included in their consideration of the findings of the pilot programmes.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Local Government: Newspaper Press (6 Mar 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that local authorities which have only one local newspaper in their area for the purposes of publishing statutory notices will be protected from uncompetitive practices, such as high increases in the cost of publishing those notices.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Report (2nd Day) (28 Feb 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, I support the amendment and declare my interests in the register as chairman of the Local Government Association and leader of a small rural district council, which, thankfully, is not affected by this issue and I do not think will, at any point soon, be directly affected by this issue. I apologise to the House because, having tabled a similar amendment for Grand Committee, I was...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Report (2nd Day) (28 Feb 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: Will my noble friend give way? He said that no pubs are closing because of the changes to permitted development rights. I do not think anyone disputes that a number of pubs will close because they are not used by the communities that they are situated in, but can he prove that no viable pubs have been turned into supermarkets?

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Voting Rights: Females (28 Feb 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, and the commencement of women’s suffrage in the UK.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Report (1st Day) (23 Feb 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: I also support the amendment, although no one should panic—I might not vote in a Division, if it gets pushed, unless I am instructed to. But it just makes sense. We know this will not fix the whole housing shortage, but it will be a useful tool to help that happen and we need to encourage councils to do this. While the control of these developments rests with the Secretary of State, it will...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Report (1st Day) (23 Feb 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, I should appear to be sympathetic to anything that seeks to push power back into the hands of local planning authorities as regards their ability to reject a planning application and the Secretary of State having to support the decision. But I am worried about anything that would compel that, on the basis that if developers were not able to appeal to the Government to revisit the...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Report (1st Day) (23 Feb 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: Like my noble friend Lord Lansley, I will speak to Amendment 8, not to support it but as an opportunity to highlight the fact that county councils would probably be very unwilling to pick up the planning authority responsibility on the basis that they do not have sufficient funds at the moment to deliver adult social care. Why, therefore, would they try to take on planning, which is already...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Report (1st Day) (23 Feb 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: Following on from that point, on the basis that district councils are not getting paid for carrying out the plan in the first place, it cannot possibly be them that reimburses a county council—it must be the Government. If the Government are now prepared to pay for planning, perhaps those districts that do not yet have a plan will consider asking their county council to take it on so that...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Report (1st Day) (23 Feb 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, I speak in support of the spirit of what my noble friend Lady Cumberlege is trying to achieve. I have previously declared my interests in debate on the Bill, in being chairman of the Local Government Association and the leader of South Holland District Council. I said at Second Reading that I am not a fan of neighbourhood plans and nothing that I heard then or since would convince...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Training (22 Feb 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of devolving skills provision and funding to local areas in order to ensure that the industrial strategy is a success for all parts of the country.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements (22 Feb 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of local government’s experience in developing international trade and inward investment relationships; and whether they intend to involve local government leaders in trade negotiations following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Beds (16 Feb 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis they have commissioned to assess the number of delayed transfers of care by council area in the context of population size; and how many successful discharges there have been in each of those areas from hospitals to further NHS or social care services.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Local Government: Newspaper Press (9 Feb 2017)

Lord Porter of Spalding: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 23 January (HL4428), what is the timeframe for their decision on how to respond to the findings of the pilot programmes; and whether the response will be published.


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