Results 1–20 of 40 for speaker:Andrew Lewer

Houses in Multiple Occupation: Combined Planning Applications — [David Hanson in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Andrew Lewer: I thank the hon. Gentleman for allowing me to intervene. The relocation of the University of Northampton has caused a surge in planning applications for HMOs and a lot of unease among the residents of Far Cotton. Although Northampton Borough Council has a policy of restricting HMO density to 15% within any given area, that has been complicated by planning appeal decisions and a rise in...

Local Infrastructure (East Midlands) (20 Mar 2018)

Andrew Lewer: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. I am pleased to participate in this debate on such an important topic as housing, infrastructure and local government. It was introduced by a very close political colleague and friend, my hon. Friend the Member for North East Derbyshire (Lee Rowley). I refer to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. In...

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (20 Mar 2018)

Andrew Lewer: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (20 Mar 2018)

Andrew Lewer: With the death of Professor Stephen Hawking in all of our thoughts, can the Minister tell us what steps his Department will take to support research to develop a cure for motor neurone disease?

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2018)

Andrew Lewer: The Bill is a good example of legislation not having to be contentious to be worth while and, indeed, to be worth a decent debate. From reading the speeches on the Bill in the other place, it is clear that such a sentiment prevailed there, even when the stronger levels of collegiality that customarily define that place are taken into account. Lord Bourne and Baroness Lister were especially...

Exiting the European Union: Erasmus+ Programme (15 Mar 2018)

Andrew Lewer: What discussions he has had in negotiations on the UK leaving the EU on continuing UK participation in the Erasmus+ programme.

Exiting the European Union: Erasmus+ Programme (15 Mar 2018)

Andrew Lewer: Is the Department liaising with the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education and its Chair, Petra Kammerevert, and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture to discuss how Erasmus+ applications that are submitted before the Brexit date will be implemented?

Funding Higher Education — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (28 Feb 2018)

Andrew Lewer: Although crude metrics are not helpful, would the hon. Gentleman accept that having some metrics, such as the teaching excellence framework, is helpful?

Funding Higher Education — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (28 Feb 2018)

Andrew Lewer: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie, particularly as you have experience and this is my first experience of speaking in a Westminster Hall debate. I hope you will be tolerant with me. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for South West Devon (Mr Streeter) for his excellent opening speech and the points that he made. Of his three points I wrote down the one about the 6.1%...

Homelessness (27 Feb 2018)

Andrew Lewer: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon (Layla Moran). I welcome today’s debate on the estimates of public spending by the Government on homelessness, which is a big challenge across the country. Happily, some great initiatives that aim to improve the current situation are coming up. First, I acknowledge the £1 billion investment allocated to...

Homelessness (27 Feb 2018)

Andrew Lewer: That is absolutely critical and very much in the spirit of what I am outlining here. The 94 volunteers in the night shelter have helped 104 of their guests move into settled accommodation; 12 people are currently there. Alongside that is the work of the Northampton Hope Centre, which I visited last year and was most impressed by. Some 36 volunteers as well as local faith groups, Northampton...

Homelessness (27 Feb 2018)

Andrew Lewer: That is one part of the mix of a solution. The way forward is through a whole range of options that the Government have been using. I would never under any circumstances say, “This is the one solution to providing houses or tackling homelessness”. As my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton Deane mentioned earlier, a partnership approach is needed. We need to use all the tools in the...

Homelessness (27 Feb 2018)

Andrew Lewer: I absolutely agree that localism and a localist approach is right. The Government’s role is to empower local authorities to reflect the needs in their communities. We have already heard today how diverse the communities across the country are; “once size fits all” will not work. Some 357,000 affordable homes have been built since 2010 and £9 billion has been invested. I...

Homelessness (27 Feb 2018)

Andrew Lewer: That open-minded, mixed approach is exactly the sort of thing that I would advocate. As we heard in the Communities and Local Government Committee yesterday, an approach to private and public sector housing that takes the best of each is most useful of all. As successful initiatives demonstrate, reducing homelessness is more effective when local authorities can distribute funds according to...

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