Results 161–180 of 770 for speaker:Teresa Pearce

Housing: Long-Term Plan ( 9 Feb 2016)

Teresa Pearce: I thank the Minister for his intervention, but with Help to Buy and starter homes, many developers are seeing people queuing round the block for the opportunity to buy the few houses and flats that are available. That shows that people want to buy, but it also shows that more people want to buy than developers have properties to sell. In my experience, such a position simply inflates prices....

Housing: Long-Term Plan ( 9 Feb 2016)

Teresa Pearce: There are three prisons in my constituency, and that issue worries me greatly. Private rents have soared well beyond inflation, which places more strain on tenants’ finances. Although most landlords do provide good-quality accommodation, the English housing survey estimates that almost one in three privately rented homes are non-decent. A quarter of a million properties in the sector are...

Housing: Long-Term Plan ( 9 Feb 2016)

Teresa Pearce: I can see that the hon. Gentleman is very proud of his constituency, and I am glad that the people there have decent homes to live in. We tabled an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill proposing that all private rented property should be of a decent standard and fit for human habitation, but the Conservatives voted it down, which quite surprised me. I am pleased to say that the Lib Dems...

Housing: Long-Term Plan ( 9 Feb 2016)

Teresa Pearce: The Bill contains clauses on banning orders and rogue landlords, but they relate to taking action after the fact. I would prefer to see people entering into tenancies for private rented properties that are already fit to live in, rather than having to wait until they become unfit before the landlord can be put on a register, banned or fined. In the motion, the hon. Member for Westmorland...

Housing: Long-Term Plan ( 9 Feb 2016)

Teresa Pearce: I am always in favour of innovation and new ways of looking at things, but I looked at that proposal only yesterday and I do not think it will raise enough money to do what the hon. Gentleman intends. However, innovation is always a good idea and I am glad that housing has now gone to the top of the agenda, particularly in London. A lot has been written about the housing crisis, and we often...

Southeastern Rail Services (28 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: It would not be possible for 12-car trains to run on my line, the Greenwich line, because one of the stations is very short and there is no alternative door-opening facility. Will the Minister commit herself to having a conversation with Southeastern to ensure that it fits the software that will enable the right doors to open at the right station?

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Debts: Advisory Services (22 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on public sector and charitable provision of consumer debt advice services.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Energy: Taxation (22 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on classification of capacity payments as an environmental levy.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Debts: Advisory Services (21 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the commercial provision of consumer debt advice services.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Debts: Advisory Services (21 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications for consumer credit licences for debt advice and debt adjusting on a commercial basis have been made in the last 12 months; and how many such applications have been (a) granted, (b) rejected, (c) withdrawn and (d) await a decision.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Debts: Advisory Services (21 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what targets his Department has for the granting, rejection and withdrawal of consumer credit licences for debt advice and debt adjusting on a commercial basis.

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Gas Fired Power Stations: Construction (21 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that new gas-fired power stations are built in the UK.

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Electricity Generation (21 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what level of financial return the Government expects from diesel generators who will benefit from payments through the capacity market.

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Taxation (21 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which local authorities have sought access to funds raised through the Energy Company Obligation and other green and social levies on energy bills.

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee ()

Procedure: Private Members’ Bills. 2:30 pm; Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Teresa Pearce MP Nick Thomas-Symonds MP Mike Wood MP Philip Davies MP

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Department of Energy and Climate Change: Public Expenditure (18 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will publish the methodologies and assumptions behind the projected overspend of levy control framework spending through to 2020.

Housing and Planning Bill — [2nd Allocated Day]: New Clause 62 — Offence of contravening an overcrowding notice: level of fine (12 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention, and that is exactly right. Across the private rented sector, many good landlords do all the things we would wish of them. It is for the minority that we need to legislate. As I mentioned, the Minister said in Committee that the Government were considering this and I know that there have been conversations with the sector, so I would be pleased to...

Housing and Planning Bill — [2nd Allocated Day]: New Clause 62 — Offence of contravening an overcrowding notice: level of fine (12 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: I rise to speak to new clauses 52 to 54 and amendments 154, 99 and 67. New clause 52 follows on from the private Member’s Bill of my hon. Friend the Member for Westminster North (Ms Buck), which sought a similar aim, and from the discussions in Committee. It seeks to put into legislation a duty on all private sector landlords to ensure that, when they let their properties, they are fit for...

Housing and Planning Bill — [2nd Allocated Day]: New Clause 62 — Offence of contravening an overcrowding notice: level of fine (12 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: That matter was raised earlier. At the moment, the private rented sector is massively increasing, yet resources are not. I agree that many local councils have the powers, but they have depleted members of staff able to inspect properties. We need to show that we take this matter very seriously. Councils should ensure that they have properly staffed departments. I know that they will then come...

Housing and Planning Bill (Programme) (No. 2): New Clause 6 — Reducing social housing regulation ( 5 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: I agree that that is a possibility, which is why we are proposing that new clause 56 would see the extension of the housing ombudsman scheme, at first through a pilot scheme in London and then potentially across the country. I believe this would help many tenants in resolving disputes. On amendment 49, part 3 of the Bill makes provision for private landlords to recover abandoned premises from...


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