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Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Benefit (9 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: ...would otherwise have done. There are 3.3 million rented properties in the UK, and 1.2 million tenants receive this benefit. That is more than one third of the total, and has a massive effect in the market for rented properties.

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Benefit (9 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: I am referring to the UK as a whole, and I will go on to show how the current system has driven rents up. When councils make their rates available, landlords use them as a benchmark for the rents they charge, knowing that a proportion of tenants will be able to pay and will not contest the level. The recipients of housing benefit are happy to accept whatever a landlord asks for, because they...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Benefit (9 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: ...into the area, and for the community as a whole, through the new homes bonus, which will enable the local authority to retain more council tax to develop new infrastructure. I will draw my remarks to a conclusion because I know that other Members wish to speak. In my view, the housing benefit reform that the coalition is introducing is a necessary step in controlling the cost of the system...

Commercial Property (17 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: Before making my remarks, I first declare an interest as set out in the Register of Members' Financial Interests. I want to draw attention to the position faced by a constituent of mine, Mr Peter Summers, who visited my surgery a few weeks ago. For many years, Mr Summers operated a business supplying tyres from an industrial unit he had purchased. At 67, he sold his business but retained the...

Commercial Property (17 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: I thank my hon. Friend for that contribution. I will make that point later in my remarks. On the Government's original intentions, they recognised some difficulty with the proposals, and the position was changed slightly in the November 2008 Budget report to exempt from business rates commercial and industrial properties with a rateable value of less than £15,000. Regrettably, that is below...

Commercial Property (17 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for her contribution. I know that even in areas where rents have been reduced to the level that she mentioned, there are still no takers. If no businesses are willing to take the premises, the price is irrelevant. We know that the situation must change. The regulations have been in force for more than two years and have had a number of effects, some of which...

Commercial Property (17 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: ...instead, such as rent-free periods. There has also been a detrimental effect on capital values. The same report found that because empty property rates make fewer investors willing to enter the market, investment levels in the sector have fallen.

Commercial Property (17 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: I thank my hon. Friend for his contribution; he makes a very good point. The hope that the application of empty business rates would encourage the property owner to accept lower rents in order to keep their buildings occupied, and that it would support businesses in the economy generally, has not been realised. There is a parallel here with the position taken by Opposition parties in respect...

Commercial Property (17 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: I thank my hon. Friend for that contribution. Clearly the redevelopment and stimulation of our town centres has been brought to a halt by this legislation, which has made that process much more difficult. Commercial property development companies are no longer building property speculatively-by which I mean property being built in the expectation of finding someone to occupy it, rather than...

Commercial Property (17 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: I thank my hon. Friend for his contribution. That point has been well made. Many years ago, I recall setting up my own business and occupying exactly the kind of property that would, by now, have been demolished. In my business's early days, secondary, inexpensive space permitted it to get started with relatively low overheads. In addition to demolishing existing building, we will end up with...

Commercial Property (17 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point, which I am sure will be taken up by the Minister in his response. We are moving into an era of localism and it should be appropriate for individual authorities to make their own decisions on the matter, rather than having legislation imposed on them from on high. Returning to the case of Mr Summers, the position of small private investors and small...

[Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] — High Speed 2 (23 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: Like the right hon. Member for Holborn and St Pancras (Frank Dobson), I will focus on the narrow impact of high-speed rail on my constituency. I will make the point that development might not always be good. Rugby sits on the west coast main line, which has recently received substantial investment to focus on the city-to-city times for London to Birmingham, London to Manchester and London to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: Now that the Government have brought forward details of their new homes bonus, will the Prime Minister join me in applauding councils such as Rugby borough council, which is proceeding with proposals for substantial development?

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Fibre-optic Broadband (29 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: If he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills steps to ensure that the roll-out of fibre-optic broadband is available on an equal basis to all customers in a single community.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Fibre-optic Broadband (29 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: Constituents of mine tell me that on a new housing estate consisting of 900 homes, about 800 are about to receive the new BT Infinity fibre-optic service, but 100 will be left with a poor 0.5 to 1.5 megabit supply. Working professionals rely on an efficient service. Will the Minister make representations to ensure that all users in a community receive the same excellent service?

Backbench Business — [11th allotted day]: Independent Financial Advisers (Regulation) (29 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: Does my hon. Friend agree that if experienced independent financial advisers are driven from the market, those who will lose out most will be those with the smallest amount of assets, who will not get the advice that they receive at present?

Written Answers — Health: University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (1 Dec 2010)

Mark Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the proportion of the running costs of University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (a) which was paid to the private finance initiative provider in each year from 2005-06 to 2009-10 and (b) will be paid to that provider in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Written Answers — Transport: Road Safety (2 Dec 2010)

Mark Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of road traffic accidents involving young people.

Rail Services (Nuneaton) (8 Dec 2010)

Mark Pawsey: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this valuable debate. My constituency is immediately adjacent to his, and those who live in the north of my constituency are served by Nuneaton station. Does my hon. Friend agree that one problem is that investment in the west coast main line led to an imperative on the operator to minimise city-to-city times? One way to achieve that was to reduce the...

Rail Services (Nuneaton) (8 Dec 2010)

Mark Pawsey: My hon. Friend will be aware that the reason for the location of the football stadium-immediately adjacent to the railway line-was that the primary means of access would be by train, yet there is no station. I agree with my hon. Friend that we need to press for such a facility to be introduced at the earliest opportunity so that people from across the country can easily get to the stadium,...


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