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Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Gaza (12 Jan 2009)

Sarah Teather: If and when the terrible bombing of Gaza ever finishes, what hope does the Foreign Secretary have for the reconstruction of Gaza? It is all very well international Governments pledging aid to the Palestinian people, but if there is still an embargo on concrete and construction materials crossing from Israel to Gaza, we shall not be able to do the rebuilding that those people desperately need.

[Mr. Mike Weir in the Chair] — Social Housing (Central London) (14 Jan 2009)

Sarah Teather: Let me begin by congratulating the hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Mr. Field) on securing the debate, which has been useful. It has covered much ground that has been covered in previous housing debates, usually with the same speakers. The focus on the economic crisis is useful to the overall debate on housing need. Like most hon. Members who have spoken today, I have acute...

[Mr. Mike Weir in the Chair] — Social Housing (Central London) (14 Jan 2009)

Sarah Teather: The hon. Gentleman makes a valid point. Another relevant issue is flexibility for councils, which would probably find it easier to borrow on the financial markets at the moment as public sector bodies, but the Treasury rules on council borrowing make that difficult. In addition, they cannot keep the capital receipts for properties that have been sold under the right to buy. As my hon. Friend...

Gaza (15 Jan 2009)

Sarah Teather: Will the Government take a lead on a further UN resolution? The Minister has called the attacks with white phosphorous unacceptable, but he will be aware that Israel has not ratified the treaty setting up the International Criminal Court. The only way for the court to have jurisdiction to investigate the matter is if the UN refers it via another resolution. Will the Government take a lead on...

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: Government Capital Expenditure (2 Feb 2009)

Sarah Teather: This has been an interesting, albeit short debate. I am aware that I have very little time to wind up, as we would like to finish by half-past 6 to ensure that House staff can go home. My hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) opened this debate by making a case for sensible public investment that would create jobs today and build assets for tomorrow. However, in the interventions...

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Community Land Trusts (4 Feb 2009)

Sarah Teather: This interesting debate has been different from the kind of debate that the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps), the Minister and I usually engage in on Wednesday mornings, which is when we regularly debate housing. I congratulate the hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton (Linda Gilroy) on securing this debate. I want to acknowledge from the outset her report and the report of my hon....

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Community Land Trusts (4 Feb 2009)

Sarah Teather: I agree with the hon. Lady and thank her for making that point. The right hon. Member for West Dorset (Mr. Letwin), who is no longer in his place, made an interesting point about the potential for CLTs to get around the nimbyism that we often see when we encourage communities to build more houses. There is always tension between the Government's targets for house building and people's fears...

Business of the House: Binyam Mohamed (5 Feb 2009)

Sarah Teather: I recognise the Foreign Secretary's role in arguing for British residents to return to the UK, as he is well aware, and I thank him for it. However, I am very disappointed to hear him repeat that he will not join in a lobbying campaign to get allegations of torture released into the public domain. Does he not recognise that it is the job of the Foreign Secretary to argue for British interests...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Waiting Lists (11 Feb 2009)

Sarah Teather: Let me take the hon. Gentleman on to his current policy. He mentions empty homes. Does he support empty dwelling management orders, for example? Does he support Liberal Democrat calls for a cut in VAT on renovation and rebuild?

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Waiting Lists (11 Feb 2009)

Sarah Teather: I am pleased to hear the Minister point out that the Conservatives began the policy of not allowing full receipts to be returned to councils after the right to buy. However, her own Government did not change that policy, and receipts from right to buy continue to go to the Treasury instead of being invested locally into new build.

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Waiting Lists (11 Feb 2009)

Sarah Teather: The Minister has come to the point that I raised earlier. Why is she consulting only on giving receipts for rental income and the right to buy for new homes, and not tackling the rental income for existing stock? It would make a huge difference to councils' ability to plan what they can borrow if they knew what money was coming in to pay back that loan.

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Waiting Lists (11 Feb 2009)

Sarah Teather: When I saw today's motion, I could not quite believe my eyes. The Conservatives knocking the Government for failing to tackle the social housing waiting list is a little like Jonathan Ross complaining about the lack of moral fibre in the BBC, or perhaps Jeremy Clarkson fronting a new campaign for Scottish pride. It is simply not credible. I wonder what we will see next from the Conservatives....

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Waiting Lists (11 Feb 2009)

Sarah Teather: Something like that—I am not sure whether I would dare to use such a term, as it might be deemed unparliamentary, but I agree entirely with the sentiment. The Minister said that the Conservative motion entirely lacked policy proposals. The only one that I could find in it was to cut red tape, which seems to be the Conservatives' sticking-plaster option for all their policy gaps at the...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Waiting Lists (11 Feb 2009)

Sarah Teather: I agree. There are elements of our constituencies that are very similar. However, I also know from colleagues in the south-west that some properties sold under the right to buy are now second homes for people who live in London and come down to holiday in them during the summer. The hon. Lady is right to say that the right to buy has not meant that those properties are left for people in the...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Waiting Lists (11 Feb 2009)

Sarah Teather: My hon. Friend is right. Last week, we debated proposals for community land trusts, which Liberal Democrat Members have championed for some time. [Interruption.] The Under-Secretary is saying that the Government championed it, too, and the Conservatives are joining in—

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Waiting Lists (11 Feb 2009)

Sarah Teather: I am not going to get into that sort of competition, but I am pleased that there is all-party agreement on the matter. However, it does not detract from the point that the right to buy, without giving the money to local authorities to invest, has caused much damage and created housing need in local communities. One in 10 of my constituents lives in temporary accommodation. That is typical of...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Waiting Lists (11 Feb 2009)

Sarah Teather: I am amazed that the hon. Lady cannot grasp the point. I must have made it about four times in the debate, including in interventions on Labour and Conservative Front Benchers. Councils should be allowed to keep receipts from the right to buy and invest them locally. However, we do not want the policy to be extended to housing associations because it would disrupt their asset base. For those...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Waiting Lists (11 Feb 2009)

Sarah Teather: The problem is that such properties are not being built under section 106 anyway.

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Waiting Lists (11 Feb 2009)

Sarah Teather: Sometimes it depends on the subsidy offered under the right to buy. There are many variations to ensure that, especially in areas where there is a lack of stock, it is not degraded further. However, I accept the hon. Lady's point. The most important thing that the Government could do for families in my constituency and in constituencies across the country is to tackle the policy problems that...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Waiting Lists (11 Feb 2009)

Sarah Teather: I agree. The point was made earlier to the Minister, who tried to say that the problem was not new. Yes, it is an old problem, and it is time that the Government fixed it. I know they are consulting about it, and they say that they will conduct a review. Unfortunately, their current proposals suggest, as usual, that they have taken the title but not written the prose. I want the Government to...


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