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Oliver Letwin

Former Independent MP for West Dorset (1 May 1997 – 6 Nov 2019)


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Sewage Disposal in Rivers and Coastal Waters - Motion to Take Note (7 Jul 2022)

Lord Benyon: ...opposed it. The noble Lord, Lord Berkeley, and many others used to come and see me about it. Indeed, like a student going in front of a don, I had to go right to the top of the Government to tell Oliver Letwin why his fears were not to be realised. I am glad that I now see it under construction and that this iconic river, in one of the great cities of the world, will be cleaner as a...

Questions to the Mayor of London — Cost of Living: Cost of Living (6 Jul 2022)

Sadiq Khan: ...it does not make economic sense. By having more council housing, more housing associations, more co-operatives and more small sites and TfL land, we diversify the market. That is a conclusion [Sir] Oliver Letwin [former MP] reached when asked by Philip Hammond [former MP] to do this piece of work and that is why you are right. The experts say we need seven times the amount of funding...

Public Bill Committee: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Examination of Witness (23 Jun 2022)

...—the most important thing is that their governance needs to be modernised so that they are genuinely accountable and participative. The purpose of a development corporation is to draw on what Oliver Letwin recognised in his review: the critical role of the public sector as master developer in de-risking development. Much of the challenge in why we are not delivering the homes that we...

Public Bill Committee: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Examination of Witnesses (23 Jun 2022)

...provided a certain level of housing delivery. It has fallen to housing associations and Government to supply what is actually needed. There is a big danger here—we raised this during Sir Oliver Letwin’s review—that if you allow house prices to increase to a certain level, there is nobody who is in favour of them falling. Everybody is invested in them staying at that level. If we...

Cost of Living - Motion to Take Note (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: ...that they are being forced into debt, with credit card loans and “Buy now, pay later” apps, and even into payday loans. Some years ago, I chaired a commission for the then shadow Chancellor Oliver Letwin on the problems of low-income families getting into debt and what could be done about them. It was a very salutary commission to chair. The results of a Citizens Advice survey reckon...

Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill - Second Reading (6 Jun 2022)

Lord Vaizey of Didcot: ...my fault that we are here debating this at all, because I was in charge of the first reform of the Electronic Communications Code. But as he has not made it to this place yet, let me firmly blame Oliver Letwin for everything that went wrong there, because the minute he got hold of it, it became an All Souls seminar, and it took about three years to get it through Whitehall. However, we did...

Historical Allegations of Sexual Abuse: Housing in Sittingbourne and Sheppey (5 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: ...of those local plans. My hon. Friend mentioned developers not developing on land for which planning permission has already been granted. There are different views about those numbers. Sir Oliver Letwin found a couple of years ago that land banking, as it is popularly described, is not a particularly prevalent issue. However, I recognise the concern of local communities and our colleagues...

New Homes: Developers, Housebuilders and Management Companies — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (5 Jan 2022)

Eddie Hughes: ...as soon as parliamentary time allows. The build-out rate was also raised. The Government are clear that new homes should be built out as soon as possible once planning permission is granted. Sir Oliver Letwin’s independent review of build-out rates found no evidence that speculative land banking is part of the business model of major house builders, nor that it is a driver of slow...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Second Reading (30 Nov 2021)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ...consider how and where this Act was born. It was conceived in the heat of the rose garden romance, and it was born in the political back room of the deal that was done around the coalition. Sir Oliver Letwin, the midwife of that coalition, has testified that the Act “was to enable the coalition to be formed. One of the principal demands of the Liberal Democrat side of the coalition,...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill (6 Jul 2021)

Maria Miller: ...into rose-tinted glasses territory with respect to where the Fixed-term Parliaments Act came from. In its scrutiny, the Joint Committee, of which I was a member, took some important evidence from Oliver Letwin, who after all was one of the architects of the coalition agreement. He said that “a fixed-term Parliament arrangement…was a product entirely of the coalition discussions.” Any...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (5 Jul 2021)

Christopher Pincher: Sir Oliver Letwin reported in his 2018 independent review of build out rates - building on the work of Dame Kate Barker and many others before them - that the often-repeated idea of housebuilders 'sitting on' land is overstated. However, the Government does recognise how important build-out is to communities. The Government is absolutely clear that new homes should be built out as soon as...

Planning Decisions: Local Involvement (21 Jun 2021)

Christopher Pincher: ...plan—the authority has the tools and the ability to monitor and enforce those rules as development is built out. The hon. Member for Croydon North mentioned build-out. We are very conscious that Oliver Letwin and, before him, Kate Barker produced a series of reports about build-out. We reckon that introducing this new, speedier process, which will aid small and medium-sized enterprises,...

Questions to the Mayor of London — Housing in London: Housing in London (11 Jun 2021)

Sadiq Khan: ...being as expensive as they are in our city. One of the good pieces of news over the last five years was the work commissioned by Philip Hammond, the [former] Chancellor [of the Exchequer], that Oliver Letwin did [Independent Review of Build Out, 2018], which was to try to understand the diversity of London’s housing market and why there are, for example, almost 300,000 homes given...

Land Banking (10 Jun 2021)

Christopher Pincher: ...we recognise, are an issue that many communities feel strongly about. My hon. Friend spoke eloquently about the challenges his constituents face. It is important to recognise at the outset that Sir Oliver Letwin’s independent review of build out, which builds on that of Dame Kate Barker and many others before them, highlighted that the repeated arguments of house builders sitting on land...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (1 Jun 2021)

Lord Greenhalgh: ...why development stalls. Perhaps, for example, the landowner cannot get the price for the site they want, or the development approved is not viable, or supply chain constraints hinder starting. Sir Oliver Letwin highlighted in his 2018 review on the topic, building on the work of Dame Kate Barker and many others before them, that, as such, the often-repeated idea of housebuilders ‘sitting...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (17 May 2021)

Lord Best: ...are still rising faster than incomes. The LGA estimates that enough land has been allocated to develop over 1 million homes that have not yet been built. We know from the seminal report from Sir Oliver Letwin that the main reason the housebuilders take their time is so that the speed of sales is slow enough to maintain high house prices. Sir Oliver called for the nation to take back...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 141 (3 Feb 2021)

Lord Garnier: ...some sort of protection to their victims or intended victims. I have been concerned about these quacks and trying without success to get the Government to legislate for some years. I worked with Oliver Letwin and Tom Sackville, two former Ministers, as well as parliamentary counsel and Ministry of Justice officials with the support and encouragement of David Cameron, who had a constituency...

Housebuilding - Question (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Best: ...on his appointment of a Church of England bishop for housing; that is a most helpful move. Does the Minister agree that now is the time to accept the excellent recommendations made by Sir Oliver Letwin to get more homes built by ending our dependence on the oligopoly of major housebuilders who corner the land market and build out at a speed that suits themselves? Instead, we should capture...

Equitable Life (21 Jan 2021)

Chris Loder: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) for securing the debate, and I take this opportunity to thank very much indeed my predecessor, Sir Oliver Letwin, for all the work that he did on behalf of West Dorset constituents on this matter. What is before us today is, I am afraid, a shocking example of regulatory failure, and we need to make sure that it does not happen...

Questions to the Mayor of London — Land banking: Land banking (18 Dec 2020)

Sadiq Khan: I am committed to supporting the pace of housing delivery in London and have supported the Government to develop effective measures to get homes built faster through, for example, my response to Sir Oliver Letwin’s Independent Review of Housing Build Out Rates. The review found that affordable housing can play an important role in de-risking development and unlocking faster build out, and I...


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