Results 121–140 of 5200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Frank Dobson

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Private Rented Sector (25 Jun 2014)

Frank Dobson: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the biggest problems is that these constant moves often involve children? It is clear from the research that a child having to shift from one school to another—sometimes two or three schools in one year—is about as damaging to their educational opportunities as can be imagined.

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Private Rented Sector (25 Jun 2014)

Frank Dobson: In a great university city such as Nottingham, large numbers of people are graduating with phenomenal debts because of the massive increase in fees, and in many cases they have very little chance of getting what might be described as a graduate job. That adds to their problems in raising the money either to rent or buy and provide services to the people of Nottingham.

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Private Rented Sector (25 Jun 2014)

Frank Dobson: In terms of fees paid, the hon. Lady surely cannot think it is right that some agents charge people £450 simply to change the name on an agreement, because one of the people sharing a flat has moved out and someone else has moved in.

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Private Rented Sector (25 Jun 2014)

Frank Dobson: We last debated private rents on 24 March, and at that time I and other London Members pointed out that ordinary Londoners were being priced out of the city. I do not mean the City where they play with money; I mean the great London conurbation. That is because there has been a total failure in the housing market, be it buying or renting. Increasingly, ordinary people can no longer afford...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Private Rented Sector (25 Jun 2014)

Frank Dobson: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. Things generally have been getting worse, but there has been one enormous change for the better: the Labour party’s commitment to regulating rents and providing security of tenure in a way not proposed for a very long time. I am delighted to welcome this development, although personally I would go rather further. However, it is the right thing to do, it...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Private Rented Sector (25 Jun 2014)

Frank Dobson: My hon. Friend—my good, long-term and hon. Friend—makes an excellent point, as usual. I recently picked up a brochure advertising new apartments to rent in Bloomsbury. A two-bedroom flat costs £560 a week. That is £26,880 a year. Who can afford that sort of rent? A Russian oligarch, I am sure—even perhaps a Ukrainian oligarch—and perhaps a banker who spends their time advising tax...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Private Rented Sector (25 Jun 2014)

Frank Dobson: I have given way twice and I ought to sit down before my eight minutes are up.

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Private Rented Sector (25 Jun 2014)

Frank Dobson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Could you ask the hon. Gentleman to tell us whether he warned my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts) that he would be mentioned in this debate?

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: I am very happy to take up that invitation. As a fellow Yorkshireman, I suggest we go at lunchtime when there is a brilliant buffet that costs a lot less than eating in the evening.

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: Does my hon. Friend accept that the proposed walk is along Euston road, which has the worst air pollution in London, and for which the Government are presently being prosecuted under European air quality legislation?

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: Does the right hon. Lady agree that one of HS2 Ltd’s favourite words is “temporary”? It only meets the ultimate dictionary definition of “not permanent.” The temporary use of a depot next to a school, for example, would last longer than the average time a child is at the school. If it is next to a quiet, little garden where old people like to sit, most of them will not be alive at...

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: As I hope I have already explained to my hon. Friend, I would happily accept paragraphs (a) and (c) in the amendment, but were the proposal to “facilitate the provision at a later date of the spur” accepted, we would create a situation in which people would be able to petition in favour of the abandoned spur, but the people affected by it would not be able to petition against it.

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: People sometimes think that the environmental factors apply just to rural areas, but the environmental impact in my constituency will be dramatic; I am thinking of the effect on air pollution, noise, general filth of one sort or another, and disruption. I very much agree with the line my hon. Friend was taking in her last few words, because, for example, not only will people have to live next...

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: My hon. Friend rightly referred to the fact that Crossrail is usually cited as an example of how things should be done, and I agree with that view. Crossrail runs across my constituency and its Tottenham Court Road station is in it. The original proposal was that the nearest depot to facilitate the building of Crossrail should take over the Phoenix garden behind St Giles’s church for about...

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: Does the right hon. Gentleman share my view that we can take some comfort from the thought that each of the 50 of us who voted for the amendment was voting against £1 billion?

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate as the right hon. Member for Holborn and St Pancras. I think some people think that the St Pancras part of the constituency name refers to the station, but it refers to the parish of St Pancras, which has two St Pancras churches. We also have three major main line stations: St Pancras, King’s Cross and Euston. The history of what has been...

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: The next question is this: does the business restriction apply to the association of businesses in Drummond street? The Minister might not know the answer to that—I would not necessarily expect him to know that.

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: I am grateful for that clarification, but I am sorry about the direction of it.

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: I entirely share the hon. Gentleman’s views about that. I am glad that Camden council is organising workshops for individuals and small businesses and making its best efforts to ensure that their petitions are in order and, in some cases, that the £20 is handed over and logged, and then passed to me, so that I can personally hand it in, in the hope that their petitions will be valid. That...


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