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Prayers (15 May 2009)

John Prescott: Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker—this is the first time in 40 years, so it is quite a moment for me. As I know from having worked there, the practice in the Council of Europe is that if a person does not turn up for their Bill, the speech that they were going to give is delivered to the official report so that it can be printed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Housing (South-East) (12 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: We have received the regional assembly's proposals for the east of England for the period up to 2021, which are now out to public consultation and will be considered in a public examination by an independent panel in September. Proposals for house building in the south-east up to 2026 are expected later this year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Housing (South-East) (12 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: Any judgment about how many houses are needed in the north-east will be considered not only by the proposals—[Hon. Members: "The south-east."] It is the same for the south-east and for the east of England. To be clear, the proposals considered included some parts of the south-east as well as the east of England but, whatever the figures, they will be decided in public consultation. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Housing (South-East) (12 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: My hon. Friend has made a considerable contribution to this discussion. As he knows, the proposal is under active consideration by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Planning. We hope shortly to make a further statement on matters relating to key housing and social housing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Housing (South-East) (12 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: That was cutting. Let me give the hon. Gentleman a couple of facts. When we came in, 56 per cent. of houses were built on brownfield sites. The figure has now gone up to 67 per cent. and even beyond the target that we set. That is a remarkable achievement. Secondly, the density of housing has now increased from 25 to 33 per hectare. Therefore, we can now build the 200,000 houses that we need...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Affordable Housing (12 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: Investment in affordable housing will be about £2 billion in 2007–08—double what it was in 1997. This will provide for 75,000 new social homes for rent by 2008 and help a further 40,000 into home ownership. New build homes from that programme will fulfil regionally identified needs and reach the demanding standards for design quality and environmental performance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Affordable Housing (12 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that we have improved the quality and design of the houses built, which are reaching a far higher standard. There is no moratorium with regard to social housing. I have looked into the figures, and I can say that there is no moratorium for new homes in Macclesfield; indeed, there are 12,790 additional homes each year, and 1,600 of them will be in Cheshire....

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Affordable Housing (12 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: We have more than doubled the amount of investment since we came to power, and we are encouraging local authorities to invest more in both the improvement of housing and other proposals, even building new housing. I will make a statement about this matter shortly. It is of absolute importance that we build more homes in both the public and private sectors, and we are doing that, but as my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Affordable Housing (12 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: The hon. Gentleman has asked a great deal of questions about housing, so he must surely be aware that he should take into account how many social houses are being provided. I understand the point about council housing, but many houses are built by the Housing Corporation, and transform building will improve many houses, so it is a different category of definition. I say to the hon. Gentleman...

Homes for All: Five-year Plan (24 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: With permission; Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement about the Government's five-year strategy, "Homes for All". May I begin by offering my apologies to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) and to the Liberal spokesman for the delay in providing copies of my statement? The computer failed, and my words of persuasion failed totally to convince it to speed up the process....

Homes for All: Five-year Plan (24 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: It is a great pity that the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) does not do the research to substantiate her allegations. As for a housing crisis, I do not think that anyone doubted that there was one in 1997 when we came to office. There was negative equity, the public sector had been robbed of 1.8 million houses—[Interruption.] Can you shut up for a second while I explain the...

Homes for All: Five-year Plan (24 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: I repeat: do not believe everything you read in the press. I say that constantly. The hon. Gentleman can be assured that I do not talk to the press. I can't stick 'em, frankly. Did they get that right? The hon. Gentleman should judge by the statement that I made today, not by the tittle-tattle he gets in the press. I have made a balanced judgment about what is the best policy. As for adopting...

Homes for All: Five-year Plan (24 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: I appreciate the point made by my right hon. Friend. I say to him, as anyone would on the Treasury Front Bench, that judgments about tax changes are best left to my right hon. Friend the Chancellor. I understand the difficulties about stamp duty and I know how strongly people feel about it, but it still represents only about 1 per cent. of the total purchase price. My priority is to get...

Homes for All: Five-year Plan (24 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: As usual, the right hon. Gentleman makes a serious point. He is thinking about the transferability of value, which will obviously be part of the debate. We do not envisage that happening, but we are issuing a consultation document. We will pay serious attention to the point. In regard to best value land, the matter is agreed with the Treasury. That does not alter the fact that most of the...

Homes for All: Five-year Plan (24 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: Sustainable communities are not only about building housing but providing the supporting infrastructure in education, health and transport systems. The extra investment that we are putting into the new growth areas does precisely that and will also be critical in providing jobs. Our approach to new towns reflected that and our new community growth areas will certainly do so. I have mentioned...

Homes for All: Five-year Plan (24 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. In the growth areas, including the Thames gateway near his constituency, we are putting those things together. However, he raised the problem of growth in established towns, and the question of whether facilities will be available to make that growth sustainable. I announced today another £40 million for growth areas that require such investment if...

Homes for All: Five-year Plan (24 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: My hon. Friend makes an important point about the distribution of housing, particularly in rural areas, whether in market towns or villages. There is a responsibility on the Housing Corporation and now the regional housing boards to achieve a balance in the amount of housing and where it is situated. As regards rural areas, I proposed in my statement that local authorities that have land...

Homes for All: Five-year Plan (24 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: Yes, it can be to 100 per cent. if tenants so wish, but eventually they may want to buy the house or move on and use the value from the house to buy one in the private market. There were similar schemes previously which allowed that. The difficulty is knowing whether the share should go below 50 per cent. As the hon. Gentleman knows, in these circumstances there are always difficulties with...

Homes for All: Five-year Plan (24 Jan 2005)

John Prescott: I am grateful for my right hon. Friend's comments. Having read the press reports, I do not confirm that there was a battle going on about that at all. It made for good, exciting press chat—[Interruption.] Well, nobody quoted anybody who said anything. It was always attributed to a high source, a low source or some other source, but never an actual quote of anybody saying it. It was one...


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