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Results 41–60 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Taylor of Goss Moor

Localism Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (7 Sep 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: I rise to speak very briefly. I suspect that for all sorts of reasons Ministers are going to be reluctant to go down the regulatory route and indeed that, while my memory may fail me on this, I had thought that the previous Government ultimately came to that conclusion as well, although they certainly investigated the possibility of taking it. However, I may be wrong. I just want to throw...

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (5 Sep 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I welcome my noble friend putting forward these amendments, and particularly Amendment 22. I should like to chase the Minister for some clarity about what seems to me a fundamental issue in the Government's reforms. There are two forms of provision in the development of social housing-long-term social housing at low rents for security and an intermediate affordable rented model....

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (5 Sep 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I declare an interest since I chair the National Housing Federation. The Government are embarking on some quite fundamental changes to the homelessness legislation, a piece of legislation that dates all the way back to my former colleague, Mr Ross. It has been of immense benefit to have that legislation in place, although it is not always popular. That said, as things stand there...

Global Economy — Statement (11 Aug 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, is it not the case that when we hear the Governor of the Bank of England talk about head winds, we need to understand that, although the central projection may still be for growth, there are real risks to that growth? In those circumstances, surely it is possible for the Government to be clear that they will stick by the deficit reduction programme as the target, and that, like any...

Localism Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (7 Jul 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I have listened carefully to what the Minister had to say but, although I welcome the Government's commitment to sustainable development, the longer he spoke the less I was convinced of the argument he was making. I conducted a review of rural planning policy for the previous Government. The first chapter of the review was devoted to sustainable development because there are...

Localism Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (7 Jul 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I welcome much that the noble Baroness said about the Government's willingness to look at the particular circumstances that may arise, for example, in the sale of going concerns and where the community asset is a small part of a larger concern. These issues have certainly raised great concerns, and I would like to add another. I am not sure that I need to declare an interest but I...

Localism Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (7 Jul 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: I declare my interest as both chair of the Rural Coalition and chair of the National Housing Federation. I do not think the latter is particularly relevant, but it might be. Having listened to the Minister's response, I have a niggling concern that the Government are creating a vastly overcomplicated system for doing something very simple. Individuals and organisations in a local community...

Localism Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (7 Jul 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: I still find think this is overcomplex. At the point at which an organisation has nominated something within the community for this purpose, is it really worth having an argument about whether it is a community organisation or a part of the community? Would it not be easier to say whether or not it was a suitable asset? That process would surely trump any issues about who is eligible to...

Localism Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (30 Jun 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I have a particular interest in this amendment because parishes in many rural communities are far more relevant than local authority or council boundaries. They are not only historic but often relate to particular communities in a way that local authority wards do not, certainly in my part of the country. That is because wards are driven by numbers, not by community. This seems a...

Localism Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (30 Jun 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: I strongly support my noble friend on this. The issue is not whether the matter is one which lies with the local authority or with the parish-that is readily understood and, if it lies with the parish, the parish poll would suffice-but it may well be a matter which lies for decision with the local authority but only affects a small community. It is the nature of rural local authority wards...

Localism Bill: Committee (1st Day) (20 Jun 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: If I may say so, that is precisely why, if we are to have a Bill that makes the definition of sustainable development the whole basis of our planning system, we should say what we mean. It was precisely the issue mentioned by the noble Lord that led me to start my report by saying that we need to ensure that our approach to sustainable development is properly defined as a balance between...

Localism Bill: Committee (1st Day) (20 Jun 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I will speak briefly. I welcome two aspects of what the Minister said. The first is her reiteration of the Government's support for the principles of sustainable development, which is important. The second is the fact-I have listened carefully and will read Hansard later-that she did not rule out setting out these principles in the Bill. We will have to see whether we can convince...

Localism Bill: Committee (1st Day) (20 Jun 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, this is an extremely important amendment. Although my noble friend proposes it as a probing amendment, I hope Ministers may come to recognise that incorporating a clear and balanced definition of sustainable development in the Bill is fundamental to the workings of a Bill that is predicated on sustainable development. It is important to set out this definition in statute and not...

Localism Bill: Committee (1st Day) (20 Jun 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I support my noble friend's amendment, because it goes to the heart of the fundamental issue of how our body politic and administrative systems work. The amendment essentially sets out what we want to do in a Bill called the Localism Bill, before we discuss how to do it. That is an important reminder of what we should put in front of those who draft these things, because in this...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (13th Day) (25 Jan 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: If the noble Lord was under any illusion about that, let me say that I am unequivocally in favour. That was the thrust of my comments. I am not convinced that we should be overrepresented, but I would not want my comments to be understood in any other way.

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (13th Day) (25 Jan 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: Will the noble Lord give way?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (13th Day) (25 Jan 2011)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: In following my noble friend and the noble Lord's comments, I will briefly reflect on a couple of points. First, the noble Lord suggested that the Boundary Commission, in its wisdom, had decided at the last review that Cornwall should get six seats, rather than five. That was certainly not the case. It was a process of mathematics. Indeed, in the previous review we nearly crossed the...

Railways: Investment — Statement (25 Nov 2010)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, as someone who travels regularly between Cornwall and London, I have to say that the Statement inspires rather less warm feelings in me than it may in those from some other parts of the country. Again, we see a decision delayed. Can the Minister give some indication of what a decision in the new year means in practice? How quickly will we see a decision on the replacement of Great...

Housing: Spending Review — Debate (4 Nov 2010)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I share with others my thanks to the noble Baroness, Lady Hollis, for introducing this timely and important debate. I declare an interest as chair of the National Housing Federation. I shall speak from a slightly different angle to previous speakers because I shall concentrate not on housing benefit in its own right but on the impacts that the proposed changes may have on the...

Housing — Question (21 Oct 2010)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I declare my interest, which is registered, as chairman of the National Housing Federation. Will the Minister explain what discussions took place with the Department for Work and Pensions so that any new tenant in the affordable homes proposed by the Government at 80 per cent of market rents can be assured that both now and in future, under the new benefits systems, they will be...


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