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Results 81–100 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

Schools Funding (Cornwall) (2 Feb 2010)

Matthew Taylor: I am sure that the Minister has the same experience as me-there is no Member of Parliament who does not believe that their constituency is unfairly disadvantaged in comparison to others. There was a similar issue regarding health, and there we have seen a change which, over time, significantly increases the funding. I reiterate for the Minister that when the Government were elected, the...

Schools Funding (Cornwall) (2 Feb 2010)

Matthew Taylor: My hon. Friend's point was that the 11 per cent. figure is deeply misleading. There are schools that could not accommodate the theoretical number of pupils because the structure of the building is not appropriate. It is merely based on the square footage, but if we were building a modern school, it would look very different. The figure of surplus spaces is exaggerated, and in a school of 30...

Schools Funding (Cornwall) (2 Feb 2010)

Matthew Taylor: Thank you, Lady Winterton. It is nice to get the leeway of a few extra minutes. That is very welcome. I want to speak about an issue that has been of great significance to me for the 23 years that I have been a Member of Parliament: delivery of education of the best quality possible in our schools in Cornwall. The context now is one of severe funding constraints that are partly historic and...

Schools Funding (Cornwall) (2 Feb 2010)

Matthew Taylor: That is exactly right and it is acknowledged in the county. This has been a long-term process. I am not seeking to make a series of party political points: Labour has sought to invest in improvements to education, but has not tackled the underlying funding system, which misses the problems for small rural schools, and which it inherited from the previous Conservative Government. This is not...

Schools Funding (Cornwall) (2 Feb 2010)

Matthew Taylor: Although I will return to some issues about Cornwall council, the whole context of my argument at this point is that the Government have been sympathetic to investment in education, as have we-the Liberal Democrats argued for that. The Government have sought to address the problem of disadvantaged pupils, but primarily in the context of urban disadvantage, and they have simply not delivered...

Points of Order (17 Mar 2009)

Matthew Taylor: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I should say that the hon. Member for Hertford and Stortford (Mr. Prisk) is aware that I have sought to raise this point of order on behalf of a number of Members, and in the long-term interests of all of us in the House. Mr. Speaker, you will be aware that you and successive Speakers have underlined the fact that MPs who take up local casework and local...

Business of the House: Regional Select Committees (Membership) (3 Mar 2009)

Matthew Taylor: The Deputy Leader of the House understands that I oppose the principle of Committees that reflect the make-up of the House rather than the democratic will of the region on behalf of which they are meant to act. However, on the specific motions, his response about Parliamentary Private Secretaries was inadequate. Under the proposed system, one PPS in our regional Select Committee will be...

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

Matthew Taylor: I am sure that the Minister is right on that, but I think that he will also accept that, if the planning officers see themselves as gamekeepers whose job is to say no to much of this development, to apply very strict criteria or to say that a community is already unsustainable, and they will not allow anything to happen there, what ought to be quite quick and simple loses its certainty and...

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

Matthew Taylor: I welcome the comments of everyone who has spoken, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton (Linda Gilroy) on initiating the debate. I am glad to have a few minutes to address the issues. My principal concern is about rural communities. If the papers are to be believed, there will be a formal response to my report relatively soon. If so, the debate is well timed on two...

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

Matthew Taylor: I agree, and I do not want to take anything away from the urban problems, because they exist, too. We worry about an ageing population and how it will be supported if there are not enough people in work to provide facilities, but we are experimenting that situation in our rural villages right now, because it is already happening there, not because there are no young people, but because they...

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

Matthew Taylor: My report was obviously about rural areas, where exception sites can, in principle, allow the bringing forward of land at low value because that is the only use it might have. In the urban setting, particularly where there is a form of public sector land, I wonder whether there might not be a reverse exception process whereby the exception is that the land is only available for certain kinds...

[Mrs. Janet Dean in the Chair] — Housing (12 Nov 2008)

Matthew Taylor: There is a massive crisis in CABs—at least in rural communities, although I cannot speak for urban areas—especially in recruitment and funding. I hope that Ministers will consider that, because at the time when CABs are most needed, they are most threatened.

[Mrs. Janet Dean in the Chair] — Housing (12 Nov 2008)

Matthew Taylor: I shall concentrate on specific measures that could help to resolve the problems that have been so well set out by those who have already spoken. As the Minister knows, I was asked to report to the Government on rural housing need. The report was produced in July, and I am glad to say that it received a lot of support from the Government. We now await a response. I will not go through the 48...

[Mrs. Janet Dean in the Chair] — Housing (12 Nov 2008)

Matthew Taylor: There is room for buying some. I simply sound a note of caution about how far that policy is taken. There was another point in the hon. Gentleman's comments, to which I shall return at the end, about how more flexible approaches might be taken. It is important that the estates we build are mixed. The lessons of the past are that, in the long run, large rented estates create problems of their...

Opposition Day — [20th Allotted Day]: Economic Crisis (10 Nov 2008)

Matthew Taylor: Will the Minister confirm that the inter-bank lending guarantee has failed to deliver the intended solution—to bring down LIBOR to the rate that existed before the banking crisis?

Opposition Day — [20th Allotted Day]: Economic Crisis (10 Nov 2008)

Matthew Taylor: There are serious shortages of affordable housing, and fewer houses are being built at the moment. Government policy instructs local councils to reduce the leasing of private properties in order to house people in housing need, on the basis that that is a temporary solution. Right now, a temporary solution of that sort would help to meet not only the housing needs of a large number of people,...

Affordable Housing (8 Oct 2008)

Matthew Taylor: Just before coming to the debate I spoke at the same conference, where people have been in break-out meetings during the day. Key to the points that my hon. Friend the Member for St. Ives (Andrew George) has made is the fact that, as my report reflects, there is consensus that Government leadership is needed on the issues addressed. That consensus exists among people at the conference and...

Affordable Housing (8 Oct 2008)

Matthew Taylor: The financial crisis has, of course, made home buying less affordable, because deposit requirements have gone up as, effectively, have interest rates, particularly for first-time buyers, notwithstanding today's announcement. The new Homes and Communities Agency will have substantial funds, but it has a huge job in delivering the Government's affordable homes targets because of the fall in...

Regional Spatial Strategy (South West) (7 Oct 2008)

Matthew Taylor: The points that my hon. Friend made about capacity design and infrastructure are also a lesson on the need to move away from estate-by-estate, developer-led investment, which provides houses but not the work spaces and community infrastructure that create a living, working community. Do we not need investors and councils to shape communities that work? That way, we would not have everybody...

Planning and Housing Estimates (25 Jun 2008)

Matthew Taylor: Does my hon. Friend agree that another myth is that the present fall in the housing market will resolve the affordable housing problem in areas such as ours? Even with very extreme falls in house prices, which are not currently predicted by most people, prices would still not be affordable. In fact, in the present market mortgages are more expensive and larger deposits are required, which is...

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