Results 161–180 of 1640 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Roberta Blackman-Woods

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I do not accept most of what the hon. Gentleman says. What we must do is build lots more council houses in this country. Lords amendment 55 would introduce a taper of 10p in every pound of a social tenant’s income above the minimum income threshold. This sensible measure would ensure that tenants would not face the cliff edge of a small rise in income leading to a huge rent increase....

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I thank their lordships for their amazing work on this Bill. Thirteen defeats and a string of concessions means that some of the sharpest edges have been knocked off a very bad Bill, but it remains an extraordinary and extreme piece of proposed legislation. Concern is being voiced by housing experts, charities, house builders, mortgage lenders, and Conservatives across a range of council...

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: As the hon. Gentleman will know, Labour produced more than 1 million more homeowners during our time in government. This Bill shows that the current Government have no long-term housing plan for the country.

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Absolutely. The question is: will this Bill deliver the homes? We do not think it will. Faced with this bad Bill, a ridiculous timetable and long sittings, the other place has not only done an excellent job scrutinising the Bill, but improved it to make it slightly more palatable. If only the Government had had the grace to accept changes on starter homes, pay to stay and the forced sale of...

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The hon. Gentleman makes a reasonable point, but the point I am making is that we will need not only starter homes, but other types of homes, particularly those for social rent. That is why the numbers should be subject to local determination and not central diktat. To everyone except the Government, it appears eminently sensible that the need for starter homes should be assessed locally and...

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: But surely the hon. Gentleman must agree that the way of dealing with that is through the local plan-making system. Indeed, one of the amendments we might deal with later in our discussions this evening relates to the requirement that is finally being placed on local government by this Government to produce a local plan.

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Absolutely. My hon. Friend makes an excellent point, and it shows why a local test of the need for starter homes is so important. As I was saying, Lords amendment 9 is not a block on starter homes but a requirement that they are part of a local housing mix. For that reason we shall be supporting the Lords in this amendment. We also find it odd that the Government want to replace Lords...

Backbench Business: Clean Water and Sanitation (Africa) — [Andrew Percy in the Chair] (21 Apr 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Mr Percy. I apologise to you and the Front Benchers for not being able to stay for the whole debate. I have a meeting in my constituency later, so I have to get the train. As Members know, my constituency is quite a way away, so it will take me a few hours to get there. I congratulate the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) on...

Backbench Business: Clean Water and Sanitation (Africa) — [Andrew Percy in the Chair] (21 Apr 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I was going to acknowledge WaterAid’s work later in my speech, not least because Northumbrian Water, which is based in my constituency, does a lot of work with it. Northumbrian Water has been very energetic in getting MPs in our region to take note of the sort of issues that WaterAid gets involved with. Since 2000, there have been two rounds of UN-sponsored global international...

Backbench Business: Clean Water and Sanitation (Africa) — [Andrew Percy in the Chair] (21 Apr 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I echo that point. I urge the Minister to use that good experience to help to roll out best practice elsewhere.

Backbench Business: Clean Water and Sanitation (Africa) — [Andrew Percy in the Chair] (21 Apr 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The hon. Lady is making a number of interesting points. Interesting though this trip down memory lane is, for most of us these are memories, either distant or otherwise, because we recognise the need for proper sanitation facilities. Is it not right that the focus of the debate is on how we can work with others to ensure that everyone has access to those same facilities?

Record Copies of Acts (20 Apr 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Record Copies of Acts (20 Apr 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I am afraid that I fundamentally disagree with the hon. Member for Mole Valley (Sir Paul Beresford). I congratulate the hon. Member for North Wiltshire (Mr Gray) on securing this debate and on ensuring that it has been held after the previous debate was postponed. I also pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson) for doing so much to raise the...

Record Copies of Acts (20 Apr 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: It is important that we acknowledge Brian White. Indeed, I will go on to say something about the industry in his constituency that he protected. It is perhaps because I have a truly magnificent cathedral in my constituency that is over 1,000 years old that I feel strongly that tradition is important and that we should continue to record Acts of Parliament on vellum. The existence of so many...

Record Copies of Acts (20 Apr 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The hon. Lady makes her point extremely well. When it is proposed that vellum must be discontinued because there is a cheaper alternative, I start from a perspective of great scepticism. Why should we change the practice when it has served us so well for centuries? The issue is close to my heart because of the Lindisfarne Gospels. Everyone here will know their relevance to the north-east and...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (22 Mar 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: It is a pleasure to follow my namesake, the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman). I did not agree with everything he said, but I associate myself with his comments about the dreadful events in Brussels today. I am not sure that I buy everything that the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith) said at the weekend, but he was right when he said on “The...

Commonwealth Day (14 Mar 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: rose—

Commonwealth Day (14 Mar 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I am very grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way—I can call him my hon. Friend—and congratulate him on securing this important debate on Commonwealth day. Does he agree that the theme of the Commonwealth this year—inclusivity—is an important one? We obviously want to learn and share best practice across the Commonwealth. Does he also agree that this is an important...

Commonwealth Day (14 Mar 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I just want to pay tribute to the hon. Gentleman for all the work he has done in supporting Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians and its international chairperson. That is really important because she is bringing about enormous changes in the CPA, as is the new secretary-general, Akbar Khan, who I also think we should welcome to his post. We expect great things from them both. I pay tribute to...

Commonwealth Day (14 Mar 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I am so grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way; he is being most generous. The list he is reading out is quite extraordinary and shows the huge diversity of issues that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is trying to tackle and to get serious discussion and sharing of good practice on. I would like to use this opportunity to thank Andrew Tuggey and all his staff, because they...


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