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star this property date less than 2014-03-26more like thismore than 2014-03-26
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of wind turbine developers using the Community Right to Build scheme to circumvent the local planning process. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency York Outer more like this
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Julian Sturdy more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>The Community Right to Build allows local communities to undertake small-scale, site-specific, community-led developments. It may only be used by community organisations in which local people in the relevant neighbourhood area have a majority of the voting rights and have the majority on the board of directors or governing body of the organisation, and, include different people from at least 10 different addresses within the area. This means the Community Right to Build cannot be used by property developers, including wind turbine developers, to gain planning permission for their development proposal - unless that development is something that the community wishes to see and which the community initiates.</p><p>Proposals that require an Environmental Impact Assessment or are likely to have significant effects on a site protected under the Habitats Regulations are not eligible to use the Community Right to Build. Where proposals are eligible they will be tested by an independent examiner to see that they are appropriate in the light of national planning policy and generally conform with the strategic policies of the Local Plan for the area and any neighbourhood plans that are in force.</p><p>The National Planning Policy Framework is very clear that local councils should design their policies to ensure the adverse impacts of renewable energy developments are addressed satisfactorily. To help implement the environmental balance expected by the Framework, we issued new planning practice guidance for renewable and low carbon energy last July. The guidance makes clear that the need for renewable energy does not automatically override environmental protections and the planning concerns of local communities.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Julian Sturdy more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-04-10more like thismore than 2014-04-10
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will direct the Leasehold Advisory Service to co-operate with the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and the Campaign Against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation on providing advice to leaseholders. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Worthing West more like this
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Sir Peter Bottomley more like this
star this property uin 196396 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-08more like thismore than 2014-05-08
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>My hon. Friend raises a serious matter. In July 2013, Mr Benjamin Mire resigned from his (part-time) judicial post on the Southern Residential Property Tribunal following a conduct investigation by the Ministry of Justice, but prior to the conclusion of the formal disciplinary process.</p><p>Mr Mire is Chief Executive of Trust Property Management, a firm of chartered surveyors and managing agents. The issue raised is whether this company should continue to be advertised on LEASE's (the Leasehold Advisory Service) practitioners' list.</p><p>The practitioner list is not meant to be a fully comprehensive list, nor does inclusion constitute a recommendation by LEASE. Firms pay a fee to be entered on the list and sign a contract accordingly.</p><p>In considering a recent complaint on this issue, LEASE undertook a careful review of their terms and conditions in relation to inclusion in their professional directory. This has resulted in amendments being made, and revised terms and conditions have been published on their website.</p><p>The revised terms and conditions give LEASE the right to temporarily remove an organisation's directory information from the directory if a complaint is received from a third party relating to the organisation or its listing. They also give LEASE the right to terminate the contract with immediate effect by giving written notice if a number of conditions are not met, these include:-</p><p><em>“The inclusion of the organisation's directory information on the directory conflicts with LEASE Conferences Ltd or the Leasehold Advisory Service's purposes, objectives or obligations or brings LEASE into disrepute or there is a risk (in our reasonable opinion) of any such conflict or bringing into disrepute.”</em></p><p>If Trust Property Management does not meet the new terms and conditions when their contract for inclusion in the directory is due for renewal in July, then they will be removed, as will any other organisation which similarly does not meet the revised terms and conditions.</p><p>Whilst I appreciate that this may not be as quick a step as my hon. Friend would wish, moving forward, I hope these actions taken will in due course ensure the continued integrity of the practitioners' list. I would be happy to meet my hon. Friend if he wishes to discuss this further.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 196397 more like this
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remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-05-08T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Peter Bottomley more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-04-10more like thismore than 2014-04-10
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will direct the Leasehold Advisory Service to cease carrying advertising for or links to the services of Benjamin Mire or Trust Property Management. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Worthing West more like this
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Sir Peter Bottomley more like this
star this property uin 196397 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-08more like thismore than 2014-05-08
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>My hon. Friend raises a serious matter. In July 2013, Mr Benjamin Mire resigned from his (part-time) judicial post on the Southern Residential Property Tribunal following a conduct investigation by the Ministry of Justice, but prior to the conclusion of the formal disciplinary process.</p><p>Mr Mire is Chief Executive of Trust Property Management, a firm of chartered surveyors and managing agents. The issue raised is whether this company should continue to be advertised on LEASE's (the Leasehold Advisory Service) practitioners' list.</p><p>The practitioner list is not meant to be a fully comprehensive list, nor does inclusion constitute a recommendation by LEASE. Firms pay a fee to be entered on the list and sign a contract accordingly.</p><p>In considering a recent complaint on this issue, LEASE undertook a careful review of their terms and conditions in relation to inclusion in their professional directory. This has resulted in amendments being made, and revised terms and conditions have been published on their website.</p><p>The revised terms and conditions give LEASE the right to temporarily remove an organisation's directory information from the directory if a complaint is received from a third party relating to the organisation or its listing. They also give LEASE the right to terminate the contract with immediate effect by giving written notice if a number of conditions are not met, these include:-</p><p><em>“The inclusion of the organisation's directory information on the directory conflicts with LEASE Conferences Ltd or the Leasehold Advisory Service's purposes, objectives or obligations or brings LEASE into disrepute or there is a risk (in our reasonable opinion) of any such conflict or bringing into disrepute.”</em></p><p>If Trust Property Management does not meet the new terms and conditions when their contract for inclusion in the directory is due for renewal in July, then they will be removed, as will any other organisation which similarly does not meet the revised terms and conditions.</p><p>Whilst I appreciate that this may not be as quick a step as my hon. Friend would wish, moving forward, I hope these actions taken will in due course ensure the continued integrity of the practitioners' list. I would be happy to meet my hon. Friend if he wishes to discuss this further.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 196396 more like this
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remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-05-08T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Peter Bottomley more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-04-09more like thismore than 2014-04-09
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress his Department has made on reducing the number of empty homes in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) the West Midlands, (d) Worcestershire and (e) Worcester. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Worcester more like this
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Mr Robin Walker more like this
star this property uin 196072 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-30more like thismore than 2014-04-30
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>Under this Government, the number of empty homes in England has fallen to a 10 year low. The number of long-term empty homes has fallen by around a third from October 2009 to October 2013, and the overall number of empty homes has fallen by arounda fifth over the same period.</p><p>There is more to do, yet we have a comprehensive series of policies to get empty buildings back into use and promote brownfield regeneration, as outlined in the answer of 3 April 2014, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 780W.</p><p>Local authority figures are published on my department's website, at live table 615:</p><p><a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-dwelling-stock-including-vacants" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-dwelling-stock-including-vacants</a></p><p>Statistics on Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are published by the devolved administrations. My Department does not publish regional statistics.</p><p>The number of vacant dwellings and long-term vacant dwellings, for Worcester, Worcestershire and England, are shown in Tables 1 and 2.</p><p>Table 1: All vacant dwellings, Worcester Local Authority District, Worcestershire and England, 5 Oct 2009 to 7 Oct 2013</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>5 Oct 2009</p></td><td><p>4 Oct 2010</p></td><td><p>3 Oct 2011</p></td><td><p>1 Oct 2012</p></td><td><p>7 Oct 2013</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Worcester</p></td><td><p>1,348</p></td><td><p>1,216</p></td><td><p>1,261</p></td><td><p>1,369</p></td><td><p>1,214</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Worcestershire</p></td><td><p>7,298</p></td><td><p>7,103</p></td><td><p>6,983</p></td><td><p>6,960</p></td><td><p>6,406</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>England</p></td><td><p>770,496</p></td><td><p>737,147</p></td><td><p>719,352</p></td><td><p>704,357</p></td><td><p>635,127</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Table 2: All long-term vacant dwellings, Worcester Local Authority District, Worcestershire and England, 5 Oct 2009 to 7 Oct 2013</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>5 Oct 2009</p></td><td><p>4 Oct 2010</p></td><td><p>3 Oct 2011</p></td><td><p>1 Oct 2012</p></td><td><p>7 Oct 2013</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Worcester</p></td><td><p>579</p></td><td><p>382</p></td><td><p>428</p></td><td><p>476</p></td><td><p>355</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Worcestershire</p></td><td><p>3,165</p></td><td><p>2,627</p></td><td><p>2,475</p></td><td><p>2,449</p></td><td><p>1,826</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>England</p></td><td><p>316,251</p></td><td><p>299,999</p></td><td><p>277,529</p></td><td><p>254,059</p></td><td><p>216,050</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><sup> </sup></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Bristol West more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Stephen Williams more like this
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less than 2014-04-30T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-30T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Williams more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Robin Walker more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage local authority pension funds to become signatories to the Stewardship Code. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wolverhampton South West more like this
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Paul Uppal more like this
star this property uin 193480 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-03more like thismore than 2014-04-03
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>Each local authority that administers a pension fund is already subject to statutory guidance that states that it should recognise the Financial Reporting Council's Stewardship Code and ensure that the Code is adopted by their fund managers, investment consultants and advisers. The guidance also states that the authority should include a statement of its policy on responsible ownership in its statement of the principles governing its investment decisions and report periodically to scheme members on the implementation of the policy. Sixteen of the eighty nine local government pension funds in England and Wales are themselves signatories to the Stewardship Code as asset owners.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 193481 more like this
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less than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Paul Uppal more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage local authority pension funds to become active owners or stewards of their assets as defined in the Financial Reporting Council's Stewardship Code. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wolverhampton South West more like this
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Paul Uppal more like this
star this property uin 193481 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-03more like thismore than 2014-04-03
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>Each local authority that administers a pension fund is already subject to statutory guidance that states that it should recognise the Financial Reporting Council's Stewardship Code and ensure that the Code is adopted by their fund managers, investment consultants and advisers. The guidance also states that the authority should include a statement of its policy on responsible ownership in its statement of the principles governing its investment decisions and report periodically to scheme members on the implementation of the policy. Sixteen of the eighty nine local government pension funds in England and Wales are themselves signatories to the Stewardship Code as asset owners.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 193480 more like this
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less than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Z
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4009
star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Paul Uppal more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the need for local authority pension schemes to integrate environmental, social and governance issues into their investment decision-making. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wolverhampton South West more like this
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Paul Uppal more like this
star this property uin 193479 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-03more like thismore than 2014-04-03
star this property answer text <p>These issues are matters for individual local authorities that administer pension funds to consider when deciding upon their investment strategies. Each administering authority is required to publish a statement of principles, which should address such issues. Statutory guidance states that the authority must report periodically to scheme members on the implementation of their policies.</p><p>Notwithstanding, local authorities need to focus on delivering a good rate of return for their fund and value for taxpayers, given local government pensions cost taxpayers (via employer contributions) almost £6 billion a year.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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4078
unstar this property label Biography information for Paul Uppal more like this
48155
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star this property date less than 2014-04-10more like thismore than 2014-04-10
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what levels of stock his Department holds of (a) stationery, (b) printer cartridges, (c) treasury tags and other fasteners and (d) other office consumables. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wokingham more like this
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Mr John Redwood more like this
star this property uin 196199 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-30more like thismore than 2014-04-30
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>My Department does not routinely record this information in the format requested. However, this Administration has cut spending significantly on office supplies, cutting expenditure from £480,180 (inc VAT) in 2009-10 to £73,738 in 2013-14.</p><p>In 2010, we conducted an internal review of the Department's spend on office supplies which highlighted several opportunities to achieve savings. A rationalised list of stationery items was created which:</p><p>· reduced the available catalogue of items from around 3,500 to approximately 220;</p><p>· replaced higher value branded items, with non-branded equivalents; and</p><p>· adopted recycled printer toners and copier paper.</p><p>Significant savings were also achieved by aggregating the spend of all Departments and awarding a single Cabinet Office contract for stationery items and one for electronic office supplies (printer toners and other consumables). These contracts were awarded in September 2011 and DCLG were among the first departments to adopt them in November 2011.</p><p>As part of our planned move of office accommodation this summer (to share with the Home Office to save taxpayers' money), stationery across the department will be surrendered and pooled, with the potential to save money by not ordering items locally and preventing a build-up of surplus stationery stock.</p><p>I hope this illustrates how every bit of the public sector has the potential to deliver sensible savings on back office costs.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-04-30T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-30T12:00:00.00Z
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4009
star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for John Redwood more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-04-29more like thismore than 2014-04-29
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) improvement notices in accordance with section 11, (b) prohibition orders in accordance with section 20, (c) hazard awareness notices in accordance with section 28 and (d) emergency remedial actions under section 40 or emergency prohibition orders under section 43 of the Housing Act 2004 have been issued by local authorities in England following the discovery of a category 1 hazard during a housing health and safety rating system inspection in the private rented sector in the last year. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Westmorland and Lonsdale more like this
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Tim Farron more like this
star this property uin 197159 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-07more like thismore than 2014-05-07
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>This information is not held centrally.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2014-05-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-07T12:00:00.00Z
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4043
star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tim Farron more like this
48942
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star this property date less than 2014-04-29more like thismore than 2014-04-29
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households in the private rented sector were evicted under section 8 of the Housing Act 2004 in the last year for which figures are available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Westmorland and Lonsdale more like this
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Tim Farron more like this
star this property uin 197160 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-07more like thismore than 2014-05-07
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>The Department does not hold the requested data.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2014-05-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-07T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tim Farron more like this