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Today, Eric Pickles and other local government ministers will be taking oral questions in the Commons. Expect there to be focus on planning reform following the Secretary of State and George Osborne’s article in this morning’s Financial Times.
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Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
*?1 Luciana Berger (Liverpool, Wavertree): ?What plans he has to localise national non-domestic rates; and if he will make a statement.
*?2 Nick Smith (Blaenau Gwent): ?What steps his Department is taking to support high streets through the planning system.
*?3 Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): ?What the timetable is for the implementation of local retention of business rates.
*?4 Chris White (Warwick and Leamington): ?What steps his Department is taking to increase the efficiency of local government expenditure.
*?5 David Morris (Morecambe and Lunesdale): ?What steps he is taking to improve transparency in local government.
*?6 Esther McVey (Wirral West): ?What the timetable is for the implementation of local retention of business rates.
*?7 Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon): ?What the timetable is for the implementation of local retention of business rates.
*?8 Gavin Barwell (Croydon Central): ?What plans he has to designate further enterprise zones.
*?9 David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): ?What plans his Department has in respect of the provision of housing for current and former members of the armed forces.
*?10 Graham Jones (Hyndburn): ?What assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of selective licensing areas.
*?11 Paul Maynard (Blackpool North and Cleveleys): ?What steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of empty homes.
*?12 Tristram Hunt (Stoke-on-Trent Central): ?What discussions he has had with heritage bodies on his Department’s proposals to reform planning legislation.
*?13 Mr David Amess (Southend West): ?What assessment he has made of the effects of the New Homes Bonus.
*?14 Pamela Nash (Airdrie and Shotts): ?What steps his Department is taking to support high streets through the planning system.
*?15 Stuart Andrew (Pudsey): ?What assessment he has made of the five year housing plan in the Leeds City Council area.
*?16 Simon Kirby (Brighton, Kemptown): ?What steps he is taking to remove burdens in the planning system.
*?17 Julie Hilling (Bolton West): ?What recent assessment he has made of potential effects on levels of local authority service provision of reductions in central Government funding to local authorities.
*?18 Mr Nick Raynsford (Greenwich and Woolwich): ?How many new homes received planning consent in the second quarter of 2011 in England.
*?19 Caroline Nokes (Romsey and Southampton North): ?What plans he has to increase the powers of local authorities in dealing with unauthorised development.
*?20 Alec Shelbrooke (Elmet and Rothwell): ?Whether he plans to set the strategic housing land availability assessments of potential housing provided by unimplemented planning permissions against the five year supply requirement.
*?21 Tony Baldry (Banbury): ?How much his Department has allocated from the New Homes Bonus to (a) Cherwell District Council and (b) all councils in England to date.
*?22 Greg Hands (Chelsea and Fulham): ?What steps his Department is taking to put into productive use empty and surplus property.
*?23 Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne and Sheppey): ?Whether his Department has considered taking steps to ensure better use of surplus holiday homes.
*?24 Graeme Morrice (Livingston): ?What assessment he has made of the quality of accommodation in the private rented sector; and if he will make a statement.
*?25 Mr Dominic Raab (Esher and Walton): ?What steps he is taking to protect the green belt.
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