Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Question session will take place today at 2.30pm. LGiU will cover the oral questions live and will produce a briefing available to member authorities.

1 Mr Douglas Carswell (Clacton): What steps his Department has taken to increase transparency in (a) local government and (b) departmental spending.

2 Sir Bob Russell (Colchester): What plans he has to return empty homes to use.

3 Alex Cunningham (Stockton North): What recent assessment he has made of value for money and standards for tenants offered by the private rented sector.

4 Dr Sarah Wollaston (Totnes): What steps he is taking to make (a) empty houses and (b) vacant properties above shops available for rent.

5 Dr Julian Huppert (Cambridge): What plans he has to return empty homes to use.

6 Charlie Elphicke (Dover): What plans he has to return empty homes to use.

7 Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East): What estimate he has made of changes in the level of funding from the public purse to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service between 2011-12 and 2014-15.

8 Grahame M. Morris (Easington): What assessment he has made of the potential effects on lower income households of his planned localisation of and changes to council tax benefit.

9 Dr Daniel Poulter (Central Suffolk and North Ipswich): What steps his Department is taking to address levels of pay for senior officials in local government.

10 Diana Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North): What assessment he has made of the possible effects on local authorities in deprived areas of his planned localisation of national non-domestic rates.

11 Ian Lucas (Wrexham): If he will undertake a comparative assessment of parking schemes in town centres.

12 Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central): What assessment he has made of the potential effect of his proposals for the localisation of business rates on regional inequality.

13 Angela Smith (Penistone and Stocksbridge): When he plans to publish information on transitional arrangements in respect of his National Planning Policy Framework.

14 Iain Stewart (Milton Keynes South): What his timetable is for the next allocations of the New Homes Bonus.

15 Julian Smith (Skipton and Ripon): What steps his Department is taking to ensure the efficient approval of applications to the European Regional Development Fund.

16 Amber Rudd (Hastings and Rye): What his timetable is for the next allocations of the New Homes Bonus.

17 Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East): If he will provide an update on the work of the Troubled Families Team based in his Department.

18 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test): What assessment he has made of recent trends in housing affordability.

19 Damian Hinds (East Hampshire): What steps he plans to take to tackle the problems of the most troubled families.

20 Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne and Sheppey): What steps he has taken to support former members of the armed forces in relation to housing.

21 Stephen Mosley (City of Chester): What steps his Department is taking to support local high streets.

22 Simon Kirby (Brighton, Kemptown): What steps he has taken to support former members of the armed forces in relation to housing.

23 John Robertson (Glasgow North West): How many local authorities have committed to setting up a replacement for the Department for Work and Pension’s social fund.

24 Steve Rotheram (Liverpool, Walton): When he plans to announce his policy on community cohesion.

25 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): When he plans to announce his policy on community cohesion.