HC Deb 30 April 1996 vol 276 cc1026-31

Amendment proposed: No. 121, in page 87, line 11, leave out '(2) ' and insert— '(2A) As regards priorities, the scheme shall be framed so as to secure that reasonable preference is given to—

  1. (a) people occupying insanitary or overcrowded housing or otherwise living in unsatisfactory housing conditions,
  2. (b) people occupying housing accommodation which is temporary or occupied on insecure terms,
  3. (c) families with dependent children,
  4. (d) households consisting of or including someone who is expecting a child,
  5. (e) households consisting of or including someone with a particular need for settled accommodation on medical or welfare grounds, and
  6. (f) households whose social or economic circumstances are such that they have difficulty in securing settled accommodation.
The scheme shall also be framed so as to secure that additional preference is given to households within paragraph (e) consisting of someone with a particular need for settled accommodation on medical or welfare grounds who cannot reasonably be expected to find settled accommodation for themselves in the foreseeable future. (2B) The Secretary of State may by regulations—
  1. (a) specify further descriptions of people to whom preference is to be given as mentioned in subsection (2A), or
  2. (b) amend or repeal any part of subsection (2A).
(2C) The Secretary of State may by regulations specify factors which a local housing authority shall not take into account in allocating housing accommodation. (2D) As regards the procedure to be followed, '.—[Mr. Brandreth.]

Amendment proposed to the proposed amendment: (a), at end of paragraph (f), insert— '(g) persons to whom the authority are, or have been, subject to a duty under sections 164, 167, 171 and 174 of this Act.'.—[Mrs. Maddock.]

Question put, That the amendment be made:—

The House divided: Ayes 271, Noes 304.

Division No. 116] [10.07 pm
Abbott, Ms Diane Burden, Richard
Adams, Mrs Irene Byers, Stephen
Ainsworth, Robert (Cov'try NE) Caborn, Richard
Anderson, Donald (Swansea E) Callaghan, Jim
Anderson, Ms Janet (Ros'dale) Campbell, Mrs Anne (C'bridge)
Armstrong, Hilary Campbell, Menzies (Fife NE)
Ashdown, Rt Hon Paddy Campbell, Ronnie (Blyth V)
Ashton, Joe Cann, Jamie
Austin-Walker, John Carlile, Alexander (Montgomery)
Banks, Tony (Newham NW) Chidgey, David
Barron, Kevin Chisholm, Malcolm
Battle, John Church, Judith
Bayley, Hugh Clapham, Michael
Beckett, Rt Hon Margaret Clark, Dr David (South Shields)
Beith, Rt Hon A J Clarke, Eric (Midlothian)
Bell, Stuart Clarke, Tom (Monklands W)
Benn, Rt Hon Tony Clelland, David
Bennett, Andrew F Clwyd, Mrs Ann
Benton, Joe Coffey, Ann
Bermingham, Gerald Cohen, Harry
Berry, Roger Connarty, Michael
Betts, Clive Cook, Frank (Stockton N)
Blunkett, David Corbett, Robin
Boateng, Paul Corbyn, Jeremy
Boyes, Roland Corston, Jean
Bradley, Keith Cousins, Jim
Bray, Dr Jeremy Cox, Tom
Brown, N (N'c'tle upon Tyne E) Cunliffe, Lawrence
Bruce, Malcolm (Gordon) Cunningham, Jim (Covy SE)
Cunningham, Rt Hon Dr John Jones, Barry (Alyn and D'side)
Cunningham, Roseanna Jones, leuan Wyn (Ynys Môn)
Dafis, Cynog Jones, Jon Owen (Cardiff C)
Darling, Alistair Jones, Lynne (B'ham S O)
Davidson, Ian Jones, Martyn (Clwyd, SW)
Davies, Bryan (Oldham C'tral) Jones, Nigel (Cheltenham)
Davies, Chris (L'Boro & S'worth) Jowell, Tessa
Davies, Rt Hon Denzil (Llanelli) Kaufman, Rt Hon Gerald
Davies, Ron (Caerphilly) Keen, Alan
Davis, Terry (B'ham, H'dge H'I) Kennedy, Charles (Ross, C&S)
Denham, John Kennedy, Jane (L'pool Br'dg'n)
Dewar, Donald Khabra, Piara S
Dixon, Don Kilfoyle, Peter
Dobson, Frank Lestor, Joan (Eccles)
Dowd, Jim Lewis, Terry
Dunwoody, Mrs Gwyneth Liddell, Mrs Helen
Eagle, Ms Angela Litherland, Robert
Eastham, Ken Livingstone, Ken
Etherington, Bill Lloyd, Tony (Stretford)
Evans, John (St Helens N) Llwyd, Elfyn
Ewing, Mrs Margaret Loyden, Eddie
Fatchett, Derek Lynne, Ms Liz
Faulds, Andrew McAllion, John
Field, Frank (Birkenhead) McAvoy, Thomas
Fisher, Mark McCartney, Ian
Foster, Rt Hon Derek McCartney, Robert
Foster, Don (Bath) McFall, John
Foulkes, George McGrady, Eddie
Fraser, John McKelvey, William
Fyfe, Maria Mackinlay, Andrew
Galbraith, Sam McLeish, Henry
Galloway, George Maclennan, Robert
Gapes, Mike McMaster, Gordon
Garrett, John MacShane, Denis
George, Bruce Maddock, Diana
Gerrard, Neil Mahon, Alice
Gilbert, Rt Hon Dr John Mandelson, Peter
Godsiff, Roger Marshall, David (Shettleston)
Golding, Mrs Llin Marshall, Jim (Leicester, S)
Gordon, Mildred Martin, Michael J (Springburn)
Graham, Thomas Martlew, Eric
Grant, Bernie (Tottenham) Maxton, John
Griffiths, Nigel (Edinburgh S) Meacher, Michael
Griffiths, Win (Bridgend) Meale, Alan
Grocott, Bruce Michael, Alun
Gunnell, John Michie, Bill (Sheffield Heeley)
Hain, Peter Michie, Mrs Ray (Argyll & Bute)
Hall, Mike Milburn, Alan
Hanson, David Miller, Andrew
Hardy, Peter Mitchell, Austin (Gt Grimsby)
Harman, Ms Harriet Moonie, Dr Lewis
Harvey, Nick Morgan, Rhodri
Hattersley, Rt Hon Roy Morley, Elliot
Henderson, Doug Morris, Estelle (B'ham Yardley)
Heppell, John Morris, Rt Hon John (Aberavon)
Hill, Keith (Streatham) Mowlam, Marjorie
Hinchliffe, David Mudie, George
Hodge, Margaret Mullin, Chris
Hoey, Kate Murphy, Paul
Hogg, Norman (Cumbernauld) Nicholson, Emma (Devon West)
Hoon, Geoffrey Oakes, Rt Hon Gordon
Howarth, Alan (Strat'rd-on-A) O'Brien, Mike (N W'kshire)
Howarth, George (Knowsley North) O'Brien, William (Normanton)
Howells, Dr Kim (Pontypridd) O'Hara, Edward
Hoyle, Doug Olner, Bill
Hughes, Robert (Aberdeen N) Pearson, Ian
Hughes, Roy (Newport E) Pendry, Tom
Hutton, John Pickthall, Colin
Illsley, Eric Pike, Peter L
Ingram, Adam Pope, Greg
Jackson, Glenda (H'stead) Powell, Ray (Ogmore)
Jackson, Helen (Shef'ld, H) Prentice, Bridget (Lew'm E)
Jamieson, David Prentice, Gordon (Pendle)
Janner, Greville Prescott, Rt Hon John
Jenkins, Brian (SE Staff) Primarolo, Dawn
Johnston, Sir Russell Purchase, Ken
Quin, Ms Joyce Strang, Dr. Gavin
Radice, Giles Straw, Jack
Randall, Stuart Sutcliffe, Gerry
Raynsford, Nick Taylor, Matthew (Truro)
Reid, Dr John Thompson, Jack (Wansbeck)
Rendel, David Timms, Stephen
Robertson, George (Hamilton) Tipping, Paddy
Robinson, Geoffrey (Co'try NW) Touhig, Don
Roche, Mrs Barbara Trickett, Jon
Rogers, Allan Turner, Dennis
Rooker, Jeff Tyler, Paul
Rooney, Terry Vaz, Keith
Ross, Ernie (Dundee W) Wallace, James
Rowlands, Ted Walley, Joan
Ruddock, Joan Wardell, Gareth (Gower)
Salmond, Alex Wareing, Robert N
Sedgemore, Brian Watson, Mike
Sheerman, Barry Welsh, Andrew
Sheldon, Rt Hon Robert Wicks, Malcolm
Shore, Rt Hon Peter Wigley, Dafydd
Short, Clare Williams, Rt Hon Alan (Sw'n W)
Simpson, Alan Williams, Alan W (Carmarthen)
Skinner, Dennis Wilson, Brian
Smith, Andrew (Oxford E) Wise, Audrey
Smith, Chris (Isl'ton S & F'sbury) Worthington, Tony
Smith, Llew (Blaenau Gwent) Wray, Jimmy
Snape, Peter Wright, Dr Tony
Soley, Clive Young, David (Bolton SE)
Spellar, John
Squire, Rachel (Dunfermline W) Tellers for the Ayes:
Steel, Rt Hon Sir David Mr. Archy Kirkwood and
Steinberg, Gerry Mr. Simon Hughes.
Ainsworth, Peter (East Surrey) Carlisle, John (Luton North)
Aitken, Rt Hon Jonathan Carlisle, Sir Kenneth (Lincoln)
Alexander, Richard Carrington, Matthew
Alison, Rt Hon Michael (Selby) Carttiss, Michael
Allason, Rupert (Torbay) Channon, Rt Hon Paul
Amess, David Chapman, Sir Sydney
Ancram, Rt Hon Michael Churchill, Mr
Arbuthnot, James Clappison, James
Arnold, Jacques (Gravesham) Clark, Dr Michael (Rochford)
Ashby, David Clarke, Rt Hon Kenneth (Ru'clif)
Atkins, Rt Hon Robert Clifton-Brown, Geoffrey
Atkinson, David (Bour'mouth E) Coe, Sebastian
Atkinson, Peter (Hexham) Congdon, David
Baker, Rt Hon Kenneth (Mole V) Conway, Derek
Baker, Nicholas (North Dorset) Coombs, Anthony (Wyre For'st)
Baldry, Tony Coombs, Simon (Swindon)
Banks, Matthew (Southport) Cope, Rt Hon Sir John
Banks, Robert (Harrogate) Cormack, Sir Patrick
Batiste, Spencer Couchman, James
Beggs, Roy Cran, James
Bendall, Vivian Currie, Mrs Edwina (S D'by'ire)
Beresford, Sir Paul Curry, David (Skipton & Ripon)
Biffen, Rt Hon John Davies, Quentin (Stamford)
Bonsor, Sir Nicholas Davis, David (Boothferry)
Booth, Hartley Deva, Nirj Joseph
Boswell, Tim Devlin, Tim
Bottomley, Peter (Eltham) Dicks, Terry
Bottomley, Rt Hon Virginia Douglas-Hamilton, Lord James
Bowden, Sir Andrew Dover, Den
Bowis, John Duncan, Alan
Boyson, Rt Hon Sir Rhodes Duncan Smith, Iain
Brandreth, Gyles Dunn, Bob
Brazier, Julian Durant, Sir Anthony
Bright, Sir Graham Elletson, Harold
Brooke, Rt Hon Peter Emery, Rt Hon Sir Peter
Brown, M (Brigg & Cl'thorpes) Evans, David (Welwyn Hatfield)
Browning, Mrs Angela Evans, Jonathan (Brecon)
Budgen, Nicholas Evans, Nigel (Ribble Valley)
Burns, Simon Evans, Roger (Monmouth)
Burt, Alistair Evennett, David
Butcher, John Faber, David
Butler, Peter Fabricant, Michael
Fenner, Dame Peggy Legg, Barry
Field, Barry (Isle of Wight) Leigh, Edward
Fishburn, Dudley Lennox-Boyd, Sir Mark
Forman, Nigel Lester, Sir James (Broxtowe)
Forsyth, Rt Hon Michael (Stirling) Lidington, David
Forsythe, Clifford (S Antrim) Lilley, Rt Hon Peter
Forth, Eric Lloyd, Rt Hon Sir Peter (Fareham)
Fowler, Rt Hon Sir Norman Lord, Michael
Fox, Dr Liam (Woodspring) Luff, Peter
Fox, Rt Hon Sir Marcus (Shipley) Lyell, Rt Hon Sir Nicholas
Freeman, Rt Hon Roger MacGregor, Rt Hon John
French, Douglas MacKay, Andrew
Fry, Sir Peter Maclean, Rt Hon David
Gale, Roger McLoughlin, Patrick
Gallie, Phil McNair-Wilson, Sir Patrick
Gardiner, Sir George Madel, Sir David
Garel-Jones, Rt Hon Tristan Maitland, Lady Olga
Garnier, Edward Major, Rt Hon John
Gill, Christopher Malone, Gerald
Gillan, Cheryl Mans, Keith
Goodlad, Rt Hon Alastair Marland, Paul
Goodson-Wickes, Dr Charles Marshall, John (Hendon S)
Gorman, Mrs Teresa Marshall, Sir Michael (Arundel)
Gorst, Sir John Martin, David (Portsmouth S)
Grant, Sir A (SW Cambs) Mawhinney, Rt Hon Dr Brian
Greenway, Harry (Ealing N) Mayhew, Rt Hon Sir Patrick
Greenway, John (Ryedale) Mellor, Rt Hon David
Griffiths, Peter (Portsmouth, N) Merchant, Piers
Grylls, Sir Michael Mills, Iain
Gummer, Rt Hon John Selwyn Mitchell, Andrew (Gedling)
Hague, Rt Hon William Moate, Sir Roger
Hamilton, Rt Hon Sir Archibald Molyneaux, Rt Hon Sir James
Hamilton, Neil (Tatton) Monro, Rt Hon Sir Hector
Hampson, Dr Keith Montgomery, Sir Fergus
Hanley, Rt Hon Jeremy Moss, Malcolm
Hannam, Sir John Needham, Rt Hon Richard
Hargreaves, Andrew Neubert, Sir Michael
Haselhurst, Sir Alan Newton, Rt Hon Tony
Hawkins, Nick Nicholls, Patrick
Hawksley, Warren Nicholson, David (Taunton)
Heald, Oliver Norris, Steve
Heathcoat-Amory, Rt Hon David Onslow, Rt Hon Sir Cranley
Hendry, Charles Oppenheim, Phillip
Heseltine, Rt Hon Michael Ottaway, Richard
Higgins, Rt Hon Sir Terence Page, Richard
Hill, James (Southampton Test) Paice, James
Horam, John Patnick, Sir Irvine
Hordern, Rt Hon Sir Peter Patten, Rt Hon John
Howard, Rt Hon Michael Pattie, Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey
Howell, Rt Hon David (G'dford) Pawsey, James
Howell, Sir Ralph (N Norfolk) Peacock, Mrs Elizabeth
Hughes, Robert G (Harrow W) Pickles, Eric
Hunt, Rt Hon David (Wirral W) Porter, David (Waveney)
Hunt, Sir John (Ravensbourne) Portillo, Rt Hon Michael
Hunter, Andrew Powell, William (Corby)
Hurd, Rt Hon Douglas Rathbone, Tim
Jack, Michael Redwood, Rt Hon John
Jackson, Robert (Wantage) Renton, Rt Hon Tim
Jessel, Toby Richards, Rod
Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey Riddick, Graham
Jones, Gwilym (Cardiff N) Rifkind, Rt Hon Malcolm
Jones, Robert B (W Hertfdshr) Robathan, Andrew
Jopling, Rt Hon Michael Roberts, Rt Hon Sir Wyn
Kellett-Bowman, Dame Elaine Robertson, Raymond (Ab'd'n S)
Key, Robert Robinson, Mark (Somerton)
Kirkhope, Timothy Roe, Mrs Marion (Broxbourne)
Knapman, Roger Ross, William (E Londonderry)
Knight, Mrs Angela (Erewash) Rowe, Andrew (Mid Kent)
Knight, Rt Hon Greg (Derby N) Rumbold, Rt Hon Dame Angela
Knight, Dame Jill (Bir'm E'st'n) Ryder, Rt Hon Richard
Knox, Sir David Sackville, Tom
Kynoch, George (Kincardine) Sainsbury, Rt Hon Sir Timothy
Lait, Mrs Jacqui Scott, Rt Hon Sir Nicholas
Lamont, Rt Hon Norman Shaw, David (Dover)
Lang, Rt Hon Ian Shephard, Rt Hon Gillian
Lawrence, Sir Ivan Shepherd, Richard (Aldridge)
Shersby, Sir Michael Tredinnick, David
Sims, Roger Trend, Michael
Skeet, Sir Trevor Trotter, Neville
Smith, Sir Dudley (Warwick) Twinn, Dr Ian
Smith, Tim (Beaconsfield) Vaughan, Sir Gerard
Soames, Nicholas Viggers, Peter
Speed, Sir Keith Waldegrave, Rt Hon William
Spencer, Sir Derek Wakden, George
Spicer, Sir James (W Dorset) Walker, A Cecil (Belfast N)
Spicer, Sir Michael (S Worcs) Walker, Bill (N Tayside)
Spink, Dr Robert Waller, Gary
Spring, Richard Ward, John
Sproat Iain Wardle, Charles (Bexhill)
Squire, Robin (Hornchurch) Waterson, Nigel
Stanley, Rt Hon Sir John Watts, John
Steen, Anthony Wells, Bowen
Stephen, Michael Wheeler, Rt Hon Sir John
Stern, Michael Whitney, Ray
Stewart, Allan Whittingdale, John
Sweeney, Walter Wiggin, Sir Jerry
Tapsell, Sir Peter Wilkinson, John
Taylor, Ian (Esher) Willetts, David
Taylor, John M (Solihull) Winterton, Nicholas (Macc'fld)
Taylor, Sir Teddy (Southend, E) Wolfson, Mark
Thomason, Roy Wood, Timothy
Thompson, Sir Donald (C'er V) Yeo, Tim
Thompson, Patrick (Norwich N) Young, Rt Hon Sir George
Thornton, Sir Malcolm
Townend, John (Bridlington) Tellers for the Noes:
Townsend, Cyril D (Bexl'yh'th) Mr. Michael Bates and
Tracey, Richard Mr. Gary Streeter.

Question accordingly negatived.

Main Question put and agreed to.

Amendments made: No. 122, in page 87, line 13, leave out 'any such regulations' and insert 'the above provisions, and to any regulations made under them, '.

No. 123, in page 87, line 14, at end insert— '( ) Before adopting an allocation scheme, or making an alteration to their scheme reflecting a major change of policy, a local housing authority shall—

  1. (a) send a copy of the draft scheme, or proposed alteration, to every registered social landlord with which they have nomination arrangements (see section 137(4)), and
  2. (b) afford those persons a reasonable opportunity to comment on the proposals.'.—[Mr. Curry.]

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