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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 11th May 2004

CONSIDERATION OF BILL


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

HOUSING BILL, AS AMENDED

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Housing Bill (Programme) (No. 2).

   

Mr Charles Kennedy
Sir Menzies Campbell
Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green
Richard Younger-Ross
Mr Andrew Stunell

100

Page     3,     [Clause     2],     leave out lines 10 to 19 and insert—

    '(1)   Meanings of "category 1 hazard" and "category 2 hazard" shall be prescribed for the purposes of this Act.

    (2)   Those meanings shall be so prescribed by reference to—

      (a) hazards of prescribed descriptions, and

      (b) a ranking system for the severity of such hazards by which the question of whether a hazard achieves a particular ranking is decided by reference to—

      (i) the results of a qualitative assessment of the hazard in question, and

      (ii) an assessment of whether those results meet prescribed qualitative criteria.'.

   

Mr Charles Kennedy
Sir Menzies Campbell
Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green
Richard Younger-Ross
Mr Andrew Stunell

102

Page     3,     line     20     [Clause     2],     after 'risk,' insert '(a)'.

   

Mr Charles Kennedy
Sir Menzies Campbell
Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green
Richard Younger-Ross
Mr Andrew Stunell

103

Page     3,     line     21     [Clause     2],     after 'HMO', insert—

      '(b) that the dwelling or HMO is or is likely to be below a reasonable standard, having regard to its age, character or locality, or

      (c) that the condition of the dwelling or HMO is or is likely to be such as to interfere materially with the personal comfort of the occupying tenant, and'.

   

Mr Charles Kennedy
Sir Menzies Campbell
Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green
Richard Younger-Ross
Mr Andrew Stunell

101

Page     3,     line     27     [Clause     2],     leave out from '218(1)' to end of line 29.

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

6

Page     3,     line     39,     [Clause     3],     leave out subsection (1) and insert—

    '(1)   A local housing authority must keep the housing conditions in their area under review with a view to identifying any action that may need to be taken by them under any of the provisions mentioned in subsection (2).'.


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

7

Page     4,     line     18     [Clause     4],     at beginning insert—

    '(1ZA)   If a local housing authority consider—

      (a) as a result of any matters of which they have become aware in carrying out their duty under section 3, or

      (b) for any other reason,

    that it would be appropriate for any residential premises in their district to be inspected with a view to determining whether any category 1 or 2 hazard exists on those premises, the authority must arrange for such an inspection to be carried out.'.

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

8

Page     4,     line     28     [Clause     4],     leave out subsection (3).

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

9

Page     4,     line     38     [Clause     4],     leave out '(1) or (3)' and insert '(1ZA) or (1)'.

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

10

Page     4,     line     41     [Clause     4],     at end insert 'or proper officer (as the case may be)'.

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

11

Page     4,     line     46     [Clause     4],     leave out '(1) or (3)' and insert '(1ZA) or (1)'.


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

12

Page     5,     line     2,     [Clause     4],     leave out 'or (3)'.

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

13

Page     5,     line     4,     [Clause     4],     after '1', insert 'or 2'.


   

Mr John Hayes
Mr Robert Syms [R]
Mr Hugo Swire

134

Page     7,     line     11     [Clause     8],     at end insert—

    '(e)   the functions and requirements in respect of new qualifications and training required by environmental health officers.

    (f)   the functions and requirements in respect of the nature and time expenditure required so that these tasks can be considered to have been properly fulfilled.

    (g)   the functions and requirements in respect of the circumstances in which they may be required to compensate landlords for costs incurred in the carrying out of their duties'.

    (h)   their functions and requirements in relation to fire safety legislation and in particular consideration be given to the installation of automatic fire sprinklers in HMOs.'.


   

Mr Charles Kennedy
Sir Menzies Campbell
Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green
Richard Younger-Ross
Mr Andrew Stunell

104

Page     28,     line     34     [Clause     44],     at end insert—

    '(2A)   In the event of such an appeal being made, the notice under section 40 is not suspended.'.


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

29

Page     177,     line     35     [Schedule     3],     at end insert ', and a copy of the notice must be served on any other person who is an occupier of the premises.

     (3A) The notice and any such copy must be served sufficiently in advance of the time when the authority intend to enter the premises as to give the recipients reasonable notice of the intended entry.'.


   

John Hayes
Robert Syms [R]
Hugo Swire

127

Page     36,     line     9     [Clause     54],     leave out 'the following' and insert 'all'.

   

John Hayes
Robert Syms [R]
Hugo Swire

128

Page     36,     line     9     [Clause     54],     leave out from 'HMOs' to end of line 19.

   

Mr Clive Betts
Dr Desmond Turner
Mr Andrew F. Bennett
Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green
Richard Younger-Ross

3

Page     36,     line     10     [Clause     54],     at end insert—

      '( ) any HMO in the authority's district of 3 storeys or above or in which at least 5 people live, and'.

   

Alan Simpson
Mr Harold Best
Mr Andy Reed
Lynne Jones
Paul Flynn
Alice Mahon

87

Page     36,     line     10     [Clause     54],     at end insert—

      '( ) any HMO in the authority's district of 3 storeys or above or in which at least 4 people live, and'.

   

Mr Charles Kennedy
Sir Menzies Campbell
Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green
Richard Younger-Ross
Mr Andrew Stunell

105

Page     36,     line     37     [Clause     54],     leave out '5 years' and insert '12 months'.

   

John Hayes
Robert Syms [R]
Hugo Swire

129

Page     36,     line     37,     [Clause     54],     leave out '5' and insert '3'.

   

Mr Charles Kennedy
Sir Menzies Campbell
Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green
Richard Younger-Ross
Mr Andrew Stunell

106

Page     36,     line     38     [Clause     54],     at end insert—

      '(c) a local authority may apply to the appropriate national authority for authority to extend the 12 month period in 54(6)(b) to a maximum of 5 years. The authority in making its application must satisfy the appropriate national authority that there are good reasons why it cannot reasonably comply with the requirements of 54(6)(b).'.


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

31

Page     39,     line     40     [Clause     60],     leave out '(1) or (2)'.


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

32

Page     43,     line     10     [Clause     65],     at end insert 'or any offence listed in Schedule 3 to the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (offences attracting notification requirements)'.


   

Dr Desmond Turner
Brian White
Alan Simpson
Mr David Chaytor
Dr Brian Iddon
Dr Ian Gibson

Lynne Jones

1

Page     44,     line     5     [Clause     66],     at end insert—

      '(c) the energy efficiency of the house concerned.'.

   

Mr Charles Kennedy
Sir Menzies Campbell
Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green
Richard Younger-Ross
Mr Andrew Stunell

107

Page     44,     line     10     [Clause     66],     leave out paragraph (b) and insert—

      '(b) conditions requiring the written statement of terms in paragraph 1(5) of Schedule 4 to contain details of—

      (i) the responsibilities of the occupier in respect of his own conduct;

      (ii) the responsibilities of the occupier in respect of the conduct of other occupiers and visitors;

      (iii) the ways in which the licence holder may address any nuisance or annoyance caused to others by persons occupying or visiting the house.'.

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

33

Page     44,     line     10     [Clause     66],     leave out 'steps to be taken with a view to controlling the behaviour of' and insert 'the taking of such steps as are reasonably practicable to prevent or reduce anti-social behaviour by'.

   

Dr Desmond Turner
Brian White
Alan Simpson
Mr David Chaytor
Dr Brian Iddon
Dr Ian Gibson

Lynne Jones

2

Page     44,     line     16     [Clause     66],     at end insert—

      '(da) conditions requiring the installation of energy saving measures or efficient heating systems'.



 
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