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On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 228 [Warning]:

Baroness Andrews moved Amendment No. 131:

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 236 [Nature]:

Baroness Andrews moved Amendments Nos. 132 to 134:

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Clause 240 [Warning]:

Baroness Andrews moved Amendment No. 135:

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 247 [Management transfer]:

[Amendment No. 136 not moved.]

Baroness Andrews moved Amendment No. 137:

On Question, amendment agreed to.

[Amendment No. 137A not moved.]

Baroness Andrews moved Amendment No. 138:

On Question, amendment agreed to.

[Amendment No. 138A not moved.]

Clause 251 [Transfer of land]:

Baroness Andrews moved Amendment No. 139:

On Question, amendment agreed to.



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Clause 253 [Amalgamation]:

Baroness Andrews moved Amendments Nos. 140 and 141:

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Clause 254 [Restrictions on dealings during inquiry]:

Baroness Andrews moved Amendments Nos. 142 and 143:

“(a) that the affairs of the registered provider have been mismanaged,”

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Clause 255 [Restrictions on dealings following inquiry]:

Baroness Andrews moved Amendment No. 144:

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 257 [Suspension during inquiry]:

Baroness Andrews moved Amendments Nos. 145 and 146:

“(a) that the affairs of the registered provider have been mismanaged,”

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Clause 258 [Removal or suspension following inquiry]:

Baroness Andrews moved Amendment No. 147:

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 264 [Removal of officers]:

Baroness Andrews moved Amendment No. 148:

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 267 [Appointment of new officers]:

Baroness Andrews moved Amendment No. 149:

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 273 [General]:

[Amendment No. 150 not moved.]

Baroness Andrews moved Amendment No. 151:



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On Question, amendment agreed to.

[Amendment No. 151A not moved.]

Clause 274 [Index of defined terms]:

[Amendment No. 152 not moved.]

Baroness Andrews moved Amendment No. 153:

“Local housing authority

Section 273”

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Schedule 9 [Amendment of enactments: Part 2]:

Baroness Andrews moved Amendments Nos. 154 to 157:

“Inheritance Tax Act 1984 (c. 51)“(za) a non-profit registered provider of social housing;”.”“Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (c. 1)“(k) the Regulator of Social Housing,”.(a) at the beginning insert “In relation to a housing association which is a registered provider of social housing”, and(b) for paragraph (a) substitute “to the Regulator of Social Housing”.(a) for “registered social landlord or housing association”, in both places it appears, substitute “relevant housing provider”, and(b) in paragraph (a) after “body” insert “which is a non-profit registered provider of social housing or which is”.Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992 (c. 12)

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(a) in paragraphs (a), (c) and (d) for “the Corporation” substitute “a housing regulator”,(b) for “relevant housing association” and “association”, wherever appearing, substitute “relevant housing provider”,(c) in paragraph (c) after “given under” insert “section 166 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008,”, and(d) in the words after paragraph (d) for “the Corporation”, wherever appearing, substitute “the housing regulator”.(a) for ““the Corporation” means the Housing Corporation” substitute ““housing regulator” means the Regulator of Social Housing”, and(b) for the definition of “relevant housing association” substitute—(a) a non-profit registered provider of social housing,(b) a registered social landlord within the meaning of Part 1 of the Housing Act 1996, or(c) a body registered in the register maintained under section 57 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001.”(a) a non-profit registered provider of social housing, (b) a registered social landlord within the meaning of Part 1 of the Housing Act 1996,(c) a body registered in the register maintained under section 57 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001, or(d) a registered housing association within the meaning of Part 2 of the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1992.””“Finance Act 2003 (c. 14)(a) a non-profit registered provider of social housing, or(b) a registered social landlord.”(a) a non-profit registered provider of social housing, or(b) a registered social landlord.”

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(a) for “The Housing Corporation” substitute “The Regulator of Social Housing”, and(b) after “The Northern Ireland Housing Executive” insert—(a) is made by virtue of section 38 of that Act, or(b) is otherwise made to a relevant provider of social housing (within the meaning of section 38 of that Act) in respect of discounts given by the provider on disposals of dwellings to tenants,does not count as part of the chargeable consideration for a right to buy transaction to which the vendor is a relevant provider of social housing.””“Income Tax Act 2007 (c. 3)(a) in subsections (2) and (3) for “registered social landlord or housing association” substitute “relevant housing provider”, and(b) in subsection (3) after “body” insert “which is a non-profit registered provider of social housing or which is”.”

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Lord Dixon-Smith moved Amendment No. 158:

The noble Lord said: My Lords, we return to the subject of the home information packs. The noble Lord, Lord Graham, appears surprised but I do not see why. We have moved forward 10 days since we last debated the matter. In that debate I reported that the home information packs, which were introduced as a frightfully good idea without adequate testing, had produced a very negative result. Eight out of 10 sellers do not think that the home information pack has been any help to them in selling their property, and nor did 70 per cent of them think that it had made doing so more efficient. Curiously enough, 55 per cent of buyers did not think that it had speeded up or helped the process either.

Only a few months ago, we had the report from Sir Bryan Carsberg which took a careful look at what had happened to the home information packs and the housing market. His conclusions are highly critical. He said that the home information pack had been watered down and now appeared to consist of very little information. None the less, it still costs much the same. He said that,


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