The House of Commons Library has issued a briefing paper
on the passage of the Housing and Planning Bill through the
Committee Stage of the Commons which you may find
The House of Commons Library have issued a briefing paper on the
passage of the Housing & Planning Bill through the Committee
Stage of the Commons which ARCH members may find useful.
The Bill was considered during at total of seventeen sittings of
the Public Bill Committee between 10 November and 10 December
The Committee Report Stage and Third Reading took place on 5
January 2015 prior to the Bill passing to the Lords.
- A number of government amendments to Part 2 of the Bill (Rogue
landlords and letting agents in England) were agreed without
Division, the most significant of which will make breach of a
banning order a criminal offence.
- A number of technical government amendments were made to parts
6 (Planning in England) and 7 of the Bill (compulsory purchase). A
new clause and schedule were added to enable the Mayor of London or
a combined authority to prepare a development plan document where a
local authority had failed to make progress on such a
- Controversial new clauses were also added to the Bill during
the Committee's final day of consideration to prevent local
authorities in England from offering secure tenancies for life in
most circumstances. Instead, they will be able to offer fixed-term
tenancies for a minimum of two years. Existing secure tenants will
not lose their security of tenure.
- New provisions were also added to amend the rights of certain
family members to succeed to secure, introductory and demoted
- The Minister, Marcus Jones, said an impact assessment on these
measures would be published before the Bill goes to the House of
- Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, Shadow Housing Minister, criticised
the decision to bring these clauses before the Committee on its
last day of deliberations.
- Government Ministers agreed to consider various points raised
during the Bill's consideration, including: the definition of
affordable housing; the limits on financial penalties which will
apply to private landlords in certain circumstances; and the
question of legislating to introduce mandatory electrical checks in
- Opposition amendments were moved on most aspects of the Bill,
none of which were successful although; as noted above, government
ministers agreed to consider some of the points made and return to
them on Report.
- Throughout the Bill's consideration the opposition made the
point that detailed scrutiny was hampered by a lack of information,
such as how high-value council housing will be defined in different
areas and how much money the government expects to raise from sales
of this vacant high-value housing. The opposition called for early
sight of regulations in which many of the detailed provisions will
View the full briefing.