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MPs discuss park owners

SeptNewsParkMPsPoliticians reflect on park homes inquiry and its possible ramifications for the industry

On 2 July, George Hollingbery MP (Meon Valley) asked what progress had been made in protecting the rights of people who live in park homes. Greg Clark (Minister of State, DCLG) said that the treatment of residents on many park home sites is simply unacceptable and he welcomed the Select Committee’s report which highlighted widespread abuse. He stated, ‘The Government will therefore offer their full support to the Mobile Homes Bill of Peter Aldous MP in order to secure a better deal for residents.’

In response, George Hollingbery said that the Inquiry took a good deal of evidence that criminal fraternities were making considerable inroads into the industry and asked him to outline what the proposed measures will do to rid that industry of such people.

Mr Clark said that when he read the six volumes of written evidence, one of the most shocking things he found were the number submitted anonymously because of the fear of reprisals.

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‘It is completely unacceptable that bullies and thugs should intimidate some of the most vulnerable people in our society,’ he said. ‘The Housing Minister has published a consultation on the measures that are needed to deal properly with the problem and to drive out these rogues from the sector, including restricting their ability to block sales. Those measures will be reflected in our hon. Friend’s Bill, to which I hope the whole House will give its full support as it makes progress.’

Stephen Gilbert, MP (St Austell and Newquay) welcomed the support that the Government will give to the Bill. ‘However,’ he said, ‘does the Minister agree with me and the Select Committee that the Bill should include reserve powers for a fit and proper person test should the welcome steps that the Government is already going to take not deliver justice for residents?’. In response, Mr Clark said that the Government will respond to the Select Committee’s report.  

The Select Committee said that the measure would be a big change in the regulation of the sector and that the best thing would be to carry out a review in a couple of years to see whether the changes had had an effect. 

 


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