Anwen Barry

party: Conservative Party
constituency: Arfon

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How would you reform surveillance law, oversight and practice to respect the rights of law-abiding people?

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Again this is a difficult one, It is important to get the right balance between respecting the rights of the law abiding majority. I think that any reforms to the surveillance laws must be justified and would have to be open to challenge in a court of law.

Should people in Scotland and Northern Ireland have the same free speech protections from libel bullies as their neighbours in England and Wales?

organisation: English PEN

Yes, I think all people regardless of Nationality should have the same rightsregarding freedom of speech.

To what degree should access to information on the internet be restricted by the state or private companies?

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Where national security is at stake, then I would support the right of the state to retrict access to information on the internet. However, I would always support the right of free speech too.

The right of parents to remain with their children in hospital has been established for over forty years. How would you ensure carers of people with dementia are equally welcome in hospital?

organisation: John's Campaign

As you rightly state, the right of parents to remain with children in hospital has been established for many years. I think that if the same approach was adopted for carers of dementia sufferers it would make a great deal of difference to both patients and carers. However, there would obviously be practicalities which would have to be overcome before this could be considered as a viable option such as the availability of space or specialist accommodation.

The standards of goods and services that are essential, such as food and water, are generally highly regulated. Do you support enforced minimum standards in housing as a precondition of a renting?

organisation: Generation Rent

I think that anyone renting a property should be entitled to expect minimum standards of quality. It seems only right and fair. When you buy an item you expect it to be fit for purpose and I think the same idea should include rentalagreements.

Governments implement policies that directly and indirectly impact on house prices. Do you think house prices are too high?

organisation: Generation Rent

I think house prices are extremely high, but they have always been high as a proportion of household income. However with our help for first time buyers hopefully we can reduce the pressure on families trying to get on the housing ladder

Private sector landlords receive over £27bn a year in housing benefit and tax breaks. Would you support a rent tax that recouped up to a third of this to fund new housing supply?

organisation: Generation Rent

I think a rent tax would be too blunt an instrument to get the desired increase in housing stock Instead I think we should increase incentives for building companies to encourage the building of affordable housing, extend the Help to Buy schemes and promote the new Help to Buy Isas.

Britain spends £24 billion on housing benefit and less than £1.5 billion on building homes. Do you support an increase in the social housebuilding grant to £5 billion a year to build homes?

organisation: Generation Rent

I think we need to increase the existing housing stock if we are going to meet the needs of our growing population. To this end my party is committed to delivering 200,000 new starter homes for first time buyers, building 10,000 new affordable rent to buy homes , extend the Help to Buy scheme and keep morgage rates lowe.

Recent polling show that people support rent control by a margin of nine to one. Do you support a rent control that limits rent rises between tenancies as well as during tenancies?

organisation: Generation Rent

Ed Miliband's policies to increase red tape and tax increases on the private rented sector could actually lead to a reduction in the supply of rental accommodation. State rent controls would destroy investment and maintenance in the existing accommodation stock and for this reason I would not support this.

Would you support the creation of a Royal Commission to review Britain’s drug laws?

organisation: CISTA

I do think there are real issues surrounding Britain's drug laws especially relating to so called "legal highs". I would therefore support the creation of a Royal Commission to review Britain's drug laws.