Carl Minns

party: Liberal Democrats
constituency: Haltemprice and Howden

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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. We still have too little protection for free speech in this country

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Except in cases of genuine national security and personal privacy access to information should be available to all

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

organisation: CISTA


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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I am fully supportive of the participles contained here I would support an independent enquiry to report before the next election to propose legislative reform

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

I am not an expert on health legislation but I would assume these rights could be strengthened through guidance from NHS England. In addition I would support a campaign to ensure these rights are granted

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

Yes, I would support an enforceable minimum standard

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

organisation: Generation Rent

House prices are too high in some parts of the country but not in others. Prices are determined by economic conditions and the supply if houses. If we truly want lower house (and rent) prices raising the supply of housing through mass house building will help

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

As some one who rents, I would be concerned that a rent tax would be passed onto tenants

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 will not commit myself to specific schemes (or amounts of money) but the principle of supporting more social housing is one I support. When au was leader of a Hull City Council we built the first Council houses in Hull for over 20 years

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

Evidence from around the world shows rent controls don't work. I would have to be convinced that this would be different for the UK before I supported such a policy