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Dangerous Dogs Act: Staffordshire Bull Terriers — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (16 Jul 2018)

Neil Parish: The shadow Minister makes a very good point: the dog had done no harm. It was of good temperament and did not have a record of biting people. In this country, we are usually considered innocent until proven guilty, whereas these dogs are considered guilty because they are of a particular breed, and they are then put down, irrespective of temperament. That is exactly the point.

Dangerous Dogs Act: Staffordshire Bull Terriers — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (16 Jul 2018)

Neil Parish: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones), who put the case very well. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee is about to bring together our report, so I must be quite careful not to say exactly what I expect will be in it, but I will set out quite clearly the evidence that we have taken so far. I want to start with my experience of three weeks...

Dangerous Dogs Act: Staffordshire Bull Terriers — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (16 Jul 2018)

Neil Parish: The hon. Lady makes a good point. The postal workers’ unions that gave evidence to the Committee talked about that—especially the cage behind the door. All of us in the Chamber who have canvassed and pushed letters through letter boxes will know that on reaching some doors it is possible to hear the dog barking, but the most terrifying dog is the one that waits behind the door...

Sustainable Fisheries (4 Jul 2018)

Neil Parish: I congratulate the Secretary of State on an excellent White Paper—the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee greatly looks forward to scrutinising it. Our fishermen will get their fish back. For 40 years they have been denied that, and it will be great to see. When we do our deals with the EU, will we also negotiate with Norway and Iceland? The fish move around, especially with...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (4 Jul 2018)

Neil Parish: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether a local authority should consider its housing need when assessing a proposed Neighbourhood Plan and its proposals to build new local homes; and if he will make a statement.

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Parish: I would like to thank all Members for their contributions this afternoon. This House is at its best when we work across the parties and across Committees, as we have done to deliver this verdict on air quality. As my hon. Friend the Member for North Cornwall (Scott Mann) said, the Government want to leave this country and this planet in a better environmental condition than we found them in,...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Parish: The Minister talks about new legislation. Is that going to be a clean air Act? It is not quite clear.

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Parish: Will the Minister give way?

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Parish: As we are talking about particulates and pollution from nitric oxide, what about the Volkswagen scandal? Why have we not got any money out of that company?

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Parish: But it’s the oomph, you see.

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Parish: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Joint Report of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit, Health and Social Care and Transport Committees, Improving Air Quality, HC 433, and calls on the Government to adopt its recommendations as part of its Clean Air Strategy. I very much back speakers on the previous motion in their points about contempt of Parliament...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Parish: My hon. Friend makes a really good point. I am amazed: do British lawyers lack teeth? Do Government lawyers lack any sort of drive and ambition? It is not just Volkswagen; others out there could also contribute. If we got funds from them, those could help towards producing cleaner vehicles or helping with air quality in our inner cities and hotspots across the country. It seems so ridiculous...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Parish: The hon. Lady, a fellow Select Committee Chair, raises a very good point. What I cannot understand is that although the money is not exactly free, it is money we could get from a source separate from British taxpayers, or wherever, to help to clean up a situation created by these vehicles. I urge the Minister today to come forward with ideas about how we can get some money from the car...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Parish: My hon. Friend, who chairs the Health and Social Care Committee, makes a good point. Once we have the money, there are limitless things we can do with it. The unfortunate fact is that we do not have the money at the moment. I think the Government have felt that. Walking, cycling and altering the way we go about our daily lives is all good. It is good for our health, and it gets us out of our cars.

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Parish: The hon. Lady, who chairs the Transport Committee, is absolutely right that the money would be well spent. Our health would be improved, and therefore we would save money on the NHS and we would be able to spend the money in other ways. Why are there private individuals in this country who are prepared to bring a case against VW, yet we, as a Government, have singly failed? I would be...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Parish: I could not agree more with the hon. Lady. Not only on air quality but in food policy and agriculture policy, health needs to be considered; it needs to be considered in all these things. This can be a beacon for the way forward, but we need much more co-operation between all parts of Government and local government. We would all agree that we have to be careful that the Government do not...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Parish: I understand the hon. Lady’s concern, but I will not venture into the airport air pollution problem. A lot of the air quality, certainly on the ground, has a lot to do with the extra traffic going in and out of the terminals. That also has to be dealt with. There is a lot to be done, but I do not want to get into a huge debate about the runway at Heathrow.

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Parish: I will give way to the hon. Gentleman, whom I consider to be my hon. Friend.

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Parish: I welcome my hon. Friend’s statement. I will not venture further. It is disappointing that these matters have not been addressed properly, but I look forward to the Minister’s reply. It is also disappointing that the Government are not doing enough to support local authorities that are struggling with air quality. Local authorities face real funding restrictions. Although we said...

Leaving the Eu: Upland Farming (26 Jun 2018)

Neil Parish: Further to the point made by my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Torridge and West Devon (Mr Cox), we are making a bespoke arrangement for the future. The Dartmoor scheme has huge amounts to recommend it, but in the meantime, many of our stewardship schemes will run out before we can set up the new schemes, so is it not a good idea to run the existing systems on for a couple of years,...


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