Peter Aldous: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for giving me this opportunity to make my maiden speech. I will start by paying tribute to the hon. Member for Swansea West (Geraint Davies) for his passionate, detailed and knowledgeable speech on climate change. Indeed, it has been marvellous to listen today to some great speeches. We heard the speech of the new hon. Member for North Antrim (Ian Paisley),...
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable he has set for the ending of the home information pack scheme. [R]
Peter Aldous: If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.
Peter Aldous: Fishing and farming are important industries in my constituency of Waveney in north Suffolk, and the forthcoming reviews of the CAP and the CFP provide a great opportunity to improve the prospects of those two industries. Can the Minister and her team assure my constituents that they will stand up for British farmers and fishermen and show the leadership to get them the best possible deal?
Peter Aldous: What steps is the Department taking to ensure that the planning process not only responds to the demands of local communities, but provides an efficient supply of housing and employment land?
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the future of the common fisheries policy; and if she will bring forward proposals to (a) give local residents more influence over the future of their fishing industries and (b) end fish discards.
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the potential financial savings to the public purse attributable to steps taken to achieve the 10 per cent. carbon reduction target for Government departments.
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much renewable energy is planned to be generated in the UK from offshore wind over each of the next five years.
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fish were discarded for the purpose of meeting EU quotas in 2009.
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of the UK energy supply comes from renewable generation; and what the equivalent figure is projected to be (a) in each of the next five years and (b) in 2020.
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals to (a) limit the maximum height of wind turbines and (b) introduce a proximity rule on applications for wind farms sited close to residential areas.
Peter Aldous: What progress has been made on the Government's review of rail franchising; and if he will make a statement.
Peter Aldous: Will the Minister confirm that the review of the Greater Anglia franchise will recognise the vital importance of the east Suffolk line from Ipswich to Lowestoft, and the need for both an hourly service along the whole line and the reintroduction of through trains to London, which are being withdrawn in December?
Peter Aldous: I am grateful to you, Mr Williams, for giving me the opportunity to speak in this debate. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for West Suffolk (Matthew Hancock) for securing a debate on a matter that is of such importance to the future prosperity of Norfolk and Suffolk. He has already spoken eloquently and passionately and I want to say a few words in support of the case that he has put...
Peter Aldous: I was heavily lobbied on this issue immediately after I was elected and I listened to a lot of businesses that are concerned about the job prospects in the Lowestoft area as a result of the ban. I should like to mention in particular the Regulatory Policy Committee's report, dated 13 April, the summary opinion of which is: "The case for the prohibition of ship-to-ship oil transfers in UK...
Peter Aldous: Like most Members-I should probably say all Members-I have received many letters from constituents who have been let down by the regulatory system and who are worried that they will not receive fair compensation for the losses that they have incurred. Several of them are struggling to keep their heads above water. I place a lot of weight on the ombudsman's recommendations and findings. In her...
Peter Aldous: What steps he is taking to increase the level of private sector investment in offshore renewable energy.
Peter Aldous: The Orbis energy centre in Lowestoft is the home of many businesses at the cutting edge of the new technologies that aim to capture the economic benefits of offshore wind, wave and tidal technologies. Will the Minister accept my invitation to visit Orbis to see for himself the vital role that those companies can play in the drive towards a low-carbon economy?
Peter Aldous: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for securing the debate. I share his enthusiasm for wind energy-offshore renewable energy-and ensuring that we make the most of the opportunity that it has presented to us for our industry and for securing manufacturing in the UK. To my mind, we need to be adopting a three-pronged approach-
Peter Aldous: Thank you, Mrs Main. I was referring to the green investment bank, developing the skills base and Government-does the hon. Gentleman agree that Government acting as a catalyst to attract that investment is vital?