Peter Aldous: On behalf of the deaf and hard of hearing, Daniel Jillings, from Lowestoft, and his mother Ann have been campaigning for a GCSE in British Sign Language. I am aware that the preparatory work has been done, but can the Minister assure Daniel and Ann that the Government are doing all that they can to get that exam into the curriculum as soon as possible?
Peter Aldous: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Ryan, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Moray (Douglas Ross) on securing the debate. It provides me with an opportunity to review the position just over a year since the last bank branch closed in the market town of Bungay in my constituency, where there had been a bank branch since 1808 when Gurney’s, the predecessor of...
Peter Aldous: With town centres such as that of Lowestoft facing serious challenges, will the Minister confirm that she is working with the Treasury and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to put in place a fairer system of business taxation?
Peter Aldous: I hope that as I am the only speaker from the Government side, you might show me a little leniency, Sir Henry, but anyway, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I congratulate the hon. Member for High Peak (Ruth George) on securing the debate. The full roll-out of universal credit in Lowestoft started in May 2016. The process has not been straightforward. Many of the most...
Peter Aldous: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I am most grateful to you, the hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough (Gill Furniss) and the Minister for allowing me to say a few words. At the outset I must declare an interest, in that I am a lifelong supporter of Ipswich Town. I am a season ticket holder and a shareholder, although those shares are worthless...
Peter Aldous: What assessment he has made of the cultural importance of heritage to towns and cities throughout the UK.
Peter Aldous: Heritage will be a vital component part of town centres as they reinvent themselves, and the high street area in Lowestoft is now a heritage action zone. What steps are being taken to ensure that such good initiatives are nationally co-ordinated, so that we best promote the UK as a world heritage visitor destination?
Peter Aldous: What steps he has taken to encourage legal professionals to undertake pro bono work in the last 12 months.
Peter Aldous: I thank the Bar pro bono unit for its work advising constituents who have found themselves in some very difficult situations. The unit is being rebranded as Advocate, and it would be great if the Minister could support Pro Bono Week in November and encourage MPs and their caseworkers to make referrals as early as possible.
Peter Aldous: The hon. Gentleman makes a very good point. His constituency is similar to mine. Does he agree that 24/7 access to cash is important in market towns? Certainly I note a postcode lottery developing in my area.
Peter Aldous: Does my hon. Friend know something?
Peter Aldous: Will my right hon. Friend the Chancellor consider changing the method of assessing a property’s rateable value, so that all shops on the high street pay business rates that reflect their profitability and trading potential, putting them on a level playing field with their out-of-town and online competitors?
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the proposed new catch recording requirements for under 10 metre fishing vessels will come into force; and whether those requirements will (a) replace or (b) be additional to the existing catch (i) landing and (ii) sales recording requirements.
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the proposed installation of inshore vessel monitoring system units on under 12m fishing vessels is planned to (a) start and (b) end; and what plans he has for the phasing of that programme.
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to require the I-VMS units approved by the Marine Management Organisation to be installed on under 12 metre British registered vessels fishing in English waters with (a) no wheelhouse and (b) an irregular power supply.
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government plans to begin its review of the effectiveness of the controlling or coercive behaviour offence; and if he will consult specialist violence against women and girls organisations as part of that review.
Peter Aldous: What plans his Department has to develop and resource a recovery plan for seabirds.
Peter Aldous: I am grateful to the Minister for that reply. The UK’s seabird population is in serious decline. Will the Minister use the forthcoming review of the UK marine strategy to set out a recovery plan that includes both targets and a timeline?
Peter Aldous: Britain has a good record in recognising the global threat of climate change and taking steps to address it. That said, the threat of climate change is growing, and more action is required on more fronts. Tomorrow, the Committee on Climate Change will provide its recommendations for how to shift the UK’s long-term climate target to net zero emissions by 2050, and I anticipate that the...
Peter Aldous: I do welcome that investment. The two industries go hand in hand. In oil and gas basins all around the world, one will hear Scottish, Geordie and Norfolk and Suffolk accents, and we must ensure that that continues to be the case long after we have extracted the last drop of oil from the North sea and after other countries have moved to forms of renewable energy production. We need to look...