Results 141–160 of 1022 for speaker:Peter Aldous

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Power to grant licences in respect of British fishing boats (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: I will not move amendment 17, because it relates to—shall we say—the West Lothian question relating to fishing.

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Effect of statements (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: It has been a useful short debate. I was not happy with the clause as it is drafted; there needs to be a balance between flexibility—that is needed—and not too much flexibility that gives the get-out-of-jail card. I thank the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun for his suggestion that we look at this in a bit more detail, and the Minister for taking up that offer. I look forward to...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Access to British fisheries by foreign fishing boats (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: I beg to move amendment 21, in clause 8, page 5, line 13, leave out “a” and insert “an annual British”. The amendment applies to clause 8 and to schedule 2. There is concern that there are no provisions in the Bill for foreign vessels to comply with the same standards as UK vessels. Foreign vessels’ access to UK waters must be contingent on compliance with the same...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Access to British fisheries by foreign fishing boats (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: I thank the Minister for his latter clarification in response to the question from the hon. Member for Stafford. He has saved me from the embarrassment of shoddy use of language. I am also grateful to him for providing such extensive clarification and reassurances, and on that basis, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: British fishing boats required to be licensed (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: I will not detain the Committee long. New clause 18 is a probing one to seek clarification from the Minister on the extent of the MMO’s responsibility with regard to the licensing of fishing boats. I particularly seek clarification that the conditions will still apply when rights have been transferred. I am concerned that there might be loopholes that the ingenious might seek to exploit,...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Effect of statements (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: I beg to move amendment 89, in clause 6, page 4, line 29, leave out from “authority” to end of line 34.

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Effect of statements (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: Amendments 81 and 82, which come next, also relate to this clause, and the points that I make now apply to those changes as well.

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Effect of statements (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: Thank you, Mr Gray. I will highlight two points on which I hope to gain clarification from the Minister. First, it is important for all public bodies involved in fisheries management to adhere to the principle of the fisheries statements. The amendments therefore seek to expand the scope of the list of those authorities to which the statements apply. I have also sought to ensure that the list...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Fisheries statements (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: I accept that the Bill is not the right place to take account of these concerns, but it is important to air them, and that is what I have done. I sense that there might be a problem further down the line. I hope that I have fired a warning shot that that might be a problem and that we need to be awake to that, and to address it. In the Fisheries Bill, we are setting out the new UK fishing...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Fisheries statements (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: I am grateful to the Minister for his reply. I hear what he says about amendment 87 and the fact that, as the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun said, it stumbles into devolution issues. However, I am grateful for the Minister’s undertaking to look at clause 88 in more detail with a view to coming back with more information addressing my concerns on Report. On that basis, I do not wish...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Fisheries statements (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: I beg to move amendment 15, in clause 2, page 3, line 24, at end insert— “(e) the Minister with responsibility for English fisheries.” To set the Minister with responsibility for English fisheries at an equal level to Scottish Ministers, Welsh Ministers and the Northern Ireland department.

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Fisheries statements (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: The intent behind these amendments applies also to amendments 17, 18 and 19, and new clause 8. I would be inclined to describe this as the West Lothian question set to fishing. In principle, there is a lot to commend evolution in a fishing context. We are getting towards that regional, more local system of management, which a lot of people felt was one of the problems with the common...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Fisheries objectives (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: I have listened with interest to the Minister’s reply. I do not necessarily want to overburden the Bill—it is, as he says, an enabling framework Bill—with unnecessary rules and regulations. However, one of this Parliament’s best pieces of legislation was the Climate Change Act 2008, and that contains an obligation to report annually to the House. I hear what he says about the...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Fisheries statements (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: I beg to move amendment 87, in clause 2, page 2, line 37, at end insert “and their policies for distribution of fishing opportunities.”

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Fisheries statements (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: These two amendments seek to obtain clarification on what one might describe as the elephant in the room in current fisheries management—that is, the fair distribution of fishing opportunities. The current situation is one of haves and have-nots, and we have heard that what is now known as the under-10-metre sector falls into the have-nots. The Bill provides no clear forum for the four...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Fisheries objectives (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: I beg to move amendment 80, in clause 1, page 2, line 32, at end insert— “(10) The fisheries policy authorities mush publish, on at least an annual basis, an update on progress made against the fisheries objectives.”

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Fisheries objectives (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. Amendment 80 would add the proposed words to clause 1 and it should be read in conjunction with amendment 78. It provides for the fisheries policy authorities to publish, at least annually, an update on the progress that they have made towards securing the fisheries objectives. It would give the objectives true meaning and...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Fisheries objectives (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: I beg to move amendment 79, in clause 1, page 2, line 11, at end insert— “(c) to ensure that fishing activities are managed in a manner that contributes to the achievement of good environmental status as set out in Article 1 of Directive 2008/56/EC and is consistent with all other international and domestic environmental legislation The amendment would add to the ecosystem...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Fisheries objectives (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: I am grateful to the Minister for that reassurance and confirmation that the UK is very much aware of its environmental responsibilities and is thinking globally. He is right to be adopting that approach. I will highlight two issues. The UK overseas territories might be small in land mass, but many sit in enormous oceans. We also have, in my own constituency, the Centre for Environment,...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Fisheries objectives (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: I am pleased that the Minister has given me the assurance that I was seeking about the Government’s aspirations and ambitions. On that basis, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.


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