Results 1–20 of 700 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Peter Aldous

Renaissance of East Anglian Fisheries Study (5 Nov 2019)

Peter Aldous: I beg to move, That this House has considered the recommendations of the Renaissance of East Anglian Fisheries study. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Pritchard. I also welcome my hon. Friend the Minister to his place. He has been very supportive of proposals to revitalise the UK fishing industry, and through the Fisheries Bill, which I hope is only temporarily stalled,...

Renaissance of East Anglian Fisheries Study (5 Nov 2019)

Peter Aldous: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. I shall cover a lot of the issues that he has raised in my speech, but I will highlight two things immediately. First, he is correct to say that, with the opportunity to land more fish in UK ports, the whole of the country and particularly our coastal communities could benefit. Secondly, the point I will be making is that although the REAF report...

Renaissance of East Anglian Fisheries Study (5 Nov 2019)

Peter Aldous: My hon. Friend and neighbour is right. While I concentrated on the coast, where my constituency is located, the supply chain goes much further inland in East Anglia, into those constituencies, such as his, which are landlocked, for example the merchants and the type of processing industry he highlighted. The tentacles of the industry’s supply chain extend a long way. The second category...

Environment Bill (28 Oct 2019)

Peter Aldous: I welcome the Bill and will briefly home in on three issues. The first is the Office for Environmental Protection, which in some respects is equivalent to the Committee on Climate Change. It is a good idea, but for the OEP to be as effective as the CCC, it must have teeth and independence. I ask the Minister to consider two improvements in order to achieve this. First, will she consider...

Home Department: Topical Questions (28 Oct 2019)

Peter Aldous: Can the Minister confirm that she is working closely with the Lord Chancellor to ensure that the Domestic Abuse Bill goes hand in hand with root-and-branch reform of family courts to make them more accessible and less intimidating places?

Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (23 Oct 2019)

Peter Aldous: With the Government being the largest client of the construction industry, will the Minister support a private Member’s Bill—similar to the ten-minute rule Bill that I introduced in the last Session—to outlaw the abuse of retentions?

Women and Equalities: Pensions: 1950s-born Women (17 Oct 2019)

Peter Aldous: What discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the implications for the Government’s policies of the High Court judgment of 3 October 2019 on the increase in the state pension age for women born in the 1950s.

Women and Equalities: Pensions: 1950s-born Women (17 Oct 2019)

Peter Aldous: I am grateful to the Minister for those replies, but notwithstanding the High Court decision and the appeal, there are thousands of women in my constituency who were born in the 1950s and who are affected. They find the support and advice measures that have been put in place inadequate, and I ask the Minister to liaise with the Prime Minister and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Access to Justice: Court Digitisation Programme (8 Oct 2019)

Peter Aldous: What steps he is taking to modernise the courts and tribunals system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Access to Justice: Court Digitisation Programme (8 Oct 2019)

Peter Aldous: In Suffolk, nearly half of all victims of domestic abuse or sexual offences are unwilling to proceed with prosecutions. Clause 75 of the Domestic Abuse Bill will help to improve the situation, but will the Minister confirm that the Government are committed to root-and-branch reform to remove the culture of confrontation, fear and intimidation in the courts and tribunals system?

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Peter Aldous: It is a privilege to follow the hon. Member for Bradford West (Naz Shah) and to take part in this landmark debate. We have heard so many memorable contributions from all around the Chamber. This Bill has been a long time in coming, and although there has been much prior scrutiny it is very welcome. It provides the framework for tackling a crime that has scarred people’s lives for...

Park Home Residents: Legal Protection (1 Oct 2019)

Peter Aldous: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. I am aware that this is a sector you are interested in through your chairmanship of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee. I welcome the new Ministers to their places and congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Sir Christopher Chope) on securing the debate. In the past four years, there has been...

Park Home Residents: Legal Protection (1 Oct 2019)

Peter Aldous: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. He is correct and we need to address those particular issues, but we need to make sure we do so in an effective way, with the desired consequences. The introduction of the fit and proper person test was provided for in the 2013 Act and is intended to eliminate these rogues. However, the feedback from Wales is that it has not done that and that...

Park Home Residents: Legal Protection (1 Oct 2019)

Peter Aldous: My hon. Friend is correct to highlight the problem, and the situation has evolved and been allowed to develop at individual sites around the country. It may be like separating Siamese twins, but we must try, because the two sectors are completely different, serving completely different markets. If at all possible, they need to remain as such. My final point relates to the 10% commission on...

Education: Apprenticeships: Quality (9 Sep 2019)

Peter Aldous: What steps his Department is taking to improve the quality of apprenticeships.

Education: Apprenticeships: Quality (9 Sep 2019)

Peter Aldous: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for that answer. Will he work with and support the New Anglia local enterprise partnership in setting up its levy pool, which will ensure that more SMEs in Suffolk and Norfolk obtain funding for training and apprenticeships?

School Funding: East Anglia — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (3 Sep 2019)

Peter Aldous: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes. I congratulate the hon. Member for Norwich South (Clive Lewis) on securing this debate. East Anglian schools have had a raw funding deal for many years. The Government’s announcement last week of an additional £14 billion for schools nationally provides an opportunity to put right that unfairness, which so wrongly penalises...

School Funding: East Anglia — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (3 Sep 2019)

Peter Aldous: The hon. Gentleman’s point is well made. A lot of the problem is that, although the Government announced the additional funding for early years two or three years ago, the money is not getting through to several establishments, such as Little Buddies and the Rainbow Day Nursery in the Harbour ward in Lowestoft. We had meetings with the then Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for...

School Funding: East Anglia — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (3 Sep 2019)

Peter Aldous: The hon. Gentleman is right. I was coming on to my fourth point, which might broadly coincide with his. An historical issue in Suffolk, probably for the best part of 20 years, is the low number of special schools and special unit places in the county itself, meaning that Suffolk has to buy more places—both in the independent sector and out of area—at enormous cost. This problem needs to...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (22 Jul 2019)

Peter Aldous: What steps his Department is taking to reduce homelessness.


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