Results 1–20 of 490 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

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Peter Aldous: I congratulate the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) and my hon. Friend the Member for Hazel Grove (Mr Wragg) on securing the debate. This matter is of specific interest to me. Early in December, Lloyds bank announced the closure of three branches in the Waveney Valley area of north Suffolk: in Bungay, in my constituency, and in Halesworth and Southwold in the constituency...

State Pension Age (8 Feb 2018)

Peter Aldous: I shall cut to the chase, Mr Speaker. What impact assessments have the Government carried out to assess the impact of their proposals on women born in the 1950s?

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Peter Aldous: I will not detain the House for long. The local government finance settlement is of particular interest to me due to the significant challenges that councils face in areas such as Suffolk in delivering services, particularly adult social care and children’s services. I am the chairman of the county all-party parliamentary group and in that role, along with many colleagues, I have made...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Peter Aldous: As I said, I do not represent a wealthy area, and many sacrifices have had to be made on all sides, but we need to consider things in a calm and rational way to try to come up with a solution that is fair to all. That may well involve putting additional funding into the Budget, which may be the only way to find a solution that gets approval from the majority, if not everyone.

Police Grant Report (7 Feb 2018)

Peter Aldous: Setting police budgets for 2018-19 has been a real challenge both for the Government and for local forces such as Suffolk constabulary. I recognise the significant amount of background work that my right hon. Friend the Minister carried out ahead of presenting his provisional proposals before Christmas. He visited and spoke to every police force in England and Wales so that he could obtain a...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Peter Aldous: For 27 years before arriving in this place, I practised as a chartered surveyor. Although I was a general practice surveyor, not a building or quantity surveyor, I spent a large part of my working life inspecting a wide variety of buildings. The Palace of Westminster is the most iconic building in the UK. It is not ours; it belongs to the nation. We are the custodians, with the responsibility...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Peter Aldous: It is a pleasure to serve under you chairmanship, Mr Walker. I congratulate the Petitions Committee and the hon. Member for Clwyd South (Susan Elan Jones) on their roles in securing the debate. Several constituents have written to me to ask me to participate. Generally I was of the view, beforehand, that the current legislation strikes the right balance, which accords with the...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Peter Aldous: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point, which I was not going to raise, but it is pertinent, and it is right to make it, so I thank him. There do not appear to be figures for the average length of the UK garden, but it has been suggested that the typical British garden is 50 feet long. If that is correct, many modern houses will not have gardens of the required size to ensure the safety of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Further Education Provision (29 Jan 2018)

Peter Aldous: What steps his Department is taking to improve the quality of further education provision.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Further Education Provision (29 Jan 2018)

Peter Aldous: I am grateful to the Minister for her answer. Colleges such as East Coast College are doing great work that will improve social mobility and productivity, but they need to be properly funded. Will my hon. Friend outline the steps that have been taken to ensure that that is the case so that colleges can deliver a high-quality, rounded curriculum?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Disposable Plastic Packaging (25 Jan 2018)

Peter Aldous: Will the Secretary of State outline what steps he is taking to improve and increase the capacity of recycling facilities and infrastructure across the country?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Jan 2018)

Peter Aldous: On 28 December, the East of England Ambulance Service attended an address in Lowestoft at which a man was sadly confirmed as having died. This followed on from a call the previous afternoon from the police regarding the same person, who it appears was left outside overnight in what were inhospitable weather conditions. I have now spoken to the person who made the initial call to the emergency...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Coastal Communities (22 Jan 2018)

Peter Aldous: What progress his Department has made on supporting the economies of coastal communities.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Coastal Communities (22 Jan 2018)

Peter Aldous: I am grateful to the Minister for that reply. The Lowestoft coastal communities team has developed an exciting strategy for the regeneration of the town’s historic seafront. Will my hon. Friend visit Lowestoft to see for himself the work that will transform Britain’s most easterly town into the east coast’s destination of choice?

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Peter Aldous: I am grateful to the Minister for summing up. The consultation finishes next week. Will she confirm that, in line with the previous consultation, her Department will listen very carefully and reflect on the proposals from providers? Will she also say on what sort of timetable she envisages her Department providing a response to that consultation?

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Peter Aldous: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma. The right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field) is no longer in his place, but I congratulate him and the hon. Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts) on securing this debate through their efforts, and those of their Committee members, to produce their groundbreaking and constructive report of 1 May 2017. I welcome the new...

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Peter Aldous: I do. That illustrates the point that the big challenge is in how to respond to local needs but not, as the hon. Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) said, create a postcode lottery effect. The Government’s revised proposals, which they announced at the end of October, were generally a step in the right direction. I hope that through the consultation that closes next week,...

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Peter Aldous: The hon. Lady is right. It has been said before that if we get the supported housing right, we save the national health service money. As ever—we are always making this plea—the Government need to break out of departmental silos and think holistically. I am sure that the Minister, in her new position, will take a sledgehammer to those silos. I would like to highlight feedback I...

Carillion (15 Jan 2018)

Peter Aldous: Last week, under the ten-minute rule, I introduced, together with 11 colleagues, a Bill to tackle abuse of retentions in the construction industry. In preparing for that Bill, it very quickly became clear that Carillion was one of the worst offenders. Will the Minister give me an assurance that he will take this point into account in addressing the concerns of subcontractors? Will he also...

Disability Confident Scheme — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Peter Aldous: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Ochil and South Perthshire (Luke Graham) on securing the debate. It is important that it should take place now, following the publication of “Improving Lives” on 30 November. The Christmas period gave us an opportunity to read it and to consider its findings and...


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