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Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Melanie Onn: I congratulate the hon. Member for South East Cornwall (Mrs Murray) on securing the debate and on her excellent work with the all-party fisheries group, of which she is chairman. I also echo her sentiments about the Fishermen’s Mission and its continued good work supporting fishermen and their families and local communities, particularly those in my constituency.

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Melanie Onn: A rare moment of cross-party agreement around fisheries. I thank the hon. Lady for those comments. Today, I want to focus my remarks primarily on the processing side of the fisheries industry. However, before I get on to that, I want to mention the case of a former fisherman from my constituency. In the debate last year, I raised the case of James Greene, and the issue of fishermen missing...

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Melanie Onn: Yes. I will come on to regulatory alignment and the variance thereof. I want to talk briefly about Norway, because it has been mentioned in the debate, and it is often cited as an example of how Britain’s fisheries sector could thrive outside the common fisheries policy. However, what is not mentioned is the effect Norway’s position has had on its seafood processing sector. By...

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Melanie Onn: And more expensive fish and chips, as my right hon. Friend says from a sedentary position. I met the Minister with a delegation from Grimsby’s seafood processing sector last month to discuss ways to ensure that our ports and industry could continue to grow post-Brexit, so I recognise that this issue is on his agenda. However, perhaps he could just update the House on what work he is...

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Melanie Onn: I thank the hon. Lady for sharing that point. It just goes to show how important it is, in all areas of the country and in all our coastal communities, that every effort be made to make sure that our local communities do not suffer as the outcome of Brexit becomes ever clearer. About one in five of the industry’s skilled workforce comes from overseas. Training needs to be much more...

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Melanie Onn: When my right hon. Friend watched that programme, was he as concerned as I was by the amount of plastic being ingested by some of the marine life that later goes into our food chain?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Melanie Onn: I have wanted to make a comment for some time, so I am grateful to the hon. Lady for giving way. On the supposed blocks in the previous system, I have been contacted by constituents who were previously nursing students in receipt of a nursing bursary and, under the old system, tax credits. Because that bursary was not considered an income, they were still able to get tax credits, so they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Melanie Onn: If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 29 November.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Melanie Onn: I add my congratulations to those of the First Secretary of State to Prince Harry on his engagement. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of the Labour-run North East Lincolnshire Council, the Government have included the Greater Grimsby project in their industrial strategy document, but we need more than a byline in a glossy magazine to make its potential a reality. When can we expect the...

Universal Credit (23 Nov 2017)

Melanie Onn: Given the Government’s assumptions on minimum incomes—the so-called floor, which penalises self-employed people on low incomes—will the Secretary of State review these rules, as they are putting people such as my constituent Tracy out of business and into debt?

Business of the House (23 Nov 2017)

Melanie Onn: May we have a debate in Government time on the process and implementation of school exclusions? In the last year alone, nearly 900 pupils across north-east Lincolnshire have lost 3,489 days of their education. It is critical for schools to have the support they need to provide education. Making sure that those children get the education they deserve is really important.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Melanie Onn: I congratulate the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (David Duguid) on an excellent maiden speech. I also congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field) on securing this debate. At Prime Minister’s questions yesterday, my right hon. Friend the Leader of the Opposition raised a letting agency in my constituency that has issued all its tenants with a notice of...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Melanie Onn: The notice will have left all those who received it stressed and worried for their futures.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Melanie Onn: I was really disappointed that the Prime Minister did not condemn that letter in the Chamber yesterday, and I invite the Minister to do that today. Rather than acknowledging the impact this policy is clearly having, she waxed and waned about the fact that she had not seen a copy of the letter. Well, I have the letter here, and I am very happy to hand it over to the Minister once I have...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Melanie Onn: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I need to make it absolutely clear that this is about the private rental sector; it is not about a housing association. Conservative Members may well feel that this is illegal and I know that one of them condemned the intervention that was made earlier about the fact that they believed this to be illegal. I received some completely unsolicited legal...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Melanie Onn: Despite the very clear moral questions around this action, I am advised that it remains a lawful way of operating. I have even had some indication that some landlords are issuing these notices at the outset of tenancies, which is really quite frightening—a much bigger issue than that which we are discussing here today. I really hope that the Government will look at closing this loophole...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Melanie Onn: I thank my hon. Friend. That is an excellent idea, which I hope the Minister will consider carefully and respond to. My local housing association anticipates an increase in possession orders and evictions. It expects the condition of its properties to deteriorate as tenants opt to eat rather than heat. The Library estimates that more than 13,000 people living in Great Grimsby will be eligible...

Private Landlord Licensing (15 Nov 2017)

Melanie Onn: May I ask when the latest piece of information was provided to the Department by Newham Council?

Private Landlord Licensing (15 Nov 2017)

Melanie Onn: I joined the enforcement actions of Newham Council yesterday morning, and it was alarming to see the conditions that people were living in. A £400 fee to be part of the scheme does not seem a great deal of money as a proportion of the income that landlords receive; a three-bedroom property that I saw yesterday was being let for about £1,800 per month.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Children in Temporary Accommodation (30 Oct 2017)

Melanie Onn: Despite the shocking increases in homelessness overseen by this Government, the recent National Audit Office report found that the Department has not produced a strategy to tackle homelessness. When is it going to come up with a plan and publish it, so we can finally see some action for the 120,000 homeless children in Britain today?


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