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Transport: Topical Questions (19 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Transport: Topical Questions (19 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: When there are delays at the port of Dover, whether due to weather, strikes or the French, the impact on local jobs, businesses and residents is absolutely enormous. I welcome the £45-million levelling-up fund investment in our local campaign to keep Dover clear. I thank my right hon. Friend for that. Will he join me in thanking the Conservative leaders of Kent County Council and Dover...

Levelling-up Fund Round 2 (19 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: Dover is a priority 1 area and we were unsuccessful in the first round. We engaged with officials, whom I thank for their professionalism and guidance in the very transparent and open round 1 process. That enabled us to put in a different, successful bid for £18 million for our new creative and digital hub, bringing jobs and skills to Dover. I would be grateful if my right hon. and learned...

Online Safety Bill: New Clause 1 - Report on redress for individual complaints (17 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker—if I may say so, it is a pleasure to see my east Kent neighbour in the Chair. I will speak to amendment 82, which was tabled in my name, and in support of new clause 2 and amendment 83. At the last Report stage I spoke at some length on an associated amendment, and I am conscious that many Members wish to speak, so I will keep my comments brief. I am grateful to...

Public Bill Committee: Seafarers’ Wages Bill [Lords]: New Clause 9 - Directors of companies operating services to which this Act applies: personal liability for non-compliance of operator (17 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way, and I ask for a bit of latitude in responding. It is disappointing that Opposition Members are determined to get their headlines and try to make a point of difference. They are trying to say that we on the Government Benches are not working for the people and the seafarers when we are the people leading this legislation. I was clear that the new...

Public Bill Committee: Seafarers’ Wages Bill [Lords]: New Clause 9 - Directors of companies operating services to which this Act applies: personal liability for non-compliance of operator (17 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: I wish to speak about this new clause, because we are all of the view that Peter Hebblethwaite should not be allowed to be a director. I made a formal complaint to the Insolvency Service on directors disqualification for the whole of that board. The Insolvency Service has still not completed its civil proceedings, although it has said that it is not minded to take criminal proceedings. It is...

Public Bill Committee: Seafarers’ Wages Bill [Lords]: New Clause 9 - Directors of companies operating services to which this Act applies: personal liability for non-compliance of operator (17 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. That is clearly rubbish, because the Government at the time, including the then Secretary of State, my right hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps), took immediate action—action that no one expected to be taken—as did the Minister at the time, my hon. Friend the Member for Witney. I was involved directly in that action...

Public Bill Committee: Seafarers’ Wages Bill [Lords]: New Clause 9 - Directors of companies operating services to which this Act applies: personal liability for non-compliance of operator (17 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: As I said, I do not think that Peter Hebblethwaite should be a director and I am taking steps to ask the Insolvency Service to remove him.

Public Bill Committee: Seafarers’ Wages Bill [Lords]: New Clause 9 - Directors of companies operating services to which this Act applies: personal liability for non-compliance of operator (17 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: I will come back to the hon. Gentleman in a moment. What we have seen with P&O is why I think the right place for tackling this is through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which I have been encouraging to look at this issue. P&O did not do this once or twice, but three times: it promoted someone to be chief executive who did what the bosses wanted, and then that...

Public Bill Committee: Seafarers’ Wages Bill [Lords]: New Clause 9 - Directors of companies operating services to which this Act applies: personal liability for non-compliance of operator (17 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: I think we have already explored how adding the odd report here or there will not be the game changer that is needed to ensure that acts like this do not happen again. That is why the Bill is part of an overall strategy and a nine-point plan, as the Government have set out. New clause 9 would go considerably further than the obligations that already apply to non-compliance with the minimum...

Public Bill Committee: Seafarers’ Wages Bill [Lords]: New Clause 5 - Implementation and monitoring (17 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: It is to be noted that new clauses 5 and 7 concern reports about whether more needs to be done. I think we agree across the Committee and more widely that what happened in the P&O case was a spark to firm action going forward. We touched on the issue of roster patterns earlier on, but I want to address it specifically. We know it is something the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has looked at...

Public Bill Committee: Seafarers’ Wages Bill [Lords]: New Clause 5 - Implementation and monitoring (17 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question. Let me explain. This Bill is a piece of legislation that has been brought forward very quickly—in a number of months. I think we would all agree with that, considering the time that things take in this place, but it has a number of journeys to continue on. The first reports under the proposals here would take some time—within six months for the...

Public Bill Committee: Seafarers’ Wages Bill [Lords]: Clause 9 - Refusal of harbour access for failure to pay surcharge (17 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: The concern, and I am pleased to hear the Minister has some sympathy for it, is that we do not want seafarers caught in the middle of the bad behaviour of bosses. I appreciate that the provision to which he draws our attention relates to that, but will he further consider whether that needs to be broader to protect seafarers?

Public Bill Committee: Seafarers’ Wages Bill [Lords]: Clause 3 - Power to request declaration (17 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: I will take the opportunity to speak to these clauses and amendments. They cover the short straits, and first I will comment specifically on the issue of 120 calls per year. Looking at the short straits, according to figures from the UK Chamber of Shipping, the number of port calls meets the threshold by 30 to 40 times in relation to the Dover-Calais and Dover-Dunkirk lines: around 4,000 port...

Public Bill Committee: Seafarers’ Wages Bill [Lords]: Clause 3 - Power to request declaration (17 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. Indeed, I would like later to come back in the relevant section in relation to roster patterns, which are very important. I am giving the Danish example as a reason why we need clarity to exclude the provision from our calculation of national minimum wage. It is not appropriate or correct to exclude food and accommodation when someone is on their ferry....

Public Bill Committee: Seafarers’ Wages Bill [Lords]: Clause 3 - Power to request declaration (17 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: I had expected to speak on this issue when we reached new clause 5, but since we are talking about roster patterns, I will comment on it. The capsizing of the Herald of Free Enterprise was an absolute tragedy that we—the RMT and all of us down in Dover—come together to remember every year. It is such an important thing to remember, and I am grateful to the hon. Member for Kingston upon...

Public Bill Committee: Seafarers’ Wages Bill [Lords]: Clause 3 - Power to request declaration (17 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: The port of Dover is one of those directly affected and, given the situation in relation to P&O, which affected so many seafarers in my constituency, it is a particular concern. In relation to clauses 3 and 4, I would be grateful if my hon. Friend the Minister could confirm that he will take into account the considerable concerns of port operators about how the declarations—with the...

NHS: Long-term Strategy (11 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: On delivery by Labour, over the many years of a Labour Government, Dover and Deal saw its health service absolutely decimated, service by service. What has happened under a Conservative Government? There has been a new hospital built for Dover, the first dementia village in the country, built for Dover and Deal, one of the first 40 diagnostic covid hubs, delivered for Dover and Deal, and a...

Public Bill Committee: Supported Housing (Regulatory Oversight) Bill: Clause 8 - Planning (11 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: I am grateful for the opportunity to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Efford. I want briefly to explore the new provision on homelessness, the intent of which I wholeheartedly support. The Bill has been introduced with a focus on the outrageous examples of rogue landlords, who must be dealt with. However, as we have explored in the Select Committee review, and in my own experience, some of...

Public Bill Committee: Supported Housing (Regulatory Oversight) Bill: Clause 3 - National Supported Housing Standards (11 Jan 2023)

Natalie Elphicke: The Chair of the Select Committee is right to raise the issue of how housing standards can be enforced in this important area, particularly as they affect vulnerable people. I ask the Minister to consider whether the connection of the financial payment—that relationship with DWP extra support payments, which my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall North rightly raised—could be part of the...


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