Newsletter from Peter Aldous MP
Peter Aldous MP

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July 2018

As we break up for recess, this is my latest update on the work I've been doing on your behalf in Westminster and in Waveney.

Fisheries White Paper

With Brexit dominating the news, it is important to highlight the publication last month of the Fisheries White Paper, which provides the framework within which to revitalise the industry in Lowestoft. 

The cornerstone of this consultation document is that leaving the EU means that the UK takes back control of our territorial waters for the first time in 40 years, access will be on the UK’s terms and for the benefit of UK fishermen.

There will now be a period of consultation and next year the Government will bring forward the Fisheries Bill which other MPs and myself will scrutinise to make sure that its provisions are in the best interests of our respective constituencies.

Generally the White Paper’s proposals are welcome, though it will be important to ensure that local fishermen, particularly those in what is known as the inshore fleet, will be able to catch enough fish with which to earn a fair living. A root and branch review of the current quota system is required.

It is also important to bear in mind that over the past 40 years as the industry has declined in Lowestoft supporting facilities have either deteriorated or been removed and there is a need for funding to be provided for investment in new infrastructure.

Within this national framework the Government now need to promote the production of regional fishing strategies, like the one that the industry locally in the form of REAF (the Renaissance of East Anglian Fisheries) have submitted.

The purpose of these strategies must be to ensure that coastal communities such as Lowestoft are able to derive maximum benefit from the opportunity that Brexit presents, addressing such issues as infrastructure investment and also the future management of fisheries.

Local fishermen have a key role to play in this latter work.

It is completely wrong that electronic pulse fishing by Dutch vessels is currently allowed in waters within which they have fished for generations.

As mentioned at the outset this will not be allowed when we have regained control of our own waters, though it is important that it is banned as quickly as possible and I have re-emphasised this to Government.

In summary the White Paper is a good start, but there is much more work to do.

2019 Loan Charge

I am very concerned that the retrospective nature of the 2019 loan charge could bankrupt thousands of people and I have called on the Government to review legislation so that the loan charge will only apply to loans made after the Finance Act 2017 was passed.

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Speaking in the House of Commons on the 2019 Loan Charge

Revitalising the local fishing industry

I welcome the Secretary of State’s statement about the future for Britain’s fishing industry but we need regional strategies to be developed, within the national framework, to look at issues such as the economic link, protecting the marine environment from such damaging activities as electronic pulse fishing, access to quota for small-scale fishermen and infrastructure investment.

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Offshore wind

The Government need to make it a priority in the forthcoming sector deal to ensure that local people and businesses have the opportunity to benefit from the success of an expanding offshore wind industry.

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Speaking on the Offshore Wind Industry

Construction sector payment practices

I sought assurances from the Government that the construction sector deal to tackle problems with poor payment practices will consider retention deposit schemes as proposed in my Private Member’s Bill.

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Fishing and Brexit

I took the opportunity of Questions to the Department for Exiting the European Union to raise an issue that local people are worried about, namely that access to our fisheries will not be traded away as part of any trade deal after we leave the EU.

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County Councils

I asked the Government to provide more support to County Councils ahead of the fair funding reviews to tackle the £3.2 billion of extra funding needed by 2020 as highlighted by the County Councils Network.

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#YourHarvest event

I attended the NFU’s #YourHarvest event in Parliament. This is a campaign intended to encourage MPs to support the arable sector and encourage MPs to visit a farm during the summer recess - which I intend to do.

NDU #YourHarvest campaign

Rural Housing Week 2018

I attended an event to promote Rural Housing Week. 

The theme this year was to show how building affordable housing is helping rural communities to survive and thrive.

Next Surgeries

8th August - Lowestoft

14th September - Beccles

Call  01502 586568 to make an appointment.

Best wishes

Ways to contact me:

Phone: 01502 586568/0207 219 7182
Peter Aldous MP
15 Surrey Street
NR32 1LJ

Twitter: @peter_aldous
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