Peter Aldous welcomes plans for an ambitious environmental strategy and urges improvements in air quality, prioritisation of coastal defences, better water management and full independence for the new Office for Environmental Protection.
Peter Aldous speaks in a debate on post-16 education and backs the Sixth Form Colleges Association campaign for the 16-to-18 funding rate to be increased to £4,760. He highlights the particular challenges in coastal communities.
Speaking in a debate on the future of the UK oil and gas industry, Peter Aldous highlights opportunities in the sector as the UK moves to a net zero future. There is an ongoing role in providing energy security without importing from overseas; the promotion of gas, hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage; collaboration and skills transfer with offshore renewables and the decommissioning of oil and gas assets in the North Sea.
Peter Aldous welcomes moves to reduce the funding gap for County authorities such as Suffolk, but calls on the Government to press ahead with the fair funding review and ensure a fairer distribution of resources for the long term.
Speaking in a debate on the Police Grant Report, Peter Aldous welcomes the increased settlement for Suffolk constabulary, but calls for a review of the formula for calculating the annual settlement which fails to recognise a number of specific pressures facing the area.
Peter Aldous outlines measures needed in the Fisheries Bill to revitalise the East Anglian fishing industry, boost economic regeneration of coastal towns and ensure we fish sustainably, in particlar we need to tighten loopholes so that unacceptable practices, such as electro-pulse fishing, are not permitted. In the forthcoming EU negotiations, Peter highlights the need to change the way fishing opportunities are allocated between countries by moving to a geographical-area means of allocation.
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