PARLIAMENTARY REPORT: Put Bobbies Back On The Beat!
The parliamentary week started with Department of Health questions at 2.30pm on Monday.
There were also questions by the Local Government committee in regards to fracking. The two MP’S in for questioning was Claire Perry Climate Change Minister and Dominic Raab the Housing Minister.
The UK needs to be looking at ways of becoming less reliant on importing fuels from politically unstable countries across the world and we have seen this for decades with the unstable Middle East. Past Governments have closed countless coal mines that still hold energy surplus. We must look at fracking as a way of fuelling our future as part of a wider plan.
Every type of energy extraction has its dangers. UKIP supports the development of shale gas as long as safeguards are in place to protect the environment and local communities. Over the past 50 years, shale gas extraction has successfully extracted in the USA. We will also support hydro which is the only cost-effective and affordable renewable energy source.
My personal view is that we need to look at carbon capture technology as another way forward.
Tuesday was a very interesting morning as Mark Carney Bank of England Governor was in front of the Treasury select committee and then, later on, we saw Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond taking treasury questions at 11.30am.
My belief in low taxes and small government was one of the things that drew me to UKIP.
Excessive taxation has killed off any incentives for people to create wealth and make the most of their talents. If you give someone an incentive and leave more of the money they earn in their pockets the whole economy lifts. You start to create a virtuous circle that continues to grow. I recommend that you read ” Sharper Axes, Lower Taxes Big Steps to a smaller State”, Edited by Philip Booth with some notable contributions. This is a publication from IEA.
AS part of our economic plan we will replace the out of date Barnett formula which is the formula whereby HM Treasury allocates funding to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland receives almost £1,400 more per person than the UK average and nearly £450 more than Wales. This is despite the moves giving Scotland more tax raising powers.
With interest rates being held adversely low you create no incentive for people to save. There needs to be a healthy balance to encourage economic growth and to encourage saving.
On Wednesday Naz Shah brings a debate on the effect of stop and search powers and there effectiveness.
We have seen over several administrations police funding cut and community policing cut to a minimum. We need more Bobbies back on foot patrol getting to know and gaining the trust of their communities. This type of policing proved it’s worth and helped tackle lots of crime and community issues. The police used to be experts at gathering intelligence by walking the beat. I know how thin the thin blue line is, during the County elections in Gloucestershire where I stood in 2017 I had a ride along with my local beat Manager. She gave me first-hand views and concerns. That day there were only five officers covering the whole of the Stroud Police area which is huge. The night before she explained that they had one extra officer on duty “PC Rain”. As it started raining the clubbers and pub goers went home rather than staying on the streets. UKIP will get police funding to the correct levels. The allocation of aggregate grants to police authorities in the year 2018-19 is £7,324,892,833 spread over 43 constabularies compared to 2016 the Government spent £13.4 billion on foreign aid. Nearly double the police budget.
This is why London is in the grip of a knife crime epidemic. This is why gangs are exploiting young girls. We need to get our police force back to a strong intelligence led force with plenty of boots on the ground.
This has to be a priority.
Iain Duncan Smith will talk about universal credit and it’s roll out on Wednesday to the work and pensions committee.
Thursday will see Chris Grayling answering questions on the East Coast Mainline for transport questions.