Rt Hon Sir Mike Penning MP – Update from Parliament February 2018

“It’s been a busy month with a lot of debates on the committee stages of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill – the “Brexit Bill”. I also spoke in Parliament on the matter of BBC pay. Following the Government statement on the matter, I made the point that despite the press coverage it is not only pay at the top levels that is unequal, but across all pay bands at the BBC.

Following my good friend, and fellow Dacorum MP, David Gauke’s first statement to the Commons in his new role of Secretary of State for Justice, I asked him to investigate why the Crown Prosecution Service did not prosecute more cases against the so-called ‘black cab rapist’ John Worboys who is about to be released from prison.

I also asked him to look again at the Victims’ Bill. I am very concerned that, again and again, the rights of the victims are being ignored or given low priority. We must put the victims first.

On constituency matters, I took part in a debate in Westminster Hall on the proposed expansion of Luton Airport. The debate was led by the new MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, Bim Afolami.

Bim, St Albans MP Anne Main, and I all basically had the same warning for the Transport Minister. No expansion at Luton Airport can possibly be allowed until all previous promises on noise levels are kept.

Airport noise mainly affects people in the north of my constituency – particularly Markyate and Flamstead, but occasionally people in Grovehill and Woodhall Farm as well.

Residents were given categorical promises that as the growth took place, noise mitigation would also take place, but that simply has not happened. It is unreasonable to now propose massive expansion at the airport without dealing with existing noise problems.”

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