DEFRA Questions Drains, Shootings, Fishing again (last time)

Martin Salter (Reading West, Labour)

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2010-03-25a.365.5&s=speaker:10526#g366.2

This will be my last appearance at DEFRA questions. Members will be pleased to learn that I shall not be asking about fish, otters or cormorants. The session has, however, been enhanced by the notion of Sunday walk-by shootings in Bogotá. The Minister will be aware of the 10-year campaign that I have waged on behalf of my constituents on the Haddocks estate in Tilehurst for the adoption of their drains by the water companies, as recommended by the excellent Pitt review. Can the Minister assure them that he has managed to secure cross-party agreement for this very necessary measure, so that whoever wins the next election, my constituents can be assured that they will not face the horror of a hike in their bills as a result of the failure to adopt their drains many years ago?

Martin Salter (Reading West, Labour)

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2010-03-25a.372.7&s=speaker:10526#g374.4

The Minister will be aware of the hare-brained plan set out by the last but one Leader of the Opposition to abolish the anglers’ rod licence, which was hinted at again this week by the currentLeader of the Opposition in his Angling Times interview. Based on today’s figure, that would mean stripping £24 million or 70 per cent. from the Environment Agency‘s fishery budget. This means no restocking, dirtier rivers and a bleak future for Britain’s 3 million anglers. Would the Minister confirm the Government’s commitment to retaining the anglers’ rod licence and its income for fisheries work?

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