East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is asking the Government to establish an inquiry into the extent to which antique dealers are misrepresenting the age of ivory in order to bypass sanctions on its sale.
Currently the sale of post-1947 ivory is banned in the UK. However it may be traded if it originates from prior to 1947. There are now reports of some unscrupulous traders selling ivory by exploiting this ‘loophole’ and falsely claiming it to be from a pre-1947 date.
Sir Greg, who has campaigned on this matter at Westminster, said: “Significant progress has been made protecting the world’s endangered species thanks in part to the work of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, but we can do more”.
“If there is widespread flouting of the rules then those responsible need to feel the full force of the law. I am asking Ministers to launch an enquiry to establish the true scale of deceit on this matter”.
He added: “We need to take firm and effective action to protect endangered wildlife”.
East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is calling for further action to be taken to put an end to the growing problem of dog attacks on livestock. This follows the release of shocking new figures which reveal that approximately 15,000 sheep in the UK were killed by dogs in 2016 and thousands more were injured.
Sir Greg has raised this issue with Ministers in Parliament and he is urging a thorough review of the laws on livestock worrying.
Sir Greg says: “Too many city people come to rural areas like East Yorkshire and allow their dogs to torment and sometimes attack local livestock. Unfortunately, some of these people do not realise that even without an animal being attacked, the distress caused by unruly dogs can cause aborted lambs and other problems for sheep”.
He added: “If dog owners have even the slightest doubt about their ability to control their pet, they should keep the animal on a lead”.
“It seems that the current maximum penalty of £1,000 fine may be not enough to provide a deterrent. It is certainly not proportionate to the thousands of pounds of damage dogs can cause to livestock”.
Sir Greg welcomed the fact that the police were looking at what further action could be taken adding: “Increasing the chances of prosecution so that this irresponsible behaviour is punished is a very good start”.
East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is welcoming the announcement of a multi-million pound investment in building a new prison in East Yorkshire which will create hundreds of jobs locally.
Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss has just unveiled plans for building four new prisons in England and Wales. The scheme aims to replace old and overcrowded establishments in other parts of the country with new, fit for purpose buildings – including one next to the existing Full Sutton prison.
Sir Greg said: “This is very welcome news for East Yorkshire. The construction phase alone will create hundreds of jobs and provide a boost to local businesses”
Sir Greg added: “Creating the right conditions to re-educate and retrain people who have fallen foul of the law is vital. Outdated prisons, with dark corridors and cramped conditions, will not help reduce reoffending and neither do they provide prison officers with the right environment to do their job effectively.
Of course, the final decision on this new prison is subject to planning approval.
As the country moves to British summertime East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has called for the scrapping of ‘winter time’ this autumn so we can enjoy lighter afternoons the whole year around.
Sir Greg has renewed his earlier calls for the UK to use ‘Double Summertime’ in summer and ‘Single Summertime’ in winter.
Sir Greg, who has long campaigned in the House of Commons for this change, is backed by road safety campaigners, Tourism bosses, the Football Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Lawn Tennis Association and The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
“Putting Britain on summertime this winter would greatly help tourism in East Yorkshire and elsewhere and would also reduce accidents”.
Sir Greg added, “In the morning, most road journeys are predictable and people are fresh and alert. If the first journey of the day was partly in darkness, it would still be safer than the present situation where for over three months of the year, most afternoon and early evening journeys are carried out in darkness.”
“Saving lives is not the only reason for changing the clocks”, added Sir Greg, “we would also save energy as daylight hours would better reflect our waking hours.”
East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is calling for changes to broadband advertising rules.
Currently broadband companies can make claims which suggest download speeds achieved by a mere 10% of their customers are available to everyone.
In the House of Commons Sir Greg said: “Is it not the case that, in effect, those who advertise in this way obtain by false pretences? They use statistics selectively and in a misleading way to obtain business”.
Sir Greg adds: “This needs tightening up so customers have a realistic idea of what they’re getting without having to read through pages of fine print”.
The Minister for the Digital Economy Matthew Hancock replied: “Broadband, customers need clear, concise and accurate information to make an informed choice. We are therefore including measures in the Digital Economy Bill to strengthen Ofcom’s powers to provide information to consumers, including data on the accuracy of broadband speed predictions”.
“We are working with regulators and industry to ensure that advertising for broadband more accurately reflects the actual speeds consumers can expect to receive, rather than a headline ‘up to’ speed available only to a few”.
“There should not be a gap between what is promised by providers and what is experienced by the consumer.”
Sir Greg welcomed the Minister’s commitment to reforming the current system which he said was ‘good news’ for consumers.
Pubs and small businesses will receive extra help with their business rates bill, the chancellor has announced.
Every pub with a rateable value of less than £100,000 will receive a discount of £1,000 in 2017, a move that affects 90% of all pubs, Chancellor Philip Hammond said.
Also, small businesses set to lose their rate relief in the planned revamp will see increases capped at £50 a month. Overall, the extra relief will cost the government £435m, the chancellor said.
East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight, who has campaigned on behalf of pubs, today welcomed the move. “This much-needed help will save the pub sector approximately £24m and will help to safeguard future investment and jobs”, he said.
East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has met with local farmers and National Farmers Union representatives in Driffield to discuss issues of concern.
The meeting, organised by the NFU, covered a wide range of issues from bird flu to Brexit.
Sir Greg thanked the NFU for organising the meeting and said the tone was ‘positive and constructive’. He agreed to take up a number of the issues raised by farmers with DEFRA minister George Eustice MP.
Sir Greg said, “It is vital that we have good farming policy not only because of the jobs that farming provides both here in East Yorkshire and across the country but for its crucial contribution Britain’s food and drink industry and for our food security”.
Pictured: Sir Greg with NFU representative Andrew Scott and local farmers.
East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has pressed the Government to make the case in the EU against banning certain nutrients in piglet feed.
Sir Greg says: “Zinc Oxide is an important additive in piglet feed and it helps piglets thrive. However following pressure from the Governments of France and the Netherlands, bureaucrats in Europe now want to ban it.
Sir Greg has asked farming minister George Eustace to make the case in Europe against the ban. The Minister replied that following UK representations, plans for an EU wide ban are now being reconsidered.
Sir Greg said: “Zinc oxide has a vital role in piglet health and its continued use is vital to the industry. I am pleased that UK Ministers recognise this and I hope common sense will prevail”.
East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has called on the East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who are looking at removing some services from Bridlington and Driffield Hospitals, to abandon their plans in the face of massive public opposition.
The CCG is consulting on re-configuring some healthcare services in East Yorkshire which they claim is aimed at rationalising services, not cutting costs.
Sir Greg said: “I have not come across one person who is in favour of these cuts to services. They are, quite frankly, not desirable or wanted”.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Sir Greg criticised the lack of accountability the CCG has to the public and said the CCG seemed “hell-bent on these cuts despite overwhelming public opposition”. Replying, the Leader of the House of Commons, David Liddington MP said he would pass on Sir Greg’s concerns to the Health Secretary.
Sir Greg said: “The CCG should not ride roughshod over the views of the very people who are dependent on these health services and who pay for them through their taxes’.
A final decision on the matter is expected by the CCG next month.
East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has visited Pocklington Junior School to speak about the work of an MP.
Sir Greg visited at the invitation of head teacher Mr Alex Reppold. He explained how laws are made at Westminster, gave an insight into the work of a Member of Parliament and answered questions about Britain’s democratic system.
Sir Greg said: “I was delighted to visit the school and explain the workings of Parliament. I believe that it is important that MPs visit schools and explain our system of government to pupils so that they learn about how are laws are made before they reach voting age.”
Sir Greg added: “I was very impressed with the interesting and varied questions from the students and pleased to see their interest in our democracy”.