Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has given recent consideration to increasing the number of armed forces information centres in Scotland.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Army recruitment offices there are in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland.
Brian H Donohoe: rose—
Brian H Donohoe: I know that the hon. Gentleman had a late night, but can he tell us what is his party’s view of the health service in Scotland?
Brian H Donohoe: Why does the hon. Gentleman not think that health boards should be taken back into local authority control, where a democratic ticket is already involved, rather than creating a separate vote for stand-alone health boards?
Brian H Donohoe: I am wondering whether the right hon. Gentleman supports or opposes the Bill, because he has been speaking for some time and has not made that clear.
Brian H Donohoe: Even if they were paid the minimum wage, working for three hours a week does not, in any shape or form, allow them to live, does it?
Brian H Donohoe: I am talking not so much about the living wage or the minimum wage as the number of hours people work a week. People cannot pay their keep if they are not working a particular number of hours a week. Regardless of what they are being paid an hour, they need the hours. The introduction of zero-hours contracts has surely been the biggest mistake.
Brian H Donohoe: In my constituency—I am sure the same is true of my hon. Friend’s constituency—the words “zero-hours contract” did not exist until very recently. In the past two or three years, I have heard more and more of my constituents talk about these contracts. It is because of the policies of this Government that we are in that position, is it not?
Brian H Donohoe: When I used to deal with what were then known as industrial tribunals, I understood that someone had to earn a certain wage before they could make any application to a tribunal. In those circumstances, how does someone on a zero-hours contract get into the position of being able to apply?
Brian H Donohoe: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Earlier, during Cabinet Office questions, I asked what I thought was a reasonable question and I did not even get any answer. What can you do as Speaker to make sure that Ministers come to this House and answer questions properly?
Brian H Donohoe: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
Brian H Donohoe: The right hon. Gentleman is also responsible for the list of Ministers’ interests, and it is some time since that was done—I wonder when it will be. I am interested to know whether his right hon. Friend the Prime Minister is still a honorary member of the Irvine Burns club, and whether the Minister still lists the Blind Trust as part of his financial interests, and whether we can see...
Brian H Donohoe: Surely at the very kernel of any amendment is the fact that we are losing pubs every week right now. As a consequence, the Government clearly need to focus much more on that aspect of the problem, so that it does not continue to recur, as it very regularly does in all our constituencies.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual operating cost is of RAF Northolt.
Brian H Donohoe: I would like to put on record the fact that in Scotland it was Labour that introduced free bus passes. However, with the present Administration north of the border, it is questionable whether they will continue.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much annual revenue his Department generates from the commercial or civil use of RAF Northolt.
Brian H Donohoe: How is the hon. Gentleman going to get the whole thing about the costs involved in doing this—£500, or whatever else—into an area that can be organised in such a way that it would be seen by all?
Brian H Donohoe: Zero-hours contracts.
Brian H Donohoe: This is an increasingly important subject. We must also consider the fact that north of the border, as my hon. Friend will know, many local authorities are talking about not only a minimum wage, but a living wage, because of the problems associated with the minimum wage. Does he agree?