Brian H Donohoe: As the chairman of the all-party parliamentary aviation group, may I remind the hon. Gentleman that we have reported on this matter? The duty has a great effect on everyone in the United Kingdom, not just those in Scotland.
Brian H Donohoe: I became a Member of this House in 1992, and I have to say that this is the worst Budget I can remember—that is, since last year’s omnishambles of the pasty tax and the caravan tax. It will do nothing to reverse the decline of the economy, nothing for jobs, nothing for taxpayers and nothing for those forced on to benefits by this Government’s policies. The February unemployment figures...
Brian H Donohoe: I do agree with the hon. Gentleman on this occasion; it is not very often I can say that. The Government are doing absolutely nothing for air passengers, the aviation industry and those who work in it. They continue with this tax, while our competitors throughout the world are laughing at us. The Government are prepared to examine other measures, but not the tax that affects not only my...
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what records his Department holds on the number of sheep which have died at the port of Ramsgate since September 2012; and what assessment he has made of the fitness for purpose of that port for the export of live animals.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of (a) small business advisors and (b) individual financial advisors who will cease to trade following the introduction of the proposals in the Retail Distributive Review.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the introduction of the proposals in the Retail Distributive Review on the ability of low net worth investors to obtain affordable independent financial advice.
Brian H Donohoe: Will the Minister give way?
Brian H Donohoe: The problem in my constituency is that there are no jobs. People can have all the training they want, but they cannot get a job. That is the problem, and it is down to this Government.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of people placed in work under the Work programme qualify for tax credits; (2) what proportion of placements under the Work programme are in jobs paying less than the living wage; (3) what proportion of placements under the Work programme are in jobs of 30 hours per week or less; (4) what proportion of placements...
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an estimate of the cost to the UK economy of a mainland European airport becoming the hub for UK flights.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had on the health and safety of baggage handlers, cabin crew and passengers arising from the increase in weight and volume limitations for luggage stored in aircraft overhead compartments.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effect on tourism of abolishing air passenger duty; (2) what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the aviation industry of abolishing air passenger duty.
Brian H Donohoe: Does the Minister not recognise the fact that there are people crying as a result of being given notices right now that tell them that they will have to get out of their house, or lose housing benefit as a result, come 1 April? That is the reality of the situation. Can the Minister not waken up to that fact?
Brian H Donohoe: I hope that I do not excite the shadow Minister so much that she delivers her baby early. What does she think about the fact that once again the Government have kicked into the long grass the problems of congestion in air traffic in the south-east? Money could be invested in that without the need to spend any public money. Why are they kicking that into the long grass?
Brian H Donohoe: When the Secretary of State meets his counterparts in Europe, will he raise the problems that I raised earlier, which he would have heard if he had been in his place, about exporting from our marketplace to the new markets in the far east?
Brian H Donohoe: For many years, we have been campaigning in Ayrshire to export many of these products to places such as China, because manufacturing in this sector in China is always a bit suspect and people there will not accept these types of manufactured goods. I believe that the situation we now face will affect that trade. Does my hon. Friend agree that that is an important element in resolving this...
Brian H Donohoe: My hon. Friend is making a powerful argument on the need for the Scottish Government to give some form of assurance to the Scottish people as to whether they will they accept the position on the commission.
Brian H Donohoe: What is the role of the Electoral Commission? Can the Scottish Government override it or is it mandatory for them to accept what it says?
Brian H Donohoe: Question 5, Mr Speaker.
Brian H Donohoe: How many people in Scotland have used food banks in the last 12 months.