Brian H Donohoe: Iceland.
Brian H Donohoe: I wonder whether my right hon. Friend can help me. Was it not a previous Conservative Government who did away with the milk marketing boards? The whole question of their being able to maintain prices meant that the farmers could maintain their businesses.
Brian H Donohoe: I am sure that the Minister has listened to my questions to some of the other contributors this afternoon. Can she tell us how long it takes the passenger who gets out of a plane at terminal 4 to get to terminal 1, and what distance they travel?
Brian H Donohoe: When this issue was presented to the House, at the outset, an area of some dubiety was that tunnelling would be cheaper than putting rail above ground. I have talked to a number of civil engineers, and none of them believes in that prospect. Can the Minister shed any light on where the information came from?
Brian H Donohoe: Tunnelling.
Brian H Donohoe: May I show the Minister a poster that I picked up in Wendover on Sunday? It does not give us much hope that constituents in that part of the world are likely to have as much enthusiasm as us about the building of HS2.
Brian H Donohoe: There has even been a change domestically: BA has removed all services from Birmingham to London as a result of the upgrading of the west coast main line.
Brian H Donohoe: Has my hon. Friend considered how long the connection to Scotland will take?
Brian H Donohoe: I thank the hon. Gentleman, who is a fellow Scot, for giving way. The biggest problem in transport today is the connectivity between various forms of transport. Unless and until we wake up to the fact that technology is now available to overcome that, all of what he says is meaningless. As somebody who has to travel on a weekly basis, using three or four different forms of transport, I see...
Brian H Donohoe: Can my hon. Friend, as one of the local Members, indicate the time it takes to travel between the terminals—terminals 1 to 5—and the distances? I have looked at it, and it does not make a lot of sense to have a hub outwith the airport.
Brian H Donohoe: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this important debate. On the relationship between aviation and rail, does he think that by the time the project is actually completed, there may well be a totally different set of circumstances as far as air transport is concerned?
Brian H Donohoe: In a previous Adjournment debate, one question was never raised although it might have solved a lot of problems. Is the hon. Gentleman aware—as a regular customer of the airport, I am—of the distances and time it takes to travel between terminals at Heathrow? As a consequence of those times and distances, a single hub railway station would not really make a lot of difference.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress has been made on identifying a long-term solution for provision of Maritime and Coastguard Agency duties around the Western Isles and West Highlands, including work between operators, vessel owners and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on working practices and protocols covering the arrangements.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on improving train journey times from (a) London to Edinburgh and Glasgow and (b) Edinburgh and Glasgow to Inverness.
Brian H Donohoe: I welcome the statement, if it is not in fact one about jam tomorrow. In those circumstances, can the Secretary of State give some indication of what additional resources will be put into the railway system this side of the general election and, in particular, how much extra will be paid to the Scottish Parliament?
Brian H Donohoe: The Minister will know of my sincere wish to see air-sea rescue remain within the Department. What contingency plans, if any, does he have on helicopters as far as air-sea rescue is concerned?
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the provision of coastguard services in Scottish waters (a) in respect of protection for the Scottish fishing fleet and (b) for other services.
Brian H Donohoe: Does my hon. Friend not also accept that right now one could argue that areas of this country, particularly Scotland, are over-governed as regards democracy?
Brian H Donohoe: In an intervention I said that Whitleyism was a good thing. I did not realise that John Whitley was one of the predecessors of Mr Speaker in this august body and a Liberal Member of Parliament, and was responsible for the introduction of national wage negotiation. Does my hon. Friend not think that he was right?
Brian H Donohoe: I do not know whether the Minister has ever been involved in wage negotiations, but if he looks at the public sector and then at the private sector, he will see that some multinational companies do national negotiations and do not have local rates. Is that not the case?