Brian H Donohoe: When there is regional bargaining, in which I was once involved in a trade union, the complexities mean that there are more likely to be added costs. Indeed, the situation is the opposite of everything that happens as a result of what was created in 1908 by Whitleyism.
Brian H Donohoe: The Secretary of State recently visited my constituency. I wonder whether he could give us a progress report on how he has got on with the schools-industry liaison committees.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the impact on open cast coal producers from the increases in the cost of rail haulage as proposed by the Office of Rail Regulation.
Brian H Donohoe: But is it not the case that specifically in Scotland, as a consequence of the delays that are being created by the nats, inward investment is faltering?
Brian H Donohoe: Is the right hon. Gentleman saying, in that respect, that the trade unions have a major part to play, and that people should join them so that they are protected against the legislation?
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of small mortgage brokers who have surrendered their licences and withdrawn from mortgage business in the last year; (2) how many small mortgage brokers are licensed to trade.
Brian H Donohoe: Just to put it on the record, is the Minister saying that there is no possibility of expansion at Heathrow or near Heathrow, say at Northolt?
Brian H Donohoe: As a regular traveller, like my friend from Northern Ireland, the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon), I know that the inefficiencies of the service are such that there is a crying need for a universal approach to security. In circumstances where the airport that passengers go through has a different regime in place, should not the regulation be attached to the idea of having uniform...
Brian H Donohoe: What recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the cost of fuel.
Brian H Donohoe: I should say that I thank the Secretary of State for that answer, but the problem is that the tax on fuel is not just the excise. There is also a thing called VAT that has not been taken into account in the equation. In her regular meetings with the Chancellor, will the Secretary of State suggest to him that they change the formula for the price of fuel, given that VAT plays a fairly...
Brian H Donohoe: Does the Minister agree that the high price of fuel is creating major problems in Scotland, and that, at a stroke, cutting VAT, which is perhaps the unfairest tax in the country, would help Scottish families, who are suffering greatly as a result of the Budget.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will make a statement on the out-sourcing of police services to the private sector; (2) whether front-line policing will be contracted out to the private sector; (3) whether her Department is consulted before police forces choose to outsource back office staff functions to reduce costs.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether police contracts could be let to private sector companies with non-UK parent companies.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage supermarkets to redistribute food waste to help reduce food poverty in areas of high deprivation.
Brian H Donohoe: When he next expects to visit Central Ayrshire.
Brian H Donohoe: I know that the Prime Minister is coming to my constituency very soon indeed—in fact, later this month to attend his Tory party conference in Troon. However, I want to know whether he agrees that the uncertainty that is being created by the Nats around the separatist idea of a referendum that is being delayed for longer than it should be is leading to uncertainty about inward investment in...
Brian H Donohoe: Given that it is rumoured that the Ministry of Defence is proposing to sell off RAF Northolt, does my hon. Friend believe that it is feasible that that could be part of the equation in overcoming the problem of congestion in the south-east?
Brian H Donohoe: Four miles.
Brian H Donohoe: Will the hon. Gentleman at least concede that the airline business has improved its environmental impact greatly in the past 10 or 20 years?
Brian H Donohoe: I commend the work of the Transport Committee on the Bill. One area of concern is the effect that the changes will have on the industry and on the economy. Will the Committee investigate that element of the proposals? It seems that only the Minister has shown any optimism about economic growth, and I hope that the Select Committee will look again at that subject when it revisits the Bill.