Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the forthcoming independence referendum on the National Air Traffic Service Centre in Scotland's ability to secure international contracts.
Brian H Donohoe: I am not talking about the person who is in another scheme; I am talking about the person who is in those schemes and who has everything coming their way, but who has never contributed anything to it. It is important to stress that I am not saying that we have to reduce the amount that they live on. I would not live on £130 a week, and I doubt whether the Minister would. The fact is that the...
Brian H Donohoe: But they have paid for that.
Brian H Donohoe: They do in Scotland.
Brian H Donohoe: Could a booklet be prepared for people at jobcentres?
Brian H Donohoe: It is good to see you in your place, Mrs Riordan. You, too, have a great interest in pensions, in the fairness of the system and in applying that fairness. Since I was a very young person, I have always accepted that pension provision is part of deferred income and should be treated by employers and Government as such. All my life, I have believed that fairness should be applied to the whole...
Brian H Donohoe: My hon. Friend has focused on an issue that was dear to my heart and about which I argued forcefully when a previous Administration allowed people to contract out of their company’s superannuation scheme. I was a joint secretary of the Scottish Transport Group when, for the first time in about 1982, people were given the opportunity of opting out of its pension fund and going private. I...
Brian H Donohoe: Congestion would be much improved if the potholes in the roads were removed. Although I welcome the money that was made available yesterday, how will it be distributed? How much of it is coming to Scotland?
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many 18-to-24 year olds in Scotland have been unemployed for two years or more.
Brian H Donohoe: It is always dangerous to wander into territory that is not necessarily our own, but what happens—or is likely to happen—here today, has an awful habit of happening up in Scotland tomorrow. As a consequence of the fact that the Scottish Government are perhaps the most centralist and draw in all their powers, what representations, if any, has my right hon. Friend made to his equivalent in...
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the total value of all land owned by schools where title deeds have been transferred from local authorities to academies.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total cost has been of legal fees involved in the transfer of title deeds for schools from local authorities to academies to date.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department takes to monitor the value of land sold off by academies.
Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department takes to monitor the whereabouts of title deeds for schools in the UK.
Brian H Donohoe: Is not part of the explanation for the action taken that Putin and his Government are seriously concerned that the same thing might happen in Russia that has happened in Ukraine, where people power has taken over?
Brian H Donohoe: Our delegation that was sent to the States saw at first hand the discussions on the time scale. As I see it, that is the main hurdle that we face in relation to any agreement. Has the Minister any up-to-date information on the likely time scale for the introduction of such a treaty?
Brian H Donohoe: Will the Minister give way?
Brian H Donohoe: On the basis of discussions on this matter with Senators from the United States, it seems that they are concerned, as we should be, about the growth in the Chinese marketplace.
Brian H Donohoe: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate on a matter that has got my constituents, and probably his, worried. Not so long ago, the nats wanted to join the euro; indeed, that was a slogan of theirs. It is very strange—it is a consequence of all that has happened in mainland Europe—they are now trying to hitch up to the pound, which would also be a foreign currency.