Michael Fabricant: The latest computers used in the House of Commons use Intel 7 and Intel 8 cores and above, and Shazam, Skype and FaceTime all use technology developed in Israel. What more are we doing to encourage that sort of co-operation, particularly in relation to computer technology?
Michael Fabricant: Very recently, the Government reduced the waiting time for gay people who want to give blood from 12 months of celibacy to three months, which was welcomed by the LGBT community. Will my hon. Friend update the House on how that progress is going?
Michael Fabricant: Say “I will.”
Michael Fabricant: What recent assessment she has made of the strength of the economy in the west midlands; and if she will make a statement.
Michael Fabricant: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. Also based in the west midlands is silicon canal. Silicon canal is like silicon valley, but without the sunshine. It employs some 40,000 people working in computer science and there are some 6,000 different companies—the second largest cluster of its kind in the whole of Europe. With the announcement last week of 5G being based in the west...
Michael Fabricant: What progress his Department is making on the introduction of T-levels; and if he will make a statement.
Michael Fabricant: An Opposition Member has mentioned apprenticeships, and T-levels are very important in that area, but the business placement has to be effective, and Government research has shown that businesses say that that is important, too. So what are the Government doing to work with businesses to make sure that these placements are effective and meet the requirements of both business and education?
Michael Fabricant: My right hon. and learned Friend will know the importance of tourism— 3 million people are employed in the industry, and it is our fourth largest export—but, for the improved viability of the industry, we need to get a sector deal. It has been submitted to the Department. When are we likely to see the sector deal come through?
Michael Fabricant: I remind my right hon. Friend that the United States shares English law with us. A particularly ridiculous point was made by the SNP spokesman, the hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry), when she mentioned Saudi Arabia, which patently does not. I also tell the House that there are widespread reports in the press that these people were responsible for beheading 27...
Michael Fabricant: My right hon. Friend’s immediate predecessor was very familiar with the work being undertaken by the Mayor of the West Midlands to eliminate rough sleeping and homelessness. Will my right hon. Friend pick up the reins and visit Andy Street to see what the west midlands is doing on that?
Michael Fabricant: One factor that affects retention is esprit de corps. The Royal Marines have a unique training system whereby officers and those in other ranks train together on their core programme. What consideration has my right hon. Friend given to other branches of the armed forces doing that?
Michael Fabricant: Enunciate, man!
Michael Fabricant: Thank you.
Michael Fabricant: What steps the Government are taking to improve employment opportunities for people with family responsibilities.
Michael Fabricant: I will be very precise, Mr Speaker. Does my hon. Friend agree that the key to getting people out of poverty is work? Given that this Government have created 1,000 new jobs every single day since 2010, we have produced the key to unlock that door.
Michael Fabricant: Could you explain it again?
Michael Fabricant: Never mind the House of Lords. When are we going to see this House reduced to 600?
Michael Fabricant: The President of the United States has called out the members of the United Nations Human Rights Council for what they are: a bunch of corrupt, nasty hypocrites. He has withdrawn from that council. Why do we not save $4 million a year by doing just the same?
Michael Fabricant: Frankfurt, Amsterdam—
Michael Fabricant: My right hon. Friend has mentioned divisiveness. I personally think that this development is well overdue, and, although I know that it is not on the cards, I would support a fourth and a fifth runway, at Heathrow and at Gatwick. Does my right hon. Friend accept, however, that—just as with HS2—when constituency matters come into the equation, it is understandable that some people...