Joan Humble: What his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of Government support for local authority regeneration initiatives in the north-west; and if he will make a statement.
Joan Humble: A clear indication of the effectiveness of the Government's plans for regeneration in Blackpool has been the substantial rise-in some instances, 40 per cent.-in the numbers of visitors to the town. Some have come to see the new St. John's square, the Brilliance project and the new promenade taking shape. Will the Minister continue, therefore, to support regeneration projects in Blackpool and...
Joan Humble: Does the Minister share my concern and that of many other Blackpool residents that our local Conservative council is refusing to put in an extra £148,000 to repair the many potholes that have appeared after the winter, when it has £6.8 million in reserves?
Joan Humble: Before we move on to debate clause 9, Members may wish to note that, under the terms of Standing Order 88(2), I am normally required to adjourn the Committee at 11.25 am. However, the Standing Order also provides for me to defer the adjournment for a maximum of 15 minutes—that is, until 11.40 am—if, in my opinion, there is a realistic prospect that the deferral would enable the...
Joan Humble: My role is to facilitate the debate, and to ensure that Members have their say.
Joan Humble: Before I call Mr. Raynsford to reply to the debate on clause 1 stand part, as the Minister made reference to an amendment, I would like to clarify, for the avoidance of doubt, the fact that no amendment has been selected. We are debating clause stand part.
Joan Humble: May I welcome everyone to the Committee? Before we begin the consideration of the Bill I have a few preliminary announcements. Although it is not very warm, Members may, if they wish, remove their jackets in Committee. There is a money resolution in connection with the Bill and copies are available. Please would all Members ensure that mobile phones, pagers and so on are turned off or...
Joan Humble: Has the Secretary of State visited Cuba recently, and if he has not, does he have any plans to do so? [Interruption.]
Joan Humble: Order. May I point out to those Members who wish contribute to the debate that I intend to start calling the Front-Bench speakers at about 12 o'clock? I would be grateful if speakers limited their contributions.
Joan Humble: Order. We must now move to the next debate.
Joan Humble: Order. Will the hon. Lady return to housing in London, which is the subject of the debate?
Joan Humble: Order. I have to interrupt the right hon. Gentleman, whose intervention has turned into a speech. I am sure that his hon. Friend understands the point that he is making.
Joan Humble: Order. Clearly, several hon. Members wish to speak. I hope to call Front-Bench spokespersons at 10.30 am, so if hon. Members can limit their contributions, I will try to get everyone in.
Joan Humble: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average salary of a nurse in the NHS was in the latest year for which information is available.
Joan Humble: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average salary of a teacher in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) England was in the latest year for which information is available.
Joan Humble: Many parents are unaware of the support available to them to help them pay the costs of child care if they want to go back into work or remain in work. Will my right hon. Friend liaise with colleagues to ensure that parents understand that there is a child care tax credit, that there will be more free child care places later this year and that there will be pilots for low-cost loans to help...
Joan Humble: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal measures he plans to introduce to support families in the next 12 months.
Joan Humble: The Minister will be aware that a high percentage of children living in poverty are those with disability. She mentioned child care. Will she liaise with ministerial colleagues to ensure that there is appropriate child care for children with disabilities, so that their parents feel confident, in going out to work, that they are leaving their child in good quality child care?
Joan Humble: Further to the Secretary of State's visit to Blackpool, when I and my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, South (Mr. Marsden) had an opportunity to show him much of the regeneration taking place in the town, has he had an opportunity to consider what role his Department can play in the exciting plans for Blackpool council to take over the winter gardens and tower as part of that...
Joan Humble: What recent steps his Department has taken to seek to resolve the conflict in Yemen; and if he will make a statement.