Mr Andy King: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many extended scope physiotherapists are working in the NHS; and what steps are being taken to increase this number.
Mr Andy King: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of hospital trusts provide access to a multidisciplinary team for patients with rheumatological conditions; (2) what steps are being taken to increase patient access to direct advice, information and support to assist them in coping with their conditions.
Mr Andy King: My right hon. Friend draws our attention to other conditions, but those other conditions are universally accepted. The problem that we are discussing tonight is highlighted by the fact that many of the GPs—a minority, I hope—who are responsible for carrying out these assessments do not accept that the condition exists. That is a major stumbling block for many of our constituents.
Mr Andy King: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Mr Andy King: Earlier in his speech, the hon. Gentleman acknowledged that demographic changes in family structures were major factors—not migration, but a breakdown among the older population. What hope is he giving to people in the south-east? He does not seem to be giving them any hope of finding a home that they can afford.
Mr Andy King: Will the hon. Lady give way?
Mr Andy King: It is important that the Government put their money where their mouth is. The Prime Minister issued a challenge to the top 350 companies in October 2000: to issue OFRs by the end of the 2001. However, only about 20 per cent. of them actually did so. We are lagging behind. Denmark has introduced mandatory reporting, as have the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, yet the Department of Trade and...
Mr Andy King: Does my hon. Friend agree that the issue relates not just to the directors but to the investors in companies? The Bill would give more power to shareholders so that they can become enlightened shareholders, obtain a true picture of the activities of their company and begin to shape those activities in a more sustainable way.
Mr Andy King: I am extremely grateful to my hon. Friend for his excellent contribution to this excellent debate. I am also grateful to my hon. Friend the Minister for announcing that the Government will issue the draft regulations after Easter. My hon. Friend the Member for Brent, North (Mr. Gardiner) has teased out a few differences between what was in the White Paper and what is in the Bill. The Bill is...
Mr Andy King: I am sure that my hon. Friend is also aware that large multinational companies do not just behave disgracefully towards their work force, as in terms of the computer issue. In places such as Plachimada in India, Coca-Cola took away drinking water, which is necessary to sustain life, and Shell is of course notorious for its activities in the Niger delta. Such companies put whole communities at...
Mr Andy King: I am sure that my hon. Friend is aware that the Bill has the full support of every trade union in this country and that of the TUC, which has written to me offering its full and unqualified support because of the benefits that the Bill would bring to the very workers to whom my hon. Friend has referred.
Mr Andy King: In addition, decent companies in this country fully support the Bill. The Co-operative Bank, which is thriving, is fully behind us, as are British Telecom and B&Q. A lot of companies are saying that the time has come to act together so that they are not undercut by the worst.
Mr Andy King: rose—
Mr Andy King: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the fines officers working in the pilot enforcement programmes in (a) Cambridgeshire, (b) Cheshire, (c) Cumbria, (d) Devon and Cornwall, (e) Gloucester and (f) South Yorkshire implementing the Courts Act 2003 have been informed about the procedures covering vulnerable situations set out on page nine of the...
Mr Andy King: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action the Department has taken to investigate the potential health risks of Tetra masts in residential areas.
Mr Andy King: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what action the Department has taken to ensure there is full consultation with (a) schools and residents in close proximity to and (b) local authorities responsible for proposed sites of Tetra masts.
Mr Andy King: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what powers he has to enforce appropriate standards in the housing departments of local authorities.
Mr Andy King: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the statutory definition is of intentional homelessness.
Mr Andy King: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she intends to publish the draft regulations for the forthcoming Operating and Financial Review; and what technical improvements have been recommended to her Department for the Review.
Mr Andy King: To ask the Prime Minister how many FTSE 350 companies have (a) made representations to him regarding his challenge of October 2000 to produce reports on their social and environmental impacts and (b) published such reports.