Andrew MacKay: Was the Minister surprised that nine illegal immigrants from Cambridge who were given train tickets to London and told to report to the immigration centre in Croydon failed to turn up, and what is he doing to find them?
Andrew MacKay: I am not quite sure of the Minister's definition of an answer. For my constituents, who have to rely on the regional office in Canterbury, the problems are still great. They would just laugh if they heard the answer to that question.
Andrew MacKay: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people had been on incapacity benefit for more than five years at the latest date for which a figure is available.
Andrew MacKay: 11 April.
Andrew MacKay: Would the hon. Gentleman really be comfortable with public advertising of vacancies for our staff? This is a sensitive area. Would he really want a Tory secretary, for example? Would I really want a Lib Dem researcher? I think possibly not.
Andrew MacKay: As the Leader of the House seems to be in a responsive mood, may I refer her to next Monday's business? The House faces the problem of considerable congestion, because the Housing and Regeneration Bill, with all those Government amendments—and Opposition amendments as well—is likely to take the whole day, yet we also have an important order on Northern Rock to debate. Will she reflect and...
Andrew MacKay: Will the Secretary of State explain why 59 per cent. of 16 to 18-year-olds failed to complete their apprenticeships in the last year for which figures are available?
Andrew MacKay: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will take steps to improve access to bursaries for students from lower-income families.
Andrew MacKay: What recent assessment he has made of the activities of paramilitary organisations.
Andrew MacKay: The Secretary of State must be concerned about the apparent increase in paramilitary beatings, especially in some of the most deprived districts across the Province. What action is he taking to ensure that the police get a grip of those areas, and that the paramilitaries do not pose as defenders of local communities?
Andrew MacKay: May I tempt the Leader of the House to be a bit more enthusiastic about having a debate on Tibet? She merely says that she notes that it might be a subject for a topical debate, but that is not very enthusiastic. Can she tell me any subject that is likely to be more topical next Thursday than what is going on in Tibet?
Andrew MacKay: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. This morning you will have noticed news coverage of the Secretary of State for Defence trying to gag coroners by taking legal action. Have you had a request from the Secretary of State to come to the Dispatch Box and make a statement on this important matter?
Andrew MacKay: Why did the Prime Minister not answer the question about the future of Peter Mandelson as our European Commissioner? Surely he should be putting his right hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, West (Ms Hewitt) out of her misery.
Andrew MacKay: On the point of late substitutions, the Secretary of State will be aware that stories are circulating widely today that the Chancellor changed his growth forecasts in the last few hours before the Budget statement and changed them upwards. Does the Secretary of State think that is true and does he also think that the Chancellor will live to regret that change?
Andrew MacKay: Turning to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, and bearing in mind that the Leader of the House and I have been veterans of much similar legislation over the years and that we have usually been on the same side of the argument, may I put it to her that it is in the interests of this House that when there are issues of conscience, as there are in respect of this proposed legislation,...
Andrew MacKay: Does the Minister not understand that the Chancellor's proposals would be much more welcome if the tax raised was ploughed back into environmental charities? Otherwise, it will just look like another stealth tax.
Andrew MacKay: When the Prime Minister was Chancellor of the Exchequer, it was widely spun that he gave Tony Blair only two days' notice of his Budget proposals. Can we assume that the current Chancellor has been more co-operative?
Andrew MacKay: Should courts not be obliged to set minimum sentences in every single case, thus eradicating at a stroke the scandal of prisoners being released early just because of prison overcrowding, rather than because it is in the national interest?
Andrew MacKay: Following the serious and well-publicised problems in Scotland last May, when we had multiple elections, will the Leader of the House ensure that a Minister comes to the Dispatch Box next week to assure us that the European and local elections—and, possibly, a general election next year—will not all take place on the same day, causing confusion?
Andrew MacKay: Does the Chief Secretary recall that Ministers kept reassuring us that Northern Rock had a very strong loan book? Will she confirm, however, that all the mortgages that have been hived off to Granite are the best and the early mortgages, and that those remaining with Northern Rock represent a much higher risk?