Andrew MacKay: Notwithstanding the possibility that the Minister will accuse me of repetition, is it not essential that the House should send a clear message to our European partners that if European Union troops are needed, as I suspect they might be, they should come from nations that failed to deploy in Iraq and Afghanistan? That message should go out loud and clear this afternoon.
Andrew MacKay: What recent assessment he has made of the security of data held within the NHS IT programme.
Andrew MacKay: Does the Minister accept that, with hardly a week going by without some Government Department having a serious breach of data security, patients are very worried about these sensitive matters. What real assurance can the Minister give that we will not pick up a newspaper tomorrow or next week and find out about a breach in his Department?
Andrew MacKay: As we all agree, the dual declaration is wrong. It causes confusion, and innocent mistakes are often unreasonably punished. Is it not about time that the Secretary of State pushed the Electoral Commission, which we know has been dragging its feet? This situation has gone on for months and is totally unacceptable. The Electoral Commission needs to move—and move fast.
Andrew MacKay: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overseas workers were granted visas to enter the UK in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
Andrew MacKay: Does the Deputy Leader of the House accept that it is not a trivial matter when the Government announce outside Parliament that there has been a considerable under-reporting of violent crime in a number of police areas, and that that has led to a 22 per cent. increase in violent crime this year? Does he also accept that the situation confirms to members of the public, who know that crime is...
Andrew MacKay: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the level of activity in the construction industry.
Andrew MacKay: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of future trends in the level of unemployment in the UK.
Andrew MacKay: Will the Leader of the House ensure that the Chancellor of the Exchequer comes to the House next week to make a statement on the behaviour of the nationalised bank, Northern Rock? This would give many Members an opportunity to query why the bank has passed on only one tenth of the reduction in interest rates to its savers, and why some of my constituents have been told by Northern Rock that,...
Andrew MacKay: To return to the vexed problem of university deposits in Icelandic banks, can the Secretary of State answer two quick questions? What financial advice did his Department give to universities on their investments? Will he place in the Library a list of other dodgy offshore investments so that we can see the extent of the problem?
Andrew MacKay: What recent discussions he has had with the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister on the devolution of responsibility for criminal justice and policing.
Andrew MacKay: What does the Secretary of State make of the Stormont Assembly and Executive Review Committee's vote yesterday? It has set a timetable of five weeks for the discussion on the devolution of policing and justice in the Province. Does he think that the five-week target will be met? If it is not, will he ensure that alternative action is taken so that minds are concentrated?
Andrew MacKay: Does the new Minister for Housing accept that, unlike energy surveys, home information packs help very few homes? Will she take this opportunity to help very hard-pressed home owners who wish to sell their properties by announcing that there will be a moratorium on HIPs, which will eventually lead to their demise?
Andrew MacKay: With the best will in the world, surely the Leader of the House must realise that the public will think that it is totally inadequate that on most days next week we will not be discussing the economic crisis. With the problems of pensions and annuities already mentioned by my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May), will the Leader of the House at least assure us that she will...
Andrew MacKay: Although I am pleased that the hon. Gentleman is sympathetic, it was several months ago when he said in response to a question from me that other options were being looked at. The wheels are turning very slowly on this serious matter. Out in the real world people are turning from bottled water for environmental reasons, but we do not seem to be able to do the same. Can we speed up the process?
Andrew MacKay: What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government programmes to encourage voluntary work.
Andrew MacKay: I wish the Minister well in coping with the members of the west midlands mafia on either side of him. I put it to him that, at this time of economic downturn, we have never needed the voluntary sector more. There will be huge responsibilities on his and his colleagues' shoulders to deliver on promises that were not properly fulfilled by their predecessors.
Andrew MacKay: Following the Prime Minister's pronouncement in New York last week, will he now tell us when the age of irresponsibility began?
Andrew MacKay: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department has allocated to support grassroots sport in 2008-09.
Andrew MacKay: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.