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Written Answers — Home Department: Immigration: Turkey (29 Mar 2010)

Chris Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of Turkish citizens who have entered the UK under the terms of the Ankara Agreement; and if he will make a statement.

Government and the Legislature (25 Mar 2010)

Chris Mullin: As you will know, Mr Speaker, it is the custom when we come to this place for a new Member to make a maiden speech. With your indulgence, I wonder if I might initiate a new genre tonight: the valedictory speech. I have been in this place 23 years. I hope that, during that time, I have left the occasional footprint in the sand, but I am under no illusion. Only a handful of those of us who...

Government and the Legislature (25 Mar 2010)

Chris Mullin: I defer to my right hon. Friend. We are on our ninth or 10th Prisons Minister. I was the sixth Africa Minister and the current incumbent is the ninth. That does not make for good government. I turn briefly to our 24-hour media. The free flow of information is the lifeblood of democracy, but I do wonder if we politicians have not gone too far in trying to ride the tiger. Perhaps future Prime...

Written Answers — Home Department: UK Border Agency: Travel (24 Mar 2010)

Chris Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials of each grade at the UK Border Agency are entitled to first-class travel; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Home Department: UK Border Agency: Pay (17 Mar 2010)

Chris Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the UK Border Agency was of overtime payments in the last 12 months; how many hours of overtime were claimed for; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (16 Mar 2010)

Chris Mullin: I put it to my right hon. Friends that cuts in public spending are not the only way to reduce the deficit. We could, for example, raise the basic rate of income tax, not to as much as it was under Mrs. Thatcher, but by a penny or two.

Written Answers — Treasury: Income Tax (16 Mar 2010)

Chris Mullin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the basic rate of income tax; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Tibet (2 Mar 2010)

Chris Mullin: Has my right hon. Friend any information about the whereabouts of the Panchen Lama, who was for all practical purposes kidnapped at the age of five or six by the Chinese Government and has not been heard of since, even now, about 15 years later? Has my right hon. Friend ever asked the Chinese about the whereabouts of the Panchen Lama?

Report from the House of Commons Reform Committee on Rebuilding the House (22 Feb 2010)

Chris Mullin: I listened with great interest to the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling (Sir John Stanley). I agree with him that the timetabling process has been abused in recent years, although I am not against timetabling in principle because there were also many abuses of the old system. However, I think that our proposal for a business committee that dealt with all the business of the House...

Report from the House of Commons Reform Committee on Rebuilding the House (22 Feb 2010)

Chris Mullin: I do support that as an interim measure, but I should like us to get to a position at which it becomes a Committee of the House. There are obviously some special considerations to be taken into account, and perhaps the Prime Minister does have to be consulted, but in general I support that idea. I am not a procedural expert, so if the hon. Gentleman will forgive me I shall not attempt on my...

Report from the House of Commons Reform Committee on Rebuilding the House (22 Feb 2010)

Chris Mullin: I agree with my right hon. Friend-I used the term "holiday from scrutiny", I did not suggest that we are all on holiday during the recess. I know that he is not, and I know that I am not, but I know the public think we are. That is the problem.

Report from the House of Commons Reform Committee on Rebuilding the House (22 Feb 2010)

Chris Mullin: We have to start somewhere, and I get more and more puzzled about what my hon. Friend actually wants. She said that many of the proposals that we are discussing this evening were arcane and too complex for the outside world to understand, but this is one that the outside world has grasped readily. It is about time we grasped it, too. We are not asking for anything revolutionary, just for...

Report from the House of Commons Reform Committee on Rebuilding the House (22 Feb 2010)

Chris Mullin: I do not accept the word "holidays"-they are parliamentary recesses-but I agree that there is no reason why they should be so long. We are going to make progress slowly and I do not want to trouble the House with anything too revolutionary, but eight days in September is not too much to ask. The Committee's conclusions, some of which were compromises because the Committee did not agreed on...

Report from the House of Commons Reform Committee on Rebuilding the House (22 Feb 2010)

Chris Mullin: My hon. Friend circulated to members of the Committee her objections to what is proposed, and I respect those, but I have not yet heard her set out the reforms in which she is interested. Can she give us a clue?

Report from the House of Commons Reform Committee on Rebuilding the House (22 Feb 2010)

Chris Mullin: Where do the Opposition stand on allowing the House, subject to the Prime Minister's approval, to elect the chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Feb 2010)

Chris Mullin: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that it remains his intention, in the event that this Government are re-elected, to restore the link between old age pensions and earnings, which was abandoned in the early 1980s?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Ivory Coast: Hazardous Substances (8 Feb 2010)

Chris Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Cote d'Ivoire on the disbursement of the compensation paid by Trafigura in respect of the toxic waste dumped by that company; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Coal Gasification (2 Feb 2010)

Chris Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely contribution of coal gasification to UK energy needs; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Jan 2010)

Chris Mullin: May I put it to my right hon. and learned Friend that one of the causes of the growth in inequality has been the extension of outsourcing of jobs that were previously done in-house? A class of working people has grown up that no longer qualifies for pensions, sick pay, redundancy pay and all the other things that in the 20th century we used quaintly to associate with civilisation. Is it not...

Business of the House (14 Jan 2010)

Chris Mullin: I appreciate that my right hon. and learned Friend might not have any more to say on the Wright proposals, but I do. I appreciate also that they are ultimately a matter for the House, but could the Government show a little more enthusiasm about them? Were we to vote down everything that has been proposed, that would damage the entire political system and us as a class; and the way things are...


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