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Bill Olner: Before I call the next speaker, let me say that three Members have written in to say that they wish to contribute to the debate, and I want to bring them all in. However, I advise some self-discipline because I intend to call the winding-up speeches just before 10.30 am.
Bill Olner: It gives me great honour to be associated with the motion that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister moved. It was a fitting tribute to your good self, Mr. Speaker. Every Member of Parliament knows where they were when a new Speaker was selected. I can remember sitting on the Opposition Benches when we elected your predecessor, Betty Boothroyd, as Speaker. I remember that those on the...
Bill Olner: May I say that I found that discussion absolutely enthralling, given that I do not have a lightship or a lighthouse in my inland midlands constituency?
Bill Olner: Order. Let the hon. Gentleman speak.
Bill Olner: Two hon. Members want to speak, and I hope that they will both have an opportunity to do that. The winding-up speeches will start at 12 o'clock.
Bill Olner: Order. A considerable number of Members want to participate in the debate. I will try to call as many as I can, but Members will obviously need to keep their comments fairly brief because the winding-up speeches will start at 12 o'clock.
Bill Olner: I see that there is a lot of interest in this debate. I have taken advice as I am an interested party, but as there are no amendments to select and so on, I am happy to chair the debate and will restrain myself from participating.
Bill Olner: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether local authorities are required to submit proposals that include an academy as part of the bid process for capital funding under the Building Schools for the Future programme.
Bill Olner: Does my right hon. Friend share the pride in Grenadier Guardsman Scott Blaney from my constituency of Nuneaton, who has just returned to duties after having lost a leg while on operations in Afghanistan? Does my right hon. Friend further agree that we should be doing as much as we possibly can to get all our injured Army personnel back to work once they have recovered from their injuries?
Bill Olner: As long as they are about America.
Bill Olner: Order. The hon. Gentleman is drawing on my patience.
Bill Olner: Order. May I ask the hon. Gentleman to bring his remarks to a conclusion? He has now spoken for longer than the Member who secured the debate, and has not allowed sufficient time for the Minister and the chief Opposition spokesman to have the same amount of speaking time as him.
Bill Olner: Order.
Bill Olner: Before I call Mark Pritchard, I wish to put it on the record that I am joint treasurer of the British-American parliamentary group. I will take a great interest in this debate.
Bill Olner: Order. I have given the hon. Gentleman a bit of leeway, but we are straying rather a long way from America.
Bill Olner: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what definition his Department uses of respectful funeral, as referred to in his Department's technical guidance SB16; (2) what expenses can be claimed by benefit claimants under Other Funeral Expenses as referred to in his Department's technical guidance SB16.
Bill Olner: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish guidance to local authorities on (a) the length of time ashes should be retained by crematoria and (b) the methods to be used to dispose of ashes not claimed by the family of the deceased.
Bill Olner: Order. The hon. Member for St. Ives has been very generous in giving way and has accepted nine interventions, but I remind hon. Members who wish to speak that I will call the first of the Front-Bench spokesmen at 12 o'clock.
Bill Olner: I intend the winding-up speeches on this important subject to start at 10.25 am, starting with the Liberal Democrat spokesman, followed by the Conservative spokesman and then the Minister, so Members should exercise some discipline in the length of their speeches.
Bill Olner: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of the average annual cost to small and medium-sized enterprises of applying for and proving competence in multiple health and safety pre-qualification questionnaires.