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Bill Olner: Order. Four Members have risen to take part in the debate. I advise again that I intend the winding-up speeches to start at about 10.25, so if Members can discipline themselves to fit into that timetable, I should appreciate it.
Bill Olner: The whole House appreciates the extra measures concerning replica guns, but might there be a real strengthening of border controls so that people know that if they purchase guns legally abroad, it will be illegal to bring them into this country?
Bill Olner: May I too welcome my right hon. Friend to his new position? I am delighted with the way in which standards are being driven up in our secondary schools, but will he place particular emphasis, especially in secondary schools, on encouraging young people to go into the crafts? I am talking about engineering, carpentry, plumbing, electrics and whatever. We are really getting short of such...
Bill Olner: The regulations are welcome, but is the emphasis on recycling such products or on their being reused? If they can be reused, that is preferable to recycling them.
Bill Olner: In one minute.
Bill Olner: Order. Before I call the next speaker, I would appreciate it if Members would keep their comments brief, brisk and to the point, because I want to give each of the Opposition spokesmen 10 minutes to sum up, and the Minister 15 minutes at the end. This is an extremely important subject, and the Minister should be given that time to make her points.
Bill Olner: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of households can currently receive digital terrestrial transmission in the (a) Anglia, (b) Border, (c) Central, (d) Granada, (e) London, (f) Meridian, (g) STV Central, (h) STV North, (i) Tyne Tees, (j) Ulster, (k) Wales, (l) West, (m) West Country and (n) Yorkshire ITV regions.
Bill Olner: I am sure that the whole House will wish to extend its sympathies to my constituents, Bill and Julia Hawker, whose 22-year-old daughter Lindsay was murdered in Japan some two months ago. Although the police over there have been doing their best to apprehend the killer, they have not been successful, and I know that my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary raised the issue yesterday in a...
Bill Olner: Order. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that he will not be doing that.
Bill Olner: Order. Will the hon. Gentleman wind up?
Bill Olner: Order. I hope that the hon. Lady will make it only a minute; the Conservative spokesman must speak and the Minister needs to reply.
Bill Olner: Order. Will the hon. Gentleman bring his remarks to a conclusion now, please?
Bill Olner: Order. The debate is not about taxes and VAT; it is about alcohol misuse.
Bill Olner: I want all hon. Members present who want to speak in this very important debate to be able to do so, but we must give sufficient time for the Minister to answer all the questions that are put to her.
Bill Olner: Whether he plans to retain the exemption from VAT for fees charged by doctors on certificates required by the funeral industry prior to cremation.
Bill Olner: The whole industry will welcome what the Minister has just said. There was grave concern— [Laughter]—Pardon the pun. There was much concern within the industry that VAT would be levied at 17.5 per cent., so I am grateful for the Minister's response. Will he continue his dialogue with the National Association of Funeral Directors, so that these services, which are very serious for many of...
Bill Olner: I, too, welcome the Minister back. The figures are astounding, from 75,000 to 254,000, as he mentioned. However, we need to go further, because we still have an enormous skills shortage, especially of electricians, plumbers and other such trades. I wonder whether we should have some sort of scheme in which the apprenticeship starts in the last year of the child's secondary education, so as to...
Bill Olner: Order. May I ask the hon. Gentleman to realise that two of his colleagues hope to speak and that I want to allow plenty of time for the Minister and the official Opposition spokesman to answer?
Bill Olner: Order. May I ask the hon. Gentleman to bring his remarks to a close? Some very good questions have been posed to the Minister, and I want to ensure that she has time adequately to respond to them.
Bill Olner: One of the major problems is that there is incitement by some hunts to break the law. I agree with the right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) about monitors and that they need protection, but there is incitement to break the law, and I hope my hon. Friend the Minister will deal severely with that.