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Bill Olner: Order. I am about to call another speaker, but four of you want to speak. Please have a little bit of self-discipline on timings, because I am sure that the Minister will want plenty of time to have a few words on this extremely important subject. I call Tom Clarke.
Bill Olner: Order. The hon. Gentleman's intervention is getting rather long, and we need the Minister to reply to all the questions that hon. Members have put to her. Would the hon. Gentleman wind up his intervention?
Bill Olner: Order. The hon. Member should address them briefly because we want to give the Minister time to reply.
Bill Olner: As the hon. Gentleman answers that intervention, will he bear in mind the clock?
Bill Olner: Order. In his note to me, the hon. Gentleman said that he would take just one minute. Will he please come to his conclusion?
Bill Olner: Order. Before I call the hon. Member for Castle Point (Bob Spink) and the spokesmen for the two Opposition parties, I should say that this is an important subject, and hon. Members have raised some important questions. Therefore, they should give the Minister adequate time to respond and remember that the debate will conclude at 12.30 pm.
Bill Olner: Order. We must return to the speech.
Bill Olner: Just for the record, because I noticed some bemused faces, we are going by the time on the annunciators in the middle of the Chamber, and not by the time on the others, as they are out of synch.
Bill Olner: Order. I am afraid that we have reached the end of the time allocated.
Bill Olner: Is my hon. Friend aware of the serious concerns in my constituency about the fate of the George Eliot hospital? [Hon. Members: "Ah."] No, it is not the Government; they have poured a great deal of money into the health service in my area and we are grateful to them for that. However, the acute services review is suggesting that things should happen at that hospital that will be bad not only...
Bill Olner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many cases of identity fraud using the details of a deceased person were recorded in each of the last five years; (2) what percentage of impersonation cases involved the use of identities belonging to deceased people in the last year that figures are available.
Bill Olner: My hon. Friend will know that many retailers take their responsibilities extremely seriously and ask young people for proof of their age when they purchase drinks. However, many young people get older people to buy their drinks, so has the Department liaised with the police to ensure that when youngsters are seen drinking publicly in our communities they are apprehended and their parents find...
Bill Olner: The Minister will be aware of last week's successful flight over London and into Heathrow by the A380 Airbus, which is powered by Rolls-Royce aero-engines. Has that made it more relevant that there will be a military version of that aircraft powered by those engines?
Bill Olner: It is a role that he plays very well.
Bill Olner: My constituency has had moneys from the lottery fund. However, it seems to be rather bizarre that a rich football club such as Manchester United has access to lottery funds, which could have been spent in many more deprived areas throughout the country.
Bill Olner: Order. I think that the hon. Gentleman is straying way off the point.
Bill Olner: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the UK space industry plays a tremendous role in providing earth-observing platforms? At what level does her Department talk to the UK space industry on global warming and other matters regarding the planet?
Bill Olner: Will my hon. Friend constantly talk up all engineering skills? I thank him for the very good speech he made last night at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which itself wants to promote engineering, unlike Opposition colleagues. There is a huge skills gap and we must address it.
Bill Olner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what additional financial assistance he plans to give to local authorities to fund increases in gas and electricity costs; and if he will make a statement.
Bill Olner: Order. There are three Members standing, all in a line. I hope that I can call them all, but the time restriction is that I want to start the Opposition Front-Bench spokesmen's winding-up speeches just before 12 o'clock. If hon. Members can limit their speeches to that time scale, they will all be able to speak.