Mr Syd Rapson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when she expects to announce the areas of the United Kingdom in which digital switchover will first take place; (2) what criteria will be used in determining the order in which digital switchover will be introduced in the regions; (3) if she will make a statement on her plans to implement a regional roll out of digital switchover.
Mr Syd Rapson: What plans she has to increase the take-up of vocational training in schools and colleges.
Mr Syd Rapson: I, too, welcome the White Paper, which was published this week, especially its promise of new vocational routes to success. I have spent a lifetime encouraging people into engineering. Will the Government give support specifically to women entering into engineering and following that vocational route to success? That would tap an untapped group of people who are central to the country's future.
Mr Syd Rapson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to increase the take-up of vocational training in schools and colleges.
Mr Syd Rapson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to ensure that there is adequate information for the public in advance of digital switchover on purchasing television receivers which will be operable after digital switchover.
Mr Syd Rapson: The Secretary of State knows that there is considerable disquiet about BAE Systems' posturing about the choice of company to act as the physical integrator. Will the introduction of the physical integrator and that company increase or delay the chances of the ships' being built on time?
Mr Syd Rapson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to ensure that people living in multiple dwelling units have access to digital television after switchover.
Mr Syd Rapson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Portsmouth, North constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy since 1997 on Portsmouth, North constituency.
Mr Syd Rapson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the early introduction into service of Falcon is required to secure the operational benefits of network enabled capability.
Mr Syd Rapson: How does the Opposition's policy of opposing the use of hydrofluorocarbons in firefighting square with my hon. Friend's warnings about the heat situation?
Mr Syd Rapson: What recent efforts he has made to promote British defence exports on the international market.
Mr Syd Rapson: Will my right hon. Friend comment on the Government's refusal to adopt the Archerfish programme, which is designed to destroy underwater munitions? It was invented with the encouragement of the Government, but we failed to take up the programme. Unfortunately, the Americans have grabbed it with both hands, and it looks as if they will develop it and sell it back to us. We have lost a...
Mr Syd Rapson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is his policy that the Royal Navy should continue to provide the fishery protection service in the waters around England and Wales once the Department's existing agreement with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs comes to an end.
Mr Syd Rapson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to undertake a review of the offence of carrying a knife without due cause.
Mr Syd Rapson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's estimate is of the total amount of grid-connect solar photovoltaics which will be installed in the UK in 2004.
Mr Syd Rapson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on how the Government support those diagnosed with myasthenia gravis.
Mr Syd Rapson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Turkish and (b) Greek Governments about the future of Cyprus.
Mr Syd Rapson: What plans his Department has to encourage the police to deal with abandoned cars.
Mr Syd Rapson: I thank the Government for ensuring that, at last, we have good legislation that benefits areas such as mine, but there is a problem. Will the Minister consider giving the police extra powers to deal with cases where an unscrupulous driver abandons his vehicle in somebody's private driveway? The local authority ignores such vehicles because they are not on public land and the Driver and...
Mr Syd Rapson: What measures he is taking to combat fraud in the benefit system.