Martin Smyth: May I first thank you, Mr. Speaker, for defending the rights of Back Benchers in minority parties? I wish to press the Minister on single women who have carried a load through life and have often been forgotten about in carrying responsibility for aged parents and others. Does she share my concern about job sharing, particularly in Departments where there does not seem to be a working...
Martin Smyth: The hon. Member for Glasgow, Maryhill (Ann McKechin) referred to the lack of trust in the Sudanese Government. Although one welcomes the improvement of the situation in Darfur, albeit there is still a long way to go, what assessment has been made of the impact of the continuing conflict in Darfur on the peace deal between the south and the north?
Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the continuing conflict in Darfur on the North-South Sudanese peace deal.
Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many overseas personnel were recruited to the NHS in Northern Ireland (a) directly by the health service and (b) through recruitment agencies in each of the last three years; and what the recruitment costs were in each case.
Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the proposed new NHS pension arrangements on levels of early retirement in advance of the deadline for transfer to the new scheme; and if he will make a statement.
Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of operations carried out privately on behalf of the NHS in Northern Ireland was in each of the past four years, broken down by health board.
Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether locum doctors in Northern Ireland are able to join the Health and Personal Social Services superannuation scheme; and if he will make a statement.
Martin Smyth: The hon. Gentleman was talking a few moments ago about "Can't pay, won't pay." Does he distinguish between those who have been developing that campaign along the lines that they have done in the past and those who have been living in moderate housing that was bought when they were working in ordinary employment? The value of such houses has gone up tremendously. With the increase in rates and...
Martin Smyth: I thank the Secretary of State for giving way, and I apologise to the House that other business meant that I could not be present for the whole debate. I agree with what the archbishop said, but will the right hon. Gentleman acknowledge that it was De Valera who clamped down harshly on Sinn Fein in the republic, and that some of us will have to do the same in the UK? When he considers the...
Martin Smyth: May I congratulate the Minister on the work that is being done, but can we have an assurance that, in a world where we are seeking to help people, we will not encourage Governments to continue to oppress their people and abuse their liberties? On a day when we commemorate the low interest rates of 300 years ago, I should like to think that the liberty and democracy that was brought to our...
Martin Smyth: The Leader of the House paid tribute to teachers. Does he recognise the growing concern among teachers about the possibility of extending their retirement age from 60 to 65 and the penalties that will be imposed, bearing it in mind that many of them live under strain? May I impress on him the need for a debate in the House on foreign issues, bearing it in mind that Nathan Scharansky has...
Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many requests for general practitioner appointments there were in Northern Ireland in each of the past 15 years; and what the average waiting time for GP appointments was in each year.
Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many general practitioners there are in (a) North, (b) West, (c) East and (d) South Belfast per 10,000 population; and what the spending per capita on general practitioner provision is in the current financial year in each case.
Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will change the rules of the hospital travel costs scheme in Northern Ireland to enable cancer sufferers to reclaim the costs of travel to hospital.
Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what changes have been initiated within the Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety following the publication of the 2003 Northern Ireland Audit Office Report on The Use of Operating Theatres.
Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Department of (a) Education, (b) Finance and Personnel, (c) Health Social Services and Public Safety and (d) Culture, Arts and Leisure will take to implement the requirements of accreditation contained in the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Order 2003, in relation to (i) non-departmental public bodies, (ii) next...
Martin Smyth: The EU's decision is welcome, but has the Minister had any consultation with other African countries to see whether they are in a position to observe the election, and whether they are in a position even now to see what is happening, as it is close to the day of the election?
Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average remuneration for a general practitioner was in each of the past 15 years.
Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the arrangements for sick pay provision for general practitioners are.
Martin Smyth: Does my right hon. Friend agree that people in Northern Ireland are used to annual re-enactments of non-permanent legislation, and we do not want that to be repeated?