John Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2018 to Question 157630 on UK Border Force: Heathrow Airport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that UK Border Force has the capacity deal with the forecast increase in the number of passengers in the summer.
John Spellar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2018 to Question 160685 on Midland Metropolitan Hospital: Repairs and Maintenance, how many times (a) he (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) official in his Department have had meetings with counterparts in the Department for Health and Social Care on Midland Metropolitan Hospital since January 2018; and what the...
John Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the announcement of 6 July 2018 on investment in new ambulances for the NHS, what steps he is taking to ensure that those ambulances are made in the UK.
John Spellar: What recent discussions he has had with trade union representatives on the future of the British motor sector.
John Spellar: I thank the Minister for having that meeting, because under Conservative, Labour and even Lib Dem Ministers, Britain rebuilt its motor industry by working closely with industry and the unions. Unfortunately, more recently, ill-considered lurches in policy by the Department for Transport, which are less like the prosperity agenda and the industrial strategy and more like Soviet 10-year plans,...
John Spellar: Is my hon. Friend leading to the key criticism of that piece of legislation, which is that the police, and particularly the courts, ought to be taking on irresponsible and vicious owners, instead of showing such reluctance, as they have done on so many occasions?
John Spellar: I thank my hon. Friend for giving way. Before she moves on, I must say that I find it surprising that we give any credence to that ridiculous organisation. Its main intervention previously has been attacks on anglers in the United Kingdom, which would not find favour with the huge number of anglers in the west midlands or indeed with you, Mr Walker.
John Spellar: The fact is that an organisation wishes to blacken the name of Staffordshire bull terriers, but this is—I say this as, I think, the only Member here from the old Staffordshire county—a very popular breed. As has been said, these can be, and often are, extremely good, friendly family dogs, and they are wonderful with children. It is absurd that this organisation is trying to ban...
John Spellar: I see I am no longer the only Staffordshire MP in the debate. My hon. Friend talks about the enforcement of the law. Perhaps that should start with the enforcement of microchipping—taking people to court and dealing with them when they have animals that are not microchipped or when they have damaged the microchip to make it undetectable.
John Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her Answer of 2 July to Question 157630 on UK Border Force: Heathrow, how many times UK Border Force did not meet its target for processing non-EEA nationals at Heathrow in the first six months of this year and what the comparable figure was for 2017.
John Spellar: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many prosecutions took place in the West Midlands for failure to pay the minimum wage in 2017; and how many of those prosecutions led to convictions.
John Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 24 April 2018 from the Rt hon Member for Warley on knife sales.
John Spellar: In a throwaway line, the Minister just made a disparaging comment about putting Britain first. What is wrong with putting Britain first?
John Spellar: I will now bring us back to the real world of the defence procurement industry. The Minister wrapped himself in knots over article 346, and it very much reminded me of Madeleine Albright’s response to Robin Cook when he told her during the events in Kosovo, “Our lawyers say I can’t do that.” “Change your lawyers,” she said, “and get better legal...
John Spellar: If they have locations in the UK and there is a fair share of the work, that is absolutely right, but let us look at shipyards. I have mentioned what happens in France. The Berlin-class support ships are built in Germany. The Vulcano-class tanker support ships are built in Italy. The Cantabria-class oilers are built in Spain, and of course the United States has an absolutely rigid “buy...
John Spellar: Will the Minister confirm that the Korean shipbuilder that took this contract, DSME, underbid and actually lost significant sums of money on the contract? It was not a fair contract, and because of its general business practices, it came very close to going bankrupt and had to be bailed out.
John Spellar: Not true.
John Spellar: The argument from the hon. Member for Ludlow (Mr Dunne), whom I congratulate on his report, does not hold water. Of course, if we are buying these planes, we will need maintenance facilities, and if that is being done by industry, industry will provide those facilities, but they are service facilities for the RAF, and there might even be work from abroad. Where, though, are these planes...
John Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to the letter of the right hon. Member for Warley of 24 May 2018 in respect of Amandeep Singh.
John Spellar: Does it not get even worse, in that individuals who fail in such jobs are given pay-offs to get them out of the hospital, but in a fairly short space of time the magic circle again fits them up with an appointment in another hospital, where they again fail and again cost huge sums of money?