Planning (Agent of Change) Bill - 2nd reading – John Spellar.
John Spellar: I echo the concerns of my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Mrs Ellman). The new Midland Metropolitan Hospital now towers over the terraced housing in the Smethwick part of my constituency. Despite a delay due to a design failure, work is now proceeding apace and it is two thirds completed. What will the Government be doing about ensuring the flow of funding and work so that...
John Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department taking with electric vehicle manufacturers to ensure that a common charging connection is used for all electric vehicles.
John Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance is issued to Coroners on respect for religious beliefs which require speedy burial following death.
John Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Royal Navy vessels are on duty in the Gulf; and when those vessels are planned to return to the UK.
John Spellar: Going back to the point made by the Chair of the Defence Committee, if the capability was vital last year, when we were given an end date, what has changed in the meantime to put that capability in any way in question?
John Spellar: Will the Army sergeant, or member of whichever rank, be paying these tax rates based on where he was born, where he was living when he joined the forces, or where he is based?
John Spellar: The immensely frustrating factor in all this is that the Ministry of Defence and the services seem to be replicating exactly the same mistakes that were made in the “Options for Change” White Paper at the end of the cold war. They are pushing regulars out and creating an atmosphere in which people think that the forces are not recruiting, and they are damaging morale. Then, during...
John Spellar: I thank my right hon. Friend the Chairman of the Committee for giving way, but surely this is the role of Ministers. It is the role of the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Defence to be providing that leadership, setting out that strategic vision, and therefore the reason for that expenditure. That is where the leadership has to come from.
John Spellar: My hon. Friend mentioned North Korea. Is it not the case that the actions of the North Korean regime are a massive threat to the international rules-based order, and does not that need to have higher priority in the thinking not only of our own Government but of our allies?
John Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking (a) to increase the number of inspectors and (b) to raise the level of penalties to deal with employers who pay less than the minimum wage.
John Spellar: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's estimate is of the annual loss of revenue from the changes to the level of stamp duty for first time buyers; and what the regional distribution of that loss is.
John Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the spread of Xylella through the importation of infected plants.
John Spellar: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require specified planning controls in relation to developments likely to be affected by existing noise sources; and for connected purposes. This Bill is designed to protect existing music venues from closure or crippling cost arising from the development of new residential properties in their vicinity, especially over questions of...
John Spellar: As the Minister’s remit covers Asia, may I ask how he is addressing a very serious issue? The Bangladesh and Myanmar authorities are pressing forward with plans to repatriate the displaced Rohingya population despite the evidence that most Rohingya are concerned about further persecution. What is the Government’s position on the repatriation of Rohingya to Rakhine state in those...
John Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to respond to the letter from the Right hon. Member for Warley on Mr Maxwell.
John Spellar: How many applications for leave to remain are under consideration by her Department.
John Spellar: As the Immigration Minister, the right hon. Member for Great Yarmouth (Brandon Lewis), has done a runner, what will the Home Secretary do to clear up his lamentable record? In particular, does she think six months is an acceptable benchmark for resolving immigration cases? The Department is avoiding even that low aspiration via spurious excuses about cases being “complex.”
John Spellar: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?