Gary Streeter: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the Royal Marines, supported by a specialist amphibious fleet, have served our country with great distinction for many, many years? Does she share my concern that one of the proposals currently being considered by the Royal Navy is to downsize the amphibious fleet? In an uncertain world, is this not both short-sighted and dangerous, and will she please...
Gary Streeter: We now move on to our next debate, as I see that the protagonists are here. Would Members leaving please do so quietly? This is a half-hour debate, which seems to be extremely popular; fortunately, I am not chairing it. If colleagues will take their positions, we will move swiftly on.
Gary Streeter: Order. I call the Minister to respond. If she could leave two to three minutes for the initiator of the debate to wind up, that would be great.
Gary Streeter: Order. Interventions should be brief.
Gary Streeter: Order. There is sadly no time for Mr Zeichner to respond, but I thought it was important to let the Minister inform the House. We now move on to our next debate. Would those leaving the Chamber please do so quickly and quietly? Motion lapsed ( Standing Order No. 10(6)).
Gary Streeter: I call Roberta Blackman-Woods—30 seconds, please.
Gary Streeter: Order. There are six or seven colleagues trying to catch my eye, and the wind-ups begin in 35 minutes, at 3.30 pm, so I ask hon. Members to restrict themselves to about six minutes each.
Gary Streeter: What is the current status of the Devon and Somerset devolution bid? Do they still need to have a directly elected mayor to get the full devolution package, and will the Minister please meet the leaders of Devon and Somerset councils and me this autumn to discuss the way forward?
Gary Streeter: I congratulate the Secretary of State and DFID on co-ordinating the aid effort in South Sudan with other countries. Does she agree that that is yet another example of where British taxpayers’ money is being wisely spent on keeping alive men, women and children who happen to share the same planet as us?
Gary Streeter: On his recent visit to Burma, did my right hon. Friend encourage the Burmese Government to allow full access and to co-operate fully with the fact-finding mission of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees into human rights issues in that country?
Gary Streeter: Mr Mackintosh, you have a couple of minutes to wind up if you wish.
Gary Streeter: Order. A reminder that interventions should be brief.
Gary Streeter: All the protagonists are here for our next debate, so we can start a minute and a half early.
Gary Streeter: So have I.
Gary Streeter: You have plenty of time. Carry on, please.
Gary Streeter: Order.
Gary Streeter: Colleagues, we have about eight minutes for each Back-Bench speech.
Gary Streeter: We are one of the richest economies in the world. The distributional analysis published alongside the Budget by the Treasury is embarrassing. The picture that plays out across this Parliament as a result of the tax, spending and welfare decisions made by the Chancellor and his predecessors is very clear. The poorest households and, on an unprogressive gradient, those from lower income...
Gary Streeter: I remind colleagues that this debate must conclude at 4.33 pm. Our winding-up speeches will begin now, but I hope that we will be able to give two or three minutes at the conclusion of the debate for the mover of the motion to have a final say.
Gary Streeter: Order. I am afraid we now have to go down to three minutes per speaker. I am sorry about there being no notice of that.