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Ilias Ali (24 May 2012)

Gerry Sutcliffe: I thank my hon. Friend, who is quite right. I know that other colleagues met Mr Ali when he was here. He is right also to mention the links that there have been between this country and Bangladesh for many years. We have supported it when it has been through problems such as drought and floods. I hope that, in difficult circumstances, that relationship will offer our Government an opportunity...

Sittings of the House (1 May): Sunday Trading (London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) Bill [Lords] (30 Apr 2012)

Gerry Sutcliffe: I am a former Sports Minister who sat on the Olympic Board, and a former consumer Minister who had to deal with the issue of Sunday trading. I wonder whether my hon. Friend knows the origin of the motivation for this proposal. I certainly never heard anyone call for it during my time on the board, and when, as consumer Minister, I talked to organisations such as the Association of Convenience...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Ministerial Code (Culture Secretary) (30 Apr 2012)

Gerry Sutcliffe: The permanent secretary will not be giving evidence to the Leveson inquiry, so when will parliamentarians have the opportunity to question him on the role he played? This is a very important issue, and DCMS has been used to these issues before, so when will parliamentarians have the opportunity to know exactly what the permanent secretary’s advice was and when it was given, and is the Prime...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Leveson Inquiry (25 Apr 2012)

Gerry Sutcliffe: Why was the special adviser the nominated person in the Department? If this was so important, as the Secretary of State is saying, why was his special adviser the nominated person?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Multiple Disadvantages (23 Apr 2012)

Gerry Sutcliffe: May I add my condolences to the family of Lord Ashley, who was a tremendous worker in both Houses? The Minister is right: it is difficult to deal with families with multiple disadvantages. The difficulty is that that group is growing wider now because of people losing disability or other benefits. How will the Minister make sure that we maintain an up-to-date list of the families who have...

Cigarette Packaging (17 Apr 2012)

Gerry Sutcliffe: I congratulate the Minister on the work that she is doing. However, as she is aware, a small number of people will continue to smoke because of the illicit trade. What does the Minister think we can do to stop that trade?

Cigarette Packaging (17 Apr 2012)

Gerry Sutcliffe: I understand the argument that my hon. Friend is putting forward, and we all understand the horrors of tobacco. He is talking about the hard core of 21% who continue to smoke. Is the problem not going to be that, given the levels of duty and taxation, as well as plain packaging, people are going to be forced into the black market? A number of people in my constituency deal in illicit tobacco...

Business of the House (8 Mar 2012)

Gerry Sutcliffe: May we have a debate on the definition of Britishness? The Leader of the House may be aware of a Channel 4 documentary with the inflammatory title “Make Bradford British”. It did not succeed in the way the programme makers wanted the programme to move forward. It would be interesting to have a debate on this topic, perhaps accompanied by a survey of Members beforehand, to find out whether...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Youth Contract (5 Mar 2012)

Gerry Sutcliffe: How will the scheme help people in my constituency, where youth unemployment has increased by 88% in the past 12 months? Is not this too little, too late?

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Trade Union Funding (29 Feb 2012)

Gerry Sutcliffe: I congratulate the hon. Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) on securing this debate. I thank her for saying that trade unions are a force for good, and that has also been mentioned in the speeches overall. I am a member of Unite and of Unison. Unite has contributed to my election funding for many years, and I hope that that continues for many years to come. If it was not for the trade union...

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Trade Union Funding (29 Feb 2012)

Gerry Sutcliffe: On that point, will the hon. Lady give way?

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Trade Union Funding (29 Feb 2012)

Gerry Sutcliffe: You would not allow me to do that, Mr Owen, on the basis that interventions must be brief, but I will write to the hon. Lady with all the information that she has requested, because I am proud to be a member of a number of trade unions. In the calculation that she has made in relation to transparency and the balance being wrong, how much weight has she put on the amount of work that unions do...

Estimates Day — [4th Allotted Day] — Vote on Account 2012-13 — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Olympics and Paralympics (Funding) (27 Feb 2012)

Gerry Sutcliffe: As the then Sports Minister, I was able to go to Beijing, and one thing that concerned me was whether London could compare with what went on there. Having visited them, I know that the aquatics centre and velodrome are fantastic facilities. Indeed, I would go as far as to say that they are perhaps better than those in Beijing, so I believe that we have got value for money for the investment...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Workplace Skills Development (27 Feb 2012)

Gerry Sutcliffe: But how are young children going to be motivated when, as in my constituency, youth unemployment has gone up by 88% in the past 12 months? Where will the jobs come from that schools can use to motivate young children?

Written Answers — Attorney-General: Bribery (7 Feb 2012)

Gerry Sutcliffe: To ask the Attorney-General what recent assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the successful application by the Serious Fraud Office to confiscate dividends paid by companies convicted of bribery.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Participation in Sport (15 Dec 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: The Minister knows that one of the main reasons we won the Olympics was our promise on the participation rates, but the target of involving 2 million more people in sport and physical activity has been dropped. I have the greatest respect for the Minister, but further to his earlier answer on school sport, what discussions has he had with the Department for Education about the cuts in school...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (15 Dec 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: If it is right to cut the school sports budget by £162 million, a 60% cut, why is it right to double the budget for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics from £40 million to £80 million?

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — School Sport (13 Dec 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way; I know that he has only a small amount of time left. I welcome what he is saying about disability sport. He is right about that, and I welcome his personal commitment to it, but the transport costs for disability sport outweigh the costs for able-bodied people. Has he considered those transport costs and what he needs to do to help people to get...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — School Sport (13 Dec 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: I know that the hon. Gentleman is a strong supporter of school sport both from his past record as a councillor and since he has been a Member of Parliament. He made a point about prisons. I was the Minister responsible for prisons. What is the busiest place in a prison in terms of people getting involved in sport and physical activity? The gym. Such things made me think as I do about what...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — School Sport (13 Dec 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: Is there not an opportunity for national governing bodies to get coaches to help teachers do such things? One of the things that we looked at was the possibility of coaches from a wide range of different sports running after-school clubs, paid for by national governing bodies.

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