Desmond Swayne: It appears from the White Paper that the Secretary of State is to become a messenger. It says on page 9: The Government expects that the Secretary of State will meet the Assembly's Executive Committee regularly to exchange views and information about Government policy. My experience over the past couple of weeks is that it is better to read the newspapers before a Government announcement than...
Desmond Swayne: My right hon. Friend the Member for Devizes (Mr. Ancram) has already answered that question. A very different situation obtains in Northern Ireland. The social circumstances for which that form of government is designed do not obtain—and, I hope, never will—in Wales. It is not a question of making a distinction in the way that the hon. Gentleman implies. In the referendum, the residents...
Desmond Swayne: Can the Prime Minister really be satisfied with the fact that, yesterday, his senior ex-ministerial colleague, the right hon. Member for Swansea, West (Mr. Williams), described his Welsh devolution proposals as a "constitutional mystery tour"? 
Desmond Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the financial impact of the abolition of compulsory competitive tendering in the national health service. 
Desmond Swayne: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that excellent reply. Does he agree with the Secretary of State—[HON. MEMBERS: "Reading."] I shall quote if I may—who, in 1995, said that the benefits from compulsory competitive tendering had been made at the expense of blue collar workers and that that was why he was against it? Has he changed his mind? Does the Minister agree that competitive tendering...
Desmond Swayne: Notwithstanding the answer that the right hon. Lady gave to my right hon. Friend the shadow Leader of the House, we did have a debate early in this Parliament on the salary of one of the Law Officers in another place, and great sport it afforded, especially when contrasted with the salary available for the Minister for Women. Will the right hon. Lady reconsider and arrange a debate on the...
Desmond Swayne: The Treasury team has shown a remarkable assurance about the estimate for the consequences of this measure. Indeed, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury said that she thought that the demand for private medical assurance was perfectly inelastic. That assurance is misplaced. At the beginning of the week, on Monday, the Association of British Insurers wrote to me saying: The Association...
Desmond Swayne: I am not sure what the question was, but I will have a stab at answering it. It is very much the answer that I gave to another hon. Gentleman who has since departed from the Chamber. The best estimate of the elasticity of demand comes not from City scribblers, but from the voters. I represent a constituency with three hunts and yet, given my mailbag during the election campaign—
Desmond Swayne: I was trying to give some indication of the strength of feeling among my constituents. My mailbag on this measure has been greater than that I have received on hunting, which has been considerable. That is not surprising, since I represent those well-known retirement areas of Milford on Sea, Barton on Sea and New Milton. That brings me to the nub of this mean-minded measure. What is...
Desmond Swayne: The parliamentary newsletter of the Association of British Insurers states: Although presented as helping to pay for the cost of reducing VAT on heating, the Association's submission to the Chancellor indicated that it will cost the Government more in terms of extra NHS costs and loss of insurance premium tax than it will save on the relief itself. Will the Minister comment on that?
Desmond Swayne: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the most important testament is that of the voters? [Laughter.] May I therefore ask him whether he shared his enthusiasm for doing away with the tax relief with his voters in his election address, or whether he kept it from them, much as he did with his enthusiasm for doing away with mortgage tax relief?
Desmond Swayne: Will the gentleman's condition be assisted by additions to the queue owing to people having to give up their private health insurance?
Desmond Swayne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of his Budget on investment by the water utilities. 
Desmond Swayne: Can the right hon. Gentleman tell the House how he expects the privatised utilities to pay the £5 billion he is asking of them without increasing their charges, which means higher water bills; reducing their investment, which means more leakages; cutting employment; or reducing dividends, most of which go to pension funds?
Desmond Swayne: Will the Minister take this opportunity to distance himself from the position taken by the Secretary of State for International Development who, before free elections in that country, called for the expulsion of the American ambassador and the suppression of La Prensa, the anti-Sandinista newspaper?
Desmond Swayne: The provisions announced yesterday for the windfall tax and advance corporation tax are very complex. I do not believe—and it has not been my experience in the past—that the timetable that the right hon. Lady has announced is sufficient for the House and, indeed, the financial community to scrutinise the measures properly. Will she reconsider?
Desmond Swayne: We were mad.
Desmond Swayne: Just over half an hour ago, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food announced that he had not sought a timetable for the lifting of the beef ban, nor indeed was he seeking one. May we have an urgent debate on the problems facing the beef industry?
Desmond Swayne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer over what time scale he will calculate the excess profits for the windfall tax. 
Desmond Swayne: Will the right hon. Gentleman tell the House how he intends to raise a windfall tax from owners of capital who have passed their ownership to subsequent shareholders since the industries were privatised?