Desmond Swayne: To balance, in 2021 Hampshire will have cut a total of £560 million from its budget. Will the Secretary of State acknowledge the difficulties faced by even the best-run councils?
Desmond Swayne: What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the CPS in prosecuting crimes involving corrosive substances.
Desmond Swayne: What account is taken of gangs in this context?
Desmond Swayne: I am reassured to know that we are taking on Russian misinformation. I am right to be, aren’t I?
Desmond Swayne: After we get the vote and vote for the agreement, at what stage can we subsequently walk away from trade negotiations should the terms prove sufficiently unattractive?
Desmond Swayne: I can introduce my hon. Friend to manufacturers who find it significantly easier to export to the rest of the world than to the EU. Is there a lesson in that?
Desmond Swayne: How firm should any plans we might make for the first week in January be?
Desmond Swayne: Essential to any successful negotiator is the ability to walk away. The backstop takes that from us. How can the Prime Minister change that?
Desmond Swayne: Why would the world’s eighth largest manufacturer want to leave 20% of its economy subject to the acquis?
Desmond Swayne: I entirely agree with my right hon. Friend. Ever since the referendum, the narrative has been to find explanations for why the people voted as they did—any explanation other than the fact that they wanted to leave the European Union. Does he consider that the majority in favour of the amendment in the name of our right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve) shows...
Desmond Swayne: Exactly what are we signing up to at Marrakesh?
Desmond Swayne: The backstop is in the agreement at the insistence of the EU, and it affords the EU a huge advantage and leverage when it comes to our determination never to be in it when we negotiate the future arrangements, does it not?
Desmond Swayne: Who needs legal advice to know a trap when they see one?
Desmond Swayne: I attempted to restrict the scope of a question to the holy lands and was summoned to the Table Office to change the offending words. It is not persecution, but does my right hon. Friend resent that secular agenda as much as I do?
Desmond Swayne: Is the Prime Minister concerned about religious persecution in the Holy Land, and will she welcome the visit of the Patriarch of Jerusalem?
Desmond Swayne: Who benefits?
Desmond Swayne: The power to extend the transition or the backstop indefinitely has got to be a trap, hasn’t it?
Desmond Swayne: But it is a wish list, isn’t it?
Desmond Swayne: My right hon. Friend mentioned liberty. A disproportionate number of our veterans are actually in prison. The excellent “Phoenix” project run by Care after Combat reaches only one in 10 veteran prisoners. Will he look at the possibility of finding finance to extend that excellent programme?
Desmond Swayne: Welcome back, but—I have had some pretty miserable experiences on that train line, but they are as nothing compared with how ghastly it must be to be rail Minister. Does my hon. Friend think that that might have contributed to his predecessor’s resignation?