Desmond Swayne: The Tatmadaw has form and we should not forget the plight of the Christian community in northern Kachin, to whom we owe a particular debt of honour. They have been dispossessed by violence and prevented from returning by mining interests, and there being a sinister link between the two.
Desmond Swayne: What recent progress has been made on negotiating the terms on which the UK will leave the EU.
Desmond Swayne: It could be the making of us, couldn’t it?
Desmond Swayne: May I take the Minister back to the former permanent secretary? When Mr Donnelly was interviewed on the “Today” programme that morning, so keen were the presenters to get his soundbite about the packet of crisps that they gave no analysis whatsoever of his figures, which were about 10% awry from those issued by the national statistics office. Has the Department done any digging...
Desmond Swayne: On sharia councils, how do we protect people who are ignorant of their rights or subject to peer pressure in closed communities?
Desmond Swayne: The Russian economy is a fraction but its expenditure on offensive capability a multiple of ours. Is there a lesson there?
Desmond Swayne: In the early 1980s, the planning assumption was that the road to war with the Soviet Union would be preceded by six months of increasing tension, sabotage and assassination. What are the current assumptions?
Desmond Swayne: Is it in the interests of the private sector to build in sufficient quantity as to achieve a reduction in price?
Desmond Swayne: Whoever the culprit, it is just as well that we are currently reviewing our defence capabilities, so that we can increase them—can’t we?
Desmond Swayne: What steps the Government are taking to improve the marine environment.
Desmond Swayne: What about coral?
Desmond Swayne: What has the Minister done to stop our songbirds from being trapped and eaten in Cyprus?
Desmond Swayne: It was self-evident earlier that Houthi propaganda has been remarkably effective. Is there anything we could learn from that?
Desmond Swayne: As someone who has benefited significantly from changing my supplier a number of occasions, my concern is that by placing a cap we will diminish the competition from which I have benefited in the same way that the provision of a cap on university fees has led to everyone charging the maximum. Can the Secretary of State persuade me that that will not be the case?
Desmond Swayne: We have too much water in the lower Avon. When is the Minister coming to have a look?
Desmond Swayne: Accelerated processing would only be a threat if the judicial process was not seen to be fair and independent. Is it?
Desmond Swayne: We could speak softly if we carried a big stick, so was not the peace dividend at the end of the cold war utterly misconceived?
Desmond Swayne: If that prison is built, will the Minister ensure that its chaplaincy avoids the extraordinary carrying-on that has recently been reported at HMP Brixton?
Desmond Swayne: So what exactly has happened at the chaplaincy at HMP Brixton?
Desmond Swayne: Is the Secretary of State satisfied with the balance of power between developer and purchaser when new builds turn out to be seriously defective?