Ian Taylor: What recent assessment he has made of progress towards political reform by the Government of Zimbabwe.
Ian Taylor: Has the Minister noticed the case of Owen Maseko, the artist who has been imprisoned and harassed because of his depiction of the terrible carnage that went on in the 1980s under President Mugabe? Is this a sign that the problems in Zimbabwe are continuing, and that a political settlement is still very far from certain?
Ian Taylor: Because any business activity is inevitably impacted, for good or ill, by a Budget, may I begin by drawing attention to the Register of Members' Interests? Like several other speakers this afternoon, I am making my valedictory speech. The hon. Member for South Derbyshire (Mr. Todd) and my right hon. Friend the Member for Fylde (Mr. Jack)-and, I hope, myself-are going when our constituents...
Ian Taylor: Of course the former Chancellor, the present Prime Minister, did very well when he first took office in 1997, because he committed himself to at least the first three years of the outgoing Government's expenditure plans.
Ian Taylor: I am trying to follow the hon. Gentleman's argument. There is no disagreement between the two main parties that cuts are going to have to come, so the matter is purely a question of timing. The hon. Gentleman's argument is effectively that the Labour Government, if they were to remain in power, would also have to cut services.
Ian Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what mechanisms emissions from biomass boilers will be made compliant with his Department's Air Quality Strategy.
Ian Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent progress he has made on the development of sustainability indicators for biomass.
Ian Taylor: What recent assessment his Department has made of Iran's military capability; and if he will make a statement.
Ian Taylor: The Secretary of State will well know that the nuclear issue is the focus of attention. What concerns me is whether the military preparations in Iran are sufficient to give it the flexibility to make a conventional attack on any of its neighbouring countries. We saw the loss of life during the Iran-Iraq war, which was horrendous, and we saw the Iranian Government's lack of value of life....
Ian Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fines have been imposed on small and medium-sized companies for late payment of value added tax in the last (a) six and (b) 12 months.
Ian Taylor: I commend the Secretary of State for raising as one of his strategic questions the matter of armed forces ensuring security and contributing to resilience in the UK. The Institute for Public Policy Research's commission on national security, of which I was a member, stressed the importance of that. Has he looked again at the 1960s civil contingencies legislation and considered whether we...
Ian Taylor: Terrorists watch very carefully the technology that we deploy. Does the Home Secretary realise that the term "scanners" covers a wide range of things? Some use millimetre technology; others use terahertz; some require one to go through a box, and others can scan remotely in airport lounges or railway stations. Will the Government please institute a research programme? Several British...
Ian Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will waive the back payments of value added tax and gaming machine duty on category B3A gaming machines owed by not-for-profit sports and social clubs.
Ian Taylor: As a former Science Minister myself, I am well aware that scientific advice can be politically inconvenient, but will the Prime Minister reassure the scientific community that when disagreements happen, he will engage in rational debate rather than shoot the messenger?
Ian Taylor: What steps the Government are taking to reduce the regulatory burden on charities.
Ian Taylor: Does the Minister understand that in my constituency, charities are worried about the detailed applications for gift aid, which she has just discussed, the ending of the ring-fencing of Supporting People and particularly the vagueness of the extension of Criminal Records Bureau checks, especially for volunteers dealing with children. The problem is not that the regulations are wrong, it is...
Ian Taylor: As my son is serving in Operation Panther's Claw, it would not be appropriate for me to comment on that. However, I say on a personal basis that I profoundly hope that the Prime Minister's assurances are right. On environmental issues, can the Prime Minister tell us what the global warming has been in the past 10 years? Can he say whether the real impact that we have to look at is that it is...
Ian Taylor: By how much?
Ian Taylor: Part of the problem in Gaza is the rivalry between Fatah and Hezbollah. Does the Minister have any engagement in the discussions to try to keep the peace, and has Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu given any assurances in respect of Gaza in his comments about a two-state solution?
Ian Taylor: How many places there are in secure accommodation for young people in the criminal justice system.