Paddy Tipping: What recent discussions he has had with energy supply companies on reducing fuel poverty.
Paddy Tipping: That is a good record, but more needs to be done. Some householders face price increases of 27 per cent., which has clear implications for the Government's fuel poverty targets. In his discussions with companies, will my right hon. Friend commend those that offer good social tariffs and reprimand those that do not, reminding them of the possibility of compulsion?
Paddy Tipping: In the 60th year of the NHS, there remain major challenges such ashealth inequalities and the need to provide preventive care. Will the Prime Minister ensure that in the light of the statement he made on Monday areas of disadvantage such as the Nottinghamshire coalfield receive sufficient focus and a fair share of resources?
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has commissioned into levels of patient satisfaction with the NHS.
Paddy Tipping: Given that the Secretary of State rightly spoke about the importance of Labour planning policy as a way of delivering social change, does she understand the concern of many of us that the infrastructure planning commission will be removed from democratic control? Do we not need to focus on that during the passage of the Bill?
Paddy Tipping: Is not one of the most significant issues to arise from this summer's flooding the inability of urban sewers to deal with flash flooding? What steps are being considered to deal with that problem, bearing in mind that the financial costs will be significant over a long period?
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the budget of the Commission for Rural Communities for (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and what the planned budget is for (i) 2008-09 and (ii) each subsequent year of the current spending round.
Paddy Tipping: When he last met representatives from the voluntary sector to discuss credit unions.
Paddy Tipping: Just over a year since the Farepak fiasco, what further steps are being taken to help credit unions such as the Cashfields credit union based in Hucknall meet the needs of the more economically disadvantaged members of our society?
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent estimate he has made of the number of households with access to mains gas supply.
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to introduce regulations under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to ban the use of non-domestic animals in travelling circuses; and if he will make a statement.
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many responses he has received to his consultation document on access to coastal areas; what assessment he has made of such responses; and if he will make a statement.
Paddy Tipping: Would not many local authorities like the opportunity to experiment with variable charges? Provided that the pilots are cost-neutral, should we not be backing them?
Paddy Tipping: The Secretary of State has made it clear that there is no chance of people catching avian flu from eating poultry, provided that it is properly prepared and cooked. Given that this is an important time for the poultry industry, will he work with his colleagues in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and with the industry to promote that message in the run-up to Christmas?
Paddy Tipping: What financial support he is making available to carbon capture and storage projects.
Paddy Tipping: I am grateful for that reply, and for this important initiative. Does the Secretary of State accept that the electricity generators feel that there have been long delays in bringing the programme forward? Secondly, there are concerns about the kind of technology being evaluated—post-combustion rather than pre-combustion. Can he say whether there will be only one winner of the demonstration...
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on Iran's nuclear programme.
Paddy Tipping: The Secretary of State has made it clear that if poultry is properly prepared and cooked there is no danger to human health from eating it—but this is a vital time for the poultry sector. Will he talk to colleagues and the wider industry to promote the case for poultry at a critical time for the industry?
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he received the report Bovine TB in Cattle and Badgers: A Report by the Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King; when he commissioned the report; what its terms of reference were; what steps he now plans to take; and if he will make a statement.
Paddy Tipping: The Secretary of State has just stressed the importance of learning from disease outbreaks. One of the lessons of the 2001 outbreak was that the decision to close the countryside to visitors led to enormous economic consequences. Does he understand that although farming is important, the value brought by people who visit rural communities and boost the rural economy is more significant?