Paddy Tipping: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. Hurd) because he makes two points—one on Britain's leadership in the world and the other on carbon pricing—that I want to reinforce and reiterate. The Government have achieved a great deal, but there will be big challenges in the future, not just for Government but for all of us. Let me list some of the achievements: the...
Paddy Tipping: I watched with interest the Liberal party conference and the proposals that came out of it. My simple point, however, is that it is important to step up the differential rates between cars of different capacity. As the hon. Gentleman draws me into that area, I wish that the Chancellor had done more, and I hope that we will continue to go in that direction. The hon. Gentleman also minimised...
Paddy Tipping: I do not want to be critical of the hon. Gentleman, who has a good record. He has just called for consensus, but if he looks back at the last paragraph of his speech he will see that he is not following his own rules.
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in England have programmes in place to test pupils for drugs.
Paddy Tipping: The Secretary of State has talked about change and difficult decisions. She knows the position in Nottingham well. She recently visited the new Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and she knows that services are being reconfigured there, and it is difficult and painful. Does she accept that it takes time to make those changes and will she give the new trust time to put those changes...
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the effects of the Large Combustion Plant Directive on (a) the use of biomass in energy generation and (b) the consequences for the wood panel industry.
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the level of energy crops available for biomass energy generation; and what steps he is taking to increase it.
Paddy Tipping: Will the Minister be bold enough to tell colleagues in the Treasury that although there might not be environmental benefits, a tax on plastic bags would be broadly welcomed by people in this country and would send a real signal that we were serious about waste and the environment? Just go and tell the Treasury that!
Paddy Tipping: When he last met representatives of the Chinese Government to discuss climate change.
Paddy Tipping: With the Chinese economy growing by 13 per cent. a year and reports that a new coal-fired power station is being opened every fortnight in China, it is a major source of carbon pollution. How confident is the Deputy Prime Minister about involving China in a successful outcome post-Kyoto?
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the 14 allocated days have been used in training for the firing of the 120 mm Challenger tanks at the Warcop range in each year since 2001.
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what payments have been made to the Strathmore Estates for training use of their land within the Warcop byelawed area in each year since 2001.
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Sherwood dated 28 April about the immigration status of Josephine Mundirwa.
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to promote sustainable forestry in Africa.
Paddy Tipping: I am pleased to introduce this debate, particularly in the context of the Affordable Rural Housing Commission's report that was published in May. I thank the Minister for commissioning the report and congratulate the commission on its work, but towards the end of my speech I shall press her on what the next steps are, because affordable housing is a big problem in rural communities. Although...
Paddy Tipping: I am not always sure that greed drives the planning process—clearly, landowners want to maximise the benefit of their land—but the hon. Gentleman is right that, through their local plans, local authorities are in a position to drive affordable housing. That is the commission's view and mine, too. I hope that the Minister will continue along that line. Planning policy guidance is already...
Paddy Tipping: I look forward to hearing what the Minister has to say about the commission's recommendation and I shall consider her comments closely. I accept that second homes are raising house prices to an exceptional level in attractive parts of the countryside like the hon. Gentleman's, but affordable housing in rural areas is a much wider problem and is not just connected with second homes. Real...
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what allowance Ofwat made for each water company for capital works in each of the last five years for which figures were available; and what the value was of the capital works completed by each water company in each year.
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK will ratify the convention on human trafficking; what work remains to be done prior to ratification; and if he will make a statement.
Paddy Tipping: Will the Minister explain in plain words why the Government changed their mind on the date? The original Bill was satisfactory. Why was it changed in another place?