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Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental laboratories there were in (a) England and (b) North Dorset in December 2005; and what estimate she has made of the number of dental laboratories which have closed in each area since this date.
Robert Walter: I wonder whether I can look at the question in a different way. Will the Secretary of State tell us the latest estimate of the farm-gate price of poppies as opposed to the total value of refined heroin? That relates to the cost to the Home Office and other Departments in Britain, Europe and the United States of drug-related crime. Perhaps the European Union should use its vast experience of...
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will set a timetable for the extension of direct payments made in lieu of social services provision to people who are currently ineligible.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum distance is over which a LT120.20 mobile speed camera can record speed.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of children trafficked into the UK in the last five years.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Chinese Government on its policy towards Burma.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) crisis centres and (b) safe houses there are in England and Wales where child victims of trafficking can find refuge.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the police in Wiltshire use the LTI 20.20 mobile speed cameras.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many libraries have been closed in the last two years, broken down by region; and what estimate she has made of the number of libraries that will be closed in 2006.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many university students he estimates will be unable to graduate (a) at all and (b) without a full record of performance of marks as a result of the recent industrial action.
Robert Walter: We were warned at the beginning of the debate that we were the same old anoraks, saying the same old things every six months on the subject of the European Council meeting, as if we were unaware of the agenda of that meeting. However, we have heard some quite interesting new thoughts and fresh ideas in this debate. We have not all been rehearsing the same old ideas—certainly not so...
Robert Walter: The Division lists are published fairly soon after we have all trooped through the Lobby. Parliamentary scrutiny should be on the agenda of the European Council meeting, given the absence of any progress that we will ever make on the constitutional treaty. I was intrigued by the comments of the hon. Member for Lanark and Hamilton, East (Mr. Hood), the Chairman of the European Scrutiny...
Robert Walter: I accept the subtle difference that the hon. Gentleman makes. None the less, if we are to re-engage with the British people on where we are going in Europe and the decisions that Ministers take in the name of the British people, we might have something to learn from the rigorous procedure that takes place in Finland.
Robert Walter: I accept that point. We must examine the matter in different ways to take account of our traditions and practices. However, as I said in response to the hon. Member for Lanark and Hamilton, East, that does not mean that we cannot learn something from the Finnish procedure in practice. According to a movement that has existed in this country for some time in certain quarters, we could somehow...
Robert Walter: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, but I remind him that the concept of the battlegroups was for them to be within the NATO architecture. My point is that they have failed the first test. Germany is at the top of the roster in the current cycle for battlegroup deployment yet even it is unable to fulfil the commitment to providing 1,500 troops for a battlegroup formation in a German-led...
Robert Walter: Was the hon. Gentleman as surprised as me that the Foreign Secretary did not refer at all in her opening remarks to ESDP and, particularly, the decision taken by the European Union to send 1,500 troops next month to Congo, to which the United Kingdom is making both a financial and physical contribution?
Robert Walter: The hon. Gentleman may have received this morning, as I did, a document published by the Robert Schuman Foundation, which is not known for its Eurosceptic views. It was written by the leader of the EU delegation in the French Senate and makes the same point as the hon. Gentleman. I was surprised by his comments about COSAC and the French National Assembly, because the document acknowledges...
Robert Walter: Will the right hon. Lady give way?
Robert Walter: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made regarding the time scale for the coroner reform programme; and when she expects the Family Charter to be available.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been detained for 21 days or more in (a) immigration detention centres and (b) Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in the last five years.