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Mr Brian Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions took place with the devolved Administrations prior to the ending of the newspaper registration scheme.
Mr Brian Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost of the newspaper registration scheme was to the Royal Mail in each year since 2000; and what percentage of Royal Mail turnover in each year those figures represented.
Mr Brian Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultations took place between the Royal Mail and her Department on the abolition of the newspaper registration scheme; and what representations she made as a result.
Mr Brian Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of school leavers entered higher education in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
Mr Brian Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of school leavers in Northern Ireland entered higher education in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
Mr Brian Wilson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people resident in each parliamentary constituency (a) in June 1997 and (b) on the latest date for which information is available were in employment.
Mr Brian Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress made in addressing criticisms and recommendations contained in the report by the Council on Europe on UK implementation of its obligations as a signatory to the declaration of lesser-used and minority languages, with particular reference to Scottish Gaelic.
Mr Brian Wilson: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on initiatives taken through the British Irish Council to advance minority indigenous languages in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Ireland following the discussions at the Fifth Summit.
Mr Brian Wilson: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what support has been given to Iomairt Cholm Chille in promoting co-operation through the British Irish Council on minority language issues.
Mr Brian Wilson: Does my right hon. Friend also acknowledge that the willingness to accept Sinn Fein according to the terms that it uses to present itself has undermined and undercut genuinely democratic political organisations in Northern Ireland? Sinn Fein—or Sinn Fein-IRA, whatever it calls itself—has been involved in serious criminality in the past. Should not the Government be more transparent about...
Mr Brian Wilson: Is Liberal policy committed to an energy policy based on 70 per cent. of Britain's electricity coming from gas and 90 per cent. of that gas being imported? That is clearly the spirit of the hon. Gentleman's comments. He may be right, but it would be interesting to know if that is the policy.
Mr Brian Wilson: He opened many power stations.
Mr Brian Wilson: I am very pleased to take part in this debate and support what my hon. Friend the Member for Wansbeck (Mr. Murphy) has said. I assure hon. Members that anything I say about Government policy or the Government's attitude towards coal is based on experience and is in no way critical of colleagues, because I have been there, got the t-shirt and know the difficulties for people such as my...
Mr Brian Wilson: To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on progress with the review of beneficial ownership of land.
Mr Brian Wilson: Does my right hon. Friend agree that value-added products are one way of increasing the sector's profitability? Does he share my puzzlement that one can walk into a supermarket and see the shelves lined with value-added dairy products produced by vertically integrated co-operatives on the continent, while such co-operatives in this country are deemed anti-competitive?
Mr Brian Wilson: Does my hon. Friend agree that although we cannot control the forces of nature, episodes such as this demonstrate why it is essential to have a Government who are committed to high levels of investment in the public infrastructure? I have two examples. Largs in my constituency has always been the victim of such flooding; in recent years, there has been a flood investment programme, funded by...
Mr Brian Wilson: In connection with the recent extreme weather conditions in many parts of the United Kingdom, will the Prime Minister join me in expressing special appreciation to the employees of the power companies who have worked so valiantly to keep the power supply going, often in treacherous conditions? Will he also acknowledge that the robustness of the power infrastructure in any part of the country...
Mr Brian Wilson: Does my hon. Friend agree that congestion is a major factor in road safety and that it makes no sense to spew millions more heavy vehicles on to a crowded motorway as a result of non-joined-up policy making? Is he aware that the effect of a go-ahead for the Shellhaven ports project would be a further 3 million heavy units on the M25 every year? Does not that re-emphasise the need to treat...
Mr Brian Wilson: Does my hon. Friend agree that the issue of emissions and the number of freight journeys, particularly by road, is closely related to ports policy? Will he recognise that more than two thirds of the freight that enters through south of England ports ends up north of Birmingham? Does he accept that ports policy is far too important to be left to the market or to a series of random public...
Mr Brian Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those ferry services operating within UK domestic waters for which onshore ticketing (a) is mandatory and (b) is to become mandatory.