Mr Bill Tynan: Has my right hon. Friend seen the latest political bulletin from Age Concern, which congratulates the Government with the words, "Queen's Speech Brings Good News for Older People"? That document refers to the mandatory retirement age. Will my right hon. Friend carefully consider the loss of skills and experience that results from the mandatory retirement age and think about creating some...
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to encourage and help older workers in employment.
Mr Bill Tynan: What recent discussions he has had with the Government of Nigeria on the situation in the Niger delta.
Mr Bill Tynan: My hon. Friend's visit to the Niger delta is very welcome. Non-governmental organisations in particular welcome the fact that he is going to Nigeria and will pay special attention to the Niger delta. Amnesty International and Nigerian groups have reported that 600 people have been killed in the area, and tens of thousands displaced. Will my hon. Friend press the Nigerian Government to put an...
Mr Bill Tynan: Keeping the nuclear option open is welcome but there is a problem with retaining skills and attracting graduates to the nuclear industry. That is worrying. Nuclear waste is also a major issue. Will my hon. Friend give a commitment today that, if the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management—CoRWM—seeks an extension of report-back time on the solutions for nuclear waste, he will resist it?
Mr Bill Tynan: My right hon. Friend will be aware that it is just over a year since cannabis was reclassified and that there is growing medical evidence of the effect of its use, especially on young people. May we have a debate in Government time on the effect of cannabis resin on individuals as soon as possible?
Mr Bill Tynan: What recent discussions he has had on the proposal to establish a European Union defence equipment policy.
Mr Bill Tynan: I thank my right hon. Friend for his comprehensive response. The Commission's current proposal is obviously for a European defence agency, which would be responsible for, for example, defence capabilities, research, acquisition and armaments. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is vital to establish discussion on the European defence equipment market with a view to securing openness and...
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance has been given to small charities and religious organisations to ensure that they are able to comply with the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 and the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003.
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many students have been fined for non-possession of a television licence since 2000.
Mr Bill Tynan: What estimate he has made of the number of jobs in Scotland which are dependent upon the defence industry.
Mr Bill Tynan: I thank my right hon. Friend for that comprehensive response. Does he accept that defence industry jobs are mostly high-skilled and high-tech, and give wonderful opportunities for apprenticeships for young men and women in Scotland? Has he made any assessment of the number of jobs that would be lost in Scotland if we decided to withdraw from NATO and our peacekeeping facilities around the world?
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many undergraduate degree courses involving training in atomic energy related skills are available in England.
Mr Bill Tynan: I am delighted to follow the right hon. Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague). I have listened to the speakers from both sides of the House; I am in exalted company today. I believe that the constitutional treaty was a success for the Government, and I think that we were successful because we led from a strong position, because we are integrated with Europe. A treaty is necessary simply...
Mr Bill Tynan: If one of the hon. Gentleman's or my constituents were attacked by a group of youths, and were they to find themselves recorded on CCTV cameras, is he saying that we should not use that for identification, along with national identity cards?
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what monitoring his Department is carrying out to ensure that the Tax Credit Office liaises with those individuals who are required to repay overpayments and who await the outcome of their application concerning the reconsideration of recovery of tax credits, to ensure that the repayments are affordable; (2) whether the Inland Revenue liaises with...
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Cyprus.
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many members of local government pension schemes were granted ill-health retirement in each of the last three years.
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what safeguards are in place to ensure individuals do not suffer financial hardship through the recovery of overpayment of tax credits by the Inland Revenue; (2) what factors are taken into account before the Inland Revenue takes a decision on the level of repayment an individual should make towards recovery of overpayment of tax credit; (3) what...
Mr Bill Tynan: What discussions he has had with the First Minister on the development of sources of renewable energy appropriate to Scotland.