Mr Bill Tynan: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the drug culture in many Scottish communities is also one of the aspects of poverty that has to be addressed?
Mr Bill Tynan: If there is a joint declaration between the United Kingdom and Spain, and if proposals are made, how will the people of Gibraltar express their position on them? If there is no opportunity to reject those proposals how can the Minister take the process forward?
Mr Bill Tynan: Will my hon. Friend give way?
Mr Bill Tynan: Let me test my hon. Friend's position. Does he accept that the negotiations between Britain and Spain should involve the Government of Gibraltar before a joint declaration is made to test the proposition in the statements?
Mr Bill Tynan: If negotiations take place, as at present, between Britain and Spain, and an agreement is reached that the people of Gibraltar find unacceptable and reject, it would stay on the table, which would be to the detriment of the people of Gibraltar and would mean that they were under duress to accept its conditions.
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the incident involving a Spanish Government vessel and a British naval vessel on 24 January.
Mr Bill Tynan: Does my hon. Friend accept that many voluntary organisations that are providing a wonderful counselling service for parents find themselves strapped for cash, with little money to deliver the service required? Will he ensure that adequate financial support is given to voluntary organisations that provide a worthwhile service?
Mr Bill Tynan: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has given to learning and skills councils on the financial support of post-16 education in schools.
Mr Bill Tynan: Does my hon. Friend accept that we are considering not the Lord Chief Justice's decision but that of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the suitability of the people on the commission? On that basis, and bearing mind the situation in Scotland and the equality to be found in the Scottish Parliament, would he not express confidence that gender and ethnicity would be recognised by...
Mr Bill Tynan: If she will make a statement about recent European Court of Justice cases which have had an impact upon Scots law.
Mr Bill Tynan: I thank my hon. and learned Friend for that comprehensive answer. She will be aware that in Hamilton, South the European Court of Justice is an important and topical subject. How many cases have emanated from Scotland and how many times has she appeared in the European Court of Justice?
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will announce the names of the 50 areas to be targeted in the effort to ensure equitable regional distribution of lottery funding; and what criteria her Department is using to determine the areas.
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many organisations have received funding from the work life balance challenge fund.
Mr Bill Tynan: Does my right hon. Friend accept that, although take-up is not perfect, measures such as that introduced in October last year under which every fresh pension application is automatically assessed for the minimum income guarantee will help to ensure that it improves?
Mr Bill Tynan: rose—
Mr Bill Tynan: There is a deep feeling that using the merit principle alone will exclude the possibility of a truly representative judiciary in Northern Ireland. On the basis of the argument that has been put, would it not be wise to give comfort to those who feel so strongly about the issue that they have tabled this amendment?
Mr Bill Tynan: I welcome the opportunity to participate in this vital debate on energy. A constructive debate is necessary, and it is a shame that our discussion has so far been based not on future energy requirements but on the SNP's anti-nuclear stance. The performance and innovation unit's report makes it clear that many questions need to be answered, and it is absolutely essential that the consultation...
Mr Bill Tynan: There is a danger that, if we try to perpetuate a lie, people may come to accept that as a truth. The position is quite clear. The reply to the hon. Gentleman from the Minister of State stated clearly that "the power to grant consents is a devolved matter and the procedures are the responsibility of Scottish Ministers."—[ Official Report, 6 November 2002; Vol. 374, c. 173W.] SNP Members...
Mr Bill Tynan: My position is quite clear: I do not expect that situation to arise, and I cannot answer a hypothetical question. The answer is the one that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave. The hon. Gentleman should accept it, as it suits his argument. The SNP would rather be involved in splits and create division between the Scottish Parliament and Westminster than accept the fact that...