Mr Bill Tynan: If someone is in poverty at 65 or 66, does the hon. Gentleman think that we should not apply a measure to take them out of that? Should they have to wait until they are 75 before the problem is tackled?
Mr Bill Tynan: I welcome the opportunity to participate in the debate and will be quick because other hon. Members want to speak. I believe that life's experiences shape our character. People where I came from would find it difficult to compare their lives with people's experiences in the House of Commons. As a youngster, I was brought up in a tenement close. We had two rooms and a kitchen. There were five...
Mr Bill Tynan: I am sure my hon. Friend would agree that in spite of the successes in countering benefit fraud, it continues to be a major drain on the country's resources. Does he agree that one of the problems is the lack of co-operation between the various Government Departments in exchanging information that would ensure more convictions and less fraud?
Mr Bill Tynan: Shame.
Mr Bill Tynan: Will the hon. Gentleman say what benefit he believes would come from the amendment, and what numbers would take up the credit if the amendment were passed? He argues that we would have additional take-up.
Mr Bill Tynan: Does my right hon. Friend agree that amendment No. 20 demonstrates a lack of confidence in and understanding of working people? Opposition Members seem to believe that if a benefit exists, it will deter someone from saving for old age. My view of working people, from a perspective of knowing them, is that they are more interested in saving for retirement than adopting a position where they...
Mr Bill Tynan: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that anyone who is in employment would rather have money on which to retire than be in a position in which they had to depend on benefit? If that is the situation for someone who is in work and saving for their retirement, surely there is no adverse effect in creating a system such as pension credits in order to deliver to the poorest people in society at the...
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what her Department is doing to make the public aware of the construction Quality Mark; (2) what her Department is doing to encourage UK builders to apply for a construction Quality Mark.
Mr Bill Tynan: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the serious allegations in the media regarding Dungavel immigration detention centre? If he is, will he consider, because of the seriousness of the situation there, whether the Home Secretary should make a statement to the House about those conditions to ensure that people understand that they are not as reported in the press, as that would give some comfort...
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the effect of access to the Channel Tunnel by asylum seekers on the French side on British exports and imports using this route as a form of transportation; what the implications are of this situation on the future of British businesses using the Channel link; and what measures are being taken in liaison with...
Mr Bill Tynan: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that, last year, according to the Confederation of British Industry report, £11 billion was lost through days of sickness? Does he agree that improving the health service will dramatically reduce that burden on business, and that it could be a benefit to business if we succeed?
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress with the UK Emissions Trading Scheme.
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome was of the consultation on the recommendations of the Lead Shot Legislation (England) Review Group; and whether it is her policy that its proposals for changes to legislation should be implemented.
Mr Bill Tynan: Would it be worth while pressing the Home Office to ensure that this gentleman is returned to the UK to serve any sentence so that our Prison Service can ensure that he is treated far better than he has been in France?
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State how many firms have applied for a Castle Award to signify an equal pay policy.
Mr Bill Tynan: The House and my right hon. Friend will be aware of the growing incidence of hepatitis C. The Department of Health set up a working group—chaired by Howard Thomas—which reported back before Christmas. I understand that the report is lying on a civil servant's desk at present. Will my right hon. Friend investigate when that report will come before the House and will he make time to debate it?
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has for GCSEs in vocational subjects.
Mr Bill Tynan: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that Members of Parliament have a responsibility? If we are proactive in seeking to encourage people to apply for pensioner tax credit, and if we have information that we can circulate, we should not depend on the service's being provided automatically. It would be better for us to contact our pensioners. I have listened to the debate over the past few days, and...
Mr Bill Tynan: The hon. Gentleman may have been a heavy smoker, smoking 30 a day. I used to smoke 80 a day. If there is a risk that advertising will create just one smoker, would it not be useful to ban it in order to save that one life?
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she intends to publish the Marine Stewardship report; and if she will make a statement.