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: 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: Will the hon. Gentleman help me, because I am somewhat confused? If we take away the cost of the identity card from the individual and place that burden on the state, is the choice between whether we have more police or whether we use the money in a different way? If the individual is paying the cost of the identity card, how is there a burden on the state?
Mr Bill Tynan: Is the hon. Gentleman suggesting that we say to the population of the country, ''We want a contribution from you, not for ID cards, but in order to do something else, which is undetermined at present''? Is that what the hon. Gentleman is suggesting?
Mr Bill Tynan: I do not want to labour the point, but the hon. Gentleman said that I was shaking my head. I was doing so in disbelief. I find it very difficult. If there is no cost to the Government, but the cost is to the individual, how could the money be used by the Government if no cost exists at the present time?
Mr Bill Tynan: I thank you, Mr. Taylor, for the opportunity to participate in a very important debate this morning. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Inverness, East, Nairn and Lochaber (Mr. Stewart) on securing the debate. I know that he has been deeply involved in the energy markets, especially gas and oil. That is recognised by the business community in his constituency, by the trade unions...
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the First Minister on improving links between industry and universities.
Mr Bill Tynan: Does the right hon. Gentleman not accept that biometrics is the best and securest technology available, or is he aware of another technology that would deal with the problems that he describes?
Mr Bill Tynan: My right hon. Friend will be aware that the Niger delta produces 20 per cent. of oil supplies at present. However, the population of the area has a major problem with armed gangs running riot. I join the calls for an international affairs debate on the Floor of the House in Government time to look carefully at the whole international scene and the deterioration of the situation in the Niger delta.
Mr Bill Tynan: When he expects individuals who lost pension entitlement owing to scheme closures will benefit from the financial assistance scheme.
Mr Bill Tynan: My right hon. Friend will be aware of the continuing enormous concern as to whether the £400 million will be enough. I was contacted this week by one of my constituents, who has been told that he will receive £8,600 from his wound-up scheme. He asked me whether the £400 million will be used to make up the one third that he will not get from his scheme, as he hopes. We know that there is...
Mr Bill Tynan: My hon. Friend knows that some of my constituents have received substantial sums from the fund. Does he know that more than 3,000 miners in the United Kingdom have received less than £200, whereas solicitors have received substantial funds for those cases? Will he confirm that there is an agreement on a minimum payment of £500 for every ex-miner who suffers from respiratory disease? If that...
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she is taking to ensure fair payment of compensation to coal health claimants.
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the opportunities for those remaining in education until the age of 18 years and then pursuing a four year higher education course to accrue a national insurance record sufficient to receive the full basic state pension at retirement.
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of those aged between 18 and 21 years in higher education made sufficient national insurance contributions in 2003–04 to be credited with a qualifying year.
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what plans there are for future EU arms embargoes to include provisions to turn off or degrade the Galileo positioning system signal to those subject to the embargo if the signal is used for military purposes; (2) what assessment he has made of whether provision of Galileo positioning signals by the EU to a warring...
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what additional duties have been placed upon UK forces serving (a) with the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus and (b) along the border between the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Eastern Sovereign Base Area as a result of changes to the treatment of the Green Line caused by the accession of Cyprus to the EU.
Mr Bill Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will extend the scope of national insurance credits for those in training for further employment to (a) those remaining in education aged 16 to 18 years and (b) those in higher education.