Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the operational wind farm sites in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland, giving their output in kilowatt hours.
Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the proposed wind farm sites awaiting planning permission in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland, giving their predicted output in kilowatt hours.
Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list by region the amounts paid to farmers in Scotland for each of the (a) CAP and (b) UK schemes for which she is responsible, for the last five years.
Mr Peter Duncan: Does my hon. Friend agree that next year's elections are the crux of the issue? Should the Government not tell Mugabe and his cohorts that unless the elections can be independently and freely observed, expulsion from the Commonwealth will follow forthwith?
Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outstanding balance is of (a) income tax and (b) national insurance that has been deferred as a result of foot and mouth disease in (i) Dumfries and Galloway, (ii) Scotland and (iii) the United Kingdom.
Mr Peter Duncan: I welcome the opportunity to place before the House the subject of the growing divide between urban and rural Scotland. I also welcome the time afforded to me to outline the issues that must be addressed before significant social problems overrun Scotland's rural communities. The past four years, since 1997, have seen a welcome development towards attempting to address the causes and symptoms...
Mr Peter Duncan: Yes, and Ministers, too. Those striking population figures directly affect people's ability to access services and agencies' ability to deliver them. Employment opportunities in parts of rural Scotland are few and far between and are, on average, very poorly paid. Employees in Dumfries and Galloway have the lowest average earnings of people in any local authority area in Scotland. The region...
Mr Peter Duncan: With respect, the hon. Gentleman misunderstood my comments. I said that the national minimum wage is irrelevant to self-employed farmers who were on an average income of £350 during 2000-01. That occurred before the foot and mouth outbreak. The Government could have done more to avert the decline of Scotland's agriculture businesses. In recent years, many businesses' problems have derived...
Mr Peter Duncan: Yes, I absolutely agree. I simply observe that that is why agrimonetary compensation was introduced, and the lack of claims is of no credit to the Government. Agencies that are geared towards central belt disadvantage find it difficult to tackle such financial poverty. However, employment opportunities are few and far between in an area where high fuel costs have made profitable business...
Mr Peter Duncan: It is worth restating the excellent point made by the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Mr. Kirkwood). He said that many of the unemployed never appear in unemployment statistics, because if a person does not have a job in Ballantrae, never mind Traigh Mhor, he or she moves. That is the problem.
Mr Peter Duncan: Will the Prime Minister confirm that, of the 416,000 stakeholder pensions that have been sold to date, a miserable 1 per cent. have been sold to the target group?
Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in extending broadband telecommunications to rural communities.
Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by the Scotland Office were the subject of a holding answer in the last three Sessions of Parliament.
Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with Railtrack, since 5 October, concerning the timing of upgrades to the west coast main line.
Mr Peter Duncan: Have waiting lists in the hon. Gentleman's constituency increased or decreased since 1997?
Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement on employment trends in Scotland since September.
Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many sub-post office closures have been reversed during the statutory period following closure in each year since 1990.
Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many sub-post offices have closed in (a) Scotland, (b) Dumfries and Galloway and (c) Galloway and Upper Nithsdale constituency in each year since 1990.
Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment she has made of the impact the Scottish economy of the implementation of the aggregates tax.
Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many jobs in Scotland are dependent on the industries which will be subject to the imposition of the aggregates tax.