Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much UK aid has been spent in support of privatising electricity in Nigeria since 2002; and through which funding streams that aid was provided.
Ann McKechin: What progress he has made on promoting digital inclusion.
Ann McKechin: The Minister will be aware that, unfortunately, Glasgow has one of the highest levels of population who are offline. The Government have recently run a series of adverts on Glasgow radio stations about encouraging people to switch their electricity and gas suppliers, but they are asking people only to use the online route. What assessment has he made about how we can encourage digital...
Ann McKechin: If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 25 March.
Ann McKechin: May I join the Prime Minister in expressing sympathies to all the families affected by yesterday’s tragedy? In 2014, the number of people working on zero-hours contracts increased by 19%, unsecured borrowing rose by 9%, and the percentage living in relative poverty was at the highest level since 2001. Does the Prime Minister agree that on his watch the future of our young people is only...
Ann McKechin: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate, especially as I tried for about three months last year to secure a debate on this subject. Does he agree that, particularly given the 60% increase in the fee over the past few years, the fact that there is no fee reduction for nurses and midwives who work part time is becoming a much greater concern and is discouraging people from coming...
Ann McKechin: I was astonished to find that the NMC has not instigated any efficiency programme to try to control costs and those of tribunal hearings in particular—even things such as booking hotels and accommodation for tribunal members—to try to ensure the most efficient cost basis, given current restrictions. Does my hon. Friend agree that, given that the NMC has a captive audience, it needs to...
Ann McKechin: The Minister will be aware of the reduction in the number of students from the Indian subcontinent. One of the major reasons for that is that they are unable to remain in the United Kingdom for a few years to work and to pay off their fees. This policy, therefore, discriminates against those who come from poorer nations, rather than those from richer families.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseeker's allowance applications processed by (a) Maryhill Job Centre and (b) Partick Job Centre were subject to monetary sanctions in (i) 2011, (ii) 2012, (iii) 2013 and (iv) 2014; and what the average length of such sanctions was in each such year.
Ann McKechin: The Minister will be aware that in November 2012, a senior HMRC official who was being questioned by the Public Accounts Committee said that 12 prosecutions relating to HSBC cases were in line to be proceeded with. None of those prosecutions has been brought. Has the Minister received any explanation from HMRC as to why? Why did the Minister not, in turn, advise the House and the Public...
Ann McKechin: In November 2012, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, in evidence to the Public Accounts Committee, said that there were a dozen prosecutions in train in relation to the HSBC case load. None of them have come to court yet. Can the Prime Minister explain why?
Ann McKechin: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 on charities.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the Government's policy is on increasing participation amongst young voters.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2015 to Question 222124, what information his Department holds on money withheld in benefit sanctions.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was withheld in benefits sanctions from applicants residing in (a) Glasgow North constituency, (b) the city of Glasgow and (c) Scotland in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv) 2013 and (v) 2014.
Ann McKechin: Dr David Webster of Glasgow university has estimated that about £300 million is withheld in benefit sanctions each year. Is that figure correct?
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many organisations in Scotland have signed the Corporate Covenant relating to reservists, veterans and families of service personnel.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Scottish Government will participate in the One per cent Challenge for recruitment of reservists.
Ann McKechin: There are now only a few weeks until Parliament dissolves, but tonight I want to urge the Government that even at this eleventh hour they can still do something that can save hundreds, if not thousands, of people across the country from a premature death. They still just have the time to undertake one major reform that they promised long ago: the introduction of plain packaging for...
Ann McKechin: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for his support tonight. This matter should, I hope, elicit cross-party support, because the health of our young people is a key issue that all of us should be deeply concerned about.