Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on tied pub tenancies and the provisions of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill in the last month.
Ann McKechin: The unemployment figures for young people actually increased last month, with many still in long-term unemployment. They are not apathetic: they are frustrated and angry. Is it not time we gave them a decent youth guarantee of paid work, so they can enter the work force and not be left behind?
Ann McKechin: Another problem, which has been described to me by a constituent, is the fact that the documents with which the internal reviewer is provided by the bank are not necessarily made available to customers or their own advisers, unless a freedom of information or data request is submitted. The lack of transparency in the way in which the review is carried out, and the inability of customers to...
Ann McKechin: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential for UK pension funds to invest in public infrastructure projects.
Ann McKechin: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the infrastructure projects prequalified under the UK Guarantees scheme have received financing since the inception of that scheme.
Ann McKechin: I welcome the comprehensive cross-party consensus to work together for the benefit of the whole of Scotland that the Smith commission has achieved. The Secretary of State will be aware, as I mentioned this to him in Scottish questions yesterday, that there is a growing tax gap, given that there is a higher proportion of basic rate taxpayers and we still do not know how those on the highest...
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Mexican government on the disappearance of students from their college in Guerrero on 26 September 2014.
Ann McKechin: What progress has been made on the implementation of a Scottish rate of income tax; and if he will make a statement.
Ann McKechin: The Secretary of State will be aware that the Office for Budget Responsibility has consistently reported that the Scottish tax share of income tax is reducing, which is largely due to the fact that we have a higher proportion of basic rate taxpayers. Will he tell us what discussions he has held on how that will be reflected in the final transitional settlement when the Scottish Government...
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will confirm whether his Department has conducted a sectoral impact assessment of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on UK business.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of consolidating Government schemes relating to the accreditation of tradespeople.
Ann McKechin: I declare an interest as a member of the Strathclyde-area Lowland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association. Can the Minister say whether he has carried out any regional or national analysis of reserve recruitment figures, whether there are any problems in different parts of the country and whether a more individual and specific approach to recruitment requires to be taken as a result?
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses that have relocated to enterprise zones since 2012.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs created in Enterprise Zones since 2012.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in other EU member states on the proposed disputes procedure in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has had (a) discussions and (b) correspondence with the Medical Research Council on its level of funding for research on the biomedical causes of ME in the last 12 months.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has commissioned on the causes of ME in the last three years.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of potential links between abnormalities in the immune system and ME.
Ann McKechin: My right hon. Friend is making a persuasive argument. Does he agree that, constitutionally, the role of local or regional government needs to be safeguarded, so that central Government, both here and in Scotland, do not dictate the level of council tax or revenue raised by local authorities, thereby hemming in their ability to react to local demands?
Ann McKechin: My right hon. Friend said that the aim would be to reduce risk and for banks to be more cautious, but if we are to encourage innovation in manufacturing, would we not require an investment bank at state level that could fund the riskier levels of innovation to ensure that they get to market, because they are not at the point where they would be commercially viable?