Ann McKechin: I am interested to hear what the hon. Gentleman is saying. He will be aware that the balance between wages and capital has shifted significantly in favour of capital over the past 30 years. Does he agree that the way in which we tax and provide reliefs to capital is key to controlling that balance? Does he also agree that we need to do more to increase wage levels, which have historically...
Ann McKechin: What steps the Government are taking to (a) enforce payment of the minimum wage and (b) encourage firms to pay the living wage.
Ann McKechin: Seatruck, which operates domestic ferries between Aberdeen and Lerwick and Ullapool and Stornoway, pays its Estonian national seafarers as little as £3.66 an hour, while it benefits at the same time from the tonnage tax scheme operated by this Government. Is it not about time that we tackled the people who are undermining the national minimum wage, particularly for seafarers, by ensuring...
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she last met Ministers in the Scottish Government to discuss the plans of the UK and Scottish Governments for creating marine conservation zones.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions (a) she and (b) officials in her Department have held (i) orally and (ii) in writing with the Scottish Government in the last six months on the creation of additional marine conservation zones.
Ann McKechin: What his policy is on the deduction of trade union subscriptions from payroll in the civil service.
Ann McKechin: I am interested in the Minister’s response because I understand that the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has been writing e-mails and letters to other Secretaries of State, asking them not to write off. Will the Minister confirm whether that is correct, and will he make clear all correspondence between him and other Liberal Democrat Ministers concerning their opposition to this Tory attack...
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the fees to be collected from applicants using the Child Maintenance Service in Scotland in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016 and (d) 2017.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Glasgow North constituency and (b) Scotland made an application to use the Child Maintenance Service between July and September 2014.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people made an application to use the Child Maintenance Service for the year to 30 June 2014 in (a) Glasgow North constituency and (b) Scotland.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applicants in Glasgow North constituency were using the Child Maintenance Service in (a) January and (b) September 2014.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of successful applicants to the UK Export Finance line of credit facility have been small and medium-sized enterprises in each of the last five years.
Ann McKechin: Given that 20% of workers are struggling on the minimum wage alone, when was the last time the Secretary of State spoke to employers about adopting a living wage for their workers?
Ann McKechin: Will the Minister confirm—or, if he cannot do so today, write to confirm—whether his Department or fellow Ministers are assured that implementation will occur by the end of this year? If not, are alternatives being considered?
Ann McKechin: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak this afternoon, Mr Bayley. First, I want to look back to the debate last November about the work of the Committees on Arms Export Controls, in which we spent quite a bit of time discussing concerns about past and possible future exports to Syria. That was not surprising, given the recall vote that had taken place in September last year on...
Ann McKechin: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that, given the political situation in Hong Kong and the concerns that have been expressed internationally, there must be a real risk of a recurrence of exactly the sort of event during which tear gas was used against civilian protestors? There has not yet been a resolution of that protest; it continues in Hong Kong today.
Ann McKechin: Investing in research is vital if we are to meet the challenges of climate adaptation. Will the Secretary of State be a champion for an increase in our science budget, so that we can encourage innovation in both the public and private sectors?
Ann McKechin: What recent progress has been made in the transition to individual voter registration in Scotland.
Ann McKechin: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his answer. Unfortunately, I have wards in my constituency where fewer than 50% of people were successfully matched. Given that record numbers registered for and participated in last month’s referendum, including, particularly, 16 and 17-year-olds, what steps will be taken to ensure that young people are encouraged to do individual voter registration...
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of successful applicants to the UK Export Finance direct lending facility have been small and medium-sized enterprises in each of the last five years.