Ann McKechin: A shared future in Northern Ireland must be for everyone, regardless of race. I am sure that the Secretary of State will deplore the despicable attacks against Anna Lo, a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly. What steps is the Secretary of State taking to address hate crime in Northern Ireland?
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions either orally or in writing he or his Ministers or officials in his Department have had with (a) Pfizer and (b) AstraZeneca in the last two months regarding any bid for AstraZeneca.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Prime Minister (1) what criteria he used to select those who he has instructed to review any bid for AstraZeneca; (2) what discussions either orally or in writing he or his Ministers or officials have had with (a) Pfizer and (b) AstraZeneca in the last two months regarding any bid for AstraZeneca.
Ann McKechin: In assessing the credibility of Pfizer’s claim, does the Secretary of State intend to consult trade union representatives of the many workers of AstraZeneca, who are obviously deeply concerned about their future?
Ann McKechin: What assessment he has made of the effect of online gambling on vulnerable adults with a gambling addiction.
Ann McKechin: I welcome the fact that the Government have now agreed to put in place a one-stop shop system for self-exclusion. Will the Minister confirm when she expects that system to be put in place to protect gamblers?
Ann McKechin: Glasgow’s Commonwealth games will be a marvellous opportunity to highlight excellence in women’s sport, but regrettably, regional TV and radio coverage of women’s sport is woeful in this country. I would be grateful if the Minister confirmed whether she has made any representations to public service providers and commercial radio about the need for women’s sport to be covered in much...
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to improve levels of customer service in UK businesses.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many times the Industrial Strategy Sector Council for Aerospace has met since it was formed; (2) how many times the industrial strategy sector council for construction has met since it was formed; (3) how many times the industrial strategy sector council for the nuclear industry has met since it was formed; (4) how...
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has made any recent representations to the Government of Uzbekistan regarding the imprisonment of the journalist, Salidzhon Abdurakhmanov.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to introduce customer service training in the apprenticeship programme.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many professional and business services special envoys have been appointed by his Department; and what the remit of those envoys is.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) for which firms his Department has agreed bonus payments as part of the privatisation of Royal Mail; and on what criteria such payments were made; (2) how many firms that advised his Department on the privatisation of Royal Mail were awarded a bonus payment.
Ann McKechin: What recent assessment he has made of progress in peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.
Ann McKechin: I certainly welcome the information provided by the Foreign Secretary, but he will be aware of press stories that the latest report by the European heads of mission in East Jerusalem states that Israeli policies in Jerusalem are aimed at “cementing its unilateral and illegal annexation of East Jerusalem”, with an unprecedented surge in settlement activity. Does the Foreign Secretary...
Ann McKechin: In a recent report on Colombia, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights again emphasised her concerns about human rights. Will the Minister confirm what recent discussions he has had with the Colombian Government on protecting the safety of human rights defenders and trade unionists?
Ann McKechin: What steps he is taking to improve competition in energy markets.
Ann McKechin: I welcome the referral to the Competition Commission. In an article earlier this year the Secretary of State criticised Labour’s proposals to put up a ring fence between the generation and supply arms of the vertically integrated energy companies saying it would push up prices. Is he still ruling out the introduction of a ring fence?
Ann McKechin: As the Royal Mail share price remains about 70% above the flotation price, will the Prime Minister now rule out paying a £4 million bonus from taxpayers’ money to its Government advisers?
Ann McKechin: The Government’s advisers, Goldman Sachs, made more than £12 million profit from the sale of Royal Mail shares —a gross conflict of interest by any standards. Will the Secretary of State rule out completely the payment of any bonuses to those advisers, and put the money back into the public purse?