Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which consultants are employed to work on Direct.gov; and what the purpose is of the work they are undertaking.
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many director level posts have been advertised (a) internally and (b) externally in the last three years.
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to introduce more financial transactional services on the Direct.gov website.
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to integrate the service provided by fixmystreet.com into the service provided by Direct.gov.
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to introduce a facility to allow users to rate the content of web pages on the Direct.gov website.
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider the merits of bringing forward procedures to allow people to participate in online conversations on Government consultations that are listed on the Direct.gov website.
Khalid Mahmood: Is my hon. Friend aware that the British embassy in Islamabad has stopped taking applications from Mirpur, which has made it extremely difficult for people there to have applications processed, as the nearest places at present are Lahore or the United Arab Emirates? Since there have been no terrorist activities in Mirpur, that situation should not continue.
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent steps his Department has taken to prevent young people convicted of knife and gun crime from reoffending.
Khalid Mahmood: What progress she has made on her plans to introduce a foundation course on safe road use for people planning to learn to drive; and if she will make a statement.
Khalid Mahmood: Does my hon. Friend share my concern about the fact that the overall casualty rates for young people have not changed since the mid-1990s? In contrast, overall, serious accidents and deaths have fallen by over 30 per cent. How does he think the initiative that we are discussing would reduce the casualty figures?
Khalid Mahmood: I thank my right hon. Friend for the announcement that she has made of additional spending in urban areas, particularly for regeneration. All her work in the past few years has been welcomed hugely in my constituency. Will she meet a delegation of councillors from Birmingham city council to discuss regeneration funding and, in particular, working neighbourhoods funding, which the local...
Khalid Mahmood: I thank my right hon. Friend and his colleague for taking time yesterday to discuss this serious and urgent issue with me. I have a real concern about this in relation to events in my constituency that involved anonymous witnesses. There is huge fear in the community that if the ruling continues, people will be allowed out to intimidate more people. As the hon. Member for Arundel and South...
Khalid Mahmood: If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 25 June.
Khalid Mahmood: I echo my right hon. Friend's words on our gratitude to all the servicemen who have lost their lives defending the values that we all cherish. What action will the Prime Minister take to encourage the African nations to help resolve the current crisis in Zimbabwe?
Khalid Mahmood: Does my right hon. Friend agree that in the long term the only way to resolve issues in Afghanistan is through a greater involvement of the Afghani military and police, and the civil structure? The quicker that we establish those relationships, the quicker we can deal with those issues.
Khalid Mahmood: Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating the Heart of Birmingham primary care trust on building a brand new primary care health centre in my constituency? Will he find time to come to the opening in the near future?
Khalid Mahmood: There are some very irresponsible dog owners in urban areas who do not insure or take precautions. There are also dangerous people who breed dogs for fighting purposes. When those dangerous dogs attack someone and there is no absolute liability, how do we represent our constituents?
Khalid Mahmood: As my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, North-West (John Robertson) and I mentioned earlier with particular reference to injuries caused by dogs, many people in urban conurbations do not insure themselves against that risk. Will the Bill make a real difference to my constituents? If, for example, someone campaigning for me in the constituency and dropping leaflets through the door has...
Khalid Mahmood: Will my hon. Friend provide some clarification for me on an incident in an urban environment? In a park in my constituency, a domestic animal—a dog—brutally attacked a constituent. The owner of the animal was with the person who was attacked, and it was not clear at what stage the dog became erratic. What is the liability, and who is responsible in such circumstances?
Khalid Mahmood: Would my right hon. and learned Friend take an early opportunity to look at the clamping regulations in force at the moment, to prevent people such as Nicola Platts in Great Barr, Birmingham from suffering at the hands of the sort of unscrupulous people who blocked her in? They made sure that she paid £150 cash there and then. If she had refused to pay that, she would have had to pay an...