Khalid Mahmood: I am probably getting a feeling of how Mr Stephenson felt when he came to the House for the first Bill for the line from Manchester to Liverpool. I bet that he had critics like yourselves—the witnesses here today—and he had to put up with that. I know that anything up past Watford, we are a bit simple and we get very easily taken in by the public relations people and everybody else, and...
Khalid Mahmood: Does the environmental issue not change when you get the people flying from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester down to London, and all the people who drive down, off the road and on to rail? Does that not change the environmental issue?
Khalid Mahmood: You heard the submissions earlier. Have you missed a trick? They believe that you are being led up the garden path in terms of predictions and the economic case, and because these jobs will not be there and will only be moving from one part of the region to another, so there is no real need and we go back to the 51m case, which will give you better passenger capacity and you do not really...
Khalid Mahmood: This is a parochial question, so it is probably just to Geoff. First, I want to say how pleased we are with the investment currently going on in New Street station. It was hugely needed; there were huge issues with people with disabilities trying to use the service, and the investment will have a marked effect on that. On HS2, there are two issues I want a bit of explanation on—first, the...
Khalid Mahmood: Will my hon. Friend give way?
Khalid Mahmood: Does my hon. Friend agree that this project will have a huge economic benefit to places such as Birmingham and the west midlands? In my constituency, we have a company from the United Arab Emirates that was originally going to settle in London. It provides 20 jobs in Birmingham, a figure that will go up to 80 jobs by the end of the year. The company is asking for better transport links, so...
Khalid Mahmood: Is the Prime Minister proud of the fact that, on his watch, 300,000 more children have been pushed into absolute poverty?
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider introducing a national road safety awareness campaign aimed at children and young people similar to the Green Man campaigns of the past.
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Food Standards Agency will prosecute supermarkets and other food retailers following the recent mislabelling and mis-selling of meat products.
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to bring prosecutions against supermarkets operating in the UK relating to selling wrongly labelled meat products to their customers.
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any central Government funding has been allocated to the improvement or redevelopment of Perry Barr railway station; and whether his Department has received any applications for such funding.
Khalid Mahmood: I rise to speak in favour of the Lords amendment on caste discrimination. The Minister said that we need more education and consultation. She said that she wants more evidence. We can educate and consult as much as we want, and if she wants evidence, she can come to my office or I can send her almost 1,000 letters that I have received from my constituents on this issue. This issue is close to...
Khalid Mahmood: Those people have asked me to take up this issue on their behalf, as their Member of Parliament, and that is what I am doing. It is not a matter of individual cases because—as I have said and as the hon. Gentleman needs to understand—one case is too many. In this day and age, and in this country, discrimination against anybody based on who their parents or grandparents were, where they...
Khalid Mahmood: If a carer was to refuse to care for an individual because they were of a lower caste, how does the hon. Gentleman think that would be remedied?
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the jobs associated with the development phase of High Speed 2 will be based in (a) Greater London and (b) Birmingham.
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many small and medium-sized businesses will fail as a result of the mis-selling of complex structured loans by banks and the time taken for redress by those banks and regulators.
Khalid Mahmood: Will my hon. Friend join me in congratulating Willmott Dixon, a developer and construction company in my constituency, on having just invested £1 million in a new apprenticeships college? It has already had the privilege of being visited by the shadow Secretary of State, who has seen the good work it does. Will he support that?
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to limit the negative effects of the loss of Birmingham City University's City North campus to Birmingham Perry Barr constituency and businesses in that area.
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that universities use capital investments for the benefit of the student body and the wider community rather than enhancement of their prestige or status.
Khalid Mahmood: Is the Minister aware that a number of Syrian, Kurdish and Muslim extremists are travelling to Syria to join the rebellion and fight along with al-Qaeda? What steps is he taking to prevent that insurgency from extending to the United Kingdom?