Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will direct the Park View Educational Trust to disclose the sources of other income, donations or fundraisers as identified in their accounts.
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons eight of the 13 governors from Park View Academy resigned within five months of its transfer to academy status.
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to make a decision to award personal independence payments to claimants with terminal cancer is.
Khalid Mahmood: Is the Secretary of State aware that the A and E crisis is creating a huge backlog in specialist procedures, and will Paul Keogh’s review take that into account?
Khalid Mahmood: Is the Secretary of State aware that the poorest people cannot switch if they are in debt to the company they are with?
Khalid Mahmood: Does my right hon. Friend agree that while this Government bicker about the structure of the energy companies, my elderly and infirm constituents will be perhaps be dying this winter because of the energy price hikes under that lot over there?
Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many people are currently employed on the High Speed 2 project; (2) how many people employed on the High Speed 2 project are based in (a) London and (b) Birmingham.
Khalid Mahmood: What checks have been made on individuals with serious criminal records from eastern Europe entering the UK?
Khalid Mahmood: As my right hon. Friend the Member for Holborn and St Pancras and my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham South said, we need accountability. It is important. As the Minister saw last night on “Newsnight”, which he described as a programme very biased against HS2, the less exposure there is in that respect, the more difficult it will be for the project to be out in the open....
Khalid Mahmood: Is my hon. Friend sure that the contractual obligation in the Bill allows for local contracts to be placed? Is he sure that a significant proportion of the jobs that will be created through HS2 will be British jobs?
Khalid Mahmood: Capacity is a particular problem for Birmingham and the west midlands. It is not simply that passengers have to stand on trains into and onwards from Birmingham, the regional capital; the key question concerns businesses coming to Birmingham. My constituency has recently seen investment from the United Arab Emirates. Because the investors have businesses in London, they will come to London...
Khalid Mahmood: I rise to look at comments made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Holborn and St Pancras. I think the principle behind what he said was that it is highly important for us and for Parliament to gain hold of the financial controls of this project. Our problem with a project of this size is that since the 1980s, and perhaps earlier than that, we have got rid of all our real engineering...
Khalid Mahmood: Dr Marshall, we have had witnesses here, particularly from Euston and the local authority concerned, talking about the businesses there that are being hugely adversely affected by this development. Have you had any discussions with them?
Khalid Mahmood: Are you happy with that?
Khalid Mahmood: Sarah, you keep saying that Euston to St Pancras is a seven or 10-minute walk. Have you considered the effect of this on people with disabilities, elderly people with baggage and families with really young children, again with considerable baggage? I am glad that we have some good weather today, but generally that is not the position in London or the UK. How would you address that?
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...
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,...
Khalid Mahmood: Will my hon. Friend give way?