Mark Tami: I wish to help the House. Obviously the Liberal Democrats need to do a little more research. Airbus is in Broughton.
Mark Tami: Is this not the perfect example of the Lynton Crosby attitude that the Tories have absolutely nothing to offer, apart from fear? That is what they are playing on, totally unfairly.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what strains of bovine TB in infected livestock have been isolated; and whether the same strains have been isolated in badgers killed in road traffic accidents.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet and National Assembly for Wales colleagues on future investment in the aerospace industry in Wales.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average sentences given to individuals convicted of offences involving the baiting and mistreatment of badgers was in each of the last five years.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were convicted of offences involving the baiting or mistreatment of badgers in each of the last five years.
Mark Tami: rose—
Mark Tami: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way. For the third time, can he tell us what Tory tax policy is?
Mark Tami: Before the hon. Gentleman moves off what he calls wacky ideas, could he tell us about the Liberal proposal on flat rate tax?
Mark Tami: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to take part in the debate. I begin by congratulating the hon. Member for Bristol, West (Stephen Williams) on his maiden speech, and all the other Members who have made their maiden speech today. I should like to make special mention of my right hon. Friend the Member for Torfaen (Mr. Murphy), who has tirelessly served the...
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish a summary of responses to the consultation on "Snares and Traps, The Way Forward", which closed on 13 November 2003.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reviews have been undertaken of project management arrangements with his Department's procurement processes.
Mark Tami: That is a fair point. We must encourage people to put money into credit unions. People often use credit unions to borrow money which, in a small number of cases, has led to credit unions getting into difficulties.
Mark Tami: My hon. Friend has been very generous in giving way. Does he agree that problems can arise not only when the debt management companies address existing debts? We see in television advertisements how such companies often encourage people to take on another lump of debt, perhaps because they are making lower payments over a much longer period, to go on holiday or buy some other goods. That can...
Mark Tami: Can we have an early debate on ways in which we can encourage younger people and schools to visit the House? I do what I can to encourage schools from my area to come down to see Parliament. Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Welsh Assembly pays the travel costs of schools that visit it? Could a similar proposal be considered for this place?
Mark Tami: And is doing it badly.
Mark Tami: Very successfully.
Mark Tami: Or the Freddie Laker.
Mark Tami: I agree with everything the hon. Gentleman said about PR, but he obviously wants to put more obstacles in the way of participation in voting. Does he accept that we must do something about the hundreds of thousands of people who are not on the register? Should we not encourage them to get on it?
Mark Tami: The hon. Gentleman suggested that we should look at other countries. Perhaps we should look at Australia, which has a legal requirement that people take part in elections and where there are turnouts of well over 90 per cent. Any attempt at fraud is lessened because there is such a huge turnout.