Mark Tami: I welcome the review but there has been some speculation about the air tanker project and a possible reduction in the number of aircraft to be ordered. Can my right hon. Friend enlighten us as to the review's impact on that project, and on how the discussions are going?
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pedal cyclists have been convicted of offences relating to contravention of road traffic acts in each of the last five years.
Mark Tami: Is the hon. Gentleman suggesting that we have an American-style FBI?
Mark Tami: Will my hon. Friend give way?
Mark Tami: Will my hon. Friend join me in recognising that, to get the extra money in the precept, it was important to convince people that that meant extra police on the streets? That is now being delivered. If we move to an all-Wales force, there is a danger that it will be seen as meaning that resources will be sucked into south Wales.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much rape seed oil was produced in the UK in each of the last five years.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of damson trees in the UK in each of the last five years; and what steps she is taking to preserve them.
Mark Tami: The amendment clearly says: "declines to give a Second Reading". That is as clear as it can be, is it not?
Mark Tami: Would the hon. Gentleman describe the Electoral Reform Society as a non-partisan organisation or does he think that it has a certain agenda to pursue?
Mark Tami: I take the hon. Gentleman's point, but is it not the same old argument that additional list Members should not be given the same staffing and office costs allowances as properly elected Members?
Mark Tami: I, too, welcome the hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham (Mrs. Gillan) to her new job on the Opposition Front Bench. I also express my sorrow at the loss of Lord Merlyn-Rees and Lord Stratford—Tony Banks—who was a good friend. He was missed when he left this House, and Parliament will certainly miss him. He was a great character, and we really lack such people. It is a very sad day. I...
Mark Tami: I accept that it is a problem and that it will take imaginative work to come up with a clear solution. However, one solution would be for the Assembly to sit for longer than it does at the moment, and there is scope for that. Two Members sit here as well as in the Assembly, and they can obviously do that. Much attention has centred on the proposals in the Bill to end the ridiculous situation...
Mark Tami: We need to examine that matter. I accept that the hon. Gentleman has experience of the situation because although he was not elected on the list first time around, his predecessor decided to spend more time somewhere else. I am not sure whether he was the next one on the list, but that shows that we have a fairly crazy situation. I make no criticism of the hon. Gentleman or the job that he...
Mark Tami: I certainly did not say that such Members should have a lower salary. I said that they do a different job, and I shall explain what I mean. If list members are in any doubt about what their role should be, they have only to consult Leanne Wood's magic memo, or the additional list Members' bible, as it is known. She set out with great clarity her golden rules on how list Members should abuse...
Mark Tami: No. That would make the situation even more complicated and people would not understand what on earth was going on—they fail to understand the situation at the moment. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Torfaen (Mr. Murphy) said, list Members should be elected on a properly proportional second vote. In the same way in which people do not understand how losers become winners, they do...
Mark Tami: I am sorry, but I will not give way because I have gone over my time. The Bill is a step in the right direction, but we need to go further. I am sure that it will get its Second Reading tonight.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) convictions and (b) prosecutions for theft of car number plates there were in England and Wales in each of the last five years.
Mark Tami: Is not the truth that the Opposition want to put as many obstacles as possible in the way of people registering?
Mark Tami: Does the right hon. Gentleman also accept that there is a serious problem of under-registration?
Mark Tami: If the hon. Gentleman believes that that is the case, how does he explain the collapse in registration in Northern Ireland, which was far beyond anything expected as a result of concerns about fraud?