Mark Tami: What recent assessment he has made of the level of private sector investment and employment in the Welsh economy.
Mark Tami: My right hon. Friend will be aware of the success of the Deeside industrial park, which has more than 140 companies employing more than 7,000 people. If we are to build on the success of that site, we must not only expand it but improve the infrastructure, which means improving the Wrexham-Bidston line in particular.
Mark Tami: My right hon. Friend recently had a bad experience flying, or trying to fly, on an out-of-date American aircraft. If he is considering a Blair force one, may I suggest that he looks for modern, reliable Airbus aircraft to operate it?
Mark Tami: To reinforce my hon. Friend's point, the Assembly Member, Carl Sargeant, who represents the same area as me, would, under our present system, be No. 1 on the list, as well as standing for the seat, which would obviously put him in a strong position to retain his presence in the Assembly, but he supports giving that up.
Mark Tami: There are Assembly offices in north Wales. Does my hon. Friend think that it would be a good idea that Members should have an office there rather than wasting taxpayers' money having them where they obviously choose to target certain seats?
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, when a soldier is found guilty of an offence by the military law courts, that information is recorded by the Criminal Records Bureau and accessed when a check against the Bureau's records is carried out.
Mark Tami: If one provides for a specified period—whether five or 10 years—does not the hon. Gentleman believe that, when one approaches it, an impetus would be created that perhaps would not exist if the normal process were followed?
Mark Tami: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures she has put in place to assist vulnerable witnesses in the family and civil courts.
Mark Tami: If he will review the criteria for entitlement to back payment of pensions.
Mark Tami: As my hon. Friend knows, I have written to the Department on many occasions regarding the case of Mrs. Lalek, who was underpaid pension for almost 10 years. Under Department for Work and Pension rules, she could receive only a small amount in back payment, despite the fact that she is sure she never received any notification or correspondence from the Department about her entitlement. Should...
Mark Tami: What about selection?
Mark Tami: Will the hon. Gentleman reflect on the number of Tory councils throughout the country that appear to object to building the housing that he claims is much needed?
Mark Tami: The hon. Gentleman will accept that sometimes things are wrong and have to be corrected, in the same way as his party has now recognised that everything that it stood on at the last election was completely wrong.
Mark Tami: Can the hon. Lady explain why she signed early-day motion 23, opposing house building in Hertfordshire?
Mark Tami: Define "we".
Mark Tami: Given that the hon. Gentleman is very keen on referendums, can he tell us how many the Tories have held at national or local level over the years? [Interruption.]
Mark Tami: That is probably because the hon. Gentleman's colleague next to him was shouting. Given that the Tories are now very keen on referendums, can he tell us how many they held at national or local level over the years when they were in power?
Mark Tami: Is my hon. Friend surprised that despite everything that the three Tory MPs in Wales have said about policing, none of them is bothering to take part in the debate?
Mark Tami: Indeed. Plaid Cymru Members are not bothering to take part either.
Mark Tami: Will my hon. Friend join me in recognising that important work was done with council tax payers to explain that extra money was being invested, with a higher precept, but that they were getting more front-line policing with those resources? It is important that we demonstrate to them that we are ensuring that that extra money is being protected and spent on policing in north Wales.