Mr Parmjit Gill: Given that many dentists have said that they might still go private in spite of the new contract, and that many people in constituencies such as mine are facing increasing difficulty in accessing an NHS dentist, what specific steps is the Minister taking to engage dentists in the new contract to encourage more of them to undertake NHS work?
Mr Parmjit Gill: What discussions she has had with retailers, publishers and wholesalers regarding changes to the Vertical Exemption (Exclusion) Order.
Mr Parmjit Gill: I thank the Minister for his answer. He will be aware of the current deadlock in the industry and the impact that changes to the newspaper and magazine supply chain will have on the viability of small independent retailers. Given the vital role that small independent retailers and newsagents play in our communities, particularly the 254 small retailers and newsagents in Leicester that sell...
Mr Parmjit Gill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport regarding the level of taxation on gaming.
Mr Parmjit Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact of smaller class sizes on primary school pupils.
Mr Parmjit Gill: How many people in Leicester, South are eligible to claim pension credit.
Mr Parmjit Gill: I thank the Minister for his response. However, is he aware that one assessment found that more than 1,000 pensioner households in Leicester, South are eligible to claim pension credit but are not doing so although they are clearly in need of the money? What steps will the Minister take to help to bridge that gap?
Mr Parmjit Gill: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to speak on the very important issue of university top-up and tuition fees, which affects hundreds of thousands of young people around the country and, in many cases, their parents. It is of particular concern in my home city of Leicester. Its educational strength is a major attraction, and there are approximately 40,000 students at its two...
Mr Parmjit Gill: I would feel ashamed that my Government had introduced top-up fees, which they promised the people of Leicester and the country that they had legislated to prevent.
Mr Parmjit Gill: Today, prospective students embark on an educational journey starting with a deterrent of debt. If they go on to study, they experience the stress of debt and of work while they are studying. Finally, when they graduate, they face the reality of debt. On behalf of many thousands of students at De Montfort and Leicester universities, I ask the Minister to explain why his Government went back...
Mr Parmjit Gill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the teenage pregnancy rate in Leicester, South was in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Parmjit Gill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many deaths within Leicester, South alcohol was found to be the primary cause in each year since 1997.
Mr Parmjit Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households in Leicester, South are receiving a free television licence for over-75s.
Mr Parmjit Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching assistant posts there were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Leicester, South in each year since 1997.
Mr Parmjit Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Leicester, South are on waiting lists for digital hearing aids.
Mr Parmjit Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the health expenditure per head of population in Leicester, South constituency has been in each year since 1997.
Mr Parmjit Gill: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fire-related deaths in dwellings in Leicester, South there were in each year since 1997.
Mr Parmjit Gill: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authority-owned properties in Leicester, South do not meet the Government's decent homes standard; and what the estimated cost of bringing them up to this standard is.
Mr Parmjit Gill: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of Leicester, South Housing Association homes are fitted with (a) smoke alarms, (b) fire doors and (c) double glazing.
Mr Parmjit Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance is being provided by his Department to (a) Grenada, (b) the Cayman Islands and (c) the Caribbean region as a result of Hurricane Ivan; and if he will make a statement.