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David Evennett: One of the concerns expressed to me by my constituents is that not only must they be vigilant about applications, but when one application is refused, another operator makes an application for the same site. My constituents consider that unfair, and even though the council may refuse the application, they feel strongly about the vigilance and time needed, and the unfairness.
David Evennett: rose—
David Evennett: I have listened with great interest to the Minister. Her approach is very worthy, but what is needed is action, not more consultation and talk. We want something done.
David Evennett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress on the implementation of the Gershon review of public sector efficiency.
David Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to make a decision on the proposed Belvedere waste to energy incinerator.
David Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received on the funding of Bexley Primary Healthcare Trust.
David Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received on the funding of hospital trusts in South East London.
David Evennett: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
David Evennett: There are real concerns across London about health, education, the environment, transport and how the Government have failed to deal with those issues for the capital. Will the Leader of the House therefore find time to hold a general debate on London issues on the Floor of the House in the near future?
David Evennett: If he will make a statement on the future of the European Union constitution.
David Evennett: I thank the Minister for that answer. Now that even the Prime Minister acknowledges that the EU constitution did not address the needs of the citizens, will the Minister confirm that it is dead and will not be implemented by the back door? The British people think that the Government are rather feeble on the issue.
David Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy and availability of British infantry to fulfil additional urgent deployments.
David Evennett: Has the Minister seen the article in The Daily Telegraph today entitled, "Manning Crisis for Paras", which states that the Parachute regiment is suffering severe manpower shortage and is about 10 per cent. down on full manning levels? Can it really be true that the problem is so bad that a battalion being sent to Afghanistan will need "100 regular infantry soldiers to bring it up to...
David Evennett: What assessment he has made of proposed arrangements for local accountability of policing following amalgamations of forces; and if he will make a statement.
David Evennett: Does the Home Secretary appreciate the real concerns and disquiet across the country about police force amalgamations and accountability to local communities? Surely, the issues involved are complex, so why are the Government rushing the changes through? What is the hurry? Why cannot more discussion take place and more time be taken before decisions are made?
David Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when all Child Support Agency cases will be calculated under the new scheme.
David Evennett: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will change the planning laws so that telecommunications mast applications have to go through the full planning process; and if he will make a statement.
David Evennett: I am pleased to participate in this important debate. It has been of a high calibre and there have been tremendous areas of agreement between hon. Members on both sides of the House, which is important. I am also pleased to follow the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs. Moon), who made a serious contribution. I listened with great interest to what she said about her constituency and about...
David Evennett: My hon. Friend makes a sensible point, as he usually does on these matters. We should consider tax incentives, because they would encourage an increase in provision. If we are serious about increasing provision, we must consider all the available opportunities, and not just focus on a narrow few. There has been much debate today on the duties of local authorities in England and Wales. Those...
David Evennett: I totally agree with the hon. Gentleman that what is needed is structured play. We want our children to develop to maximise their potential; we do not want to teach or control them at that stage.