Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance have not been contacted by her Department when they have reached state pension age and qualify for pension credit in the latest period for which figures are available.
Helen Goodman: I am pleased that we have had this debate, and I am grateful to all hon. Members who have taken part, because the subject is extremely worthwhile and important. I am grateful to the Minister for her positive attitude to geothermal. She does not need to worry: we shall come back to her and pursue this, because geothermal is important and could be very productive for this country. Question put...
Helen Goodman: My hon. Friend tempts me down a path that will be familiar to many colleagues. His point raises the question of whether it is appropriate to use the same Treasury discount rate for something that is so long-run as we would for a project that would last for 25 years. That would be another way of squaring the circle.
Helen Goodman: I beg to move, That this House has considered the potential for geothermal energy resources in the UK. It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Evans. I am pleased to have the opportunity to open this debate on what is a huge carbon-free energy resource for this country. I hope we can use the debate to highlight the potential of the resource and to encourage the Minister to act, so that...
Helen Goodman: My hon. Friend has just inserted it into the debate, so it obviously fits. Yes, that is a country that is already using the resource, as are others, and I will come on to that in a moment. As I said at the outset, there is significant fuel poverty in some parts of the country and using geothermal energy is a way of tackling that. The sector could also be a source of jobs, especially in the...
Helen Goodman: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. We need two maps. We need the map of the geological possibilities and the map of the former coalfields. The Coal Authority has done a lot of work on that. I am sure it has shared that with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, but we need to give these things more currency than they have at the moment. It is also important that we...
Helen Goodman: The hon. Member for Christchurch (Sir Christopher Chope) has succeeded in uniting the nation where the Procedure Committee has failed for two years: namely, on the need to update the private Members’ Bill process. Has the Minister spoken to the Leader of the House about when we might do that as well?
Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the number of (a) claims for employment support allowance, (b) mandatory re-considerations, (c) mandatory re-considerations that went to appeal and (d) successful appeals of mandatory re-considerations in (i) the UK and (ii) each parliamentary constituency.
Helen Goodman: The Prime Minister has said that the WTO needs reform, and she also said earlier that we were in the lead on climate change and the environment. Will she look at integrating these two institutional networks so that we do not have trade deals that cut across our environmental objectives?
Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of the recommendations set out by the British High Commission in Dhaka and his Department's Preventing Sexual Violence in their Conflict Initiative in the Bangladesh Sexual and Gender Based Violence Assessment from November 2017 the Government has implemented.
Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the Government has given to Guatemala as a result of the volcanic eruption of early June 2018.
Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with US counterpart on the US-North Korea summit planned for 12 June 2018.
Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Nicaragua counterpart on the human rights situation in that country.
Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his Department's press release entitled Boris Johnson announces new prosperity programming for Mexico, published on 19 October 2017, how the £60 million prosperity fund for Mexico is being spent.
Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the press release, Foreign Secretary announces free speech funding, published by his Department on 2 November 2017, in which countries the funding for press freedom is being spent.
Helen Goodman: The Secretary of State is using his current role to flirt with radicalism—in particular, taking cheap shots at the payments made to the landed aristocracy. Rather than capping total amounts paid in the future scheme, would it not be more sensible to look at the rate of return and the marginality of the land?
Helen Goodman: To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to support the provision of religious literacy training for Government Departments and embassies.
Helen Goodman: I am grateful to the right hon. Lady for that answer. Religious conflict is obviously worst in the middle east. My understanding is that the training is not compulsory. Will she have a conversation with the Minister with responsibility for the middle east and north Africa about this matter?