Shailesh Vara: Does my hon. Friend agree that Ian Blair, the present Metropolitan Police Commissioner, got it right when he said on this issue: "I thought reasonableness was quite a difficult concept at 4 o'clock in the morning in your kitchen, whereas something as stark as gross disproportionality did seem to me to be clearer."?
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what effect the Review of the Postal Services Sector announced in his written ministerial statement of 17 December will have on the most recently announced round of post office closures currently being consulted upon; and if he will make a statement.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the written statement of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 98WS, on data handling procedures in Government and the Cabinet Secretary's interim progress report, how many Government Departments or agencies store data outside the UK; and how many people's details are stored in this way.
Shailesh Vara: The whole House agrees that it is right that the Government should take the matter forward. As that is the case, does the Minister agree that as trafficking will now be a core subject for the police the necessary funds will be made available? That is particularly important because those elements of organised crime involved in guns and drugs are increasingly moving into sex trafficking.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2007, Official Report, column 107W, on health services: armed forces, whether specific financial provision is made for each primary care trust to provide care to injured service personnel once they have left the military.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of people smuggling drugs into prisons were detected in each of the last five years; and how many perpetrators in such were (a) prison staff, (b) inmates' visitors and (c) other people, broken down by category.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions the Information Commissioner was contacted by (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies to report breaches of data protection security in each of the last five years.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doses of the antiviral drug Tamiflu have been bought by each Government Department for use by its staff in the event of an influenza pandemic.
Shailesh Vara: Before Christmas, the Justice Secretary said that his Department would be building three so-called titan prisons. This morning, he said that those prisons "may" now be built. Will the Prime Minister tell the House whether this is a titanic failure or a titanic U-turn?
Shailesh Vara: She did not say anything about secondary schools.
Shailesh Vara: What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Cabinet Office in providing information assurance across Government.
Shailesh Vara: Will the Minister finally confirm what is abundantly clear to the rest of the country—that there is insufficient Government information assurance for schemes such as ID cards and national road pricing?
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on how many occasions the Information Commissioner was contacted by her Department to report breaches of data protection security in each of the last five years; (2) how many breaches of data protection security there were in her Department or her Department's agencies in each of the last five years; and if she will provide details...
Shailesh Vara: In her ministerial statement on topical debates, the Leader of the House says that she will publish a quarterly list of the subjects that have been proposed, but the Modernisation Committee has recommended that that list should be published every fortnight. Why has the right hon. and learned Lady gone for the longer option? In addition, will she publish the names of the people proposing the...
Shailesh Vara: I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Linlithgow and East Falkirk (Michael Connarty)—
Shailesh Vara: The hon. Gentleman should enjoy it while it lasts. He and his colleagues on the Committee do a terrific job, despite the difficulties, many of which have already been articulated. They should be commended for that. I thank all the speakers who have taken part in the debate, especially given that the House is due to rise for a few days. I am pleased that the Government have recognised the...
Shailesh Vara: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for making that point, but there has been a tendency in the past decade or so to make officials give the answers and advice that the Government wish to hear. If the Government put less pressure on advisers, they might be minded to give more free and frank advice. My understanding is that many such people are lawyers. If they were practising in another area...
Shailesh Vara: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. Let me make it absolutely clear that I recognise that we are the public figures, and that there should be no undue pressure on officers and advisers to Parliament. I hope that I have also managed to convey, however, that this is nevertheless an issue. I am grateful to him for providing that suggestion. It is one that needs to be...
Shailesh Vara: My thanks go to my hon. Friend for that advice. Given that he has given 23 years' service to the Committee, I will certainly do as he instructs and give further thought to the matter. However, one of the amendments would give the Committee the option to sit in private if necessary. That covers the question of striking the right balance between private and public. I shall move on to, as it...
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, columns 83-84W, on genetics: databases, how many of the 22,700 people who voluntarily provided a DNA sample were later (a) arrested and (b) charged with an offence before the decision was made to retain their sample on the national database.