Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines have been issued to the Identity and Passport Service on the secure delivery of documentation to passport holders.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid in compensation to passport holders whose passports were lost by the Identity and Passport Service in each of the last five years.
Shailesh Vara: The timetable for the Equality Bill has slipped already, and we now hear that the Government are seriously considering scrapping their commitment to the right to an extension of flexible working and paid maternity leave. Given that, and the importance that the Minister for Women and Equality places on the Bill, will the Parliamentary Secretary give a firm commitment that the Bill will be on...
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners convicted of knife or gun-related offences served their full sentence in each of the last 10 years, broken down by type of crime.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers have been employed in each police force area in each year since their introduction.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made towards meeting the Government's deadline to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Human Trafficking by the end of 2008.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political and humanitarian situation in Burma; and if he will make a statement.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency cases under (a) the old and (b) the new scheme are open.
Shailesh Vara: It is always a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for North Devon (Nick Harvey). Broadly speaking, the Conservatives welcome the report—the content tells us that it has been a busy year. Many of the points that I would have liked to make have already been covered by the hon. Gentleman, so I do not intend to detain the Chamber for long. I may simply refer to what he said, or make an...
Shailesh Vara: Being a mere shadow Minister, I have no access to such figures, and as far as I am aware they were not in the report, but perhaps picking one weekday evening is being somewhat selective. Certainly, hon. Members eat breakfast in the Dining Room. Those who live in very distant constituencies use the catering facilities regularly, whether it be Wednesday evening or Friday morning. We need to...
Shailesh Vara: It might be a small point, but I want to put it on record that I was simply articulating the views of various colleagues and their staff and that it was not my personal view.
Shailesh Vara: May I add another query that I hope the hon. Member for North Devon will enlighten us on? When the work is carried out will there be disruption to traffic because of the need to install cabling and utilities under the road? That would have a far greater impact on the area than just affecting the work of Members of Parliament, their staff and the House authorities.
Shailesh Vara: I have noticed that outside organisations come in and use the facilities here. That must be taken on board. I, for one, have attended Saturday evening dinners in Dining Rooms, at which the room has been entirely full, and we have all attended receptions between dining hours. They add to the financial equation.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those (a) arrested for and (b) convicted of human trafficking offences in the UK were (i) male and (ii) female in each of the last five years.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the nationalities were of those (a) arrested and (b) convicted of human trafficking offences in the UK in each of the last five years.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Kenya; and if he will make a statement.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Prime Minister to whom or which Department the Prime Minister's Special Representative on Energy Issues reports; what his terms of reference are; and from which Department he would draw expenses, should any be incurred.
Shailesh Vara: What assessment he has made of the performance of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
Shailesh Vara: I thank the Minister for those comments. Does she believe that the new criminal injuries compensation scheme properly addresses the discrepancies between the compensation awarded by the CICA and awards made by the civil courts?
Shailesh Vara: The Opposition welcome the proposal for a new Select Committee. Select Committees obviously do a very important task of scrutinising both Departments and their Ministers, but, equally important, they have the control to be able to call to account other senior people in their areas. The Deputy Leader of the House was not very convincing in dealing with the questions asked by the minority...