Alison Seabeck: The loss of the welfare assistance fund has left many families fleeing domestic abuse in the south-west—in particular, women and children—facing considerable hardship, as local authorities find it difficult to find the funds to support such relationship breakdown. Is the Minister satisfied that enough is being done nationally to understand the needs at local level? Will he explain why the...
Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will announce the winner of the LCS(T) contract; and what the reasons are for the time taken to announce this decision.
Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the power supply improvements and additional investment needed to prepare HM Naval Base Portsmouth to support two Queen Elizabeth class carriers; what options are under consideration; and what estimate he has made of the investment required in HM Naval Base Portsmouth as a result of such changes.
Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to take a decision on the baseporting of the Type 26 frigates.
Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the closing date will be for the review into the costs and construction timetable of Project Pegasus.
Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to announce the award of a contract for the Spearfish Torpedo upgrades.
Alison Seabeck: The debate on the fishing industry will be welcomed by fishermen and fishing communities, and it is nothing less than they deserve. However, there are wider issues. For the past 18 months, I have questioned the accuracy and transparency of data that the Marine Management Organisation is supplying to the Government, and the hon. and learned Member for Torridge and West Devon (Mr Cox) has...
Alison Seabeck: The Chancellor did not pay significant attention to productivity in the south-west in his speech. Our devastated rail line is just getting crumbs from the table, and those are buried in the national infrastructure plan. We have a feasibility study that is semi-permanent, with no guarantee of investment until 2019-20. The Prime Minister said that money was no object when we had the storm...
Alison Seabeck: They’re crumbs!
Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many new Ministry of Defence HQ contracts were for under £1 million in 2013-14.
Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many new Ministry of Defence HQ contracts were placed in 2013-14; what the value of those contracts was; how many on the bid basis were (a) competitive and (b) non-competitive contracts.
Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on each type of fuel in 2013-14; and who the suppliers were.
Alison Seabeck: I was pleased to hear the Secretary of State’s comments about the importance of resilience in our rail network in the south-west, and I am sure we are all awaiting the statement on Wednesday with great interest. He talked about reforming transport networks. As part of these much-publicised reforms, does he intend to extend the national strategic transport corridor to Plymouth?
Alison Seabeck: Will the Minister, for the benefit of the House, enlighten us as to which independent statistics he prayed in aid in his answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Wirral South (Alison McGovern)? My hon. Friend was using statistics from November this year produced by the Office for National Statistics’ annual earnings survey.
Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the UK's annual quota for skate and rays was in each ICES area in each year since 2000; and what the annual take up of the annual allocations by the UK was in each ICES area.
Alison Seabeck: Of the nine cases I listed so that they could be discussed today, a third involved files being lost.
Alison Seabeck: My hon. Friend speaks with a great deal of experience and knowledge. On her point about the time it takes to get a decision, like her, I have a constituent whose condition deteriorated over a long period. Although our constituents may have just scraped through to one side of the fence when the assessment was made, their conditions were much worse by the time the decision was made, and they...
Alison Seabeck: As usual, the hon. Gentleman is giving a thoughtful speech on a serious subject. Are his constituents, like mine, having to find their way to food banks simply to feed their families in an attempt to fill those gaps?
Alison Seabeck: I should start by explaining why I am lisping. I have just had major dental treatment. I apologise, but it is really uncomfortable. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton South East (Yasmin Qureshi) on obtaining the debate. Such a debate could take place almost daily, because every MP will have a considerable number of constituents who have been deeply affected by the process...
Alison Seabeck: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. As was pointed out earlier, rolling out a scheme on this scale without having piloted it has contributed to some of the misery that is being caused around the country. The MD Campaign has also raised the case of a 16-year-old with Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy and a serious heart condition who simply failed to get through on the telephone. She tried and...