Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many overpayments of tax credits in the last 12 months have been due to administrative errors; and what steps are being taken to reduce such errors.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I warmly welcome my right hon. Friend's announcement of the operational bonus. When I visited Iraq earlier this year, I met the troops and saw the conditions in which they were operating. I represent Portsmouth—the home of the Royal Navy, which is also playing its part in Iraq by protecting Iraqi oil platforms and training the Iraqi navy. Will he confirm that this bonus will apply to...
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Unlike many hon. Members present, I was not fortunate enough to serve on the Standing Committee, but I should like to speak to new clause 4 and amendment No. 2, tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Bedford (Patrick Hall) and myself. Just over a year ago, I tabled an early-day motion, which was signed by more than 220 hon. Members, setting out why company law needed to be modernised for...
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I am more than happy to praise companies that implement corporate social responsibility. I was in Ghana recently and I met representatives of an organisation called the Blue Skies company, which operates the highest standards for its employees, provides a high quality product and looks after the interests of the local community. The highest profile companies are the most easily monitored by...
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I could not agree more. Putting a stronger emphasis on action and encouraging a more active approach by directors is more likely to lead to genuine world improvements and create the level playing field that my hon. Friend mentions.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I do not want to pre-empt tomorrow's discussion on the business review aspect of the Bill, but I believe that the majority of companies would welcome the opportunities in the business review, which will enable them to report their activities. There must always be a balance between incentive and regulation in the framework in which we expect companies to operate. However, a company does not...
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The right hon. Gentleman reads far too much into the new clause. The word "endeavour" is important. Directors would have to endeavour to consider the wider environmental impact and ensure that their actions did not have an adverse impact. However, they would have to examine the wider picture and I do not envisage what the right hon. Gentleman suggested happening.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention—he raised a point that I should have made. "Significant" is a significant word. The amendments that the Opposition have tabled would significantly weaken the Government's objective. All that I am asking is that we tweak it a little to make it more positive. The new clause will not open the door to spurious legal challenges. Our amendments would...
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people claimed (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit in Portsmouth, North in 2005-06; (2) how many overpayments of (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit in Portsmouth, North were found to be a result of HM Revenue and Customs error in 2005-06.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government plan to include the private hire of funeral limousines in the exemption for private hire when transposing EU Directive 2003/20/EC into UK law.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is an offence for minors to attempt to purchase alcohol from shops.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what regulations govern the activities of bailiffs.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I thank my right hon. Friend for his commitment to the provision of a military managed ward within the excellent care of the NHS. Our hard-working NHS doctors and nurses do not just operate here in the UK, but risk their lives in theatre as reservists and members of the Territorial Army. Does he agree that to denigrate NHS care for military personnel, as several Opposition Members have done,...
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to increase the supply of shared private sector accommodation suitable for single people.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimates his Department has made of the impact of changing the size criteria for determining the local housing allowance to one based solely on bedroom entitlement on (a) the percentage of claimants facing a shortfall between their eligible and contractual rent and (b) the average size of that shortfall.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimates his Department has made of the impact of changing the definition for determining the local housing allowance from the mid point of local rents to the median on (a) the percentage of claimants facing a shortfall between their eligible and contractual rent and (b) the average size of that shortfall.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted for selling alcohol to minors in the last 12 months.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that disabled people are not restricted from applying for Remploy jobs by inappropriate job descriptions.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there are measures in place to prevent Remploy factories employing able-bodied people when there are unemployed disabled people who have the necessary skills.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department issues guidance to Remploy factories on indirect discrimination against disabled employees; and what steps he takes to ensure that Remploy offers assistance to disabled employees to seek and obtain promotion.