Stephen Crabb: I am grateful for the opportunity to make my maiden speech on the final day of debate on the Queen's Speech. It was a pleasure to listen to the maiden speeches by my hon. Friends the Members for Northampton, South (Mr. Binley) and for Mid-Bedfordshire (Mrs. Dorries), and by the hon. Members for Plymouth, Devonport (Alison Seabeck), for Worsley (Ms Keeley), for Blaydon (Mr. Anderson) and for...
Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long the Tetra telecommunications mast in Haverfordwest will remain in its temporary location on top of Haverfordwest police station.
Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued concerning the siting of Tetra communications masts in the vicinity of (a) special schools and (b) schools.
Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total amount of public subsidy given to passenger air services was in the United Kingdom in the last financial year.
Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what restrictions his Department applies to the use of public subsidy to support air transport services in the United Kingdom.
Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with retailers about country of origin labelling requirements for food.
Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti social behaviour orders were issued in Pembrokeshire in each year between 1998 and 2004.
Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions were made for the offence of being drunk and disorderly in England and Wales in each year between 1984 and 2004.
Stephen Crabb: What steps has the Minister taken to ensure that people living in social housing and multiple dwelling units, who rely on landlords to provide digital reception facilities, will be able to carry on watching television after digital switchover occurs?
Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many pregnancies were terminated in the United Kingdom in each year between 1975 and 2005 at fewer than (a) 28 weeks, (b) 24 weeks, (c) 22 weeks and (d) 12 weeks; (2) how many terminations of pregnancy were carried out in the United Kingdom in each year between 1975 and 2005; (3) how many patients under the age of 16 years had pregnancies...
Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how she intends to use the UK's presidency of the European Union to improve animal welfare standards in the broiler industry.
Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes have been recorded in Pembrokeshire in each year since 1997.
Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average (a) secondary and (b) primary school funding per pupil in England (i) was in 1997 and (ii) is in the current financial year.
Stephen Crabb: I welcome the Under-Secretary of State for Wales to his new role and wish him all the best in it. With no disrespect to Members of this House and those of the National Assembly who put their efforts into debating and shaping the Transport Bill during the last Parliament, I believe that it is a modest piece of work that may do little to address the fundamental transport challenges facing the...
Stephen Crabb: No, I am not saying that, but I am wary of subsidies being used. I think that they should be used only as seed funding to get a service up and running, after which the taxpayer can withdraw from the relationship, not as a long-term funding mechanism.
Stephen Crabb: That is exactly my view, and the hon. Gentleman expresses it better than I did.
Stephen Crabb: It is not impossible to quantify the benefit. We know that £2.5 million of taxpayers' money has already been used in Scotland to support lifeline air services. Research can be carried out into the effectiveness of those and the impact on tourism and local economic development. It would be possible to produce greater evidence to support the arguments that you are making. In the absence of...
Stephen Crabb: I apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am puzzled by how clause 11(2) will work in practice. Perhaps the Minister could outline how the Assembly will test whether a service would not be provided without its financial assistance. Given the existence of a pot of subsidy, would it not be rational for any company tendering for a service to demonstrate that there is a shortfall in its business plan?
Stephen Crabb: I recognise those arguments, but it would be helpful to see further research on the matter. If companies were thinking seriously about providing such services, one would expect that they would carry out their own market research and develop the numbers. I am also surprised by the wording of clause 11(3), given the heavily constrained regulatory environment in which air transport subsidies can...
Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on limiting the use of fast-growing breeds in the broiler industry.