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Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill (7 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: Ministers in the Assembly have now conceded that the overall tax take has increased and rather than there being a 4 per cent increase in council tax take in 2005–06, the increase was actually nearer 10 per cent.

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill (7 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors pointed out that had re-banding in Wales been undertaken in accordance with house price inflation, there would have been a much fairer outcome. The right hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich spoke about public acceptance of council tax and reiterated his faith in the high level of public acceptance of it....

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Infrastructure (8 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: What assessment he has made of the economic impact of investing in transport infrastructure.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Infrastructure (8 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: I agree that there is a link between economic performance and investment in transport infrastructure, but is the Minister not concerned that only last month the Institution of Civil Engineers, in its assessment of UK infrastructure, said that there has been little if any improvement in the state of the nation's transport systems since the quiet demise of the 10-year transport plan? It said...

Written Answers — Home Department: Telecommunications Masts (9 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the suitability of the location of the Tetra mast in Haverfordwest; and if he will make a statement.

Milk Prices (9 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: I am grateful for the opportunity to open this debate on milk prices and the dairy industry. I am extremely encouraged by the turnout for the debate, considering that so many other important things are happening in the House today. The fact that this is the first debate for which I have applied and secured since being elected six months ago reflects the seriousness with which I view the...

Milk Prices (9 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. The evidence submitted to the Select Committee last year highlighted the confusion that I mentioned when examining the sector, and the confusion and lack of transparency in the supply chain. I echo the comments of my hon. Friend and I invite the Minister to comment on the missing 18p per litre. What are the Government doing to ensure that fair play is...

Milk Prices (9 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: Absolutely. I would welcome a response from the Minister on the question of what role he feels that he and his Department can play in restoring confidence to the sector and, specifically, in bringing farmers much closer to processors and retailers. It is a widely held view that farmers need to get closer to the end customer and to be much more directly involved in value-added processing,...

Milk Prices (9 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: My hon. Friend makes an extremely good point. I have not been able to find out the extent to which the farmers who are involved in that kind of partnership represent the kind of farmers that we both have in our constituencies; those who run small, family farms.

Milk Prices (9 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. I have to confess that I am unsure of the extent to which the detailed planning guidance that affects decisions that local authorities make can incorporate that kind of thinking about local sourcing, but I have been talking to local supermarkets in my constituency and asking specifically how many local lines of produce they stock, whether they have...

Milk Prices (9 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: My hon. Friend makes a good point. Without doubt, there is a need for greater rationalisation and consolidation in the processing section of the supply chain. Many farmers feel that that would be one route towards equalising some of the power relationships in the chain, especially if there were much greater farmer-owned processing. However, in that context, we could run into problems with the...

Milk Prices (9 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. We look forward to the Minister's comments on it. What steps is the Minister taking actively to encourage the growth and development of farmer-controlled co-operatives such as Milk Link? Farmers are not looking to politicians to determine the milk price. Those I speak to consider themselves to be business people and simply want the market to work...

Written Answers — Defence: Missing Weapons (14 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Army (a) handguns, (b) rifles and (c) other weapons went missing in the UK in each year since 1997; and how many were recovered over the same timescale.

Written Answers — Home Department: Police (14 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police (a) handguns and (b) rifles went missing in the UK during the last year for which figures are available; and how many were recovered in the same period.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Beef Exports (15 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken since May to promote the export of British beef; and what recent assessment she has made of the prospects for beef exports.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Coal Imports (17 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much coal has been imported from China in the last five years.

Written Answers — Treasury: Corporation Tax (17 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much corporation tax was raised from businesses in Wales in each year since 1997.

Written Answers — Health: NHS Dentistry (22 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of pensioners who do not have access to an NHS dentist.

Written Answers — Wales: Business Rates (22 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was raised in business rates from (a) Wales and (b) Pembrokeshire in each year since 1990.

Written Answers — Health: Dentistry (23 Nov 2005)

Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will compensate pensioners for private dental charges incurred where NHS dental treatment is not available.


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