Lyn Brown: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of claims for child benefit made by (a) EU nationals excluding A2 and A8 nationals, (b) A2 and A8 nationals and (c) those with indefinite leave to remain took longer than 36 days to be processed since April 2008; (2) what the average processing time was for claims for child benefit by (a) EU nationals excluding A2 and A8...
Lyn Brown: In November I welcomed the announcement of spending on the Prescott lock in my constituency, but rumours abound that the Olympic legacy of usage, leisure and working of the Bow back waters is currently under threat. Will my hon. Friend meet me to discuss this issue, which is important to my constituents?
Lyn Brown: I welcome my right hon. and learned Friend's announcement that next week we will debate the important topics of freedom of information and publication of Members' allowances. Can she assure me that we will be given the chance to debate and to vote to make our allowances even more transparent?
Lyn Brown: Will my hon. Friend consider economic sanctions? They are an effective tool of non-violent intervention. Surely with the right to trade comes the responsibility to uphold basic humanitarian principles.
Lyn Brown: Will my right hon. Friend tell me what progress is being made on the multi-area agreement for the Olympic boroughs? Can she tell me what difference she thinks it will make to my constituents?
Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the credit crunch on the ability of local authorities to meet their local area agreement targets.
Lyn Brown: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
Lyn Brown: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. Constituents have raised with me the safety of our airports following the miraculous events in New York. Will the Secretary of State reassure me about the safety of our airports, in particular London City airport? Apropos of that, has he had any further thoughts about opening a new airport in the middle of the Thames estuary?
Lyn Brown: Does my hon. Friend agree that when we set up companies that may well put properties back into the public sector, as with Local Space, we must ensure that the model is not predicated on using the highest ever level of housing benefit, as that traps people once again in a cycle of dependency on benefits?
Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the government of (a) the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and (b) Rwanda regarding the joint military operation involving their two countries in the East of the DRC; and if he will make a statement.
Lyn Brown: In the London borough of Newham, about 34,000 families are sitting on our council's housing waiting list. If we count those who are in full-time employment, we see that their wages are about £24,000 a year. What does my hon. Friend think of the London Mayor's affordable housing strategy, which is predicated on 40 per cent. of social homes being only for families with incomes above £72,000 a...
Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has made representations to the government of Ethiopia on the detention of Birtukan Mideksa; and if he will make a statement.
Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department plans to increase the assistance it provides to (a) disarmament, (b) demobilisation, (c) repatriation, (d) reintegration and (e) rehabilitation programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Lyn Brown: Some 34,000 families in my constituency are languishing on the council's housing waiting list. They earn, on average, less than £24,000 per year, yet the Mayor of London has decided to decrease the numbers of homes for rent built in the capital by 10 per cent. Failing to deal with the snow was one thing, but blatantly ignoring the needs of my constituents and tens of thousands of other...
Lyn Brown: What recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on improving the energy efficiency of houses by 2020; and if he will make a statement.
Lyn Brown: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. It is true, is it not, that many of the homes that are standing today will be standing in 2020? Many of those homes are not energy-efficient. What real progress is being made to ensure that our families are saving money and that we can have a positive impact on climate change?
Lyn Brown: I am sure that my hon. Friend will agree that bullying in schools is insidious in all its many forms. Indeed, it has been reported that nearly half of all trans-gendered pupils attempt suicide before their 18th birthday. Will she tell me what the Government are doing to protect this very vulnerable group of young people?
Lyn Brown: Whether the proposed new equality duty will apply to equality of opportunity in respect of religion and belief.
Lyn Brown: I thank my hon. and learned Friend for that answer. The issue has been raised with me by constituents who are a little concerned, so can she emphatically tell the House that it is not about promoting any particular religion, but about protecting those who suffer adverse discrimination because they practise their religion?
Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make an assessment of the likely effect on public library authority budgets for 2009-10 of the time taken to publish the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy's (CIPFA's) survey of library usage; whether his Department has held discussions with CIPFA on the matter; what account he takes of (a) the survey...