Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports of divisions within the Lord's Resistance Army over the content of the draft peace agreement in Uganda; and if he will make a statement.
Lyn Brown: Does the hon. Gentleman not accept that the number of people who will lose through the cutting of the 10 per cent. band has been over-hyped? Does he accept that some of the poorest people in this country are those who are on low wages but fall outside the benefit banding? The cut from 22p to 20p helps that most vulnerable group.
Lyn Brown: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Lyn Brown: I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way. About 40 per cent. of my constituents earn less than £19,000 a year. That means they will lose out from the 10p rate. However, the vast majority of them will gain substantially because of the way in which the moneys have been redistributed through working family tax credits, child care tax credits and housing benefit. [Interruption.]...
Lyn Brown: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Lyn Brown: What role the armed forces are playing in providing humanitarian relief in southern Afghanistan.
Lyn Brown: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. Given the situation in southern Afghanistan and the Taliban's cowardly attacks on the international aid agencies working in that area, when does he think the situation might sufficiently improve to allow aid agencies to return and re-establish their vital work?
Lyn Brown: I thank my hon. Friend for being so generous in giving way. Before I came to the House I did work in the community, part of which was about parents and food. The message that I received from parents was that children would eat only the foods that they recognised and that, unfortunately, recognition came largely from television. The other problem that parents had was the accessibility of...
Lyn Brown: I am concerned about sustainable communities and ensuring that people from all strata of society are able to live together. That is illustrated by the dilemma that exists in Newham. The east end of London is a desirable place to live and has fantastic neighbours—I should not like anyone to make suggestions to the contrary or decry that point—but it is cheaper to buy there than in the rest...
Lyn Brown: In Newham, only 132 of 950 homes developed last year were for rented social housing. Only 6 per cent. of the homes developed in my borough, which is in east London, had three bedrooms or more. Given that we have 6,000 families in temporary accommodation and 30,000 families on the housing waiting list, that is not sustainable if we are to do anything to combat child poverty, to mention just...
Lyn Brown: People on good salaries tend to ensure that they pay the correct amount of tax and take advantage of any tax concessions or tax relief available to them. People on low incomes do not. Will my right hon. Friend ensure that there is a concerted and sustained effort to ensure that people take full advantage of the tax credits, concessions and benefits to which they are entitled?
Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department has taken to encourage the provision of facilities for cyclists by local authorities and other employers.
Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to encourage programmes promoting sex education and providing contraceptives in Africa.
Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution the UK made to multilateral organisations working on sexual and reproductive health in developing countries in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to encourage European counterparts to increase their contributions to multilateral organisations working on sexual and reproductive health in developing countries.
Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to reduce the incidence of domestic violence.
Lyn Brown: What steps he is taking to tackle the availability of illegal drugs in prisons.
Lyn Brown: I thank the Minister for his answer and welcome today's announcement on the control of the supply of drugs. Can he confirm that the review will include the tightening of controls around the smuggling of items such as mobile phones into prisons? I understand that some prisoners use mobile phones in their cells to continue the criminal, drug-related activity that they were happily pursuing outside.
Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the government of Sudan on the implementation of its commitments under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the Government of Sudan on the implementation of its commitments under the Abyei Protocol.