Adam Afriyie: Every sensible business in the United Kingdom and across the world will conduct due diligence before purchasing another organisation, so why did the Government not conduct a sufficient level of due diligence? Will the Chancellor apologise to the British people for losing £17 billion of their money?
Adam Afriyie: The Opposition motion that we are debating today is based on an early-day motion. Will the hon. Gentleman tell us whether he signed that EDM?
Adam Afriyie: There also appeared to be a commitment to cap the number of night flights, but it appears that that will no longer apply beyond 2012. Clearly, night flights are deeply concerning; an interrupted night's sleep can ruin the entire day.
Adam Afriyie: I think that, overall, the decision to build the third runway is a bad decision; it is the wrong decision for the country. Before I begin my speech, however, I must say that I thought the Secretary of State's attitude was insensitive; he did not deal with the issue seriously, and he was brash and full of bravado. He had adopted the approach that attack was the best form of defence. He...
Adam Afriyie: I appreciate that, but on issues such as Cranford and mixed mode, different views have been held in different constituencies; I know that because Old Windsor, in my constituency, will be affected seriously and views have changed there over time. To be fair, what I said was not criticism—it was praise. I praise anyone who would change their mind if the facts are changing, because that is the...
Adam Afriyie: The hon. Gentleman is right, and I am not suggesting that the Government second-guess that decision. I am simply suggesting that the national, political decision that needs to be made by this Parliament—sadly, it does not look as though it will be made by Parliament, because the Government are not going to allow an official vote—does not have to be made today, and it did not have to be...
Adam Afriyie: I recognise some of the hon. Gentleman's concerns about whether party politics are involved, but does he regret the fact that his Government will not give the House of Commons a vote on the third runway?
Adam Afriyie: indicated dissent.
Adam Afriyie: The Secretary of State is clearly on a sticky wicket. The question is about why the decision has to be made now. Flight numbers are going down; they went down by 8 per cent. in December. During the Labour downturn and the Labour recession, the Government have the opportunity to make a decision two, three or four years from now if they are still around. They do not have to make it now.
Adam Afriyie: The DIUS Committee has severely criticised the Secretary of State's Department for its presentation of data, and partly for a lack of evidence-based policy making, so we were surprised to read this week in The Times that Lord Drayson wants to decide where Government research spending is allocated. That would be in direct contravention of the established Haldane principle. Does the Secretary...
Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many representations received by the Child Support Agency were not opened as cases owing to the residence of the non-resident parent being outside the UK in each year since 1999; (2) how many cases involving child maintenance payments were not pursued by the Child Support Agency owing to the departure from the UK of the...
Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to enforce payments under child maintenance agreements by non-resident parents living outside the United Kingdom.
Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made on the commitment in the "Innovation Nation" White Paper to extend the revised Small Business Research Initiative to all participating departments by April 2009.
Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he plans to publish his Department's strategy for science and society.
Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost of establishing the Whitehall Innovation Hub was; and what funding his Department plans to allocate to it in (a) 2008-09 and (b) subsequent years.
Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which departments have published innovative procurement plans in the last 12 months.
Adam Afriyie: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much and what proportion of their budget was spent by each regional development agency on supporting (a) high technology businesses, (b) science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills, (c) innovative procurement and (d) social innovation and social enterprise in each year since 2005.
Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent meetings she has had with the Power of Information Task Force to discuss its work.
Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial return on ordinary activities was expected from Ordnance Survey in the year ending July 2008.
Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2009, Official Report, column 775W, on research: small businesses, which other Government departments are participating in the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI); and whether the revised SBRI format will have been extended to each participating department by April 2009.