Stewart Hosie: I am delighted to follow the hon. Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Doran), and particularly the reference to his football team. I am sure that we will both be able to support the same team in the Scottish cup final on Saturday. I am sure the hon. Member for Dundee, West (Mr. McGovern) will be backing the same local team. I was particularly taken by the comments of the hon. Member for...
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recruitment targets were established for each of the Scottish infantry regiments for (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) each month since January 2003; and what the level of recruitment was in each case.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) complement and (b) strength is of each of the six Scottish infantry regiments; and what it has been in each year since 2001.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in England had a rateable value for non-domestic rate purposes of (a) less than £3,000, (b) £3,000 to £3,999, (c) £4,000 to £4,999, (d) £5,000 to £5,999, (e) £6,000 to £6,999, (f) £7,000 to £7,999 and (g) £8,000 and above in each year since 1991; and what the yield from non-domestic rates was in each category in each year...
Stewart Hosie: I welcome the hon. Gentleman to his new position on the Front Bench. Can he confirm that filling the skills gap is not merely about training for those with no skills but an ongoing process of retraining and upskilling for those who have skills? Can he confirm that the Government should take the lead in that? What endeavours are under way in the Scotland Office to encourage retraining and...
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has undertaken a review of the proposed mergers of the Scottish infantry regiments since taking up his position.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue from VAT received from UK charities in the most recent year for which figures are available.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what account will be taken of (a) engine size, (b) emissions and (c) fuel efficiency when calculating road charging prices; (2) what assessment he has made of the likely effects on tourism of a road charging scheme; (3) if he will make a statement on plans for a pay-as-you-go drive system.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change fiscal rules relating to the cap on public sector debt.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to adjust his growth forecasts.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has evaluated on the effects of the level of interest rates on (a) retail sales and (b) the level of employment in the retail sector.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Treasury rules are for the provision of matched funding for projects part funded by the European Union; and what the value of matched funding was for (a) the UK and (b) each nation of the UK in each year since 2001.
Stewart Hosie: The Leader of the House may be aware that recent figures from the Ministry of Defence showed that the shortfall in complement of the Scottish division was improving, with a marked improvement in the shortfall of the Black Watch. Given that new information, will the Secretary of State for Defence come to the House and make a statement to justify whether the merger of the Scottish regiments...
Stewart Hosie: I have listened to the whole debate. I listened particularly carefully to the Home Secretary. He laid out five sections in his speech, including Big Brother society, the costs, the benefits, and the success or otherwise of IT projects. What he failed to do, other than in passing in the section on benefits, was to address the justifications in the Bill—national security, the prevention and...
Stewart Hosie: A number of IT projects and databases need to be cleaned up. I am not sure about the figures— the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Lynne Jones) has said that the national insurance issue is being addressed—but the evidence does not suggest that the central data register for ID cards will be more accurate than the national insurance register. I have mentioned people entering the...
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people have attended the finance for non-financial managers course run by the National School of Government, broken down by (a) year and (b) department.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Tradeand Industry if he will bring forward legislation to make it illegal for a timeshare operation to dispose of timeshare development without offering full compensation based on the true value of each owner's holiday week.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how his Department defines an appropriate period in respect of the amount of time an applicant must have lived in Scotland for the purposes of the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland eligibility criteria.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why the eligibility criteria for the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme do not include post-graduate diplomas.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets his Department has set for the (a) number of applications, (b) number of successful applications and (c) uptake of successful applications in respect of the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme.