Jim McGovern: What can the Minister do to ensure that more organisations and major employers in Scotland pay the living wage?
Jim McGovern: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures are in place to ensure that small and medium-sized businesses, which have made losses as a result of having been sold inappropriate complex financial products including fixed rate swaps and embedded swaps, are fully compensated.
Jim McGovern: I, too, was milk boy, and a butcher’s boy and a paper boy, in my younger days. My hon. Friend has raised the subject of tips many times over the years. My wife and I booked a cruise two years ago through a British travel agent company. The cruise sailed from Southampton. When we spoke to the staff on the cruise, they said they did not receive any wages, and that they only got tips. If that...
Jim McGovern: Will my hon. Friend give way?
Jim McGovern: Unfortunately we ran out of time before I could ask Question 14, which was about the video games industry. The Minister is aware of how crucial that industry is to the economy of my home city of Dundee. What progress is being made on extending the three-year period for the skills investment fund?
Jim McGovern: I am mindful of the previous hon. Member’s contribution. At the risk of sounding partisan, we see the separatists’ turnout here today. Are they really the party that stands up for Scotland? They cannot even turn up for Scotland.
Jim McGovern: What assessment his Department has made of the effect of the regional air connectivity fund on Scotland.
Jim McGovern: I thank the Minister for that answer. Some £2.8 million came from the UK Government to retain the air link between London and Dundee. Is that not just one more example, albeit a crucial one for Dundee, of why Scotland is stronger as part of the UK?
Jim McGovern: On Monday morning, before boarding the 9 o’clock train from Dundee to London, I joined a picket line with members of the Public and Commercial Services Union. They were protesting against the closure of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs offices in Dundee and trying to protect their terms and conditions. Their main concern, however, was that they believed there to be a Government plan for...
Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment her Department has made of the effect of illegal settlements on the economic development of Palestine.
Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on consular support for Scottish citizens overseas in the event of Scottish independence.
Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sanctions were applied to jobseeker's allowance claimants in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Dundee in each of the last three years.
Jim McGovern: What steps he is taking to improve competition in energy markets.
Jim McGovern: The leader of my party has made a commitment to freeze energy prices. The coalition Government refused to do that. Why?
Jim McGovern: I have put this question to the Department for Work and Pensions on two previous occasions in the Chamber, but I will try again and perhaps, as the old adage goes, this will be third time lucky. More than 90% of the Work programme participants in my home city of Dundee have not been helped into work by it, so my simple question is: why not?
Jim McGovern: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman is aware that since the second world war, the MOD has never placed a contract for any defence ship anywhere other than in the UK. If Scotland is no longer part of the UK, obviously it will not get those contracts.
Jim McGovern: In the Chancellor’s Budget of 2105, he made a very welcome announcement about tax breaks for the computer games industry. That was passed on to the European Commission last April, but since then we have heard nothing. The games body, TIGA, is saying that this is having a very detrimental effect on the industry. Will the Prime Minister and, indeed, the Chancellor do something to address this...
Jim McGovern: What recent assessment her Department has made of the availability of over-the-counter acidic substances and the use of such substances in violent crime.
Jim McGovern: I thank the Minister for that response and the Under-Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (James Brokenshire), for his written reply to me on the matter. Mr Hugh Reilly, a plumber in my constituency, has told me that he has to use a substance that is over 90% sulphuric acid to unblock drains. He has told me that unfortunately it is increasingly being used for...
Jim McGovern: Will my hon. Friend give way?