Jim McGovern: To pursue the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Burnley (Kitty Ussher) about a mother wanting to return to work before the end of the six-month period, does my right hon. Friend agree that a mother who wants to extend maternity leave beyond the six-month period may feel that she is being forced to return to work, even though she does not necessarily want to do so, to allow some...
Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of whether extra staff and resources would be required for administration purposes if every pensioner entitled to pension credit applied for it.
Jim McGovern: Following the comments of the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart) on the Black Watch, I am sure that my hon. Friend will be aware of the high profile of that issue in my constituency. My grandfather, Hugh MacDonald, served in the Black Watch, and is buried in the military cemetery in Gibraltar, where he died in 1941. I believe that one of the concessions made to the...
Jim McGovern: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate and on the fantastic work that he has done in campaigning on this issue. I agree with him entirely about the disproportionate impact on those on low incomes. Does he also agree that there is a double whammy, inasmuch as people on low incomes tend to withdraw smaller sums and therefore the percentage of the withdrawal that the fee...
Jim McGovern: In my constituency, a fee-charging machine has recently been installed on the university campus and is obviously directed at students, who are also on low incomes.
Jim McGovern: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many asylum cases have been undertaken by lawyers paid for under legal aid or community legal service funding in each of the past three years.
Jim McGovern: It has been widely leaked that the Turner report will recommend the reinstatement of the link between the basic state pension and earnings. If that recommendation is accepted, will the Government implement it in time for the 2006–07 uprating?
Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many respondents to the February 2005 consultation document Work and Families: Choice and Flexibility" gave a response to question 22; and what proportion of those responses were supportive of the case for extending the right to request flexible working to parents of older children; (2) how many respondents to the February 2005...
Jim McGovern: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many legal providers have gained accreditation to operate in the field of asylum law since April 2004 in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Dundee.
Jim McGovern: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many asylum cases have been undertaken by lawyers who had (a) gained accreditation and (b) not gained accreditation since April 2004.
Jim McGovern: Does the hon. Gentleman believe that there should be one single adult age for Army service, alcohol, gambling and marriage? Should the age of 16 apply to all those, or just to voting?
Jim McGovern: My hon. Friend mentions the UK Youth Parliament. Would she care to discuss the percentage turnout figures for voting for that Parliament?
Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provision there is for members of pension schemes to claim ill health pensions from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) (a) while their scheme is in the assessment period and (b) once it has been accepted into the PPF.
Jim McGovern: May I seek clarification from the Minister on part of clause 35? I apologise for being hoarse, but I have the cold. Proposed new rule 24(1)(c) in schedule 1 to the Representation of the People Act 1983 describes what someone requires to be able to vote by post. It says: ''together with such envelopes for their return (whether free of charge or otherwise)''. That implies that a charge may...
Jim McGovern: Does the hon. Gentleman not agree that it is a tad excessive that both Houses should have to approve the size and shape of a ballot paper? Further, as ballot papers have no effect on the House of Lords, should their lordships have a say at all?
Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the draft Employment Equality (Age) Regulations on the provision of flexible retirement ages by private businesses; (2) what advice his Department has provided to businesses about the operation of flexible retirement ages in relation to the draft Employment Equality (Age) Regulations.
Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under what circumstances an individual forced to retire over the age of 65 will be able to appeal on grounds of age discrimination under the draft Employment Equality (Age) Regulations.
Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the draft Employment Equality (Age) Regulations on the pay of under 21-year-olds.
Jim McGovern: I totally understand why there is so much opposition to reducing the level at which the deposit is forfeited. The British National party and other right-wing groups have used elections to spread hate, bigotry and distrust in the communities in which they operate. They exploit the fears and insecurities of those who feel that they have had a raw deal from society and allow the prejudices of a...
Jim McGovern: Under the hon. Gentleman's formulation, would anyone of any age be able to stand as a candidate and simply be unable to take their seat if they were successful?