Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what powers the Health and Safety Executive has to object to an approved planning consent should an issue of concern in their remit develop after approval is granted.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he last discussed the safety of the Forties oil pipeline with the Health and Safety Executive.
Gordon Banks: I consider this to be a very important issue. I want any new trade agreement between Europe and the United States to have a substantially positive impact on the economy of Britain and, indeed, that of Scotland. I think we can all agree that international trade deals are vital to the creation of long-term economic growth and jobs in a world that is becoming smaller and smaller. I was pleased...
Gordon Banks: I fundamentally disagree. The Minister without Portfolio will tell the hon. Gentleman where he is wrong in his thinking. There is no doubt that if he speaks to the Scotch whisky industry it will tell him about the benefits of being in a large trading bloc. The Scotch whisky industry has benefited, and if the hon. Gentleman will not take cognisance of that, he will not take cognisance of...
Gordon Banks: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the UK economy would benefit from an opening up of the US economy, and that the Government should seek to gain access to that marketplace for our small and medium-sized enterprises to provide a stimulus to the UK economy?
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department has taken to address the needs of children who require gluten-free meals in schools that do not allow their pupils to bring in packed lunches.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to collect (a) data on fatal accidents caused by looped blind cords and (b) other accident and injury data; (2) what his policy is on the proposal to create an EU-wide accident and injury database; (3) what steps his Department have taken to reinstate a UK-wide accident and injury database;
Gordon Banks: As a shadow business Minister I opposed this proposal in the Postal Services Bill Committee and in the House. I also oppose what the Secretary of State has said today. May I press him further on the link between Royal Mail and the Post Office? Is he able to guarantee that, post-2022, the vital link between the Post Office and Royal Mail will survive? A simple yes or no will suffice.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Prime Minister with reference to his oral answer of 27 February 2013, Official Report, column 306, when he will (a) respond to the petition of the hon. Member for Ochil and South Perthshire on food banks and (b) answer the hon. Member's subsequent email correspondence of 27 February 2013 and 12 March 2013 relating to that issue.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether (a) he or (b) Ministers in his Department have undertaken media training since May 2010; and what the cost to the public purse was of any such training.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department has conducted any polling or surveys since May 2010.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many and which regulations his Department has repealed between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and what estimate he has made of the savings which will accrue to those affected by each such regulation as a result of its repeal; (2) how many regulations his Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January...
Gordon Banks: There is a link between welfare and the use of food banks, and I have raised the topic of food banks a number of times in this place through questions and petitions and directly with the Prime Minister, which have all seemed to go unanswered. The Secretary of State will have seen today’s report from the Trussell Trust revealing that the number of people using food banks in Scotland has...
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland with reference to the Freedom of Information request responded to by his Department on 23 January 2013 and published on 3 April 2013, on Government Procurement Cards, what the purpose was of the stay at the Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes in July 2011.
Gordon Banks: I extend the same offer to the Minister as I made to you, Mr Deputy Speaker. The Government have had an invitation to come to the meeting in Alloa, but I invite the Minister to come so that I can show her the streets and the reasons why Alloa Crown post office must stay where it is.
Gordon Banks: Will the Minister confirm that the driver for this is mutualisation?
Gordon Banks: The Minister is talking about subsidy. While she is telling us about the subsidy her Government have put in place, I ask her to pay due respect to the fact that in the past 10 years of the Labour Government, we provided more than £3.3 billion in support of the post office network and introduced an annual £150 million subsidy to support otherwise loss-making post offices in urban and rural...
Gordon Banks: I have to correct the Minister. I said that Post Office Ltd said that it cost £1.43. That figure is disputed.
Gordon Banks: If the Minister had been at the public meeting in Alloa, she would have heard that the figure was nowhere near £1.43—it was nearer £1.19.
Gordon Banks: Will the Minister give way?