Gordon Banks: If the hon. Gentleman can control his E numbers and sit down, he will have plenty of opportunity to get in later. My hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh South expressed concern about attempts to sideline the commission on the issue of the question and challenged the SNP to accept the commission’s advice, but there were no takers at that point in the debate. My hon. Friend the Member for...
Gordon Banks: The hon. Gentleman will have a contribution to make later, I am quite sure. The commission is extremely well respected, and no Government or Assembly within the UK have ever failed to reach agreement with it on such issues. [Interruption.] I am sorry, but the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Mr MacNeil) is wrong. The Deputy First Minister claims to hold the commission in high esteem....
Gordon Banks: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take in the event that the Israeli Government announces further settlements in the west bank.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Israeli authorities on the recording of police interviews with children.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice on benefits his Department provides to people diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or their parents when first diagnosed.
Gordon Banks: Two years ago, the Secretary of State said about the Government’s plans that “the horrible truth is that across the country everyone is going to have to make a contribution”. The horrible truth of life in Scotland under his Government, however, is that a food bank in my constituency has experienced a father walking a 15-mile round trip for a bag of food to feed his family. Is that an...
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which regulations his Department repealed between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and what the anticipated total savings will be from repealing those regulations; (2) what regulations his Department introduced between 1 February and 31 May 2012; and at what cost to the public purse.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claimants of tax credits in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11 were paid at a level higher than that to which they were entitled owing to a determination by HM Revenue and Customs that a reduction in payments might result in financial hardship to the claimant.
Gordon Banks: I welcome you to the Chair, Ms Dorries. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for West Dunbartonshire (Gemma Doyle) on securing the debate and on tackling head-on the vital issue of unemployment in Scotland. We have heard throughout the debate that the people of Scotland are being failed by two Governments, in Westminster and in Holyrood....
Gordon Banks: I agree wholeheartedly with my hon. Friend. There is a lot that the SNP says in Holyrood that does not bear true when put under the microscope. The Governments in Holyrood and Westminster are not focusing on policies to address unemployment. They are too distracted with their own agendas of cuts and separation. That is why one in 10 Scots are working fewer hours than they would wish to, which...
Gordon Banks: What recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on protecting the integrity of the single market.
Gordon Banks: With the Prime Minister increasingly marginalised and nobody believing a word that comes out of the Scottish First Minister’s mouth, what can the Minister do to protect the £9.7 billion of exports from Scotland to the EU, and to ensure that there is a credible single market in future?
Gordon Banks: Will the Minister give way?
Gordon Banks: Will the Minister give way, just on that point?
Gordon Banks: The hon. Gentleman’s constituency and mine share problems involving off-grid gas. Does he believe that if there were a more focused approach on paying winter fuel allowances to those in greater need, some of our constituents might be better served?
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2012, Official Report, column 412W, on procurement, if he will extend the contractual requirement that payment reaches the third tier of the supply chain within 30 days on Government construction projects to cover tiers lower than the third; and if he will make a statement.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2012, Official Report, column 690W, on public sector: procurement, what steps he has taken to tackle late payment practices as a consequence of the Mystery Shopper scheme; and if he will make a statement.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2012, Official Report, column 542W, on public sector: billing, which Departments require their contractors to have signed up to the Prompt Payment Code before they are hired; and if he will make a statement.
Gordon Banks: Thank you for that challenge, Mr Crausby. I thank you for presiding over the debate today and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow North (Ann McKechin) on securing this important debate. I am pleased to follow the previous two contributions and the rant from my neighbour, the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart). I must admit that there is significant...