Lindsay Roy: It is a great privilege to have been elected to this Chamber and to have the opportunity this evening to make my maiden speech. The traditions of this Chamber bring many benefits—I am told that this is a prime education forum. Had I been making an address in another educational context, Members would have been subjected to the obligatory PowerPoint presentation, sometimes described as an...
Lindsay Roy: It is with a heavy heart that I present this petition on behalf of my constituent, Mrs. McPhee, and more than 7,000 signatories. When a Member of Parliament receives such a substantial petition, which was signed over the course of a few days, it must be readily apparent that the people of the constituency feel let down, disillusioned and angry. As the Member of Parliament for Glenrothes, I...
Lindsay Roy: Last week, in my constituency, I convened a meeting with construction industry representatives, representatives of all the major banks and representatives of the economic development department in the local council. Unfortunately, at that time, the bank representatives were not in a position to clarify the criteria by which new loans and guarantees through Government financial injection could...
Lindsay Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive and the Chancellor of the Exchequer on UK Government assistance for the financing of the construction of a new Forth crossing.
Lindsay Roy: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to improve the flow of credit to small businesses.
Lindsay Roy: May I ask, in the wake of Gaza, what progress my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has made on arranging the engagement of young people to make communities more resilient against violent extremism?
Lindsay Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department is spending on research on mesothelioma in 2008-09.
Lindsay Roy: My hon. Friend the Member for Ochil and South Perthshire (Gordon Banks) has rightly highlighted the crisis in the construction industry. I want to focus on one aspect: planning. Consistently in my dealings with construction company representatives, I hear the strongly held view that some local authority planning departments are caught in a time warp and have not responded to the changing...
Lindsay Roy: How many people started apprenticeships in each of the last five years.
Lindsay Roy: I thank my hon. Friend for his helpful response. I congratulate the Minister and the Labour Government on giving such a high priority to investment in apprenticeship training and on their success in continuing to increase numbers. Apprenticeship training is potentially a soft target in difficult economic times, but if we are to remain competitive and ready for the upturn, it is vital that we...
Lindsay Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the awarding of defence procurement contracts to companies operating in Fife; and if he will make a statement.
Lindsay Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to encourage people to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide emissions attributable to them.
Lindsay Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many jobs he estimates will be created in east central Scotland consequent upon the construction of the new aircraft carriers at Rosyth.
Lindsay Roy: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of the population is directly employed in defence and related industries.
Lindsay Roy: What eligibility criteria will apply to assistance under his Department's trade credit insurance scheme; and if he will make a statement.
Lindsay Roy: I congratulate the Minister on taking that initiative, which has been warmly appreciated by several businesses in my constituency. However, will my hon. Friend clarify whether the scheme applies only to the UK? If so, are there plans to extend it to overseas suppliers and customers?
Lindsay Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for Rosyth dockyard to undertake refitting of Royal Navy (a) frigates and (b) other vessels after 2012.
Lindsay Roy: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Atkinson. Is the hon. Gentleman hinting that the 50 per cent. tax regime might tempt some of the 19 millionaires in the shadow Cabinet to leave the country?
Lindsay Roy: This Government have given a clear commitment to continuing to support business and enterprise during the recession. What additional dividends does my right hon. Friend anticipate from the appointment of Sir Alan Sugar to the departmental team?
Lindsay Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department last made provision for an ex-gratia payment to a patient group affected by a product dispensed by the NHS.