Chris Evans: My hon. Friend knows that TNT has a terrible track record on employee relations. If it takes over Royal Mail, will productivity be affected in terms of worker happiness?
Chris Evans: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Chris Evans: Does the hon. Gentleman not think that the best thing would be to offer Royal Mail a mutualisation, as has happened with Post Office Ltd ?
Chris Evans: I hear what my hon. Friend says. Does he not agree that for a mutual to be successful, it needs to have a viable business plan, which the Bill does not include?
Chris Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent assessment is of the potential effect on retail prices of implementation of the change in the rate of VAT to 20 per cent.
Chris Evans: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Caton I want to pick up the point that my right hon. Friend the Member for Delyn made about the Postal Services Bill. There has been speculation that TNT or Deutsche Post could take over the running of the Royal Mail through a wholesale privatisation of the service. What effect would that have on the European Court of Justice’s judgment,...
Chris Evans: I return again to the Postal Services Bill, in which it is proposed that Post Office Ltd and the Royal Mail should be separate companies, with Royal Mail being privatised and the Post Office remaining—there are suggestions that it could be run as a mutual or remain in public hands. If the proposal goes through, will it have any effect on the clause?
Chris Evans: When the Minister says “part of a home”, what does he mean? How would he define that? Does the part of a home being used as a business have to be prescribed?
Chris Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a cap on the annual percentage rate that commercial companies can charge customers on unsecured loans.
Chris Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the (a) administrative cost to and (b) change in the level of business for the retail industry of the proposed increase in the rate of VAT to 20 per cent.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps his Department has taken to assist unemployed people aged over 55 years into employment.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many local Jobcentre Plus offices were (a) opened, (b) relocated and (c) closed in each of the last five years.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements his Department has in place to assess the basic skills of benefit claimants.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce unemployment for 18 to 24 year olds.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the (a) leadership and (b) political objectives of the Burmese government.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment his Department has made of the ease with which people with disabilities can complete application forms for disability benefits.
Chris Evans: I do not profess to be a taxation expert, but, like many members of the Committee, I received a brief this morning from the Chartered Institute of Taxation highlighting its concern about the application of the new rules for distribution in specie, not in cash. The brief provides a number of examples that demonstrate how the Bill is insufficiently clear. Unless the Minister wants me to bore...
Chris Evans: As one south Wales MP to another, I would like to say that it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Caton. On the 2,550 companies that the Minister has mentioned, I would like to ask what type of companies are benefiting from the scheme and which sector is benefiting the most. Also, what assessment, if any, is being made of the impact of the scheme on the high-risk companies and...
Chris Evans: On another related point, about the mackerel wars, I do not think that the Bill should be presented in isolation from the world view. We have already seen that theoretically the Government want to close loopholes. Theoretically the measure could aid Norwegian and Icelandic seafarers. In view of the fact that it is a live issue, we should not act as if we are isolated from it. Have there...
Chris Evans: Does not my hon. Friend think that “seafarer” is too general in this case? Perhaps we should be more specific about what a seafarer is. I think that he was developing that point, so I shall leave it there.