Chris Evans: My major concern, as I said in my intervention, is about the definition of a seafarer. The hon. Member for Strangford referred to share fishermen and there are all sorts of definitions that cover everything. Could the Minister define exactly what he means by seafarer as there needs to be a clear definition of the people who will be affected? I am deeply concerned about mackerel wars. The...
Chris Evans: Will the hon. Gentleman take up the suggestion made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Delyn that we have a five-minute suspension so that the matter can be considered by the usual channels?
Chris Evans: The scheduling is unfortunate because we are at an important time economically—we have not only the CSR but the defence review. I have a major contractor in my constituency, so I would like to be involved in that debate. Does the Minister have any views on that?
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the average percentage of pensioners' energy bills which will be met by the winter fuel allowance in (a) the UK, (b) Wales and (c) Islwyn constituency in 2010-11.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the situation of Christian communities in Burma.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what aims and objectives his Department has set for its policy on Burma.
Chris Evans: I have been sitting here waiting to speak for an hour or two. Those affected by the tragedy of contaminated blood and blood products have been waiting for justice for more than 25 years. I do not have to tell anyone that living with haemophilia is hard. My own cousin was affected by the condition, and when I think of him now I always think of him with a smile on his face. He was always...
Chris Evans: What recent representations he has received on access to finance for small businesses.
Chris Evans: Atega Business Solutions, a new business start-up based in my constituency, tells me that part funding is available to it, but that in most cases it has to spend 100% of the cost before it is eligible to claim back 50%, which deters it from applying. What advice would the Minister give to Atega to secure funding when money is tight?
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effect of his proposed cancer drugs fund on patients with gastric cancer.
Chris Evans: As this is the third Finance Bill that we have debated in the House this year, one could say that Finance Bills are a bit like buses: you wait for one to come along and three arrive at once. Even though this is a dry and technical Bill, it does have some merits. My primary concern is the failure to put in place a plan for growth. Throughout this debate, we must remember that economists cannot...
Chris Evans: What steps he is taking to support businesses to make the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Chris Evans: Given the importance of the UK in establishing a strong foothold in the international green economy and the creation of green jobs nationally, is a £34 million cut in funding for low-carbon technology really appropriate?
Chris Evans: I shall also use the example of the Mayor of London. Does the Minister agree that that is a political appointment? The concern expressed when I have spoken to the Gwent police authority is that the police force is being politicised. Politics does not have a role in modern-day policing.
Chris Evans: I thank the Minister for giving way, as I know that time is of the essence. If an extremist should be elected, would there be a mechanism to remove that person?
Chris Evans: Does my hon. Friend agree that only a political party would be able to fund a campaign to elect a police commissioner? We would therefore have the madness of people voting for their Labour or Conservative candidate for police commissioner.
Chris Evans: What recent assessment he has made of the provision of mental health care for members of the armed forces and for veterans.
Chris Evans: I thank the Minister for that response. Given that he implied on BBC "File on 4" in June that he does not believe people should be screened for mental health problems, will he give an assurance that the Government are still committed to a compulsory mental health check for people on discharge from the services?
Chris Evans: If local people in Islwyn and others throughout the country were to draw up a wish list, I am sure that a request for more police officers would be at the top of it. If police officers are seen on the beat, the public not only are seen to be protected, but feel protected. It is an absolute duty of the Government to protect the public through investment in our police service and by building...
Chris Evans: On the question of accountability, the point that I am driving at is that we will be electing a politician, and I envisage-indeed, I am sure-that only political parties will be able to fund a campaign for the post of police commissioner. I cannot see an ordinary person from the community having the money or the resources to become a police commissioner, so the measure will only introduce...