Anna Soubry: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Anna Soubry: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way. Over the years, Nottingham city council has spent excessive money not only on political advisers for the Labour group, but on promotional publicity, foreign jaunts and the like. It is unfortunate that the Labour-run city council did not use that money—taxpayers’ money—on the very services that he now is so keen to protect.
Anna Soubry: indicated dissent.
Anna Soubry: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. It is most unfortunate that of all the local authorities in England, it is Nottingham that still refuses to publish expenditure of more than £500. One wonders what is the problem—what has Nottingham got to hide?
Anna Soubry: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will put in place mechanisms to ensure the delivery of high-quality on-demand content to households which do not wish or cannot afford to pay for subscription services.
Anna Soubry: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that small and medium-sized businesses are (a) aware of and (b) have access to financial support measures provided by his Department.
Anna Soubry: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration he has given to the designation of information and communications technology as a core subject as part of his Department's curriculum review.
Anna Soubry: What progress has been made on proposed changes to the payment of fees to criminal law barristers through the Legal Services Commission.
Anna Soubry: I know that it is not proper to talk about lawyers and fees in the same sentence, but this is an overly bureaucratic system that does not pay out, as may be familiar to many Members of this House. There are criminal barristers who have not received fees for many, many months after they have completed their work. Does the Minister agree that that is plain unfair?
Anna Soubry: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the merits of greater utilisation of (a) hydropower and (b) water wheel turbines on rivers.
Anna Soubry: What recent assessment he has made of the administrative efficiency of the student loans system.
Anna Soubry: I am very grateful to the Minister for that response and to hear of those improvements. I have had a number of complaints from families in my constituency about repeated requests for information. Will the Minister assure families in constituencies such as mine and, indeed, throughout the United Kingdom that they will not have to suffer as they have because of past inefficiencies?
Anna Soubry: Does the hon. Lady agree that this is all about political will? In Nottinghamshire, where we too have had great cuts in Government money, not only have we ensured that we do not need to close a single one of our 58 Sure Start centres, but in Awsworth in my constituency we have actually opened one. It is about political will—balancing the budget, cutting bureaucracy and getting into the...
Anna Soubry: Will the hon. Lady give way?
Anna Soubry: And those cuts would have been made if the hon. Lady’s party had been elected, because her party would have had to make cuts of at least 20%. So will she answer me this, please? How would her local council have implemented the budget had there been a Labour Government with 20%-plus cuts?
Anna Soubry: Has the hon. Lady met the vice-chancellor of Nottingham university? If she has, will she confirm that he supports the Government’s policy?