Jake Berry: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which occasions each Minister of State in his Department has been present to welcome returning submariners following a tour of duty of a Vanguard-class submarine in the last 15 years.
Jake Berry: On the small claims courts, it is interesting that we are increasing the limit from £5,000 to £15,000. Will personal injury cases now be included, and will the recovery of legal fees be precluded in all cases up to £15,000?
Jake Berry: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on which occasions each Minister of State in his Department was present to welcome returning submariners following a tour of duty of a Vanguard-class submarine in each year between 1996 and 2000; (2) on which occasions each Minister of State in his Department was present to welcome submariners returning to port following a tour of duty of a...
Jake Berry: For the past two weeks, uncontrolled moorland fires have been burning in my constituency of Belmont and Darwen. Will the Leader of the House agree to a debate on whether the ban on controlled moorland burning is increasing the prevalence of uncontrolled fires? Specifically on the fires burning in my constituency, will he join me in praising the courage of the firemen from Lancashire and...
Jake Berry: What steps he is taking to improve the transparency of bilateral and multilateral aid.
Jake Berry: I thank the Minister for his answer. Just as the Prime Minister has called on others in the G8 to live up to their promises on their aid budgets, will the Minister assure me that the Government are calling on others to increase the transparency of their spending and will he update the House on the international aid transparency initiative?
Jake Berry: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
Jake Berry: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. On behalf of the whole House, may I express a great welcome to those coming to London for the GAVI pledge drive next week? What is the Secretary of State doing to encourage people who are coming to make generous pledges for the vaccination of children in the developing world?
Jake Berry: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the efficiency savings achieved in 2011 to date.
Jake Berry: I welcome yesterday’s announcement that 10,000 tickets for the Olympics will be made available free of charge to members of our armed forces. Will the Minister update the House on who else will benefit from the ticket share scheme and, specifically, on whether it will help school children in my constituency?
Jake Berry: The previous Government’s failure to regulate the banks led to a crisis in that sector. Is the national disgrace of Southern Cross, to which Members of all parties have referred, caused by a similar dereliction of duty through their failure to regulate the care sector?
Jake Berry: My constituents will welcome the Secretary of State’s announcement that more life sentences will be available to judges when dealing with serious, repeat and violent offenders. What offences that will cover and, specifically, which repeat offences will eventually carry the life tariff?
Jake Berry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the NHS takes to reclaim assistance equipment loaned to patients on discharge from hospital and out-patient clinics at the end of its use; which NHS trusts (a) reclaim and (b) reissue equipment; and what the cost to the NHS was of issuing such equipment in (i) 2009 and (ii) 2010.
Jake Berry: The Secretary of State has correctly indicated that these new, legally binding and strengthened undertakings will be enshrined in the new company’s articles of association. He will of course be aware that a shareholder resolution can change the articles of association of any company, wherever it is registered, so what additional protections will be put in place to stop that happening?
Jake Berry: What recent assessment he has made of the threat to security in Northern Ireland posed by residual terrorist groups.
Jake Berry: Does my right hon. Friend agree that close co-operation between the PSNI, the Garda, and Ministers here, in Belfast and in Dublin, is essential in combating the ongoing terrorist threat? Will he join me in congratulating the Garda on its recent discovery of an arms cache and arrests in County Louth?
Jake Berry: On Tuesday, LVMH, which produces perhaps some of the Minister’s favourite luxury brands of Louis Vuitton and Moët Hennessy, signed the “woman on the board pledge for Europe”. Will the Minister update us on what steps he will take to encourage British business to sign this pledge, and does he agree that increasing the representation of women on British boards is a matter of necessity,...
Jake Berry: What steps he is taking to prevent disagreements between parents in their dealings with the Child Support Agency.
Jake Berry: People in Rossendale and Darwen who deal with the CSA tell me that they find that the CSA’s approach creates trouble in what is already a strained relationship. Will the Minister please update the House about the practical steps that are to be taken to introduce a more conciliatory approach?
Jake Berry: Unlike prisoners, those detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, including Ian Brady and Peter Sutcliffe, are entitled to receive incapacity benefit. Will the Minister tell the House what the Government intend to do about that?