Julian Huppert: I will give way once on this issue.
Julian Huppert: The hon. Gentleman ought to get his facts right. The Cambridge university trust put in a bid—it was the sixth last to do so—but then withdrew because the cost of the tendering process under the right hon. Member for Leigh was far too high. It did not have a partnership with Serco. The hon. Gentleman should check the facts and check the record. The trust was driven out by the tendering....
Julian Huppert: The hon. Gentleman can intervene if he wants to talk about why PFI is a great thing, but otherwise I will move on. The Government have been too slow to move to the new formula, which properly takes account of ageing populations. We know that the elderly cost more in terms of health care. Cambridgeshire receives £961 per head, whereas West Norfolk, for example, receives £1,255. That is a...
Julian Huppert: My right hon. Friend is right, of course, and I pay tribute to him for the work he has done on this and on many other health measures. We must ensure that that integration happens so things work together and that is why token amounts such as a couple of billion pounds from the Conservatives, who need to go a lot further, and the £2.5 billion across health and social care from Labour—and by...
Julian Huppert: I will not highlight the right hon. Gentleman’s role in tripling tuition fees. The shadow Secretary of State said that, when he came into office—this is part of his defence— he got rid of the pro-privatisation agenda that he inherited. Who does the right hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Alan Johnson) believe the shadow Secretary of State was criticising in that comment?
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to encourage local authorities to participate in the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme.
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary school teachers in each parliamentary constituency in the East of England have a science degree.
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the shared accommodation rate reflects the real cost of renting shared accommodation.
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will consult representatives from the compostable plastic bags industry as part of her Department's review of industry standards for the biodegradability of plastic material; and on how many occasions (a) Ministers and (b) officials have met representatives of (i) oxo-biodegradable and (ii) compostable plastic bag...
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the loss of state funding by the ACRE Network on that organisation's ability to deliver support to rural communities.
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to ensure that students undertaking a level 6 diploma in professional dance are consistently regarded as being in higher or further education for the purpose of housing benefit and access to student loans and financial support.
Julian Huppert: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate. Does he welcome, as I do, the suspension of the investor-state dispute settlement section of the negotiations, and does that hopefully mean that we can be in a better place, without some of the concerns to which he has correctly alluded?
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria are employed to assess applicants for personal independent payments (PIPs); and what steps are being taken to ensure that those in need do not lose access to the payment following the switchover from disability living allowance to PIPs.
Julian Huppert: The Prime Minister made a proposal not to allow any online communications that could not be intercepted. That would cause huge problems for anyone who relies on secure online transactions for banking, shopping or anything else, and would jeopardise Britain’s reputation as a good and safe place to do business. Is that genuinely what the Home Secretary wants to do? Does she really want to...
Julian Huppert: The Secretary of State talks about the outcome for the applicant, but it has been put to me by a number of organisations, particularly environmental organisations, that when they bring a judicial review, they do not do so on their own behalf. Is there a standing test, or does he not expect this to be a problem—that they will be able to go ahead if there is likely to be a substantial...
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to raise awareness of mesothelioma and its cause by (a) exposure to asbestos and (b) other causes.
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what comparative assessment she has made of the drug-induced mortality rate in (a) Sweden, (b) Portugal and (c) the UK.
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government has plans to set up an alternative to the EU Internal Security fund to facilitate cross-border crime prevention for the period 2014-20.
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time is that the Home Office Visas and Immigration section is taking to respond to decisions taken by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in the last 12 months; and in how many cases a response is outstanding.
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to protect the independence of the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office.