David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government has any plans to introduce a mandatory retirement age for prison officers.
David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government has plans to lower the pension age for prison officers from 67 to 60.
David Morris: I am concerned about the way the Boundary Commission is operating its consultation, because 5,957 respondents—96% of all people consulted in Morecambe and Lunesdale—said they wanted to keep Morecambe and Lunesdale intact. Both parties agree that the communities of Lancaster and Morecambe should be kept separate, and since then more than 1,000 more submissions have been put in.
David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the former Skerton High School site is used for educational purposes.
David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will make an assessment of the effect of riparian ownership laws on the number and extent of cases of flooding; and whether there are plans to transfer ownership of culverts with the potential to cause flooding to (a) the Environment Agency or (b) local authorities.
David Morris: What steps he is taking to modernise the court system.
David Morris: Part of the problem with the courts system is that the lay person does not understand the jargon. Will my right hon. Friend examine how we can improve communication within the system so that the ordinary man on the street can understand what is going on in court proceedings?
David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether Morecambe and Lunesdale will be eligible for funding from the additional £76 million announced for flood defence schemes in the Autumn Budget; what the (a) qualifiying criteria and (b) process for application for that funding will be; and if he will make a statement.
David Morris: Homelessness is a very complex issue, and I am sure that everyone in the House agrees that it is something that we should not be facing. What discussions has my right hon. Friend had across Government Departments on, for instance, mental health, which is always identified as an issue in homelessness?
David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the increase is in the (a) size of the mental health staff workforce and (b) number of professionally qualified clinical mental health staff employed since 2010.
David Morris: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HGV companies have successfully applied for a bespoke allowance agreement since HM Revenue and Customs changes for overnight allowances for HGV drivers.
David Morris: There is no reason.
David Morris: Will the hon. Lady give way?
David Morris: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I did not expect to be called so early. I am a little at a loss about what we are trying to achieve here: is this about tax evasion or is it about offshore companies? The reality is that offshore companies are legal entities, and a lot of them, especially across the Commonwealth countries and the overseas territories, have been set up using HMRC guidelines....
David Morris: I would like to ask the right hon. Lady why her family firm, Stemcor, is famous for paying virtually no tax.
David Morris: What estimate he has made of the number of claimants applying for universal credit advance payments.
David Morris: I am keen to ensure that advance payments are made to my constituents in need, which is why I see the jobcentre and the citizens advice bureau, one after the other, every month. Does the Minister agree that the Labour party should start acting responsibly and join me in encouraging constituents to apply for this additional help, and tone down the political rhetoric, which could deter...
David Morris: indicated assent.