Viscount Hanworth: My Lords, the report of the Select Committee on Economic Affairs conveys one startling fact. We are told in paragraph 125 of the latest available estimate of the tax gap, which for the year 2008-09 was £42 billion. The gap is defined as the difference between tax collected and the tax that should have been collected. This gap represents an enormous sum of money and one must look for ways of...
Viscount Hanworth: In the 1960s when we were digging the Victoria line tunnel I remember that we caused minimal disruption around London and that the spoil was carried away directly. Can the Minister tell us why this cannot happen in the case of the Thames Tunnel when there is an easy way of carrying the spoil away-by the river?
Viscount Hanworth: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to increase the funds available to the Student Loans Company in the light of a predicted shortfall.
Viscount Hanworth: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to restrict the number of students entering universities in the light of a predicted shortfall of funds available to the Student Loans Company.