Clive Lewis: This is a fantastic debate. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) for the hard and tireless work he has done on this issue. Many of us in this House, on both sides of the Chamber, do not see pensions as a burden but as an expression of collective solidarity among generations. We are proud of pensions—they are part of the glue of a civilised society...
Clive Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Alternative Payment Arrangements have been agreed by (a) constituent part of the UK, (b) English region and (c) parliamentary constituency to date; and how many of those arrangements relate to universal credit payments being made to claimants fortnightly as opposed to the monthly in arrears standard.
Clive Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what analysis her Department has undertaken to assess the viability of making Cambridge a joint Tech Nation cluster with Norwich?
Clive Lewis: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the Valuation Office Agency offices that are being considered for closure under the office closure programme.
Clive Lewis: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff are employed at each office of the Valuation Office Agency.
Clive Lewis: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of staff at the Valuation Office Agency are within the scope of the redundancy programme.
Clive Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the pass mark for the International English Language Test for doctors and nurses was last reviewed; and when he next plans to review the pass mark.
Clive Lewis: The former commission was valued across the political spectrum for its independent advice. Can the Minister assure us that in contrast to Norwich’s social mobility opportunity board, where a crony has been appointed, he will consider allowing a Select Committee to appoint someone to this public position?
Clive Lewis: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. Although I accept that this debate on Yemen is worthy and important, the two debates that come afterwards—one of which, on RBS and the Global Restructuring Group, I am sponsoring—are also critical. A lot of people on both sides of the House want to speak in the debate that I am sponsoring, and the guillotine as it is today will leave...
Clive Lewis: I believe the expression is, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”.
Clive Lewis: It is not so much that the administrator would need to keep the public informed of every step they were taking, but that if the public, MPs or parliamentarians or others were interested, they would have access to the information to ensure that lessons could be learned in the future, if they felt that that was a requirement. Rather than the administrator giving out the information, it would be...
Clive Lewis: A cartel.
Clive Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are in place to determine whether British-born ISIS combatants have surrendered following the fall of Mosul and Raqqa.
Clive Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are in place to determine whether any British-born ISIS combatants have surrendered as a result of the fall of Mosul and Raqqa.
Clive Lewis: Having listened to the amendment moved by my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak, I think he is articulating a market failure. I am listening to you quite carefully.
Clive Lewis: I apologise. It seems to me that the Minister is ignoring the fact that many of these meters are being switched to being dumb meters. Therefore it seems that this system is not working and the market is failing. The Minister may say that the market is working, but it is not, because so many meters are being switched to being dumb meters.
Clive Lewis: Q In terms of the versatility of the smart metering data that you touched on, Richard, it was quite sobering to hear you say that that has never worked for you. We can probably quite accurately talk to suppliers about the build and so on, but I am thinking of all the other things, such as the heating being attached to movement sensors so that it goes off when you leave the house and, by...
Clive Lewis: Q Does it need it?
Clive Lewis: Q When we talk about something that is at the heart of the demand side of the fourth industrial revolution, I guess you would expect us to be planning some years ahead to be able to make use of emerging technologies. What you seem to be saying at the moment is that this Bill does not do that. It is quite limited in its purview.
Clive Lewis: My question follows on from that. In terms of your own organisation, when does your contract run out for what you are doing?Q