Dawn Butler: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what progress has been made with the work of the Ethnic Minority Employment Task Force.
Dawn Butler: Does my right hon. Friend agree that we are still clearing up the mess of the Tory years? Although they have acknowledged that privatisation of the railways was a mistake, that does not help to make stations safer, so will my right hon. Friend assure me that the new franchises will be awarded only to companies that put safety first and people before profit?
Dawn Butler: I agree strongly with my hon. Friend and with my hon. Friend the Member for Islington, North (Jeremy Corbyn), who said that we should consider doing all the work under phase 1, especially given that the Olympics are so near. Given the Olympics, Wembley and even the line from Queen's Park to Stratford, does my hon. Friend the Member for Battersea (Martin Linton) agree that the extension of...
Dawn Butler: Does my hon. Friend agree that having a single operator would mean that stations would be safer and that secure stations accreditation could be more easily rolled out along the network?
Dawn Butler: I wish to present a petition on behalf of 5,000 individuals who are concerned about security at railway stations. At present, too few stations are staffed during the hours of operation, and many have inadequate CCTV or even help points. Too few have functioning ticket barriers during the hours of operation. The petitioners call on the rail companies to recognise their responsibility for...
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the forecast costs are of each Highways Agency major roads project; (2) what steps he is taking to tackle the effects of increasing construction material and energy prices on major transport projects.
Dawn Butler: I agree that we should be honest about the debate. Part of the reason why death rates for cancer and heart disease are falling is that our Government have set targets—[Hon. Members: "Ah."]—Yes, targets. There is faster treatment: 99 per cent. of people diagnosed with cancer receive treatment within four weeks of diagnosis. Will the hon. Gentleman tell us whether his policies will reflect...
Dawn Butler: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will introduce proposals to impose a duty on local authorities to report to the Electoral Commission breaches of the requirement on local election candidates to return the relevant election expenses forms.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any funds have been made available to support access to sanitary products for the Zimbabwe women campaign.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether persons extradited from the UK to the US may be tried only in US courts.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the provisions of the extradition treaty between the UK and the US to be fully implemented by the United States of America.
Dawn Butler: rose—
Dawn Butler: I am bemused by some of the arguments that we are hearing in relation to the communications allowance. It depends on whether we consider ourselves constituency MPs who communicate with our constituents, or Members who just sit in the House and spout Opposition arguments. Those of us who are constituency MPs communicate with our constituents as much as we can, as many times as we can. An...
Dawn Butler: Does my hon. Friend agree that while part of our job is to be here, it is also our job to ascertain our constituents' views and air them in Westminster?
Dawn Butler: That is fair enough.
Dawn Butler: Does my hon. Friend agree that special Committees are also an important way of engaging the public with our legislative process? An evidence-based system helps them to feel more connected to Parliament, and more a part of any legislation that we produce here.
Dawn Butler: The Youth Parliament is seeking a debate in the House of Commons. The national Youth Parliament includes all the schools from around the UK. That might be planned for the recess.
Dawn Butler: On a point of clarification, I understand that the hon. Gentleman supports the amendment tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick). I followed my hon. Friend's arguments, but I find it a little difficult to follow the hon. Gentleman's argument. Is he suggesting that the House should sit in September, but that Members should be able to choose whether to attend,...
Dawn Butler: As a member of the Modernisation Committee, I felt it important that I should contribute to the debate, if only briefly. At times it seemed as if some members of the Committee were there to ensure that we did not take modernisation too far. I want to discuss an issue that has not been dealt with so far—the section of the report dealing with information technology—but before doing so I...
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the evidential requirements for extradition to the United States from the United Kingdom are the same as those for extradition to the United Kingdom from the United States.