Dawn Butler: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether her Department has made a recent assessment of (a) any alternative fee systems and (b) graduated fee systems for legal aid; and if she will make a statement.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the introduction of fixed fees for legal aid on (a) people from ethnic minorities, (b) people with disabilities and (c) young people.
Dawn Butler: Does the hon. Gentleman think that if a Mayor failed to deliver any affordable housing in London, they would be democratically re-elected at the next election?
Dawn Butler: On that point concerning ambition, does my hon. Friend agree that climate change is paramount to renewable energies and that the Mayor’s idea of renewable fuels fuelling London buses is a way of showing the thinking of the future?
Dawn Butler: I want to make a brief contribution to the debate as my hon. Friend the Member for Regent’s Park and Kensington, North covered many of the main points. Brent is ranked in the top 10 of the worst performing boroughs for recycling. In 2004-05, under a Labour administration, Brent was collecting around 8 per cent. By 2006, that had increased to 20 per cent. The hon. Member for Carshalton and...
Dawn Butler: Well, actually it is. In Brent, the administration is known as the “Fib Dem-Con” administration because of all the promises it makes but fails to deliver. Recycling is a case in point, because the “Fib Dem-Con” campaign promised to double the amount of recycling collection achieved by the Labour administration. As a result, Brent went from a record 20 per cent. to 20.2 per cent. Last...
Dawn Butler: My hon. Friend makes the point that I was going to make.
Dawn Butler: My hon. Friend reminds me that the fib Dems are no friends of ours, and I quite agree. However, the hon. Member for Lewes raised the point that I was going to make about the Oyster card, the increase in buses and the increase in their usage. I thank him for raising those points and for being a little more balanced in his arguments.
Dawn Butler: I, too, signed that early-day motion, but does my hon. Friend not agree that we should wait until Sir Michael Lyons, who is leading a high-level inquiry into local government reform, publishes his report before we approve hastily drafted legislation?
Dawn Butler: We all agree that we must work to achieve safe, healthy and sustainable communities. The Road Traffic Act 1991 devolved parking enforcement to local authorities. In Brent, the new Lib Dem-Tory administration decided to send a battalion of traffic wardens out on new year's day to issue hundreds of parking tickets. Local councillors Bobby Thomas, James Powney and Bertha Joseph, and a local...
Dawn Butler: I thank my hon. Friend for being so generous in giving way. Is he aware that in my Brent constituency, the Lib Dem-Tory administration is known as the "Fib-Dem-Cons" on account of all the promises it has made but failed to deliver?
Dawn Butler: Does my hon. Friend agree that councils do not necessarily need action plans to begin to regenerate their communities? The previous Labour administration in Brent began a regeneration of Wembley that created thousands of jobs in the area, so action can extend beyond the action plans cited by the Bill.
Dawn Butler: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the expected reduction of the number of British troops in Iraq is a better way forward, and does he, like me, hope that the Minister for the Middle East will give the House an assurance that Britain will continue to support the reconstruction of Iraq by providing the Iraqi Government with non-military assistance?
Dawn Butler: The proposed oil law is indeed a bit suspicious. Does my hon. Friend also share my concern as to whether the big conglomerates such as BP and Shell will invest in the necessary infrastructure and in fair wages for normal Iraqi citizens?
Dawn Butler: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will support the establishment of a one minute silence for those who died as a result of the slave trade.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will support the creation of an annual day of commemoration of the abolition of the slave trade.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much from the European social fund was spent on projects based in London in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; and how much is planned to be spent in 2007;
Dawn Butler: Does my right hon. Friend agree that investment in housing and social housing is important to helping people get on to the housing ladder? That is especially important in my constituency, where average earnings are around £20,000. What would be the effect on the social housing budget if overall public expenditure were to be reduced by the implementation of a third fiscal rule?
Dawn Butler: To ask the Solicitor-General what proposals he has for the prevention and prosecution of fraud.
Dawn Butler: I thank my right hon. Friend for her statement, and I would like to say how important it is to keep stressing the part of the Olympics that money cannot buy—not just the legacy, but the hopes, aspirations and dreams of many young people, especially in my constituency of Brent, South. I thank the Secretary of State for coming to the opening of the Willesden sports centre. We hope that at...