Dawn Butler: The Bill does not give the police any extra powers. However, does my hon. Friend agree that although the police will not be allowed to stop someone and request an ID card on spec, the Bill does not stipulate that they cannot stop someone and ask for biometrics on spec? I hope that he can he confirm that they cannot do so under the Bill, as it would result in an electronic form of the sus laws...
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government plan to take to ensure that no undue arrests are made under the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill once that Bill becomes law.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what post-legislative work has been planned to assess the effectiveness of the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition he uses of recklessness in the context of religious hatred.
Dawn Butler: In my constituency, we recently had a tragic murder when Tom ap Rhys Price was killed close to Kensal Green station, which was unstaffed. Will my right hon. Friend condemn the rail companies for not investing more of their profit into ensuring that stations are properly staffed? Will he also congratulate the Mayor of London on committing an extra 89 British Transport police officers to staff...
Dawn Butler: Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is disappointing that the Conservatives made no mention in their manifesto of matching the Government's commitment of £350 million to ensure free bus travel for disabled and elderly people?
Dawn Butler: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Dawn Butler: What assessment he has made of the economic effects of the new deal for young people.
Dawn Butler: In my constituency, 3,699 young people have participated in the new deal, with 1,200 of them obtaining sustainable employment. Scrapping the new deal would have a detrimental effect on those young people, who are finally finding a means to work their way out of poverty. Will my right hon. Friend assure me that we have no intentions of scrapping the new deal?
Dawn Butler: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government are taking to ensure that (a) queries and (b) representations on all four strands of equality are dealt with consistently; and, where different procedures apply, what the reasons are for such differences.
Dawn Butler: The Minister talked about a review headed by Trevor Phillips. Can she give the House an assurance that prominent black and Asian minority ethnic communities and groups that work on race equality issues such as the Greater London authority, the 1990 Trust and Operation Black Vote, to name but a few, will be consulted?
Dawn Butler: As my hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, East (Keith Vaz) said, who will carry the mantle of race equalities? The establishments that he named—the National Assembly Against Racism, Operation Black Vote and the Greater London assembly—are based in London and have regular meetings with key stakeholders. If this strand is to be effective, it must have strong, cohesive links in London.
Dawn Butler: Equal pay, with men and women paid equally, would improve the economy. Do not the new compassionate Conservatives believe that equality and eliminating discrimination are worth it?
Dawn Butler: Does my hon. Friend agree that if the CEHR is set up without any black or women commissioners, it will have no credibility at all when it comes to being able to represent race or sex issues effectively?
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to monitor the operation by the police of detentions and arrests under the Terrorism Acts.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to monitor the impact of the effects of the implementation of the Terrorism Acts (a) on the different ethnic groups and (b) on race relations.
Dawn Butler: Will my hon. Friend join me in congratulating North West London college, which has ensured that the skills gap for plumbers is filled by advertising those jobs to females?
Dawn Butler: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Dawn Butler: Is it not a well-known fact that the public would like Parliament to be more representative of society as a whole? Surely the Labour party is to be congratulated on trying to ensure, through all-women shortlists, that we have more equality on this side of the House.
Dawn Butler: I, too, was extremely disappointed with the Opposition's attempts to remove the mandatory five-year sentence. With a constituency such as mine, where we have a firearms-related incident every 17 days on average, the removal of such sentences would be absolutely detrimental to the good work that the police are doing in ensuring that gun crime is reduced. We should act responsibly when the...