Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he collates on terrorist suspects.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to make it easier to claim council tax benefit.
Dawn Butler: On stop and search, does my right hon. Friend agree that there are serious concerns about the additional powers that have been offered to the Metropolitan police, and that they need additional training? We must ensure that they are given additional training because any abuse of those powers will cause a further deterioration in race relations in this country?
Dawn Butler: Does my right hon. Friend the Minister agree that the next clause in the Bill, which talks about enforcement in schools and the ability to search pupils in schools, will probably bring about an increase in the number of prosecutions and arrests of pupils carrying knives?
Dawn Butler: I must stress that the purpose of the Bill is to curb the manufacture, import and sale of realistic imitation firearms, not toys. Although the Opposition talk about shooting on their estates, we are trying to curb the shootings that we see on our estates in the inner cities. When someone is faced with someone holding a gun to their head, and it looks real, they do not think about whether it...
Dawn Butler: If the hon. Gentleman were faced with a person with an airgun, a cricket bat or a slingshot, what would he rather they hit him with?
Dawn Butler: I have no sympathy with the hon. Gentleman’s argument. My constituency has a firearms-related incident every 17 days. The five-year minimum sentence has been working—there has been a reduction in gun crime—and the Bill addresses some of the anomalies that have come from it. We should build on the good work that the Labour Government have done in introducing the Bill. Rather than ...
Dawn Butler: The removal of subsections (4) to (8) would contradict the hon. Lady’s suggestion that the period should be increased from four to 10 years, making the sentence for carrying knives tougher. We should consider a tougher sentence for those carrying firearms. As the Minister previously explained, gun crime has reduced since the Government introduced a minimum five-year sentence. In my...
Dawn Butler: Again, I must stress that that would make the Bill far more woolly, which I know that the Liberal Democrats are not used to being. The hon. Lady’s changes would make a gaping hole in the Bill, when we should be strengthening it. The hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross stated previously that the five-year minimum sentence made him think twice about leaving a loaded gun in...
Dawn Butler: My hon. Friend the Member for North Durham (Mr. Jones) outlined some of what I wanted to say. If a person over the age of 25 who consumed a bottle of gin and went on to cause antisocial behaviour, an antisocial behaviour order or a drinking banning order would probably be imposed. The blame would not be laid on the off-licence that sold the alcohol; it would be laid on the individual who...
Dawn Butler: Does my hon. Friend agree that co-ordination is also needed as regards the delivery of apprenticeships? We need to ensure that companies that are already established in delivering skills for jobs, such as Stonebridge House, are used in the bid process.
Dawn Butler: In the context of the trade unions, will my hon. Friend join me in congratulating the GMB on the deal that it has managed to secure whereby Wembley stadium in my constituency will be built on time next year?
Dawn Butler: Is the hon. Lady suggesting that local people will not be trained and able to do the construction work and that we should spread the net wider? Surely part of the Olympic legacy should be that we ensure that local people are trained in construction and able to take well-paid jobs.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Department has to enable the police to fit mobile fingerprint technology to their vehicles.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Department will take to ensure that identity cards will not be required to be produced by those subject to stop and search, with particular reference to stop and search of black and ethnic minority individuals.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contingency plans the Department is making in the event that the identity card technology goes wrong.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment the Department has made of the extent to which the introduction of identity cards will eliminate identity theft perpetrated over the telephone.
Dawn Butler: I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the Second Reading of this important Bill. The Opposition asked whether the Bill was necessary. Yes, it is necessary. It builds on some of the toughest legislation in the world, yet only yesterday my constituency suffered another shooting incident; one person died and two people are in hospital under police supervision: so I say again, yes,...
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment what the penalties will be for UK residents who refuse to register for the proposed identity card.
Dawn Butler: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will have access to data stored in connection with identity cards.