Mark Pawsey: What arrangements his Department is making for benefit payments to people who are unable to receive them through a bank or building society account.
Mark Pawsey: What representations he has received from the voluntary and charitable sector on his proposals to introduce payment by results for the rehabilitation of offenders.
Mark Pawsey: Rail users in Rugby will welcome the Secretary of State’s announcement about the Virgin franchise being extended on the west coast main line. Will he reassure my constituents that an extra 29 months will be enough to encourage Virgin to continue to invest in the railway?
Mark Pawsey: What steps she is taking to increase the contribution of tourism to the British economy.
Mark Pawsey: Child care is often provided by small businesses, which have to adapt when staff are away for training or because of sickness. Can the Minister confirm what effect staff absence will have on child-adult ratios?
Mark Pawsey: Does the Minister agree that today’s announcement is a further demonstration of the Government’s commitment to the principles of localism in planning, which—starting with neighbourhood plans—ensure that local communities have a greater say both when supporting and when opposing development in their areas?
Mark Pawsey: What assessment he has made of the use of electronic correspondence by the Child Support Agency.
Mark Pawsey: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
Mark Pawsey: rose—
Mark Pawsey: On employment law reform, does the Secretary of State agree that there would be a significant boost to our country’s small businesses if the cost of attending employment tribunals was reduced, given that, according to his Department, the average cost of successfully responding to and defending a claim is £6,200?
Mark Pawsey: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Mark Pawsey: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the reasons why many of our constituents are so opposed to this debate taking place is that they believe we are about to vote on military action? Of course, that is not the case, as the Prime Minister made clear today.
Mark Pawsey: Is my hon. Friend aware of the concerns of cigarette packaging manufacturers that standardised packaging will be much easier for counterfeiters to copy? There is thus a grave danger that the very people about whom he is concerned are more likely to be smoking more dangerous illicit cigarettes.
Mark Pawsey: Why is 12 months better than six months?
Mark Pawsey: On occasion, the role of the councillor is to call officers to account and there is sometimes a danger that councillors become too closely identified with the body on which they are a councillor.
Mark Pawsey: One of the concerns that has been expressed about the establishment of the GoCo is whether the commercial skills exist in the public sector to manage such a massive contract. In your experience, does the MOD have the skills to manage it?
Mark Pawsey: I want to ask about a small matter that could lead to some confusion, which is the issue of the renaming the Reserve forces: the Army Reserve will become the Regular Reserve and the Territorial Army will become the Army Reserve. What are your views about that change and the rationale behind it?
Mark Pawsey: Has the Prime Minister seen today’s BBC ICM report showing that despite reductions in spending, a majority of people think that services provided by local government, such as bin collections, parks, libraries and recycling, have got better? Does he agree that that shows we can get more for less?
Mark Pawsey: I am listening very carefully to the detail the Minister is giving. However, is not the point that if the burdens on contractors become excessive, many will be discouraged from coming forward to tender in the first instance?
Mark Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the additional cost to the UK cement industry of the cross sectoral correction factor for Phase III of the EU Emissions Trading System.