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Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that private finance initiative projects for which her Department is responsible create the minimum of environmental damage.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment is made (a) of the environmental impact and (b) against sustainable development criteria of bids for contracts awarded by her Department; who is responsible for making such assessments; and whether these assessments are published.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to fund the maintenance of the Central Point of Expertise on Timber within the Department.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the refurbishment projects in her Department that (a) are in progress and (b) will start in the next six months; what action is being taken to ensure that these will procure timber from legal and sustainable sources; and whether guidance will be issued to contractors on each of these projects on ensuring that the...
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department's procurement policy covers timber used on and in the construction of departmental building projects; and if she will make a statement.
Division number 8 - 5 yes, 8 no Voting yes: Adam Afriyie, Don Foster, Andrew Selous, Jo Swinson, Hugo Swire Voting no: Adrian Bailey, Richard Caborn, Jim Devine, Natascha Engel, Andrew Gwynne, Tom Harris, John Mann, Emily Thornberry
Division number 11 - 5 yes, 9 no Voting yes: Adam Afriyie, Don Foster, Jo Swinson, Hugo Swire, Andrew Turner Voting no: Adrian Bailey, Richard Caborn, Jim Devine, Natascha Engel, Andrew Gwynne, Tom Harris, John Mann, Jamie Reed, Emily Thornberry
Division number unknown - 9 yes, 6 no Voting yes: Adrian Bailey, Richard Caborn, Jim Devine, Natascha Engel, Andrew Gwynne, Tom Harris, John Mann, Jamie Reed, Emily Thornberry Voting no: Adam Afriyie, Don Foster, Andrew Selous, Jo Swinson, Hugo Swire, Andrew Turner
Jo Swinson: .... Earlier this week, the hon. Member for East Devon and I had the good fortune to be at the conference of the Museums Association. Its representative, Judy Aitken, put it very well in the Museums Journal of August 2005: “The killer fact is that lottery money is not public or government money. It belongs to those who play the lottery and they should be more involved in decision making and...
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what account of sustainable development her Department requires to be taken by its (a) executive agencies, (b) advisory non-departmental bodies, (c) executive non-departmental bodies, (d) tribunals, (e) public corporations and (f) other bodies.
Don Foster: ...spend money on the national lottery a good indication of where the money goes. Indeed, I would encourage them to do so. The Committee will recall my hon. Friend the Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson), whom I welcome to her place despite the interruptions, pointing out that, sadly, the public are misinformed about how lottery money is used. If, as we shall debate later, there are...
Division number 14 - 2 yes, 10 no Voting yes: Hugo Swire, Andrew Turner Voting no: Adrian Bailey, Richard Caborn, Jim Devine, Natascha Engel, Don Foster, Tom Harris, John Mann, Jamie Reed, Jo Swinson, Emily Thornberry
Don Foster: ...to say against me and I look forward to hearing it. The Minister said on Second Reading—[Interruption.] I have lost the quote. I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson) for drawing my attention to it. I should stick to the brief then I would know where I was. The Minister said on Second Reading: “these matters were part of the wide consultation...
Jo Swinson: Some of the difficulties with the current system of election to the Scottish Parliament have been described eloquently by the hon. Gentleman. Does he agree that there is a simple solution to the problem? It is to elect for the Scottish Parliament through a single transferable vote in constituencies that maintain the constituency link, while ensuring a degree of proportionality.
Jo Swinson: Will the Minister give way?
Jo Swinson: Does the Minister agree that, rather than introducing drinking banning orders and such measures to tackle the problem of binge drinking, it would make more sense to allow other measures time to work before opening up bars and clubs to 24-hour drinking?
Jo Swinson: The hon. Gentleman talked about someone going to 10 pubs and having one drink in each. Does he agree that it is likely that the landlord of the 10th pub is being less responsible because the chances are—it depends on the individual's tolerance—that by that point the individual is already intoxicated and selling alcohol to them is already an offence? Does he agree that enforcing the...
Jo Swinson: Given that there are 13,000 deaths each year as a result of smoking and many more thousands of people suffer illnesses as a result of the harmful effects of tobacco smoke, does the Secretary of State agree that the smoking ban in public places in Scotland will improve public health and that a healthier work force must therefore be good for the economy?
Jo Swinson: I am pleased to introduce the debate on this important topic. It is particularly timely, given the World Trade Organisation ministerial meeting scheduled for next month in Hong Kong. I am sure hon. Members will agree that the international issues of poverty, aid, debt relief and trade justice captured the public's imagination in 2005. The high-profile Make Poverty History campaign has rightly...
Jo Swinson: I add my congratulations to the hon. Gentleman on securing this important debate. He mentioned the importance of GMES and UK space policy for helping to tackle climate change and for environmental monitoring. Does he agree that it is surprising that the UK Government are considering contributing only £3 million when a UK contribution of £11 million is required to fund GMES properly?