Robert Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many zero-emission buses will be purchased using the £335 million allocated in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 for this purpose.
Robert Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the £355 million allocated in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 for zero-emission buses, when he expects production of these buses to begin.
Robert Goodwill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the EU's common positions ahead of the WHO’s Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products; and whether the UK delegation plans to support those positions at that meeting in November.
Robert Goodwill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what positions the UK Government plans to take on the agenda items being discussed at the WHO Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products in November 2021; and if he will make a statement.
Robert Goodwill: I recently received a letter from a local bakery which is desperate for 30 people to come and work there. In fact we have hundreds of jobs, in hospitality, agriculture, social care and food processing. While it is disappointing that the Scottish Administration are not creating jobs for people in Rutherglen and Hamilton West, does the Minister agree that those people should come to places in...
Robert Goodwill: I thank the Minister, because everyone else has been thanked. He had not been long in his position when the Committee started, and he has shown tremendous skill and adeptness. I am pleased indeed that he recovered from the dodgy prawn he had the other week, which caused the Whip to have to stand in. The Minister started his career as my PPS, and I like to say that I taught him everything he...
Robert Goodwill: Does the Minister agree that in many cases under the Dublin regulation, children were placed with quite distant relatives here in the UK who they had never met, when their families and parents were in the country from whence they had fled because it was they who had paid the people traffickers to get the children to the UK?
Robert Goodwill: Does the Minister, who is also the Rail Minister, agree that a key element of any cycling and walking plan should be better parking provision for cycles at railway stations?
Robert Goodwill: I very much welcome the Minister’s answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough (Andrew Jones), outlining the good news in the Budget on the delivery of more buses towards our target of 4,000 zero-emission buses. There are three manufacturers here in the UK that can deliver these buses, including one with a production line in Scarborough. Will the Minister give me a...
Robert Goodwill: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Robert Goodwill: Does the hon. Gentleman also appreciate that we may need to generate large amounts of hydrogen, or indeed use nuclear energy for direct carbon capture, and perhaps synthesise jet fuel in that way?
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Robert Goodwill: Well, I could say a few words if we have time. [Interruption.] Oh, he’s here now.
Robert Goodwill: Surely what the hon. Gentleman says defies logic. If we are going to give visas to nationals of a particular country and we know there is a risk they may overstay, surely we can be more generous and more engaged with that country if we know that those overstayers can be removed. In the case of visas, we will have biometric data, so that there is no doubt about a person’s identity.
Robert Goodwill: It might help some of these countries if we did not plunder their health professionals, who have trained at the expense of that country, and actually trained our own instead.
Robert Goodwill: I have just had a look at the NHS website and it says that having an X-ray is equivalent to one or two days of background radiation. If someone takes a short-haul flight, the amount of radiation they are likely to be exposed to is probably more than an X-ray, particularly if it is on a limb and not on the main body.
Robert Goodwill: The hon. Member is very generous in giving way. Is he saying, in effect, that in every case we should take the person’s word for how old they are and treat them as children, even if there is scientific evidence that they may be many years older than 18?
Robert Goodwill: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that new clause 32 makes amendment 150 superfluous, as it talks about the scientific input into age determination?
Robert Goodwill: Does the hon. Gentleman not agree that there are incentives for adults to pass themselves off as children? If the age assessment is done incorrectly, the result could be adults being placed in schools or local authority care, putting children at risk.
Robert Goodwill: I understand the point that the hon. Gentleman is trying to make, but I am worried that he is saying, “Well, we’ll give a lot of people the benefit of the doubt”, which could result in large numbers of adults being placed in settings that are appropriate for children. Surely he is aware that since the 2003 case, age assessments have been Merton compliant. Any actions that the Government...