Gary Streeter: I am pleased to be taking part in this debate about the health of our high streets and town centres. I will risk making the passing comment that to see so many colleagues here to take part in a debate with a one-line Whip suggests that there is not a lot wrong with the health of our Parliament. It is an encouraging sight. I commend my hon. Friend the Member for Nuneaton (Mr Jones) for...
Gary Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to provide support for imprisoned political activists in Belarus.
Gary Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Belarus on the case of Siarhei Kavalenka.
Gary Streeter: May I encourage the Secretary of State not to consider extending HS2 to Scotland and instead to place that investment in improving rail capacity to Plymouth and the far south-west? We are now without an airport and, as the motorway stops at Exeter, we desperately need to increase our rail connectivity to the rest of the country.
Gary Streeter: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) for securing this debate, and for the tone of her speech. She achieved the right balance between raising legitimate concerns about human rights, and reflecting a positive way forward and underlining the importance of engagement, and I warmly congratulate her. I...
Gary Streeter: The Speaker's Committee publishes annually the reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the Electoral Commission. The most recent such report (the Committee's First Report 2011) included an assessment of the Electoral Commission's expenditure on public awareness campaigns, to inform people how to register to vote, to encourage them to do...
John Bercow: Mr Gary Streeter is not here. I call Katy Clark.
Gary Streeter: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent progress he has made on reforming the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.
Gary Streeter: The Electoral Commission informs me that it estimates that at least 6 million people were not registered on Great Britain's December 2010 electoral registers. The most recent estimate of the number of people not registered in Great Britain is 8.5 million, which is based on the April 2011 electoral registers. These estimates are set out in the Commission's December 2011 report, ‘Great...
Gary Streeter: Thank you, Mr Speaker—I shall be brief. Is not one of the most important aspects of access to justice the time it takes to get a decision? Are there not still too many unnecessary adjournments in our court process, and what is the Minister doing about that?
Gary Streeter: Will the Minister commend the work of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy in Moldova, both on a party-to-party basis and in parliamentary strengthening, particularly in the run-up to the presidential election on 16 December? Is not good governance the fastest way to tackle poverty?
Gary Streeter: Order. I remind the Minister that he has until six minutes past 5.
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Gary Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to his Department's Building Stability Overseas strategy, which countries his Department has identified as priorities for early warning efforts.
Gary Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to his Department's Building Stability Overseas strategy, when he expects the first early warning report to be released.
Gary Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of potential changes to the regulation of charitable hospices as a consequence of the reforms proposed in the Health and Social Care Bill; and whether he proposes that such hospices will be subject to regulation by Monitor.
Gary Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to announce the pilot areas for the scientific culling of badgers; and what assessment she has made of the suitability of Devon as such an area.
Gary Streeter: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department has taken to reduce the burden of regulation on independent charitable hospices.
Gary Streeter: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the regulation of charitable hospices; and whether he has plans to take steps in respect of any duplication in regulation in the sector.
Gary Streeter: The location of polling stations is the responsibility of individual local authorities, not the Electoral Commission, and therefore this information is not held centrally. The Commission has recommended that Returning Officers should have the power to use any publicly owned building as a polling place. This would allow the Returning Officer a greater selection of locations for polling places,...