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Andrew Bridgen: May we have an urgent debate on the size of the national debt, and will the Leader of the House please ensure that it is wide enough to look at historical trends in its growth? Those trends will show that when the Leader of the Opposition was born, national debt stood at £612 per person in this country, whereas today it stands at a frightening £22,265 per person.
Andrew Bridgen: Does my hon. Friend agree that the fact that my local council in North West Leicestershire is facing budget cuts of 10% somewhat undermines the complaints made by the previous speaker, the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Steve Rotheram), about Liverpool's budget being cut by 9%? Does that not prove that we are indeed all in this together? We all know who put us in it, and we should not...
Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on fees to air transport brokers in each of the last five years.
Andrew Bridgen: Does my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister believe it to be a coincidence that, despite numerous assurances from the then Labour Government that Mr Ronnie Biggs would remain in prison until he died, the then Justice Secretary, the right hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr Straw), conducted a U-turn and released Mr Biggs on compassionate grounds-mysteriously just weeks before Mr Megrahi was...
Andrew Bridgen: Does my hon. Friend envisage opening up the assets of these underused children's centres to community groups to expand the big society?
Andrew Bridgen: May we have an urgent debate on the provision of literacy and numeracy training for MPs? Successive shadow Chancellors have certainly struggled with the latter and cannot recognise a structural deficit even when they see it.
Andrew Bridgen: Does the Secretary of State agree that the new National forest, which covers much of my constituency, is a model of what can be achieved by the private sector and the and third sector in delivering excellent access to, and enjoyment of, the amenities of our woodlands?
Andrew Bridgen: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Andrew Bridgen: Zimbabwe used to be part of the bread basket of Africa, but for many years now it has been a basket case. Events unfolding in Zimbabwe over the next 12 months may well shape its future for many years to come. What steps are Her Majesty's Government taking to ensure free and fair elections in Zimbabwe and a return to true democratic government?
Andrew Bridgen: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for giving way. In my first two weeks as an MP, I paid a visit to the local PCT in Leicester, and in a meeting with the chief executive I asked how the PCT would cope with the immediate 35% cuts in management imposed by the coalition Government. The answer truly shocked me: I was told, "It will be no problem at all, because we have already increased our...
Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the level of trauma care provided to serving and former members of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.
Andrew Bridgen: Will the Leader of the House allow time for a debate on economic confidence, especially in light of this morning's ComRes poll, which clearly shows that my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Chancellor are far more trusted on the economy than their shadows?
Andrew Bridgen: How many commercial vehicles underwent Vehicle and Operator Services Agency roadside inspections in December 2010.
Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department plans to review the regulatory regime for debt recovery companies.
Andrew Bridgen: Under the previous Government, more than 4,000 new offences were created-an average of 28 new offences for every month of that Government. Does my right hon. Friend agree that we should not have a deluge of new offences under this Government?
Andrew Bridgen: Will the hon. Lady give way?
Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future role of probation services and trusts.
Andrew Bridgen: Has the right hon. Lady noted that Moody's, the credit rating agency, stated last week that it is only the coalition Government's deficit reduction plan that is saving our triple A rating? If we lose that, the markets will force far higher cuts on us.
Andrew Bridgen: Authorities such as Manchester city council, run by Labour, are publicising front-line job cuts while retaining their Twitter tsars. Meanwhile, other local authorities, such as Leicestershire county council and North West Leicestershire district council, are being diligent. They have cut their management, protected front-line services, and kept council tax low. Is it right for such diligent...
Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to reward local authorities for making efficiencies.