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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 15 November 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 15 November 2002, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

FRIDAY 15th NOVEMBER

1  Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for how many days parts of York's Tower Street Fire Station were flooded during November 2000; for how long these parts of the fire station were out of use thereafter; how much it cost to repair the building; whether these costs were covered by insurance; how much it cost the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in revenue terms to deal with the disruption of their use of the premises; and what assessment he has made of the economic cost to the wider community of the disruption to the use of parts of the fire station.

 (80998)

2  Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much of the Post Office Fund for Urban Deprived Areas has been spent; and on what.

 (80486)

3  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the income was for each local authority in London in each of the last five years from (a) parking meters, (b) car park charges, and (c) parking enforcement notices.

 (81008)

4  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) central and (b) departmental administrative expenditure went on organising bed and breakfast accommodation for homeless households in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by local authority.

 (80544)

5  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to make private landlords responsible for the payment of water charges on shorthold tenancies.

 (81047)

6  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will be responding to the Social Exclusion Unit's recommendations on prisoners' housing resettlement needs in their report on reducing reoffending by ex-prisoners.

 (81041)

7  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what additional housing has been funded to enable local authorities to meet their additional responsibilities under the Homelessness Act 2002.

 (80732)

8  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of Government funds allocated for housing is specified for the sound-proofing of ageing council and housing association properties; and what proportion of this money will be allocated to the Housing Corporation for use by registered social landlords.

 (80587)

9  Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what impact changes in the local government formula grant will have on public services in West Lincolnshire.

 (80391)

10  Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what account he has taken of the cost of providing services in rural areas in the local government formula grant review.

 (80389)

11  Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what research was done by his Department into the impact of dispersal and settlement patterns on the cost of providing services in rural areas as part of the local government formula grant review.

 (80392)

12  Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of rural deprivation in the local government formula grant review.

 (80390)

13  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance he has issued on the training of parish clerks.

 (80629)

14  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the remuneration of parish clerks.

 (80630)

15  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the workload of parish clerks.

 (80636)

16  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many parish clerks are employed in England.

 (80628)

17  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the parish clerk workforce in terms of (a) age, (b) gender and (c) ethnicity.

 (80635)

18  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of change in nature of the work of parish clerks.

 (80631)

19  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many representations his Department has received from Eddisbury constituency residents about local government funding in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the arguments in those representations.

 (81033)

20  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what was the level of central funding by his Department of (a) Cheshire County Council, (b) Chester City Council, (c) Vale Royal Borough Council and (d) Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council in each of the last five years; and what the average funding of county, city and borough councils in England was in those years.

 (81263)

21  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the quality of temporary accommodation provided by London boroughs; and what action he has taken in the light of these assessments.

 (80529)

22  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the financial impact on each London borough of their duties with regard to asylum seekers and refugees; and what assistance he has given to London boroughs to cope with these financial pressures.

 (80539)

23  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to provide resources to house the families with children in Redbridge who reside in temporary accommodation, including bed and breakfast accommodation.

 (80542)

24  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the definition of affordable housing; and what plans he has to alter that definition.

 (80528)

25  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the emotional strain on families of long-term homelessness.

 (80530)

26  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recognition the Government gives to the Thames Gateway initiative; and what financial and other support the Government provides.

 (80754)

27  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will give recognition to the Essex and Suffolk Haven Gateway initiative; and what financial and other support the Government will provide.

 (80755)

28  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will extend the British summertime arrangement to operate throughout the year; and if he will make a statement.

 (80753)

29  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to carry out a review of Regional Development Agency boundaries.

 (80422)

30  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what mechanisms exist for the review of Regional Development Agency boundaries.

 (80423)

31  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent assessment his Department has made of the carbon-absorbing capacity of new forests and the impact this will have on the Kyoto protocols; and if he will make a statement.

 (80882)

32  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what level of revenue support grant has been received by the Isle of Wight Council in each of the last five years at 2002 prices (a) in total and (b) per head of population; and what the anticipated figures would be for 2003-04 under each of his consultative options for reform of the local government finance formula using Treasury inflation assumptions.

 (80986)

33  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002.

 (80779)

34  Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether democratically elected members of an authority have a right to see the inspection team's report following a comprehensive performance assessment of a local authority while awaiting the identification of the final assessment category.

 (80591)

35  Tony Cunningham (Workington): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she will reply to letters from Mr Borthwick of Workington and the honourable Member for Workington to the Department of 13th April, 12th June, 26th July and 20th September.

 (80695)

36  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on her recent discussions with the Greek Culture Minister, Evangelos Venizelos.

 (80492)

37  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) UK Sport's and (b) Sport England's Exchequer budget for sport and related projects was in each of the last three years; how much budgetary underspend there was; and what funding was carried over under end-year flexibility arrangements.

 (80964)

38  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list Sport England's Exchequer and Lottery-funded programmes and initiatives.

 (80965)

39  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the Department's Exchequer budget for sport and related projects was in each of the last three years; how much underspend there was in the Exchequer budget; and how much funding was carried over under end-year flexibility arrangements.

 (80963)

40  Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list lottery funded sports projects where there has been (a) extensions to the timeframe and (b) alterations to conditions of funding.

 (80962)

41  Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress with the review of policing costs incurred through stadium events, major sporting events and late night city centre entertainment.

 (80731)

42  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002.

 (80766)

43  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish the approval given in 2000 to UKTV for the UK History channel.

 (80436)

44  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people were given custodial sentences following a failure to pay a fine for TV licence evasion in each of the last 20 years.

 (80442)

45  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for TV licence evasion there were in each of the last 20 years.

 (80441)

46  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of those prosecuted for TV licence evasion were on income-related benefits in each of the last 20 years.

 (80443)

47  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures she is taking to ensure that the BBC's programmes do not adversely affect existing commercial (a) radio and (b) television channels.

 (80432)

48  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she has satisfied herself that UK History is distinctive from the History channel and will not compete unfairly with it.

 (80429)

49  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she has taken to ensure that digital channels operated by BBC Worldwide through UKTV do not unfairly compete with existing commercial channels.

 (80428)

50  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what consultations took place before the decision was taken to lift the restriction on the number of digital channels operated by BBC Worldwide through UKTV; and what the outcome was.

 (80429)

51  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the proportion of the BBC's programming that is public service broadcasting.

 (80431)

52  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the digital channels operated by BBC Worldwide through UKTV which have been given approval by her Department.

 (80427)

53  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether a television licence is required for a personal computer capable of receiving television broadcasts.

 (80488)

54  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the relationship between BBC Worldwide and Flextech has been scrutinised by the BBC's external auditors.

 (80438)

55  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what publicity was given to the decision to lift the restriction on the number of digital channels operated by BBC Worldwide through UKTV.

 (80437)

56  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the restriction on the number of digital channels operated by BBC Worldwide through UKTV was lifted; and for what reasons.

 (80426)

57  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures she is taking to ensure that the BBC abides by the Fair Trading Commitment.

 (80439)

58  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether OFCOM will have responsibility for ensuring that the BBC abides by its Fair Trading Commitment; and if she will make a statement.

 (80440)

59  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the organisations that have made representations to her about the commercial effect on their business of the BBC's activities.

 (80434)

60  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her policy is on the future financing of the BBC.

 (80433)

61  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether it is her policy that the licence fee should remain the main source of finance of the BBC.

 (80435)

62  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Government has to award medals to national service veterans; and if he will make a statement.

 (80411)

63  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Government has to erect a national monument to conscripted National Servicemen; and if he will make a statement.

 (80412)

64  Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has made to mark the 60th anniversary of D-day.

 (80896)

65  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mass casualty exercises have been undertaken by the Defence Medical Services in the past two years; and how many personnel were involved in each exercise.

 (80977)

66  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people applied to join the (a) Army and (b) Naval Service and (c) Royal Air Force in each of the past five years; and how many of those were accepted.

 (80976)

67  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consultants have been hired to advise on computer systems for the Defence Logistics Organisation; and how much has been paid in fees to them.

 (80971)

68  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel are deployed in Afghanistan; and how many of these are reserves.

 (80975)

69  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support the United Kingdom link provide for the military protection and support of UN Weapons Inspectors in Iraq; and which other nations are expected to provide the major elements of such protection and support.

 (80961)

70  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in developing the defence stores management system; and how much has been spent on the project to date.

 (80966)

71  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will provide a breakdown of the money announced in the Spending Review for modernising business information systems across defence.

 (80969)

72  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what capabilities or facilities he intends to procure with the new capital announced in the Spending Review; and if he will list the five capabilities that he intends to spend the most money on.

 (80968)

73  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the seven key areas for improvement as identified by the Defence Logistics Organisation; and what progress has been made in each.

 (80974)

74  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has commissioned from McKinsey and Company in the past four years.

 (80973)

75  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have been employed by the Defence Logistics Organisation in each year since its creation.

 (80967)

76  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the corporate headquarters office technology system; and what his assessment is of its level of usage by MoD staff.

 (80972)

77  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what computer systems he plans to procure for the Defence Logistics Organisation.

 (80970)

78  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will make a decision on the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer project; and what assessment he has made of the Hawk A1T8's potential for fulfilling the AJT criteria.

 (80497)

79  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what post-development studies have been carried out on the medical effects of the use of the L21A1 baton round.

 (80626)

80  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) members and (b) employees of each of Her Majesty's armed forces are perceived to have died through self-inflicted injuries in (i) Great Britain, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) Germany and (iv) other overseas postings in each year since 1990.

 (80684)

81  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of each of Her Majesty's armed forces have died through parachute accidents in (i) Great Britain, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) Germany and (iv) other overseas postings in each year since 1990; and what rule procedural changes have been brought about as a result of Board of Inquiry reports.

 (80683)

82  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what statistical information he has collected concerning the deaths in or near military property since 1990.

 (80685)

83  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the result was of his recent review of the definition of a self-inflicted death; what actions he has taken in consequence; and what steps have been taken to compare the rate of suicides in each of Her Majesty's armed forces with information available from the Office of National Statistics from samples of the civilian population and appropriate comparator groups.

 (80686)

84  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many persons constitute the capacity of Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow, Middlesex; how many officers and other personnel from what regiments form the permanent staffing component of this sum; how many officers and other personnel from what regiments are regularly accommodated on a temporary basis; how many (a) suicides and (b) other deaths have occurred in each year since 1990; how many of these incidents were firearms-related; which of these incidents (i) were subject to investigation by the Royal Military Police, (ii) were the subject of an external investigation, (iii) were the subject of a Coroner's inquest and (iv) gave rise to courts martial or criminal proceedings; and what the outcome was in each case.

 (80688)

85  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many persons constitute the capacity of Drumadd Barracks, Northern Ireland; how many officers and other personnel from what regiments form the permanent staffing component of this sum; how many officers and other personnel from what regiments are regularly accommodated on a temporary basis; how many (a) suicides and (b) other deaths have occurred in each year since 1990; how many of these incidents were firearms-related; which of these incidents (i) were subject to investigation by the Royal Military Police, (ii) were the subject of an external investigation, (iii) were the subject of a Coroner's inquest and (iv) gave rise to courts martial or criminal proceedings; and what the outcome was in each case.

 (80687)

86  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many are serving in each of HM Armed Forces; how many of these are serving in (a) Great Britain, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Germany and (d) each other overseas posting.

 (80615)

87  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in the medical study of the effect of ricocheting L21A1 plastic baton rounds; and if he will place the results in the Library.

 (80622)

88  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the result has been of the investigation into the circumstances of the death of Private Alison Croft at Dalton Barracks in Abingdon, Oxfordshire on 2nd October; at what time police were called; what steps were taken to secure evidence at the scene of the death; what the conclusions were of their inquiry; what was the nature of the post mortem examination, by whom it was carried out; and what were the findings; at what time were relatives of the deceased notified; and what arrangements he has made for (a) an inquest and (b) a board of inquiry.

 (80649)

89  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many, and what percentage, of service personnel went AWOL or deserted in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what the equivalent figures were (a) five, (b) 10n and (c) 20 years ago.

 (80648)

90  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the means are of assessing a candidate applying for a competency qualification to fire the L104A1 anti-riot gun; what the minimum number of rounds is a candidate must fire to complete the training course; how many rounds must be fired in test conditions; what the pass score is; what the percentage rate of successful candidates is; and how many hours' training is required before a candidate is ready to take the test.

 (80625)

91  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian firefighters are (a) employed and (b) resident in Army barracks in (i) Great Britain and (ii) Northern Ireland.

 (80616)

92  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Department first used the term Yellow Goddess to describe a liveries military fire tender in Northern Ireland; and what other colours are available for fire tenders employed on overseas postings.

 (80618)

93  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many persons constitute the capacity of Army Barracks in Bielefield, Germany; how many officers and other personnel from what regiments form the permanent staffing component of this sum; how many officers and other personnel from what regiments are regularly accommodated on a temporary basis; how many (a) suicides and (b) other deaths have occurred in each year since 1990; how many of these incidents were firearms-related; which of these incidents (i) were subject to investigation by the Royal Military Pollice, (ii) were the subject of an external investigation (iii) were the subject of a Coroner's inquest, and (iv) gave rise to courts martial or criminal proceedings; and what the outcome was in each case.

 (80670)

94  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what standard manuals of diagnostics and directories of medical conditions he relies in instances where his discretion is exercised on the basis of a medical opinion.

 (80592)

95  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of each of Her Majesty's armed forces have died through (a) combat or civil disturbance related incidents, (b) natural causes, (c) road traffic accidents and (d) accidental, self-inflicted and other causes in (i) Great Britain, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) Germany and (iv) other overseas postings in each year since 1990.

 (80682)

96  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of each of Her Majesty's armed services have (a) died and (b) been seriously injured as a result of the discharge of firearms in (i) Great Britain, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) Germany and (iv) other overseas postings in each year since 1990.

 (80680)

97  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what technologies are available to assist the accuracy of the plastic baton round; what he estimates the comparative advantages of L18A1 (a) optical sight, (b) laser sights and (c) other options are; and what the estimated costs are of supplying each.

 (80623)

98  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many persons constitute the capacity of Quebec Barracks, Osnabruck; how many officers and other personnel from what regiments form the permanent staffing component of this sum; how many officers and other personnel from what regiments are regularly accommodated on a temporary basis; how many (a) suicides and (b) other deaths have occurred in each year since 1990; how many of these incidents were firearms-related; which of these incidents were subject to investigation by the Royal Military Police, (ii) were the subject of an external investigation, (iii) were the subject of a Coroner's inquest and (iv) gave rise to courts martial or criminal proceedings; and what the outcome was in each case.

 (80668)

99  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many persons constitute the capacity of Catterick Barracks; how many officers and other personnel from what regiments form the permanent staffing component of this sum; how many officers and other personnel from what regiments are regularly accommodated on a temporary basis; how many (a) suicides and (b) other deaths have occurred in each year since 1990; how many of these incidents were firearms-related; which of these incidents (i) were subject to investigation by the Royal Military Police, (ii) were the subject of an external investigation, (iii) were the subject of a Coroner's inquest and (iv) gave rise to courts martial or criminal proceedings; and what the outcome was in each case.

 (80690)

100  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the basis for his policy on Brigadier Gordon Kerr's giving evidence and otherwise co-operating with the inquiry undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner into collusion in Northern Ireland.

 (80127)

101  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions in the past year disciplinary action has been taken against military personnel accused of giving false evidence in criminal proceedings; what action was taken in each case.

 (80617)

102  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost has been of re-painting green fire tenders for service in Northern Ireland.

 (80619)

103  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many persons constitute the capacity of Browning Barracks, Aldershot, Hampshire; how many officers and other personnel from what regiments form the permanent staffing component of this sum; how many officers and other personnel from what regiments are regularly accommodated on a temporary basis; how many (a) suicides and (b) other deaths have occurred in each year since 1990; how many of these incidents were firearms-related; which of these incidents (i) were subject to investigation by the Royal Military Police, (ii) were the subject of an external investigation, (iii) were the subject of a Coroner's inquest and (iv) gave rise to courts martial or criminal proceedings; and what the outcome was in each case.

 (80689)

104  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the arrangements are for the investigation of the cause of death of service personnel serving overseas in (a) Germany, (b) Bosnia, (c) Kosovo, (d) Afghanistan and (e) other principal countries of posting; by what means he ensures the protection of rights to an independent, prompt and effective investigation under the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

 (80647)

105  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps has he taken to eliminate bullying from HM Armed Forces.

 (80614)

106  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of HM Armed Forces in each of the past five years were (a) charged and (b) found guilty at courts martial for each category of serious crimes of violence up to that of murder; and how many of those found guilty (i) are in prison and were (ii) dishonourably and (iii) honourably discharged from the services and (iv) have resumed their military careers.

 (80613)

107  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many firearms deaths since 1990 were perceived to be (a) suicide or self-inflicted deaths, (b) accidental deaths and (c) homicide or other deaths caused by other persons or persons unknown.

 (80681)

108  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many persons constitute the capacity of Bindon Barracks, Hameln; how many officers and other personnel from what regiments form the permanent staffing component of this sum; how many officers and other personnel from what regiments are regularly accommodated on a temporary basis; how many (a) suicides and (b) other deaths have occurred in each year since 1990; how many of these incidents wetre firearms-related; which of these incidents (i) were subject to investigation by the Royal Military Police, (ii) were the subject of an external investigation, (iii) were the subject of a Coroner's inquest and (iv) gave rise to courts martial or criminal proceedings; and what the outcome was in each case.

 (80669)

109  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many persons constitute the capacity of the Army Barrack at Deepcut, Surrey; how many officers and other personnel from what regiments form the permanent staffing component of this sum; how many officers and other personnel from what regiments are regularly accommodated on a temporary basis; how many (a) suicides and (b) other deaths have occurred in each year since 1990; how many of these incidents were firearms-related; which of these incidents (i) were subject to investigation by the Royal Military Police, (ii) were the subject of an external investigation, (iii) were the subject of a Coroner's inquest and (iv) gave rise to courts martial or criminal proveedings; and what the outcome was in each case.

 (80671)

110  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many hours of additional training is required to enable personnel to discharge a Baton Gun to be fired in situations other than public disorder; what the minimum distance is that a baton round may be discharged at a human target; what level of authorisation is required for this use of the baton gun; and what the reporting requirements are.

 (80627)

111  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the recorded time of death of Private Stuart James McMaster of the 1st Royal Irish Regiment on 15th June on Beiseker in Calgary, Canada; what action was taken to secure evidence at the scene of the death; at what time the Canadian police were notified of the death and what the conclusions were of their investigation; what the conclusions were of military police investigators; at what time the family of the deceased were notified; and what arrangements he has made for (a) the return of the deceased to the UK, (b) an inquest and (c) a Board of Inquiry.

 (80646)

112  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the modifications of the next generation of Tactical Tomahawk missiles.

 (80700)

113  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for regular reservists to receive the Golden Jubilee Medal.

 (80696)

114  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to make it easier for Fijian soldiers serving in British regiments to travel freely whilst on leave.

 (80698)

115  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what problems have been experienced with the Royal Navy's Joint Tactical Information Display System.

 (80822)

116  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to introduce an improved combat helmet for the forces.

 (80702)

117  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made with the new Lynx entering service with the Royal Navy.

 (80701)

118  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to ensure that embodied regular reservists are given the same promotion opportunities as their regular army counterparts.

 (80697)

119  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy ships are (a) on operations and (b) in port.

 (81011)

120  Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason he has refused to allow veterans of World War II Arctic convoys to receive the defence of the Soviet Arctic Region medal; and if he will reconsider the decision.

 (80897)

121  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the reason for the delay in answering Question No 34033 of Session 2001-02, tabled on 8th February 2002.

 (81268)

122  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether an official from his Department attended the inquest of John Hall of Shetland Road, Leicester.

 (80122)

123  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what involvement his Department had in the examination of the brain of the late John Hall.

 (80124)

124  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with organisations concerning nuclear test veterans.

 (80123)

125  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many representations on compensation he has received from nuclear test veterans since June 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (80125)

126  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contracts exist between his Department and (a) National Health Service bodies and (b) private medical bodies to provide fast-track medical care for members of Her Majesty's forces.

 (80795)

127  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with the Borough of Gosport as planning authority about the long-term use of the site of the Royal Hospital Haslar.

 (80798)

128  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of Her Majesty's forces are medically down-graded.

 (80794)

129  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many consultants there are in each faculty within Defence Medical Services.

 (80796)

130  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on private medical care for members of Her Majesty's forces in each of the last five years.

 (80793)

131  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002.

 (80778)

132  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent research his Department has conducted into the educational qualifications obtained by children in residential care compared to those of similar ages in the general population; and if he will make a statement.

 (80472)

133  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what arrangements are in place to assist pupils/students with specific learning disabilities, with particular reference to dyslexia, when they are completing tests or examinations; and if he will make a statement.

 (80818)

134  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of members of (a) each local learning and skills council and (b) the National Learning and Skills Council declare a record of political activity, broken down by party.

 (80990)

135  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of members of each learning and skills council represent (a) manufacturing, (b) engineering and (c) service industries.

 (80994)

136  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which learning and skills councils (a) have and (b) do not have a member representing schools with sixth forms.

 (80989)

137  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the New Advanced School programme for secondary schools and how it differs from the Beacon School programme; and whether existing beacon schools will automatically transfer to advanced school status.

 (80992)

138  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of the members of each of the learning and skills councils represent (a) the business sector, (b) the trade unions and (c) the public sector.

 (80993)

139  Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the outcome was of the Education, Youth and Culture Council held in Brussels on 11th to 12th November; what the Government's stance on the issues discussed was, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.

 (80715)

140  Mrs Janet Dean (Burton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average salary cost is per teacher in each of the shire education authorities in England.

 (80598)

141  Mrs Janet Dean (Burton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will rank education authorities in England the most recent pupil/teacher ratios for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

 (80597)

142  Mrs Janet Dean (Burton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average spending per pupil is in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) each shire education authority area in England and (ii) England.

 (80596)

143  Mrs Janet Dean (Burton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of classroom teachers are on the top of the main scale or have progressed through the upper pay spine in each education authority in England.

 (80594)

144  Mrs Janet Dean (Burton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) average spending per pupil and (b) pupil teacher ratios are in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in (A) Staffordshire and (B) England in 2001-02.

 (80595)

145  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what training provision is planned for teachers regarding sexual relationship education; and if he will make a statement.

 (80545)

146  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Department's website is managed internally or externally of the Department.

 (80593)

147  Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the levels of truancy in Essex in each year since 1997.

 (80891)

148  Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils were excluded from schools in Essex in each year since 1997.

 (80892)

149  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many representations his Department has received from Eddisbury constituency residents about local government funding in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the arguments in those representations.

 (81265)

150  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what was the level of central funding from his Department to (a) Cheshire County Council, (b) Chester City Council, (c) Vale Royal Borough Council and (d) Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council in each of the last five years; and what the average funding of county, city and borough councils in England was in those years.

 (81262)

151  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to reduce (a) the number and (b) the seriousness of incidences of violence in schools.

 (80534)

152  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to improve the (a) pay, (b) training and (c) career prospects of classroom assistants in Ilford North.

 (80538)

153  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the different types of state secondary school.

 (81255)

154  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the ratio is of non-teaching staff employed by Local Education Authorities, his Department and educational quangos to the numbers of teachers teaching in state schools.

 (81261)

155  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate his officials have made of the (a) number and (b) cost of children in this country receiving state education (i) who do not have the legal rights to settle in the UK and (ii) whose parents are illegal immigrants.

 (80957)

156  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he plans to introduce a differential fees regime between university applicants who originate from independent schools and those who originate from maintained schools; and if he will make a statement.

 (80752)

157  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will place the data underlying his Department's value for money scores in relation to the 1998 public service agreements in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (80415)

158  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for which pilot and pathfinder schemes the Isle of Wight council was eligible to apply.

 (81267)

159  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002.

 (80773)

160  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what protection is given to teachers who have violent and aggressive pupils who pose a threat to their safety.

 (80980)

161  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers have been assaulted by pupils in each year since 1997.

 (80981)

162  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many hours of the school week are devoted to sport in UK primary and secondary schools.

 (80978)

163  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proposals he has to lengthen the time devoted to sport in schools in the UK.

 (80979)

164  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proposals he has to ensure that teachers who protect themselves from violent pupils are not prosecuted; and if he will make a statement.

 (80982)

165  Andrew Bennett (Denton & Reddish): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consideration has been given by the Environment Agency to identifying and preparing suitable areas of flood plains, adjacent to non-tidal reaches of rivers, for use as emergency wash-lands to minimise peak heights of floods occasioned by increases in the proportion of direct run-off as a result of changes in the amount and nature of precipitation.

 (80517)

166  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on plans to review her policy on compensation and slaughter premium payouts during the foot-and-mouth outbreak.

 (80139)

167  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from the Scottish Executive during her review of slaughter premium and compensation.

 (80140)

168  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farm businesses were in receipt of slaughter premium during each of the last three years.

 (80141)

169  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action her Department has taken to ensure that poultry imports meet the same (a) animal welfare, (b) chemical contact and (c) hygiene standards expected of United Kingdom-produced poultry meat.

 (81040)

170  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what studies her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the predation of (i) water voles and (ii) fish by mink.

 (80831)

171  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to review the (a) policy and (b) delivery of the Rural White Paper.

 (80745)

172  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the different financial models she is considering for the future of the Countryside Agency.

 (80744)

173  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what studies her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the (i) fox, (ii) hare, (iii) mink and (iv) deer (1) red, (2) fallow, (3) roe, (4) sika, (5) muntjac and (6) Chinese water deer populations in England and Wales; and what estimates have been made of current populations compared to those 10 years ago.

 (80828)

174  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what studies her Department has commissioned into the agricultural damage caused by badgers.

 (80833)

175  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has held with the authors of the Joint Universities Study on Deer Hunting (The physiological response of red deer (Cervus elaphus) to prolonged exercise undertaken during hunting, 1998) about the physiological effects on deer which (a) escape after being hunted and (b) are hunted and shot.

 (80834)

176  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimates her Department has made of the size of the annual cull of (a) foxes, (b) hares, (c) deer and (d) mink.

 (80836)

177  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to establish a national strategy for the management of (a) foxes, (b) hares, (c) deer and (d) mink.

 (80835)

178  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what studies her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the economic damage caused by the deer population to forestry.

 (80830)

179  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what studies her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into negative physiological effects on (i) foxes, (ii) hares and (iii) mink which escape after being hunted.

 (80837)

180  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will announce the next five years funding for the Countryside Agency.

 (80743)

181  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what studies her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the the economic damage caused by the deer population to root crops and grass by grazing, trampling and lying; and what assessment her Department has made of trends over the last 10 years.

 (80829)

182  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what studies her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the economic cost of agricultural damage caused by (i) foxes, (ii) hares, (iii) deer and (iv) mink.

 (80832)

183  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the review of the Rural White Paper will be published.

 (80746)

184  Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many participants there are in the Countryside Stewardship scheme (a) in England and (b) in each of the English regions.

 (80479)

185  Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will state the gross value of non-food use of arable crops for the production of energy in 2001.

 (80478)

186  Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proposals she has to ensure fair competition for British arable farmers in the international grain trade.

 (80481)

187  Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she is taking to encourage the establishment of new markets for non-food uses of arable crops.

 (80480)

188  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her target is for making payments under (a) the Vocational Training Scheme and (b) the Rural Enterprise Scheme; what proportion of payments meet those targets; and if she will make a statement.

 (80452)

189  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of warning signs against meat imports at each designated port of entry into the United Kingdom.

 (80465)

190  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the arrangements under which a farmer may have cattle aged over 30 months slaughtered for personal consumption.

 (80459)

191  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her estimate is of the value of (a) all foodstuffs and (b) temperate foodstuffs (i) exported from and (ii) imported into the United Kingdom.

 (80448)

192  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how frequently her Department checks the number and visibility of signs at ports and airports warning against the import of meat.

 (80466)

193  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many spot checks have been carried out on illegal meat imports at each designated port of entry into the United Kingdom since 31st March.

 (80463)

194  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to amend the law on the penalties available to the courts for the illegal import of meat and meat products.

 (80468)

195  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy not to require a Dangerous Wild Animal Licence to be held for wild ruminants kept for agricultural purposes.

 (80457)

196  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she intends to publish details of the National Collection Scheme for fallen stock.

 (80450)

197  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what amount of the revenue from modulation was spent on vocational training in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03 to date.

 (80445)

198  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the ports where amnesty bins for illegal meat imports have been installed.

 (80464)

199  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with which internet service providers her Department's system for online IACS registration is compatible.

 (80454)

200  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many licensed mobile slaughtermen operate in England and Wales.

 (80461)

201  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is towards the practice of home kills by mobile licensed slaughtermen.

 (80460)

202  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce new requirements for the training of people employed to spray crops.

 (80449)

203  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to change the law in respect of the powers available to enforcement agencies responsible for port control on the import of animal and vegetable products.

 (80467)

204  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which abattoirs in the United Kingdom are licensed to kill water buffalo.

 (80456)

205  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total was of receipts from modulation that was budgeted to be spent on vocational training in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03.

 (80444)

206  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the accuracy of the British Cattle Movement Service database.

 (80453)

207  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to allow second-hand machinery to be bought with processing and marketing grants.

 (80446)

208  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government intends to publish the results of its review of Dangerous Wild Animal Licences.

 (80458)

209  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact on the competitiveness within the EU of British farmers, of the policy of not allowing processing and marketing grants to be used for the purchase of second-hand machinery.

 (80447)

210  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of how many fallen (a) cattle, (b) sheep and (c) pigs were disposed of last year by hunt kennels.

 (80451)

211  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for the illegal import of (i) meat and (ii) meat products have been initiated since 31st March.

 (80469)

212  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the pilot scheme for sniffer dogs at Heathrow will (a) start and (b) finish.

 (80462)

213  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department will make an announcement on whether the new rights of access under Part 1 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 will be implemented on a regional basis; and if she will make a statement.

 (80808)

214  Lembit O­pik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action the Government will take against those who disregard 20-day restrictions on animal movements from 1st January 2003 by refusing to complete standard movement documents.

 (80549)

215  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce CO2 emissions; and what targets she has set in this regard.

 (80533)

216  Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many live sheep were exported from Dover on (a) the Caroline and (b) the Omega Livestock to continental Europe on 7th November; when and where health certification was carried out in respect of the sheep; how many of the sheep were rejected as unfit for the intended journey (i) during inspection for health certification purposes and (ii) at Dover docks; and to where those sheep were taken; and what the address was of the final destination given on the route plan for each of the consignments.

 (80404)

217  Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many live sheep were exported from Dover to continental Europe on 11th November 2002; when and where health certification was carried out in respect of the sheep; how many of the sheep were rejected as unfit for the intended journey (a) during inspection for health certification purposes and (b) at Dover docks, and to where those sheep were taken; and what was the address of the final destination given on the route plan for each of the consignments.

 (80764)

218  Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many live sheep were exported from Dover to continental Europe on (a) 1st November, (b) 2nd November, (c) 5th November, (d) 6th November and (e) 10th November; when and where health certification was carried out in respect of the sheep; how many of the sheep were rejected as unfit for the intended journey (i) during inspection for health certification purposes and (ii) at Dover docks; and to where those sheep were taken; and what the address was of the final destination given on the route plan for each of the consignments.

 (80405)

219  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Department's budget is for flood relief measures in 2002-03.

 (81017)

220  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the 2002-03 budget is for cars and car travel by (a) Ministers and (b) staff of DEFRA.

 (81016)

221  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact on home values and insurance costs of the published Maps of the Environment Agency showing properties at risk of flooding.

 (81025)

222  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the budget is of the Environment Agency for 2002-03 for cars and car travel by honourable Members and staff of the Agency.

 (81014)

223  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cars are (a) owned and (b) leased by DEFRA for Ministers and staff to use.

 (81015)

224  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cars are owned or leased by the Environment Agency for their employees.

 (81013)

225  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the annual administration costs are of (a) the Environment Agency and (b) the Food Safety Agency.

 (81026)

226  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what emissions of (a) carbon monoxide, (b) hydrocarbons, (c) oxides of nitrogen and (d) particulates are generated by the average UK oil central heating domestic boiler.

 (81012)

227  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff the Environment Agency employs; and how many it employed in 1997-98.

 (81018)

228  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions this year the Environment Agency has submitted formal objections to planning applications.

 (81019)

229  Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library the figures which demonstrated that landings of cod did not increase in line with landings of nephrops.

 (80637)

230  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many exceptions to the six month quarantine rule have been made for animals coming into the UK in each of the last 10 years.

 (80580)

231  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the grounds are for exemptions of the six month quarantine rule for animals entering the UK.

 (80581)

232  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of pets' passports and electronic tagging of pets coming into the UK.

 (80582)

233  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to implement new composting initiatives.

 (80514)

234  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what strategies her Department intends to implement to meet the targets under the draft EU regulation on animal by-products.

 (80509)

235  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what air quality targets have been set by her Department over the last five years.

 (80507)

236  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which organisations are responsible for monitoring air quality.

 (80503)

237  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to implement higher air quality targets.

 (80502)

238  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information she has collated on which EU member states exclude kitchen waste from the composting of municipal organic waste; and if she will make a statement.

 (80512)

239  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department plans to take to encourage and enable local authorities to (a) promote composting and (b) provide low cost home compost bins.

 (80513)

240  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what procedure is followed to review air quality targets.

 (80515)

241  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many proposals for composting initiatives have been turned down by the Environment Agency on the grounds of the Animal By-Products Order which prohibits the composting of kitchen and catering waste.

 (80511)

242  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to empower local authorities to provide mandatory air quality monitoring.

 (80501)

243  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to revise the Animal By Products Order to include the composting or biogas digestion of kitchen and catering wastes containing meat.

 (80510)

244  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the losses incurred by farmers as a consequence of the disappearance of cattle passport tear-off slips; and if she will make a statement.

 (80823)

245  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to transfer scientists from Wellesbourne to HRI Efford; and if she will make a statement.

 (80826)

246  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement about the conclusions of the 2002 Quinquennial Review of the Horticultural Research Institute in so far as it affects the future of Efford.

 (80883)

247  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what restrictions are placed on the use of home-made fertilisers by individuals in their own gardens; and if she will make a statement.

 (80881)

248  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many representations have been received regarding the loss of cattle passport tear-off slips by the Cattle Movement Service; and if she will make a statement.

 (80884)

249  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria were used to decide to award a contract for meat inspection in Northern Scotland to a company based in York.

 (80783)

250  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultations she undertook with the Scottish Executive prior to the award of the contract for meat inspection services in Scotland.

 (80780)

251  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact on veterinary practices in Northern Scotland of the decision to award the contract for meat inspection in Northern Scotland to a company based in York.

 (80782)

252  Mr Michael Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultations she had with meat producers in the North of Scotland prior to the authorising of meat inspection contracts.

 (80781)

253  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002.

 (80769)

254  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what regulations are in place to ensure that new functional foods claiming to improve mental and physical well-being are covered by a legal framework.

 (81059)

255  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what has been done in the past two years to promote scientific research into (a) the claims of functional foods and (b) their safety.

 (81060)

256  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent efforts have been made to educate the public about promoting (a) a balanced diet and (b) a healthy lifestyle.

 (81061)

257  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the European Food Safety Authority regarding harmonisation of approaches to Food Safety.

 (81062)

258  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans there are to publish the minutes of the (a) World Bank and (b) International Monetary Fund, and if he will make a statement.

 (80949)

259  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress is being made to increase the number of executive directors representing southern governments on the Board of the World Bank.

 (80935)

260  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what statistics are compiled by the Inland Revenue on the geographical distribution of higher rate taxpayers; and if they can be broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) post code.

 (80991)

261  Mr David Curry (Skipton & Ripon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer which member states of the EU impose VAT on outsourced mortgage administration services; and at what rates.

 (80485)

262  Mr David Curry (Skipton & Ripon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether all suppliers of mortgage administration services in the UK are subject to VAT; whether joint venture companies between UK mortgage lenders and US service providers have been granted exemptions from VAT; and if he will make a statement.

 (80484)

263  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to remove taxation barriers to Islamic mortgages; and if he will make a statement.

 (80491)

264  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what action is being taken by the Financial Services Authority to address the problems caused by the collapse of the professional indemnity insurance market for independent financial advisers in the United Kingdom.

 (80675)

265  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures of social capital his Department uses to guide policy decisions; and if he will make a statement.

 (80410)

266  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates his Department has made of the value of voluntary sector work to the economy in each year since 1997.

 (80409)

267  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to publish statistics this autumn to fulfil his pledge in the 2002 Budget to publish bi-annual reports of departmental progress against public service agreement targets.

 (80590)

268  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to receive the report from the National Audit Office on details on the methods used to validate systems in reporting on public service agreements.

 (80589)

269  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce external auditing of PSAs; and if he will make a statement.

 (80588)

270  Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to his Department was of sending leaflets and posters summarising the last budget to (a) General Practice surgeries and (b) other healthcare institutions.

 (80951)

271  Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many General Practice surgeries have been sent leaflets summarising the last budget.

 (80950)

272  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what role the Future Builders Fund will have in modernising the community and voluntary sector.

 (80748)

273  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if (a) sport, (b) art and (c) recreation will be allowable purposes of the Futures Builders Fund.

 (80749)

274  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will announce the size, purpose and eligibility parameters of the Future Builders Fund.

 (80747)

275  Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if British entry to the euro is conditional upon reform of the Stability and Growth Pact.

 (80416)

276  Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone & Hythe): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of growth of (a) GDP, (b) household consumption, (c) Government consumption, (d) investment, (e) exports and (f) imports was in the last two quarters.

 (80417)

277  Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what impact he estimates the inflow of immigrants to this country will have on the levels of pay of (a) unskilled and (b) semi-skilled workers.

 (80705)

278  Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to tax aviation gasoline.

 (80709)

279  Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the resource cost of building (a) homes, (b) schools, (c) hospitals and (d) public utilities for an expansion of the population by one million.

 (80706)

280  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the Office of National Statistics regarding the accuracy of the statistics it provides; and if he is reviewing standards in the office.

 (80733)

281  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he supports the imposition of sanctions on Switzerland if it does not agree to sharing banking information.

 (81035)

282  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority regarding the collapse of the split capital investment trusts; and when the FSA will produce the results of its inquiry.

 (81036)

283  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representatives his Department has received from Eddisbury constituency residents about local government funding in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the arguments in those representations.

 (81264)

284  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on, and what assessment his Department has made, concerning independence of the European Central Bank.

 (80740)

285  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if discussions with the Swiss Government regarding the exchange of banking information are ongoing; and if he will make a statement.

 (80741)

286  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts regarding Switzerland's banking secrecy laws; and if he will make a statement.

 (80742)

287  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his European counterparts regarding the future of the Stability and Growth Pact; and if he will make a statement.

 (80739)

288  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the level of central funding by the Government of (a) Cheshire County Council, (b) Chester City Council, (c) Vale Royal Borough Council and (d) Crewe & Nantwich Borough Council for each of the last five years; and what the average funding of city and borough county councils in England was in those years.

 (81034)

289  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Home Office regarding methods of addressing credit card fraud; and if his Department is taking steps to reduce the level of crime in this area.

 (80736)

290  Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was expended from national insurance contributions on (a) contributory benefits and (b) the NHS in each year since 1991-92; and what the forecasted expenditure is for each of the next 10 years.

 (80825)

291  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he estimates will be raised in the current financial year from the levying of value-added tax on musical instruments.

 (80756)

292  Phil Sawford (Kettering): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government has taken to ensure that consumers who are considering buying an annuity have clear information about all the options available to them.

 (80420)

293  Phil Sawford (Kettering): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the percentage of families in the Kettering constituency which will benefit from the Child Tax Credit to be introduced next April.

 (80418)

294  Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the Royal Mint informed his Department that it was to end its consortium agreement with the Royal Mint.

 (80653)

295  Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will require the Royal Mint to publish financial information separately covering its three distinct business streams of (a) UK circulating coins, (b) overseas coin production and (c) non-coin products.

 (80652)

296  Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on what basis the Treasury decided not to put its contract for UK coin production out to tender; and if he will make a statement.

 (80655)

297  Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to meet (a) Directors and (b) Union representatives from the Birmingham Mint to discuss the policy decision by the Royal Mint to end its consortium with the Birmingham Mint.

 (80654)

298  Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what reporting procedures his Department puts in place to ensure that the Royal Mint is not using its monopoly position in UK coin production to cross subsidise its other business units.

 (80657)

299  Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to open the next Treasury contract for the UK coin production to market competition.

 (80656)

300  Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what return on capital the Treasury expects the Royal Mint to make in each year from 2002 to 2005.

 (80659)

301  Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what return on capital the Royal Mint made in each year since 1990.

 (80658)

302  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the revised accounting treatment for PFI transactions will be recorded in the Government accounts; and if he will make a statement.

 (80126)

303  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the recommendations that ONS made on each project on which the public sector classification committee has been asked to comment since 1st January; and if he will make a statement.

 (80117)

304  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions Ministers in his Department have been consulted by National Statistics about proposals which impinge on Government policy as defined in the response of the Statistics Commission to the draft National Statistics Code of Practice in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (80414)

305  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the data series produced by National Statistics to which Ministers in his Department have had privileged access prior to publication since May 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (80413)

306  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to complete the studies into the compliance costs of excise duty and international trade, referred to in his Answer of 15th October, Official Report, column 600W; and if he will make a statement.

 (80639)

307  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the underlying data for the basket of outputs referred to in his answer on tax processing of 5 November, Official Report, column 211W; and if he will make a statement.

 (80638)

308  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on advertising campaigns undertaken since 1997 by (a) the Register of Friendly Societies, (b) the Government Actuary's Department and (c) OGC Buying Solutions; and if he will make a statement.

 (80651)

309  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of unpaid national insurance contributions in fiscal years (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000 and (c) 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.

 (80650)

310  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received concerning the activities of Mortgage Direct.

 (80784)

311  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the local areas where the expectancy at birth of (a) a man and (b) a woman is less than 70 years; and if he will estimate in each case the number of (i) men and (ii) women who live in each area.

 (81048)

312  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002.

 (80771)

313  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in co-operating with other European Treasury Departments in neutralising terrorist funds.

 (81063)

314  Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he plans to make to the Peruvian Government concerning the imprisonment of the trade union activist Walter Cubas Baltazar.

 (80642)

315  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department supports the proposal of the European Parliament that an EU trade office be opened in Taiwan; and if he will make a statement.

 (81037)

316  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Hungary concerning Law LXXIV, 2001 (PA IS3); what assessment he has made of the compatibility of this law with (a) European Union membership; and (b) Council of Europe membership; what representations he has made to other European Union member states and the European Commission concerning the acceptability of Hungary as a member state; what representations he has made to the Council of Europe concerning the acceptability of Hungary as a member of the Council; and if he will make a statement.

 (80494)

317  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the new UN plan for a settlement in Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.

 (80493)

318  Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment is of the situation in (a) Rwanda and (b) the Great Lakes region.

 (80888)

319  Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many ministerial visits have been made to Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime.

 (80894)

320  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what arrangements are being put in place to deal with the increase in visa applications at (a) the British Embassy in Addis Ababa and (b) other diplomatic missions in Africa.

 (80585)

321  Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell & Wishaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representation he has made to the government of the People's Republic of China in relation to the siting of missiles in the Taiwan Straits.

 (80129)

322  Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation in Nepal.

 (80750)

323  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002.

 (80776)

324  Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what arrangements are being made by (a) the UK Government, (b) the Commonwealth and (c) the European Union to provide observers for the Kenyan elections on 27th December.

 (80543)

325  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action has been taken with other governments to bring to justice General Ratko Mladic at the International Court at the Hague.

 (81058)

326  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Annual Report of the HFEA for 2002 will be published.

 (80693)

327  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the IVF/DI data for 2002 will be available.

 (80694)

328  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures have been put in place to ensure correct billing of licence fees by the HFEA.

 (80691)

329  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures have been put in place to ensure that the National Audit Office can establish satisfactory audit procedures to confirm the accuracy of the licence fee income which should be collected by the HFEA.

 (80692)

330  Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will reply to the letter of 24th June from the honourable Member for Witney about the buildings of the Burford Hospital and their proposed sale .

 (80813)

331  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospital trusts provide parking spaces for their employees; and whether they are (a) provided free of charge and (b) subject to a charge.

 (80804)

332  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his Department's answer to honourable Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme of 7th November, what mechanisms his Department uses to review the (a) effectiveness and efficiency of social service departments, (b) the adequacy of resource allocation to social service departments and (c) the meeting of local needs by social services, with special reference to community care for the elderly; and what statistics on (i) average assessment times and (ii) waiting lists for home aids and adaptations he collates in England.

 (80495)

333  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are receiving NHS-funded continuing care in (a) NHS hospitals and (b) nursing homes in each strategic health authority area in the UK.

 (80489)

334  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average waiting time and how many people are currently waiting for (a) assessment and (b) delivery and installation of home aids and adaptations by (i) Staffordshire, (ii) Cheshire, (iii) Derbyshire, (iv) Hertfordshire, (v) Lancashire, (vi) Lincolnshire, (vii) Leicestershire, (viii) Shropshire, (ix) Oxfordshire and (x) Northamptonshire social services department.

 (80496)

335  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many continuing care assessments have been made each year since 1996 in the area of the former North Staffordshire Health Authority; and of those, how many have been deemed (a) eligible and (b) not eligible to receive NHS-funded continuing care.

 (80487)

336  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of when the issuing of pre-payment certificates for prescription charges will meet the contract delivery target; and what that target is.

 (80610)

337  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason the telephone number for enquiries about slow processing of pre-payment certificates now centralised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne was not included in the information sent to existing users.

 (80611)

338  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where the call centre that handles enquiries about delays in processing pre-payment certificates for prescription charges is physically based.

 (80612)

339  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the issuing of pre-payment certificates for NHS prescription charges was centralised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

 (80609)

340  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the time taken to issue pre-payment certificates for NHS prescription charges is; and if he will make a statement.

 (80608)

341  Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many working days in the NHS were (a) lost and (b) lost in each of the past 10 years due to sickness of less than three days' duration in each of the last 10 years.

 (80952)

342  Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the running costs were of his Ministers' private offices, separately identifying expenditure on staff, in each financial year from 1997-98 to 2001-02.

 (80954)

343  Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated cost to date is of the introduction of the Cardiology NUF; and what estimates have been made of future cost implications.

 (80953)

344  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many locum doctors from employment agencies working on temporary contracts in NHS hospitals have been found to have already been removed or suspended from the GMC/GDC register in each of the last five years.

 (80401)

345  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures the Department in conjunction with the strategic health authorities are overseeing with regard to the delivery of the patient prospectus initiative.

 (80136)

346  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) mean and (b) modal length of time between referral and an abortion was in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by health authority boundaries in England and Wales.

 (80400)

347  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of NHS funded abortions occurred within (a) 9 weeks, (b) 9-12 weeks and (c) 13-19 weeks gestation of pregnancy in each of the last five years, broken down by authority of residence in England and Wales.

 (80399)

348  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on agency fees in the transfer of temporary agency staff to permanent NHS contracts in each of the last five years, broken down by health authority and primary care trust.

 (80402)

349  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many department civil servants and staff of NHS purchasing offices have been to conferences paid for by pharmaceutical companies in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

 (80546)

350  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department makes a regular assessment of the fertility rate of young males.

 (81050)

351  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions for Zymau have been issued in each month since the drug was licensed, broken down by health authority.

 (80547)

352  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department estimates has been spent by each primary care trust on the patient prospectus initiative.

 (80403)

353  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representations he has received with regard to the reform of the Mental Health Act 1983 since the publication of the Draft Mental Health Bill.

 (80483)

354  Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to help sufferers of arthritis.

 (80890)

355  Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished provider spells in hospital for 0-18 year olds there were in 2000-01, in each (a) health authority and (b) NHS trust.

 (80599)

356  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that relevant NHS staff, with particular reference to General Practitioners, are trained in the prescription, administration, review and recording of medicines for older people.

 (80114)

357  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether all NHS hospitals have in place policies for the assessment and management of pain.

 (80112)

358  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review his policy regarding the parallel use of opiate pain killers and strong sedatives with older people.

 (80116)

359  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent measures he has taken to ensure that local prescribing guidelines are in place governing the prescription of powerful pain relieving and sedative medicines throughout the NHS.

 (80115)

360  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on anticipatory prescribing following the observations made by the Commission for Health Improvement following publication of their report 'Portsmouth Healthcare NHS Trust at Gosport War Memorial Hospital'.

 (80113)

361  Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent changes the Government has made to improve the system of registration for qualified overseas nurses who want to work in the NHS in England and Wales.

 (81010)

362  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in implementing Standard 1 of the National Service Framework for mental health.

 (81045)

363  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost to public funds of making non-residential social services free of charge for (a) people aged over 65 and (b) people in receipt of Disability Living Allowance.

 (80455)

364  Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses working for the NHS were trained abroad, for each year since 1990.

 (80713)

365  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many junior doctors have enrolled in the NHS since 1997.

 (80388)

366  Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average hours of junior doctors were in 1997; and what they were at the latest date for which figures are available.

 (80143)

367  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the national strategy on hepatitis C will be implemented; what funding will be available; and what timetables are proposed.

 (80809)

368  Sandra Osborne (Ayr): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the criteria for awarding contracts for the provision of NHS care from companies outwith the UK.

 (80900)

369  Sandra Osborne (Ayr): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health care companies from outwith the UK have contracts with the UK Government to provide care within the National Health Service; and if he will list the companies and countries involved.

 (80902)

370  Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he is in negotiations with a third party over the future of Cane Hill, Coulsdon; and if he will make a statement.

 (80786)

371  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how he intends to improve the recruitment and retention of nurses in Redbridge.

 (80537)

372  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trusts are running financial deficits; and what the likely aggregate amount is of the deficits this financial year.

 (81023)

373  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) administrative, (b) managerial, (c) clerical and (d) other non practicing medical personnel are employed in (i) the Department of Health, (ii) National Health NDPBs, (iii) Health Trusts, (iv) PCTs and (v) hospitals.

 (81260)

374  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the ratio is of medical and clinical staff practising in the National Health Service to total staff employed by his Department, health NDPBs and the NHS.

 (81024)

375  Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell & Wishaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the regulations whereby two or more prescription charges are payable when two or more medicines are prescribed in circumstances where medicines are in one pack and cannot be taken separately.

 (80130)

376  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the National Service Framework delivery strategy for diabetes before the end of this year.[R]

 (80788)

377  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that the diabetes National Service Framework makes it clear to local health bodies that diabetes is a funding priority; and if he will make a statement.

 (80787)

378  Phil Sawford (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made into the biomedical research on chronic fatigue syndrome and ME; and when NICE will provide guidance on management and treatment for patients with ME.

 (80421)

379  Phil Sawford (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Medical Research Council will report on their strategy for advancing biomedical and health services research on chronic fatigue syndrome and ME.

 (80424)

380  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what systems are in place to (a) identify and (b) collect payment from illegal immigrants and others who use the National Health Service and are subject to the charges to Overseas Visitors Regulations 1989, as amended.

 (80955)

381  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out the total amount collected by the NHS under the NHS charges to Overseas Visitors Regulations in each of the last three years for which records exist; and if he will make a statement.

 (80956)

382  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in which document he publishes his Department's business plan targets; and if he will make a statement.

 (80641)

383  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the payment to dentists under the National Health Service relates to the time involved and costs incurred by the dentist.

 (80730)

384  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients can be given dental care at the National Health Service Treatment Centre in Fareham.

 (80803)

385  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the population in the Fareham and Gosport Primary Care Trust area is registered with dentists in the National Health Service.

 (80802)

386  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the development of a Diagnostic and Treatment Centre at the Royal Hospital Haslar.

 (80799)

387  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the financial cost of (a) retaining services at the Royal Hospital Haslar and (b) bringing such services together on the Queen Alexandra Hospital site in Cosham.

 (80729)

388  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists are accepting new adult patients within the National Health Service in the Borough of Gosport.

 (80801)

389  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what dental facilities are available within the National Health Service in the Gosport area.

 (80800)

390  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002.

 (80774)

391  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken since 1997 to develop preventative services to identify children at risk of abuse.

 (81064)

392  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the adoption of children by homosexual couples; what assessment he has made of research into whether it provides a stable foundation for the raising of children; and what assessment he has made of possible gender confusion in children that are adopted by homosexual couples.

 (81067)

393  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for local authorities in the UK to put in place area child protection committees to look at safeguarding children.

 (81065)

394  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in developing a system of identification, referral and tracking for every child at risk of social exclusion in each local authority.

 (81066)

395  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what areas of police (a) deployment, (b) management and (c) enforcement he is responsible to Parliament for in terms of parliamentary questions.

 (80526)

396  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his policy towards the tapping of telephones of honourable Members.

 (80518)

397  Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for how many days York's Clifford Street Police Station was closed during and following the flood in York in November 2000; what was the revenue cost to the North Yorkshire police authority of the closure; what assessment he has made of the wider economic cost to other people in North Yorkshire who use the police station and are protected by its services; what damage was done to the building; how much it cost to repair; and whether the cost of the repairs was covered by insurance.

 (80997)

398  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions in each of the last five years cyclists have been prosecuted for exceeding the speed limit.

 (80397)

399  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there have been in each of the last five years of cyclists for (a) cycling the wrong way down one-way streets, (b) riding on pavements, (c) cycling through traffic lights at red, (d) using footpaths designated for pedestrians and (e) failing to carry cycle lights at night.

 (80398)

400  Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Department will publish its review of its action plan to implement the recommendations of the HMCPSI/HMIC joint investigation into the investigation and prosecution of cases involving allegations of rape; and if he will make a statement.

 (80548)

401  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what grounds the Home Office Project Licence to the Joint Universities Study on Deer Hunting was refused.

 (80821)

402  Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made within Essex following the introduction of the Government's Crime Reduction Strategy.

 (80887)

403  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress on the Government's assessment of the Refugee Council 'core and cluster' model of accommodation centre; and if he will make a statement on the methods of evaluation of the different models of accommodation centre for people seeking asylum being planned by the Government.

 (81044)

404  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will define the different models of accommodation centre that the Government is planning for people seeking asylum.

 (81043)

405  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to adopt the Refugee Council care and cluster model of accommodating centres.

 (81042)

406  Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign spouses and fianceĢ(e)s were admitted to live in the UK with their British spouses in each year from 1990.

 (80708)

407  Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish figures showing the (a) population density and (b) inflow of migrants in the most recent available year in each country of the EU.

 (80707)

408  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the terms of reference are of the research he has commissioned into the effectiveness of strip searching; what consideration he has given to providing the manual completion and compiling of strip search records while an IT solution is being prepared; and what information on strip searches he has tasked the Prison Service IT provider to monitor.

 (81213)

409  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the IT developments within the Prison Service completed in the past two years; what developments are in production stage; and what his priorities are for development over the next five years.

 (81214)

410  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information he has collated on the use of strip searches and alternative body search technology in the prison regimes of other Council of Europe Member States.

 (81223)

411  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the security alert rating was for the country in each year since 1997.

 (81005)

412  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual consumption of heroin was in each year since 1992.

 (81000)

413  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Special Constables were employed by each police service in each year since 1992.

 (81003)

414  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) child curfew orders and (b) child safety orders there have been in each year since their introduction.

 (81004)

415  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the conviction rate in crown courts was in each year since 1992.

 (81001)

416  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the conviction rate was in relation to the overall number of estimated crimes in each year since 1992.

 (81002)

417  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been convicted of dealing in heroin in each year since 1992.

 (80999)

418  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to change the number of police officers in Nottinghamshire Constabulary's 'B' Division.

 (80704)

419  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce community support officers into Nottinghamshire Constabulary's 'B' Division.

 (80703)

420  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been (a) refused and (b) granted asylum in the last 12 months; and what definition of child is used for this purpose.

 (80532)

421  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what punishments are given to prisoners who, by urine test, are discovered to have taken (a) heroin and (b) cannabis.

 (80531)

422  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the trends in assaults on workers in the retail sector; and what action he has taken in the light of such assessments.

 (80541)

423  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to combat human trafficking and associated sex-slavery in the UK; and what assessment he has made of the size of this problem in (a) the UK and (b) London.

 (80535)

424  Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell & Wishaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to launch an inquiry into the misuse of air and pellet guns.

 (80135)

425  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much (a) Home Office funding, (b) National Assembly funding and (c) local authority funding was received by North Wales Police in each of the last 10 years at present-day prices.

 (80579)

426  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the value was of stolen art and artefacts in the last year for which information is available.

 (80984)

427  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police forces employ specialists in stolen art and artefacts.

 (80985)

428  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to provide a national database of stolen art and artefacts; and if he will make a statement.

 (80983)

429  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to improve precautions against illegal immigration in East Sussex.

 (80679)

430  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants have been apprehended in East Sussex in the last 12 months.

 (80716)

431  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002.

 (80777)

432  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action is being taken to encourage international coffee roaster companies to carry out value added processing within developing countries.

 (80945)

433  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to other international donors regarding the untying of overseas development assistance.

 (80948)

434  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with representatives of the (a) United Nations and (b) World Bank regarding the coffee industry in (i) Central Africa, (ii) South America and (iii) India and Eastern Asia; and if she will make a statement.

 (80941)

435  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance she has offered for the treatment of patients suffering from the outbreak of visceral leishmaniasis disease in Southern Sudan.

 (80940)

436  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contribution her Department is making to the G8 education fast track initiative in low income countries.

 (80938)

437  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made towards the implementation of the G8 education fast track initiative in low income countries.

 (80939)

438  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress is being made towards the selection of additional low income countries for inclusion in the G8 education fast track initiative.

 (80937)

439  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress is being made towards increasing the levels of HIV/Aids testing in Zimbabwe.

 (80936)

440  Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on her meeting with the presidents of Rwanda and Uganda on 17th October 2002.

 (80889)

441  Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what emergency aid has been provided to Southern Africa in recent months.

 (80751)

442  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions her Department has had with government ministers in Afghanistan to ensure the safety of Afghan girls attending school.

 (80562)

443  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the nature and outcome of her meeting with the President of the Euopean Bank for Reconstruction and Development on 21st October.

 (80563)

444  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how (a) the UK Government and (b) the European Union is responding to the most recent appeal from the World Food Programme for food for Ethiopia.

 (80602)

445  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with the UN's Emergency Unit for Ethiopia regarding the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia and the response of the international community to the humanitarian situation facing Ethiopia.

 (80601)

446  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the re-integration of ex-soldiers into civil society in Angola.

 (80566)

447  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the progress of the National Reconciliation Programme in Angola.

 (80567)

448  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with (a) the Government of Indonesia, (b) the Government of East Timor and (c) the UNHCR to ensure the return of children being held illegally in West Java to their families in East Timor.

 (80569)

449  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the number of East Timorese children being held illegally in West Java; and what assessment her Department has made of the number of children that have been returned to their families in East Timor.

 (80568)

450  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made in eliminating gender disparity in primary and secondary education in developing countries; and what her Department's strategy is for meeting targets related to this.

 (80554)

451  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial support her Department has provided to the fast-track education initiative established by the World Bank.

 (80555)

452  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the money her Department pledged to Afghanistan for this year has been disbursed; and when she expects to disburse the remainder of the money.

 (80573)

453  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid her Department provides per capita to (a) Afghanistan; (b) Bosnia; and (c) Rwanda, and what proportion of this is disbursed (i) bilaterally and (ii) through the European Commission.

 (80572)

454  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian situation in Eritrea; and how much money her Department is giving to help the people of Eritrea.

 (80558)

455  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money her Department has given to the Government of Afghanistan to pay the salaries of public servants.

 (80571)

456  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the food needs of the people of Ethiopia; what proportion of these are being met by the international community; how much of these food needs are being met by Britain; and whether her Department intends to increase the volume of food being delivered to Ethiopia.

 (80577)

457  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) the European Union's and (b) her Department's response has been to the drought and food shortages in Ethiopia.

 (80576)

458  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her strategy is for delivering food to vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe when the Government of Zimbabwe obstructs food aid.

 (80574)

459  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has detailed contingency plans for delivering food to the people of Zimbabwe in the event of an emergency.

 (80575)

460  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo concerning sexual crimes being committed against women by the armies; and what pressure her Department is putting on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to investigate such crimes and bring perpetrators to justice.

 (80561)

461  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the Government is doing to equip hospitals in Afghanistan.

 (80560)

462  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when (a) she and (b) ministers in her Department last visited Ethiopia; and when she next intends to do so.

 (80578)

463  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions her Department has had with (a) the Government of Eritrea, (b) the Eritrean Relief and Refugee Committee and (c) the UN over the humanitarian situation in Eritrea.

 (80559)

464  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the countries which the Government assesses as having poor records on human rights, and in which CDC Capital Partners makes investments.

 (80565)

465  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much humanitarian assistance her Department provides for refugees in Burma.

 (80564)

466  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of rates of maternal mortality in Africa; and what recent evaluation she has made of the impact of her Department's programmes on rates of maternal mortality.

 (80550)

467  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department's health budget for the current year for Africa is allocated directly to (a) hospitals, (b) clinics, (c) NGOs and (d) governments; and if she will make a statement.

 (80551)

468  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on progress in meeting the global aim of a basic education for every child by 2015; in which countries her Department supports education; and what recent evaluation her Department has made of the impact of her Department's programmes on meeting its education targets.

 (80553)

469  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on the creation of paramedical health personnel to administer simple treatments in developing countries.

 (80552)

470  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance is being provided to hospitals in Afghanistan to ensure they have regular supplies of electricity.

 (80570)

471  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which non-Governmental organisations working in Ethiopia she has consulted regarding the current humanitarian situation in Ethiopia; and on what dates.

 (80600)

472  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to increase world pharmaceutical sales (a) to the developing countries and (b) to Africa.

 (80557)

473  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans are in place to maintain the quality of education in the commitment to reach the millennium target on improving access to education.

 (80556)

474  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002.

 (80775)

475  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what efforts the Government has made to ensure that the commitments made at the Johannesburg Summit to provide access to safe water are kept by all states.

 (81056)

476  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures will be taken by the Government to reach its targets for access to basic sanitation and in developing water efficiency plans.

 (81057)

477  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proposals the Department has to follow up the Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development with more environmental and social objectives.

 (81055)

478  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of overseas aid has been directed to basic healthcare and education services for children, and how much this is in real terms, in each year since 1997.

 (80987)

479  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on co-operation with charities and donor agencies; what recent progress has been made; and what proposals she has for further co-operation.

 (80988)

480  Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, for how many days York Magistrates' Court was closed during and following the flood in York in November 2000; what arrangements were made to transfer cases to other premises during the closure; what were the direct costs of transferring these cases and the indirect costs to the public purse of the loss of use of the York court; and what assessment he has made of the wider economic cost to those using York Magistrates' Court and the lawyers representing them of the closure.

 (80995)

481  Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what damage was done to York Magistrates' Court by the flood in November 2000; how much it cost to repair the damage; and whether the cost of the repairs was covered by insurance.

 (80996)

482  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he expects the Divorce (Religious Marriages) Act 2002 to come into force.

 (80714)

483  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the reason was for the delay in answering the letter of 9th January sent by the honourable Member for Ilford North on behalf of Mr Paul Michael Challis.

 (80508)

484  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps he has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002.

 (80767)

485  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what information he collates on the average price of petrol paid by motorists in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland; when he last discussed fuel prices with major companies supplying petrol to Northern Ireland retail outlets; and if he will make representations to reduce the price paid by Northern Ireland motorists at petrol stations.

 (80807)

486  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what alternative proposals he intends to put forward to replace the 11 plus selection procedure.

 (81266)

487  David Burnside (South Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the completion date is for the Review of the Horticulture Sector; and what the timescale is for consultation by the agricultural industry.

 (80111)

488  David Burnside (South Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the vacant post of Top Fruit Advisor for the apple industry; and what the timescale is for an appointment to this position.

 (80110)

489  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is the total cost per annum of the British Irish Joint Secretariat, based at Windsor House in Belfast; and how the cost are allocated between the British and Irish Governments.

 (80676)

490  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff are employed by the British Irish Joint Secretariat at Windsor House in Belfast; and what proportion of these staff members are appointed by the (a) British and (b) Irish Governments.

 (80677)

491  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost has been of the Parades Commission in each year since its inception.

 (80664)

492  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he as to make pension provision for part-time members of the police reserve in Northern Ireland.

 (80673)

493  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will provide a breakdown of the £142,000 listed as miscellaneous expenses in the fourth Annual Report of the Parades Commission.

 (80666)

494  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce legislation to make provision for the appointment of a Chief Fire Officer in Northern Ireland.

 (80662)

495  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in implementing the recommendation made by the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee in their second report published in March 2001 in which they called for greater transparency in the procedures adopted by the Parades Commission.

 (80667)

496  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the main functions are of the British Irish Joint Secretariat based at Windsor House in Belfast.

 (80678)

497  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will provide a breakdown of the travelling and incidental expenses listed in the fourth Annual Report of the Parades Commission, giving details of the expenses claimed by each Commissioner.

 (80665)

498  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he has received the Final Report from Sir George Quigley on his review of the Parades Commission; and what plans he has to publish the Report.

 (80663)

499  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to make extra funding available to the National Health Service for the provision of the drugs Eubrel and Remicaele to those who suffer from severe rheumatoid arthritis in Northern Ireland.

 (80672)

500  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many of the new social housing units projected for this financial year have been constructed; and when the rest will be constructed.

 (80584)

501  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the New Build Social Housing Programme for 2002-03.

 (80583)

502  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many hours of additional training is required to enable PSNI personnel to discharge a Baton Gun to be fired in situations other than public disorder; what the minimum distance is at which a baton round may be discharged at a human target; what level of authorisation is required for this use of the baton gun; and what the reporting requirements are.

 (80634)

503  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he has taken to collect information from hospitals and general practitioners that have treated injuries as a result of impact damage of the L21A1 plastic baton round; and what (a) quantitative and (b) qualitative information has he received.

 (80633)

504  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what rules govern the relationship between the police and the Army in situations of civil disturbance.

 (80632)

505  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many prison officers have been informed they are on the intelligence list stolen by SF/IRH, how many have been accepted on to the S.P.E.D. scheme for alternative housing; and what the total amount offered to those who choose to stay in their homes for installing additional security measures has been.

 (80824)

506  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the delay by the planning service in issuing tree preservation orders for the proposed Campbell College development on the site of Cabin Hill School.

 (80516)

507  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the President of the Council, if he will list for each government bill to be introduced this session the form of pre-legislative scrutiny to which it will be subject.

 (80640)

508  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his practice to decide whether to comment on leak enquiries on a case by case basis.

 (80521)

509  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the powers which he may exercise under the Royal Prerogative; and if he will make it his policy to (a) keep a list of his use of Royal Prerogative powers and (b) place it in the Library each year.

 (80520)

510  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the areas of written questioning on which he will not answer written questions in this session.

 (80522)

511  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish the full accounts of the Security Services.

 (80519)

512  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a table of his Departments' performance in replying to Members' correspondence.

 (80525)

513  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will undertake a review of the areas of written questions which his Departments do not provide answers to.

 (80524)

514  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the Ministers in each department with responsibility for (a) programmes, (b) policy and (c) legislation which makes specific reference to children and young people under the age of 18, indicating their titles and responsibilities.

 (80470)

515  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to put the legal advice given to Government in the Library, when appropriate.

 (80523)

516  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the names of people within the Honours Nomination and Ceremonial Units who (a) make decisions, (b) make recommendations, and (c) are regularly consulted in respect of gallantry and honours awards.

 (80757)

517  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Prime Minister, who appoints members of (a) the Honours Nomination Unit and (b) the Ceremonial Unit.

 (80760)

518  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Prime Minister, what efforts the Government makes to assure the country of the accountability and balance of the numbers and decisions made by (a) the Honours Nomination Unit and (b) the Ceremonial Awards Unit.

 (80759)

519  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Prime Minister, what guidance he gives to Ministers who are in breach of the Ministerial Code relating to public announcements.

 (80645)

520  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Prime Minister, what embargos are in place relating to press notices concerning legislation to be proposed in the Queen's Speech; and if he will make a statement on his policy relating to briefing the press, with special reference to the Extradition Bill.

 (80643)

521  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has amended paragraph 27 of the Ministerial Code relating to current announcements.

 (80644)

522  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the result of the referendum in Gibraltar.

 (80814)

523  Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Prime Minister, what the total cost to the Government was of chartering (a) RAF and (b) civil aircraft for ministerial travel between 31st March 2001 and 31st March 2002.

 (80527)

524  Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West): To ask the Prime Minister, what rules govern the retention of gifts given to members of the Royal Family when they are undertaking official tours.

 (80816)

525  Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West): To ask the Prime Minister, what the ceiling is on the value of gifts which may be retained by Ministers when they are undertaking official visits.

 (80817)

526  Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if she will make a statement on the effect that implementation of the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations will have on Scottish shipyards.

 (81007)

527  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support is being given to encourage the harnessing of the potential for generation of hydro-electricity in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; and how much support is given to wind generation.

 (80819)

528  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she and her officials have had with her European counterparts regarding the recycling of nickel-cadmium batteries; and what plans there are to ban nickel-cadmium batteries (a) thoughout the European Union and (b) in the UK.

 (80898)

529  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the value is of the contracts awarded in decommissioning Dounreay Nuclear Reprocessing Plant during each of the last five years to companies with their registered office in (a) the Highlands and Islands region, (b) Scotland and (c) UK.

 (80142)

530  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with (a) BAe Systems and (b) the Government of Thailand regarding (i) proposed sale of defence equipment to Thailand and (ii) the promotion of Thai poultry exports.

 (81039)

531  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent commitments her Department has made to help promote the development and export of poultry meat from Thailand.

 (81068)

532  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) amount and (b) proportion of the Government's budget for regional selective assistance to the Government's South West Zone has been allocated to (a) Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and (b) the remainder of its zone in each of the last four years for which information is available.

 (80758)

533  Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what new measures her Department proposes to introduce in respect of fireworks.

 (80895)

534  Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many homes in Essex were without power from 27th October 2002 for (a) 24 hours, (b) 36 hours, (c) 48 hours, (d) three days, (e) four days and (f) more than four days.

 (80476)

535  Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with electricity suppliers since 27th October 2002.

 (80477)

536  Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to ensure that compensation is paid by the electricity supply companies following the power cuts on and after 27th October 2002.

 (80475)

537  Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many appeals from former Icelandic water trawlermen have been dealt with by the independent adjudicator.

 (80119)

538  Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many refused claims for compensation for former Icelandic water trawlermen have been overturned (a) at first appeal and (b) by the independent adjudicator.

 (80121)

539  Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will include the Erimo on the list of eligible vessels for the purpose of the compensation scheme for former Icelandic water trawlermen.

 (80120)

540  Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many refused claims for compensation for former Icelandic water trawlermen are awaiting (a) first appeal and (b) a decision by the independent adjudicator.

 (80118)

541  Sandra Osborne (Ayr): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the export licences which have been approved for arms sales to Israel in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

 (80901)

542  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost is of the Business Link advertisement campaign broken down by (a) newspapers, (b) radio and (c) television.

 (80482)

543  Phil Sawford (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on sustainable energy requirements in the British Isles.

 (80425)

544  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment she has made of the damage to the electricity distribution network caused by trees and branches during recent storms; and if she will make a statement.

 (80880)

545  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to resume cutting back trees and branches close to power lines to avoid disruption to power supplies; and if she will make a statement.

 (80827)

546  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Member for South Norfolk of 10th June if he will place details of the direction in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (80620)

547  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002.

 (80772)

548  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, under what circumstances someone would get compensation under the Claims Handling Agreement for illnesses contracted from mining work.

 (80738)

549  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what changes are to be made to the Claims Handling Agreement to allow for more people to get larger sums of compensation for their illnesses and for different types of illness that can be contracted to be included; and if asthma is to be included in the CHA under circumstances other than temporary exacerbation of the condition.

 (80728)

550  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people have received hospital treatment in each of the last five years following collisions between cyclists and pedestrians.

 (80393)

551  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people in the United Kingdom own pedal cycles.

 (80394)

552  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the number of accidents caused by cyclists bumping into pedestrians on (a) pavements and (b) public carriageways in the last year for which figures are available.

 (80396)

553  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will estimate how many people used a pedal cycle at least once a week in each of the last five years.

 (80395)

554  Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the response and recommendations of the Disabled Persons' Transport Advisory Committee to the Government's review of the disabled persons' parking card scheme.

 (80763)

555  Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the review team of the DVLA will report on the outcome of its inquiry into the confusion caused by the wording of Question 2 on the H1 medical questionnaire about angina; and if he will make a statement.

 (80761)

556  Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the review of the disabled persons' parking card scheme will be completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (80762)

557  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to permit camera systems to be used to aid enforcement against illegal turning movements by vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

 (80490)

558  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the accuracy of the information held by the DVLA.

 (80805)

559  Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of parking enforcement notices were not paid due to inaccuracy of information provided by the DVLA in each of the last five years.

 (80806)

560  Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the UK-based shipping companies which have increased the number of UK ratings in their employment since the introduction of the tonnage tax.

 (80893)

561  Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether he intends to make a full environmental impact statement about options for expansion of airports in the South East of England.

 (80711)

562  Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment has been made of the cost of (a) a bypass round Hitchin and (b) widening the M1 in evaluating the case for a new long runway at Luton airport.

 (80712)

563  Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether he has carried out a comparison of forecasts made by the Roskill Committee of (a) air travel, (b) plane movements and (c) runway use with actual outcomes since that time.

 (80710)

564  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to encourage recruitment of (a) British officers and (b) cadets in the Merchant Navy.

 (80958)

565  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the level and effectiveness of security at airports, particularly (a) perimeter fencing, (b) outbuildings and (c) airside generally.

 (80960)

566  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the conditions of work of foreign nationals on un-registered ships.

 (81054)

567  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what security checks are being undertaken on airport-related staff on recruitment of (a) baggage handlers, (b) dispatches, (c) security staff and (d) other airport workers.

 (80959)

568  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list (a) the location and (b) the number of major train safety incidents in each year since 1992.

 (81006)

569  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what guidance exists for the erection of 30MPH repeaters in lit streets.

 (80621)

570  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what financial contribution in euros has been made by the Irish Government in the financial years (a) 1994-95, (b) 1995-96, (c) 1996-97, (d) 1998-99 and (e) 1999-2000 under the terms of an agreement reached in 1985 for the sharing of certain costs incurred by the Commissioners of Lights in the Republic of Ireland.

 (80812)

571  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the Trinity House Lighthouse Service has been successful in obtaining further maintenance work under contract from other bodies; and if he will list contracts (a) entered into and (b) pending and their financial value.

 (80811)

572  Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much revenue in the form of light dues has been collected in each financial year since 1997-98 from ships calling at ports in (a) Scotland, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) England and Wales, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) the Republic of Ireland.

 (80810)

573  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many cars are (a) owned and (b) leased by the Department for the use of Ministers and employees.

 (81022)

574  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many new sets of traffic lights have been installed in (a) London and (b) the rest of England since April 1997.

 (81244)

575  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people enter London by (a) the M1 and (b) the Great Northern railway between 8 am and 9 am on a working week-day morning.

 (81252)

576  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the project for a new station at Wokingham will begin on the ground.

 (81258)

577  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the safe braking distance is of a 125 mph diesel train to stop from maximum speed.

 (81247)

578  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many trains an hour can enter Paddington from the West; and what his plans are for capacity for Paddington.

 (81249)

579  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many miles of urban road have been given safety improvements since 1997.

 (81032)

580  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many traffic lights in London have been replaced in the last two years.

 (81245)

581  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many miles of new road are under construction in London and the South-East under the supervision of the Highways Agency.

 (81256)

582  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many miles of (a) new dual carriageway road and (b) new railway line have been constructed in the last two years.

 (81028)

583  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people enter London by (a) the Great Western Railway and (b) the M4 between 8 am and 9 am on a working week-day morning.

 (81253)

584  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the percentage occupancy is of the UK bus fleet on normal timetable services.

 (81020)

585  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many trains an hour can enter London on a single track.

 (81251)

586  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the average age is of the UK bus fleet.

 (81030)

587  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many trains an hour it is safe to run on the Central Line on the London Underground.

 (81250)

588  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how mach money has been (a) granted to and (b) guaranteed for Network Rail.

 (81021)

589  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many miles of (a) new railway line and (b) new dual carriageway road he plans in (i) 2003-04 and (ii) 2004-05.

 (81027)

590  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the safe braking distance is for a diesel commuter train to stop from a speed of 70 mph.

 (81246)

591  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much has been spent on new investment on the railway network by Rail Track in Administration over the last year.

 (81259)

592  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many trains per hour enter Waterloo; and what his plans are for capacity there.

 (81248)

593  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what emissions of (a) carbon monoxide, (b) hydrocarbons, (c) oxides of nitrogen and (d) particulates are generated by (i) a four car new DMU train on a normal commuter service, (ii) a new bus on an urban test cycle, and (iii) an average new car on an urban test cycle.

 (81254)

594  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the average speed is of traffic in central London; what it was (a) five and (b) 10 years ago.

 (81031)

595  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people work for the Highways Agency in the South-East of England and London.

 (81257)

596  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many miles of road in London have been closed to through traffic since 1997.

 (81029)

597  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to reduce speed limits in urban areas; and if he will make a statement.

 (80886)

598  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002.

 (80770)

599  Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with colleagues in the National Assembly of Wales on new business start-ups.

 (81009)

600  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list by office, incidents of assaults on staff using the Home Office British Crime Survey definition, which have occurred in Jobcentre Plus Pathfinder offices in the year to 22nd October.

 (80792)

601  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list, by region, incidents of assault in Benefits Agency, Employment Service and Jobcentre Plus offices for 2002.

 (80791)

602  Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the process by which his Department compiles the questions used on benefit application forms.

 (80815)

603  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the impact of the voluntary sector on the labour market.

 (80408)

604  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the Government plans to reform the rules on availability for work to make it easier for people out of paid employment to take voluntary work; and if he will make a statement.

 (80407)

605  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on the extension of housing benefit to cover water charges; and if he will make a statement.

 (81046)

606  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to improve the effectiveness of the New Deal for Young People in areas with the lowest success rates.

 (80540)

607  Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell & Wishaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when new carers over the age of 65 will be eligible to apply for Carers Benefit.

 (80133)

608  Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell & Wishaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of claims for Disability Living Allowance have been (a) refused and (b) granted after a review or appeal since April 2001.

 (80131)

609  Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell & Wishaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the numbers of people of working age who are able and willing to work, but are neither working, nor registered as seeking work or as claimants.

 (80132)

610  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the number of employees who are (a) contracted out and (b) not contracted out of the state pension; and what the corresponding figures were (i) one year earlier, (ii) two years earlier and (iii) five years earlier.

 (81049)

611  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002.

 (80768)

612  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Cabinet Office, how many ministerial special advisers have been (a) appointed and (b) dismissed since the introduction of the EU Fixed Term Workers Directive; of those dismissed, how many had been employed as special advisers for over four years; and if he will estimate the additional cost if advisers had been employed on a permanent basis.

 (80899)

613  Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Cabinet Office, what information was given to retired civil servants prior to the transfer of their pension administration to the private firm Capita; and how many complaints have been received about (a) the change and (b) the manner in which the change was effected.

 (80797)

614  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to review the security of his Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on his Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002.

 (80765)


615  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his assessment is of the deterrent capabilities of the Taser M26.

 [Transferred]   (80624)

616  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans have been made for the recruiting of additional special constables in Nottinghamshire Constabulary's 'B' Division.

 [Transferred]   (80699)

617  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of petrol stations in the UK supply liquefied petroleum gas to customers.

 [Transferred]   (80505)

618  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact of requiring (a) new and (b) refurbished petrol stations to provide liquefied petroleum gas.

 [Transferred]   (80506)

619  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what strategies her Department has adopted to promote the supply of liquefied petroleum gas.

 [Transferred]   (80504)

620  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to address levels of credit card debt.

 [Transferred]   (80737)

621  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what he estimates the annual cost of credit card fraud to be in the UK economy.

 [Transferred]   (80735)

622  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions her Department has had with credit card companies regarding levels of credit card debt.

 [Transferred]   (80738)

623  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with credit card companies and the banking industry regarding credit card fraud.

 [Transferred]   (80734)

624  Phil Sawford (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the percentage of pensioners in the Kettering constituency who will benefit from the Pension Credit to be introduced in October 2003.

 [Transferred]   (80419)

625  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on allowing Brigadier Gordon Kerr to give evidence and otherwise to co-operate with the inquiry undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner into collusion in Northern Ireland.

 [Transferred]   (80128)

626  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list (a) the number of children in residential care and (b) the total number of staff in residential care establishments for children on 1st June in each of the years since 1997.

 [Transferred]   (80474)

627  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has to improve the interdependence and effectiveness of advocacy and support services for children in residential care and their preparation for independent living when they leave residential care.

 [Transferred]   (80471)

628  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has to improve the (a) pay, (b) conditions, (c) training and (d) career prospects of staff in residential care establishments for children.

 [Transferred]   (80473)

629  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason bookmakers are required by the Horse Race Betting Levy Board to have their accounts signed by a registered auditor, where their turnover is between £250,000 and £1 million.

 [Transferred]   (80137)

630  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many bookmakers registered with the Horse Race Betting Levy Board have recorded turnovers of (a) less than £250,000, (b) £250,000 to £1 million and (c) above £1 million in 2001-02.

 [Transferred]   (80138)

631  Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will allow persons who (a) have a reasonable fear of domestic or other violence or (b) are deemed a security risk to be removed from the published version of the Electoral Register without losing their right to vote.

 [Transferred]   (80785)

632  Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research he has undertaken into the links between illegal and unlicensed mini-cab touting and other crimes; and what the findings were.

 [Transferred]   (80536)

633  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to amend the treatment of hearsay evidence.

 [Transferred]   (80499)

634  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received on trial by jury.

 [Transferred]   (80498)

635  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to exclude those with a close connection to the justice system from jury service.

 [Transferred]   (80500)

636  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on illegal immigrants and the exploitation of migrant workers in Northern Ireland.

 [Transferred]   (80820)

637  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total combined strength of the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment has been for (a) part-time and (b) full-time soldiers in each year since its formation.

 [Transferred]   (80661)

638  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time soldiers are enlisted with each of the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment.

 [Transferred]   (80660)

639  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Prime Minister, what plans there are for the Independent Appointments Commission to make further appointments of non-party political peers to the House of Lords.

 [Transferred]   (80674)

640  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action is being taken to diversify agricultural sectors away from coffee production in Sub-Saharan African countries.

 [Transferred]   (80947)

641  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress is being made to implement the International Coffee Organisation quality scheme of coffee imports.

 [Transferred]   (80942)

642  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has made to the US Government regarding membership of the International Coffee Organisation.

 [Transferred]   (80944)

643  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to remove lowest grade coffee from importing country stocks.

 [Transferred]   (80943)

644  John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that coffee products sold in the UK are labelled to indicate coffee quality.

 [Transferred]   (80946)

645  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many accidents there have been at air shows in each of the last 10 years; and how many (a) fatalities and (b) injuries resulted from these.

 [Transferred]   (80790)

646  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many public air shows have been held in each of the last 10 years; and how many of these involved (a) vintage aircraft and (b) former military planes.

 [Transferred]   (80789)

647  Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell & Wishaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to further restrict the sale of pellet and air guns.

 [Transferred]   (80134)

648  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she is taking to prevent trade in ivory products; and if she will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (80885)

649  Denzil Davies (Llanelli): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the deposition which he presented to the Secretariat of the Convention in his capacity as Her Majesty's Government's representative on the Convention on the Future of Europe.

 [Transferred]   (80406)

650  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the number of people who no longer receive one or more of income support, housing benefit or council tax benefit as a result of the introduction of the minimum wage.

 [Transferred]   (80607)




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