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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 25 November 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 25 November 2002, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

MONDAY 25th NOVEMBER

1  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will meet the Honourable Member for Banbury and a delegation from Cherwell District Council and representatives of local tenants groups to discuss the future of council housing in Cherwell.

 (83023)

2  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his policy is on the employment of people over the age of 60 in the Civil Service.

 (82536)

3  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people over the age of 60 (a) are employed in the Civil Service and (b) were appointed to full-time positions in the Civil Service in the last 12 months.

 (82535)

4  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what costs are being centrally reimbursed to fire authorities in respect of additional expenses they incur due to the strikes by the fire brigade union.

 (82598)

5  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he intends to publish the Government's response to the survey on the economics of park homes; and if he will make a statement.

 (82517)

6  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what action has been taken by the Government subsequent to the Government Response to the Recommendations of the Park Homes Working Party in November 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (82518)

7  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the sustainability strategy is for his Department; and if he will make a statement on how it has changed since the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

 (83497)

8  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received concerning Surrey County Council's Spatial Strategy; and if he will make a statement.

 (83446)

9  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he next plans to undertake a street count of those living rough in (a) Bristol and (b) Somerset.

 (83343)

10  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many incidents of arson there were in (a) Chesterfield and (b) Derbyshire in each year since 1997.

 (83140)

11  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many incidents of arson there have been in the United Kingdom in each year since 1992.

 (83139)

12  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department's bid to the Capital Modernisation Fund for an additional £217 million to fund extra equipment and training for firefighters for a CBRN emergency has been successful.

 (82586)

13  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much additional funding has been granted to each fire authority since 11th September 2001 for CBRN training, protection equipment and additional search and rescue equipment.

 (82585)

14  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many CBRN decontamination facilities have been established since 11th September; and where they are located.

 (82587)

15  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether it is possible for a father's name to be left blank on a birth certificate in a case where the name of the father is known.

 (82564)

16  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether it is his policy to permit local authorities a greater discretion in the setting of discounts for council tax payable by single people.

 (82573)

17  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people are employed by the (a) Regional Development Agency and (b) Regional Assembly in Somerset.

 (83390)

18  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, who the members are of the Committee for English Regions; who funds the Committee; and who is responsible for the Campaign for the English Regions.

 (82893)

19  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans there are to help with match funding in areas that receive Objective 2 funding.

 (83388)

20  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many local authorities have established staff anti-fraud practices; and what form these systems have taken.

 (83268)

21  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the reports the Social Exclusion Unit is working on and the proposed completion dates in each case.

 (83271)

22  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the Department of Education and Skills and (b) the Department of Health regarding runaway children in care.

 (83275)

23  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) local authority staff and (b) members of the public were found to have been involved in fraudulent activities against local authorities in each year since 1997; and at what financial cost.

 (83270)

24  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many complaints his Department has received from (a) local authorities, (b) service providers and (c) service users regarding the implementation of the Supporting People strategy.

 (83273)

25  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many local authorities have not drawn up a shadow Supporting People strategy.

 (83272)

26  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when his Department next plans to undertake a street count of those living rough in (a) London and (b) West Sussex.

 (83274)

27  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if a hotline for reporting fraud within and against local authorities has been introduced.

 (83269)

28  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many local authorities have implemented the Learning Curve neighbourhood renewal scheme; and if he will list them.

 (83267)

29  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what methodology is used to count the number of rough sleepers; and what plans he has to change this.

 (83276)

30  David Maclean (Penrith & The Border): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of rural deprivation in the local government formula grant review.

 (83146)

31  David Maclean (Penrith & The Border): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what research was conducted 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.

 (88143)

32  David Maclean (Penrith & The Border): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what account he has taken of the extra cost of providing services in rural areas in the local government formula grant review.

 (83145)

33  David Maclean (Penrith & The Border): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what impact changes in the local government formula grant will have on public services in Eden District Council, Cumbria.

 (83144)

34  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what advice army officers have given to his Department regarding crossing Fire Brigades Union picket lines to use fire fighting equipment.

 (83197)

35  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures have been taken to strengthen the parish tier of local government.

 (83508)

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

 (83507)

37  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department's review of the effectiveness of the implementation of PPG3 includes assessment of how sensitively possible conflicts with PPGs 15 and 16 have been resolved in practice.

 (82462)

38  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, under what conditions planning applications for housing development will be exempted from his policy that all new developments should have densities of 30 dwellings per hectare or above.

 (82458)

39  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to allow councillors on planning committees to make public statements on planning applications.

 (82714)

40  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will publish his Department's research into the effectiveness of implementation of PPG3 and on the progress made by local authorities in carrying out urban capacity studies; and if he will make a statement.

 (82456)

41  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what consultations his Department is having as part of its research into the effectiveness of implementation of PPG3; and whether these consultations include contacts with (a) English Heritage and (b) the DCMS with regard to the impact of urban infill on the historic environment and heritage of cities.

 (82463)

42  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of (a) partnership working between counties in cross-border policy making on PPG3 issues and (b) the effectiveness of regional planning bodies in facilitating this; and if he will make a statement.

 (82461)

43  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what advertising campaigns and public awareness campaigns have been undertaken by his Department in each year since 1997, and what the cost was of each company.

 (83415)

44  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many mobile phone masts have been constructed in England and Wales, in each year since 1997 in each local authority area.

 (83412)

45  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many empty properties there were in England and Wales in each year since January 1997 in each local authority area.

 (83413)

46  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many regional visits within the United Kingdom were undertaken by him and other ministers since May 2001; and how many times he has visited (a) Wales and (b) Scotland since May 2001.

 (83422)

47  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will publish the sources of the anecdotal evidence he has evaluated that the right to buy rules were being exploited in some areas.

 (83509)

48  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many overseas trips were undertaken by him and other Ministers since May 2001 itinerary, which officials and dignitaries they met; and what the itinerary was of each visit.

 (83421)

49  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on reasons for which data is not available beyond 2000 for the number of malicious fires attended by local authority fire brigades.

 (83456)

50  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many council households have been transferred under stock transfer in each local authority area, in each year since 1997.

 (83406)

51  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many homes have reached the decent homes target.

 (83407)

52  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what forms of consultation the Government has used to determine public support for regional assemblies.

 (83423)

53  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what criteria the Government will use to determine public support for regional assemblies.

 (83424)

54  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding or authorisation for spending will be provided for yes and no campaigns in regions which decide to hold a referendum on regional assemblies.

 (83441)

55  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many households owned by councils have met the Government's decent homes target in each local authority.

 (83410)

56  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many special advisers were employed in his Department in (a) May and (b) November.

 (83419)

57  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many households in the registered social landlord sector have met the Government's decent homes target.

 (83409)

58  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many applications have been approved for development on green-belt land in each year since June 1997 in each local authority area; and what locations were involved.

 (83414)

59  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions Ministers and officials of his Department have held with the research team at Heriot-Watt University investigating the right to buy scheme; what was discussed at each meeting; who attended; and when each meeting took place.

 (83510)

60  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many households are in the registered social housing landlord sector.

 (83408)

61  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which Minister has responsibility for parish councils; and if he will make a statement.

 (83411)

62  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to review right to buy; and if he will make a statement.

 (83417)

63  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has further to encourage use of brownfield sites; and if he will make a statement.

 (83418)

64  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will increase grant payments to local education authorities to take account of the EU benchmarks.

 (83205)

65  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what procedure an applicant must undertake to seek the permanent closure of areas of the public highway to prevent use by motorised vehicles; and what action is open to opponents to seek to prevent such an order being granted.

 (82466)

66  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his estimate is of the number of second homes claiming a council tax discount in each local authority area in (a) Devon, (b) Cornwall, (c) Somerset and (d) Dorset.

 (82969)

67  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether it is his policy that fire resources should be co-ordinated on a regional or sub-regional basis.

 (83256)

68  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) statutory and (b) other role fire brigades have in relation to (i) risk reduction and risk management in relation to non-fire emergencies, (ii) community fire safety and fire reductions, (iii) fire safety enforcement and (iv) emergency preparedness against terrorist, biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear threats.

 (83255)

69  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which RDAs have contributed to investment in airport terminal capacity; and how much was invested at each airport.

 (82546)

70  Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what was the percentage increase in (a) SSA, (b) expenditure (revenue and capital) and (c) government grant for Wakefield MDC in the 10 years from May 1992; and what the comparable statistics are for aggregate local government expenditure.

 (83159)

71  Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his estimate is of the retained capital receipts from the sale of council houses by Wakefield MDC at May 1997; how much has been released since that date and what the value is of unreleased receipts.

 (83162)

72  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the means by which scores for (a) OFSTED, (b) SSI and (c) other inspections are aggregated in the Comprehensive Performance Assessment process; and what criteria must be met for a local authority to achieve each CPA grade.

 (83590)

73  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which fire brigades are organized around the need to respond to fire incidents.

 (83253)

74  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the dates of (a) CPA inspections of each local authority and (b) other inspections which contribute to the CPA process.

 (83591)

75  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what groups in the Fire Service are disadvantaged by current shift arrangements.

 (83257)

76  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) qualifications are required and (b) criteria are adopted for selection of members of CPA inspection teams.

 (83592)

77  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many emergency calls in the last 12 months to fire brigades were related to (a) fires and (b) other incidents.

 (83254)

78  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the work of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, with particular reference to Stoke on Trent North.

 (83438)

79  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Fire Cover Review and its recommendations; and when he intends to give his response.

 (83437)

80  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what impact changes in the local government formula grant will have on public services in Babergh.

 (82841)

81  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the honourable Member for Middlesborough, representing the Church Commissioners, what the policy is of the Church Commissioners on the division of costs arising from an ecclesiastical court hearing into a planning application to site a mobile phone mast in a church spire.

 (82840)

82  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment has been undertaken of the impact of the Government contract with Marine Odyssey Inc. for commercial salvage on an historic wreck upon the prospects for future UK accession to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage.

 (82988)

83  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her policy is on the protection, management and care of historic wrecks of non-UK origin located in the UK's domestic waters.

 (82987)

84  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what English Heritage's role is in relation to proposed salvage operations on the wreck believed to be that of the 17th century warship, Sussex.

 (82978)

85  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total budget is for (a) her Department and (b) its agencies for official travelling in 2002-03.

 (83030)

86  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress concerning the restitution of works of art looted by the Nazis.

 (82955)

87  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the sustainability strategy is for her Department; and if she will make a statement on how it has changed since the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

 (83496)

88  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Arts Council on the funding of sexually explicit material.

 (82596)

89  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, under what circumstances deposits required for applications for community radio station licences will be returnable; what levels of deposit are required for individuals applying for licences for community radio stations; and what assessment she has made of the types of organisations and individuals who are likely to apply for licences to run new community radio stations.

 (83301)

90  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many ex-servicemen's welfare organisations in West Sussex applied for National Lottery funding last year.

 (83302)

91  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people there were per static library in each shire authority in England in 2002.

 (82489)

92  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the average annual investment in new book stock in libraries was for each shire authority in England in the last 12 months.

 (82490)

93  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the amount spent by each local authority per head of population on library services in 2002.

 (82488)

94  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the BBC 24 News report will be placed in the Library.

 (82534)

95  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what advice was (a) sought from and (b) given by the Cultural Property Unit of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to his Department in connection with the proposed partnering agreement between the Government and Marine Odyssey Exploration Inc. to salvage antiquities from a wreck believed to be that of the 17th century warship, Sussex.

 (82980)

96  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a UK Government archaeological observer will be on board vessels deployed by Marine Odyssey Exploration Inc. to monitor their operation in relation to salvaging from the wreck believed to be that of the 17th century warship, Sussex.

 (82981)

97  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provision has been made to terminate the contract with Marine Odyssey Exploration Inc. if the salvage operation on the wreck believed to be that of the 17th century warship fails to meet established standards of archaeological research.

 (82982)

98  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department first entered into discussion with Marine Odyssey Exploration Inc. in relation to proposals to salvage antiquities from the historic wreck believed to be that of the 17th Century warship Sussex.

 (82986)

99  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the archaeological, historic and cultural heritage assets being disposed of by the Defence Disposal Agency; and what the (a) means and (b) mode of disposal are in each case.

 (82983)

100  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which body will be responsible for assessing artefacts recovered from the wreck believed to be that of the 17th century warship Sussex to establish (a) their archaeological significance and (b) the most appropriate means of retention or disposal under the terms of the partnering agreement between Marine Odyssey Exploration Inc. and the UK Government.

 (82985)

101  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library the contract between the Government and Marine Odyssey Exploration Inc. for salvage operations on the wreck believed to be that of the 17th Century warship Sussex.

 (82984)

102  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average expected wear time is for a pair of standard issue (a) combat boots and (b) desert boots; and what the actual wear time was for (i) combat boots and (ii) desert boots in each year since 1997.

 (82537)

103  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many pairs of combat trousers were available to an infantry company every three months in each year since 1996; and how many are available.

 (82543)

104  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints he has received in the last 12 months from infantry soldiers regarding the quality of (a) combat boots, (b) combat trousers, (c) sleeping bags and (d) tents.

 (82538)

105  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many infantry soldiers own their own (a) boots, (b) sleeping bags and (c) tents.

 (82539)

106  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times his Department has changed supplier for (a) combat boots and (b) combat trousers since 1997; and what the reasons were for the change.

 (82540)

107  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average wear time was for a pair of infantry combat trousers in each year since 1996.

 (82541)

108  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has held with the Kenyan Government about the future clearance of unexploded ordnance on land in Kenya made for military training by British forces.

 (83360)

109  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the viability of contracting out the (a) locating and (b) clearing of unexploded ordnance at the Archers Post training ground in Kenya.

 (83357)

110  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department has the capability to carry out airborne surveys of military training sites to detect (a) exploded and (b) unexploded ordnance.

 (83356)

111  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long the clean up of unexploded munitions at Archers Post training site in Kenya took in the spring of (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002 operations.

 (83355)

112  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what surveying techniques are used by the Army in locating unexploded ordnance to be cleared at Archers Post, Kenya.

 (83361)

113  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what clearance techniques for removing unexploded ordnance are met at Archers Post, Kenya.

 (83358)

114  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the agreement between his Department and the Kenyan Government on the clearing of unexploded ordnance at Archers Post and other training grounds in Kenya.

 (83359)

115  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to introduce pension provision for part-time soldiers in the Royal Irish Regiment.

 (83044)

116  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the sustainability strategy is for his Department; and if he will make a statement on how it has changed since the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

 (83498)

117  Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the investigation of allegations of (a) rape and (b) bullying at the Army Training Regiment in Whittington Barracks near Lichfield; and what steps he is taking to reassure relations of soldiers' at the barracks of their safety.

 (81166)

118  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the ordnance survey co-ordinates for low level jet fighters training run routes over the Taunton Constituency.

 (83341)

119  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints he has received in each of the last 24 months about (a) the RAF and (b) the USAF and US Navy low flying jet fighters on training runs flying over the Taunton Constituency.

 (83340)

120  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding from his Department has been provided for Outreach programmes run by ACFA in the financial year 2001-02; what will be provided in financial years (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.

 (82959)

121  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the impact of the deployment of service personnel to provide fire cover on the ability of the Armed Forces to respond to a CBRN attack in the UK.

 (82952)

122  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the impact of industrial action by firefighters on their response times in the event of a terrorist attack against military targets in the United Kingdom.

 (82905)

123  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information he has received from the US Government about Iraq's possession of the dusty form of VX nerve agent; and if he will make a statement.

 (82566)

124  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what defence-related issues were decided at the EU General Affairs Council on Tuesday 19th November; and if he will make a statement.

 (82555)

125  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military personnel manning Green Goddess applicances have been drawn from units usually employed on security duties at military bases in the United Kingdom.

 (82906)

126  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he made after 11th September 2001 of the role of civilian firefighters in the event of terrorist attack against military targets in the United Kingdom.

 (82902)

127  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is government policy that the EU should not take over the peacekeeping mandate in Macedonia unless permanent arrangements for EU-NATO relations are in place.

 (82557)

128  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to sign a Queen's Order conferring rights to call up extra reserves in the event of military action being undertaken before the firefighters' dispute has been settled.

 (82910)

129  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what overall assessment he has made of the implications of industrial action by firefighters on the safety and security of military installations in the United Kingdom.

 (82907)

130  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what emergency powers are available to enable the mobilisation of reserve forces in the event of terrorist attack on the United Kingdom.

 (82909)

131  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what issues will be discussed at the NATO Summit on 21st and 22nd November.

 (82558)

132  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reserve forces are available (a) to assist in firefighting duties and (b) to replace regular service personnel engaged in firefighting duties during industrial action by civilian firefighters.

 (82908)

133  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what costs were incurred as a result of his ministerial direction regarding the Strategic Sealift programme.

 (82567)

134  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions there have been between his Department and firefighters' leaders on action to be taken by striking firefighters in the event of a terrorist attack against military installations in the United Kingdom.

 (82904)

135  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether NATO will extend its mandate in Macedonia beyond 15th December; and if he will make a statement.

 (82556)

136  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what special training has been given to civilian firefighters to work with the armed services in the event of chemical, biological or radiological attack against the United Kingdom; and whether such skills are shared by service personnel substituting for civilian firefighters on strike.

 (82093)

137  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) representations and (b) advice his Department has received about the legality of operating low frequency active sonar systems; and if he will make a statement.

 (82117)

138  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the US Navy on low frequency active sonar; and if he will make a statement.

 (82139)

139  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have left the Armed Forces by Premature Voluntary Release in each of the last 15 years; and what the 10 most commonly cited reasons given for Premature Voluntary Release are.

 (82118)

140  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of Armed Forces personnel who sign on for 22 years reached the 22 year point of their service in each of the last 15 years.

 (82119)

141  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force have been subject to a manning control review in each of the last 15 years; in which regiments of the Armed Forces the policy of manning control has been practised over the past 15 years; and what the (i) start and (ii) end dates of the policy were.

 (82128)

142  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what legal assistance is available to members of the Armed Forces; and if he will make a statement.

 (82120)

143  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force tested positive for the use of controlled substances in the most recent testing programme; and if he will list those personnel discharged, broken down by military rank.

 (82121)

144  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of those discharged from the Armed Forces for the use of controlled substances could be liable to an enforced call-up to reserve forces.

 (82122)

145  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he has plans to re-designate 2 and 52 Infantry Brigades as Rapid Reaction Light Infantry Brigades.

 (82123)

146  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he has plans to upgrade or replace the night-vision system on the Apache helicopter.

 (82124)

147  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much he estimates repairs to HMS Nottingham will cost; and if he will make a statement.

 (82125)

148  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what internal inquiries have been held into accidents involving Ministry of Defence property or equipment since 1997; what insurance policies the Ministry of Defence has in place to insure against accidents involving Ministry of Defence property or equipment; and if he will make a statement.

 (82126)

149  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many documents personnel from (a) the Army, (b) the Naval Service and (c) the Royal Air Force would normally be asked to sign (i) during the first year of service, (ii) during each subsequent year and (iii) before being sent on a deployment; and what the figures were in each of the past 15 years.

 (82127)

150  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel who elected for Premature Voluntary Release in each year since 1996 were issued with a manning control warning certificate beforehand.

 (82129)

151  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has made to the Pentagon about the use of US aircraft by Israel in the occupied territories.

 (82588)

152  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the combined explosives force is of 20 anti-tank missiles of the types lost in the Bristol Channel recently.

 (83391)

153  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the emergency planning centres are in Somerset.

 (83392)

154  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the report on the lost anti-tank missiles in the Bristol Channel will be put in the Library.

 (83393)

155  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Homelessness Unit regarding homeless ex-servicemen; what welfare policies are in place to prevent young ex-servicemen becoming homeless; and what plans he has to introduce further policies.

 (83299)

156  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements are made by his Department to compensate the NHS for medical staff called up as reservists.

 (83405)

157  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army are (a) medical officers, (b) nurses and (c) CMTs.

 (83404)

158  Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many spare Challenger tank engines are held in stock by (a) his Department and (b) the UK defence industry.

 (82912)

159  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the longest gap was between the submission of a written question in the last parliamentary session and his Department providing (a) a substantive reply, (b) a holding reply and (c) a 'will write' response.

 (83252)

160  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many 16 to 18 year olds in the armed services have died in service since 1982; how many died as a result of firearms accidents; and if he will specify the other causes of death.

 (83232)

161  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many servicemen under the age of 18 years have suffered accidents involving firearms in each of the last five years.

 (82928)

162  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what advice he has taken on whether the limitation of the right of under 18 year olds to leave the armed forces if they consider that they have made a mistaken decision to join is compatible with the Human Rights Act 1998.

 (83233)

163  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many young servicemen have left the armed services in each of the last five years as a result of 'unhappy under 18s' regulations.

 (82937)

164  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a formal mechanism will be made available for the public to register their views on missile defence with his Department.

 (83126)

165  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the capabilities of the two new aircraft carriers will be; how many and what types of aircraft and helicopters will be on board; and if he will make a statement.

 (83224)

166  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of BAE Systems' bid for the position of prime contractor for the new aircraft carrier; how many jobs will be dependent on this procurement; and if he will make a statement.

 (83229)

167  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions have taken place with US and British companies on the design and procurement of the aircraft carrier in relation to the carrier-borne aircraft.

 (83225)

168  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what defence systems the new aircraft carriers will have; and what the minimum protection required will be from the surface fleet on operations.

 (83226)

169  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with companies wishing to be the prime contractor for the procurement of the new aircraft carriers; and when the decision will be made.

 (83223)

170  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures he will introduce to modernise the Defence Fire Service; if he will make a statement on their capabilities; how many DFS establishments there are in the UK; how many fire engines and specialist teams are available; and what proposals he has to increase these levels.

 (83228)

171  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proposals there are to privatise the Defence Fire Service; and who would have control of the service if there were a major crisis.

 (83227)

172  
N  
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which frigate the UK intends to sell to Thailand.

 (83014)

173  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) average amounts paid to English local authorities and (b) amount paid to Leeds education authority per pupil were in respect of (i) educational standard spending, (ii) standards fund and (iii) other special and specific grants in each of the last three years.

 (83472)

174  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in Leeds West aged (a) 0-5, (b) 5-11, (c) 11-16 and (d) 16-18 were diagnosed as having (i) severe learning difficulties and (ii) moderate learning difficulties at the latest date for which figures are available.

 (83473)

175  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his latest estimate is of how many vacancies there are in the construction industry in Leeds.

 (83488)

176  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations he has received from teaching professionals on the proposed education plans in accommodation centres for asylum seekers.

 (83433)

177  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the implications of an education separate from their local community schools for asylum seeker children.

 (83424)

178  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what systems will be put in place to ensure that the standard of education in accommodation centres for asylum seekers will be equivalent to those in mainstream schools.

 (83432)

179  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to deal with anti-semitism on university campuses and in student unions; and if he will make a statement.

 (82954)

180  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether he has been consulted on the proposed merger of Imperial College and University College, London.

 (82420)

181  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the sustainability strategy is for his Department; and if he will make a statement on how it has changed since the world Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

 (83499)

182  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to change the interest rates charged to students who receive loans from the Student Loans Company.

 (82418)

183  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions regarding extending the eligibility criteria for benefits to students in higher education.

 (82419)

184  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive regarding his Department's enquiry into funding for students in higher education.

 (82417)

185  
N  
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much revenue has been raised by selling information contained on Connexions cards.

 (82605)

186  Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to develop a universal career service.[R]

 (82887)

187  Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress he has made towards the targets for adult learning announced in March 1999 as part of the National Learning Targets for 2002.[R]

 (82889)

188  Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which organisations the Government has consulted on the review of the funding for adult learning; and what further consultation is planned.

 (82888)

189  Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much financial support the Government has given, in the past three years, for initiatives to promote lifelong learning and adult education to (a) the BBC, (b) ITV companies, (c) Channel 4, (d) Channel 5 and (e) independent local radio stations.[R]

 (82886)

190  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what targets the Learning and Skills Councils have for (a) the 16 to 18 age group, (b) the post-19 age group and (c) lifelong learning.

 (83564)

191  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what provision is made in his Departmental budget for funding the upper pay scale for teachers.

 (82957)

192  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list non-governmental organisations receiving (a) up to £5,000 and (b) over £5,000 in grants from his Department; to which NGOs he plans to award grants in 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

 (82958)

193  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding from his Department has been provided to the Outreach programmes provided by ACFA in financial year 2001-02; what will be provided in (a) 2001-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.

 (82961)

194  Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of additional post-threshold pay progression for teachers will be met by additional central Government funding; and whether this extra money will recur in future financial years.

 (83430)

195  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many incidents of arson there were in, and what the cost of the damage was to (i) state primary schools, (ii) state secondary schools, (iii) all state schools, (iv) further education colleges and (v) higher education institutions, in each county in each year since 1992.

 (83137)

196  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance he has issued on the use of texts for A-level which contain explicit sexual language.

 (82565)

197  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what definition he uses of the term corporate parents.

 (83277)

198  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students who took up medical degrees in (a) this academic year and (b) in each year since 1997 were from overseas, and what proportion this represents.

 (83278)

199  Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many young people have received the educational maintenance allowance in North East Lincolnshire.

 (82920)

200  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what training teachers providing drugs education in secondary schools are required to undertake.

 (82933)

201  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what comparison has been made of places for careers among school leavers by the careers service in coalfield areas, compared to the national average.

 (82885)

202  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the provision of a minimum standard of drugs education in secondary schools.

 (82934)

203  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the effects of Sure Start programmes on children's health.

 (83166)

204  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what additional resources will be given to local education authorities to extend free early education to all three-year-olds.

 (83167)

205  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent on the School Access Inititative programme in each year since it was introduced; and which schools are not eligible to apply for financial assistance under the programme.

 (83168)

206  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what activities are being undertaken by his Department to promote the take-up of education in prisons; what incentives exist within the penal system to encourage the take-up of education by prisoners; and if he will make a statement.

 (82457)

207  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many prisoners were undertaking level 1 Open University courses during the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (82460)

208  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much the Open University has spent on funding distance learning courses for prisoners in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (82459)

209  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding his Department has targeted on preventative education programmes about (a) drugs and (b) youth offending; what funding is targeted at vulnerable groups; and if he will make a statement.

 (82711)

210  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the additional spending required in England to meet EU educational benchmarks.

 (83204)

211  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what gender balance is in graduates of mathematics, science and technology in England.

 (83201)

212  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of English students completed upper secondary education in the last year for which figures are available.

 (83202)

213  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the rate of early school leavers was in England in the last year for which figures are available.

 (83200)

214  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many extra sixth form higher education and further education places will be required in England by 2010 to meet the EU education benchmarks.

 (83203)

215  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentages of 15 year olds were low-achieving in (a) reading, (b) mathematical and (c) scientific literacy in England in the last year for which figures are available.

 (83198)

216  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the average income of graduates over their working lives compared to the average income this same group would have earned had they not obtained a higher education qualification.

 (82776)

217  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will estimate the level of funding required if university grants had been maintained at their final level in (a) real terms and (b) actual terms in (i) 1998-99, (ii) 1999-2000, (iii) 2000-01, (iv) 2001-02 and (v) 2002-03, broken down for students originating in (A) England and (B) Wales.

 (83011)

218  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the total income over the average working life of (a) graduates and (b) non-graduates; and what the sources are for this information.

 (82773)

219  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the total taxation paid over the average working life of (a) graduates and (b) non-graduates.

 (82774)

220  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of debt incurred in the course of doing a university degree as a proportion of lifetime income, as an average for graduates.

 (82775)

221  Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps are being taken to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing children can access the deaf accommodation model of inclusion in education.

 (83160)

222  Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps are being taken on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing children to ensure that they are placed in mainstream schools with a significant deaf peer group.

 (83161)

223  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made with the implementation of the Inter Departmental Child Care Review.

 (83439)

224  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what delays there have been in paying applicants under the rural payment schemes; and if she will make a statement.

 (82516)

225  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total budget is of (a) her Department and (b) its agencies for offical travelling in 2002-03.

 (83031)

226  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the sustainability strategy is for her Department; and how it has changed since the Earth Summit in Johannesburg.

 (83443)

227  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the foot-and-mouth contingency planning exercises in (a) Preston, (b) Carlisle, (c) Taunton and (d) Leeds in November.

 (82421)

228  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of Sudden Oak Death have so far been reported to her Department; what (a) preventative and (b) remedial action she (i) has taken and (ii) will take in regard to Sudden Oak Death; and what treatments are available for Sudden Oak Death.

 (83033)

229  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the salary is of the Chairman of the Parrett catchment project for 2000-01 and 2001-02; and whether his salary has been agreed for 2003.

 (83389)

230  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the accuracy of (a) digital mapping and (b) Ordnance Survey maps.

 (83386)

231  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local authorities which undertook kerbside recycling schemes have carried out a continuous scheme for longer than six months.

 (83298)

232  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received concerning the decision of the European Commission not to fine the French Government for the illegal imposition of a ban on the sale of British beef in France; what measures she proposes to take to seek compensation from the French Government for the losses incurred by British farmers for the period of the illegal ban; and what other redress she proposes to make to British farmers for the damage suffered by their business for the period of the illegal ban.

 (82915)

233  Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the organizations which (a) departmental officials and (b) ministers are meeting to discuss details of the proposed Animal Welfare Bill, and what matters will be discussed.

 (83017)

234  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what early assessment she has made of the long-term environmental impact of the sinking of the Prestige off the Spanish Atlantic coast.

 (83003)

235  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 19th 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 (a) during inspection for health certification purposes and (b) 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.

 (82996)

236  Joyce Quin (Gateshead East & Washington West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many DEFRA staff are employed in each Government Regional Office.

 (83353)

237  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the radiological leaks from Sellafield; when they took place; and what and how much radioactive material was leaked to the environment.

 (83251)

238  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the circumstances are that prevent Mr Howlett of Dartmouth from qualifying for the suckler cow premium.

 (82842)

239  Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much subsidy was received directly by farmers in the last 12 months; and what the average subsidy received by (a) arable and (b) livestock farmers was.

 (82897)

240  Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the proportion of her administration budget in the current financial year which is allocated to matters formerly within the responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

 (82895)

241  Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of UK food was locally produced in the last 12 months; and what the projection is for the next (a) five and (b) 10 years.

 (82898)

242  Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) land-owning farmers and (b) tenant farmers have left the industry in each of the last 10 years.

 (82894)

243  Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many employees work on matters formerly within the responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

 (82896)

244  
N  
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations and discussions she has had regarding the protection of wild mammals in urban areas.

 (82422)

245  
N  
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the number of wild mammals in urban areas by species.

 (82423)

246  
N  
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from British companies seeking to assist South East Asia countries export farm produce to the UK.

 (83013)

247  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when the detailed census data and analysis will be available.

 (83484)

248  Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many constituencies unemployment has (a) risen and (b) (i) risen and (ii) fallen by more than 30 per cent. in the past year.

 (83234)

249  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely implications for movement of capital into and out of Cayman Islands financial institutions as a result of compliance with the EU Draft Savings Directive if Switzerland (a) agrees and (b) does not agree to be bound by the directive.

 (83395)

250  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) women and (b) men were made redundant between the ages of 50 and 65 in each year since 1996.

 (82542)

251  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of when the UK will reach the UN target for overseas development assistance as a proportion of the gross national income.

 (83365)

252  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he estimates that the UK will achieve the UN target for overseas development assistance as a proportion of national income by 2015.

 (83363)

253  
N  
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the terrorist attacks of 11th September 2001 on the insurance industry, with particular reference to the cost of providing public liability and employers' liability cover to business; and if he will make a statement.

 (82830)

254  Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what review he is undertaking of the capital gains tax consequences of different dividend reinvestment practices in unit trusts and OEICS.

 (83425)

255  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the unique deferred VAT liability system on barristers' fees; and if he will make a statement.

 (82953)

256  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements are in place to ensure that cars seized by Customs and Excise have documentation to enable the return of such cars to their owners.

 (83447)

257  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much compensation has been paid to owners of cars seized by Customs and Excise when the decision has been overturned on appeal.

 (83448)

258  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cars seized by Customs and Excise in the last year were disposed of before an appeal to a tribunal.

 (83449)

259  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the sustainability strategy is for his Department; and how it has changed since the Earth Summit in Johannesburg.

 (83442)

260  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total annual budget of the Carbon Trust Low Innovations programme is in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05.

 (83541)

261  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Government will recycle a rising percentage of receipts from the Climate Change Levy directly into the Carbon Trust rather than through National Insurance Payments.

 (83542)

262  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated total of Treasury receipts from the Climate Change Levy is in 2002-03.

 (83540)

263  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what reasons underlay the decision not to include Bermuda in the EU draft directive on taxation and savings.

 (83215)

264  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the EU draft directive on taxation and savings on UK overseas territories.

 (83216)

265  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer which overseas territories will have to comply with the EU draft directive on taxation and savings.

 (83230)

266  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what procedures are in place to measure the effectiveness of Partnerships UK in delivering and developing public private partnerships; what plans his Department has for the future development of Partnerships UK; and if he will make a statement.

 (83214)

267  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of Partnerships UK in ensuring successful development and implementation of public private partnerships; what guidance has been given to Partnerships UK; and how this differs from guidance given to the Treasury Taskforce.

 (83134)

268  Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a list of the agency agreements in place between HM Customs and private companies.

 (83450)

269  Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome of the ECOFIN Council held on 5th November was, what the Government stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.

 (82936)

270  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what activities are undertaken by the H.M. Customs and Excise at Shoreham Harbour.

 (83259)

271  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many local staff are employed in customs inspections on traffic at Shoreham Harbour and Shoreham Airport.

 (83334)

272  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what customs checks are regularly carried out on traffic at Shoreham Harbour and Shoreham Airport.

 (83333)

273  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed by the H.M. Customs and Excise at Shoreham Harbour.

 (83260)

274  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of children were living in poverty in each constituency in the last year for which figures are available.

 (83189)

275  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the level of funding of the hold in trust policy for those countries yet to secure debt relief due to civil wars.

 (83193)

276  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many successful prosecutions there have been in Northern Ireland for the evasion of excise duty on motor transport fuels in each year since 1997.

 (83006)

277  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the loss in revenue from petrol and diesel smuggling into Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

 (83009)

278  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) vehicles and (b) litres of fuel were seized by HM Customs for alleged smuggling of petroleum products in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

 (83005)

279  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to tackle cross-border smuggling of petroleum products into Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

 (83007)

280  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent meetings have taken place between Ministers and officials and their Irish counterparts to discuss the smuggling of petroleum products into Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

 (83008)

281  Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he received the new pay and grading system for the Insolvency Service Submission; and when he will make an announcement.

 (83336)

282  Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a temporary suspension of the landfill tax for the flood victims of Moray.

 (83589)

283  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to provide debt relief to Ethiopia; what recent discussions he has had with international organizations about providing debt relief to Ethiopia; and if he will make a statement.

 (83153)

284  
N  
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the impact of the abolition of the advance corporation tax credit on private pension schemes.

 (81302)

285  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the accounting treatment of PFI prisons.

 (83237)

286  Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the impact of the charging of VAT on the material costs and fees associated with the development of private nursing homes.

 (83403)

287  Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the UK Overseas Aid Development budget to reach the UN target level of 0.7 per cent. of gross national income.

 (83401)

288  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the results of the CR74 record management exercise.

 (83206)

289  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of (a) men and (b) women in each local authority area not expected to live to the age of 70.

 (83000)

290  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer by what means the female partners of male recipients of the existing children's tax credit will be (a) identified and (b) notified of their entitlement to the proposed child tax credit.

 (82999)

291  Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has held with (a) the Junta de Andalucia, (b) the Spanish Government and (c) the Government of Gibraltar in relation to the proposed salvage operations on the wreck believed to be the 17th century warship, Sussex.

 (82979)

292  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to send a representative to the meeting scheduled for EU and SADC leaders to be held in Lisbon in April 2003; what representations he has made to other SADC and EU countries concerning this meeting; whether Zimbabweans on the EU travel ban list will be able to attend this meeting; whether he plans to support a relocation of this meeting to a venue outside of the EU; and if he will make a statement.

 (82772)

293  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received concerning banned Zimbabwean Ministers being granted visas to attend the EU-ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels at the end of November; under what terms these visas have been granted; what role the European Development Fund will have in funding these visits; and if he will make a statement.

 (82785)

294  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards Turkey's accession to the EU.

 (83420)

295  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the sustainability strategy is for his Department; and if he will make a statement on how it has changed since the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

 (83500)

296  Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome was of the General Affairs Council held on 18th to 19th November; what the Governent's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.

 (83152)

297  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answers of 18th November, Official Report, columns 9-10W, where the two meetings between Mr John Bredenkamp and British High Commission officials in Zimbabwe took place; when the meetings took place; who was present at each of these meetings; who spoke to Mr Bredenkamp in each of his two telephone calls; and what items were addressed in (a) the two meetings and (b) the two telephone conservations between Mr Bredenkamp and officials.

 (82515)

298  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions took place in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000 between British Government officials and (i) Mr Andrew Smith and (ii) other representatives of Avient Air in (A) Zimbabwe and (B) the UK with regard to (1) sales of military equipment, (2) military operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and (3) other matters.

 (83034)

299  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 19th November, Official Report, columns 44-50, whether discussions have taken place in the last two years between British Government officials and (a) Andrew Smith and (b) other representatives of Avient Air in Zimbabwe on matters other than the sale of military equipment.

 (82998)

300  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of British-made tear gas being used in Zimbabwe against citizens.

 (82568)

301  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information has been given to the United Nations over the killing of prisoners near Kunduz during the war in Afghanistan.

 (83178)

302  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations Her Majesty's Government has made (a) directly and (b) through the United Nations Security Council to the North Korean Government on its nuclear weapons.

 (83250)

303  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he has taken and will take at intergovernmental and European levels on accusations made by the Spanish Government and by the European Commissioner for Transport that the accident off Galicia involving the oil tanker Prestige was linked to Gibraltar's alleged failure to comply with Community legislation; and if he will make a statement.

 (83133)

304  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on Dutch Government proposals to reduce the influence of large member states in the European Union.

 (83665)

305  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on securing the rights of Roma people residing in Eastern European countries; and how their rights will be affected by European Union enlargement.

 (83664)

306  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with European colleagues on financial assistance to states to assist them in implementing programmes to protect minors against cruelty and exploitation.

 (83241)

307  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on protection by member states of migrant workers in Europe.

 (83240)

308  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much the overspend was on its new IT system; and what fee was paid to consultants on the new IT systems.

 (82532)

309  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to sell the Consular General's house in San Francisco; what the Estates Department's conclusion was on the sale of the Consular General's house in San Francisco following their visit there in February; and how much the visit of the Estates Department to San Francisco cost the Department.

 (82530)

310  
N  
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the UK Ambassador in Thailand has given to BAe to help them export to that country.

 (83016)

311  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his latest estimate is of the average cost per week of (a) keeping a person in hospital and (b) keeping that person in a nursing home in Leeds.

 (83476)

312  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were on alcohol and drug rehabilitation schemes on the NHS in Leeds Strategic Health Authority area; how many were waiting for places; and how many were given places, in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (83489)

313  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultants employed by the Leeds Health Authority and its trusts are suspended; and for how long they each have been suspended.

 (83482)

314  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Leeds West were in receipt of meals on wheels in each of the last five years.

 (83483)

315  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many alcohol and drug rehabilitation places are available on the NHS in the Leeds Strategic Area Health Authority; and if he will make a statement.

 (83474)

316  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were in care in Leeds in (a) 1972, (b) 1980, (c) 1990 and (d) 2000; and what percentage these represented of Leeds children.

 (83477)

317  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what long term assessment has been made of the use of the drug Ritalin; and if he will make a statement.

 (83478)

318  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letters from the Right honourable Member for Berwick upon Tweed dated 11th June and 24th July concerning new prescription policing arrangements.

 (81725)

319  Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to ensure that home care services are free at the point of need.

 (83337)

320  Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue guidance to local authority inspectors to enable them to interpret according to individual circumstances the physical standards regulations within the National Care Standards, when registering new community housing projects where service users will not have major physical support needs, including brain injury rehabilitation community housing services.

 (82924)

321  Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to monitor NHS clinical compliance with NICE recommendations.

 (82922)

322  Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will consult voluntary and charitable sector organisations who provide care home, supported and community housing services for people with disabilities in reviewing the effects of the National Care Standards.

 (82927)

323  Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to speed clinical implementation of recommendations by the Medical Devices Agency.

 (82923)

324  Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he plans to review the effect of the National Care Standards on the provision of care home, supported and community housing services to people with disabilities.

 (82926)

325  Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from voluntary or charitable sector providers of care home, supported and community housing services for people with disabilities concerning the application of the National Care Standards.

 (82925)

326  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter of the honourable Member for Tiverton and Honiton of 21st June, in respect of Dr Roger Stephenson, acknowledged by the Department on 1st July under reference PO 1011562.

 (82528)

327  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the amount received by the Exeter Hospice this year was an allocation from the NHS Cancer Plan for Specialist Palliative Care.

 (82599)

328  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average number of hours was an individual in (a) England and (b) Wales received domiciliary care in (i) May 1997 and (ii) the last month for which figures are available.

 (82496)

329  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) England and (b) Wales were receiving domiciliary care in (i) May 1997 and (ii) the last month for which figures are available.

 (82495)

330  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many days were lost in the NHS in (a) England and (b) Wales due to delayed discharges in the last 12 months; and what was the estimated cost to the NHS.

 (82836)

331  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients experienced delayed discharge from hospitals in (a) England and (b) Wales in the last quarter.

 (82835)

332  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the duration of delayed discharges, as a percentage of delayed discharges, waiting (a) less than 8 days, (b) 8 to 14 days, (c) 15 to 28 days and (d) more than 28 days in the last quarter.

 (82486)

333  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patients awaiting discharge from hospital were delayed from being discharged due to awaiting (a) a care home placement, (b) assessment, (c) public funding, (d) a domiciliary package and (e) other reasons in the last quarter.

 (82487)

334  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were cancelled in (a) England and (b) Wales in the last three months; and how many of these were due to delayed discharge.

 (82494)

335  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what means exist for overseas nurses recruited by agencies to report the failure of their agency to comply with the ethical foreign nurse recruitment policy.

 (82964)

336  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what function and powers the strategic health authorities have in (a) monitoring the provision and commissioning of specialised healthcare services and (b) managing the performance of individual primary care trusts.

 (82779)

337  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the basis is of his calculation of the baseline figure for 2001-02 and 2002-03 emergency readmissions.

 (82967)

338  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many responses his Department received as part of its review of commissioning arrangements for specialised services from (a) regional specialised commissioning groups, (b) local service providers, (c) commissioners, (d) patients' representatives and (e) carers' representatives; and how many responses were submitted directly.

 (82782)

339  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representations he has received on the member failures of care homes to pass on 'free' nursing care contributions to residents from (a) Members of Parliament by party group and (b) members of the public.

 (82965)

340  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who the members are of the small oversight review group that has been convened in order to consider questions from the review on commissioning specialised services from a national perspective; and whether the group has met.

 (82780)

341  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what directions his Department gave to the regional specialist commissioning groups in requiring them to seek the views of their local providers, commissioners and patients' and carers' representatives.

 (82777)

342  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to lay before the House the Statutory Instrument to extend the time limit for staff who were employed in care homes immediately before 1 April for obtaining checks from the CRB.

 (82966)

343  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements his Department is making to avoid confusion in the new payment system for free nursing care where PCT and social services boundaries are not coterminous.

 (82832)

344  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the transactional costs between PCTs and social services arising from the new payment system for free nursing care (a) by NHS Region and (b) for England.

 (82833)

345  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many agencies have been brought to the attention of his Department by workforce development confederations for failure to adhere to the ethical foreign nurse recruitment policy.

 (82963)

346  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the process and timetable is for completion of the review into commissioning specialised services; how the views of patients will be taken into account, and when he will announce the outcome.

 (82778)

347  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Department's survey on Arrangements for Commissioning Specialised Services in 2002-03.

 (82781)

348  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what expenditure he plans to undertake in 2002-03 to encourage public awareness of hepatitis C; and what proportion of that expenditure is planned for advertising on television.

 (83018)

349  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the number of carriers of hepatitis C in the UK; and what proportion of that total are likely to develop (a) cirrhosis of the liver and (b) cancer of the liver.

 (83019)

350  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his planned expenditure in 2002-03 on major advertising campaigns broken down by (a) campaigns and (b) advertising medium.

 (83020)

351  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the value of the use of digital television in the modernisation of the NHS.

 (80321)

352  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources he intends to devote in 2002-03 to the rollout of digital television to aid the modernisation of the NHS.

 (83022)

353  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioners, in each London borough, are operating a closed-list policy; and if he will make a statement.

 (83657)

354  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage more general practitioners to set up practice in Inner and Greater London; and if he will make a statement.

 (83658)

355  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has to give women greater rights in respect of the use of their frozen embryos; and if he will make a statement.

 (83563)

356  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirement there is on the special trustees of each of the London teaching hospitals to consider the health needs of (a) London as a whole and (b) the area of London the hospital services, when making decisions as to the use of assets and income under their control.

 (83130)

357  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce an equalisation scheme for the use of assets and income held by NHS special trustees.

 (83129)

358  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will reform the system of special trustees operating in NHS hospitals to increase accountability for decisions on spending; and if he will make a statement.

 (83128)

359  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the special trustees for each of the London (a) non-teaching NHS acute trusts and (b) teaching hospitals; how they are accountable for decisions; how they are appointed; what total value of (i) capital investments, (ii) other capital assets, and (iii) income they supervise; what projects over £100,000 they have financed in each of the last three years; what projects they intend to fund over £100,000 in the next three years; and if he will make a statement.

 (83127)

360  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the sustainability strategy is for his Department; and if he will make a statement on how it has changed since the world Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

 (83501)

361  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if private health scheme customers can benefit from the use of NHS facilities and medical care; and if he will make a statement.

 (83458)

362  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long it took to provide the result from a smear test in each health authority in the last year for which figures are available.

 (83457)

363  Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding is being made available, and over what timescale, for the implementation of the hepatitis C strategy published by his Department in August.

 (83551)

364  Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to issue guidance to primary care trusts on increasing the priority given to the diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C.

 (83552)

365  Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue guidance to General Practitioners drawing attention to the risk of hepatitis C infection through needle misuse, and promoting good health practice among those most at risk.

 (83553)

366  Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimates he has made of the costs of an education campaign in England and Wales to alert the public to the risks of hepatitis C infection.

 (83554)

367  Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of primary care trusts have an identified lead for sexual health and HIV services for their area; what proportion have in place arrangements for commissioning such services in consortia with neighbouring PCTs; what proportion have neither; which primary care trusts have yet to name a lead for sexual health and HIV services for their area and have not made provision for commissioning in consortia with neighbouring PCTs; when the report of the baseline service mapping exercise of sexual health and HIV services will be published.

 (83555)

368  Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many live births there were, broken down by ethnic groups, in hospitals in Buckinghamshire in (a) 2001, (b) 2000, (c) 1999, (d) 1998 and (e) 1997.

 (83335)

369  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide funding to enable the East Elmbridge and Mid-Surrey PCT to maintain current service levels next year.

 (83568)

370  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the expansion of the range of services provided by the primary care sector.

 (83565)

371  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which was the first primary care based accredited operating theatre in the country.

 (83566)

372  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on plans to locate a diagnostic treatment centre in mid-Surrey.

 (83567)

373  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of doctors suspended for over six months are (a) women and (b) from ethnic minorities; and if he will make a statement.

 (82991)

374  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents of arson against NHS properties there were; and what the cost of the damage was in each county in each year since 1992.

 (83136)

375  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many acute stroke beds are available in each hospital in the North Cheshire Hospitals Trust; and how many will be available in each hospital under the trust's plan A Vision for Future Services.

 (82707)

376  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people who had suffered a stroke were admitted to acute stroke beds in each of the hospitals constituting the North Cheshire Hospitals Trust in each of the past five years.

 (82706)

377  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department's 2003-04 Priorities and Planning Guidance will require action from hospitals on developing specialist stroke services; and if he will make a statement.

 (82705)

378  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 3rd October from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Karen Smith.

 (83426)

379  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he will take to encourage host social services to continue work currently undertaken to facilitate the discharge of patients not in their catchment area.

 (83492)

380  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) representations he has received on and (b) assessment he has made of the likely change in host social services facilitating the discharge of patients outside their catchment area, following the introduction of fines for delayed hospital discharge .

 (83491)

381  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce a pilot scheme of the delayed hospital discharge fines from 1st April 2003.

 (83494)

382  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he will take to facilitate the discharge of patients who do not live in the area served by the social services department in the hospital under his proposals to fine local authorities for delayed hospital discharge.

 (83490)

383  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what impact he expects the introduction of fines for delayed hospital discharge to have on those hospitals with (a) regional specialities and (b) large concentrations of patients from outside their area.

 (83493)

384  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reimbursement and relocation expenses are paid to nurses recruited to the NHS from countries other than the UK.

 (82576)

385  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many trained nurses there were in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001 in England and Wales.

 (82578)

386  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people left early from courses leading to a nursing qualification in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.

 (82575)

387  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NICE has made a final decision on the suitability of PDT for the treatment of macular disease.

 (82597)

388  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements have been made to treat mass casualties arising from a CBRN attack.

 (82582)

389  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulance personnel in each ambulance trust have been trained in dealing with a CBRN incident.

 (82581)

390  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements have been made to deal with the disposal of corpses contaminated by a CBRN attack.

 (82584)

391  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the provision of modern artificial limbs by the NHS to those whose arms require replacement.

 (82574)

392  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements have been made in establishing (a) a national doctrine, (b) national standards and (c) national commonality of equipment to enable ambulance services to respond to a CBRN incident.

 (82583)

393  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the Memorandum of Understanding agreed in December 2001 between his Department and the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions, setting out the arrangement for co-operation between the Fire Service and the Ambulance Service to respond to mass contamination of the public.

 (82579)

394  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Government spent on fees in respect of training nurses in the last year for which figures are available.

 (82577)

395  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many PCTs have fully developed plans to deal with CBRN emergencies.

 (82580)

396  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are on the waiting list for cancer treatment at Musgrove Hospital.

 (83385)

397  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Action on Dermatology programme capital projects have been awarded to primary care trusts in West Sussex.

 (83283)

398  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual cost of running the NHS Overseas Nurses Advice Line was in the last six months.

 (83329)

399  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he next plans to visit Mexico; and how many Memoranda of Understanding have been signed between the UK Government and other governments since 1997.

 (83326)

400  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made towards implementing NICE guidance on the use of atypical antipsychotic medicine for schizophrenia; and if he will make a statement.

 (83304)

401  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioner vacancies there were in each primary care trust in the last two years.

 (83289)

402  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many claims the NHS Litigation Authority received in the 2001-02 financial year in respect of employer liability; how much it paid out in costs; and how many cases remain outstanding.

 (83285)

403  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many graduate primary care mental health workers there are, in each NHS region.

 (83332)

404  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last met the Chairman of the BMA; and how many meetings he has had with him in the last 12 months.

 (83263)

405  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with university authorities and ministers at the Department of Education and Skills concerning the number of students applying for medical degrees.

 (83296)

406  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts have levels of tuberculosis higher than the national average.

 (83328)

407  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the ratio of administrative staff to total number of beds operating in the National Health Service was in each of the last 10 years.

 (83287)

408  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for his Department to improve the response rate to letters to honourable Members on behalf of their constituents.

 (83280)

409  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what constraints there will be on foundation hospital trusts' autonomy over the level of local pay settlements for clinical and non-clinical staff.

 (83311)

410  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the ratio of doctors to people is in England.

 (83288)

411  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the accountability mechanism for foundation hospital trusts.

 (83264)

412  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he has allocated funding to hospital trusts to be spent on increased security measures for staff and patients in hospitals.

 (83297)

413  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what policies he is introducing to make existing social workers realise that their work is valued.

 (83325)

414  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each primary care trust in West Sussex has spent this year on agency nursing staff.

 (83290)

415  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he next plans to meet the head of the tuberculosis unit at the Public Health Laboratory Service.

 (83327)

416  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of vacancies for GP posts there are; what the average number of applicants per GP vacancy post was in the last 12 months; and what the average time to recruit for a GP vacancy post in the Adur, Arun and Worthing Primary Care Trust was in the last 12 months.

 (83281)

417  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many claims in respect of employer liability remain unresolved by the NHS Litigation Authority; and of these, how many are up to (a) 6 months old, (b) 1 year old, (c) 2 years old, (d) 3 years old, (e) 4 years old and (f) over 4 years old.

 (83286)

418  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who will be eligible to sit on boards of foundation hospital trusts; and how they will be appointed.

 (83265)

419  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the White Paper on clinical negligence reform.

 (83282)

420  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many letters to him from (a) honourable Members and (b) members of the public remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) over six months, and (ii) over one year.

 (83279)

421  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to maximise compliance and minimise compulsion in relation to the use of antipsychotic medicines for severe mental illness.

 (83306)

422  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many elderly people have been given flu vaccinations in West Sussex; and what percentage of the elderly population of the county this represents.

 (83320)

423  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts have a higher than average tuberculosis level; and how much each trust will receive of the money being made available for tuberculosis.

 (83323)

424  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were cancelled in each of the last 10 years (a) as a total figure and (b) as a percentage of all patients treated.

 (83291)

425  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors from Europe the contracts signed by NHS trusts brought to the UK for each trust involved.

 (83284)

426  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each year since 1996 who have been appointed to a position within the NHS have declared a political interest, broken down by political parties; and what proportion of the total number of appointees this represents for each political party.

 (83293)

427  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spends on educating the public about prevention and awareness of tuberculosis.

 (83330)

428  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what level of cancer referral target times were being missed in each hospital trust in (a) 2002 and (b) 2001.

 (83310)

429  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding has been allocated to the Ophthalmology Choice scheme as a part of the Patient Choice Project; and for what duration.

 (83321)

430  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many oncology consultant vacancies there were in each of the cancer networks.

 (83308)

431  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish his mental health bill; and if he will make a statement.

 (83303)

432  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in West Sussex are waiting for cataract surgery, broken down by hospital trust.

 (83322)

433  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the last hygiene spot check inspection in English hospitals took place; and if he will publish the findings.

 (83294)

434  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS community psychiatric nurses there were in each year since 1995.

 (83331)

435  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he plans to give legal status to advance statements for people with severe mental illness.

 (83305)

436  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which studies are looking at screening homeless people more effectively; and when they will be finalised.

 (83324)

437  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his Department's preparation to deal with major accidents occurring during the industrial action by the FBU.

 (83307)

438  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which drugs referred to NICE have been rejected and subsequently subjected to the appeal mechanism; and which of them were successfully approved.

 (83309)

439  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the single longest wait recorded in an accident and emergency department has been this year.

 (83292)

440  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what improvement has been made by hospitals which had previously been put on special measures as a result of their poor hygiene standards.

 (83295)

441  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the diabetes National Service Framework implementation plan; and if he will make a statement.

 (83338)

442  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average levels of fees for residential and nursing home residents were in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001; and what the average is.

 (83536)

443  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received concerning his proposed amendment to Regulation 5 of the Care Home Regulations 2001, making it clear to residents what part of their fees relate to nursing, where the funding is coming from, and what part relates to other aspects of care; and if he will make a statement.

 (83535)

444  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when a comprehensive diabetic retinopathy screening programme will be in place in England.

 (83339)

445  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were in residential and nursing homes in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) at the latest available date.

 (83537)

446  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residential drug treatment centres there are in Nottinghamshire.

 (82930)

447  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the minimum health care standard to which prisoners are entitled.

 (83175)

448  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the National Service Framework for children to be published.

 (83174)

449  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many accidental deaths of people on low incomes have occurred in each year since 1997.

 (83170)

450  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his action to reduce the rate of conceptions among women under 18 years old.

 (83164)

451  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on increasing resources for child protection in connection with child pornography material seized by police.

 (83177)

452  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people sold their homes to pay for (a) nursing and (b) residential care in Shrewsbury and Atcham in the last year for which figures are available.

 (83183)

453  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which health authorities do not offer patients an appointment to see an eye specialist within one month.

 (83188)

454  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many premature babies have developed chronic diseases in each year since 1997.

 (83169)

455  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Shropshire were classed as delayed discharges in each NHS trust in the last year for which figures are available.

 (83186)

456  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children have been taken into protective custody in connection with paedophilia in each year since 1997.

 (83176)

457  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress in increasing the number of children who leave care to be adopted.

 (83165)

458  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research is being carried out by his Department into how individual personal choice might be improved on mental health.

 (82970)

459  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the value of land with development potential held by the NHS, broken down (a) by NHS trust and (b) by Strategic Health Authority region.

 (82971)

460  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the finding by the National Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Deaths on the impact on patient care in the NHS the availability and maintenance of medical records; and what measures he plans to take to address this issue.

 (83454)

461  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assumptions were made concerning doctors' work rotas in the workforce modelling undertaken as part of the Wanless Review of the long-term trends affecting the National Health Service.

 (83453)

462  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of doctors working in shifts on the level of perioperative deaths in NHS hospitals.

 (83451)

463  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what circumstances after August 2004 junior doctors will be subject to the limit on night workers of eight hours of work in any twenty-four hour period under the Working Time Directive.

 (83452)

464  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department gives to adults with autism.

 (82712)

465  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the nutritional standards of hospital food for (a) adults, (b) children and (c) vulnerable elderly people.

 (83346)

466  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on hotel charges for hospital services.

 (83344)

467  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the departments with which he has interdepartmental links regarding the protection of children from physical and sexual abuse; and when he has had meetings with each of these departments since May 1997.

 (83349)

468  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his plans for the role of the Children's Trusts.

 (83348)

469  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on charging patients for hospital food; and which hospitals charge patients for meals on the ward.

 (83347)

470  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list hospitals which charge for (a) television services, (b) telephone access and (c) internet access.

 (83345)

471  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in respect of contingency planning to deal with the call up of NHS staff as medical reservists, for how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) other medical staff cover would have to be arranged; and what assessment he has made of how this would affect performance targets for NHS institutions.

 (83399)

472  Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients died from a pulmonary embolism in each of the last five years.

 (83495)

473  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what rules govern the right of doctors to remove patients from their registers.

 (83258)

474  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to which department the Cancer Registries are responsible; whether they are covered by the code of practice on access to Government information; and if he will make a statement on the availability to the public of data from the Cancer Registries.

 (83249)

475  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the level of the financial deficit of the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath at the time of its merger with the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton; and how this has been apportioned.

 (82470)

476  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the financial deficit of the West Sussex Health Authority at its dissolution; and how this was divided between the primary care trusts that took over its commissioning role.

 (82469)

477  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the total cost of severance and redundancy payments to employees of the Bury Health Care, North Manchester Health Care, and Oldham and Rochdale NHS Trusts on the formation of the Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust.

 (82972)

478  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with O.R. International on their plans to establish several heart hospitals in England; and if he will make a statement.

 (82529)

479  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding for the NHS per head of population was spent on primary care and secondary care in (a) North Staffordshire, (b) the West Midlands and (c) on average in England in 2001-02.

 (83547)

480  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has to introduce legislation to give children the same legal right of protection for assaults as adults; and if he will make a statement.

 (83220)

481  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the introduction of legislation to change the child protection system following the inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie.

 (83217)

482  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which anti-asbestos campaigners were investigated by MI5 between 1972 and 1980.

 (83485)

483  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the records compiled during the 1970s on the anti-asbestos campaigners will be opened to the public under the 30 year rule.

 (83487)

484  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether MI5 files on anti-asbestos campaigners are still live.

 (83486)

485  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average population of Leeds Prison, Arnley, in 2001-02 was; what the average length of stay was; and what the (a) daily and (b) weekly percentage turnover of inmates was.

 (83475)

486  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department classes as purposeful activities as set out in the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.

 (83435)

487  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures his Department is taking to deal with illegal immigrants to Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland.

 (82710)

488  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the sustainability strategy is for his Department; and if he will make a statement on how it has changed since the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

 (83502)

489  Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claims for asylum have been made in the last two years by citizens of Israel who are refusing to serve in the armed forces of Israel in the Occupied Territories.

 (83556)

490  Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claims for asylum have been received in the last two years from Palestinians from the Occupied Territories.

 (83557)

491  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is his policy that workers at drop-in centres and centres for the homeless who specialise in preparing drug-users for treatment and provide counselling and guidance to them should be required to notify the police of substance misuse.

 (83548)

492  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding from his Department has been provided to Outreach programmes for young offenders provided by ACFA in the financial year 2001-02; what will be provided in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.

 (82960)

493  Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the procedures police officers have to undertake once they have arrested a suspect.

 (82968)

494  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many successful prosecutions there have been for arson in each year since 1992.

 (83138)

495  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigations in the last year resulted in the police taking no further action; and if he will make a statement.

 (83682)

496  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has commissioned into the development of less lethal technologies for use by the police.

 (83681)

497  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the targets he has set which apply to the police service.

 (83675)

498  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences were brought to justice in each of the Criminal Justice System areas in the last three years.

 (83676)

499  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women were received into prison in each of the last three years, broken down by offences.

 (83671)

500  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women reoffended after release from prison in 2001-02.

 (83672)

501  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of cases heard in (a) magistrates' and (b) Crown Courts resulted in a sentence of imprisonment in each of the Criminal Justice System areas in the last year for which figures are available.

 (83669)

502  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women are held in prisons in England and Wales, broken down by the offences they are held for.

 (83670)

503  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are attached to each basic command unit in England and Wales.

 (83674)

504  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women's prisons provide mother and baby units, and what the capacity is of those units.

 (83673)

505  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women were imprisoned for shoplifting offences in each of the last five years.

 (83679)

506  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Ministers allocated responsibility for delivery in the police force areas covered by the street crime initiative will continue to supervise policing in those areas; and if he will make a statement.

 (83680)

507  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inquests into deaths in (a) police and (b) prison custody resulted in a verdict of neglect in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

 (83683)

508  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the monthly burglary rates in the areas covered by the street crime initiative in the last two years.

 (83668)

509  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of anti-social behaviour; and if he will make a statement.

 (83677)

510  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are held in prisons in England and Wales for cannabis-related offences; and how many people were received into prisons in England and Wales in 2001 for cannabis-related offences.

 (83678)

511  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research has been evaluated by his Department on the most appropriate method of deterrent to prevent young offenders from re-offending.

 (82976)

512  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action is being taken to tackle anti-social behaviour.

 (82977)

513  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures his Department is taking to protect the elderly from fear of crime.

 (82974)

514  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of young people are young offenders (a) in Staffordshire and (b) on average in England.

 (82975)

515  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 7th October from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Muqtar Suufi Abubaker.

 (83428)

516  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 27th September from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Winston Frank Tracey.

 (83427)

517  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 7th October from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Ali Aredleer.

 (83429)

518  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent guidelines he has published for issuing shotgun licences; and if he will make a statement.

 (82130)

519  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the police constabularies contributing police officers and civilians to the European Union Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina; how many each is seconding; and what the cost is to (a) each constabulary and (b) central government.

 (83398)

520  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the level of student visa fraud.

 (82561)

521  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the use of health checks at ports of entry to identify those seeking leave of entry who are suffering from infectious diseases.

 (82563)

522  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) firefighters have been trained in dealing with a CBRN incident in each local authority.

 (82553)

523  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is his policy that, in a motor-accident between a driver and a cyclist, the driver should be presumed to be at fault.

 (82569)

524  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what checks there are in place to prevent the facilitation of illegal immigrants by language schools.

 (82560)

525  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training is provided, and how long members of the emergency services will be trained, to operate under full NBC protection.

 (82552)

526  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action is taken against language schools found to be issuing certificates of enrolment in exchange for cash payments.

 (82562)

527  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in each police authority in Wales in each of the past five years; and what the target number of police officers in each police authority was in each of those years.

 (82519)

528  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which ships entering Shoreham Harbour in each of the last two years had immigration crew lists which were submitted by Shoreham Port Authority acting as agents.

 (83312)

529  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of the total Sussex police force are from ethnic minorities working as (a) working time equivalents and (b) civilian support staff; and what plans he has to increase this number.

 (83313)

530  Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding his Department has allocated to projects in (a) North East Lincolnshire and (b) North Lincolnshire since 1997, broken down by departmental initiatives.

 (82917)

531  Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian support staff were employed by Humberside Police in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2002.

 (82921)

532  Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will respond to the letters of 26th April and 19th June of the honourable Member for West Derbyshire concerning the cost of police pensions.

 (83543)

533  Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the applications made under the regularisation scheme for overstayers have been (a) decided, (b) granted and (c) refused; how many cases are (i) under consideration and (ii) awaiting validation; and when he expects all cases to have been decided.

 (83471)

534  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking in conjunction with other EU countries to curtail the trade in narcotics.

 (82935)

535  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evidence has been produced in the NACRO project funded by him comparing drug addiction of offenders, with special reference to Worksop.

 (82883)

536  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with his Irish counterpart about lessons for the United Kingdom from drugs courts in Ireland.

 (82990)

537  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions there have been (a) in Nottinghamshire and (b) in the United Kingdom for the smuggling of (i) heroin, (ii) cigarettes and (iii) cannabis, in each of the last three years.

 (82938)

538  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what specialist assistance is provided for police forces to tackle the sale of illegal drugs.

 (82931)

539  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are being used to assess the success of the drugs courts pilot schemes.

 (82884)

540  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what co-operation there has been between his Department and the Office of National Drug Control in the United States in the last three years.

 (82939)

541  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons convicted of drug dealing have received custodial sentences of more than 10 years in the last 12 months.

 (82932)

542  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with his Swedish counterpart about lessons for the United Kingdom from drugs courts in Sweden.

 (82989)

543  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which prisons do not have (a) in-patient beds and (b) 24 hour nursing care.

 (83181)

544  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners are awaiting dental treatment in each prison in the UK; and what the length of waiting times are.

 (83180)

545  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK nationals have been prosecuted for foreign corruption activities under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001; and if he will make a statement.

 (83196)

546  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the reasons for the suspension of Detective Chief Superintendent Ellie Baker.

 (83182)

547  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) nurses and (b) prisoners there are in each prison in the UK; and what the ratio is of nurses to prisoners.

 (83179)

548  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many parenting orders have been imposed, broken down by each constabulary, in each year since their introduction.

 (83172)

549  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding he has targeted on preventative programmes to tackle (a) drug use and crime and (b) youth offending; what funding is specifically targeted at vulnerable groups; and if he will make a statement.
 (827313)

550  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of police recruits who commenced training completed their probation service in each police authority area in each year since 1995.

 (82492)

551  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of new recruits who started the training course at the Hendon Police Training School completed that course satisfactorily in 2001; how many are still serving police officers one year after completion and what the figures were in 1997.

 (82491)

552  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the pass marks for each police entrance exam and physical test for each batch of recruits into police training colleges during (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.

 (82493)

553  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what forecasts have been made of the likely impact of new (a) licensing and (b) anti-social behaviour provisions in (i) the North West, and (ii) Burnley; and if he will make a statement.

 (83416)

554  Mr Martin Salter (Reading West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there were in 2001 of cyclists riding on pavements, in each police authority; and if he will make it his policy to place these figures in the Library in subsequent years.

 (83440)

555  
N  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants have been intercepted on entering Northern Ireland since 2000; and what action he proposes to take to deal with illegal immigration.

 (82838)

556  
N  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set up an inquiry into the trafficking of illegal immigrants into Northern Ireland for the purpose of slave labour.

 (82784)

557  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to prepare a national strategy to promote awareness of and confidence in the work of the National Probation Service; what its terms of reference are; and when it will be published.

 (83231)

558  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the interim results are from the evaluation, under the Crime Reduction Programme, of the resettlement pathfinder projects which run from January 2000 until April; and what plans he has for further investment in support for work with discharged prisoners.

 (82962)

559  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he proposes appointing a children's commissioner for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the Commissioner for Wales.

 (83219)

560  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to propose amendments to the law to increase the maximum sentence for paedophiles convicted of abusing children; what measures are in place to ensure that police have the details of known paedophiles in an area where a child has gone missing; what proposals he has to ensure that Internet service providers that allow paedophile web sites to operate on their systems are prosecuted; how much has been spent on combating Internet child exploitation since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (83222)

561  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what legislation he proposes to bring forward to provide better protection for children in the workplace; and if he will make a statement.

 (83218)

562  Mr James Wray (Glasgow, Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for how long the Child Rescue Alert programme will be piloted in Sussex; and what plans there are to extend this scheme to the rest of the UK.

 (83221)

563  Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what was (a) the total cost of the works carried out to Old Palace Yard and Abingdon Street over the course of 2001 and 2002 and (b) the contribution of the House of Commons Commission to such works.

 (83397)

564  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what criteria her Department employs in assuring good governance in other countries.

 (83364)

565  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to increase aid for trade-related capacity building.

 (83362)

566  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the sustainability strategy is for her Department; and how it has changed since the Earth Summit in Johannesburg.

 (83445)

567  Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement about UK measures to avoid starvation in Ethiopia.

 (82997)

568  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what initiatives are being pursued by her Department to provide targeted support and protection for local producers of developing countries in order for them to benefit from international trade; and if she will make a statement.

 (82521)

569  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what initiatives are being pursued by her Department to provide targeted support and protection for local producers in developing countries; and if she will make a statement.

 (82522)

570  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what initiatives her Department is supporting in Afghanistan to help create alternative livelihoods for those growing opium poppies.

 (82929)

571  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial assistance her Department is giving to Malawi to (a) treat and (b) prevent HIV/AIDS.

 (83190)

572  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she expects Malawi to achieve the Millennium Development goals.

 (83191)

573  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to press other EU countries to (a) apply the EU Procurement Directive regarding tied aid and (b) increase the proportion of aid given to the poorest countries.

 (83192)

574  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she expects the remaining debts for the heavily indebted poor countries to be cancelled.

 (83195)

575  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on (a) the level of debt interest payments made by Malawi and (b) the effects on poverty eradication in the country.

 (83194)

576  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with EU ministers about trade rules with Ethiopia affecting (a) tariff and (b) EU farming subsidies, with regard to (i) coffee and (ii) other products.

 (83154)

577  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she plans to have with EU ministers with regard to delivering emergency aid to Ethiopia; and if she will make a statement.

 (83157)

578  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much emergency aid her Department will provide to Ethiopia during the present food shortage; what form that aid will take; when it will be delivered; and if she will make a statement.

 (83156)

579  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what long term plans she has to provide Ethiopia with development aid to help that country develop (a) irrigation system and (b) food storage facilities; and if she will make a statement.

 (83158)

580  Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Prime Minister and (b) international organizations about providing debt relief to Ethiopia.

 (83155)

581  Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what analysis the Government has made of food availability in Zambia, in particular the availability of cassava; and whether the Government is supporting efforts to get such foods to areas affected by crop failures.

 (83546)

582  Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what help the Government is giving to Zambia to source non-GM food.

 (83544)

583  Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) financial and (b) other aid the Government has given for the Southern African crisis; when the contributions were made; what conditions were attached to such conditions; and what the recipient (i) countries and (ii) agencies were.

 (83545)

584  Phil Sawford (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action she is taking to help governments in poorer countries in their efforts to provide targeted support and protection for local producers.

 (82911)

585  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent reports she has received about displaced Zimbabwean farmworkers and their relocation; who is responsible for their relocation; how many people her Department estimates will be affected; what impact she believes this will have on the humanitarian situation in (a) Zimbabwe and (b) bordering countries; what representations she has made to (i) SADC and (ii) EU countries on this matter; and if she will make a statement.

 (83042)

586  Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to ensure that every child in the world receives a free basic education as guaranteed under the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 (83402)

587  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much the overspend was on the Department's new Libra IT system; what fees were paid to the consultants on the system; and if she will make a statement.

 (83649)

588  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the Family Procedure Rules Committee will consider the Rules of Court required to give effect to the Divorce (Religous Marriages) Act 2002.

 (83352)

589  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, under what circumstances it is possible for a person earning £90,000 per year to obtain legal aid.

 (82570)

590  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many JPs have direct experience of drug courts.

 (82882)

591  Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he plans to publish the results of his consultation on payments to witnesses; and if he will make a statement.

 (83539)

592  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, on how many occasions in the last five years a judge has made a wasted costs order.

 (82471)

593  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what powers courts have to make a wasted costs order.

 (82468)

594  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will amend existing legislation in Northern Ireland to ensure that priority is given to providing a funded place for each child in immediate pre-school year.

 (83236)

595  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total value is of funding available to support (a) urban and (b) rural post offices in Northern Ireland.

 (83247)

596  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many funded places in playgroups and nursery schools have been awarded for children aged three years and under in Northern Ireland; and how many children in their pre-school year have not been provided with a funded pre-school place in Northern Ireland in each of the last two years.

 (83235)

597  
N  
David Burnside (South Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been paid in grants to welfare organisations representing (a) Republican paramilitary groups and (b) Loyalist paramilitary groups since the signing of the Belfast Agreement in 1998.

 (82783)

598  
N  
David Burnside (South Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether paramilitary groups received public funding for the resettlement of prisoners following their release under the terms of the Belfast Agreement.

 (82839)

599  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to produce (a) statistics on households below average income and (b) estimates of take-up of income-related benefits comparable with those produced in Great Britain.

 (82834)

600  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take steps to ensure that service by members of the full-time Police Reserve in Northern Ireland prior to 1988 is included as years of service for the Police pension scheme.

 (83122)

601  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions Her Majesty's Government has had with the Government of the Republic of Ireland about the Real IRA's ceasefire.

 (83097)

602  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce a requirement for the vendor of a house to provide a seller's pack to prospective buyers in Northern Ireland.

 (83115)

603  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money has been spent in respect of the remuneration of each of the members of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning in each year since its formation.

 (83100)

604  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) full-time police officers, (b) full-time reserve officers and (c) part-time reserve officers there are in (i) Northern Ireland and (ii) North Belfast; and how many vacancies there are in each category.

 (83111)

605  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures are in place to combat poverty in Northern Ireland.

 (83102)

606  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will lay before Parliament draft legislation for (a) the establishment of a Children's Commissioner in Northern Ireland and (b) housing.

 (83104)

607  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meetings of the Organised Crime Task Force in Northern Ireland have taken place since its formation.

 (83105)

608  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of the full-time Police Reserve in Northern Ireland have been denied access to the Police pension scheme because their service took place before 1988.

 (83123)

609  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects to receive a report from Professor Goldstock giving recommendations for tackling the problem of organised crime in Northern Ireland.

 (83108)

610  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce free travel for women pensioners aged 60 to 64 years in Northern Ireland.

 (83119)

611  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures are being introduced to protect those prison officers in Northern Ireland whose personal details have fallen into the hands of the Provisional IRA.

 (83125)

612  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what sentences have been handed down to people convicted of causing death as a result of driving a stolen vehicle in Northern Ireland in the last two years.

 (83114)

613  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Patten Report's recommendations on the number of regular and reserve police officers.

 (83112)

614  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has for a review of penalties available to courts dealing with the perpetrators of car thefts and joy riding in Northern Ireland.

 (83113)

615  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what priorities have been agreed by the law inforcement agencies in Northern Ireland as a result of the establishment of the Organised Crime Task Force.

 (83107)

616  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to review the house buying procedure in Northern Ireland.

 (83116)

617  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how Executive Programme Funds will be administered following the suspension of devolved institutions in Northern Ireland.

 (83103)

618  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what agreement has been made with Professor Goldstock as to the number of days he is (a) required and (b) expected to spend working in his capacity as an Adviser to the Secretary of State on Organised Crime.

 (83109)

619  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will set out the total costs incurred by Her Majesty's Government in respect of the Review of the Parade's Commission carried out by Sir George Quigley.

 (83098)

620  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce free personal care for pensioners in Northern Ireland.

 (83120)

621  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the basis is of the policy not to include members of the full-time Police Reserve in Northern Ireland in a pension scheme for service prior to 1988.

 (83121)

622  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many vacancies there are in the (a) Special Branch and (b) Criminal Investigation Department of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

 (83110)

623  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many prison officers in Northern Ireland have been warned that their personal details have come into the possession of the Provisional IRA.

 (83124)

624  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he intends to respond to the Review of the Parades Commission submitted by Sir George Quigley.

 (83099)

625  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much expenditure has been incurred by Her Majesty's Government in respect of travel by each member of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning in each year since its formation.

 (83101)

626  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funds have been allocated by each of the law enforcement agencies in Northern Ireland for tackling organised crime in the current year.

 (83106)

627  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what grant allocations have been given under EU Peace and Reconciliation initiatives under Peace Programmes I and II to welfare organisations representing (a) Republican Paramilitary Groups and (b) Loyalist Paramilitary Groups since the signing of the Belfast Agreement.

 (82709)

628  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the sustainability strategy is for his Department; and if he will make a statement on how it has changed since the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

 (83504)

629  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the hare population in Northern Ireland; how the conditions for licences for the netting of hares are regulated; what evidence on hare population has been used in the decision to grant licences for the netting of hares for the purpose of coursing; and how many hares are permitted to be netted under the licences granted in Northern Ireland.

 (81828)

630  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions in the last 30 years the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast performed post-mortems on people who had died less than 24 hours after surgery.

 (83559)

631  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on how additional money for drugs was distributed to boards and trusts in Northern Ireland by the Department of Health in the last 12 months.

 (83040)

632  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he has taken to ensure there are enough specialised nursing staff in the Neurology Department of the Belfast City Hospital.

 (83041)

633  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether hospitals in Northern Ireland other than the three named in the report of the Human Organs Inquiry retained human organs.

 (83562)

634  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the report of the Human Organs Inquiry has been referred to (a) the Police Service of Northern Ireland and (b) the Director of Public Prosecutions.

 (83560)

635  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the Ulster Unionist members of the Northern Ireland Executive resigned their seats prior to the most recent suspension of the Northern Ireland Assemby.

 (83038)

636  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action is being taken by the Department of Health to ensure that there are enough specialised nursing staff to monitor patients on drugs.

 (83039)

637  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he plans to take with reference to members of medical and managerial staff in the three hospitals named in the report of the Human Organs Inquiry.

 (83561)

638  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Prime Minister, what his stance will be on Turkey's accession to the European Union at the EU summit at Copenhagen.

 (83024)

639  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the evidential basis for Lord Macdonald's statement of 12th February, Lords Hansard column 1995, in respect of paragraph 27 of the Ministerial Code.

 (83394)

640  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Prime Minister, what recent amendments have been made to paragraph 27 of the Ministerial Code.

 (82891)

641  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Prime Minister, what disciplinary action was taken against the individuals responsible for errors discussed in the report of the Intelligence Services Commissioner for 2001.

 (83199)

642  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the objectives of Her Majesty's Government at the NATO summit in Prague.

 (82467)

643  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the sustainability strategy is for her Department; and if she will make a statement on how it has changed since the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

 (83505)

644  Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Solicitor General, what role the Attorney-General plays in relation to the firefighters' dispute.

 (83558)

645  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many successful prosecutions for failure to pay the national minimum wage have there been in Leeds.

 (83479)

646  Mr David Borrow (South Ribble): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many industrial disputes lasted for longer than eight weeks in the most recently available figures.

 (83538)

647  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of scrap cars were valorised in 2001; if she estimates that the Automotive Consortium on Recycling and Disposal is on schedule to valorise 95 per cent. of all scrap cars by 2015; and if she will make a statement.

 (83648)

648  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many of her Department's and agencies' full-time employees as at 1st June were employed on salaries (a) under £20,000, (b) between £20,001 and £40,000, (c) between £40,001 and £65,000, (d) between £65,001 and £115,000 and (e) over £115,000; in each group, what percentage were (i) female and (ii) from ethnic minorities; and if she will make a statement.

 (83647)

649  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) Ministers and (b) staff attended the WTO mini-ministerial meeting in Sydney on 14th November; and if she will make a statement.

 (83653)

650  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total cost was to the United Kingdom of sending a team to the WTO mini-ministerial meeting in Sydney on 14th November; and if she will make a statement.

 (83654)

651  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what financial assistance was allocated to (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Wales, (c) England and (d) Scotland as part of Consignia's Urban Network Reinvention Programme; and if she will make a statement.

 (83655)

652  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the last emergency exercise took place under the civil nuclear emergency planning programme; what the (a) budget and (b) actual cost was of the last exercise; what assessment of it took place; whether the results were made available to honourable Members; and if she will make a statement.

 (83656)

653  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her holding Answer of 19th November, Ref: 81866, if she will explain the meaning and purpose of the words Round Robin-Guidance Expected, added to the question.

 (83029)

654  
N  
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact of the rise in public liability and employers' liability insurance premiums over the last year on the competitiveness of UK businesses; and if she will make a statement.

 (82826)

655  
N  
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to meet representatives from the Association of British Insurers to discuss recent increases in the cost of insurance cover for business; and if she will make a statement.

 (82831)

656  
N  
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will provide assistance to small businesses who are (a) finding it difficult to obtain insurance and (b) being charged premiums that are substantially higher than before; and if she will make a statement.

 (82827)

657  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the restitution of assets to holocaust victims in respect of bank assets seized in World War Two; how many claims have been made; how many outstanding claims have been referred to Lord Archer of Sandwell's panel; and how much compensation has been awarded.

 (82956)

658  Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what she is doing to encourage regional development agencies to improve women's participation in the labour market.

 (83431)

659  Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 20th November, Ref 81322 whether an export licence was granted in respect of spare parts for Hawk Aircraft for export to a country other than Zimbabwe which have subsequently been exported to Zimbabwe.

 (83035)

660  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with the fireworks manufacturers and vendors concerning the use and availability of fireworks; and if she will make a statement.

 (83534)

661  Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the planned margin of excess generation plant capacity for electricity generation at peak demand for security of supply is; and if she will make a statement.

 (82900)

662  Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what contingency plans are in place to ensure continuation of electricity supply in the event of a generating company or power station falling into administration and becoming unable to continue supply to the National Grid.

 (82899)

663  Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost per kilowatt hour is of electricity generated by (a) existing coal fired stations, (b) existing gas stations, (c) new gas stations, (d) AGR, (e) Magnox, (f) onshore wind and (e) offshore wind.

 (82901)

664  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) Post Offices and (b) sub-Post Offices there were in Dundee East and Dundee West in (i) 1972, (ii) 1975, (iii) 1980, (iv) 1985, (v) 1990, (vi) 1995 and (vii) 2000.

 (82416)

665  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the effect of the events of 11th September 2001, on insurance requirements for small and medium sized architecture businesses.

 (83350)

666  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what matters in respect of nuclear power policy are on the agenda for the EC Energy and Industry Council on 25th to 26th November.

 (83248)

667  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the level of bilateral trade with Turkey was in 2001-02.

 (83697)

668  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she last met the Director General of the Office of Fair Trading.

 (83667)

669  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are being taken to increase foreign direct investment to the UK.

 (83662)

670  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what funding has been allocated by the Carbon Trust; and who has received allocations.

 (83436)

671  Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to improve firework safety, with particular reference to the hazards of falling debris from display fireworks.

 (83400)

672  
N  
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance she has given to BAe to help them export to Thailand.

 (83015)

673  Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the risk of large oil spills from single hulled oil tankers in UK waters.

 (83028)

674  Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will propose international initiatives to bring forward the end of the use of large single hulled oil tankers.

 (83027)

675  Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will bring forward the date when single hulled large oil tankers are to be banned from UK waters; and if he will make a statement.

 (83026)

676  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many speeding tickets have been (a) issued and (b) withdrawn from each of the speed cameras on the A316 within the constituency of Twickenham; and if he will make a statement.

 (83659)

677  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will carry out a survey of traffic on the A316 in Twickenham, showing the number of vehicles using the road per hour per day; and if he will make a statement.

 (83660)

678  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the sustainability strategy is for his Department; and if he will make a statement on how it has changed since the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

 (83503)

679  
N  
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will inform honourable Members directly about his decision with regard to the South West Area Regional Multi-Modal Transport Report.

 (82613)

680  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the proposal on the level of interest rate to be charged on the loan to Trinitas Services Ltd after the third year of the loan being drawn down was referred to the Treasury for instructions on the terms to be applied to the loan; and, how this transaction is governed by Government fiscal policy.

 (83577)

681  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received regarding proposals for a bypass at Salisbury.

 (83572)

682  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research has been (a) conducted by or for his Department and (b) assessed by his Department regarding the impact of a bypass at Salisbury.

 (83573)

683  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on discussions his Department has had with interested parties with regard to proposals for a bypass at Salisbury.

 (83571)

684  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the timetable is for construction of a bypass at Salisbury; and what the anticipated cost is.

 (83574)

685  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what expenditure is allocated under the Strategic Rail Authority's 10 year plan for (a) multi-modal studies and (b) projects relating to access to airports; and if he will make a statement.

 (83666)

686  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many tickets have been sold through the traveline service in each year that it has been in operation (a) by telephone and (b) via the Internet, broken down by mode of travel; and what the total value was of tickets sold in each case.

 (83575)

687  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research has been conducted by or for his Department on profiling users of the traveline (a) phone and (b) website services.

 (83524)

688  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much has been spent by (a) his Department and (b) other bodies on (i) branding and (ii) advertising the traveline (A) brand, (B) phone service and (C) website in each year since 1999; and if he will make a statement.

 (83525)

689  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, whether the decision to provide an interest-free loan from the General Lighthouse Fund to Trinitas Services Ltd was put to the (a) Lights Finance Committee and (b) Lights Advisory Committee for approval.

 (83523)

690  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his policy is on how money received as light dues may be spent.

 (83570)

691  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) web page impressions and (b) unique website visitors have been registered by the Traveline website in each year that it has been in operation.

 (83576)

692  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what consideration was given to Hullavington in the site search for the South East Region Airfield Study; and if he will make a statement.

 (83032)

693  Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the Government will oppose proposed measures by the EU to make motorists' insurers liable, without regard to fault, in all cases of accidents involving motorists and cyclists.

 (83396)

694  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his policy is on brown tourist signs.

 (82595)

695  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action will be taken to open up routes to (a) Cardiff and (b) Bristol airports.

 (83387)

696  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent guidance has been issued by his Department regarding the disposal of human waste from house boats moored in trust port waters.

 (83266)

697  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how much funding his Department is allocating for the refurbishment of railway platforms to ensure full disabled persons' access.

 (83316)

698  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what guidance his Department has issued to promote safe use of jet-skis to (a) individual owners, (b) local authorities with responsibility for beaches and (c) port and marina operators.

 (83319)

699  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many fatalities there have been in UK waters in each of the last two years involving jet skis.

 (83318)

700  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of jet-skis in use in England and Wales.

 (83315)

701  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many personal injury accidents involving jet-skis have taken place in UK waters in each of the last five years.

 (83314)

702  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has had from (a) individuals, (b) manufacturers and (c) user groups about the need to regulate the use of jet-skis and make them subject to registration and insurance; and if he will make a statement.

 (83261)

703  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many London Underground stations do not allow disabled persons access to the platforms.

 (83317)

704  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which officials in his Department who were responsible for the re-appointment of board members of Shoreham Port Authority at the end of 2001 had their duties switched to deal with movement of military personnel and supplies for the Afghanistan Campaign.

 (83262)

705  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent research he has commissioned into the potential improvement of safety on coaches by the introduction of (a) seatbelts and (b) rollover bars.

 (83569)

706  Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when resurfacing of the A180 with low noise materials will commence.

 (82919)

707  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many trunk road excavations there have been in each constituency in each year since 1997; and what the cost was.

 (83184)

708  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on imposing time limits on companies engaged in construction work on existing trunk roads.

 (83185)

709  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made towards identifying which facilities need to be improved by train operators to ensure compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

 (83455)

710  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his definition is of partial protection in relation to single hull oil tankers; and if he will make a statement.

 (83002)

711  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will press for an immediate ban on single hull oil tankers plying the high seas.

 (83004)

712  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when the EU will (a) open and (b) conclude negotiations with the USA on an Open Skies Agreement.

 (83043)

713  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list those categories of public bodies which can apply for the permanent closure of areas of the public highway to prevent use by motorised vehicles.

 (82465)

714  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the repair bill for the cracked whisper road surface of the A428 in Bedfordshire which was laid when owned by the Highways Agency will be met by Central Government.

 (83142)

715  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if the repair bill for the eroded high friction dressing laid for the Highways Agency at the Turvey High Street pedestrian crossing in Bedfordshire will be met by Central Government.

 (83141)

716  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his sponsorship of (a) the New Government Building, Leeds and (b) the Highway Agency's Stonehenge improvement entails.

 (83351)

717  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will allow (a) the period of consultation to be extended and a second round of consultation to be organized and (b) additional time for (i) preparation and publication of detailed Birmingham International Airport proposal and the documentary evidence to support such a proposal and its concomitant business care and (ii) public scrutiny and response.

 (83550)

718  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will (a) rescind his previous intention to issue a white paper on potential expansion of Birmingham International Airport and (b) substitute a green paper.

 (83549)

719  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he plans to reply to Mr Peter Tucker of Burton Sea's letter of 1st July regarding liquid petroleum gas.

 (83354)

720  Mr John Taylor (Solihull): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what supporting documentation has been submitted to his Department in connection with the Alternative Birmingham Airport Option; and how he plans to evaluate the Alternative Option against the Department for Transport options.

 (82916)

721  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on banning single hull ships in EU waters.

 (82531)

722  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the sustainability strategy is for his Department; and if he will make a statement on how it has changed since the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

 (83506)

723  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the remit of his spokesperson on the Welsh language.

 (83010)

724  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) couple families with children and (b) one parent families he estimates will be passported to the Sure Start maternity grant in Leeds West, under the new tax credit scheme.

 (83480)

725  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who applied for a budgeting loan in 2000-01 in Leeds West had an outstanding Social Fund Loan.

 (83481)

726  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out the timetable for the advertising campaign for the Post Office Card Account applications; and if he will make a statement.

 (83651)

727  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria are used to decide where the pilot scheme for the Post Office Card Account was to be held.

 (83650)

728  
N  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the levels of unemployment in Wirral South since May 1997.

 (81285)

729  
N  
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will hold an inquiry into the operation of employers' liability insurance; and if he will make a statement.

 (82829)

730  
N  
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of businesses operating in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland without employers' liability cover; and if he will make a statement.

 (82828)

731  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate what the state pension would be for (a) a single person and (b) a married couple, if the link with average earnings had not been broken.

 (83117)

732  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of average earnings the State Pension is for (a) a single person and (b) a married couple.

 (83118)

733  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the sustainability strategy is for his Department; and how it has changed since the Earth Summit in Johannesburg.

 (83444)

734  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will re-calculate the figures in the table in the Answer of 27th June, Official Report, col. 1050W, assuming (a) that the fund remains in equities until the annuity is purchased and including also figures assuming retirement on 31st December 2001 and 30th September 2002, (b) retirement on (i) 31st December 2001 and (ii) 30th September 2002 and (c) that the fund remains in equities until five years before the annuity is purchased when half is satisfied into gilts and the remainder remains in equities until retirement, including figures assuming retirement on 31st December 2001 and 30th September 2002.

 (83135)

735  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people (a) aged (i) over 50 and (ii) under 30, and (b) people with disabilities have signed up to the New Deal in the Taunton Constituency.

 (83342)

736  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the outturn figures were for (a) the Jobcentre Plus Customer Service Target and (b) the Jobcentre Plus Employer Outcome Target for 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

 (82509)

737  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library the report on the pilot of the Jobcentre Plus Job Entry Target scheme conducted by his Department.

 (82512)

738  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which local authority areas have been selected to receive additional points in respect of the Jobcentre Plus Job Entry Target set by his Department; what criteria were applied when selecting the areas; whom he consulted in respect of the selection; and if he will make a statement.

 (82508)

739  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria he applied when determining the Jobcentre Plus Job Entry Target points score to be given to each type of priority client; and what guidance has been given to Jobcentre Plus staff on the way in which such clients should be prioritised in relation to (a) other priority client groups and (b) other clients.

 (82513)

740  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the outturn figure was in respect of the national Jobcentre Plus Job Entry Target points score for 2002-03, broken down by client group; and if he will make a statement.

 (82514)

741  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the criteria are by which Additional Points are scored in relation to the Jobcentre Plus Job Entry Target scheme; and if he will make a statement.

 (82511)

742  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the outturn figures were in respect of the Jobcentre Plus Business Delivery Target for 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

 (82520)

743  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many job entries have been achieved in relation to each of the Jobcentre Plus priority client groups in 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

 (82510)

744  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what job entry target points scores were set for each Jobcentre Plus district for 2002-03; what the latest available outturn figures in respect of the target are for each district, broken down by client group; and if he will make a statement.

 (82837)

745  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the reforms to the CSA system will be introduced; and when they will be extended to parents already in the CSA system.

 (83132)

746  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what provisions are in place within CSA assessments to help with the additional costs that non-resident parents incur when they have to travel long distances and accommodate themselves in hotels in order to see their children.

 (83131)

747  Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) young people, (b) people aged over 50 years and (c) people with disabilities have signed up to the New Deal in the Cleethorpes Constituency.

 (82918)

748  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of lone parents are (a) in full-time employment, (b) in part-time employment, (c) in education, (d) on a training scheme, (e) unemployed and (f) claiming sickness benefits.

 (86163)

749  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what benefits and subsidies may be lost by the unemployed upon starting employment.

 (83173)

750  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what benefits are available to children with mental health problems.

 (83187)

751  Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will remove parochial fees from his Department's funeral fund payments and treat the fees for a religious service in line with other disbursements.

 (83239)

752  Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when funeral payments were last capped; and when he will implement the recommendation of the Social Security Committee that the cap on funeral payments should be increased.

 (83238)

753  
N  
Sandra Osborne (Ayr): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will implement the obligation in EC Insolvency Directive 8 as it affects pensions schemes.

 (82973)

754  
N  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how Article 8 of the European Directive on Insolvency Rights SO/987/EEC has been enacted in the UK.

 (82914)

755  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much people repaid (a) in total and (b) on average, following a request for a repayment resulting from an overpayment triggered by the NIRS2 computer system.

 (83207)

756  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted, and what the average sentence was from that conviction, for the criminal offence of non-co-operation with the Child Support Agency.

 (82572)

757  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people (a) were asked to repay and (b) repaid overpayments triggered by the NIRS2 computer system.

 (83213)

758  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was paid in (a) compensation under the existing rules and (b) flat rate £10 payments for incorrect payments triggered by the NIRS2 computer system.

 (83212)

759  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will announce the baseline figure for assessing progress in meeting his target of reducing fraud and error in housing benefit by 25 per cent. by 2006, as set out on page 119 of the 2002 Spending Review.

 (83209)

760  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) retirement pension, (b) widow's benefit, (c) bereavement benefit, (d) incapacity benefit and (e) jobseeker's allowance cases are awaiting a review triggered by a NIRS2 calculation.

 (83210)

761  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received (a) compensation under the existing rules and (b) flat rate £10 payments for incorrect payments triggered by the NIRS2 computer system.

 (83211)

762  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will announce the alternative arrangements for those people who will not be able to use the PIN number associated with a Post Office card account.

 (83208)

763  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Cabinet Office, how many Government departments hold (a) a Charter Mark and (b) a Plain English Web award.

 (83300)

764  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Cabinet Office, when the PIU Report on Sport will be published.

 (82533)

765  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, in what circumstances individuals or organisations, other than public bodies, may apply for the permanent closure of areas of the public highway to prevent use by motorised vehicles; and in what circumstances this would be allowed.

 [Transferred]   (82464)

766  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the mental health effects on children of projects funded by the Children's Fund.

 [Transferred]   (83171)

767  David Burnside (South Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he plans to investigate the closure of the IFI/Richardsons Plant in Belfast; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (83001)

768  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the report of the National Audit Office on the failure of pensioners to claim their entitled benefits.

 [Transferred]   (83663)

769  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the objectives of the Government at the WTO mini-ministerial meeting in Sydney on 14th November.

 [Transferred]   (83652)

770  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will set out the timetable for making broadband available to all government buildings and departments in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Scotland; and if she will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (83661)



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