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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 3 February 2003

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 4 February 2003 see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 

MONDAY 3rd FEBRUARY

1  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many times since 2001 he has taken flights within his departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied him on each trip.

 (95382)

2  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to give further protection to the Greenbelt against developers purchasing agricultural land and selling it on in plots without planning permission; and if he will make a statement.

 (95128)

3  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December 2002, Official Report, column 958 W, whether he intends to continue to update the basis for the formula spending share in line with actual spending by local government.

 (95554)

4  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent planning guidelines have been issued on granting planning permission for radio masts; and if he will make a statement.

 (95475)

5  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he intends to publish the conclusions of the Milton Keynes and South Midlands Study; and if he will make a statement.

 (95504)

6  Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, during the committee stage of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill, how many (a) clauses and (b) schedules were (i) fully, (ii) partly and (iii) not debated.

 (95612)

7  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what conditions her Department attaches to funding for the British Library to ensure that services are provided for visually impaired people.

 (95244)

8  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times since 2001 she has taken flights on departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied her on each trip.

 (95395)

9  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the (a) Metropolitan Police, (b) Royal Parks Police, (c) Stop the War Coalition and (d) the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament concerning the peace rally to be held on 15th February; and if she will make a statement.

 (95217)

10  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times, and for which events, in each of the last five years the use of Hyde Park for public meetings has been refused.

 (95219)

11  
N  
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many public meetings have been held in Hyde Park in each month in each of the last five years.

 (95218)

12  Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what eligibility criteria were employed by the New Opportunities Fund when allocating National Lottery money earmarked for children's hospices; which hospices applied to the New Opportunities Fund for a share in the allocation; which hospices were successful; how much each hospice was allocated; and which hospices were declined funding and on what grounds.

 (95427)

13  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive to determine the demands for future funding from the Scottish Land Fund after the passing of the Land Reform Act by the Scottish Parliament.

 (95508)

14  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the per capita spend on the tourist industry in England was in 2001-02.

 (95398)

15  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the measures her Department takes to assist the development of local arts strategies.

 (94791)

16  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the re-construction of Wembley Stadium will be covered by government requirements to ensure timber procured is from legal and sustainable sources.

 (95496)

17  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times since 2001 he has taken flights on departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied him on each trip.

 (95391)

18  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British troops are serving in Kosovo.

 (95595)

19  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many empty MoD properties in the Greater London area and are to be disposed of on the private market; and if he will make a statement.

 (95596)

20  
N  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army called up for service in the Middle East have not completed their basic training.

 (95349)

21  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value is of (a) the next assessment phase and (b) the demonstration and manufacture phases of the Future Integrated Soldier Technology programme.

 (95422)

22  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria will inform his decision on selection of the prime contractor for the Future Integrated Soldier Technology programme, with particular reference to (a) price and (b) technical specification.

 (95423)

23  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take the value of export opportunities for British businesses into account in his assessment of the relative merits of the competing contractors for the Future Integrated Soldier Technology programme.

 (95425)

24  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made since 14th October 2002 in securing better market access for UK companies in France.

 (95426)

25  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to announce selection of the prime contractor for the Future Integrated Soldier Technology programme; and whether the Future Integrated Soldier Technology programme will be the centrepiece of infantrymen's personal combat equipment in the future.

 (95421)

26  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the potential value of the export market for Future Integrated Soldier Technology equipment systems and sub-systems over the next 20 years.

 (95424)

27  Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many fully equipped, modern fire engines the Defence Fire Service has at its disposal; and how these appliances are distributed geographically.

 (95584)

28  Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what instructions have been given to the Defence Fire Service (a) in the UK and (b) at the MoD Kineton base to assist local fire brigades in emergencies; and whether these instructions have been altered in respect of dates when the fire brigade is on strike.

 (95586)

29  Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when fully equipped, modern fire engines of the Defence Fire Service based at MoD Kineton have been used alongside Warwickshire Fire Brigade, in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

 (95587)

30  Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the Defence Fire Service's fully equipped, modern fire engines were available to the Fire Brigade in case of an emergency from (a) 14th January 2003, (b) 21st January 2003 and (c) on 28th January 2003.

 (95585)

31  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the new wheeled tankers for the armed forces to enter service; and if he expects this to remain within the Ministry of Defence's proposed budget.

 (95415)

32  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to increase the amount of single living accommodation with en-suite bathrooms.

 (95406)

33  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he expects the new anti-tank weapon to enter service on time and within the Ministry of Defence's proposed budget.

 (95414)

34  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the work that the Ministry of Defence is conducting with the charity Shelter; and how successful this project has been.

 (95405)

35  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the Airborne Stand-Off Radar programme to be completed.

 (95420)

36  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of Deepcut Barracks.

 (95401)

37  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on satellite communications systems; and what increases he plans to these capabilities.

 (95412)

38  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures have been put in place to make UNICOM earlier to use.

 (95407)

39  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the launching of the Skill Force in Oldham.

 (95413)

40  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what suicide prevention measures he intends to put in place in the armed forces.

 (95404)

41  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what interim measures have been put in place in advance of the air defence Meteor missile entering service with the Typhoon fighters.

 (95419)

42  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he expects the public private partnership to provide synthetic training services for aircrew to remain within the Ministry of Defence's proposed budget.

 (95408)

43  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the new air defence Meteor missile to enter service with the Typhoon fighters.

 (95418)

44  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to make Z-type accommodation available to all army personnel; and when this process will be completed.

 (95409)

45  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Ministry of Defence establishments were closed in 2002.

 (95402)

46  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Ministry of Defence establishments that have been designated for closure.

 (95403)

47  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there have been problems with HMS Torbay upon its return to active service following its re-fit.

 (95416)

48  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the new laser rangefinders to enter service; and if they will be within the Ministry of Defence's estimated budget.

 (95411)

49  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects construction to be completed on the new Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary) vessels (LSD (A)).

 (95417)

50  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consultations he has had with NATO partners about the use of the Alliance in future operations in Iraq, following the formal US request for assistance on 15th January.

 (95410)

51  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if she will list the honourable Members who have completed the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme and who have reserve liabilities for Operation FRESCO.

 (95091)

52  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if she will list the honourable Members who have completed the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme.

 (95084)

53  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training and guidance is being given to British troops and hygiene units on the use of organophosphate pesticides in any potential conflict with Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

 (94733)

54  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if adequate protective equipment is available to British military units using organophosphate pesticides; and if he will make a statement.

 (94734)

55  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many times since 2001 he has taken flights on departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied him on each trip.

 (95396)

56  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what reason restrictions have recently been placed on the number of hours the St Bees Village Primary School After School Club is allowed to open; who took this decision; on what authority it was based; and if he will make a statement.

 (94284)

57  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost is of printing and collating his Department's White Paper on 14-19 year olds Opportunity and Excellence"; what that cost would have been if it had been produced as a single document; and what the cost was of printing The Future of Higher Education".

 (95134)

58  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his estimate is of the annual cost of the collection of student loan repayments; what sum is paid by his Department to the Inland Revenue for this work; and if he will make a statement.

 (95379)

59  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times since 2001 she has taken flights on departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied her on each trip.

 (95386)

60  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her latest estimate is of the cost of compensation to farmers for the slaughter of cattle as a result of foot and mouth disease in the last three years.

 (95593)

61  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to resolve the issue of delayed payments from the Rural Payments Agency due to Mr Peter Taylor of Preesall referred to in a letter from the honourable Member for Lancaster and Wyre of 15th January.

 (94641)

62  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to review the operations of the Foresty Commission in Scotland.

 (95506)

63  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total cost has been in each of the last five years of deer-culling programmes undertaken by the Forestry Commission in (a) Scotland and (b) elsewhere in the UK.

 (95507)

64  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to complete her review of the 1997 COTES regulations.

 (95375)

65  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy not to enforce her Department's claim for costs against Janet Hughes of Churchstoke, Montgomery.

 (95340)

66  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 20th January, Official Report, column 102W, if she will provide a breakdown of expenditure of the Environment Agency in England on managing flood risk from main rivers and the sea in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03, by (i) local authority area and (ii) Environment Agency regional area.

 (95081)

67  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on applications for on-farm incinerators to dispose of specified risk material.

 (95607)

68  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications her Department received in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03 to operate incinerators to dispose of specified risk material; how many applications in each year (i) were accepted, (ii) were refused and (iii) await determination; and if she will make a statement.

 (95611)

69  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Buckingham, 20th January, Official Report, column 103W, if she will estimate the cost of theft and fraud to each of her Department's agencies for the financial year 2001-02.

 (95080)

70  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 20th January, Official Report, column 10W, if she will provide a breakdown of expenditure in the years (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03 of the Environment Agency in England for managing flood risk from main rivers and the sea in respect of each project worth £1 million or more.

 (95082)

71  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial assistance is available for petrol retailers seeking to upgrade underground petrol tanks.

 (95476)

72  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many reported leakages of fuel from underground storage tanks there were in each year since 1999.

 (95477)

73  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many agricultural holdings in England and Wales were registered for the use of Integrated Administration and Control System forms in 1995; and what the most recent figure is.

 (95479)

74  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much is included in the Environment Agency's budget for the maintenance of fish stocks; and what that figure was in 1992.

 (95482)

75  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on (a) the take-up of environmental grants under the modulation arrangements and (b) the financial arrangements for retaining the amounts available but unclaimed.

 (95517)

76  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the administrative procedures required to claim environmental grants under the modulation arrangements; and if she will make a statement.

 (95518)

77  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of key flood defence systems in urban areas were in (a) good condition, or better and (b) poor condition, or worse on (i) 1st January 2001, (ii) 1st January 2002 and (iii) 1st January 2003.

 (95345)

78  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many properties are at risk of flooding in Spelthorne; and what proportion are provided with a flood warning service.

 (95348)

79  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the progress made in preparing the Thames Catchment Flood Management Plan.

 (95347)

80  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the progress of the investigation aimed at providing an accreditation system for local temporary defences and aiding their more effective use referred to in Cm 5512 of May 2002.

 (95344)

81  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the key flood defence systems in the Thames Valley that are not in good condition or better.

 (95346)

82  Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she will take to give British fishermen socio-economic aid under the amendments to article 12 of European Union Document No. 2369/2002 of 20th December 2002, Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No. 2792/1999.

 (95494)

83  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times since 2001 he has taken flights within his departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied him on each trip.

 (95383)

84  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to abolish stamp duty on industrial property.

 (95537)

85  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) the Inland Revenue and (b) Customs and Excise may gain access to communications data using powers other than those specified in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2002 and the Interception of Communications Act 1985.

 (95615)

86  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether under the reforms to the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme the money earmarked to maintain the current budget for local community environmental projects will continue to support the range of projects which have currently benefited from this sum.

 (95399)

87  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what response he will make to the Financial Services Consumer Panel on its proposals for a review of the law on financial advertising.

 (95376)

88  Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Financial Services Authority has to make changes to the public complaints procedure for financial advertisements.

 (95377)

89  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the nature is of the employment arrangements of John Yard and John Gray in respect of their work for PUK; whether John Yard and John Gray remain employed by the Inland Revenue; what work John Yard and John Gray are undertaking within PUK; and what the financial arrangements are between PUK and the Inland Revenue with regard to the work of John Yard and John Gray.

 (95088)

90  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many background studies are being or have been undertaken in respect of the five economic tests for assessing the UK's possible entry into the euro; who is undertaking each of the background studies; and which studies are being undertaken by persons or organisations outside the Treasury.

 (95087)

91  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 20th January, Official Report, column 55-6W, on the Inland Revenue, what his estimate is of the number of staff who transferred over to the Inland Revenue in 1999 from the contributions and benefits agencies; and if he will make a statement.

 (95556)

92  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 422W, on unpaid tax, if he will estimate the total unpaid tax, broken down by each major category, for 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.

 (94615)

93  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children lived in one parent households in each year from 1975-76 to 2002-03 in (a) numerical and (b) percentage terms; and if he will make a statement.

 (95583)

94  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to close tax loopholes; and if he will make a statement.

 (95430)

95  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the (a) economic effects and (b) impact on investment stamp duty on share transactions; and if he will make a statement.

 (95581)

96  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the annual cost to the Office of National Statistics of the lease of the Drummond Gate offices; and if he will make a statement.

 (95380)

97  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the amount of tax unpaid each year since 1995-96, broken down by (a) tax avoidance, (b) tax evasion, (c) late payment and (d) other causes; and if he will make a statement.

 (95429)

98  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax offices there are in the UK.

 (95432)

99  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he is taking to reduce tax avoidance by corporate entities; and if he will make a statement.

 (95579)

100  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to make an announcement on the timing of the 2003 Budget Statement; and if he will make a statement.

 (95500)

101  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to combat avoidance of (a) value added tax, (b) income tax, (c) capital gains tax, (d) national insurance contributions, (e) stamp duty and (f) excise duties; and if he will make a statement.

 (95578)

102  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the amount of unpaid tax in each year since 1993-94, broken down by (a) income tax, (b) VAT, (c) customs duties, (d) corporation tax and (e) other taxes; and if he will make a statement.

 (95431)

103  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the revenue yield cost of abolishing stamp duty on share transactions.

 (95580)

104  
N  
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce tax deferral for businesses in Moray affected by flooding; and if he will make a statement.

 (95272)

105  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 604W, on the capital modernisation fund, if he will place in the Library the bids for the latest round of allocations from the fund.

 (95428)

106  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Government Actuary expects to publish the full results of the 11th occupational pensions survey 2000.

 (95539)

107  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times since 2001 he has taken flights within his departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied him on each trip.

 (95384)

108  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations Her Majesty's Government has made to the French Government and to President Chirac regarding Robert Mugabe's possible visit to a Franco-African summit in Paris; and if he will make a statement.

 (94905)

109  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the policy is of Her Majesty's Government with regard to the attendance by Robert Mugabe at a Franco-African summit in Paris to be held on the 19th February; and if he will make a statement.

 (94906)

110  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received further information from the UN Security Council with respect to the allegations set out in the Panel of Experts Report on the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement.

 (95089)

111  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Foreign Office has done to ensure that the alibis presented by the British detainees charged with bombings in Saudi Arabia have been properly investigated by the Saudi Arabian authorities.

 (95522)

112  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Department has made of whether there is forensic evidence that incriminates the British detainees charged with bombings in Saudi Arabia.

 (95523)

113  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government has had in the past three months with (a) the European Commission and (b) European partners in Croatia's progress towards membership of the European Union.

 (95342)

114  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if those countries due to accede to the EU in 2004 will have the same rights as the current member states at the next IGC; and if he will make a statement.

 (95341)

115  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on Croatia's readiness for EU membership, with particular reference to Croatia's co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

 (95343)

116  Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the LIFT funding for a new health centre in Stacksteads, Rossendale is (a) time limited and (b) dependent on the site chosen for the project; and who is responsible for imposing such conditions.

 (95594)

117  Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he collates as to the (a) incidence of, (b) costs and (c) development of treatments for dystonia.

 (95609)

118  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times since 2001 he has taken flights on departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied him on each trip.

 (95389)

119  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress on the consultation exercise on National Minimum Standards for Care Homes for Older People and National Minimum Standards for Care Homes for Younger Adults (18-65) Proposed Amended Environmental Standards; and when he expects to announce his decisions arising out of this consultation.

 (94568)

120  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many heart transplant operations took place in NHS hospitals in 2000.

 (95597)

121  Julia Drown (South Swindon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last made a direction to (a) an NHS trust and (b) all NHS trusts; and what that direction was.

 (95617)

122  Barbara Follett (Stevenage): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions there have been between his Department and the Health Professions Council on how the public will differentiate between the clinical competencies and qualifications of chiropodist and podiatrist practitioners.

 (95602)

123  Barbara Follett (Stevenage): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the efficacy of using the titles chiropodist and podiatrist to differentiate between the clinical competencies and qualifications of chiropodist and podiatrist practitioners.

 (95601)

124  Barbara Follett (Stevenage): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on whether the titles chiropodist and podiatrist should indicate different levels of clinical competency; and if he will make a statement.

 (95600)

125  Barbara Follett (Stevenage): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to recommend to the Health Professions Council that they institute a sub-register for current chiropodists who may decide not to join the Health Professions Council's register.

 (95599)

126  Barbara Follett (Stevenage): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to recommend to the Health Professions Council that they create protected titles other than chiropodist and podiatrist.

 (95598)

127  Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the running costs of the (a) St Charles Hospital Minor Injuries Unit, (b) Soho Walk-In Centre and (c) South Westminster Minor Injuries Unit have been in each of the last three years.

 (95618)

128  Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 8th January, Official Report, column 281W, on the NHS budget formula, what reasons underlay the decision on the timing of publication of the new formula.

 (95620)

129  Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which recommendations of the Laming inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie the Government intends to implement; and by what date each will be implemented.

 (95619)

130  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget of the Modernisation Agency is in (a) 2002-03 and (b) subsequent years which have been allocated.

 (95400)

131  Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is the Government's policy that where clinically possible patients should be treated at (a) home and (b) day centres, rather than be admitted to hospital.

 (95572)

132  Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when The Appropriate Use of Blood working group will publish its report on the use of alternative blood therapies in place of transfusing blood.

 (95573)

133  Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the use of erythropoietin will be referred to NICE for consideration.

 (95575)

134  Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will announce the results of its inquiry into whether recipients of blood are to be prevented from donating blood tissue or organs for transplant.

 (95571)

135  Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the NHS to adopt new medical technologies that are clinically proven to help patients be treated outside hospital.

 (95574)

136  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to Ref. PQ02260, 29th January, whether statistics on the numbers of people experiencing bone fractures whilst being cared for in NHS hospitals will be collected as part of the proposed national reporting and learning system for adverse events.

 (95567)

137  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) primary care trust allocations are for (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05 and (iii) 2005-06 and (b) notional primary care trust allocations will be for those years on the assumption that the allocations formula for 2002-03 was still used, for (A) each primary care trust within the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority area and (B) the Thames Valley as a whole.

 (95605)

138  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost to each NHS provider in the Thames Valley area of meeting the planned increase in employers' national insurance contributions.

 (95603)

139  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to NHS providers in the Thames Valley area during 2003-04 of implementing planned reductions in junior doctors' hours.

 (95604)

140  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his most recent estimate is of the forecast financial surplus or deficit for 2002-03 for each trust within the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority area.

 (95606)

141  Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the international recruitment of doctors to the NHS.

 (95472)

142  Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of the NHS medical workforce are immigrants from countries outside the OECD.

 (95471)

143  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27th January, Official Report, columns 679-80, on mixed sex wards, which NHS trusts in England have mixed-sex sleeping accommodation.

 (95378)

144  
N  
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter of 29th November from Mrs A C Phillips of Benfleet, a constituent.

 (95213)

145  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost of (a) establishing and (b) running (i) a high dependency care bed and (ii) an intensive care bed was in the last period for which figures are available.

 (95519)

146  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times since 2001 he has taken flights within his departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied him on each trip.

 (95385)

147  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) authorisations, (b) prior authorisations and (c) renewals of surveillance have been denied by the Surveillance Commissioner (i) in total and (ii) in relation to the Metropolitan Police; and if he will ask the Surveillance Commissioner to report on these matters in future annual reports.

 (95558)

148  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce legislation to remove the powers of parish Councils to undertake surveillance as recommended by the Surveillance Commissioner in paragraph 8.14.13 of his Annual Report (HC 68); and if he will make a statement.

 (95562)

149  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to address the observations on NHS Scotland, made by the Surveillance Commissioner in paragraph 8.12 of his Annual Report (HC 68); and if he will make a statement.

 (95564)

150  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of officials who will be allowed to demand access to communications data and (b) the number of requests they are anticipated to make broken down by Government department; and if he will make a statement.

 (95559)

151  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff are (a) employed, and (b) planned to be employed, by each of the commissioners and tribunals which have been created by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and the Intelligence Services Act 1994; and what the annual budget allocated to each commissioner and tribunal is.

 (95613)

152  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the voluntary code of practice which relates to the retention of communications data.

 (95560)

153  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce legislation to revoke the powers of NHS bodies to undertake surveillance; and if he will make a statement.

 (95561)

154  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to respond to the observations on the powers of the police to undertake surveillance made by the Surveillance Commissioner in paragraph 8.9 of his Annual Report (HC 68); and if he will make a statement.

 (95557)

155  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to review the draft Codes of Practice which relate to surveillance to take account of the observations made by the Surveillance Commissioner in paragraph 9.2 of his Annual Report (HC 68); and if he will make a statement.

 (95563)

156  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will reform the law in relation to travellers.

 (94642)

157  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has evaluated on the extent to which people convicted of crimes of violence have previously been involved in violence against animals.

 (95133)

158  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, columns 705-7W, how many fraud investigations were undertaken prior to April 2002, and what the outcomes were; and if he will make a statement about the arrangements to prevent asylum support fraud since the establishment of NASS in April 2000.

 (95222)

159  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the total level of asylum support (a) fraud and (b) overpayment in each year since the establishment of NASS.

 (95130)

160  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January (refs 91210, 91211 and 91212), when NASS support will become subject to payment through the Application Registration Card; what payment arrangements apply at present; and what measures to prevent fraud have been taken in respect of the present arrangements.

 (95221)

161  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January (refs 91210, 91211 and 91212), what the total level of fraud was in the 1,286 cases where NASS support was terminated; and if he will make a statement.

 (95220)

162  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, of those who have not been deported following a refusal to grant asylum and failing their appeal, what proportion were not at the place of residence recorded by the Home Office when the Department tried to deport them.

 (95132)

163  
N  
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford & North Hykeham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the official engagements in (a) his and (b) Ministers in his Department's diaries for the weeks beginning (i) 27th January, (ii) 3rd February and (iii) 10th February.

 (95048)

164  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will take a decision on the application by Ms LC of Aylesbury (case reference C1048555/2; PO19353/2) for indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

 (95083)

165  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many probation officers there were in England and Wales in 1985; and what the most recent figure is.

 (95480)

166  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police forces in England and Wales used CS gas operationally in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

 (95487)

167  Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many general practitioners have been accepted for entry to Britain under (a) the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme and (b) through work permits in the past year.

 (95470)

168  Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications have been (a) made and (b) accepted for the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme, broken down by (i) nationality and (ii) occupation.

 (95469)

169  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the procedures carried out by Home Office pathologists into the deaths of infants in suspicious circumstances following the Court of Appeal judgement on Sally Clark.

 (95588)

170  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many mothers convicted of murdering their infant children are in prison in the UK; and if he will list them.

 (95590)

171  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Criminal Cases Review Commission has to review the cases of mothers convicted of murdering their infant children.

 (95591)

172  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are members of the Experience Corps scheme; and how many have left.

 (95509)

173  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the specialised funds proposed under the reorganisation of CDC Capital Partners which will manage the investment activities of CDC Capital Partners targeting private business in (a) South Asia and (b) Africa in the (i) power and (ii) SME sector.

 (95616)

174  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many times since 2001 she has taken flights on departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied her on each trip.

 (95387)

175  
N  
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects are being funded in the Plan Pueblo Panama by her Department; what support she has given the Plan Pueblo Panama within the World Bank; and what protection her Department is seeking for the rights of indigenous people.

 (95245)

176  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the report of the United Nations Office for the co-ordination of humanitarian affairs on integrated humanitarian contingency plans for Iraq and neighbouring countries.

 (95501)

177  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the Legal Aid budget was in 1996; and what the budget is this year.

 (95481)

178  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many Legal Services Commission practices were issued in (a) 2000 and (b) 2002.

 (95483)

179  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many appeals against closure of magistrates' courts have been dealt with by the Department since 1997; how many were (a) refused and (b) allowed; and if she will make a statement.

 (95473)

180  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many practising solicitors there are in England and Wales; and how many there were in 1992.

 (95484)

181  Phil Sawford (Kettering): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what representations the Department has received from the Electoral Commission on lowering the voting age to 16.

 (95538)

182  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many times since 2001 he has taken flights on departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied him on each trip.

 (95390)

183  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who the purchasers were of land disposed of by (a) the former IDB and (b) Invest Northern Ireland at the TK-ECC factory site at Dundonald.

 (95536)

184  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) consultants have been employed in Lagan Valley Hospital in each of the last 10 years.

 (95510)

185  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action the Government is taking to attract more nurses, doctors and consultants to the Lagan Valley Hospital.

 (95511)

186  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether Invest Northern Ireland is intending to claw back grant aid from TK-ECC following the recent announcement of redundancies at the company's Dundonald plant.

 (95534)

187  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what land transactions were concluded between the former IDB and TK-ECC or its predecessors; and what the (a) nature, (b) purpose and (c) amounts involved in such disposals were.

 (95535)

188  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assistance the TK-ECC factory at Dundonald received from the former IDB; what outstanding Letters of Offer exist from Invest Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

 (95532)

189  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to assist TK-ECC and its workforce as a result of the announcement of redundancies at its Dundonald plant.

 (95533)

190  Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on government policy on horticulture in Northern Ireland.

 (95530)

191  Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the levels of farming incomes in Northern Ireland.

 (95531)

192  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the President of the Council, how many times since 2001 he has taken flights within his departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied the minister on each trip.

 (95610)

193  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Prime Minister, how many times since 2001 he has taken flights within his official duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied him on each trip.

 (95381)

194  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Prime Minister, what have been the running costs of Chequers in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (95527)

195  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Prime Minister, how many (a) full time, (b) part time and (c) temporary staff have been employed at Chequers in each of the last five years; if he will list their principal duties; what percentage of the total budget for the running costs of Chequers has been made up by the annual grant from public funds in each of the past five years; if he will list the dates he has been in residence at Chequers in each of the past two years; and to what uses Chequers has been put when he has not been in residence.

 (95526)

196  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Prime Minister, how many days he has spent in residence at Chequers in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

 (95528)

197  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) official entertainment functions and (b) conferences which have been held at Chequers in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (95525)

198  
N  
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford & North Hykeham): To ask the Prime Minister, what the policy of the Government is on responding to requests for meetings from Right honourable and honourable Members.

 (95047)

199  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many times since 2001 she has taken flights on departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied her on each trip.

 (95393)

200  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans she has to host celebrations on the anniversary of the Union of the Crowns.

 (95505)

201  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Solicitor General, what plans she has to investigate the handling by the Crown Prosecution Service of the case of Mrs Sally Clark.

 (95592)

202  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times since 2001 she has taken flights on departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied her on each trip.

 (95394)

203  
N  
Tony Cunningham (Workington): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her policy is on mergers in the food retail industry; and if she will make a statement.

 (95212)

204  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the estimated total cost is to the Post Office of providing free delivery of party election literature during the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary elections.

 (95608)

205  Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps are being taken to appoint women to the implementation unit on audit and accounting reforms.

 (95529)

206  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her estimate is of the total cost of (a) ministerial salaries, (b) ministerial offices and (c) other ministerial costs in her Department for the latest year for which information is available.

 (95614)

207  Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to change Israel's status as one of her Department's target markets.

 (95374)

208  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what licences have been granted for export of controlled goods to Algeria in each month since September 2001; and if she will make a statement.

 (95207)

209  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what form end-use monitoring agreements between the UK and nations importing UK-manufactured defence exports take; and if she will make a statement.

 (95208)

210  Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the local exchanges in South Devon which (a) have been enabled for broadband access and (b) remain without; what the Government's strategy is for increasing broadband facilities; and what the timetable is for delivering these services to South Devon.

 (95520)

211  Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Totnes of 10th December 2002 about the future of the post office in Loddiswell, near Kingswear.

 (95521)

212  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many times since 2001 he has taken flights on departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied him on each trip.

 (95388)

213  
N  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement about the Chancery Lane Underground derailment; and what investigations are taking place into its causes.

 (95086)

214  
N  
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when London Underground were first informed of the problem of motors breaking free on high speed underground trains; what subsequent reports they received; and what action was taken.

 (95085)

215  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the change in freight usage of the A14, by reason of the proposed expansion of the container port at Felixstowe.

 (95209)

216  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to improve road capacity on the A14, following the announcement of the proposed expansion of capacity at Felixstowe port.

 (95223)

217  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what budget (a) resource, (b) capital and (c) in total has been provided by his Department to the Strategic Rail Authority in each year since it has been in operation, including in its shadow form, and projected to 2004-05 (i) at out-turn prices and (ii) at today's prices.

 (95570)

218  Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what reason the southbound carriageway of the M1 motorway closed south of junction 11 on 27th January; and on whose authority it was closed.

 (95493)

219  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the oral statement of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State on 29th October 2002, Official Report, column 203-4 WH, on committing public funds to regional air services, if he will make a statement on state aid provisions under European law in respect of public service obligations.[R]

 (95553)

220  Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the Government's commitment to increasing rail passenger use by 50 per cent.

 (95589)

221  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to include in the Local Transport Plan highway maintenance settlement funding for street lighting renewal.

 (95502)

222  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what support his Department is giving to local authorities to develop detailed inventories and risk management systems in relation to street lighting stock.

 (95503)

223  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans his Department has to include an indicative amount of funding for street lighting for inclusion into the Local Transport Plan settlement for 2004-05 and future years.

 (95499)

224  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans his Department has to cooperate with Ofgem and the DTI to speed up the implementation of competition in street lighting connections.

 (95497)

225  Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to open up to competition the connection of street lighting.

 (95498)

226  
N  
Pete Wishart (North Tayside): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the breakdown was of spending in each nation and region in the UK of the 10 year Rail Passenger Partnership Funding programme announced in December 2001.

 (94904)

227  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many times since 2001 he has taken flights on departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied him on each trip.

 (95397)

228  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his Answer of 16th January, Official Report, column 711W, on Welsh Office assets, what accounting conventions underlay the upward re-valuation of Gwydyl House from the valuation on 31st March 2000; and if he will make a statement.

 (95495)

229  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his Answer of 16th January, Official Report, column 711W, what his estimate is of the open market value of Gwydyr House in Whitehall on the basis of maximum value for non-existing use; and if he will make a statement.

 (95555)

230  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly about the press coverage of the education announcement in Parliament on 22nd January; and if he will make a statement.

 (95478)

231  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many letters from honourable Members Wales Office ministers have dealt with since October 2002.

 (95488)

232  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many special advisers were employed by the Welsh Office in 1997; and how many are now employed.

 (95492)

233  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has made to the Strategic Rail Authority regarding the likely effect of a 10-20 per cent. cut in the cost of franchises for the All Wales railway franchise; when they were made; and in what form.

 (95485)

234  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales about the likely effect of a 10-20 per cent. cut in the cost of franchises for the All Wales rail franchise; and when the discussions took place.

 (95486)

235  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent on salaries for staff at the Welsh Office in 1997; and how much was spent in the most recent year for which figures are available.

 (95491)

236  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many members of staff there were at the Welsh Office in January 1996; and how many staff are employed at the Welsh Office.

 (95524)

237  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many times he and the honourable Member for Islwyn have attended meetings of the Council of Ministers in the past nine months.

 (95474)

238  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many press releases were required by the Welsh Office in the last two years; and how many of these were bilingual.

 (95489)

239  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assistance his Department provides for people whose main disabling condition is deafness when requesting help with the disability living allowance application forms; and what the (a) targets and (b) performance figures for these services are for each year since 1997.

 (94933)

240  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what methods of providing information on benefits, with specific regard to disability living allowance, to deaf people (a) have been introduced since 1997 and (b) are planned.

 (95031)

241  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans there are subsequent to the activities for managing life system trials to bring people whose main disabling condition is deafness who have high communication technology costs but relatively low support needs into DLA entitlement.

 (95131)

242  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times since 2001 he has taken flights on departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied him on each trip.

 (95392)

243  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost of checking, and where necessary amending, industrial injuries disablement benefit records manually in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

 (95515)

244  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to computerise industrial injuries disablement benefit claim records; and if he will make a statement.

 (95516)

245  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the likely costs of computerising industrial injuries disablement benefit records; and if he will make a statement.

 (95514)

246  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has for an invest to save bid to the Treasury for the computerisation of industrial injuries disablement benefit records; and if he will make a statement.

 (95513)

247  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimated cost is of a case-law change exercise in (a) correcting industrial injuries disablement benefit records and (b) notifying claimants; and if he will make a statement.

 (95512)

248  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make arrangements to refer calls to the Benefit Fraud Hotline and the Targeting Fraud Website, which relate to Asylum Support Fraud, to NASS fraud investigations.

 (95129)

249  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Northavon of 27th January, Official Report, column 649W, in what order he will be sending out invitation letters to recipients of each category of benefit.

 (95566)

250  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Cabinet Office, what reasons underlie the change in his Department's entertainment expenditure between 1998-99 and 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.

 (95433)


251  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of children lived in households with less than median income in each year from 1975-76 to 2002-03 in (a) numerical and (b) percentage terms; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (95582)

252  Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many lay magistrates there were in 1997; and what the most recent figure is.

 [Transferred]   (95490)




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