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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 6 February 2003

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 6 February 2003, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 

THURSDAY 6th FEBRUARY

1  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what changes in unit payments for electricity have resulted from the switch by his Department to purchasing renewable energy which is exempt from the Climate Change Levy.

 (96490)

2  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which local authorities he met to discuss the local government funding formula (a) prior to and (b) since the announcement of the Local Government Finance settlement for 2003-04.

 (96255)

3  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received from East Sussex County Council concerning the effect that the Local Government Finance settlement will have on public services in the county.

 (96262)

4  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to meet a cross-party delegation from East Sussex County Council to discuss the Local Government Finance settlement for the county.

 (96261)

5  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average Local Government Finance settlement for 2003-04 is for county councils; and how much each county council is to receive.

 (96257)

6  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations his Department received (a) prior to and (b) since the announcement of the Local Government Finance settlement for East Sussex concerning the treatment of cost of living in the local government funding formula; and if he will make a statement.

 (96256)

7  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment his Department made prior to the announcement into the effects of the Local Government Finance settlement on public services in the shire counties, with particular reference to East Sussex.

 (96263)

8  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received from East Sussex County Council concerning the effect that the Local Government Finance settlement will have on (a) education, (b) core services and (c) the level of council tax in the county; and if he will make a statement.

 (96258)

9  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans there are to review housing policy to meet the needs of disabled children.

 (96313)

10  Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of local authorities' budgets were ring-fenced in each of the past five years.

 (96526)

11  Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of local government revenues were derived from council tax in each of the past five years.

 (96525)

12  Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of total public spending consisted of spending by local authorities in each of the past five years.

 (96527)

13  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when it was decided that any local authority with a low CPA score for education and social services would be categorised as weak or poor.

 (96220)

14  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, against what criteria he will determine whether to call-in the planning application by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to develop a civic quarter; and when he will announce his decision.

 (96222)

15  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many planning officers were employed in his Department to determine cases of calling-in planning applications on (a) 1st January 2002 and (b) 1st January 2003.

 (96219)

16  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many decisions to call-in planning applications are outstanding with his Department; and for how long each has been under consideration.

 (96221)

17  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, why the decision on calling-in the planning application by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for the development of a civic quarter has been postponed.

 (96223)

18  Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on how the DTLR publication Independent Tenant Advisers and Stock Transfers—A Good Practice Guide by Barbara Carlisle and Michael Wagstaff deals with the implications of the Unfair Terms Regulations 1999 for the independent tenant adviser; and what the cost was of this document.

 (96567)

19  Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what action has been taken by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to encourage all sections of the housing industry to comply with the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999.

 (96570)

20  Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) local authority and (b) housing association tenancy agreements have been received by the OFT for investigation under the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations.

 (96565)

21  Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, (a) how many terms and (b) what type of terms were revised in the Blyth Valley Borough Council tenancy agreement, as reported in the Office of Fair Trading's Unfair Contract Terms bulletin number 18.

 (96569)

22  Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how council tenants and council leaseholders will be able to receive independent advice on the implications of the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations for the consultation procedures involved in any housing stock transfer.

 (96566)

23  Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what advice has been given by his Department to local authorities and housing associations regarding the implications of the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 for the housing stock transfer process.

 (96568)

24  Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the administrative costs of the Housing Corporation were for 2001-02.

 (95621)

25  
N  
Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations her Department has made to Sport England to ensure that the new regional sports boards will include input from the governing bodies of individual sports and from local authorities.

 (95956)

26  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the annual rate is at which her Department has renewed its vehicle fleet by (a) volume and (b) percentage for each (i) category of vehicle, (ii) type of power unit and (iii) type of fuel over the last three years.

 (96452)

27  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made, by (a) volume and (b) percentage for each (i) category of vehicle, (ii) type of power unit and (iii) type of fuel, on an annual basis, over each of the past three years, in renewal of her Department's and agencies' vehicle fleet on a lower emission basis.

 (96447)

28  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the departmental expenditure limits are in her Department's (a) resource and (b) capital budget for (i) museums, galleries and libraries, (ii) arts, (iii) sport, (iv) historical buildings, monuments and sites, (v) the Royal Parks, (vi) tourism, (vii) gambling and the National Lottery, (viii) ERDF, (ix) broadcasting and media, (x) commemorative services, (xi) administration and research and (xii) unallocated provision for (A) 2001-02, (B) 2002-03, (C) 2003-04, (D) 2004-05 and (E) 2005-06.

 (95909)

29  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) the construction and refurbishment projects being undertaken by his Department, (b) the contractors for each project and (c) the projects for which a building research establishment environmental assessment method document has been prepared.

 (96415)

30  
N  
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the risk assessments used in the first and second assessments of the Wattisham Air Traffic Contract were the same.

 (95955)

31  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what security checks are made of crews of civilian ships chartered for military operations.

 (96510)

32  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures are in place to protect military personnel and cargoes on chartered civilian ships.

 (96512)

33  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what supplies of filter cannisters for gas masks are available; and whether there are sufficient stocks to replace all time-expired cannisters.

 (95984)

34  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships chartered for military operations are registered under flags of convenience.

 (96511)

35  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) mail, (b) E-blueys, (c) private telephone calls up to 20 minutes per week, (d) E-mail, (e) newspapers, (f) library services, (g) BFBS, (h) combined services entertainment, (i) Expeditionary Forces Institute, (j) operational fitness equipment, (k) rest and recuperation and (l) free laundry are available to all members of all forces deployed to the Gulf; and if he will make a statement.

 (95907)

36  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 852W, on service personnel, what is the (a) establishment and (b) actual number of operators and engineers for the Containers Handling Rough Terrain Fleet; and how many are (i) reservists (ii) medically downgraded, (iii) on active service and (iv) deployed on operations; and if he will make a statement.

 (95951)

37  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel on their way to the Gulf are on S-type contracts.

 (95908)

38  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many water abstraction boreholes (a) in use and (b) licensed but not in use there are on MoD land in (i) Salisbury District, (ii) Kennet District and (iii) West Wiltshire District; and what the six-figure grid references are for each borehole.

 (95436)

39  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many honourable Members have reserve liabilities for the armed forces.

 (95960)

40  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what changes in unit payments for electricity have resulted from the switch by his Department to purchasing renewable energy which is exempt from the Climate Change Levy.

 (96480)

41  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the annual rate is at which his Department has renewed its vehicle fleet, by (a) volume and (b) percentage for each (i) category of vehicle, (ii) type of power unit and (iii) type of fuel over the last three years.

 (96453)

42  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made, by (a) volume and (b) percentage for each (i) category of vehicle, (ii) type of power unit and (iii) type of fuel, on an annual basis, over each of the past three years, in renewal of his Department's vehicle fleet on a lower emission basis.

 (96445)

43  Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of introducing a maintenance grant of (a) £1,000 per annum, (b) £1,500 per annum and (c) £2,000 per annum for higher education students from households in the lowest (i) quartile and (ii) decile of annual income.

 (96393)

44  Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the additional income that would be raised by increasing the payment towards tuition fees under the existing arrangements to £1,500 per annum.

 (96394)

45  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average wage paid is in 2002-03 per student in primary and secondary schools in shire local education authorities, broken down by authority.

 (96507)

46  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which counties qualify for the education area cost adjustment; and how much they receive on average in 2002-03 per student in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

 (96506)

47  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average teacher's wage paid in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools is, broken down by LEA.

 (96492)

48  Mr Sio(r)n Simon (Birmingham, Erdington): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the reforms designed to reduce teacher workload, as outlined in the November 2002 Teachers report, with specific reference to measures which will help teachers to keep up with the pace of change occurring in their profession.

 (96289)

49  Mr Sio(r)n Simon (Birmingham, Erdington): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what actions he is taking to ensure there is adequate PPA time for teachers to prepare lessons for their pupils; and how this will balance against teaching time and the time needed to carry out administrative duties.

 (96290)

50  Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his estimate is of the cost in 2003-04 to the construction equipment hire industry of the imposition of levies to the Construction Industry Training Board.

 (96307)

51  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the Government's expenditure plans are for higher education in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05 and (d) 2005-06, (i) in cash terms and (ii) on a full resource budgeting basis.

 (96279)

52  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funds his Department has allocated to the Government Offices for the Regions in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06, (i) in cash terms and (ii) on a full resource budgeting basis.

 (96282)

53  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what he estimates the annual costs of deferred tuition fees will be to his Department, once they are introduced in 2006.

 (96276)

54  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the allocated funding is for each internal directorate of his Department in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06, (i) in cash terms and (ii) on a full resource budgeting basis.

 (96281)

55  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funds his Department has allocated to OFSTED in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06, (i) in cash terms and (ii) on a full resource budgeting basis.

 (96284)

56  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funds his Department has allocated to each public body sponsored by the department in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06, (i) in cash terms and (ii) on a full resource budgeting basis.

 (96283)

57  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the estimated total extra revenue is that universities will receive per year following the introduction of deferred top up fees.

 (96277)

58  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what responsibilities the Government Offices for the Regions have relating to education.

 (96280)

59  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Government's proposals for higher education on (a) women, (b) ethnic minorities, (c) single parents, (d) mature students and (e) under represented groups.

 (96278)

60  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the differences between the Summary of the Spending Review Settlement for Higher Education Funding grand total, as announced in the Higher Education white paper (Command Paper 5735, p19), and total 'publicly planned funding for higher education in England' as stated in his letter to HEFCE detailing Higher Education funding and delivery to 2005-06, dated 22nd January 2003.

 (96285)

61  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 564W, on timber, if she will list (a) the local authorities who were putting or considering putting policies on timber procurement in place, (b) the respondents that did not specifically stipulate that timber should be sourced from both legal and sustainably managed sources and (c) the local authorities using other strategies.

 (96517)

62  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the present discharge unit is for technetium-99; what the analysis of levels of discharge over the last 12 months shows; and what progress has been made in considering the Department's response to recommendations by the Environment Agency in respect of discharge limits.

 (96518)

63  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions by the Environment Agency of waste offences involving disposing or treating of waste without a licence there were in each year since 1997.

 (96468)

64  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what changes in unit payments for electricity have resulted from the switch by her Department to purchasing renewable energy which is exempt from the Climate Change Levy.

 (96489)

65  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) grants and (b) borrowing permissions have been made available to local authorities, in each year from 1997 to date, to facilitate (i) waste minimisation, (ii) reuse of materials, (iii) recycling of materials and (iv) incineration of waste.

 (96476)

66  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which Department has responsibility for the transposition of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive into UK law.

 (96412)

67  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of municipal waste recovered in (a) 2005, (b) 2010 and (c) 2015 she expects to be (i) recycled, (ii) composted and (iii) incinerated.

 (96475)

68  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of how internal drainage boards are exercising their duty under the Land Drainage Act 1994 to further the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty and the conservation of flora, fauna and geological or physiographical features of special interest.

 (96400)

69  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the role which internal drainage boards will play in delivering the environmental objectives of the EC Water Framework Directive.

 (96399)

70  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 1077W, on the Environment Agency, how many staff in each year were allocated to environmental protection matters; and how much of the budget in each year was allocated to environmental protection matters.

 (96519)

71  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many waste incinerators in the UK emit levels of dioxins and other pollutants above those permitted by the EU Waste Incinerator Directive; and if she will make a statment.

 (96411)

72  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department is preparing to implement the Landfill Directive by 2016.

 (96469)

73  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what additional funding has been made available to the Environment Agency to enable it to (a) detect and (b) prosecute the (i) disposal and (ii) treatment of waste without a licence.

 (96466)

74  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects the Government to publish national waste acceptance criteria.

 (96467)

75  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the financial value of annual exports of materials for recycling, with particular reference to (a) green glass, (b) plastic, (c) steel and (d) short fibre from paper mills, was in each of the last three years; and what volume was exported in each case, broken down by destination of export.

 (96151)

76  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has undertaken on sources of indoor air pollution.

 (96310)

77  
N  
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice British officials have given UK Ministers regarding compensation from the European Commission for those affected by recent cuts in fishing quotas and the implications of this on the annual UK rebate from the European Union.

 (93979)

78  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of how many communities have suffered environmental damage or housing problems due to coal mine methane.

 (95441)

79  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the recycling records of local authorities in Somerset.

 (96497)

80  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many calls, broken down by constituency in Somerset, were received by the Environment Agency's (a) flooding hotline and (b) website in (i) December 2002 and (ii) January 2003.

 (96496)

81  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the departmental expenditure limits are in her Department's (a) resource and (b) capital budget for (i) environmental protection, (ii) food, fishing and farming, (iii) land use and rural affairs, (iv) animal health and welfare, (v) operations and service delivery and (vi) executive agencies for (A) 2001-02, (B) 2002-03, (C) 2003-04, (D) 2004-05 and (E) 2005-06.

 (95910)

82  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has conducted on using transparent polythene coverings to prevent the spread of pollen from GM crop trials; and if she will make a statement.

 (95902)

83  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the use of fishing net-based detectors to prevent the accidental drowning of dolphins and porpoises.

 (96509)

84  Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total Government marketing funding for the pig industry was in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03.

 (96274)

85  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the grant was to Forest Enterprise (England) in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002.

 (96224)

86  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the largest single amount of compensation paid out to a claimant for smoke damage to their property was as a result of Foot and Mouth Disease disposal methods.

 (96228)

87  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the proposed grant to Forest Enterprise (England) is in 2003.

 (96225)

88  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what modelling his Department has carried out on the level of landfill tax necessary to meet the legal obligations of the Landfill Directive (a) to reduce the landfilling of biodegradable waste to 75 per cent. of that of 1995 levels by 2006, (b) to reduce the landfilling of biodegradable waste to 50 per cent. of that of 1995 levels by 2009 and (c) to reduce the landfilling of biodegradable waste to 33 per cent. of that of 1995 levels by 2016.

 (96401)

89  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes in unit payments for electricity have resulted from the switch by (a) Customs and Excise and (b) the Office for National Statistics to purchasing renewable energy which is exempt from the Climate Change Levy.

 (96481)

90  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the costs to the public sector of (a) salaries and (b) administration arising from his proposed changes to the landfill tax credit scheme.

 (96150)

91  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to make an economic analysis of the investment required to ensure that government programmes aimed at lifting children out of poverty reach disabled children.

 (96314)

92  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his plans to provide financial incentives for the capture of coal mine methane emissions.

 (95437)

93  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to encourage coal mine methane capturing industry in the UK.

 (95439)

94  
N  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library communications between the Treasury and the International Monetary Fund regarding the interpretation of the sustainable investment rule, following the request for clarification contained in the concluding statement of the IMF Article IV consultation, published on 9th December 2002.

 (96239)

95  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he will take to assist Friendly Societies; and if he will make a statement.

 (96498)

96  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what spending plans he has for the £18 billion from the surpluses of the National Insurance Fund.

 (96272)

97  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect of abolition of stamp duty on (a) share transactions and (b) the UK economy.

 (96424)

98  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions officials from his Department have had with representatives of (a) the Association for Chartered Certified Accountants, (b) the European Federation of Accountants and Auditors and (c) the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales concerning proposals for quarterly corporate reporting.

 (96396)

99  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money has been (a) seized and (b) frozen under anti-terrorist legislation since 11th September 2001.

 (96423)

100  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 30th January, Official Report, column 991W, on the euro, if he will make a statement on the preparedness of business for euro entry.

 (96537)

101  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect of problems in the Venezuelan economy on world oil prices.

 (96422)

102  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to announce a decision on whether Britain meets his Department's five tests for entry to the euro before 7th June.

 (96395)

103  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effects of a conflict with Iraq on world oil prices.

 (96421)

104  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions officials from his Department have had with officials from the European Commission on the British economy's convergence with the eurozone; and if he will make a statement.

 (96426)

105  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of whether Britain's fiscal stance meets the Stability and Growth Pact.

 (96427)

106  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions officials from his Department have had with officials from the European Union on proposals for quarterly corporate reporting.

 (96425)

107  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 30th January, Official Report, column 992W, on the euro, what assessment of the proportion of businesses prepared for membership of the euro he will make before June 2003.

 (96538)

108  Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to extend the child care tax credit to informal carers of children.

 (96533)

109  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the revenue on an accruals basis from increasing the basic rate of tax applicable to dividends by one per cent.

 (96306)

110  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the additional annual revenue from inheritance tax as a result of abolishing the ability to make gifts free of inheritance tax after (a) one year, (b) five years and (c) 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

 (96524)

111  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the principal components of the changes in the budget of (a) HM Customs and Excise and (b) the Inland Revenue between 2002-03 and 2003-04; what internal administrative unit each change is attributed to; and if he will make a statement.

 (96523)

112  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer which definition of poverty the Government will use to assess progress in meeting its targets to reduce child poverty.

 (96504)

113  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the policy of Her Majesty's Government is on the protection of churches by KFOR troops in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.

 (95546)

114  
N  
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Serbs have returned to Kosovo in each month since 1st January 2002.

 (95547)

115  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what staffing vacancies there are in (a) sections of his Department dealing with the European Union and (b) in the relevant embassies.

 (96300)

116  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of civil servants based in (a) embassies and (b) the sections of his Department dealing with the European Union are on temporary promotion.

 (96301)

117  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the impact that illegal immigrants crossing the border from Zimbabwe may have upon (a) the economy and (b) HIV/AIDS levels in Botswana; and if he will make a statement.

 (96298)

118  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what staffing vacancies there are in (a) the sections of his Department dealing with Eastern Europe and the applicant states and (b) in the respective British embassies.

 (96299)

119  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) Embassies and (b) High Commissions there are abroad; and how many have been (i) closed and (ii) opened in each year since 1997.

 (96304)

120  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of his Department's officials have been posted abroad in each region in each year since 1997.

 (96305)

121  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of civil servants based in (a) embassies and (b) the sections of his Department dealing with Eastern Europe and the applicant states are on temporary promotion.

 (96302)

122  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what language courses are offered by his Department to staff being posted overseas; and what the cost of these programmes has been in each year since 1997.

 (96303)

123  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to provide assistance to the government of Botswana in dealing with the flow of illegal immigrants entering the country from Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

 (96297)

124  Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the visit by HM Ambassador to Argentina to Port Stanley was announced; whom he met; what discussions were held on what topics; and what reasons underlay the terms of the press conference with local journalists.

 (96296)

125  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the reconstruction programme in Afghanistan.

 (96473)

126  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the estimated amount of opium produced in Afghanistan was in each year from 1997 to date.

 (96471)

127  Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what sanctions are available to the EU in the event of a non-EU state breaching the terms of an Association Agreement with the EU.

 (96359)

128  Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what occasions since 21st October 2002 UK Ministers have raised with Israel in (a) bilateral meetings and (b) correspondence the issue of goods from settlements in the Occupied Territories.

 (96360)

129  Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd February, Official Report, column 8W, on Israel, whether proposals have yet been produced by Israel on the issue of goods exported to the EU which come from settlements in the Occupied Territories.

 (96361)

130  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the use made by the Palestinian Authority of funding supplied to it by the European Union; and what steps are taken to ensure that such aid is used for the purposes for which it is intended.

 (96397)

131  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with European Union Member States on the opportunity for human rights observers to visit Abdullah Ocalan in prison in Turkey; and if he will make a statement.

 (96275)

132  Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what evidence he has received from the United Nations relating to the UN report on illegal resource exploitation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; what additional investigations in the United Kingdom have been or will be undertaken; and if he will make a statement.

 (96535)

133  Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what United Nations, European Union, African Union and other international mechanisms are in place to monitor and enforce sanctions against (a) the Democratic Republic of Congo and (b) Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

 (96536)

134  Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1457 in respect of ending illegal activities relating to conflict diamonds; and if he will make a statement.

 (96534)

135  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advice his Department is giving to British subjects in Saudi Arabia about the motives for recent bombings against non-Saudi nationals.

 (96366)

136  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to investigate claims that British nationals imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for bombings have been subjected to long periods of solitary confinement and sleep deprivation.

 (96368)

137  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Saudi Government regarding the human rights of Sandy Mitchell, Les Walker, James Lee and James Cottel, imprisoned in Saudi Arabia.

 (96367)

138  Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress his Department has made in meeting its public service agreement target on reducing opium production in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

 (96291)

139  Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the US Government, (b) the Turkish Government and (c) the German Government regarding building a secure future for the people of Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

 (96294)

140  Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the unrest in Venezuela.

 (96550)

141  Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what impact the unrest in Venezuela has had on trade between the United Kingdom and Venezuela.

 (96551)

142  Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the decision by the Yugoslav parliament to loosen ties between Serbia and Montenegro; what implications he estimates this will have for the future of the region; and if he will make a statement.

 (96292)

143  Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to visit the Balkan countries to assess the progress that has been made towards peace and security in the region; and if he will make a statement.

 (96293)

144  The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the annual rate is at which his Department and its agencies renew their vehicle fleets, by (a) volume and percentage for each category of vehicle, (b) type of power unit and (c) type of fuel; and what progress has been made on the replacement of vehicles on a lower emissions basis in the last three years.

 (96558)

145  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the British Government's policy on what constitutes political dialogue that promotes democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Zimbabwe, as expressed in the Council Common Position concerning restrictive measures against Zimbabwe, Article 3.4—2002/145/CFSP; what discussions he has had with European partners on reaching a common understanding of this article; and if he will make a statement.

 (96362)

146  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the costs were of events and publicity sponsored and organised by his Department in the United Kingdom and abroad to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the United Kingdom's accession to the European Union.

 (96576)

147  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action on the situation in Zimbabwe European Union governments have agreed to take in meetings of the General Affairs and External Relations Council and at meetings of the European Council during the Danish Presidency of the EU; and if he will make a statement.

 (96364)

148  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the British Government has had with European partners concerning the French Government's invitation to President Mugabe for the Franco-African Summit in Paris on 19th to 21st February; and if he will make a statement.

 (96363)

149  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes in unit payments for electricity have resulted from the switch by his Department to purchasing renewable energy which is exempt from the Climate Change Levy.

 (96482)

150  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the Government's response to the Audit Commission proposals that audiology waiting times should be collected and targeted.

 (95986)

151  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that mainstream programmes and targeted initiatives have (a) a focus on disabled children and young people and (b) targets and indicators monitored as part of Opportunities for All.

 (96311)

152  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the research commissioned by the Food Standards Agency into the prevalence of acrylamide in cooked and prepared food.

 (96244)

153  
N  
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representations he has received requesting additional resources from individual hospitals in order to fund preparations for possible terrorist incidents.

 (95954)

154  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the future funding of the national school fruit scheme.

 (96515)

155  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the withdrawal of Oil of Evening Primrose from the NHS Tariff.

 (96508)

156  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of newly qualified doctors joined the NHS in each of the past 10 years.

 (96514)

157  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the projected overspend for each NHS trust in this financial year.

 (96409)

158  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, at what level of potency caustic soda and similar chemicals will be permitted in food supplements under the draft Food Supplements (England) Regulations; and what assessment he has made of the safety of the inclusion of caustic soda and similar chemicals in food supplements.

 (96479)

159  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the total cash income from (a) non-recurring and (b) recurring finance provided by his Department and primary care trusts to each NHS acute trust in each of the past three years.

 (96474)

160  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has carried out into the health implications of cigarette smuggling.

 (96516)

161  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the pilot project in Warwickshire to treat patients with infectious diseases in their own homes.

 (96513)

162  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Service Framework on Renal Services will include guidelines to ensure patient access to transplantation services.

 (96385)

163  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Service Framework on Renal Services will enable access to a choice of immunosuppressive agents to allow tailored treatment for patients.

 (96387)

164  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Service Framework on Renal Services will be published in 2003; and if he will make a statement on the resources to be committed to ensure its implementation.

 (96384)

165  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Service Framework on Renal Services will include standards for increasing organ donor numbers, with particular reference to the Awareness of Living Related Donors Scheme.

 (96383)

166  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Service Framework on Renal Services will include patient care pathways from dialysis to transplantation, including provision for long-term follow-up clinics and screening of key indicators.

 (96388)

167  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where and when the Central Office for Research Ethics Committees advertised the posts of making public appointments when appointing (a) an adviser on training research ethics committees and (b) an adviser on accreditation of research ethics committees.

 (96549)

168  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Service Framework on Renal Services will include (a) information on (i) improving long term graft outcomes, (ii) maximising rejection prevention and (iii) minimising side-effects associated with anti-rejection drugs and (b) standards on providing information to patients on (A) treatment options, (B) survival rates and (C) outcomes.

 (96386)

169  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have died from coronary heart disease in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997; and what measures his Department has taken to help reduce deaths from coronary heart disease in South Tyneside.

 (96379)

170  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost per patient per week of (a) a place in an NHS medium-secure unit and (b) a place purchased by the NHS in a medium-secure unit in the independent sector was in the last period for which both figures are available.

 (95905)

171  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in (a) NHS medium-secure units and (b) medium-secure units in the independent sector are awaiting discharge or transfer; what proportion of these patients have no place identified to which they can be discharged or transferred; and how many have been waiting for more than three months.

 (95903)

172  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are awaiting transfer from high security hospitals to medium-secure units; and what proportion of these patients have been waiting for more than three months.

 (95904)

173  Andy King (Rugby & Kenilworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimates have been made of the costs to the NHS of (a) the potential lifetime ill health of a low birthweight baby, (b) obesity and (c) indoor winter temperatures below 15 degrees centigrade.

 (96288)

174  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason the 999 service for the London area does not enable callers about health emergencies in other regions to be patched through to the 999 service for the regions concerned.[R]

 (95639)

175  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to enable callers in one part of the country seeking emergency help for someone in another part of the country to be put into contact with the 999 emergency ambulance service in the region concerned.[R]

 (95640)

176  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines are given to London 999 Ambulance Service telephone operators on handling emergency calls from telephones in London reporting someone collapsed in another part of the country.[R]

 (95641)

177  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason London 999 Ambulance Service telephone operators tell callers reporting an emergency in another part of the country that they can only attempt to find a number to ring to pass on the information to the 999 service in that part of the country.[R]

 (95642)

178  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 803W, on Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust, what action he will take to ensure that (a) a chief executive and (b) other executive directors will be in post when the Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust comes into being.

 (95987)

179  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what case reports of liver damage suspected to be associated with the consumption of Kava-Kava he has received from countries other than Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Canada, France, USA and the UK; and whether evidence of such cases was sought.

 (96502)

180  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list Member States of the EEA in which products containing Kava-Kava are not prohibited.

 (96501)

181  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the 70 case reports of liver damage suspected to be associated with the consumption of Kava-Kava received by the MCA occurred; and of the 70 cases, how many included a biopsy taken from the patient's liver.

 (96503)

182  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS general practitioners there were in Shrewsbury and Atcham in each year since 1997.

 (96286)

183  The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual rate is at which his Department renews its vehicle fleet, by (a) volume and percentage for each category of vehicle, (b) type of power unit and (c) type of fuel; and what progress has been made on the replacement of vehicles on a lower emissions basis in each of the last three years.

 (96561)

184  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the honourable Member for Salford will reply to the letters of 25th October 2002, 9th December 2002 and 13th January, from the honourable Member for West Suffolk concerning Mr Dominique Porche«, a constituent.

 (95900)

185  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions have taken place between law enforcement agencies and the (a) Mayor of London and (b) Information Commissioner concerning the retention of vehicle identification data collected by the congestion charge administration systems for law enforcement purposes.

 (95906)

186  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes in unit payments for electricity have resulted from the switch by his Department to purchasing renewable energy which is exempt from the Climate Change Levy.

 (96484)

187  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a building research establishment environmental assessment method document has been prepared for the redevelopment of 2 Marsham Street.

 (96413)

188  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures have been taken to ensure the integration of (a) planning and (b) communications between (i) the armed forces, (ii) the emergency services and (iii) volunteer organisations in the event of an NBC terrorist attack in the United Kingdom.

 (96254)

189  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken by his Department to ensure the integration and training of (a) the armed forces, (b) the emergency services and (c) volunteer organisations in evacuation procedures in the event of an NBC terrorist attack on London.

 (96260)

190  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from (a) the St John's Ambulance and (b) the Red Cross concerning contingency civil defence (i) planning and (ii) readiness in the event of an NBC terrorist attack in (A) London, (B) the South East, (C) England and (D) the United Kingdom.

 (96252)

191  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial assistance he has given to equip and train St John's Ambulance volunteers to deal with an NBC terrorist attack in the UK.

 (96259)

192  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the level of preparedness amongst voluntary organisations of the United Kingdom to respond to a major terrorist attack; and if he will make a statement.

 (96250)

193  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on (a) the stock of equipment and (b) its whereabouts to deal with an NBC terrorist attack in (i) London and (ii) East Sussex; and what plans he has to increase this stock.

 (96253)

194  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were granted work permits in each of the past seven years.

 (95246)

195  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work permits were granted in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) country of origin, (b) whether the permit was open or specific to one type of employment and (c) category of employment; and what proportion were granted (i) in-country and (ii) in the UK.

 (95247)

196  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women are being held in vulnerable prisoner units in prisons in England and Wales.

 (96246)

197  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many car-jackings have taken place in the Greater London area in each of the last three years.

 (96248)

198  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women held in prisons in England and Wales are serving a life sentence for sexual offences.

 (96247)

199  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suicides have taken place in prisons in the Greater London area in each of the last three years.

 (96245)

200  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent research his Department has commissioned on domestic violence suffered by (a) men and (b) women; and if he will make a statement.

 (96382)

201  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what statistics his Department has collated on the extent of domestic violence against (a) men and (b) women; and if he will make a statement.

 (96381)

202  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has separate strategies for tackling domestic violence against (a) men and (b) women; and if he will make a statement.

 (96380)

203  Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers are employed in the Metropolitan Police Special Branch.

 (96563)

204  Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the honourable Member for Walthamstow will receive a reply to his letters to the Department of 14th February 2002, 21st May 2002, 29th August 2002 and 22nd October 2002, regarding his constituents Mr and Mrs Thankarajah (Home Office ref T1009737).

 (96562)

205  Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers are employed in Special Branches, including Ports Units, in police forces in England and Wales outside London.

 (96564)

206  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will respond substantively to the letter sent to him by the honourable Member for Epsom and Ewell on behalf of Mr T. Dethridge of Epsom, dated 20th November 2001.

 (96491)

207  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that asylum seekers and recognised refugees who are eligible to vote are on the electoral register.

 (96238)

208  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements and funding are or will be in place to assist the Advisory Panel on Country Information to carry out its functions under section 142(3) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.

 (95953)

209  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the responses he has received to the consultation on the draft guidelines in implementing the changes to section 8 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 made by section 38 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.

 (96237)

210  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd July, Official Report, column 433W, on Yarl's Wood, how many of those who were detained at Yarl's Wood are detained (a) in a prison and (b) in an immigration detention centre; and if he will make a statement.

 (96236)

211  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will establish the Advisory Panel on Country Information under section 142 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.

 (95952)

212  Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 30th January, Official Report, column 1035W, on Afghan asylum claims, how many Afghan refugees granted asylum have claimed that they fought for the Taliban but (a) that they did not support the Taliban and (b) that they were coerced.

 (96529)

213  Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the use of (a) chartered and (b) military flights for the deportation of failed asylum claimants.

 (96530)

214  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners since January 1999 have been released on the home detention curfew scheme; how many of those released had been sentenced for (a) homicide and attempted homicide, (b) other violence against the person, (c) drug offences, (d) assaults and (e) other offences; what the average sentence (i) received and (ii) served was; what the average period spent on the scheme was in respect of each offence; how many prisoners in each of the above categories have (A) breached the conditions of the curfew, (B) disappeared and been recaptured, (C) disappeared and remain unlawfully at large and (D) had their licences revoked with reasons; what the offences committeed by prisoners released on the scheme were while on the scheme, including offences committed by prisoners who committed more than one offence; what the offences committed by prisoners released on the scheme who committed a further offence while on the scheme that was similar in character to that for which they were originally convicted were, including offences committed by prisoners who committed more than one offence; and if he will make a statement.

 (96227)

215  The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual rate is at which his Department and its agencies renew their vehicle fleets, by (a) volume and percentage for each category of vehicle, (b) type of power unit and (c) type of fuel.

 (96559)

216  Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 5th December 2002, Official Report, column 973W, on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, what sub-committee meetings took place on (a) 1st November 2001 and (b) 15th January 2002; where each meeting took place; which members of the Council attended each meeting; which members of the Council attended the (i) meeting on 8th November 2001 and (ii) full meeting on 15th January 2002, and where they took place; which members of the Council were commissioned to produce the draft report on the classification of cannabis; and whether the Council took a vote on approving the draft report on the classification of cannabis.

 (96575)

217  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what changes in unit payments for electricity have resulted from the switch by her Department to purchasing renewable energy which is exempt from the Climate Change Levy.

 (96487)

218  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of people in Afghanistan he estimates had access to clean water in (a) 1990, (b) 1997, (c) 2000 and (d) now.

 (96472)

219  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support she provides for the development of public service broadcasting in Mozambique.

 (96365)

220  The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the annual rate is at which her Department renews its vehicle fleet, by (a) volume and percentage for each category of vehicle, (b) type of power unit and (c) type of fuel; and what progress has been made on the replacement of vehicles on a lower emissions basis in each of the last three years.

 (96560)

221  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what works of art are on loan to the Lord Chancellor's Department and are located in (a) his apartments and (b) his own offices; and from where they have been borrowed.

 (96420)

222  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much public money has been spent each year since 1st May 1997 on (a) maintaining and (b) improving apartments occupied by the Lord Chancellor.

 (96416)

223  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much public money has been spent on the acquisition of artefacts for the Lord Chancellor's apartments in each year from 1997 to date.

 (96419)

224  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, whether a building research establishment environmental assessment method document has been prepared for the refurbishment of (a) GKN House, (b) Steel House and (c) Clive House.

 (96408)

225  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the total income from public funds of the Lord Chancellor has been for each year from 1st May 1997, broken down by (a) salary and (b) expenses claimed.

 (96417)

226  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much has been spent, in each year from 1st May 1997 to date, on the Lord Chancellor's personal travel arrangements on official business, broken down by (a) provision and running costs of vehicular transport, (b) first class travel by rail, (c) standard class travel by rail, (d) first class travel by air, (e) club or equivalent class travel by air and (f) economy class travel by air.

 (96418)

227  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the annual rate is at which his Department has renewed its vehicle fleet, by (a) volume and (b) percentage for each category of (i) vehicle, (ii) type of power unit and (iii) type of fuel over the last three years.

 (96449)

228  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what progress has been made, by (a) volume and (b) percentage for each category of (i) vehicle, (ii) type of power unit and (iii) type of fuel, on an annual basis, over each of the past three years, in renewal of his Department's and agencies' vehicle fleet on a lower emission basis.

 (96448)

229  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proportion of, and how many, grants given by the Marriage and Relationship Support branch of the Department in each year since 1997 were to organisations that use psychometric testing on their clients.

 (96500)

230  Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the Marriage and Relationship Support branch of the Department will include the use of pre and post marital psychometric inventories as part of the criteria for considering bids for LCD grants.

 (96499)

231  
N  
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what arrangements the Crown Prosecution Service has put in place to implement section 60 of the Family Law Act 1996.

 (95765)

232  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the annual rate is at which his Department renews its vehicle fleet, by (a) volume and percentage for each category of vehicle, (b) type of power unit and (c) type of fuel, and what progress has been made in replacing vehicles on a lower emissions basis in each of the last three years.

 (96552)

233  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has issued guidelines to local authorities in Northern Ireland on the introduction of facilities for the provision of (a) retail and fleet liquefied petroleum gas and (b) compressed natural gas.

 (96555)

234  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures he is taking to assist local authorities in Northern Ireland in adopting ambient air quality plans; how many local authorities have completed ambient air quality (a) plans and (b) assessments; and if he will list them.

 (96556)

235  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the annual emission was of (a) NOx, (b) SOx, (c) particulates and (d) CO2 recorded for Belfast International Airport for the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (i) aviation emissions, (ii) volume for each category of ground vehicle, (iii) type of power unit and (iv) type of fuel.

 (96553)

236  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures he is taking to encourage Belfast International Airport Ltd to introduce low emission vehicles in its operations.

 (96554)

237  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will amend the Explanatory and Financial Memorandum of the Draft Housing (NI) Order to reflect the concerns of the Northern Ireland Assembly's Social Development Committee in terms of (a) introductory tenancies, (b) large scale voluntary transfers, (c) homelessness, (d) new build and (e) anti-social behaviour; and if he will make a statement.

 (96392)

238  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will bring forward legislation to prevent the destruction and diminution of important historical and cultural buildings in Northern Ireland.

 (96391)

239  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take steps to introduce a levy on the use of plastic bags; and if he will make a statement.

 (96390)

240  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many incidents where individuals were discovered in hospitals in Northern Ireland pretending to be health care staff there have been in the last three years.

 (96571)

241  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, on what policy areas Lord Birt is working.

 (96478)

242  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, what the basis is for the assertion in his dossier on Iraq published on 3rd February that Iraq's Government has sought out personal information on UNMOVIC personnel in order to exploit any weaknesses.

 (96370)

243  Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Prime Minister, when his officials intend to respond to the request for funding made to them by Judge William Taylor on 2nd February.

 (96522)

244  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether she has issued guidelines to local authorities in Scotland on the introduction of facilities for the provision of retail and fleet liquefied petroleum gas.

 (96463)

245  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which local authorities in Scotland have completed Ambient Air Quality (a) assessment and (b) plans.

 (96460)

246  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what annual emission of (a) NOx, (b) SOx and (c) CO2 was recorded for each Scottish airport in the last available year, classified by (i) aviation emissions, (ii) volume for each category of ground vehicle, (iii) type of power unit and (iv) type of fuel.

 (96465)

247  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what measures she is taking to encourage the British Airports Authority to introduce low emission vehicles in its Scottish airports; and what the outcome has been.

 (96464)

248  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what measures she is taking to assist local authorities in Scotland in adopting ambient air quality plans.

 (96461)

249  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what progress has been made, by (a) volume and (b) percentage for each (i) category of vehicle, (ii) type of power unit and (iii) type of fuel, in each of the past three years, in renewal of her Department's vehicle fleet on a lower emission basis.

 (96432)

250  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether she has issued guidelines to local authorities in Scotland on the introduction of facilities for the provision of compressed natural gas.

 (96462)

251  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the annual rate has been at which her Department renewed its vehicle fleet by (a) volume and (b) percentage for each (i) category of vehicle, (ii) type of power unit and (iii) type of fuel over the last three years.

 (96431)

252  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Solicitor General, what changes in unit payments for electricity have resulted from the switch by her Department to purchasing renewable energy which is exempt from the Climate Change Levy.

 (96483)

253  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Solicitor General, what the annual rate is of replacement of the Department's and its agencies' vehicle fleets broken down, by (a) volume and percentage for each category of vehicle, (b) type of power unit and (c) type of fuel; and what progress has been made in replacing vehicles on a lower emissions basis in each of the last three years.

 (96557)

254  
N  
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North): To ask the Solicitor General, what guidance she gives to the Crown Prosecution Service about consulting victims of domestic violence about decisions relating to the prosecutions.

 (95248)

255  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Right honourable Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what work the Electoral Commission is undertaking to develop policy on the consistency of the rules governing the Boundary Commission with particular regard to the question of parity of size for parliamentary constituencies.

 (96548)

256  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether a building research establishment environmental assessment method document has been prepared for the refurbishment of (a) Elizabeth House, (b) 1 Victoria Street and (c) 10 Victoria Street.

 (96414)

257  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what changes in unit payments for electricity have resulted from the switch by her Department to purchasing renewable energy which is exempt from the Climate Change Levy.

 (96485)

258  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consultation there has been regarding the extension of the use of coal mine methane emissions for electricity in the UK.

 (95440)

259  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans there are for an extension of the Renewables Obligation to include coal mine methane.

 (95438)

260  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the annual rate is at which her Department has renewed its vehicle fleet, by (a) volume and (b) percentage for each category of (i) vehicle, (ii) type of power unit and (iii) type of fuel over the last three years.

 (96450)

261  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the annual rate is at which the Post Office has renewed its vehicle fleet, by (a) volume and (b) percentage for each category of (i) vehicle, (ii) type of power unit and (iii) type of fuel over the last three years.

 (96451)

262  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made, by (a) volume and (b) percentage for each (i) category of vehicle, (ii) type of power unit and (iii) type of fuel, on an annual basis, over each of the past three years, in renewal of the Post Office's vehicle fleet on a lower emission basis.

 (96446)

263  
N  
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many working days were lost in her Department due to (a) industrial action and (b) illness in each year since 1997.

 (95901)

264  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the grants and funding available to public bodies to develop internet presentations for use as public consultation are.

 (96226)

265  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many of the miners' respiratory compensation settlements are for chronic bronchitis only; how many cases that have been settled have been paid; and how many claims registered in (a) 1998 and (b) 1999 (i) have been finalised and (ii) are outstanding.

 (96269)

266  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimates she has made of the total coal reserves available in the (a) United Kingdom and (b) Wales.

 (96270)

267  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money the Government has taken from the surpluses of the mineworkers pension scheme since it was last valued.

 (96273)

268  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many claims for compensation under the Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis Scheme are being held up because they have a less than 10 per cent. assessment of disablement.

 (96265)

269  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what checks are carried out to ensure that aviation fuel has not been dumped over land for reasons other than emergencies.

 (96477)

270  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what changes in unit payments for electricity have resulted from the switch by his Department to purchasing renewable energy which is exempt from the Climate Change Levy.

 (96488)

271  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the determinations of environmental issues considered by the Public Inquiry into the Honiton/Ilminster road improvement, with which he disagrees.

 (95985)

272  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of government funding for the Energy Savings Trust is allocated as PowerShift grants for lower emission vehicles.

 (96439)

273  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his policy is on encouragement of the introduction of (a) electric vehicles and (b) hybrid low emission vehicles.

 (96436)

274  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many (a) vans and (b) other vehicles have received PowerShift grants over the last four years by (i) category of vehicle, (ii) type of power unit and (iii) type of fuel.

 (96441)

275  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the reason was for the re-branding of TransportAction as TransportEnergy; and what the total cost was to the Energy Savings Trust broken down into (a) consultancy fees, (b) publicity, (c) reprinting of stationery and (d) other material costs.

 (96438)

276  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what financial assistance in the last four years his Department has given to encourage the promotion by local authorities of low emission zones.

 (96443)

277  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his policy is on encouragement of the introduction of (a) compressed and (b) liquefied natural gas vehicles.

 (96437)

278  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what Government grant has been given to the Energy Savings Trust in each of the last three years; and what proportion of that grant (a) was allocated on an annual basis to TransportAction and (b) is allocated to TransportEnergy.

 (96442)

279  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what proportion of total road vehicles in the UK received PowerShift grants in each of the last four years.

 (96440)

280  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the availability of low interest loans from the European Investment Bank for (a) financing repair and renewal of London Underground, (b) the purchase of vehicle fleet by local authorities and (c) new transport infrastructure for the introduction of congestion zones and on emission zones.

 (96444)

281  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what financial measures in the last four years his Department has undertaken to encourage the promotion of low emission zones.

 (96435)

282  Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many incidents have been recorded of people in charge of aeroplanes being apprehended for (a) alcohol and (b) drugs abuse in each of the last five years.

 (96520)

283  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish further letters from his Department on the treatment of revenue shortfalls in the first phase of public-private partnership for the London Underground.

 (96574)

284  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what terms of the agreement have been reached between Transport for London, the Mayor of London's transport agency and his Department's officials on the proposed public-private partnership for the London Underground.

 (96573)

285  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will place in the Library copies of the letters of comfort issued in relation to the Strategic Rail Authority.

 (96528)

286  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether he has issued guidelines to local authorities in Wales on the introduction of facilities for the provision of compressed natural gas.

 (96457)

287  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what measures he is taking to encourage Cardiff International Airport Ltd to introduce low emission vehicles in its operations; and what the outcome has been.

 (96455)

288  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what progress has been made, by (a) volume and (b) percentage for each (i) category of vehicle, (ii) type of power unit and (iii) type of fuel in each of the past three years, in renewal of his Department's vehicle fleet on a lower emission basis.

 (96434)

289  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether he has issued guidelines to local authorities in Wales on the introduction of facilities for provision of retail and fleet liquefied gas.

 (96456)

290  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the annual rate is at which his Department has renewed its vehicle fleet, by (a) volume and (b) percentage for each (i) category of vehicle, (ii) type of power unit and (iii) type of fuel over the last three years.

 (96433)

291  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what annual emission of (a) NOx, (b) SOx and (c) CO2 was recorded for Cardiff International Airport in the last available year, classified by (i) aviation emissions, (ii) volume for each category of ground vehicle, (iii) type of power unit and (iv) type of fuel.

 (96454)

292  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which local authorities in Wales have completed Ambient Air Quality (a) plans and (b) assessments.

 (96459)

293  Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what measures he is taking to assist local authorities in Wales in adopting ambient air quality plans.

 (96458)

294  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what changes in unit payments for electricity have resulted from the switch by his Department to purchasing renewable energy which is exempt from the Climate Change Levy.

 (96486)

295  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many workers in England and Wales have been exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke in the workplace (a) regularly and (b) occasionally in each year since 1997.

 (96309)

296  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of workers reported that their workplace was smoke-free in 2001.

 (96308)

297  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect the New Deal has had on youth unemployment in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear and (d) the UK.

 (96378)

298  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what further measures he will take to help communities with high levels of long term unemployment.

 (96376)

299  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action the Government has taken to help reduce unemployment in the Jarrow constituency since 1997.

 (96375)

300  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are being taken to reduce youth unemployment in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear and (d) the UK.

 (96377)

301  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the change in the level of unemployment has been in the Jarrow constituency in each year since 1997.

 (96358)

302  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent measures he has taken to reduce fraudulent claims for benefits.

 (96532)

303  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unemployed people in Tamworth are claiming unemployment benefit; and what the change in the number of unemployed since 1997 is.

 (96531)

304  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will treat those suffering from Me«nie¬re's disease as eligible for disability living allowance.

 (96287)

305  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for pneumoconiosis benefit have been received in Wales in the last two years; and how many are outstanding.

 (96264)

306  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which call centre in Sheffield was recently awarded the contract previously held by Vetex in Pembroke Dock.

 (96268)

307  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are claiming (a) unemployment related and (b) sickness related benefits in each (i) local authority and (ii) parliamentary constituency in Wales.

 (96271)

308  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the (a) number and (b) percentage of (i) single males, (ii) single females and (iii) couples (A) over 60 and (B) over 75 who will be eligible for (1) any amount of council tax benefit and (2) full council tax benefit (x) at present, (y) in April 2003 and (z) in October 2003.

 (96369)

309  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost per claimant of administering the minimum income guarantee.

 (96505)

310  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Cabinet Office, what changes in unit payments for electricity have resulted from the switch by his Department to purchasing renewable energy which is exempt from the Climate Change Levy.

 (96398)


311  
N  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost is of training learning support assistants to become primary teachers in this financial year; and if he will invest in such training in areas of substantial teacher shortage on the fringes of London.

 [Question Unstarred]   (95759)

312  
N  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough): To ask the Solicitor General, what studies she has conducted into the use of the defence of provocation.

 [Question Unstarred]   (95764)

313  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what stocks of landmines were held in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 on Diego Garcia; what stocks are held there now; whose authority they are under; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (96389)

314  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many searches were initiated by UK intelligence of the 100 sites investigated in Iraq by UN weapons inspectors.

 [Transferred]   (96267)

315  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many sites have been referred by the Government on the basis of intelligence as having weapons of mass destruction to the UN weapons inspection team in Iraq.

 [Transferred]   (96266)

316  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent discussions have taken place between (a) his officials, (b) Transport for London, (c) the Mayor of London's transport agency and (d) Department of Transport officials to finalise arrangements for the proposed public-private partnership for the London Underground; and if he will make a statement on the implications for public finances of the agreement.

 [Transferred]   (96572)

317  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the investigation and discipline board of the Accountancy Foundation will be established; and what research she will be commissioning into its effectiveness.

 [Transferred]   (96429)

318  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research she (a) commissioned and (b) plans to commission into the effectiveness of the Accountancy Foundation in regulating the accountancy profession; and if she will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (96428)

319  Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the international security assistance force in Afghanistan; what reports he has received on military confrontations between that force and Afghan rebels in the past six months; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (96295)

320  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether proposed European legislation will change the unilateral ability of the UK to maintain British exemption of food from VAT; and whether the British endorsement of the EU agreement with Malta regarding the exemption of food from VAT in Malta changes the existing arrangements between the UK and the EU on the exemption of food from VAT.

 [Transferred]   (96578)

321  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with the (a) Bar Council and (b) Law Society on the European Commission's proposal for a directive to harmonise national laws on the means of enforcing intellectual property rights and to establish a general framework for the exchange of information between the responsible national authorities; and if she will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (96577)

322  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Treasury to establish a minimum income standard which includes targeted support to meet the costs of caring for a disabled child.

 [Transferred]   (96312)

323  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Cabinet Office, what steps are being taken by his Department to ensure that local authorities are working in conjunction with the St John's Ambulance to prepare local civil defence plans for England and Wales.

 [Transferred]   (96249)

324  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking in terms of civil defence planning in (a) London, (b) the South East, (c) England and (d) the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (96251)

325  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the President of the Council, what total number of miles was claimed by honourable Members under the mileage allowance scheme in each year since 1997, broken down by journeys to and from (a) their constituency and London, (b) their homes and London and (c) other places; and what the total cost was in each year since 1997.

 [Transferred]   (96470)

326  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the President of the Council, if the Lord Chancellor will make it his policy to end the arrangement whereby holders of his office receive pension arrangements which exceed the ceiling for tax relief proposed in the Government's Green Paper on pensions.

 [Transferred]   (96410)

327  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether a building research establishment environmental assessment method document has been prepared for the refurbishment at Eland House.

 [Transferred]   (96402)




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