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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 7 February 2003

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 7 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.
 


 

FRIDAY 7th FEBRUARY

1  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects the Broxtowe Local Plan Inspectors' report to be available.

 (96703)

2  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much funding Leeds City Council has received from the neighbourhood renewal fund; when funds were received; what projects have been funded and by how much; and which organisations are responsible for (a) managing and (b) delivering each project.

 (96968)

3  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much funding Leeds City Council has received from the Community empowerment fund; which organisations manage the fund; what projects have been developed; and which communities benefit.

 (96962)

4  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many units of affordable accommodation were secured via the planning process; and what proportion of all housing permissions this represented in each of the last five years in each local authority in London.

 (96898)

5  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many properties have been sold under the Right to Buy; how many have been sold under Right to Buy in the last three years; how many households are supported in temporary accommodation; and how many new units of social housing have been completed, in the last three years, in each local authority in London.

 (96896)

6  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the budget shortfall incurred by the Department is to date as a result of the fire strikes; and what budget cuts will be made to compensate for this shortfall.

 (96715)

7  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what income has been received by the Department from firefighter employers as a result of the recent fire strikes.

 (96716)

8  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many tenants have used the right to buy scheme to purchase property in each local authority in each year since 1st May 1997.

 (96717)

9  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total cost incurred by the Government as a result of the fire strikes has been.

 (96723)

10  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much money has been transferred between the Department and the Ministry of Defence as a result of the fire strikes, broken down by category.

 (96724)

11  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the charging arrangements are for handicapped persons attending adult day centres in (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (b) England.

 (96705)

12  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many complaints have been received by the Standards Board for England since May 2002; and of these, how many (a) have so far proceeded to investigation stage, (b) were upheld and (c) are outstanding.

 (96848)

13  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average length has been of an investigation by the Standards Board for England since 2002.

 (96849)

14  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the budget is for the Standards Board for England in 2002-03; and what the average cost is of an investigation by the Standards Board for England.

 (96850)

15  Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the impact of the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 on local authority and housing association tenancies.

 (96592)

16  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many houses in (a) Pendle and (b) Burnley are (i) abandoned, (ii) empty and (iii) unfit.

 (96595)

17  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the cost of bringing housing in (a) Pendle and (b) Burnley up to standard.

 (96596)

18  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact of the requirements of the water framework directive upon the cost of clean-up of brownfield land for re-use in his sustainable communities plan.

 (96928)

19  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the ring-fenced grants available to local authorities in each year since 1997.

 (96909)

20  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to protect (a) underground, (b) overground and (c) underwater archaeological sites in Cornwall.

 (96584)

21  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on her policy on the protection of underwater wrecks that are of archaeological interest.

 (96586)

22  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of archaeological sites on the tourism industry of Cornwall.

 (96585)

23  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action she has taken regarding archaeological sites in Cornwall in the last five years.

 (96822)

24  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many pensioners have claimed free television licences in (a) Haltemprice and Howden and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire in each year since 1997.

 (96712)

25  Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many premises are covered by the public entertainment licence; and how many more she expects will have to apply for a licence to provide public entertainment under the proposed Licensing Bill.

 (96878)

26  Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the cost of a premises licence will be the same to a public house whether it chooses to apply only for a licence to sell alcohol or whether it chooses to apply for multiple permissions licence under the Licensing Bill.

 (96879)

27  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding (a) her Department and (b) its agencies provide to support ethnic minority cultural events.

 (96910)

28  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding (a) her Department and (b) her Department's agencies provide to support young British writers.

 (96881)

29  Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many lottery (a) applications and (b) awards there have been for the Conwy constituency in each year since 1997; and what the national averages were in each year.

 (96632)

30  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what land assessments and additional studies have been undertaken by the Government or agencies on behalf of the Government with respect to (a) past and (b) current activities and the environment at RAF Portreath at Nancekuke in Cornwall in the last 30 years.

 (96733)

31  Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research NATO is carrying out on (a) theatre missile defence and (b) ballistic missile defence of Europe.

 (96947)

32  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what quantity, by weight, of bombs have been dropped on Iraq by UK planes since the inception of the no-fly zone.

 (96542)

33  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people he estimates have been killed by UK and US forces enforcing the no-fly zone in Iraq.

 (96541)

34  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army Medical Services are being deployed; what percentage this represents; how many of these are from the field hospitals and how many are from the medical squadrons and field ambulances; what percentage this represents in each case; and if he will make a statement.

 (95548)

35  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Territorial Army centres in Lancashire are providing reservists to UK forces; and how many reservists from the Territorial Army Centre in Chorley have been called to join UK forces.

 (96741)

36  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when 5 Squadron will be disbanded; and to which squadrons 5 Squadron personnel will be re-assigned.

 (96929)

37  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Armilla Patrol vessel has been on station in the past year.

 (96936)

38  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Merlin helicopters are grounded in order to provide spare parts for operational Merlin helicopters.

 (96942)

39  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel in each reserve field hospital unit have been paid an efficiency bounty.

 (96933)

40  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to improve security at his Department's facilities and bases; and if he will make a statement.

 (96939)

41  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many beds there are in each (a) regular and (b) reserve field hospital.

 (96932)

42  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether protest action taken by Greenpeace hindered preparations for Operation Telic; and if he will make a statement.

 (96938)

43  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Atlantic Patrol (North) vessel has been on station in the Caribbean since September 2002.

 (96935)

44  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the LOA and LSSA as it applies to personnel serving on Operation Telic.

 (96940)

45  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units have made use of the combined arms tactical trainer simulator centre at Warminster.

 (96941)

46  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) anaesthetists, (b) doctors, (c) surgeons, (d) trained nurses and (e) commissioned nurses there are in each reserve field hospital unit.

 (96934)

47  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what personal night vision equipment is in service with (a) infantry, (b) Royal Marine units, (c) RAF and (d) Fleet Air Arm aircrew.

 (96937)

48  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what vetting has taken place of crews of vessels chartered by his Department in support of Operation Telic; and if he will make a statement.

 (96931)

49  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel have been supplied with gas mask filters that are out of date; and if he will make a statement.

 (96930)

50  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much unallocated funds there were in financial years (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05 under the headings of (i) operations, (ii) personnel, (iii) logistics, (iv) procurement, (v) central, (vi) war pensions and allowances, (vii) Armed Forces Retired Pay and Pensions and (viii) unprogrammed operations/conflict prevention; and if he will make a statement.

 (96748)

51  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers discharged under QR 9.413 have been recalled for service in the contingency plans for the Gulf; and if he will make a statement.

 (96616)

52  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers took (a) premature voluntary retirement and (b) SNLR from the (i) Footguards, (ii) Scots Division, (iii) Queen's Division, (iv) King's Division, (v) Parachute Division, (vi) Light Division, (vii) R Irish (GS), (viii) R Irish (HS) and (ix) Parachute Regiment in 1998.

 (96615)

53  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the share of the defence budget accounted for by (a) procurement costs and (b) personnel costs in each year from 1982-83 to 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

 (96818)

54  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the scope for savings in the defence procurement budget as a consequence of increased European collaboration on defence procurement; and if he will make a statement.

 (96643)

55  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of his Department's total expenditure on military research and development in each year from 1990-91 to 2003-04 (planned); and if he will make a statement.

 (96644)

56  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of (a) cost overruns and (b) delivery delays in each UK military procurement project valued at £100m and over in each year from 1990-91 to 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

 (96819)

57  Mr Calum MacDonald (Western Isles): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the rents received by (a) the Ministry of Defence and (b) Defence Estates for the use of its properties in the Western Isles, broken down by (i) location, (ii) payee and (iii) amount paid.

 (96890)

58  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 747W, on HMS Nottingham, what changes to current departmental expenditure commitments he plans to make.

 (96893)

59  
N  
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed services personnel and their families receive (a) income support and (b) other means-tested benefits.

 (96539)

60  
N  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any member of the armed forces will (a) lose station specific pay and (b) receive less pay as a result of serving in the Gulf.

 (96317)

61  
N  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces are warned-off for deployment to the Gulf; and how many of these are in receipt of station specific pay, broken down by category.

 (96315)

62  
N  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in what circumstances station specific pay can be withdrawn from a member of the armed forces when they are temporarily assigned to another duty station.

 (96316)

63  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the (a) quality and (b) suitability for the climate and conditions of the equipment supplied to army personnel in preparation for deployment to the Middle East.

 (96663)

64  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students have been enrolled in (a) higher and (b) further education in each academic year since 1997-98.

 (96702)

65  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what initiatives are being undertaken by his Department to develop links between higher education colleges and commerce; and if he will make a statement.

 (96660)

66  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children are enrolled in special needs education establishments; and how many schools with special needs provision there are (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each local education authority.

 (96625)

67  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to combat truancy in schools.

 (96666)

68  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average price of a school meal was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local authority area in England and Wales in each academic year since 1997-98.

 (96665)

69  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the colleges of further and higher education in England and Wales indicating the (a) capacity limit figures for each college and (b) actual numbers of (i) full-time and (ii) part-time students for each academic year since 1997-98.

 (96658)

70  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on his Department's expenditure plans for 2003-04 and 2004-05.

 (96659)

71  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which decisions by his Department were challenged by judicial review in each session since 1997; and in how many cases the (a) Department's decision was upheld by the court, (b) court found for the applicant, (c) Department submitted to the judgment and (d) Department appealed successfully against the decision.

 (96664)

72  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the annual total cost is of special needs education in England and Wales, broken down by local education authority.

 (96626)

73  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the estimated incidence of truancy is in secondary schools broken down by local authority area, in the last year for which figures are available.

 (96800)

74  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to ensure special needs provision is available for children with autism; and if he will make a statement.

 (96803)

75  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, (a) how many pupils there were on school rolls and (b) what the pupil-teacher ratio was in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in each local authority area in England and Wales in each academic year from 1997-98.

 (96627)

76  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list for each local education authority in England and Wales, for each year since 1997, their (a) total spending, (b) spending per pupil and (c) spending per pupil at (i) nursery, (ii) primary and (iii) secondary stages of education.

 (96657)

77  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations his Department has received from (a) higher education institutions and (b) student bodies (i) in favour and (ii) against the introduction of top up fees.

 (96701)

78  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many initial teacher training places funded by his Department have not been filled by the Teacher Training Agency in each subject for each year since 1997.

 (96700)

79  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average teacher's salary was for (a) primary and (b) secondary education for each local education authority in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available.

 (96801)

80  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many nursery places in England and Wales there were for children (a) under three years and (b) from three years to compulsory school age for each year since 1997.

 (96802)

81  Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) secondary and (b) primary school teachers were newly employed by each local education authority in England and Wales on (i) permanent and (ii) short term temporary contracts in each academic year since 1997-98.

 (96699)

82  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding has been received by Leeds City Council from the children fund since its inception; how funds were allocated, broken down by project; what posts have been funded and by how much; and in which organisations these posts arise.

 (96963)

83  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what SSA allocation the city of Leeds received in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04; and what was (i) the LEA spend and (ii) the size of the schools budget in (A) 2001-02 and (B) 2002-03.

 (96971)

84  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the skill shortages experienced by employers of (a) mechanics, (b) plumbers, (c) electricians and (d) builders in England.

 (96769)

85  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the skill shortages experienced by employers in England.

 (96728)

86  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd February, Official Report, column 98W, on vocational training, if he will set out his plans for the programme to ensure two weeks of work experience with employers or other organisations is available for all pupils in Key Stage 4.

 (96764)

87  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd February, Official Report, column 783W, on specialist status schools, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of specialist status on technology colleges.

 (96767)

88  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of in-school variation on value added standards of achievement at key stage 3 and GCSE.

 (96714)

89  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many staff have been made redundant at each university in the UK since January 2002.

 (96579)

90  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers retired in 2001-02.

 (96743)

91  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which local education authorities are piloting the educational maintenance allowance scheme.

 (95650)

92  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the cost of the educational maintenance allowance in the next (a) year and (b) three years.

 (95652)

93  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent air and land assessments have been made at United Mines in Cornwall to ascertain levels of arsenic.

 (96732)

94  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what air and land quality standards there are for arsenic under (a) UK and (b) European regulations.

 (96731)

95  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with which European fisheries ministers she has had discussions regarding cetacean bycatch in the last 12 months; and what the outcome of each communication was.

 (96734)

96  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many landfill operators have submitted a conditioning plan to the Environmental Agency; and how many have applied to be classed as (a) hazardous, (b) non-hazardous and (c) inert.

 (96965)

97  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the operator for the Wortley tip at the Cabbage Hill site in the Leeds West constituency has submitted a conditioning plan to the Environmental Agency; and whether it has applied to operate as a hazardous waste site.

 (96964)

98  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many village halls there are (a) in the UK, (b) in the North West of England and (c) Lancashire; and how many village halls were operating in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999, (iv) 2000, (v) 2001 and (vi) 2002.

 (96727)

99  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate she has made of the (a) minimum income, (b) minimum standard man day and (c) minimum whole time equivalents required to maintain a viable agricultural holding across all sectors.

 (96960)

100  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects the Scientific Committee overseeing the Krebs Trials into the spread of bovine TB (a) to complete its field work and (b) to publish its findings.

 (96958)

101  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the progress made by Government assisted projects to develop area based (a) sustainable energy projects and (b) domestic energy savings and health initiatives.

 (96955)

102  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what impact the 20 day livestock movement restrictions have had upon the control of the spread of bovine TB.

 (96956)

103  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects all 2002 suckler cow claims to be settled.

 (96959)

104  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the prospects for the development of a vaccine for bovine TB.

 (96957)

105  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had about rehousing hunt workers of hunts which fail to achieve registration under the Hunting Bill.

 (96860)

106  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the housing consequences of the Hunting Bill.

 (96859)

107  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has identified obstacles to certifying that the Hunting Bill does not conflict with human rights; and if she will make a statement.

 (96918)

108  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the human rights implications of the prohibition of hunting where there are subsisting contracts for providing hunting facilities.

 (96870)

109  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received about the human rights implications of the Hunting Bill.

 (96869)

110  Mr Michael Jack (Fylde): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on those aspects of the EU Water Framework Directive's Common Implementation Strategy Guidance which will be piloted in the UK.[R]

 (96619)

111  Mr Michael Jack (Fylde): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what resources will be made available to ensure that the UK pilot river basin study of the Ribble is (a) comprehensive and (b) fully compatible with the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive's common implementation strategy.[R]

 (96618)

112  Mr Michael Jack (Fylde): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to develop and implement a communications strategy for the EU Water Framework Directive.[R]

 (96617)

113  Mr Michael Jack (Fylde): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to pilot the Common Implementation Strategy Guidance on Wetlands in the EU Water Framework Directive.[R]

 (96620)

114  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the estimated number of dolphins in (a) 2003 and (b) 1993 within the British Isles.

 (96921)

115  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to protect dolphins and porpoises in the British Isles.

 (96920)

116  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to reduce the number of fishing nets which cause harm to dolphins.

 (96919)

117  Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what difficulties were experienced by (a) the Forestry Commission and (b) DEFRA staff with the two closing dates per year for the Woodland Grant Scheme, in each year since 2000.

 (96861)

118  Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of applications for the Woodland Grant Scheme for new planting in each of the last three years were from private landowners who had no previous experience of woodland planting.

 (96831)

119  Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what evaluation she has made of the impact on (a) the rural economy, (b) rural employment and (c) skills retention of possible changes in the level of winter tree planting as a result of the revision of the closing dates for the Woodland Grant Scheme.

 (96809)

120  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Ministers in his Department have met non-profit distributing health cash plan providers to discuss the recent decision of the Inland Revenue to change the tax treatment of health cash plan providers; what changes in the constitutional governance and trading practices of such providers gave rise to the change in their assessed status; and when those changes arose.

 (96778)

121  Andrew Bennett (Denton & Reddish): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have applied for conditional exemption from inheritance tax in the last 12 months; and how this tax relief is being amended to take into account the implementation of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

 (96745)

122  Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what indications he has received from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration on when he can expect to receive his report into Equitable Life.

 (86588)

123  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the yield/cost ratio for tax compliance work by the (a) International Business Tax Group and (b) Large Business Office, at the Inland Revenue in each year from 1990-91 to 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

 (96610)

124  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the total amount of money lost through fraud in the system of tax credits for the latest year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.

 (96609)

125  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings between officials from his Department and representatives of the business and financial sectors are planned for the next two months to discuss the value of the FTSE 100 share index.

 (96836)

126  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress towards Lisbon and Stockholm objectives on (a) ensuring all schools have access to the internet, (b) all the teachers needed are skilled in the use of computers, (c) mapping of research and development excellence in all Member States, (d) improving the environment for private research investment, R&D partnerships and high technology start-ups, (e) taking steps to remove obstacles to the mobility of researchers in Europe and attracting and retaining high-quality researchers in Europe and (f) ensuring a Community patent is available.

 (96839)

127  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact of the fall in the value of the FTSE 100 index on (a) total tax revenues, (b) income tax revenue and (c) corporation tax revenue.

 (96837)

128  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the minutes of the meetings of ECOFIN and its associated committees which (a) he and (b) officials from his Department have attended since 1997.

 (96838)

129  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings officials from his Department have had with representatives of the business and financial sectors over the last two months; and if he will make a statement on concerns raised at these meetings regarding the level of the FTSE 100 share index.

 (96835)

130  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progess towards the Lisbon and Stockholm objectives on (a) developing priority actions addressed to specific target groups within Member States choosing amongst those actions according to their particular situations and reporting subsequently on their implementation, (b) producing a detailed work programme on the follow-up of the objectives of education and training systems, (c) achieving interim transposition target of 98.5 per cent., (d) presenting a proposal to tackle the barriers identifed in the internal market for services, (e) presenting a strategy for regulatory simplification and quality before the end of 2001, (f) implementing the Financial Services Action Plan, (g) integrating securities market, (h) implementing the Risk Capital Plan and achieving a well-functioning capital market, (i) demonstrating a downward trend in state aid in relation to GDP and (j) agreeing on the tax package as a whole.

 (96842)

131  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress towards the Lisbon and Stockholm objectives on (a) defining common approaches to maintaining and improving the quality of work, (b) updating existing legislation on implementing the principle of equal treatment of men and women as regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion and working conditions, (c) agreement on a regulatory framework for radio spectrum policy and broadband networks, (d) adopting in co-decision with the European Parliament on the sixth Community Research Framework Programme, (e) examining a specific strategy for mobility within the European Research Area, (f) presenting proposals to promote a more interactive dialogue with the public on issues of science and technology, (g) examining measures required to utilise the full potential of biotechnology, (h) reviewing progress in integrating the sustainable development aims into the Lisbon strategy, (i) evaluating the Luxembourg process and (j) facilitating a successful outcome of COP-6.

 (96843)

132  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progess towards the Lisbon and Stockholm objectives on (a) alleviating the tax pressure on labour and improving the employment and training incentives of tax and benefits systems, (b) redirecting public expenditure towards increasing the relative importance of capital accumulating and supporting research and development, innovation and information technologies, (c) ensuring the long-term sustainability of public finances, (d) facilitating a substantial annual increase in per capital investment in human resources, (e) cutting the number of 18 to 24 year olds with only lower-secondary level education, (f) developing schools and training centres into multi-purpose local learning centres, (g) creating a European framework to define the basic skills to be provided through lifelong learning, (h) establishing a European diploma for basic IT skills, (i) taking steps to remove obstacles to teachers' mobility, (j) developing a common European format for curricula vitae, (k) giving priority lifelong learning, (l) increasing employment services, (m) furthering all aspects of equal opportunities and making it easier to reconcile working and family life, (n) setting a new benchmark for improved childcare provision, (o) raising the total EU employment rate to 70 per cent. and (p) increasing the number of women in employment to 60 per cent.

 (96841)

133  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 953W, on the London Stock Exchange, what the level of transactions on the London Stock Exchange was between 1999 and 2002 as measured by value in comparison to other major stock exchanges of the world.

 (96892)

134  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress towards the Lisbon and Stockholm objectives of (a) speeding up liberalisation in areas such as gas, electricity and transport, (b) speeding up liberalisation in postal services, (c) concluding work on proposals to update public procurement rules, (d) ensuring that Community and government procurement can take place online, (e) setting out a strategy for further coordinated action to simplify the regulatory environment, (f) implementing the financial services action plan, (g) ensuring full implementation of the Risk Capital Action Plan, (h) making progress on proposals on takeover bids and (i) concluding the pending tax package on efficient and implemented markets.

 (96840)

135  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average percentage increase in public liability insurance premiums was in 2002-03.

 (96545)

136  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the incentives he has applied to encourage the use of greener fuels are intended to be permanent.

 (96833)

137  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the extent to which the British economy satisfies the five economic tests for entry to the euro; and if he will make a statement.

 (96880)

138  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what external evaluation has been made of the advertising for (a) the working families tax credit and (b) the children's tax credit; and if he will place the conclusions in the Library.

 (96601)

139  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 412W, on income tax, if he will provide comparable figures on the amount of income tax paid according to (a) gender and (b) 10-year age bands for each year from 1992-93 to 1999-2000.

 (96785)

140  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the impact of the advertising campaign for the new tax credits will be externally evaluated.

 (96602)

141  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax relief on pensions was claimed successfully in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) gender and (b) ten-year age bands.

 (96598)

142  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that teenagers recovering from cancer do not experience discrimination when applying for financial services and related products.

 (96944)

143  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the sale of the Alenia Marconi Systems radar system to the Government of Sudan and its use by that government.

 (96240)

144  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what end-use monitoring agreements relating to the export of military products are in place with Sudan; and what end-use monitoring mechanisms exist in each case.

 (96241)

145  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on arms exports to Sudan; and what steps it has taken to support the EU common position on arms exports to Sudan.

 (96243)

146  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the countries in which British (a) men and (b) women are serving a prison sentence.

 (96611)

147  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in what measures the Government is involved to strengthen Nepal's (a) military and (b) police capacity.

 (96668)

148  Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in what initiatives the Government is involved to create a lasting peace in Nepal.

 (96667)

149  Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what investigations have been put in hand by British police into the death of Iain Hook on 22nd November 2002.

 (96946)

150  Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to receive the official report from the Israeli authorities into the death of Iain Hook on 22nd November 2002.

 (96772)

151  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Bermuda on constitutional change.

 (96670)

152  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the use of British Indian Ocean Territories in relation to the international war against terrorism.

 (96669)

153  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many pages of documents the Government passed on to the (a) UNMOVIC and (b) IAEA inspectorates since 24th September 2002.

 (96925)

154  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the proposals of the Greek Presidency of the EU for an emergency summit to be convened on Iraq.

 (96923)

155  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the United Kingdom provided the United Nations Security Council with new information on the increasing terrorist access to and possible use of (a) nuclear, (b) chemical, (c) biological and (d) other potentially deadly materials prior to the debate on combatting terrorism in the United Nations Security Council on 20th January.

 (96926)

156  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in the United Nations Security Council Counter Terrorism Committee since September 2001; what role is played by the United Kingdom in the CTC; and what initiatives have been put forward by the United Kingdom.

 (96927)

157  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether those Zimbabwean officials with assets frozen under EU sanctions will be able to access those assets if that sanctions regime is not extended on 18th February; what measures would be in place to stop this money returning to Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

 (96371)

158  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the British Government was first informed by the French Government that the French Government wished to invite President Mugabe to the Franco-African Summit in Paris on 19th to 21st February; what the British Government's response was; what discussions the UK Government had with the French Government on this issue; if he will place copies of the relevant correspondence in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

 (96373)

159  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral steps government departments are taking to ensure that those Zimbabwean Government officials' assets that are frozen under EU sanctions will remain frozen should the EU's sanctions regime not be extended on 18th February; and if he will make a statement.

 (96372)

160  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who the (a) directors and (b) trustees of the Commonwealth Institute are.

 (96882)

161  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for the building of a Teenage Cancer Trust ward in Southend-on-Sea or the surrounding area.

 (96868)

162  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered drug addicts there were in the (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) the city of Leeds in each year since 1995; and if he will make a statement.

 (96969)

163  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) carers and (b) young carers of school age there are in (i) the Leeds West constituency and (ii) the city of Leeds; what support is given to (A) carers and (B) young carers of school age; and if he will make a statement.

 (96975)

164  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered drug addicts there are in the (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) the city of Leeds; how many registered drug addicts in the (i) Leeds West constituency and (ii) the city of Leeds are receiving (A) rehabilitation and (B) other forms of drug treatment; and if he will make a statement.

 (96970)

165  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of fluoridation of the public water supply with the European Convention on Human Rights.

 (96811)

166  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on the supply of the MumpsVac vaccine in England and Wales.

 (96812)

167  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his statement on 28th January, Official Report, column 740, on the Victoria ClimbieĞ inquiry, if the hospital standards for children form part of the National Service Framework (NSF) for Children; and if he will list the remaining standards to be included in the NSF, with the date for their publication.

 (96704)

168  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the level of prescribing of Ritalin to children diagnosed with manic depression.

 (96639)

169  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which of the six key targets under the Better Hospital Food Programme will have been fully delivered by the end of December 2002 in each (a) region and (b) health authority.

 (96725)

170  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards he will put in place to maintain existing standards of health emergency planning during the transition of responsibilities from the (a) Public Health Laboratory Service, (b) National Radiological Protection Board and (c) Microbiological Research Authority to the Health Protection Agency.

 (96590)

171  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to ensure appropriate arrangements are made to handle the transition between (a) children and adolescent and adult mental health services and (b) adult and older people mental health services.

 (96636)

172  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to issue the guidance on information-sharing, as recommended in the Victoria ClimbieĞ Inquiry recommendation 16.

 (96633)

173  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department collates concerning the time taken for manic depression to be diagnosed from initial consultation to final diagnosis.

 (96638)

174  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 9th January, Official Report, column 328W, how many older people received each category of community based social services in each year since 1997.

 (96775)

175  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the statement made by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of 21st January on brain injury, Official Report, columns 50-52WH, what factors underlay his decision to postpone until 2004-05 the transfer of responsibility for specialist commissioning to consortiums of PCTs.

 (96768)

176  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out for each (a) category 1 and (b) category 2 recommendations in the Laming Report, (i) whether he accepts or rejects it, (ii) if accepted, what steps he is taking to act on it and to what timescale and (iii) if rejected, what his reasons are and what alternative actions he proposes to take.

 (96634)

177  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the provision of mental health services for older people for the treatment of manic depression.

 (96635)

178  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Service Framework for Children will include guidance concerning the early diagnosis and treatment of attention deficient disorder and attention deficit hyper-activity disorder.

 (96640)

179  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with pre-senile dementia in each of the last five years, broken down by age at diagnosis.

 (96637)

180  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received concerning obesity and the introduction of national care standards; and what assessment he has made of the impact of care standards regarding obesity on (a) private clinics and (b) nursing homes.

 (96891)

181  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for how long his properties known as Burntwood Villas and Myrtle Cottages in Burntwood Lane, Tooting, London SW17 have been empty; and if he will make a statement.

 (96612)

182  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of (a) GP surgeries, (b) hospitals, (c) primary care trusts and (d) health authorities have broadband access; and what targets have been set for full broadband access in each case.

 (95657)

183  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital managers there are in the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust.

 (96698)

184  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of tuberculosis have been reported in (a) Lancashire and (b) the North West of England in each of the last 36 months.

 (96726)

185  Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many serious clinical incidents have taken place since Hammersmith Hospital took over the contract to provide pathology services to West Middlesex Hospital and Hounslow Primary Care Trust.

 (96718)

186  Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has permanently to establish the Independent Complaints Advocacy Services once its pilot ends.

 (96719)

187  Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Overview and Scrutiny Committees have been set up since 1st January.

 (96720)

188  Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the new patient forums to be established in all areas.

 (96722)

189  Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Department of Health will be publishing guidelines for the establishment of Overview and Scrutiny Committees.

 (96721)

190  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money the NHS Modernisation Agency has spent on external consultants in the current financial year.

 (96885)

191  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of his Department's budget remains uncommitted for the current financial year.

 (96886)

192  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been allocated for developing the identity and materials for the five a day logo for use on food packaging and in related campaigns.

 (96887)

193  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the fruit and vegetables that are (a) excluded and (b) included in the approved lists for the five a day campaign.

 (96884)

194  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support is offered to homeless people to help them register with general practitioners; and what duty general practitioners have to register homeless people.

 (96872)

195  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action the Government has taken to alleviate the problem of homeless people not registered with general practitioners.

 (96873)

196  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the £50 million allocated for palliative care will be given to South Tyneside.

 (96875)

197  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the criteria are for hospices to qualify for funding allocated for palliative care under the cancer plan.

 (96876)

198  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many homeless people were not registered with a general practitioner in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear and (d) England in each year since 1997.

 (96871)

199  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are to speed up the allocation of the £50 million allocated for palliative care in the cancer plan.

 (96874)

200  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether (a) his Department and (b) the Social Services Inspectorate have required Lancashire County Council to close older people's residential care homes.

 (96742)

201  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Warrington North concerning Mrs Gwatkin of Warrington dated 29th October 2002.

 (96405)

202  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to regulate day care services for adults.

 (96404)

203  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioner vacancies there are in the Forest of Dean constituency.

 (96543)

204  Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December 2002, Official Report, column 1046W, what form the consultation exercise will take; if he will list consultees; when he expects the consultation to end; when in 2003 he expects to publish his draft legislation; and if he will make a statement.

 (96961)

205  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the level of salt in the diet.

 (95649)

206  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce a programme informing the British public of the dangers of excessive consumption of salt.

 (95651)

207  Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements he has made to cover the period between the abolition of community health councils and the formation of primary care trust patient forums.

 (96776)

208  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether dental qualifications achieved up to 1984 are recognised for registration as a UK dental surgeon; and if he will make a statement.

 (96791)

209  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies for dental surgeons are estimated to exist.

 (96793)

210  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve the system of temporary registration as a dental surgeon; and if he will make a statement.

 (96794)

211  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many opportunities for paid employment as a dental surgeon with temporary registration there are in (a) the UK and (b) London; and if he will make a statement.

 (96795)

212  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether current dental qualifications from (a) South Africa, (b) Australia and (c) New Zealand are recognised for registration as a UK dental surgeon.

 (96790)

213  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions on a reciprocal agreement to recognise qualifications in dental surgery achieved in Kenya there have been in the last 30 years with the Kenyan authorities; and if he will make a statement.

 (96792)

214  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that teenagers diagnosed with cancer gain appropriate access to medical treatment and care; and if he will make a statement on the number of hospitals which provide dedicated care facilities for teenagers suffering from cancer.

 (96943)

215  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) anti social behaviour orders, (b) parenting orders and (c) curfew orders have been issued in the City of Leeds in the last three years.

 (96967)

216  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of crime in the (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) the city of Leeds was deemed to be drug related in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

 (96974)

217  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many teenagers he estimates have tried class A drugs in the (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) the city of Leeds in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

 (96973)

218  Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letters dated 20th November 2002 and 4th January from the honourable Member for Altrincham and Sale West regarding the case of Mr Christopher Rowley.

 (96613)

219  Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the principal components of the changes in the budget of the Home Office from 2002-03 to 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.

 (96901)

220  Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the outcomes of the UK Gun Summit held on 10th January.

 (96902)

221  Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to control the number of guns arriving in the UK from Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

 (96903)

222  Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what cooperation exists between the UK and European police forces to combat illicit firearm trafficking.

 (96904)

223  Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many weapons were seized by authorities as they entered the UK in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002.

 (96905)

224  Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ban the import and sale of (a) replica, (b) blank-firing and (c) deactivated guns.

 (96906)

225  Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the budgets of the (a) police, (b) Customs and (c) intelligence services were to combat (i) drug, (ii) firearm and (iii) people trafficking in (A) 2001, (B) 2002 and (C) 2003.

 (96907)

226  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will commission an evaluation of the impact of the Criminal Records Bureau on volunteering in deprived communities.

 (96591)

227  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Criminal Records Bureau checks processing will be postponed from March 2003 to 2004.

 (96589)

228  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will give a breakdown of crime statistics for (a) Hertsmere and (b) Hertfordshire for each year since 1997, including the most recent figures available.

 (96948)

229  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of (a) police forces and (b) probation services have broadband access; and what targets have been set for full broadband access in each case.

 (95743)

230  Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made with renewal of his Department's and its agencies' vehicle fleets on a lower emission basis, broken down by volume and percentage for each category of vehicle, type of power unit and type of fuel on an annual basis, over each of the past three years.

 (96587)

231  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research studies he has commissioned on the efficacy of CCTV in reducing crime; and what the results were.

 (96762)

232  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 14th January, Official Report, column 585W, on retail industry crime, when the consultation on the means of creating and maintaining effective partnerships to reduce opportunities for crime against business will report.

 (96763)

233  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) capacity and (b) occupancy is of each prison.

 (96770)

234  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 14th January, Official Report, column 586W, on small retail businesses, whether the results of the new survey of crime affecting retail and manufacturing business will be (a) published online and (b) placed in the Library.

 (96766)

235  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many pregnant women are held in prisons in (a) England and (b) Wales.

 (96851)

236  
N  
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what figures in the British Crime Survey Recorded Crime Statistics he used to calculate the formula for the allocation of funds to the 30 Basic Command Units.

 (95988)

237  Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average number of working days lost through sickness among police officers in England was in 2002, broken down by (a) constabulary, (b) rank and (c) gender.

 (96744)

238  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of the asylum process, including appeals, was for individuals who arrived in the UK in 2002.

 (96540)

239  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what constitutes an exceptional case for the purposes of the Home Office's discretion to grant permission to work for asylum seekers.

 (96544)

240  Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the costs of policing the disturbances in Burnley in 2001 were.

 (96597)

241  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on police cars displaying the Union Flag.

 (96661)

242  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role was played by the Government's Office for Civil Nuclear Security in the preparation of the National Guidance on Decontamination Following the Accidental or Deliberate Release of Dangerous Material, published on 3rd February; and what steps he has taken to publicise this guidance to relevant bodies and individuals.

 (96922)

243  Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many uniformed police officers West Yorkshire Police were employed in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002.

 (96623)

244  Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage change was in West Yorkshire Police Authority's (a) aggregate budgets, (b) expenditure on uniformed police, (c) expenditure on other police officers and (d) other expenditure between 1997 and 2002.

 (96624)

245  Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many burglaries were (a) reported and (b) solved in West Yorkshire in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2002.

 (96621)

246  Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the budget for West Yorkshire Police is spent on pension funds in 2002-03.

 (96622)

247  Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost was of reprinting the daily Hansard of 4th February.

 (96628)

248  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects in Kenya were assisted by the United Kingdom by bilateral assistance in each year since 1997-98.

 (96780)

249  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will estimate how much money the United Kingdom transfers to the European Union as a contribution to the European Commission's Annual Aid Budget each year.

 (96899)

250  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures are in place to ensure that the annual aid budget of the European Union is spent properly.

 (96781)

251  Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what investigations she is carrying out into the death of Iain Hook; and if she will make a statement.

 (96771)

252  Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what progess has been made in increasing consumer choice in legal services.

 (96737)

253  Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps his Department is taking to inform victims of domestic violence of their rights.

 (96736)

254  Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what action has been taken to improve legal access and representation to homeless people.

 (96738)

255  Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what recent assistance his Department has given to Relate to strengthen family relationships.

 (96735)

256  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proportion of (a) magistrates' and (b) other courts have broadband access; and what targets have been set for full broadband access in each case.

 (95742)

257  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the Government will make it its policy to use the powers under Section 10 and Schedule 2 to the Human Rights Act 1998 to bring UK legislation in line with the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Goodwin and I v UK (Judgment of 11th July 2002); and if he will make a statement.

 (96888)

258  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what consultation has taken place with the Irish Government regarding the property assets and bank deposits held in the Republic of Ireland by Michael McKevitt and Liam Campbell.

 (96804)

259  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will seek co-operation from the Government of the Republic of Ireland to obtain a full list of assets held by Michael McKevitt and Liam Campbell in order to establish their eligibility for legal aid in Northern Ireland.

 (96805)

260  Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures his Department is taking to combat organised crime; and if he will make a statement.

 (96740)

261  Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the measures being taken to re-establish the Northern Ireland Assembly.

 (96739)

262  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) discussions with and (b) representations to the Irish Government have taken place over its handling of the closure of the IFI Belfast plant since the workers ended their sit-in at the plant.

 (96779)

263  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans there are to make unfair discrimination on grounds of age unlawful in Northern Ireland and to ensure equality of access and opportunity for older people.

 (96852)

264  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many old people's dwellings in Northern Ireland have been allocated to people under 60 years of age.

 (96854)

265  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many officers recruited to the PSNI under the 50/50 rule have subsequently had that recruitment terminated on the grounds that someone recruited from the Roman Catholic population has not been appointed.

 (96789)

266  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have applied for the minimum income guarantee in Northern Ireland in each year since its introduction.

 (96858)

267  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent in Northern Ireland in providing (a) occupational and physiotherapy, (b) home help and (c) district nursing services in each of the last three years.

 (96782)

268  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people it is estimated are eligible for minimum income guarantee in Northern Ireland.

 (96857)

269  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funding has been provided by Belfast Regeneration Office to projects and programmes dealing with senior citizens in each financial year since 1997.

 (96853)

270  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost of the Northern Ireland Civic Forum has been in each year since its formation.

 (96784)

271  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost incurred by the Government was in respect of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning in each year since its formation.

 (96783)

272  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans there are to introduce free fares on public transport for women aged 60 and over in Northern Ireland.

 (96855)

273  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how the public funds allocated to the Northern Ireland Memorial Fund have been spent in each financial year since its inception.

 (96788)

274  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many complaints have been lodged in relation to (a) nursing and (b) residential homes in Northern Ireland in (i) the public sector and (ii) the private sector in the last three years.

 (96856)

275  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the rent increases for Northern Ireland Housing Executive tenants have been, expressed as a proportion of GDP, for each year since 1997.

 (96787)

276  Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money was allocated to the NT Sports Council in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 2000-01, (d) 2001-02 and (e) 2002-03.

 (96953)

277  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the recommendations of the Competition Commission in respect of the eight clearing banking institutions in the United Kingdom will apply to Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

 (96747)

278  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons banking institutions in Northern Ireland were excluded from examination and control by the Director General of Fair Trading, with particular reference to excessive charging for current accounts; and if he will make a statement.

 (96746)

279  Lembit O­pik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what provisions (a) exist and (b) are planned for residents of Northern Ireland relating to appeal against a compulsory purchase order relating to property adjacent to current or former military establishments; and if he will make a statement.

 (96777)

280  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many young people have been diagnosed with dysphasia in the last five years in each of the Education and Library Board areas.

 (96662)

281  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has discussed with President Bush the issue of oil reserves in Iraq.

 (96493)

282  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the terrorist groups he believes to have links with the Iraqi Government.

 (96924)

283  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will take steps to enhance popular support for the euro prior to the assessment of the five economic tests set out by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

 (96877)

284  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what areas have been targeted for the pilot scheme targeting over 18s throwing fireworks in the street; and how many fixed penalty notices have been issued.

 (96972)

285  
N  
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what companies made export control applications to export to Sudan in the last five years; what specific items these companies applied for to export to Sudan; and what the outcome was of each of these applications.

 (96242)

286  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the financial loss to post offices in (a) Haltemprice and Howden and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire as a result of the change in the payment of benefits from over-the-counter to direct bank transfer.

 (96710)

287  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 8th January, Official Report, column 248W, on small retail businesses, what the annual UK turnover of small retail business was in the last year for which figures are available.

 (96765)

288  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment she has made of the existence of market dominance on the part of purchasers of perishable raw agricultural produce in the (a) dairy, (b) livestock meat, (c) arable, (d) poultry meat, (e) horticultural and (f) other sectors.

 (96954)

289  Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) assessment and (b) analysis her Department has conducted on the opportunities for UK businesses from EU enlargement.

 (96810)

290  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the policy of the Department is on incorporation of the OECD Convention on Bribery; and if she will make a statement.

 (96817)

291  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her estimate is of her Department's financial support for arms exports in each year from 1992-93 to 2004-05; and if she will make a statement.

 (96642)

292  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her estimate is of her Department's total expenditure on defence research and development in each year from 1992-93 to 2004-05 (planned); and if she will make a statement.

 (96641)

293  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her estimate is of the annual level of export credits for UK arms sales, in each year from 1990-91 to 2002-03; and if she will make a statement.

 (96816)

294  Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what arrangements she has made with (a) Viasystems Group Inc and (b) others acting on its behalf in respect of the repayment of monies owed to the Government following the bankruptcy of the Viasystems Group Inc; and if she will make a statement.

 (96908)

295  Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions officials from her Department have had with representatives of the roof contracting industry regarding the availability of insurance cover; and if she will make a statement.

 (96897)

296  Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many businesses have ceased trading in the last 12 months citing a rise in public liability premiums from their insurers.

 (96823)

297  Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the value of the Miners' Pension Fund was in each year since the year before it was supported by Government finance, to 2003; and what bonuses have been paid out in each of these years.

 (96761)

298  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to improve rail journey times between Leeds and Sheffield.

 (96821)

299  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the local transport plan budget was for Leeds in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04; what the spending was in 2001-02; whether full spending is likely to be reached in 2002-03; and what action was taken over under-spending.

 (96966)

300  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what funding will be provided by his Department for improving bus services in the City of Leeds in each of the next five years.

 (96820)

301  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) economic and (b) other effects of the Arriva Northern strike.

 (96713)

302  Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the system of drug and alcohol testing in relation to persons in charge of an aeroplane; and if he will make a statement.

 (96900)

303  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he expects the publication of updated consultation documents for the South East on the future development of air transport in the UK; when this consultation period will end; when a White Paper is expected to be published; and what legislation he expects to emerge following its publication.

 (96883)

304  Martin Linton (Battersea): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the proposals made in the Strategic Rail Authority's Strategic Plan 2003 Route Descriptions on the East London Line project.

 (96614)

305  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many DVLA staff are employed in monitoring unlicensed vehicles on the public highway in the London Borough of Harrow.

 (96796)

306  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what action he is taking to speed up the process of impounding unlicensed vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

 (96797)

307  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to grant the DVLA further powers to remove unlicensed vehicles from the road; and if he will make a statement.

 (96799)

308  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people have been prosecuted in the London Borough of Harrow for having an unlicensed vehicle in each of the last five years.

 (96798)

309  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the Office of National Statistics' report 'Social Trends' predicting a continued rise in the proportion of the population over 65; and if he will make a statement.

 (96729)

310  Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the latest estimates are of the proportion of the population aged (a) 50 or over, (b) 55 or over, (c) 60 or over and (d) 65 or over actively engaged in the labour market.

 (96730)

311  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many lone parents have agreed to participate in the New Deal for Lone Parents in London since its inception; how many and what percentage of participants have obtained employment; and what percentage of participants obtained employment in other regions in England.

 (96894)

312  Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what barriers to work he has identified as facing lone parents in London more than in other regions.

 (96895)

313  
N  
Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average maintenance payment made under the Child Support Acts by husbands whose ex-wives are (a) on benefits and (b) in work was in each of the last three years.

 (96403)

314  Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what mechanism exists to co-ordinate benefit awarded by his Department and those paid by the War Pensions Agency.

 (96952)

315  Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many war pensioners with a diagnosed relevant psychiatric disorder have had their incapacity benefit terminated in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many had benefit restored on appeal.

 (96951)

316  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of benefit fraud in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

 (96711)

317  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners have migrated from over-the-counter benefit payments to direct bank transfer in (a) Haltemprice and Howden and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire.

 (96708)

318  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of children in poverty in (a) Haltemprice and Howden and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire in each year since 1997.

 (96709)

319  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many CSA cases were referred to the Independent Case Examiner in (a) Haltemprice and Howden and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire in each year since 1997; what the average time taken to determine each case was; and how many complaints were upheld.

 (96706)

320  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners collect benefits from post offices in (a) Haltemprice and Howden and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire.

 (96707)

321  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to encourage the take-up of (a) the minimum income guarantee and (b) attendance allowance; and if he will make a statement.

 (96846)

322  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in the London Borough of Southwark claim (a) the minimum income guarantee and (b) attendance allowance; and if he will make a statement.

 (96844)

323  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average take-up rate is of (a) the minimum income guarantee and (b) attendance allowance, expressed as a percentage; and if he will make a statement.

 (96845)

324  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements are in place between his Department and partner organisations to increase take-up of (a) the minimum income guarantee and (b) attendance allowance in the London Borough of Southwark; and if he will make a statement.

 (96847)

325  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial support is available for spouses and their dependants who are seeking exceptional leave to remain on the basis of the domestic violence concession.

 (96889)

326  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the percentage share of his Department's total spending accounted for by (a) pensions, (b) disability related benefits, (c) unemployment benefits, (d) child benefits and (e) housing benefits in each year from 1982-83 to 2002-03, estimated.

 (96815)

327  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the increase in his Department's budget in each year since 1980-81, in real terms; and if he will make a statement.

 (96814)

328  Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of his Department's total budget as a share of total public spending in each year from 1979-80 to 2003-04, planned.

 (96813)

329  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the New Deal for Disabled People job brokers receive for placing a disabled person into work for six months or more.

 (96605)

330  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people (a) have found work and (b) have found sustained work through the New Deal for Disabled People, broken down according to the nature of the participants' disabilities.

 (96606)

331  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether benefit claimants who have agreed to have their benefits paid direct into a bank account under the payment modernisation programme are allowed to change their mind and apply for a Post Office Card Account.

 (96599)

332  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 21st January to the honourable Member for Buckingham, Official Report, column 261W, on external consultants, if he will list the projects completed by external consultants during 2001-02, with the cost of each project.

 (96786)

333  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what advice is available to New Deal for Disabled People job brokers on cost-effective ways to attract new clients.

 (96607)

334  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the cost to employers of following the full buy-out option contained in paragraph G33 of Simplicity security and choice: technical paper published on 17th December 2002, if all pension schemes were to wind up.

 (96608)

335  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for Disabled People job brokers are active; and how many have stopped offering their services since the programme went nationwide.

 (96604)

336  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each region have (a) found work and (b) found sustained work, through the New Deal for Disabled People.

 (96603)

337  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Cabinet Office, what arrangements have been made in respect of payment of congestion charge costs incurred by the Leader of the Opposition when using his official car.

 (96494)

338  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Cabinet Office, when the Strategy Unit's report into the labour market position of people with minority ethnic backgrounds will be published.

 (96600)


339  Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the proportion of independent financial advisers unable to secure professional indemnity insurance who have been refused because they have recommended split capital trusts.

 [Transferred]   (96774)

340  Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the availability of professional indemnity insurance to independent financial advisers who have recommended split capital trusts.

 [Transferred]   (96631)

341  Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of independent financial advisers unable to secure professional indemnity insurance.

 [Transferred]   (96629)

342  Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of independent financial advisers who have recommended split capital trusts.

 [Transferred]   (96630)

343  Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of capacity within the professional indemnity insurance market for independent financial advisers.

 [Transferred]   (96773)

344  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimates she has made of the total automotive emissions in the UK to the atmosphere in the latest available year for (a) particulates, (b) fine particulates, (c) sulphur dioxide, (d) carbon dioxide, (e) benzene, (f) 1,3 butadiene, (g) carbon monoxide and (h) oxides of nitrogen.

 [Transferred]   (96832)

345  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate she has made of the impact on global warming of automotive emissions of one tonne to the atmosphere of (a) particulates, (b) fine particulates, (c) sulphur dioxide, (d) carbon dioxide, (e) benzene, (f) butadiene, (g) carbon monoxide and (h) oxides of nitrogen.

 [Transferred]   (96834)




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