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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 11 February 2003

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 11 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.
 


 

TUESDAY 11th FEBRUARY

1  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside his Department.

 (97564)

2  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people allowed into the UK from the Sangatte refugee camp have found (a) employment and (b) housing; and if he will make a statement.

 (97534)

3  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many times he has been in residence at Dorneywood since June 2001; and on what dates.

 (97476)

4  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) dates, (b) nature and (c) cost of official engagements held by (i) him and (ii) other departments of government at Dorneywood since June 2001.

 (97477)

5  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on how many weekdays in 2002 Dorneywood was used for Government business.

 (97372)

6  Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his estimate is of the cost to local authorities if the Decent Home Standards in operation in England adopted a minimum standard of loft insulation of 200mm.

 (97576)

7  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what action he is taking to increase (a) graduate recruits, (b) recruits from the private sector and (c) recruits from the voluntary sector into the senior management of local government; and if he will make a statement.

 (97599)

8  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft her Department recorded in 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside her Department.

 (97555)

9  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many laptop computers were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in her Department in each year since 1995; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; what their cost was; and if she will make a statement.

 (97507)

10  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of National Lottery charitable contributions have been spent on cancer-related groups.

 (97513)

11  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the operation of the National Lottery franchise.

 (97515)

12  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the level of ticket sales of the National Lottery.[R]

 (97514)

13  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what reports she has (a) commissioned and (b) examined into the barriers the public in rural areas face in the take-up of digital television.

 (97230)

14  Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the combined allocated budgets are for her Department's non-departmental public bodies in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.

 (97527)

15  Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the allocated budgets are for each of her Department's internal directorates in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.

 (97524)

16  Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the allocated budgets are for each of her Department's executive agencies in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.

 (97525)

17  Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under what circumstances an RAF employee can be asked to forfeit his entitlement to medical discharge.

 (97511)

18  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside his Department.

 (97556)

19  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 9th January, Official Report, column 60W, on Capita, if he will give (a) the value, (b) a brief description and (c) the length of each contract.

 (96757)

20  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many laptop computers were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1995; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; what their cost was; and if he will make a statement.

 (97503)

21  Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 638W, on the Eurofighter, what criteria were used in selecting areas for the testing of Eurofighter.

 (97601)

22  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department will reimburse service personnel accommodated in publicly funded accommodation within the congestion charging zone the tax payable on the benefits in kind; and if he will make a statement.

 (97375)

23  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of reimbursement of the registration fee and congestion charges for service personnel at Wellington Barracks.

 (97374)

24  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expenditure was on MOD research into depleted uranium munitions in each year since 1997 and what percentage of the departmental budget this represented in each case.

 (97284)

25  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he is planning to introduce the new chemical and biological weapon detection systems for possible operations in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

 (97495)

26  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the MoD is expected to award a contract for the RAF's Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft; how many aircraft will be commissioned; how they will be deployed; what the projected costs are; when the aircraft will come into service; what the length of the contract is; and if he will make a statement.

 (97493)

27  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the RAF (a) units and (b) assets to be deployed to the Gulf region; what the last three operational tours of each was; and what units are earmarked to replace those currently being deployed.

 (97293)

28  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the rules of engagement for RAF units deployed to Operation RESINATE.

 (97294)

29  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) desert T-shirts, (b) shower bags and (c) mosquito nets are part of standard equipment issued to Royal Engineers on deployment to the Gulf.

 (97299)

30  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether members of the Royal Engineers about to be deployed to the Gulf have been required to purchase (a) desert T-shirts, (b) shower bags and (c) mosquito nets.

 (97300)

31  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the Eurofighter Typhoon to be operational and at what stage ground strike capability will be added.

 (97232)

32  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he or his officials have had with the US Government on the development of the HPM electro-magnetic pulse weapon.

 (97231)

33  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency plans the UK has, in conjunction with the international community, to limit Iraqi civilian casualties in the event of the use of (a) chemical and (b) biological weapons in the event of war.

 (97483)

34  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has been made of the feasibility of establishing safe havens in Iraq in the event of war.

 (97485)

35  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency plans he has to limit the damage to Iraq's power supply in the event of war.

 (97482)

36  
N  
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what redundant (a) weapons and (b) munitions have been sold since 1997; and to whom.

 (97288)

37  
N  
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what ammunition has been sent abroad for disposal under civilian contract since 1997; and to which countries they have been sent.

 (97287)

38  
N  
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what navy ships have been decommissioned since 1997; and what their final destination was.

 (97286)

39  
N  
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of the 30 per cent. of students who it is estimated in the White Paper The Future of Higher Education will qualify for a full grant will be going into full-time higher education at the age of 18.

 (97170)

40  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside his Department.

 (97557)

41  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many laptop computers were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1995; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; what their cost was; and if he will make a statement.

 (97496)

42  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the French (a) Baccalaure«at Technique and (b) Baccalaure«at Ge«ne«ral systems.

 (97535)

43  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria he used to judge the relevant expertise of appointments to the board and senior management of the Sector Skills Development Agency; and if he will make a statement.

 (97256)

44  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the likely default rate on tuition fee payments from non-UK, EU-resident students from 2006 onwards; and if he will make a statement.

 (97254)

45  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what mechanisms his Department will put in place to recover debt from non-UK EU-resident students under the post-2006 university tuitions fee arrangements; and if he will make a statement.

 (97253)

46  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of non-UK, EU-resident students who will apply to English universities in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009 and (e) 2010.

 (97255)

47  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft her Department recorded in 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside her Department.

 (97558)

48  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many laptop computers were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in her Department in each year since 1995; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; what their cost was; and if she will make a statement.

 (97498)

49  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to increase funding for programmes aimed at preventing the spread of bee diseases.

 (97545)

50  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the environmental role played by honey bees in pollinating (a) orchards and (b) agricultural crops.

 (97544)

51  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the health of the beekeeping industry in the UK.

 (97543)

52  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which UK rivers or lakes are tested for contamination with mercury; and what the results of these surveys were in the last year for which information is available.

 (97521)

53  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the accepted maximum levels of mercury in the environment are.

 (97520)

54  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the environmental impact of mercury emissions from UK power stations.

 (97519)

55  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on mercury emissions from UK power stations.

 (97518)

56  Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the allocated budgets are for each of the internal directorates for her Department in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.

 (97523)

57  Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the combined allocated budgets are for her Department's non-departmental public bodies in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.

 (97528)

58  Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the allocated budgets are for each of her Department's executive agencies for (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.

 (97526)

59  Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she plans to take over the import into the UK from non-EU countries of (a) poultry and (b) eggs which are fed canthaxanthin; and if she will make a statement.

 (97577)

60  Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what tests will be carried out to check the levels of canthaxanthin in (a) poultry and (b) eggs imported into this country from non-EU countries.

 (97578)

61  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside his Department.

 (97566)

62  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of how many individuals make contributions to health cash plans operated by non-profit-distributing organisations; and what assessment he has made of the impact on the charitable giving policies of such funds of recent changes in their tax treatment.

 (97606)

63  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the total amount of money realised from the sales of UK gold holdings from 6th July 1999 to 6th March 2002 and what would be the value of that gold at the morning fix on 10th February.

 (97295)

64  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the investments that have been made since 6th July 1999 with the proceeds from sales of gold reserves; and what the value was on 10th February of those investments.

 (97296)

65  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice he took on investing the proceeds of sale of the gold reserves; and if he will publish that advice.

 (97297)

66  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people the Inland Revenue moved from the informal to the formal economy in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

 (96546)

67  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much additional revenue has been raised in each of the last 10 years as a consequence of non-compliance action taken by the Inland Revenue, broken down by (a) the large business office, (b) tax offices and (c) other specialist offices; and if he will make a statement.

 (96547)

68  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what financial provision he has made to fund the reconstruction of Iraq in the aftermath of war.

 (97540)

69  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside his Department.

 (97559)

70  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many laptop computers were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1995; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; what their cost was; and if he will make a statement.

 (97497)

71  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure British prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay are treated in accordance with international law.

 (95911)

72  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the US Administration to arrange the (a) repatriation and (b) trial of British prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay; and if he will make a statement.

 (95912)

73  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people (a) have been tried at the International Court in the Hague and (b) are in custody who will in the near future be put on trial at the International Court; and if he will make a statement.

 (97533)

74  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Russian Government on the future referendum to take place in Chechnya.

 (97538)

75  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidelines he has issued on how often representatives from British High Commissions or British embassies visit British nationals serving prison sentences in foreign countries to check their health and prison conditions; and to whom reports of these visits are made.

 (97537)

76  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the United Nations regarding their estimates of the number of (a) children under five at risk of death, (b) mothers and children needing food and (c) people needing shelter in the event of a war in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

 (97552)

77  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with aid organisations regarding the possible impact of a war against Iraq on existing food aid deliveries; and if he will make a statement.

 (97550)

78  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with Save the Children regarding research they have carried out on the impact of any impending war against Iraq on Iraqi children; and if he will make a statement.

 (97551)

79  Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what special arrangements his Department is making to ensure that those pensioners that hold British passports, and who are leaving Zimbabwe owing to political oppression, are given priority in entering the UK; what arrangements are being made to ensure their financial needs are met; and if he will make a statement.

 (97549)

80  Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what special arrangements his Department is making to ensure that those teachers that hold British passports, and who are leaving Zimbabwe owing to political oppression, are categorised as skilled or semi-skilled workers rather than economic migrants when entering the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

 (97548)

81  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the US Administration regarding (a) developments and (b) the abuse of human rights in Colombia; and if he will make a statement.

 (97480)

82  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made since the 2002 London Conference on organised crime with the development of an EU wide, co-ordinated approach to tackle arms, drugs and people trafficking.

 (97490)

83  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of Colombia regarding (a) abuses of human rights and (b) persecution of human rights workers; and if he will make a statement.

 (97510)

84  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made concerning the referendum on the future of Western Sahara to (a) the Government of Morocco and (b) the United Nations; and if he will make a statement.

 (97509)

85  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with UK and UN representatives at the UN regarding human rights surveillance by the United Nations in Colombia; and if he will make a statement.

 (97481)

86  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Overseas Law Enforcement Liaison Officer network has taken to co-ordinate efforts to tackle arms and drugs trafficking.

 (97491)

87  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information exchange systems there are between (a) UK and (b) EU agencies to monitor and tackle arms and trafficking.

 (97488)

88  
N  
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice is given to paramedics and accident and emergency staff as to their responsibilities if they regard injured persons they attend as victims of domestic violence.

 (97171)

89  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on how he plans to distribute the £100 million to offset the impact of the fines on local authorities arising from the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc) Bill.

 (96994)

90  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside his Department.

 (97553)

91  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers there are in England; how many of them are receiving treatment from the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

 (97504)

92  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many laptop computers were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1995; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; what their cost was; and if he will make a statement.

 (97499)

93  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospital trusts have hydrotherapy pools; and if he will make a statement.

 (97508)

94  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent guidance he has issued to hospital trusts and PCTs on the provision of services to myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers; and if he will make a statement.

 (97505)

95  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the final guidance from his Department for local authority scrutiny committees on health issues will be published; and if he will make a statement.

 (97607)

96  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there are for general medical practitioners in the London Borough of Wandsworth.

 (97532)

97  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the availability of DIY genetic tests.

 (97516)

98  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the use of Arnica as a natural herbal remedy.

 (97517)

99  
N  
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the projects with a value in excess of £30,000 carried out by his Department using external consultants in the current financial year.

 (96697)

100  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answers of 6th February, refs 95639-95642, about 999 calls made to the London Ambulance Service about people needing emergency help in another part of the country, for what reasons callers are not told that (a) the London Ambulance Service has responsibility to pass on the details of the emergency to the ambulance service in the area concerned and (b) that this can and will be done.

 (97418)

101  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered asylum seekers have received dialysis treatment from the NHS in each of the last three years.

 (97283)

102  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have received dialysis treatment from the NHS in each of the last three years.

 (97308)

103  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research his Department has undertaken into the major health effects of passive smoking in (a) adults, with particular reference to pregnant women and (b) children, with particular reference to babies aged between eight and 12 weeks.

 (97575)

104  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken into levels of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke using (a) examinations of hair, blood, saliva and urine to detect constituents of metabolites of tobacco smoke, (b) personal monitors to gather data, (c) surveys and questionnaires on the time and frequency of exposure and (d) measurement of air concentration of constituents of second-hand tobacco smoke.

 (97573)

105  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what figures he has collated on the percentage of those who qualify as a medical doctor who choose to work part-time (a) immediately after qualification, (b) after five years in the profession and (c) after 10 years in the profession, broken down by gender.

 (97581)

106  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what figures he has collated on how many qualified medical doctors cease to work in the profession (a) during the first five years after qualifying and (b) during the first 10 years after qualifying, broken down by gender.

 (97583)

107  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of those entering medical training to qualify as doctors in each of the past 10 years were (a) men and (b) women.

 (97580)

108  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of those who qualified as medical practitioners but who did not enter and work in the profession in the last year for which figures are available were (a) men and (b) women.

 (97584)

109  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of those entering medical training were (a) men and (b) women in the last year for which figures are available.

 (97579)

110  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of those entering medical education who completed their studies and qualify to practise in the last year for which figures are available were (a) men and (b) women.

 (97582)

111  
N  
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) inpatients and (b) outpatient operations were cancelled in (i) Pilgrim hospital, Boston, Lincolnshire, (ii) Trent Regional Health Authority and (iii) England and Wales in 2002, expressed in a percentage of total operations and in numbers.

 (96582)

112  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are to bring Procure 21 into operation across the country; and if he will make a statement.

 (97597)

113  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to increase the number of applications to be social workers in (a) London and (b) the UK.

 (97585)

114  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies he estimates there are for social workers in (a) London, broken down by borough and (b) the UK; and if he will make a statement.

 (97586)

115  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police hours were spent by the Metropolitan Police in the last 12 months for which figures are available on searching for elderly people who have wandered or absconded from (a) their homes or (b) places of residence; and what the total cost was of such exercises.

 (96993)

116  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside his Department.

 (97560)

117  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget was allocated for forensic computing units for each of the last three years; and what the proposed budgets are for each of the next three years.

 (97542)

118  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 9th January, Official Report, column 172W, on Capita, if he will list (a) each contract's number, (b) the value of each contract and (c) the length of each contract.

 (96756)

119  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many whole time equivalent staff were working in the field of forensic computing in each constabulary, in each of the last three years.

 (97541)

120  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many laptop computers were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1995; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; what their cost was; and if he will make a statement.

 (97500)

121  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, how many small retail businesses in (a) Lancashire and (b) the North West of England have (i) applied for and (ii) received a grant from the Government to improve security on their property; and when the new survey of crime affecting retail and manufacturing industry will be published.

 (97569)

122  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the ethnic composition of the Lancashire Constabulary is.

 (97512)

123  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 9th January, Official Report, column 310W, on crime reduction partnerships, how much money has been awarded to (a) each region and (b) each local authority area under the Crime Reduction Programme Closed Circuit Television Initiative.

 (97572)

124  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 5th February, Official Report, column 329W, on Kent Policing Model, what assessment he has made of the function of non-intelligence focused police patrol within the Kent Policing Model.

 (97598)

125  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners over the age of 65 are (a) serving life sentences and (b) have special medical needs; and if he will make a statement.

 (97494)

126  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to extend the power to appeal against over-lenient sentences to sentences for burglary.

 (97298)

127  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will include within his current review of the Working Holidaymaker Visa Scheme an assessment of (a) the case for gap year assistant teachers continuing to receive small monetary payments from UK schools including state schools and (b) the benefits to schools of such visas covering more than one calendar year.

 (97376)

128  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the enquiries of the honourable Member for North Southwark and Bermondsey to his private office, when the honourable Member will receive a transcript of the speech he made on identity cards on 15th January.

 (97416)

129  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft her Department recorded in 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside her Department.

 (97561)

130  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many laptop computers were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in her Department in each year since 1995; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; what their cost was; and if she will make a statement.

 (97502)

131  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with aid organisations regarding the possible impact of a war against Iraq on existing food aid deliveries; and if she will make a statement.

 (97602)

132  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with Save the Children regarding research they have carried out on the impact of any impending war against Iraq on Iraqi children; and if she will make a statement.

 (97603)

133  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the United Nations regarding their estimates of the number of (a) children under five at risk of death, (b) mothers and children needing food and (c) people needing shelter in the event of a war in Iraq; and if she will make a statement.

 (97604)

134  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had to help ensure that Iraqi people receive aid in terms of food, water, clothing and accommodation in the event of a war against Iraq; and if she will make a statement.

 (97605)

135  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial resources have been allocated for the provision of shelter for Iraqi civilian refugees in (a) Turkey, (b) Syria, (c) Jordan, (d) Saudi Arabia, (e) Kuwait and (f) Iran, and their borders with Iraq, in the event of war.

 (97536)

136  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial resources have been allocated for the provision of clean water to Iraqi refugees in (a) Turkey, (b) Syria, (c) Jordan, (d) Saudi Arabia, (e) Kuwait and (f) Iran and their borders with Iraq in the event of war.

 (97492)

137  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial resources have been allocated for the year 2003-04 (a) as a percentage of her Department's budget and (b) pounds sterling for Afghanistan.

 (97487)

138  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial resources have been allocated for the establishment of safe havens in Iraq in the event of war.

 (97484)

139  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of her Department's budget was spent on (a) health, (b) education and (c) water provision in each financial year 1998-99 to 2001-02.

 (97489)

140  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department's annual budget for (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03 was allocated to Afghanistan (i) as a proportion of the total annual budget and (ii) in pounds sterling.

 (97486)

141  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside his Department.

 (97562)

142  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many laptop computers were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1995; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; what their cost was; and if he will make a statement.

 (97501)

143  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to seek the opinion of an independent railway operations expert on the viability of maintaining an enhanced timetable of services on the Lisburn to Antrim railway line before a decision is made on the closure of the line.

 (97292)

144  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the likely savings from the withdrawal of the Lisburn to Antrim rail service and what plans there are to use the line as an emergency diversionary route.

 (97291)

145  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to seek the opinion of an independent railway civil engineer on the cost of upgrading the Lisburn to Antrim railway line before a decision is taken on the closure of the line.

 (97290)

146  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions in the past six months (a) customs officials, (b) airport management and (c) other airport officials have requested attendance and help from PSNI which was not immediately available within the curtilage of the Belfast City Aiport; and if he will make a statement.

 (94448)

147  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to what extent and on which occasions, since the enactment of the Airports (Northern Ireland) Order 1994, the RUC and PSNI has monitored the performance of the Airport constabulary, in accordance with the undertaking given to parliament by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State on 14th February 1994, Official Report, column 667; and if he will make a statement.

 (94449)

148  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, why PSNI officers are not permanently stationed at Belfast City Airport; and if he will make a statement.

 (94450)

149  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on which dates since the enactment of the Airports (Northern Ireland) Order 1994 the Northern Ireland Airport Police has been subject to an annual inspection.

 (94451)

150  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what safeguards and strict monitoring arrangements the Government put in place in order to ensure that the commercial interests of the management of the Belfast International Airport do not undermine the operational independence and professionalism of the police force or the security of the airport as promised on 31st January 1994, Official Report, (HL) column 1166.

 (94509)

151  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what fish stocks and tonnages for the past three years were used in Hague Preference post Fisheries Council International swaps; what Irish Sea quota was regained in those swaps otherwise lost as a result of Hague Preference quota loss to the Republic of Ireland; and why the post Council swap has not been activated in 2003.

 (97570)

152  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money was made available through the 2002 Northern Ireland fishing vessel decommissioning scheme; how many applications were received; how many successful applicants decommissioned their vessels; how many successful applicants declined decommissioning; how much of the available funding is left; and if he will allocate remaining funds to the original bidders who were unsuccessful in their application to the scheme.

 (97571)

153  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Prime Minister, how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside his Department.

 (97568)

154  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many Stop Now Orders (EC Directive) Regulations injunctions have been sought against companies and individuals since March 2002, broken down by each UK public qualified entity.

 (96755)

155  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft her Department recorded in 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside her Department.

 (97563)

156  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many motor cars were manufactured in the United Kingdom during each of the last five years.

 (97539)

157  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the take-up of broadband.

 (97371)

158  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of the total UK GDP was constituted by e-commerce transactions in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002.

 (97234)

159  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the aims of the 1999 DTI report to make Britain the best environment in the world for e-commerce by 2002, set out in 'e-commerce @ its.best.uk' fig 1.12, page 3, has been met.

 (97370)

160  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of broadband telecoms is controlled by BT outside cable franchise areas.

 (97235)

161  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, how many enterprises there are in the UK of all sizes.

 (97574)

162  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her assessment is of the effectiveness of emissions scrubbers in removing mercury pollutants from power station emissions.

 (97522)

163  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside his Department.

 (97565)

164  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the Civil Aviation Authority's role will be in ensuring compensation for those affected by the cancellation of Buzz Flights by Ryanair; and if he will make a statement.

 (97257)

165  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will take steps to increase existing levels of consumer protection for flight only customers of low-cost airlines; and if he will make a statement.

 (97258)

166  Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the road schemes (a) approved and (b) provisionally approved in (i) the targeted programme of improvements, (ii) multi-modal studies and (iii) the local transport settlements between 1997 to 2002, where the primary objective is economic regeneration.

 (97479)

167  
N  
Lembit O­pik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what requirements his Department has made of companies bidding for the Wales and Borders franchise as to the minimum level of service provision required within the term of the franchise; and if he will make a statement.

 (96808)

168  
N  
Lembit O­pik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what advice his Department has received from the Strategic Rail Authority on the effects on the level of service provided, in terms of (a) frequency of service and (b) capital investment, of a cut in public support of (i) 10 per cent. and (ii) 20 per cent. to the successful bidder for the Wales and Borders franchise.

 (96807)

169  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy towards BAA's cross-subsidisation of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

 (97229)

170  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to increase security at BAA airports; and what discussions he has had with BAA and CAA on this issue and the funding of enhanced security.

 (97233)

171  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the aerospace industry in North Wales.

 (97547)

172  
N  
Lembit O­pik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has made to the Strategic Rail Authority in relation to the maintenance of rail services within the Wales and Borders franchise; and if he will make a statement.

 (96806)

173  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside his Department.

 (97567)

174  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on widowers' benefits.

 (97546)

175  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the issue of personal invitation documents to benefits customers in respect of Post Office card accounts; why the issue of personal invitation documents was delayed from 5th January 2003 until 24th March; and what estimate he has made of the likely impact of the delay on the number of benefits claimants signing up to card accounts in time for the launch on 1st April.

 (97373)

176  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Cabinet Office, how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside his Department.

 (97554)

177  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Cabinet Office, how many laptop computers were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1995; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; what their cost was; and if he will make a statement.

 (97506)

178  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Cabinet Office, what action he is taking to increase (a) graduate recruits, (b) recruits from the private sector and (c) recruits from the voluntary sector into the senior civil service; and if he will make a statement.

 (97600)


179  
N  
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reason is for the delay in implementing the reform proposals outlined in the Government's response to the Committee of Public Accounts, 37th report of 2001-02, Handling clinical negligence claims in England; and when the proposed White Paper will be published.

 [Question Unstarred]   (96691)

180  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what role there is for the Conflict Prevention Fund in Contingency Preparations for humanitarian operations in the aftermath of possible military action in Iraq.

 [Transferred]   (97080)

181  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the total UK GDP was constituted by (a) business-to-business transactions and (b) business-to-consumer transactions in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2002.

 [Transferred]   (97236)



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