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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 12 February 2003

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 12 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.
 


 

WEDNESDAY 12th FEBRUARY

1  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to determine the planning application in respect of a supermarket on the Sawmill Industrial Estate, Alnwick.

 (96495)

2  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the balance between mobile and permanent staff servicing the needs of older people under the Supporting People Scheme.

 (97784)

3  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effect of rent restructuring on tenants' rents in social and supported housing in inner city wards, where there has been high house price inflation.

 (97671)

4  Mr William Cash (Stone): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when (a) his Department and (b) the Lord Chancellor's Department have had discussions with representatives from (a) the National Assembly for Wales, (b) electoral administrators, (c) the Greater London Authority, (d) the European Parliament and Commission, (e) local government representatives and (f) the Electoral Commission concerning the proposals to combine English local authority, Greater London Authority and European Parliament elections in 2004, (i) prior to the publication of the Government consultation paper on that topic and (ii) subsequent to the publication.

 (97759)

5  Mr William Cash (Stone): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many submissions have been received to the Lord Chancellor's Department/ODPM consultation paper, Combining English Local Authority, Greater London Authority and European Parliament Elections in 2004; and how many of the submissions support the proposals to move the date of the May 2004 elections.

 (97757)

6  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for what purposes he has held back part of the local government grant settlement; and if he will make a statement

 (97936)

7  Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 6th February, Official Report, column 422W, on new developments in the Thames Gateway, if he will place the Environment Agency's constraint flood maps for each zone of change within the Thames Gateway in the Library.

 (98749)

8  Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 4th February, Official Report, column 234W, under what criteria the pressure on local housing markets was measured in the local authority areas mentioned by him in his statement of 22nd January.

 (97809)

9  Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what consultation was undertaken with (a) representatives of local authorities and (b) the local authorities named in the announcement to recent changes to the Right to Buy scheme.

 (97808)

10  Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total cost incurred by his Department as a result of the fire strikes has been.

 (97806)

11  Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) teachers, (b) police officers, (c) nurses and health workers and (d) others have been assisted through the Starter Home Initiative in each (i) local authority area and (ii) Government office of the region it operates in in each year of the initiative.

 (97805)

12  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many asylum seekers were housed by the local authority in (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (b) Hull in each month since 1997.

 (97735)

13  Matthew Green (Ludlow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much funding the New Deal for Communities has budgeted for each Government office of the region in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2002-03.

 (97810)

14  Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to make an announcement on the regional planning guidance for the North West; and if he will make a statement.

 (97654)

15  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to amend the levels of grant to local authorities to take account of the work on flood management and flood defence that will arise from his plans for new development in (a) Ashford, (b) the Thames Gateway, (c) the M11 corridor and (d) Milton Keynes and the South Midlands.

 (97636)

16  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what information on the number of refuges for survivors of domestic violence which have been taken into direct management by registered social landlords was collected in his supporting people mapping exercise.

 (97846)

17  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library the data on local authority performance provided to the Audit Commission on the extent of domestic violence refuge provision in 2001-02.

 (97913)

18  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures he plans to take to enable all local authorities to offer loans for private sector housing improvements.

 (97752)

19  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures registered social landlords are taking to tackle domestic violence.

 (97761)

20  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures he is taking to ensure children's support services in refuges are retained under the Supporting People initiative.

 (97748)

21  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures he plans to take to increase the use of compulsory purchase orders in respect of empty properties.

 (97751)

22  Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his policy is on whether there should be one tenancy for all housing groups, the terms of which should comply with the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations.

 (97802)

23  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many complaints about the clarity of literature published by the Local Government Ombudsman he has received in each of the last five years.

 (97939)

24  Mr Mike Wood (Batley & Spen): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he plans to publish a response to the consultation exercise on the effectiveness of planning enforcement; and what process will follow.

 (97641)

25  Mr Mike Wood (Batley & Spen): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to extend the programme of new house building planned for the South East to other areas of the UK where social housing is scarce and in high demand.

 (97640)

26  Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department is doing to encourage a pluralistic media culture, with particular reference to terrestrial television channels.

 (97868)

27  Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her policy is on whether terrestrial television stations should be protected from ownership by corporations with a substantial stake in the national newspaper market.

 (97867)

28  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the estimated marketing budget of the British Tourist Board is for the promotion of tourism in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) England.

 (97908)

29  Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, during the Committee Stage of the Communications Bill, how many (a) clauses and (b) schedules were (i) fully debated, (ii) partly debated and (iii) not debated.

 (97789)

30  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to increase awareness of domestic violence in the British media.

 (97747)

31  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what government funds have been spent on the proposed bid to hold the Olympics of 2012.

 (97929)

32  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans are in place to assist the promotion of (a) Cardiff, (b) Liverpool, (c) Newcastle and Gateshead, (d) Oxford, (e) Bristol and (f) Birmingham in their bids to obtain the title of European City of Culture 2008.

 (97928)

33  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her estimate is of the potential benefits to non-London tourist centres of holding the 2012 Olympics.

 (97930)

34  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans are in place to compensate for the fall in foreign visitors to the UK since (a) 11th September 2001 and (b) the Bali terrorist attacks.

 (97927)

35  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the proposed increase in council tax to fund the 2012 Olympic bid and event will apply only to residents of London.

 (97931)

36  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect military action in Iraq will have on the UK tourism industry.

 (97932)

37  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps have been taken to increase the numbers of North American tourists to the UK since September 2001.

 (97926)

38  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she last discussed with other EU Ministers for Culture the strengthening of a common cultural identity; and what measures are being taken for this purpose.

 (97895)

39  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the programmes and schemes funded by her Department aimed at enhancing inter-cultural understanding among EU member states.

 (97897)

40  Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) the US Administration and (b) others concerning the protection and preservation of Iraq's ancient cities and monuments in the event of military conflict in the Gulf; and if he will make a statement.

 (97871)

41  Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost incurred by his Department as a result of the fire strikes has been.

 (97807)

42  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which army initial training establishments were not visited in the context of the appraisal of initial training carried out by the Director of Operational Capability between 3rd October and 18th December 2002.

 (97903)

43  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (a) what role is planned for British field hospitals in Iraq and (b) what preparations have been made for such hospitals to receive civilian casualties of all nationalities in the event of hostilities in Iraq.

 (97769)

44  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency plans have been made for (a) civilian casualties and (b) humanitarian operations in the event of military action in Iraq; what role British forces will play in such operations; whether he has issued formal guidance on (a) and (b); and if he will make a statement.

 (97772)

45  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what shortfalls obtain against the establishment targets for field hospitals for (a) medical officers and (b) support staff; and if he will make a statement.

 (97770)

46  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) reservists and (b) medical reservists have responded to call-up notices in the last three months; and if he will make a statement.

 (97771)

47  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans exist for the transport of military casualties back to the UK in the event of hostilities in Iraq; what aircraft will be used; and what the estimated journey time is.

 (97790)

48  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for how many days Private Steven MacNaughton was missing without leave from Deepcut Barracks from 7th November 2002; what disciplinary action was taken subsequently; and what reasons were given for his absence.

 (97831)

49  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recommendations have been made to improve protection against bullying at Bovington Camp, Dorset since October 2002; and what compensation has been paid to victims.

 (97832)

50  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) numerical and (b) percentage breakdowns by perceived community origin are of his civilian staff employed in Northern Ireland.

 (97692)

51  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to (a) increase awareness of domestic violence and (b) provide services and support for the victims of domestic violence within the families of members of the military services.

 (97746)

52  Mr Mike Wood (Batley & Spen): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to establish the number of civilian casualties caused by British military action taken in enforcement of the Iraqi no-fly zones; and if he will make a statement.

 (97648)

53  Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the education SSA per head is in secondary schools in (a) Bournemouth, (b) Poole, (c) Southampton, (d) Brighton, (e) Hampshire, (f) Dorset, (g) Wiltshire and (h) Sussex.

 (97786)

54  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers entered into (a) full-time and (b) part-time service in maintained schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire in each year since 1997.

 (97739)

55  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to review the operation of the Construction Industry Training Board levy.

 (97911)

56  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to exclude plant hire organisations from the scope of the CITB levy.

 (97912)

57  Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many BEd students were in their fourth year of studies in each of the last five years.

 (97937)

58  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the funding per pupil was for (a) primary, (b) infant, (c) junior and (d) secondary schools in (i) the London Borough of Havering, (ii) other London boroughs and (iii) other local education authorities in England in (A) 2001-02 and (B) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

 (97700)

59  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in Key Stage 3 pilot local authorities administered the new Year 7 progress tests in English and mathematics that were trialled in 2002.

 (97765)

60  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what was the cost of (a) developing, (b) printing and distributing and (c) marking the Year 7 progress tests in English and mathematics that were trialled in 2002.

 (97768)

61  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd February, Official Report, column 87W, on examinations, what reasons he has researched as to why the costs were the same in 2001 and 2002; and how the costs relate to the number of pupils that took the tests in each year.

 (97850)

62  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils took the new Year 7 progress tests in (a) English and (b) mathematics that were trialled in 2002.

 (97767)

63  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of Year 7 pupils who had achieved level 3 at Key Stage 2 in 2001 achieved level 4 or above in the English and mathematics Year 7 progress tests that were trialled in 2002.

 (97766)

64  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of recent changes to the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme on future waste awareness minimisation activities in England and Wales; and how this will impact on the UK's ability to meet the Landfill Directive targets.

 (97050)

65  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what additional funding will be made available to local authorities and community organisations for sustainable waste management projects to replace project funding under the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme; when these funds will become available; and by what mechanism these funds will be distributed.

 (97051)

66  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what provision has been made in the expenditure plans of (a) the Environment Agency and (b) her Department to cover the costs of flood management and defence arising out of the Government's plans for new development in (i) Ashford, (ii) the Thames Gateway, (iii) the M11 corridor and (iii) Milton Keynes and the South Midlands.

 (97637)

67  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent on flood defence work in Sussex in each of the last six years; and if he will list the location of the major projects.

 (97900)

68  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure the provision of facilities and services for victims of domestic abuse in remote rural areas.

 (97754)

69  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what direct relations she has with the European Environment Agency; and in what circumstances.

 (97896)

70  Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for St Ives of 16th January, Official Report, column 728W, on agricultural exports, how much Food from Britain charges companies by size for use of their services.

 (97933)

71  Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many companies used the services, by type, of Food from Britain in each of the last 10 years; and how many of those companies were (a) small and medium-sized businesses and (b) less than five years old when they first contacted Food from Britain.

 (97870)

72  Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what market research has been undertaken by (a) her Department and (b) Food from Britain since 1995 regarding the use of Foods from Britain by agricultural export companies; and if she will place a copy of those findings in the Library.

 (97869)

73  Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 20th January to the honourable Member for St Ives, Official Report, column 93W, on agricultural exports, if she will place a copy of (a) the letter from the Minister of State for International Trade and Investment and (b) the ERM Consultancy report in the Library.

 (97925)

74  Mr Mike Wood (Batley & Spen): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the Equine Welfare (Ragwort Control) Bill introduced by the honourable Member for Ryedale.

 (97651)

75  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what calculation he has made of the impact on jobs of the introduction of the new Landfill Tax Credit Scheme.

 (97047)

76  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to extend VAT exemptions for recognised charities.

 (97907)

77  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the tax regime pertaining to the Crown Estate.

 (97904)

78  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Customs and Excise has been repaid the VAT bill by the Hospitality Association of Northern Ireland identified in the inspector's report published by the Northern Ireland Certification Officer.

 (96655)

79  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) numerical and (b) percentage breakdown by perceived community origin are of (i) Inland Revenue and (ii) Customs and Excise staff employed in Northern Ireland.

 (97791)

80  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has and what steps he has taken since 2001 to provide finance for public programmes that aim to raise awareness of domestic abuse and to provide services for those victims.

 (97742)

81  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met representatives of the Turkish-Cypriot community in the UK; and what issues were discussed.

 (97776)

82  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Eritrea on following a peaceful settlement to territorial disputes with Ethiopia.

 (97049)

83  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the implications for the peace process of the start of conflict in Dafur, Sudan.

 (97048)

84  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of domestic violence, with particular reference to (a) supporting efforts to curb domestic violence and (b) providing services for those victims, in foreign countries and in the Commonwealth.

 (97750)

85  
N  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 768W, on Pakistan, what steps he plans to take as a result of the Government's concerns about the reports of Pakistan's nuclear-related dealings with other countries.

 (97478)

86  Mr Mike Wood (Batley & Spen): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on granting India a permanent seat on the UN Security Council; and what steps he is taking in relation to this.

 (97642)

87  
N  
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken by the Department to support the establishment of sexual assault referral centres.

 (97238)

88  
N  
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training is given to paramedics and ambulance personnel in dealing with people they perceive to be the victims of domestic violence and their responsibilities of (a) confidentiality and (b) to report the commission of crime.

 (97239)

89  
N  
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many sexual assault referral centres the Department funds (a) alone and (b) jointly with another agency.

 (97240)

90  
N  
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many sexual assault referral centres there are in the UK at hospital premises.

 (97241)

91  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many calls were made to NHS Direct between (a) 15th October 2000 and 10th February 2001, (b) 15th October 2001 and 10th February 2002 and (c) 15th October 2002 and 10th February 2003.

 (97821)

92  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many 999 calls were made to the Greater London Ambulance Service between 20th December 2002 and 3rd January 2003 for which it was decided an ambulance was not necessary; and what proportion of calls over this period such calls represented.

 (97834)

93  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients were admitted to wards from accident and emergency departments within (a) one hour, (b) two hours, (c) three hours, (d) four hours and (e) more than four hours after being seen by a doctor or consultant in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (97824)

94  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the London Ambulance Service concerning the introduction of congestion charges in Central London.

 (97819)

95  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nurse and (b) consultant vacancies there are at Broomfield Hospital, Essex at the latest available date.

 (97825)

96  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were cancelled less than two days before the due date, broken down by strategic health authority, in each of the last 12 months.

 (97828)

97  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the average time it took an ambulance to reach an emergency after the initial 999 call was made in (a) England and (b) Greater London over the last 12 months.

 (97817)

98  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients were admitted to wards from accident and emergency departments within (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) more than four hours, after being first seen by a doctor or consultant in (i) February 1997 and (ii) the latest month for which figures are available.

 (97838)

99  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children under the age of five years received immunisation against (a) polio, (b) pertussis, (c) tetanus, (d) diphtheria and (e) MMR in (i) the last year for which figures are available, (ii) the previous 12 months and (iii) 1996.

 (97811)

100  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Greater London have been waiting more than 13 weeks to see a consultant at the latest available date.

 (97836)

101  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Greater London have been waiting (a) up to six months, (b) between six and 12 months, (c) between 12 and 15 months and (d) between 15 and 18 months for hospital treatment in each month since October 2001.

 (97823)

102  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made as to the impact congestion charging in Central London will have on (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) consultants, (d) paramedics and (e) ancillary staff in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

 (97842)

103  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were waiting in England for in-patient treatment at the latest date for which figures are available.

 (97837)

104  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hoax calls the Ambulance Service has received in the last 12 months for which figures are available in (a) Greater London and (b) England.

 (97822)

105  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP vacancies there are at the latest available date; and how many there were in February (a) 2002 and (b) 2001.

 (97840)

106  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he has made over the last year to end the use of mixed sex wards in NHS hospitals in England; how many mixed sex wards there are in NHS hospitals in England; and how many there were in February (a) 2002, (b) 2001, (c) 2000, (d) 1999 and (e) 1998.

 (97835)

107  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in England have been waiting (a) up to 12, (b) between 12 and 15 and (c) between 15 and 18 months for in-patient treatment in each of the last 12 months.

 (97841)

108  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pensioners in England received immunisation against influenza in (a) the last 12 months for which figures are available, (b) the previous 12 months to that and (c) 1996.

 (97826)

109  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average length of call was to NHS Direct between (a) 15th October 2001 and 10th February 2002 and (b) 15th October 2002 and 10th February 2003.

 (97820)

110  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were (a) cancelled and (b) delayed in each of the last 12 months in each strategic health authority area in England.

 (97833)

111  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received immunisation against TB in (a) the last year for which figures are available, (b) the previous 12 months and (c) 1996.

 (97812)

112  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the mid-Essex Hospital Trust area were waiting for in-patient treatment on the latest available date.

 (97827)

113  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representations he has received concerning the possible consequential impact of the introduction of congestion charges in Central London on health services, with particular reference to emergency services, in London.

 (97818)

114  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many named day written parliamentary questions tabled between 15th October 2002 and 5th February 2003 received (a) a substantive answer on the named day and (b) a holding answer.

 (97816)

115  Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his latest estimate is of the average length of stay for in-patients in an NHS hospital in England; and what the average length of stay was in February (a) 2002, (b) 2000, (c) 1998 and (d) 1996.

 (97839)

116  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the contracts entered into with private sector companies for the provision of goods or services in the NHS since 1998 which have included penalty clauses for non-performance.

 (97650)

117  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) local authority residential places, (b) independent sector residential places, (c) national health service long-stay geriatric and psycho-geriatric beds and (d) independent sector nursing home places there were in (i) 1973, (ii) 1980, (iii) 1990 and (iv) 2000.

 (97660)

118  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many acute psychiatric beds in each strategic health authority are occupied by patients aged (a) over 65, (b) over 75 and (c) over 85.

 (97673)

119  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ask the Health Service Ombudsman to report on the implementation of the Court of Appeal Judgment R v North and East Health Authority (Ex parte Coughlan) (1999) in cases already investigated.

 (97674)

120  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessments have been made of the effectiveness of assertive outreach teams on the take up of aftercare services by mental health service users discharged from hospital.

 (97661)

121  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the proportion of opiate dependent patients seeking treatment who (a) proceed to receive treatment, (b) complete the course of treatment and (c) fail to report for treatment when offered.

 (97644)

122  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the recommendation in the 2002 Drug Strategy for an increase in the availability of heroin prescription to all those who have a clinical need is intended as guidance that heroin is preferable to other maintenance treatments for opiate addiction.

 (97646)

123  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets he has set for improving the waiting times for treatment for opiate dependency (a) in prison and (b) in the community.

 (97645)

124  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for an opiate dependent patient seeking treatment before he or she received treatment in the last year for which figures are available.

 (97643)

125  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of methadone is prescribed for (a) oral consumption and (b) delivery by injection.

 (97647)

126  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses work in hospitals in the East Riding of Yorkshire; and how many of them are employed from an agency.

 (97729)

127  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients contracted a hospital acquired infection in the Hull and East Riding Hospitals Trust in each quarter since 1997.

 (97727)

128  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many DXA scans were completed in each hospital trust in 2002.

 (97725)

129  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many job vacancies in the (a) Hull and East Riding Hospitals Trust, (b) Hull and East Riding Community Health Trust, (c) West Hull Primary Care Trust and (d) East Yorkshire Primary Care Trust there were in each year since 1997, broken down by job type; and how many of these vacancies were filled.

 (97728)

130  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients admitted to accident and emergency departments waited more than 12 hours before being treated in each of the last two quarters for which figures are available; and what the national average waiting time is for patients waiting more than 12 hours.

 (97737)

131  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for an out-patient appointment was in England in 2002.

 (97738)

132  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) residential care and (b) nursing homes have closed in (i) Hull and (ii) the East Riding in each quarter since 1997 for which figures are available.

 (97731)

133  Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues to women regarding the potential side-effects of taking the morning after pill.

 (97649)

134  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total debt of private patients to NHS hospitals was in 2001-02 in (a) London and (b) England.

 (97259)

135  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what controls he has introduced to ensure that doctors who service internet medical companies provide patient consultations.

 (97664)

136  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dental practices are taking on new NHS patients in (a) the Ribble Valley and Fulwood, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West of England.

 (97803)

137  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals have wards specialising exclusively in cancer in teenagers.

 (97804)

138  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many fully operational ambulances were stationed (a) during the day and (b) at night at each of the ambulance stations in the Ribble Valley and Fulwood in each year since 1997.

 (97670)

139  
N  
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many National Institute for Clinical Excellence products increased their price above the accepted rate of inflation in 2002; and whether his Department issues guidelines to NICE on what action to take in such circumstances.

 (97301)

140  
N  
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provisions the National Institute for Clinical Excellence has in place to prevent the treatment producer from increasing the cost once NICE has conducted a cost qualitative assessment of a treatment and approved it.

 (97302)

141  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the income per capita of the population is for primary care trusts in (a) Wiltshire, (b) Hampshire and (c) Berkshire.

 (97801)

142  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the entry in the Guidance to the National NHS Procurement Programme on page 10 which states that contracts will be structured so that payments only start when value has been delivered.

 (97707)

143  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of accident and emergency clinical staff, by category, which will need to be recruited to achieve the four hour waiting time target by the end of 2004.

 (97704)

144  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action the Food Standards Agency is taking on the risks posed by toxins in illegally imported bushmeat.

 (97708)

145  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the potential health risks from toxins in illegally imported bushmeat.

 (97709)

146  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when patients of the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust will have access to digital hearing aids.

 (97706)

147  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of beds listed in the NHS statistics which are trolleys or couches.

 (97705)

148  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the level of toxins in illegally imported bushmeat.

 (97756)

149  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has made to other Government departments about the level of policing at ports of entry relating to the smuggling of bushmeat.

 (97755)

150  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those public bodies for which his Department is responsible where provision is made in the job description of the chairman that the policies of the body are compatible with those of the Secretary of State.

 (97243)

151  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate (a) the cost of establishing and abolishing the directorates of health and social care and (b) the budgets for the directorates in each year since they were established.

 (97815)

152  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost of the reorganisation from the Commission for Health Improvement and the National Care Standards Commission to the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection and the Social Services Inspectorate.

 (97814)

153  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the application pack for candidates for the post of Chair of the Commission for Public and Patient Involvement.

 (97244)

154  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the baseline was for the target for extra beds by 2004 in general and acute wards announced in the NHS plan.

 (97813)

155  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will provide digital hearing aids on the NHS in Chorley; and when the next round of allocations for the provision of digital hearing aids on the NHS will be announced.

 (97693)

156  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the risks to health from eggs imported from Spain.

 (97710)

157  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects patients will be able to receive digital hearing aids at the Worthing and Southlands NHS Hospitals Trust.

 (97879)

158  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of how many people were affected by age related macular degeneration in each of the last six years.

 (97860)

159  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) kidney, (b) liver, (c) heart and (d) lung transplants have taken place in each of the last 10 years.

 (97882)

160  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the representations from (a) the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and (b) the RNIB on age related macular degeneration.

 (97859)

161  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many responses he received to his consultation on regulations to the Care Standards Act 2000; and how many dealt with (a) room dimensions, (b) communal space and (c) training of staff.

 (97885)

162  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the report of the National Audit Office into the bidding process for Inventures will be completed; and whether it will be published in full.

 (97872)

163  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will make a statement on proposed changes to the Care Standards Act 2000 regulation following the consultation at the end of last year.

 (97883)

164  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the UK are not on the NHS organ donor register.

 (97861)

165  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many additional audiologists he estimates will need to be recruited to provide digital hearing aids for the target user group within the two year timetable.

 (97890)

166  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many audiologists are employed by each NHS trust.

 (97878)

167  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the compensation payments to former directors of NHS Mental Health trusts not transferred to new Partnership NHS trusts for mental health.

 (97873)

168  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to relax the regulations relating to communal space in care homes as a result of his consultation exercise on the Care Standards Act 2000.

 (97884)

169  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what treatments for enuresis he proposes to cover in the National Service Framework for children.

 (97887)

170  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new posts of Development Manager have been created in Mental Health NHS trusts in the last year.

 (97874)

171  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the proposed expenditure on each regional centre for the National Institute for Mental Health.

 (97875)

172  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting times are for audiology services in each hospital trust.

 (97881)

173  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies for audiologists there are in the NHS.

 (97888)

174  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trusts do not offer digital hearing aids; and what estimate he has made of when each of them will be able to start fitting digital hearing aids.

 (97891)

175  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he expects to use non-NHS providers to achieve full coverage of digital hearing aids under the Modernising Hearing Aid Services Programme.

 (97877)

176  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long it takes to train NHS staff to fit digital hearing aids.

 (97880)

177  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he proposes to include targets for combating enuresis in the NSF for children.

 (97886)

178  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long he estimates it will take to convert all analogue hearing aid users to digital.

 (97889)

179  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) clinical and (b) non-clinical staff work for each regional centre for the National Institute for Mental Health.

 (97876)

180  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to (a) raise awareness of domestic violence in the health profession and (b) provide health services and counselling for victims of domestic violence.

 (97749)

181  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets the Department sets for assessment of stroke victims by (a) swallowing assessment within 24 hours, (b) visual fields recorded within 24 hours, (c) weighing the patient and (d) brain imaging assessment criteria; and if he will make a statement.

 (97862)

182  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the aftercare and secondary prevention on stroke patients following their discharge to include (a) hypertension management, (b) lipid lowering and (c) modification of behavioural risk factors; and if he will make a statement.

 (97863)

183  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been carried out to assess (a) the number of stroke patients discharged into residential or nursing home care, having been previously independent, in (i) the UK, (ii) England and (iii) Lancashire and Cumbria Strategic Health Authority and (b) the reasons for most patients being discharged into such residential or nursing home care; and if he will make a statement.

 (97856)

184  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to expand follow-up treatment to help increase the numbers of stroke patients who have a return to normal blood pressure six months after discharge; and if he will make a statement.

 (97853)

185  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve the effectiveness of stroke units and to increase the capacity of units; and if he will make a statement.

 (97898)

186  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been carried out to identify the reasons for the number of stroke patients for whom it would be appropriate to be assessed in their own home prior to discharge that do not undergo such an assessment; and if he will make a statement.

 (97851)

187  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been carried out to assess the number of patients admitted to hospital as a stroke patient who (a) spend no time within the stroke unit during their stay and (b) are admitted to the stroke unit during their stay and who receive 50 per cent. or more of their treatment within the unit in (i) the UK, (ii) England and (iii) Lancashire and Cumbria Strategic Health Authority; and if he will make a statement.

 (97854)

188  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the change in the numbers of stroke patients who have brain imaging within the two day target of the National Service Framework for Older People; what plans he has to (a) increase these numbers and (b) achieve a 100 per cent. target rate; and if he will make a statement.

 (97855)

189  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been carried out to assess the numbers of stroke patients who have a return to normal blood pressure six months after discharge in (a) the UK, (b) England and (c) Lancashire and Cumbria; and if he will make a statement.

 (97852)

190  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been carried out to assess the number of stroke patients for whom it would be appropriate to be assessed in their own home prior to discharge that undergo such assessment in (a) the UK, (b) England and (c) Lancashire and Cumbria Strategic Health Authority; and if he will make a statement.

 (97857)

191  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been carried out to assess how many patients admitted to hospital as a stroke patient were admitted to the stroke unit during their stay at any time in (a) the UK, (b) England and (c) the Lancashire and Cumbria Strategic Health Authority; and if he will make a statement.

 (97864)

192  Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the number of stroke physicians in hospital trusts; and if he will make a statement.

 (97899)

193  
N  
Mr Kerry Pollard (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions there have been between the Department of Health and the Health Professions Council on how the public will differentiate between the different clinical competencies and qualifications of individual chiropodist and podiatrist practitioners.

 (95643)

194  
N  
Mr Kerry Pollard (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the efficacy of using the titles chiropodist and podiatrist to differentiate between the clinical competencies and qualifications of different chiropodist and podiatrist practitioners.

 (95644)

195  
N  
Mr Kerry Pollard (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Department of Health has to recommend to the Health Professions Council that they institute a sub-register for current chiropodists who may decide not to join the Health Professions Council's register.

 (95645)

196  
N  
Mr Kerry Pollard (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to recommend to the Health Professions Council that they create protected titles other than chiropodist and podiatrist.

 (95646)

197  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) Havering Primary Care Trust and (b) the Havering, Barking and Redbridge NHS Hospitals Trust regarding coronary heart disease.

 (97699)

198  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he next plans to visit coronary heart disease departments in hospitals in Havering.

 (97696)

199  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to combat coronary heart disease in the London Borough of Havering.

 (97698)

200  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the levels of coronary heart disease in the London Borough of Havering.

 (97697)

201  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to consult local pharmacists regarding the proposed deregulation of pharmacists.

 (97703)

202  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with representative bodies of local pharmacies regarding the deregulation of pharmacies.

 (97702)

203  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his plans for deregulation of local pharmacies.

 (97701)

204  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what allocation of chemical protection suits has been made to each ambulance NHS trust; and if he will make a statement.

 (97788)

205  
N  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contact his Department has had with the public sector team of the Fraud squad concerning the NHS estates PFI scheme; and if he will make a statement.

 (97531)

206  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the percentage of children born through IVF born with a recognised disability; and if he will make a statement.

 (97934)

207  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research is being conducted into the possible links between intracytoplasmic sperm injection and Angelman syndrome; and if he will make a statement.

 (97935)

208  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many National Hi-Tech Crime Unit staff will (a) be dedicated to the policing of internet chatrooms, (b) have the priority of protection of children on the internet and (c) have specific training in dealing with child protection law; and what the framework for liaison between the internet crime squad child protection team and other police units will be.

 (96758)

209  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether civil offences are recorded in disclosures issued as a result of criminal records bureaux checks.

 (97675)

210  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women detained in prisons in England and Wales on 1st February were foreign nationals who had completed their prison sentence and were awaiting deportation from the United Kingdom.

 (97774)

211  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which prisons the Prisons Minister has visited since his appointment.

 (97775)

212  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers there were in (a) Hull and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire in each month since 1997; how long each application took to process; and how many applications were (i) successful and (ii) rejected.

 (97734)

213  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people arrested in (a) Haltemprice and Howden, (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (c) the Humberside Police Authority area tested positive for category A or B drugs in each quarter since 1997.

 (97723)

214  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes were committed by juvenile offenders in (a) Haltemprice and Howden, (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (c) the Humberside Police Authority area in each quarter since 1997; and how many cautions were issued.

 (97724)

215  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children in the East Riding of Yorkshire (a) were convicted, (b) were in local authority care, (c) received a reprimand, (d) received a final warning and (e) were found guilty, in each year since 1997.

 (97730)

216  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of prisoners in (a) Haltemprice and Howden, (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (c) England and Wales tested positive for drugs in each of the past five years.

 (97720)

217  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions were recorded in each year since 1997 in the Humberside Police Authority areas for (i) carrying a loaded firearm in a public place, (ii) acquiring a firearm under the age of 17, (iii) being a person under 14 possessing an air weapon or ammunition, (iv) being a person under 14 possessing an air weapon in a public place, (v) supplying an air weapon to a person under 14 and (vi) making improper use of an air weapon.

 (97722)

218  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners underwent treatment for drugs dependence in (a) Haltemprice and Howden, (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (c) England and Wales in each of the past five years.

 (97719)

219  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in the past 12 months in (a) Haltemprice and Howden, (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (c) the Humberside Police Authority area.

 (97726)

220  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the percentage of crime related to drug use in (a) rural areas and (b) the Eastern region of the United Kingdom.

 (97593)

221  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of prison inmates in Britain are using drugs on a regular basis.

 (97595)

222  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of prison inmates in Britain have access to drugs rehabilitation programmes.

 (97594)

223  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14th January, Official Report, column 585W, on retail industry crime, if the report on the consultation on the means of creating and maintaining effective partnerships to reduce opportunities for crime against business will be (a) published online and (b) placed in the Library.

 (97779)

224  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14th January, Official Report, column 585W, on retail industry crime, what the average size is of a grant made available from the Government to businesses for improving the security of small retail businesses.

 (97780)

225  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers, who have been refused asylum status, have been removed from the country in (a) the last year for which figures are available and (b) the previous five years.

 (97638)

226  Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to propose amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill to deal with the use of joint enterprise to reduce a charge of murder by parents or carers of children to a charge of child cruelty.

 (97858)

227  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons in each year since its introduction have sat the examination for a Diploma of Forensic Pathology; how many have passed; if he will place in the Library a copy of the syllabus and learning structure for teaching the Diploma; what qualifications are required to teach this Diploma; and how many persons are qualified.

 (97782)

228  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons in each year since its introduction have sat the examination for a Diploma of Medical Jurisprudence; how many have passed; if he will place in the Library a copy of the syllabus and learning structure for teaching this Diploma; what qualifications are required to teach this diploma; and how many persons are qualified.

 (97783)

229  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he is taking to require internet service providers to end the use of privacy buttons on e-groups to enable better identification and prosecution of those using child pornography material on the Net.

 (97764)

230  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he will take to require credit card companies to remove credit cards from those breaking their contract with such companies by viewing child pornography on the Net.

 (97762)

231  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he will take to require internet service providers to monitor their services to prevent viewing of child pornography on the Net.

 (97763)

232  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list new initiatives to tackle domestic violence since 1997; and what their cost was.

 (97760)

233  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of domestic violence in the criminal justice system, with particular reference to (a) prevention and (b) support for victims.

 (97758)

234  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he plans to give additional support to North Yorkshire Police as a result of the upgrading of the Fylingdales radar station.

 (97773)

235  Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's bilateral funding commitments to reproductive health services in each country in 2001.

 (97672)

236  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to raise awareness of domestic violence in third world countries; and what developments are being made in providing services for victims.

 (97745)

237  Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to produce a statement of policy on animal welfare based on the report she commissioned entitled Human Development and Animal Welfare; and if she will make a statement.

 (97694)

238  Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what extra money is being made available for helping Iraq after possible military intervention.

 (97847)

239  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the second survey of guidelines on domestic violence and contact will be available; and if she will place a copy in the Library.

 (97740)

240  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that judges and the judiciary receive training to recognise and deal with cases of domestic violence.

 (97744)

241  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when she plans to consult on new guidance in respect of child contact and domestic violence.

 (97741)

242  Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many complaints the Department received about the performance of solicitors in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

 (97940)

243  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the European-recognised Area of Special Scientific Interest sites in Northern Ireland.

 (97942)

244  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the cases in the last 10 years where senior civil servants have been granted clearance to accept private sector appointments.

 (96653)

245  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what procedures are in place regarding civil servants from Northern Ireland accepting private sector appointments on their retirement.

 (96654)

246  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people were (a) formally interviewed, (b) cautioned and (c) charged in relation to the allegation of invoice fraud made in the Certification Officer Inspector's report on the Hospitality Association of Northern Ireland.

 (96656)

247  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to tackle domestic violence in Northern Ireland.

 (97743)

248  Lembit O­pik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce provisions to enable the buyout of long-term energy contracts through (a) a bond mechanism, (b) low-costs loans and (c) another mechanism; and if he will make a statement.

 (97894)

249  Lembit O­pik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how the number of applications for employment in the Police Service of Northern Ireland changed in the year after the introduction of the 50/50 rule; what the figures were for the year immediately prior to the introduction of the 50/50 rule; and if he will make a statement.

 (97893)

250  Lembit O­pik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Chief Constable of Northern Ireland may recruit differential numbers of Protestants and Catholics if a differential number of applicants succeed through to the final stage of the process; and if he will make a statement.

 (97892)

251  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Northern Ireland are being investigated as a result of information received from Operation Ore; and how many have been arrested.

 (97639)

252  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many jobs were lost in each sector of the manufacturing industry in Strangford in each of the last 10 years; and how much government funding was provided to manufacturing industry in each of the last five years.

 (97668)

253  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on how many occasions the Sewel Convention has been invoked since the inception of the Scottish Parliament; and on how many occasions the Convention was invoked at the initiative of (a) the Scottish Executive and (b) the UK Government.

 (97830)

254  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Solicitor General, when she will reply substantively to the letter of the honourable Member for the Isle of Wight dated 9th August and acknowledged on 28th August 2002.

 (97596)

255  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many submissions were received by the Office of Fair Trading in connection with the Tesco acquisition of T&S; how many of these were from third parties raising concerns about the impact on their business as a result of the proposed acquisition; if she will place a copy of the submissions in the Library; and if she will make a statement.

 (97587)

256  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Supermarket Code of Practice on Supermarkets' Dealings with Suppliers applies to the supermarkets' trading relationships with farmers and others who supply the supermarkets indirectly through an intermediary; and if she will make a statement.

 (97589)

257  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many disputes the Director General of Fair Trading has been notified of under paragraph 28 of the Code of Practice on Supermarkets' Dealings with Suppliers; if she will place a copy of information that has been supplied to the Director General of Fair Trading in accordance with provisions of paragraphs 30(a) and 30(b) of the Code of Practice in the Library; and if she will make a statement.

 (97591)

258  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Director General of Fair Trading has taken, and what arrangements the Director General has in place, to monitor the compliance with and effectiveness of the Supermarket Code of Practice; whether the arrangements for monitoring have changed since the publication of the Government's strategy for Sustainable Farming and Food; and if she will make a statement.

 (97588)

259  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times the services of a mediator have been offered by supermarkets under paragraph 27 of the Code of Practice on Supermarkets' Dealings with Suppliers; and if she will make a statement.

 (97590)

260  Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what promotion her Department has undertaken of the (a) Post Office Card Account and (b) high street banking options for receipt of benefits, pension payments and tax credits; and what discussions she has had on such promotion with the other departments involved in the services covered by these methods.

 (97866)

261  Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with the Post Office to ensure that they will be able to cope with the effect on income of recipients choosing to pick up their benefits from cash machines or through banks without closures.

 (97865)

262  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 8th January, Official Report, column 248W, on small retail businesses, how many work-force jobs are accounted for by small retail businesses.

 (97778)

263  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she has taken to ensure poorer countries are able to access essential medicines since the World Trade Organisation failed to resolve the issue; and if she will make a statement.

 (97529)

264  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the gap between the average earnings of men and women is in (a) South East Scotland, (b) the Scottish Borders, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK.

 (97662)

265  Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to raise awareness in the workplace of domestic violence.

 (97753)

266  
N  
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much selective financial assistance was given to companies outside the assisted areas in each year between 1989-90 and 2001-02; and what her estimate is for the current fiscal year (a) in cash terms and (b) at constant 2001-02 prices.

 (97242)

267  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the future of the powers of entry, search and arrest employed by the investigation branch of the Royal Mail.

 (97787)

268  Mr Mike Wood (Batley & Spen): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the Government's policy is on the Fireworks Bill introduced by the honourable Member for Hamilton South.

 (97653)

269  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the financial status of the Air Travel Reserve Fund; and if he will list which types of air tickets are (a) covered and (b) not covered by the Air Travel Reserve Fund and set out the (i) nature of such cover which may be available and (ii) the number and value of tickets sold in each category in each year from 1997.

 (97938)

270  Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if his Department will take steps to (a) raise awareness amongst all road users of the purpose of advanced stop lines ASLs for cyclists, (b) educate all road users on their correct use and (c) publicise the legally enforcable nature of those facilities; and what steps he will take to ensure that ASLs are enforced.

 (97941)

271  Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 7th January, Official Report, columns 105-6W, Sandy-Bedford rail link, what estimate he has made of the levels of (a) lottery grant, (b) landfill grant and (c) other public money that would need to be made available to (i) bring into operation and (ii) maintain (A) the Sandy-Bedford Rail link and (B) the Bedford-Milton Keynes canal link.

 (97667)

272  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to require airlines to ask all passengers to prove their identity.

 (97905)

273  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his Answers of 17th December 2002, Official Report, column 684W, and 20th January, Official Report, column 41W, on the M25, what his policy is on the provision for inspection by honourable Members of the full data and analysis produced by those Government-funded reports, the summary of which the Government publishes; and for what reason honourable Members were unable to inspect the full data and analysis of the initial assessment by the Transport Research Laboratory of the Controlled Motorway Project on the M25 between 1997 and January 2003.

 (97777)

274  Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the trunk roads in England that are crossed by a rail level crossing.

 (97785)

275  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of those on each option of the New Deal for Young People went into a sustained job in the East Riding of Yorkshire in the most recent quarter for which figures are available.

 (97732)

276  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claim disability living allowance in (a) Haltemprice and Howden, (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (c) England; and if he will break down the figures by disabling condition.

 (97736)

277  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what projects have been planned for the European Year of the Disabled, broken down by constituency.

 (97829)

278  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for which benefits the threshold payment of compensation for delays in processing the benefit is less than eight months' delay.

 (97909)

279  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many cases, in each year since 1997, compensation for delay in processing benefit in respect of retirement pension has been paid; what percentage such costs represent of total applications for retirement pension in each year; and what average level of compensation has been paid in each case.

 (97910)

280  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2002, Official Report, column 918W, on adult disadvantage, if he will re-calculate the figures to include retirement on 31st December 2002.

 (97848)

281  Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to decide the employment status of term-time workers; whether he intends to ensure that term-time workers are eligible for Job Seekers' Allowance during unpaid holidays; and whether the actual annual salary of a term-time worker will be the basis for calculating his or her hourly rate for minimum wage purposes.

 (97655)

282  Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to review the impact of part-year pay on the right to Statutory Maternity Pay; and if he will make a statement.

 (97656)

283  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 660W, on the New Deal, if he will make a statement on the difference of outcomes for those leaving the subsidised employment option of the New Deal for Young People and the New Deal 25+.

 (97781)

284  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost has been to the Exchequer of deferred pensions, in (a) cash and (b) real terms, over the last 10 years.

 (97665)

285  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost of paying the basic state pension, deferred by five years, at (a) 110.4 per cent., (b) 120 per cent., (c) 130 per cent., (d) 140 per cent. and (e) 150 per cent. assuming the number of people choosing to defer their pension remains unchanged.

 (97663)

286  Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have deferred their pension in each of the last five years by up to (a) one year, (b) two years, (c) three years, (d) four years and (e) five years.

 (97666)

287  Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of how housebound pensioners and others will be able to use a Post Office card account without giving their PIN to a carer.

 (97669)

288  
N  
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Cabinet Office, what the measures of success are for the performance of the Government's e-envoy; and whether these have been achieved.

 (97592)

289  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Minister for Women, how many female victims of (a) stalking and (b) harassment there were in 2001-02.

 (97715)

290  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Minister for Women, what the timetable is for the Green Paper on Domestic Violence.

 (97695)

291  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Minister for Women, what assessment she has made of access to childcare for women.

 (97716)

292  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Minister for Women, if she will make a statement on the pay gap between women and men.

 (97717)


293  
N  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the public sector team of the Fraud squad is investigating the NHS estates PFI scheme; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (97530)

294  Mr Mike Wood (Batley & Spen): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the Government's policy is on the High Hedges Bill introduced by the honourable Member for Ealing North.

 [Transferred]   (97652)

295  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people applying for positions within residential care and nursing homes are awaiting clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau in (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire, (b) Hull and (c) England.

 [Transferred]   (97721)

296  Geraint Davies (Croydon Central): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if she will provide additional funding to extend the use of live links to enable witnesses other than the defendant to give evidence through a live link in criminal proceedings.

 [Transferred]   (97901)

297  Geraint Davies (Croydon Central): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what measures her Department is putting in place to ensure that the waiting time for child witnesses is kept to a minimum where the use of a live link is required.

 [Transferred]   (97902)

298  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department concerning the imposition of a requirement on airlines to ask all passengers to prove their identity.

 [Transferred]   (97906)

299  David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers housed in Hull and the East Riding have received financial support from the National Asylum Support Service; and what benefits were paid to asylum seekers prior to the introduction of the National Asylum Support Service in each quarter since 1997.

 [Transferred]   (97733)

300  Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department collects on wage rates in each parliamentary constituency or borough; and from what sources such information is collected.

 [Transferred]   (97657)

301  Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of individuals in Warrington North who earn (a) up to £10,000 per annum, (b) between £10,000 and £20,000 per annum and (c) between £20,000 and £30,000 per annum.

 [Transferred]   (97658)

302  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of pension provision for women.

 [Transferred]   (97718)




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