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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 25 February 2003

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 25 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 25th FEBRUARY

1  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his Answer of 5th December 2002, Official Report, column 925, to the Right honourable Member for West Dorset, what functions are performed by the 724 other staff working for Sir David Omand; how much this cost the Cabinet Office in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

 (99221)

2  
N  
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what civil contingency plans are in place for the South West region in the event of a terrorist attack; and if he will make a statement.

 (99111)

3  
N  
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what remit the Shareholder Executive Unit will have.

 (99114)

4  
N  
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) organisational and (b) employment plans his Department has for managing government shareholdings in (i) the Royal Mail, (ii) the Royal Mint and (iii) British Nuclear Fuels; and what estimates have been made of the cost of such plans.

 (99143)

5  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the purchase, for departmental use, of fair trade products.

 (99222)

6  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on discussions his Department has had with the retread tyre industry regarding the Climate Change Levy.

 (99232)

7  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the use of economic instruments to discourage passenger travel (a) by air and (b) by road.

 (99202)

8  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much insurance tax premium was collected in (a) the UK and (b) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

 (99319)

9  Mr Tony Colman (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress the UK Listing Authority has made in reviewing the requirements for approval and vetting of listing and other documentation, and in making recommendations; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the review's results and recommendations.

 (99158)

10  Mr Tony Colman (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the principal regulatory risks are that the UK Listing Authority is responsible for managing.

 (99159)

11  Mr Tony Colman (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the UK Listing Authority's risk-based review of the sponsor system and recommendations for improvements; and if he will make a statement on his policy towards including such an objective in the authority's objectives for 2002-03.

 (99160)

12  Mr Tony Colman (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress the UK Listing Authority has made in reviewing the monitoring of continuing compliance with the Listing Rules and in recommending improvements; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the review's results and recommendations.

 (99161)

13  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average earnings of (a) male, (b) female and (c) male and female at age 60 were in each year since 2000.

 (99155)

14  
N  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether meetings between officials of his Department and representatives of Guernsey are held on Jersey.

 (98912)

15  
N  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how often meetings are held between his Department's officials and representatives from the Isle of Man; and whether meetings are held purely when necessary.

 (98911)

16  
N  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's policy is regarding consultation with representatives of Jersey on economic decisions that could potentially affect Jersey.

 (98910)

17  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Deep Space Tracking Centre and the Near Space Facility at Feltwell are capable of being used in the US Missile Defense System.

 (99260)

18  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the silos at JAC Molesworth were last inspected under the terms of the INF Treaty 1987; what is stored in the silos; who has control of this; and if he will make a statement.

 (99261)

19  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding drawn up with the US Government concerning the US Missile Defence System and the US use of RAF Fylingdales.

 (99208)

20  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Alenia Marconi System used the F680 procedure to receive preliminary Government advice on the likely prospects for approval on their export licence application to export an air traffic control system to Sudan; and if he will make a statement.

 (99304)

21  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF personnel in the latest analysed Royal Air Force continuous attitude survey indicated they (a) strongly agreed, (b) agreed, (c) neither agreed nor disagreed, (d) disagreed, (e) strongly disagreed and (f) didn't know to the statement 'In the past 12 months I have had more than my fair share of separated service/detached duty'; what percentage of those responding to this question each option represents; when the survey was completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (99192)

22  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF personnel in the latest analysed Royal Air Force continuous attitude survey indicated they rated the level of morale of (a) themselves, (b) their flight/section/working group, (c) group and (d) the RAF as a whole as (i) very high, (ii) high, (iii) neither high nor low, (iv) low, (v) very low and (vi) didn't know; what percentage of those responding to this question each option represents; when the survey was completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (99193)

23  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RFA Ships have a double hull.

 (99146)

24  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF personnel in the latest analysed Royal Air Force continuous attitude survey indicated that they intended to opt for further service if they had the opportunity; what percentage of those responding to this question each reply option represents; when the survey was completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (99194)

25  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF personnel in the latest analysed Royal Air Force continuous attitude survey indicated that life in the RAF (a) was much better than expected, (b) was better than expected, (c) was as expected, (d) was worse than expected, (e) was much worse than expected and (f) has no expectations; what percentage of those responding to the question each option represents; when the survey was completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (99195)

26  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF personnel in the latest analysed Royal Air Force continuous attitude survey said their workload was (a) too high, (b) about right and (c) too low; what percentage of those responding to this question each option represents, when the survey was completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (99186)

27  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF personnel in the latest analysed Royal Air Force continuous attitude survey said they worked each week on average (a) 30 hours or less, (b) 31-35 hours, (c) 36-40 hours, (d) 41-45 hours, (e) 46-50 hours, (f) 51-60 hours and (g) over 60 hours, what percentage of those responding to this question each option represents; when the survey was completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (99187)

28  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) the date of original build completion, (b) the date of acceptance into service, (c) the anticipated date of decommissioning, (d) the number of crew, (e) the stores carrying capacity where appropriate and (f) the ownership of (i) RFA Diligence, (ii) RFA Grey Rover, (iii) RFA Gold Rover, (iv) RFA Black Rover, (v) RFA Brambleleaf, (vi) RFA Bayleaf, (vii) RFA Orangeleaf, (viii) RFA Oakleaf, (ix) RFA Fort Rosalie, (x) RFA Fort Austin, (xi) RFA Fort Victoria, (xii) RFA Fort George, (xiii) RFA Argus, (xiv) RFA Sir Bedivere, (xv) RFA Sir Geraint, (xvi) RFA Sir Percivale, (xvii) RFA Sir Tristram, (xviii) RFA Sea Crusader and (xix) RFA Sea Centurion.

 (99147)

29  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Army personnel indicated in the latest analysed Army continuous attitude survey that they were (a) very satisfied, (b) satisfied, (c) neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, (d) dissatisfied and (e) very dissatisfied when asked about (i) how much they felt valued by the army, (ii) general job satisfaction, (iii) how satisfied they were with management by superior NCOs/WOs, (iv) how satisfied they were with management by officers, (v) working conditions on operations, (vi) working conditions non-operations, (vii) confidence in abilities of immediate superiors, (viii) satisfaction with army life in general, (xi) satisfaction with quality of life, (x) satisfaction with workload, (xi) satisfaction with amount of leave entitlement, (xii) overall amount of training received, (xiii) overall pay, (xiv) army pension arrangements, (xv) welfare arrangements on operational tours and (xvi) welfare support for families; what percentage of those responding to each question each option represents; when the survey was completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (99185)

30  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Naval personnel in the latest analysed Royal Navy continuous attitude survey indicated that they were (a) very satisfied, (b) satisfied, (c) neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, (d) dissatisfied, (e) very dissatisfied regarding (i) adequacy of training for service job, (ii) current minimum time ashore, (iii) effect of their career on the career of spouse/partner, (iv) level of job satisfaction, (v) pay in general (vi), total remuneration package, (vii), amount of annual leave allowance (viii) medical and dental facilities for themselves, (ix) enjoyment of service life, (x) amount of separation from family and friends and (xi) rates and terms of pensions; what percentage of those responding to each question each option represents; when the survey was completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (99196)

31  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Naval personnel in the latest analysed Royal Navy continuous attitude survey indicated that they (a) strongly agreed, (b) agreed, (c) neither agreed nor disagreed, (d) disagreed and (e) strongly disagreed with the statements (i) in your own opinion the service is more sexist than society as a whole, (ii) in your own opinion the service is more racist than society as a whole and (iii) I trust my senior officers to do the right thing; what percentage of those responding to each question each option represents; when the survey was completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (99197)

32  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to (a) replace and (b) add to vessels in the RFA fleet; and if he will make a statement.

 (99293)

33  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Armed Forces offered voluntary immunisation against anthrax received the vaccine at (a) zero weeks, (b) three weeks, (c) six weeks and (d) six months into the course; what percentage of the total offered vaccination this represents; and if he will break down these figures by service.

 (99363)

34  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what different sizes of NBC suit are available (a) to British forces, and (b) to British forces in the Gulf; and if he will make a statement.

 (99362)

35  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF personnel in the latest analysed Royal Air Force continuous attitude survey indicated they (a) strongly agreed, (b) agreed, (c) neither agreed nor disagreed, (d) disagreed, (e) strongly disagreed and (f) didn't know to the statement 'Overstretch is causing serious problems in my working group'; what percentage of those responding to this question each option represents; when the survey was completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (99190)

36  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF personnel in the latest analysed Royal Air Force continuous attitude survey indicated they (a) strongly agreed, (b) agreed, (c) neither agreed nor disagreed, (d) disagreed, (e) strongly disagreed and (f) didn't know to the statement 'Overstretch is causing serious problems in the RAF as a whole'; what percentage of those responding to this question each option represents; when the survey was completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (99191)

37  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF personnel in the latest analysed Royal Air Force continuous attitude survey said they did not take all their annual leave; what percentage of those responding to this question this represents; what percentage cited service commitments or a combination of service commitments and personal reasons for not taking full leave entitlement; when the survey was completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (99188)

38  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF personnel in the latest analysed Royal Air Force continuous attitude survey indicated they were (a) very satisfied, (b) satisfied, (c) neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, (d) dissatisfied, (e) very dissatisfied and (f) don't know regarding (i) the direction and strategy of the RAF, (ii) the future of the RAF, (iii) the impact of change on the RAF, (iv) the effects of civilianisation and contractorisation on the RAF, (v) the quality of own line management, (vi) the quality of line management in their working group, (vii) the quality of line management in the RAF, (viii) the quality of leadership in the RAF, (ix) the RAF's compliance with employment legislation and (x) the effect of a service lifestyle on their family life; what percentage of those responding to this question each option represents; when the survey was completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (99189)

39  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has authorised military aid to the Civil Power in relation to combatting current terrorist threats to the United Kingdom.

 (98690)

40  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is required to take to inform Parliament that the Government has authorised military aid to the Civil Power.

 (98688)

41  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions since 1st May 1997 the Government has authorised military aid to the Civil Power in relation to the mainland of Great Britain; and by what means in each case Parliament was so informed.

 (98687)

42  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he most recently signed an order authorising military aid to the Civil Power.

 (98689)

43  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to construct housing for MOD personnel at the Daedalus site.

 (99013)

44  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department had for the Daedalus site at Lee-on-the-Solent in (a) 1990, (b) 1995, (c) 2000 and (d) January 2003; and when the plans changed in each case.

 (99012)

45  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to discuss the future funding of the Warm Front scheme with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

 (99206)

46  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much has been levied in fines by local authorities against (a) companies, (b) local authorities and (c) individuals, with regard to incidences of pollution, broken down by type of pollution incidence (i) in total, (ii) in each region and (iii) per fine in each year since 1995.

 (99256)

47  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made or plans of the effectiveness of fines levied by local authorities on polluters preventing (a) further incidences of pollution by the polluters and (b) incidences of pollution from others who have not previously polluted; what changes are planned; and if he will make a statement.

 (99257)

48  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many Homebuy loans were made to (a) those in social housing, (b) those on housing waiting/transfer lists and (c) key workers in London in each year since the scheme's introduction.

 (99173)

49  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many Homebuy loans were made in each local authority in London in each year since the scheme's introduction.

 (99172)

50  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of introducing (a) low tranche (below 25 per cent.) shared ownership schemes and (b) lower tranche (below 75 per cent.) Homebuy schemes.

 (99176)

51  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when each of the new regional housing boards will first meet; and how often they will be expected to meet each year.

 (99167)

52  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities about establishing the relative priority of tenants they nominate to the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme.

 (99164)

53  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which local authorities place restrictions on the numbers of tenants they will nominate to the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme each year.

 (99163)

54  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to require the Housing Corporation to (a) set benchmark rents for shared ownership properties and (b) monitor the performance of registered social landlords against these.

 (99178)

55  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many cash incentive scheme grants were made by each local authority in London in 2001-02; and what the total value was of these grants in each case.

 (99171)

56  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the arrangements will be for the new regional housing boards to consult with interested parties.

 (99168)

57  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the proportion of registered social landlords who set rents for shared ownership properties in the range of 3 to 3.5 per cent. of equity.

 (99177)

58  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many units of affordable housing (a) for rent and (b) for sale were built from funding generated by recycled capital grant in each year since 1997.

 (99174)

59  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to issue further guidance to the new regional housing boards (a) collectively and (b) individually.

 (99169)

60  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which organisations and individuals have been invited to sit on each of the new regional housing boards.

 (99166)

61  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what figures his Department has collated on the number of tenants whose application to be considered for the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme has been refused by their local authority on the grounds of (a) their eligibility and (b) their relative priority.

 (99165)

62  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which registered social landlords participate in the seaside and country homes scheme.

 (99162)

63  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to require the Housing Corporation to promote greater transparency about the amount and uses of recycled capital grant.

 (99175)

64  Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the London Housing Board will be able to fund the construction of new affordable housing in the East, South East and South West regions for use as part of the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme.

 (99170)

65  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what benefits will be received by (a) persons and (b) local authorities in areas covered by the Starter Homes Initiatives; and what criteria determines which (i) authorities and (ii) areas are chosen for that initiative.

 (99310)

66  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will publish (a) the house price and (b) income data underlying the South East: Housing Affordability 2001 map in his document Sustainable Communities in the South East; if he will provide a breakdown of income data for each district or unitary authority; and what the ratio of lower quartile house prices to lower quartile income is in each local authority area in the South East.

 (99309)

67  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will arrange for a Minister from his Department to attend the National Union of Teachers' annual conference this Easter.

 (99157)

68  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what studies he has carried out into the shortage of IT staff in higher education since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

 (98693)

69  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will set out the training given for the teaching of IT skills in the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (a) for IT specialists and (b) for general certificates.

 (98695)

70  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the Government's policy is on the provision of disabled people's IT needs; and if he will make a statement.

 (98697)

71  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many IT teaching posts in higher education were unfilled in each year since 1997.

 (98694)

72  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, why IT is no longer part of the core curriculum; and if he will make a statement.

 (98696)

73  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of students in each local education authority (a) contributed and (b) partly contributed to fees in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) 2001-02; and what his estimate is for the current academic year.

 (99141)

74  
N  
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 4th February, Official Report, column 188W, what benefits were envisaged when the tender process was undertaken; whether this benefit was lost by its discontinuance; whether the cessation of the tender was in accordance with EC regulations covering these matters; how many suppliers were short-listed; how many of these were unable to accept the terms and conditions and if he will name them; how many were able to accept the terms and conditions and if he will name them; what principal reason was given for being unable to meet the terms and conditions; whether issues relating to patents were cited; whether the short-listed suppliers were informed of the reasons for the discontinuance; and what ratification procedure will be used to assess applications from schools.

 (99110)

75  
N  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the closing date was for accepting errors on form TPP-S for rectification.

 (98681)

76  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list those bathing waters where bathing water meets the EU mandatory standards, but do not meet the advisory guidelines.

 (99253)

77  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her department is taking to encourage industry to move towards the use of degradable plastic bags.

 (99245)

78  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when proposed new recycling plants related to the recycling of refrigerators will come online; and what their capacity will be, broken down by region.

 (99229)

79  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been levied in fines by the Environment Agency against (a) companies, (b) local authorities and (c) individuals with regard to incidences of pollution, broken down by type of pollution incidence (i) in total, (ii) in each region and (iii) per fine in each year since 1995.

 (99239)

80  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on the purchase for departmental use, of fair trade products.

 (99241)

81  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what changes have taken place or are planned related to tracing the sources of diffuse pollution.

 (99251)

82  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much water was supplied by water companies to consumers in the last year for which figures are available; what this represents per household; and what percentage of tap water supplied is estimated to be used for drinking purposes.

 (99275)

83  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many legal actions have been begun against (a) water companies and (b) other companies in respect of discharges of endocrine disrupting chemicals in each year since 1992; how many in each case resulted in successful prosecutions; and what fines were levied as a result.

 (99280)

84  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the environmental impact of (a) fat, (b) oils, (c) fuel and (d) other pollutants being poured into drainage and sewerage systems.

 (99273)

85  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) streams and (b) rivers with high microbial loading in each year since 1997; and where each is located.

 (99252)

86  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the total (a) energy, (b) resource use, (c) volume of waste and (d) water use; from (i) a real nappy and (ii) a disposable nappy; and if she will make an assessment of their overall relative environmental impacts.

 (99246)

87  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many big cats she estimates are present in the wild in the UK.

 (99219)

88  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many abandoned vehicles there were in the UK in each year since 1992; and how many are projected for the next five years (a) in total and (b) in each region.

 (99226)

89  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) homes and (b) businesses are fitted with water saving devices, with particular reference to (i) hippos and (ii) cistern and flush controls.

 (99277)

90  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many sightings there have been since June 2001 purporting to be of big cats, broken down by county; what steps have been taken to investigate these; and on how many occasions it has been concluded that a big cat probably was present.

 (99220)

91  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her estimate is of the percentage of (a) plastic and (b) glass bottles which have contained mineral water which have been recycled in each year since 1992.

 (99274)

92  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what incidences of (a) water and (b) air pollution resulting from businesses which use perchloroethylene in their day to day operations there have been in each year since 1997; and how many led to (i) fines and (ii) prosecutions, including the amount of fines levied.

 (99268)

93  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many refrigerators and freezers are being stored by each local authority pending disposal or recycling.

 (99230)

94  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for the environment of adding fluoride to drinking water.

 (99203)

95  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of significant non-water industrial discharges to rivers were reviewed in 2002 by the Environment Agency, broken down by region; and if she will make a statement.

 (99204)

96  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many tyres were (a) purchased, (b) reused and (c) disposed of by (i) landfill, (ii) incineration, (iii) illegal flytipping and (iv) other means in each year since 1992.

 (99271)

97  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) individuals and (b) businesses have been successfully prosecuted for incidences of flytipping in each year since 1992; and what fines have been levied as a result.

 (99270)

98  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the environmental impact of (a) retread and (b) new tyres, using a life-cycle analysis approach.

 (99235)

99  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on recent discussions her Department has had with the retread tyre industry.

 (99236)

100  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the total water use in each region that was supplied from (a) watercourses, (b) aquifers, (c) reservoirs and (d) other sources in (i) 1974, (ii) 1984, (iii) 1994 and (iv) 2002; and what her estimate is for (A) 2012 and (B) 2022.

 (99242)

101  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made or is planned of the effectiveness of fines levied by the Environment Agency on polluters in preventing (a) further incidences of pollution by the polluters and (b) incidences of pollution from others who have not previously polluted; what changes are planned; and if she will make a statement.

 (99240)

102  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the industries and activities which have moved (a) from a Part B process to a Part A process and (b) from a Part A to a Part B process, under the IPPC Regulations since the Climate Change Levy was introduced, providing reasons for changes which have taken place.

 (99237)

103  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many disposable nappies she estimates were (a) used and (b) disposed of by (i) landfill, (ii) incineration and (iii) other means in the last year for which figures are available.

 (99247)

104  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will update Tables 5.1 to Table 5.5 from the Departmental Annual Report.

 (99262)

105  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much water was used by (a) domestic, (b) business and (c) industry sectors, in each year since 1992; and what the total water use was in each of these years.

 (99276)

106  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the potential health impact on employees of industries and businesses, with specific reference to dry cleaners, resulting from the use of perchloroethylene in day to day operations.

 (99267)

107  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many recorded incidents of pollution caused by leaking sewerage pipes there have been, broken down by statutory undertaker in each year since 1992.

 (99272)

108  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her projection is for UK carbon dioxide emissions in each year from 2003 to 2020, (a) based on Kyoto criteria and (b) including international air travel.

 (99200)

109  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many offences related to environmental damage and disruption have been decriminalised since 1997.

 (99279)

110  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many incidences (a) have been recorded and (b) have resulted in fines and prosecutions relating to releases of oil from refineries caused by flushing processes in each year since 1997; how much each fine was; and what the estimated cost was of clearing up such incidences.

 (99278)

111  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many mobile recycling plants there are in operation in the UK; and what their total weekly capacity is, broken down by region.

 (99227)

112  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total volume of (a) domestic, (b) commercial and (c) other waste was in each region in each year since 2000 and projected to 2005, broken down by the proportion of waste (i) sent to landfill, (ii) incinerated and (iii) disposed of by other means.

 (99234)

113  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimated total volume of waste she estimates was illegally flytipped in each year since 1992, broken down by the nature of this waste.

 (99269)

114  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the length of time needed to clear the backlog of refrigerators and freezers stored by local authorities in each region, assuming a continual arrival of more such appliances at the current flow.

 (99228)

115  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the potential role of degradable plastic bags in improving environmental protection.

 (99266)

116  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her estimate is of the number of households using water filter devices for providing drinking water in the UK in each year since 1992.

 (99231)

117  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what levels of endocrine-disrupting chemicals are deemed to be safe (a) at point of emission and (b) within water courses under (i) UK, (ii) EU and (iii) International law; how many watercourses there are where the level of endocrine disrupting chemicals exceeded levels deemed safe in the last year for which figures are available; and where they are located.

 (99238)

118  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the occasions since June 2001 when the Government has received representations from the US authorities in favour of (a) allowing GM crops to be planted in the UK and (b) encouraging the consumption of GM food.

 (99207)

119  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support has been given or is planned to be given to local authorities to assist towards obtaining carbon neutral status.

 (99265)

120  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on the mandatory substitution of industrial chemicals that are intrinsically hazardous with those that are intrinsically less hazardous; and if she will seek to ensure that the new legislation on chemicals policy being drafted by the EU will determine that the existence of a practical and safer alternative will be sufficient grounds to refuse an authorisation to produce a chemical that has intrinsically hazardous properties.

 (99218)

121  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many abandoned cars each local authority in England and Wales stated they had removed in their submissions to the most recent Municipal Waste Survey.

 (99225)

122  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average monthly cost to consumers is of (a) water services and (b) sewerage services in each region (i) in total and (ii) broken down by those who are (A) metered and (B) unmetered.

 (99243)

123  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of (a) how many disposable nappies would be used if all those who used real nappies were to switch to the use of disposable nappies and (b) the overall environmental impact of such a change.

 (99248)

124  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) percentage and (b) gross volume of water intended for drinking purposes was tested for (i) mineral content and (ii) chemical content in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by water company supplier.

 (99244)

125  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many incidences of diffuse pollution have been recorded in each year since 1997; and how many resulted in (a) prosecutions and (b) fines.

 (99250)

126  Lembit O­pik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many confirmed incidents of bovine tuberculosis were identified in the parliamentary constituencies of (a) Montgomeryshire and (b) Brecon and Radnorshire, in each quarter in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2002; and if she will make a statement.

 (99308)

127  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) abandoned and (b) end of life vehicles are disposed of in a sustainable manner.

 (99335)

128  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to local authorities of (a) disposing of and (b) administering schemes to dispose of abandoned vehicles was in each of the last 10 financial years.

 (99336)

129  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received regarding the civil war in Sudan, with specific reference to the bombing campaign of the Sudanese Government in Southern Sudan; and if he will place a copy of these reports in the Library.

 (99305)

130  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer to the right honourable Member for Wells of 7th February, Official Report, column 479, on the Convention on the Future of Europe, what plans he has to submit the draft constitutional treaty to Parliament before it is discussed at the inter-governmental conference; whether it is his policy that Parliament will have a chance to vote on the draft treaty (a) before and (b) after the inter-governmental conference; and whether the draft constitution will be put to a referendum of the British people.

 (99341)

131  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the government of China following the execution of Lobsang Dhondup.

 (99359)

132  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures his Department is taking to prevent violence between forces of the government of Cote d'Ivoire and Liberian refugees.

 (99295)

133  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the HIV/AIDS infection rate is in the United Kingdom.

 (99156)

134  
N  
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of agencies involved in international recruitment of health professionals; and how many have not signed the code of practice.

 (98917)

135  
N  
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether agencies which have not signed the code of practice on international nurses have been contracted by the Department.

 (98916)

136  
N  
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place to ensure that NHS trusts (a) are aware of the code of practice on international nurses and (b) have received a copy of the Department's list of agencies operating under the terms of the code; and what steps are taken to ensure that trusts use only agencies from the list when recruiting nurses from overseas.

 (98915)

137  
N  
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place to ensure that NHS trusts are aware of agencies which do not comply with the code of practice on international nurses, and whether NHS trusts are prevented under legislation from entering into contracts with agencies which (a) have not signed the code of practice and (b) recruit nurses from developing countries.

 (98914)

138  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of doctors in accident and emergency departments are junior doctors.

 (99316)

139  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the findings of the exceptional tracking exercise on the additional investment in cancer services will be published (a) in full and (b) on his Department's website.

 (99313)

140  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will use the findings of the exceptional tracking exercise on the additional investment in cancer services to inform its work to improve the patient's experience of cancer, as an NHS Cancer Plan priority.

 (99314)

141  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will contact (a) patient stakeholder groups and (b) their representative organisations to inform them of the publication of the findings of the exceptional tracking exercise on the additional investment in cancer services.

 (99312)

142  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what stocks of antibiotics have been made available for the treatment of infected populations in the event of a biological attack.

 (99352)

143  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information, preparation and guidance have been provided to tertiary centres on infectious and communicable diseases in the event of a biological attack.

 (99351)

144  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of stroke patients were treated in a stroke unit for the minimum effective time in the last three months.

 (99318)

145  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish the findings of its exceptional tracking exercise on the additional investment in cancer services.

 (99311)

146  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to make public information on the ingredients and additives in tobacco products, their purpose and their effects gathered under the Manufacture, Presentation and Sale of Tobacco Products Directive (2001/37/EC).

 (99282)

147  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with other member states of the European Union about establishing a tobacco regulatory authority.

 (99283)

148  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines there are for testing patients for Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency.

 (99139)

149  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are being treated for Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency in the UK.

 (99138)

150  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the most common symptoms of Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency are amongst patients in the UK.

 (99140)

151  
N  
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 12th February to question ref 93640, if he will break down the posts by grade, indicating whether they are (a) clinical and (b) managerial.

 (99137)

152  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the immunisation rates were for MMR in each of the last five years.

 (99184)

153  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the immunisation rates were for MMR in each of the last five years for Tunbridge Wells and West Kent.

 (99180)

154  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children under six have been removed from (a) GP lists and (b) primary care trusts in each year since 1998; and what the reasons were for the removal.

 (99182)

155  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children under six are receiving only immediate and necessary treatment from GPs or primary care trusts.

 (99181)

156  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individual GP practices and primary care trusts (a) have been and (b) are being investigated by the NHS Counter Fraud Department for removing from their lists children not immunised against MMR.

 (99183)

157  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he has taken to prevent GP practices removing children not immunised against MMR from their practice list.

 (99179)

158  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) medical consultant and (b) nursing specialist posts specifically concerned with the treatment of epilepsy there are in the United Kingdom.

 (99338)

159  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what further plans he has for regulating laser eye surgery.

 (99329)

160  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd February, Official Report, column 100W, on abortions, if he will provide a breakdown of the figures by age of mother; and how many of the abortions in the Answer were undertaken in private clinics in (a) Hampshire and (b) the Isle of Wight.

 (99332)

161  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 10th February, Official Report, column 535W on permits, if he will break down the figures for 1996 to 2001 by applications granted (a) in country and (b) in the UK; and whether the dates referred to are calendar years.

 (99115)

162  
N  
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to make available to the public an information booklet for emergency planning in the event of a terrorist attack; and if he will make a statement.

 (99112)

163  
N  
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from (a) banks and (b) retailers on conversion to microchip and PIN technology for point of sale payment transactions.

 (99113)

164  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 5th February, Official Report, column 328W, in what circumstances drug treatment and testing orders are revoked; what is deemed as failure to comply by a participant; and if he will undertake a review of DTTOs.

 (99284)

165  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) other bodies are working (i) full-time and (ii) part-time in connection with the removal of rejected asylum seekers from the UK.

 (98647)

166  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will conduct a review of persons granted (a) exceptional leave to remain and (b) indefinite leave to remain in the last five years; if he will assess whether any such persons have breached the conditions of their leave as part of the review; and if he will make a statement.

 (98644)

167  John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the reciprocity in work permit arrangements between the Isle of Man and the UK.

 (99281)

168  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been served by each local authority in the UK.

 (99328)

169  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that police authorities deal with the disposal of abandoned vehicles in a cost-effective manner.

 (99327)

170  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he gives to police authorities to assist in the co-ordination of efforts to (a) identify and (b) dispose of abandoned vehicles.

 (99326)

171  Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when a decision will be made on the case of Xhevat Murtezi, of Westcliff on Sea, ref M1010576 and ML/LAB 19953.

 (99144)

172  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the honourable Member will receive a reply to his letters of 2nd December 2002 and 8th January, ref 3LBR/A076411.

 (98692)

173  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what extra resources the Home Office will provide for Hampshire Constabulary for the policing of the Daedalus site at Lee-on-the-Solent in the event of the possible residential unit for young male asylum seekers being approved.

 (99015)

174  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department was made aware that the Daedalus site at Lee-on-the-Solent might be available for Home Office purposes.

 (99014)

175  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on the purchase, for departmental use, of fair trade products

 (99223)

176  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports she has received regarding the civil war in Sudan, with specific reference to the bombing campaign of the Sudanese Government in Southern Sudan; and if she will place a copy of these reports in the Library.

 (99306)

177  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action her Department is taking to support Fairtrade Fortnight.

 (99360)

178  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action her Department is taking to increase the participation of civil society in poverty reduction strategies.

 (99340)

179  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial resources her Department has allocated for aid for Liberians in refugee camps on the Liberian—Cote d'Ivoire border.

 (99294)

180  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action her Department has taken in response to the meningitis epidemic in (a) the Nigerian state of Zangara and (b) Burkina Faso.

 (99348)

181  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation on the borders of Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire; and if she will make a statement.

 (99297)

182  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial resources have been (a) allocated and (b) transferred for the provision of (i) shelter, (ii) food and (iii) water for Liberian refugees in the Cote d'Ivoire.

 (99298)

183  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the estimated number of vaccinations required by the World Health Organisation is; and how many vaccines have so far been (a) delivered and (b) administered in each month since January 2001.

 (99347)

184  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action her Department has taken in response to the recent suspected outbreak of ebola virus in (a) the Congo and (b) Gabon.

 (99296)

185  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's Contingency Reserve was (a) in pounds sterling and (b) as a percentage of the annual DFID budget for each year from May 1997.

 (99315)

186  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what percentage salary increase was awarded to the staff of the Legal Services Commission, broken down by grade, in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02.

 (98645)

187  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to her Answer of 16th December 2002, Official Report, column 644W, concerning Bow Street Magistrates Court and night sittings, when she expects to be able to write to the honourable Member for Woking.

 (98648)

188  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many persons during the last 12 months for which figures are available have been prosecuted for travelling to the UK on false documentation; how many were legally represented; how many raised the defence under section 31 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 that they wished to claim asylum; how many were convicted; and how many were sentenced to imprisonment of (a) less than six months and (b) more than six months.

 (98646)

189  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what energy efficiency grants are available to agricultural projects in Northern Ireland for (a) farmers and (b) processors.

 (99322)

190  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) arrests and (b) prosecutions there were as a result of insurance claim fraud investigations in Northern Ireland over the last three years.

 (99323)

191  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which areas of special scientific interest in Northern Ireland are recognised by the European Union.

 (99354)

192  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will establish an independent review of the effect upon business in Northern Ireland of recent increases in insurance premiums.

 (99321)

193  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the report by Professor Gardiner on the practical issues of implementation of the Burns Report, commissioned by the Educational Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly, will be published.

 (99339)

194  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the impact of increased insurance premiums on Northern Ireland's small and medium businesses.

 (99320)

195  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) setting-up costs and (b) estimated running costs for the proposed Northern Ireland Health Improvement Authority are.

 (99307)

196  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which special schools in Northern Ireland have a hydro-pool; and if his Office will contribute funds towards the provision of a hydro-pool at each new special school to be built in Northern Ireland.

 (99350)

197  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the Security Co-ordinating Committee at its meeting on 30th January endorsed the changed arrangements in relation to checkpoint 11 and checkpoint 3 at Belfast International Airport; and if he will make a statement.

 (99118)

198  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will reply to the questions tabled on 27th January by the honourable Member for Thurrock, refs 94450 and 94503; and what the causes are of the delay in replying.

 (99116)

199  
N  
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is the distance in a straight line between (a) checkpoint 11 and checkpoint 3 and (b) Checkpoint 3 and the Airport cargo apron at Belfast International Airport.

 (99119)

200  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many representations he has received on the Office of Fair Trading report on The Control of Entry Regulations and Retail Pharmacy Services in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

 (99303)

201  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations he has received from his policy directorate concerned with consumer affairs on the implications for community-based pharmacists in Northern Ireland, the publication of the Office of Fair Trading report on The Control of Entry of Regulations and Retail Pharmacy Services in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

 (99349)

202  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are registered in Northern Ireland to provide independent financial advice; how many companies provide independent financial advice in Northern Ireland; how many people are employed in the independent financial advice sector in Northern Ireland; how many companies provide financial advice in Northern Ireland; and how many employees work in the financial advice sector in Northern Ireland.

 (99324)

203  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many claims were made by independent financial advisors in Northern Ireland on their professional indemnity insurance in each of the last five years; and how much money was paid out as a result of claims made by independent financial advisors in Northern Ireland on their professional indemnity insurance in each of the last five years.

 (99325)

204  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has plans to make Beta Interferon more widely available in Northern Ireland for treatment of multiple sclerosis.

 (99317)

205  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has made representations to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the recent report by the Office of Fair Trading on The Control of Entry Regulations and Retail Pharmacy Services in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

 (99302)

206  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the impact on the recommendations in Investing for Health 2002 of the report by the Office of Fair Trading on The Control of Entry Regulations and Retail Pharmacy Services in the UK.

 (99301)

207  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will commission a study into the economic impact of the Office of Fair Trading report on The Control of Entry Regulations and Retail Pharmacy in the UK, with particular reference to the effects upon the rural economy; and if he will make a statement.

 (99300)

208  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the operation of local health and social care groups in Northern Ireland.

 (99337)

209  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has held with the General Consumer Council (Northern Ireland) on the implications of the report by the Office of Fair Trading on The Control of Entry Regulations and Retail Pharmacy Services in the UK for a balanced and sustainable provision of state services; and if he will make a statement.

 (99299)

210  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has authorised military aid to the Civil Power in relation to the current terrorist threat to the UK.

 (98691)

211  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Solicitor General, pursuant to her Answer of 7th February, Official Report, column 468W, on the Suicide Act 1961, if she will answer with reference to section 2(4) of the Act.

 (99342)

212  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on her plans to work with Norway to make more efficient the administration of the North sea oil and gas industry.

 (99198)

213  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Interministerial Group on Fuel Poverty has to discuss the future of the Warm Front scheme; and what plans she has to discuss the future funding of the Warm Front scheme with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

 (99205)

214  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many incidences and what total volume of bottled water has been withdrawn from sale in the United Kingdom since 1992, broken down by reasons for withdrawal; and what prosecutions have resulted.

 (99216)

215  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been levied in fines by the Nuclear Inspectorate against (a) companies, (b) local authorities and (c) individuals, with regard to incidences of pollution, broken down by the type of pollution incidence (i) in total, (ii) in each region and (iii) per fine, in each year since 1995.

 (99210)

216  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her estimate is of the number of litres of bottled (a) sparkling and (b) still water consumed in the United Kingdom in each year since 1992; and what percentage was supplied in (i) plastic, (ii) glass and (iii) other materials.

 (99291)

217  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment has been made or is planned of the effectiveness of fines levied by the Nuclear Inspectorate on polluters preventing (a) further incidences of pollution by the polluters and (b) incidences of pollution from others who have not previously polluted; what changes are planned; and if she will make a statement.

 (99211)

218  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent checks have been carried out on bottled water to determine levels of (a) pesticides, (b) nitrates and (c) endocrine disrupting chemicals; and if she will make a statement.

 (99215)

219  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) complaints, (b) court actions and (c) fines against industry for problems related to (i) odours, (ii) water pollution, (iii) air pollution and (iv) human health impact (A) in total, (B) in each region and (C) per site there have been in each year since 1995.

 (99213)

220  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) complaints, (b) court actions and (c) fines against the nuclear industry for problems related to (i) odours, (ii) water pollution, (iii) air pollution and (iv) human health impact, (A) in total, (B) in each region and (C) per site there have been in each year since 1995.

 (99212)

221  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her policy is on the purchase, for departmental use, of fair trade products.

 (99290)

222  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what level of subsidies for solar power equipment are available.

 (99233)

223  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to facilitate imports from Norway of renewable electricity generated by hydro-power.

 (99199)

224  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her estimate is of the number of litres of chilled water cooler water supplied to homes and businesses in the United Kingdom each year since 1992; and what proportion of this water is classified as mineral water.

 (99292)

225  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to phase out the use of perchloroethylene by businesses and industries, with particular reference to dry cleaners.

 (99209)

226  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 30th January, Official Report, column 984W, on renewable energy exporters, if she will provide a breakdown of the renewable energy technologies represented by the three applications for support under the renewable energy initiative of the ECGD.

 (99333)

227  Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will introduce a levy on employers who permit smoking in the workplace.

 (99330)

228  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the controlled goods which have been granted export licences for use in Algeria for each month since September 2001.

 (99145)

229  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy to allow anticipated increased demand for air travel to be met.

 (99201)

230  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cumulative litre miles undertaken to transport bottled water to point of sale for the last year for which figures are available, broken down by mode of transport.

 (99255)

231  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many stretch limousines have been registered for use on British roads in each year since 1992; and if he will estimate the average distance travelled by each of these vehicles in each of these years.

 (99224)

232  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information he has collected about cancellations of rail services by First North Western Trains during the past twelve months.

 (99353)

233  
N  
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Appeals Service for Social Security, Child Support and Vaccine Damage, with particular reference to the case of Mr Douglas Cowan, a constituent.

 (99117)

234  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made or is planned of the effectiveness of fines levied by the Health and Safety Executive on polluters in preventing (a) further incidences of pollution by the polluters and (b) incidences of pollution from others who have not previously polluted; what changes are planned; and if he will make a statement.

 (99259)

235  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been levied in fines by the Health and Safety Executive against (a) companies, (b) local authorities and (c) individuals with regard to incidences of pollution broken down by the type of pollution incidence, (i) in total, (ii) in each region and (iii) per fine in each year since 1995.

 (99258)

236  
N  
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of targeted audits carried out by medical services have been categorised as grade C.

 (98423)

237  
N  
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many targeted audits have been carried out on medical service reports in the last five years.

 (98424)

238  
N  
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to reform the assessment procedures of targeted audits on medical assessments of claimants by Medical Services; and if he will make a statement.

 (98425)

239  
N  
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individual cases of benefit have been written off in the last five years; and what their financial value was.

 (98426)

240  
N  
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance he has issued to officials regarding (a) family birthday and (b) Christmas expenditure when calculating normal household expenditure for the purpose of assessing ability to repay overpayment of benefit.

 (98557)

241  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of those retiring in each year since 1990 have retired with both the basic state pension and SERPS.

 (99154)

242  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average contribution of SERPS per recipient as an addition to the basic state pension has been in each year since 1990.

 (99153)

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

 (99334)

244  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance the Health and Safety Executive gives on the handling of asbestos products; what tests have been carried out for the purposes of the guidance to establish the fibre levels released by such products; who carried out the tests; and on what dates.

 (98682)

245  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is the Government's policy that asbestos should be removed only as a last resort; what assessment he has made of whether the availability of 150 per cent. tax relief on the removal of asbestos has led to asbestos being removed unnecessarily; and if he will make a statement.

 (98686)

246  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training in the science of asbestos is given to health and safety inspectors (a) generally and (b) for the purposes of enforcing the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002; by whom such training is given; and if he will make a statement.

 (98684)

247  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many responses were received to the consultation that took place prior to the making of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002; how many of the responses objected to the making of the regulations in the form in which they were made; what reasons were given for the objections; and if he will place the responses in the Library.

 (98683)

248  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) instructions and (b) guidance is given to health and safety inspectors on the action they should take if they discover that asbestos removal contractors have acted improperly in determining that work should be undertaken to remove asbestos; and if he will make a statement.

 (98685)

249  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the effects on workers of passive smoking in the workplace.

 (99358)


250  
N  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action his Department is taking to promote political stability in Venezuela.

 [Question Unstarred]   (98781)

251  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the prospects for a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

 [Question Unstarred]   (98798)

252  
N  
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what studies his Department has assessed of the possible effect on the (a) industry and (b) economy of Gibraltar if the UK were to enter the eurozone.

 [Transferred]   (98913)

253  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimated take-up of the minimum income guarantee in 2002-03 is; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (99148)

254  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the numbers of people eligible for minimum income guarantee in 2002-03.

 [Transferred]   (99149)

255  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimated cost is of the minimum income guarantee in 2002-03.

 [Transferred]   (99150)

256  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost was of (a) means-tested benefit paid to pensioners and (b) council tax relief and housing benefit paid to pensioners in 2001-02.

 [Transferred]   (99151)

257  Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost was of the fuel allowance in 2001-02.

 [Transferred]   (99152)

258  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to make social and environmental reporting mandatory for medium and large companies.

 [Transferred]   (99263)

259  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been carried out into the impact of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on human health.

 [Transferred]   (99254)

260  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the environmental impact, with particular reference to (a) emissions and (b) fuel consumption of (i) a stretch limousine and (ii) other types of road vehicle.

 [Transferred]   (99249)

261  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what requirement is placed or is planned to be placed upon pension fund trustees who state that account is taken of the social, ethical and environmental issues to report to members on performance and outcome.

 [Transferred]   (99264)

262  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer which quarries in Northern Ireland are paying aggregate tax, broken down by constituency.

 [Transferred]   (99331)

263  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the incidences under which the UK has received (a) letters of formal notice and (b) reasoned opinions for (i) failing to fulfil obligations under EU directives and (ii) failing to comply with court orders since 1992; and which remain outstanding.

 [Transferred]   (99217)

264  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research has been conducted into the impact upon (a) indoor air quality and (b) human health of the use of air fresheners; what advice has been given to the public relating to their use; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (99214)

265  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to ensure that abandoned vehicles are appropriately dismantled and recycled.

 [Transferred]   (99357)

266  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to co-ordinate the collection and disposal of abandoned vehicles.

 [Transferred]   (99355)

267  Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average cost is of disposing of abandoned vehicles, including the costs of administration.

 [Transferred]   (99356)



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