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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 26 February 2003

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 26 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 26th FEBRUARY

1  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which company is running the HAZMOD Intranet (HI) project; how much has been spent on the project; when the project will go live; and if he will make a statement.

 (99381)

2  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Service Delivery Agreement for the Central Office of Information; and if he will make a statement.

 (99391)

3  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many named day written questions were tabled to the Department between 15th October 2002 and 24th February 2003; how many that received a holding answer were given a substantive answer (a) within three days, (b) within seven days, (c) within 14 days, (d) within 28 days and (e) over 28 days later; and what procedures the Department has in place to monitor performance on answering (i) Parliamentary Questions and (ii) ministerial letters.

 (99426)

4  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what reports he has received on (a) the policy of insurance companies regarding people who have recovered from cancer and who are seeking life insurance and (b) the impact of such policies on securing a mortgage.

 (99343)

5  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria Ministers in his Department use when determining whether to offer hospitality in restaurants to interest groups at public expense; and if he will make a statement.

 (99586)

6  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's hospitality budget (a) is in 2002-03 and (b) was in each of the last three years; and how much was left unspent at the end of each financial year.

 (99511)

7  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what hospitality has been offered at public expense in the last 12 months, by each Minister in his Department to outside interest groups, broken down by (a) restaurant, (b) recipient and (c) cost in each case.

 (99587)

8  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how often Ministers in his Department have received hospitality in restaurants from outside groups in the last 12 months.

 (99510)

9  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department completed its diagnostic review for compliance with the Government's Code of Practice for Age Diversity in Employment; and what changes his Department plans to make following the review.

 (99422)

10  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his forecasts are for the Government's (a) budget deficit and (b) PSBR, (i) in absolute terms and (ii) as a proportion of GDP, for the next five financial years; whether these will be compliant with the terms and conditions of euro membership and the stability pact; and if he will make a statement.

 (99600)

11  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions on the Single European Currency there have been during meetings between Government officials and representatives of the Isle of Man.

 (99753)

12  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the component costs were of each tax credit which contributes to the 2003-04 tax credit lines of (a) table B12 of page 197, (b) table B17 of page 205 and (c) table B9 of page 193 of the November 2002 Pre-Budget Report (Cm 5664); and if he will make a statement.

 (99394)

13  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individual taxpayers who file self-assessment tax returns have registered for the Inland Revenue service for filing tax returns on the internet in each month since the service became available; how many have used the system to submit returns; and if he will make a statement.

 (99392)

14  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many named day written questions were tabled to the Department between 15th October 2002 and 24th February 2003; how many that received a holding answer were given a substantive answer (a) within three days, (b) within seven days, (c) within 14 days, (d) within 28 days and (e) over 28 days later; and what procedures the Department has in place to monitor performance on answering (i) Parliamentary Questions and (ii) ministerial letters.

 (99436)

15  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the spending per head of population for National Lottery grants was in (a) the Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire, (c) the North West of England and (d) Wales, in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (99344)

16  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of National Lottery grants are spent in (a) the Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West of England.

 (99345)

17  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's hospitality budget (a) is in 2002-03 and (b) was in each of the last three years; and how much was left unspent at the end of each financial year.

 (99585)

18  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria Ministers in her Department use when determining whether to offer hospitality in restaurants to interest groups at public expense; and if she will make a statement.

 (99508)

19  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what hospitality has been offered at public expense in the last 12 months, by each Minister in her Department to outside interest groups, broken down by (a) restaurant, (b) recipient and (c) cost in each case.

 (99509)

20  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how often Ministers in her Department have received hospitality in restaurants from outside groups in the last 12 months.

 (99584)

21  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when her Department completed its diagnostic review for compliance with the Government's Code of Practice for Age Diversity in Employment; and what changes her Department plans to make following the review.

 (99423)

22  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received on the impact on employment in regional newspapers of the provisions of the Communications Bill.

 (99656)

23  Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received regarding the decision by the British Horseracing Board to alter the charges levied on bookmakers relating to receiving pre-race data; and if she will make a statement.

 (99548)

24  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people are employed (a) part-time and (b) full-time in the British tourism industry.

 (99680)

25  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many visitors made visits to British tourist attractions in 2002.

 (99684)

26  Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of expenditure on domestic tourism in 2002.

 (99681)

27  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many named day written questions were tabled to the Department between 15th October 2002 and 24th February 2003; how many that received a holding answer were given a substantive answer (a) within three days, (b) within seven days, (c) within 14 days, (d) within 28 days and (e) over 28 days later; and what procedures the Department has in place to monitor performance on answering (i) Parliamentary Questions and (ii) ministerial letters.

 (99435)

28  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what inoculations are being offered to members of the British armed forces for the purposes of health protection prior to potential conflict in the Gulf.

 (99677)

29  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what inoculations were given to members of the British armed forces (a) prior to and (b) during the Gulf War for the purposes of health protection during the conflict.

 (99676)

30  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how often Ministers in his Department have received hospitality in restaurants from outside groups in the last 12 months.

 (99576)

31  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what hospitality has been offered at public expense in the last 12 months, by each Minister in his Department to outside interest groups, broken down to (a) restaurant, (b) recipient and (c) cost in each case.

 (99501)

32  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's hospitality budget (a) is in 2002-03 and (b) was in each of the last three years; and how much was left unspent at the end of each financial year.

 (99577)

33  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria Ministers in his Department use when determining whether to offer hospitality in restaurants to interest groups at public expense; and if he will make a statement.

 (99500)

34  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the HMS Montrose refit will be complete; how much it will cost; whether it is on budget; what the target date is for completion; when the ship will be ready for service; and if he will make a statement.

 (99547)

35  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department completed its diagnostic review for compliance with the Government's Code of Practice for Age Diversity in Employment; and what changes his Department plans to make following the review.

 (99420)

36  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the £200 million to be received from the first stage of the PPP involving QinetiQ is net of the estimated £80 million restructuring costs; how much more he estimates the MoD will receive from the sale of QinetiQ (a) as a gross figure and (b) net of costs; whether the £80 million costs incurred is an increase on his Department's initial estimate for the PPP; and if he will make a statement.

 (99598)

37  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated total cost to the UK for its share of the Meteor programme is; what the total estimated cost was in (a) May 2002 and (b) December 2002; how many Meteor missiles will be procured by his Department; and how many missiles were on order in (i) May 2002 and (ii) December 2002.

 (99601)

38  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the most recent pro forma accounts for QinetiQ.

 (99603)

39  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the written Ministerial statement of 8th January, Official Report, columns 158-96W, on Meteor, when month 1 of the programme will be.

 (99604)

40  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated market value of QinetiQ is; and what the value of the company was on 1st July 2001.

 (99602)

41  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 15th January, Official Report, column 687W, on QinetiQ, when he expects his Department to receive payment of the £100 million outstanding.

 (99599)

42  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to withdraw British troops from military action where an ally uses (a) biological and (b) chemical weapons.

 (99669)

43  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the USA about their obligations under the Non Proliferation Treaty to (a) limit the spread of nuclear weapons and (b) actively move towards the elimination of US nuclear weapons.

 (99672)

44  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to withdraw British troops from military action where an ally uses nuclear weapons.

 (99670)

45  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to fulfil its obligations under the Non Proliferation Treaty (a) to limit the spread of nuclear weapons and (b) to move actively towards the elimination of UK nuclear weapons.

 (99671)

46  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) UK military personnel and (b) military personnel of other nationalities have died in military operations in Iraq since 1990; and if he will make statement.

 (99605)

47  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the 20 largest external providers of services to the Ministry of Defence, together with their turnover with the Ministry of Defence, in the latest available full year.

 (99527)

48  Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will issue joint guidance with the Home Department on managing unauthorised camping by gypsies and other travellers; and if he will make a statement.

 (99494)

49  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many named day written questions were tabled to the Department between 15th October 2002 and 24th February 2003; how many that received a holding answer were given a substantive answer (a) within three days, (b) within seven days, (c) within 14 days, (d) within 28 days and (e) over 28 days later; and what procedures the Department has in place to monitor performance on answering (i) Parliamentary Questions and (ii) ministerial letters.

 (99429)

50  Matthew Green (Ludlow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list area based initiatives operating in the South West Region, and the (a) annual budget and (b) regional budget for each in each year since 2000.

 (99400)

51  Matthew Green (Ludlow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many employees of New Deal for Communities projects (a) have been made redundant and (b) had a contract terminated early in each of the last five years.

 (99399)

52  Matthew Green (Ludlow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many properties have been compulsorily purchased by (a) housing action trusts, (b) English Partnerships, (c) regional development agencies and (d) the Housing Corporation in each year since 1999.

 (99401)

53  Matthew Green (Ludlow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the payments to be made by the public works loans commissioners for overhanging debt in each of the next five years.

 (99398)

54  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which Fire Brigades have introduced an integrated personal development system with the agreement of the FBU (a) as a pilot scheme and (b) in full.

 (99655)

55  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Standards of Fire Cover were last reviewed.

 (99634)

56  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what is the minimum number of fire fighters recommended to attend a domestic dwelling in order to meet the requirements of (a) breathing apparatus procedures, (b) safe working systems and (c) command and central procedures; and what records does his Department hold on the extent to which these criteria are met in each Brigade area.

 (99631)

57  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will initiate a national attendance standard relating to speed response and weight attack for each Fire Brigade.

 (99610)

58  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what figure for the percentage increase in fire service productivity over the past 10 years was submitted to the Bain Inquiry by the Fire Service employers.

 (99632)

59  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment has been made of the additional (a) resources and (b) personnel each fire brigade would require as a result of the Save Life methodology set out in the Review of Standards Emergency Cover; and if he will make a statement.

 (99633)

60  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the value of housing capital receipts not recycled into capital housing spend was in each of the last five years in each (a) borough and (b) district council in Shropshire.

 (99721)

61  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the correlation between the indicators of deprivation used by his Department to distribute local authority finance and actual levels of homelessness in each authority.

 (99733)

62  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his policy is on looked after children attending (a) private and (b) public boarding schools; and if he will make a statement.

 (99378)

63  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many named day written questions were tabled to the Department between 15th October 2002 and 24th February 2003; how many that received a holding answer were given a substantive answer (a) within three days, (b) within seven days, (c) within 14 days, (d) within 28 days and (e) over 28 days later; and what procedures the Department has in place to monitor performance on answering (i) Parliamentary Questions and (ii) ministerial letters.

 (99434)

64  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects to make a decision on the application by St James School, Colindale for consent to build an all-weather pitch on its playing fields.

 (22615)

65  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his plans are for the provision of structured and accredited work experience schemes for 14 to 16 year olds.

 (99624)

66  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students achieved A grades in modern languages at (a) GCSE and (b) 'A' level in each year since 1995; and if he will make a statement.

 (99625)

67  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer to question 97151, what his assessment is of the interrelation of the finding in Mike Tomlinson's final report into A level standards that criterion-referencing has significant implications for the design of the A level framework with proposed changes to the 14-19 curriculum, as outlined in the Excellence for All White Paper.

 (99726)

68  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many modern languages teachers qualified in each year since 1995; and if he will make a statement.

 (99626)

69  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) students enrolled on modern languages degrees and (b) young people entered higher education in each year since 1995.

 (99627)

70  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of pupils educated in the state sector attained (a) Level 5 and above and (b) Level 6 and above in Key Stage 3 Science in each year from 1999 to 2001.

 (99754)

71  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which pupils have access to the independent advice provided by the Connexions service; and if he will make a statement.

 (99630)

72  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how often Ministers in his Department have received hospitality in restaurants from outside groups in the last 12 months.

 (99596)

73  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what hospitality has been offered at public expense in the last 12 months, by each Minister in his Department to outside interest groups, broken down by (a) restaurant, (b) recipient and (c) cost in each case.

 (99521)

74  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his Department's hospitality budget (a) is in 2002-03 and (b) was in each of the last three years; and how much was left unspent at the end of each financial year.

 (99597)

75  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria Ministers in his Department use when determining whether to offer hospitality in restaurants to interest groups at public expense; and if he will make a statement.

 (99520)

76  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when his Department completed its diagnostic review for compliance with the Government's Code for Practice of Age Diversity in Employment; and what changes his Department plans to make following the review.

 (99421)

77  Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on his plans to provide more powers to welfare officers to curb truancy in schools.

 (99658)

78  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the circulars that have been sent by his Department to (a) primary school, (b) secondary schools and (c) local education authorities since 1st March 2002; and how many pages each circular contained.

 (99488)

79  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the circulars that have been sent by the Learning and Skills Council to (a) secondary schools and (b) colleges of further education since 1st March 2002; and how many pages each circular contained.

 (99486)

80  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the circulars that have been sent by (a) the Office for Standards in Education, (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and (c) the Teacher Training Authority to (i) primary schools and (ii) secondary schools since 1st February 2002.

 (99487)

81  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent communication he has had with the organisers of free fruit schemes for schools.

 (99740)

82  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to increase the take-up of free fruit schemes in British schools.

 (99739)

83  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in the United Kingdom are participating in free fruit schemes.

 (99741)

84  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 6th February, Official Report, column 357W, on demountable classrooms, whether he is now able to plan a visit to the St Andrews infant junior schools in Colchester to inspect the demountable classrooms.

 (99609)

85  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many demountable classrooms there were at primary schools in the Colchester constituency in May 1997; how many there are; and how many have been replaced with permanent accommodation since May 1997.

 (99654)

86  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many named day written questions were tabled to the Department between 15th October 2002 and 24th February 2003; how many that received a holding answer were given a substantive answer (a) within three days, (b) within seven days, (c) within 14 days, (d) within 28 days and (e) over 28 days later; and what procedures the Department has in place to monitor performance on answering (i) Parliamentary Questions and (ii) ministerial letters.

 (99433)

87  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to de-designate (a) starlings and (b) house sparrows as pests.

 (99617)

88  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to deregulate raptor protection.

 (99616)

89  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how often Ministers in her Department have received hospitality in restaurants from outside groups in the last 12 months.

 (99514)

90  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what hospitality has been offered at public expense in the last 12 months by each Minister in her Department to outside interest groups, broken down by (a) restaurants, (b) recipient and (c) cost in each case.

 (99591)

91  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's hospitality budget (a) is in 2002-03 and (b) was in each of the last three years; and how much was left unspent at the end of each financial year.

 (99515)

92  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria Ministers in her Department use when determining whether to offer hospitality in restaurants to interest groups at public expense; and if she will make a statement.

 (99590)

93  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many fishing vessels will be restricted to 15 days at sea under EC Regulation 2371/2002 in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland; and how many will be (i) whitefish vessels using mesh size over 100mm, (ii) beam trawlers using mesh size above 80mm and (iii) gill netters.

 (99396)

94  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on sales of British beef to French markets.

 (99736)

95  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 20th January, Official Report, column 559-60W, if she will publish figures available to date for the performance of local authorities against targets for waste recycling in 2002-03.

 (99361)

96  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how her Department proposes to implement the European Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings with reference to domestic properties; what guidance will be issued to private and social landlords on complying with the requirements of the directive; and what contribution the directive will make to achieving the Government's objective of ending fuel poverty by 2016.

 (99619)

97  Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent changes have been made to leasing arrangements in the provision of central heating systems through the Warm Front programme; and what provision is made for service and maintenance work to these installations.

 (99618)

98  Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many waste incinerators are planned by waste disposal authorities; what the capacity is of each incinerator planned; and what information she collates on the contractual arrangements for waste disposal.

 (99675)

99  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many named day written questions were tabled to the Department between 15th October 2002 and 24th February 2003; how many that received a holding answer were given a substantive answer (a) within three days, (b) within seven days, (c) within 14 days, (d) within 28 days and (e) over 28 days later; and what procedures the Department has in place to monitor performance on answering (i) Parliamentary Questions and (ii) ministerial letters.

 (99432)

100  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the implications of the presidential election in Cyprus for the future of the Annan plan.

 (99611)

101  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's hospitality budget (a) is in 2002-03 and (b) was in each of the last three years; and how much was left unspent at the end of each financial year.

 (99589)

102  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria Ministers in his Department use when determining whether to offer hospitality in restaurants to interest groups at public expense; and if he will make a statement.

 (99512)

103  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what hospitality has been offered at public expense in the last 12 months by each Minister in his Department to outside interest groups, broken down by (a) restaurant, (b) recipient and (c) cost in each case.

 (99513)

104  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how often Ministers in his Department have received hospitality in restaurants from outside groups in the last 12 months.

 (99588)

105  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the Government is providing to countries in Eastern Europe and the Balkans to (a) address the proliferation of small arms in their regions, (b) reduce their availability and (c) strengthen controls on their transfer.

 (99543)

106  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 13th February to the honourable Member for Nottingham, South, Official Report, column 107W, what the biochemical weapons referred to by US Defence Secretary Rumsfeld on 5th February 2003 in his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee are.

 (99673)

107  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 16th January from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Mohammad Arshad.

 (99365)

108  Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on how many estimated Iraqi civilian deaths have been directly caused by the regime of Saddam Hussein (a) prior to 1990, (b) since 1990, (c) since 1998 and (d) since November 2002; and if he will make a statement.

 (99526)

109  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his estimate is of the cost to the British Council of funding arts events abroad in 2001 to support UK creative industries; and if he will make a statement.

 (99120)

110  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the information given on page 91 of the FCO Departmental Report 2002, whether the event attended by Mr Fidel Castro, including a performance by the Manic Street Preachers, was funded by his Department through the British Council; and if he will make a statement.

 (99121)

111  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his estimate is of the net cost to his Department of (a) the London Radio Service and (b) the British Satellite News, in each year from 1996-97 to 2003-04 (planned); what the purpose is of these two services; and if he will make a statement.

 (99122)

112  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his estimate is of the cost to the British Council of the programmes (a) UK Today, (b) The Edge, (c) Beyond Babel-English on The World Stage, (d) London Fashion Week, (e) Breaking the Trade—The Abolition of Slavery in the British Empire and (f) Elizabeth II and the Commonwealth in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

 (99123)

113  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a written statement in the Official Report following each (a) ministerial meeting and (b) meeting of the Permanent Representatives of the OSCE.

 (99442)

114  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Malta regarding their referendum on EU membership.

 (99737)

115  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent communication he has had with the governments of the EU applicant countries regarding their accession to the European Union.

 (99738)

116  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made with the feasibility study into the clearance of mines from the Falkland Islands.

 (99657)

117  Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has taken to promote the Convention on the prohibition of the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines.

 (99666)

118  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the change from traditional to atypical antipsychotics drugs to treat older people in (a) care homes and (b) hospitals; what assessment he has made of possible over-medication of people using antipsychotic drugs; and if he will make a statement.

 (99380)

119  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of letter E.814/00-01, referred to in paragraph 21 of the report by the Health Service Ombudsman on NHS funding for long term care.

 (99383)

120  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people who may have been obliged to sell their homes to pay for care, following the report by the Health Service Ombudsman on NHS funding for long term care.

 (99375)

121  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how families of deceased relatives will be informed that they may be entitled to appeal against the selling of the family home to pay for NHS care, following the report by the Health Service Ombudsman on NHS funding for long term care; and if he will make a statement.

 (99384)

122  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) junk food and (b) additives in food on (i) ADD and (ii) ADHD; and if he will make a statement.

 (99679)

123  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the report by the Health Service Ombudsman on NHS funding for long term care; and if he will make a statement.

 (99387)

124  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 13th February, Official Report, column 949W, on delayed discharges, what changes were made to the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc) Bill following the responses received from the consultation.

 (99525)

125  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on (a) medical, (b) social and (c) applied research into (i) causes, (ii) treatment and (iii) management of neurological conditions in the last year for which figures are available.

 (99377)

126  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent providing (a) occupational and physiotherapy, (b) home help and (c) district nursing services in England in each of the last five years.

 (99390)

127  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 5th February, Official Report, column 317W, on the international nurses advice line, if he will set out its objectives.

 (99683)

128  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to compensate people obliged to sell their homes to pay for care for (a) emotional distress and (b) loss of value of the home; and if he will make a statement.

 (99385)

129  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure cases of the sale of homes to pay for care since 1996 will be investigated, following the report by the Health Service Ombudsman on NHS funding for long term care; and if he will make a statement.

 (99376)

130  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timescales are for the assessment of the unlawful selling of homes to pay for care for (a) strategic health authorities, (b) primary care trusts and (c) social services departments, following the report by the Health Service Ombudsman on NHS funding for long term care; and if he will make a statement.

 (99386)

131  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 5th February, Official Report, column 317W, on the overseas nurse advice line, if he will break down the calls received by the helpline by (a) type of query and (b) length of call; what records are kept on callers into the helpline; and if this information is passed on to any other bodies.

 (99682)

132  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the compatibility with R v North and East Devon Health Authority ex parte Pamela Coughlan of the guidance (a) HSC 2001/015 and (b) HSC 1999/180, following the report by the Health Service Ombudsman on NHS funding for long term care; and if he will make a statement.

 (99382)

133  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish new guidance following the report by the Health Service Ombudsman on NHS funding for Long Term Care.

 (99374)

134  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission research on the prevalence of (a) ADD and (b) ADHD in adults.

 (99678)

135  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on looked after children attending (a) private and (b) public boarding schools; and if he will make a statement.

 (99379)

136  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 7th February, Official Report, column 474W, on the National Service Framework, what methods are being used to monitor the progress of implementation of the NSF milestones for older people.

 (99524)

137  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress made in the training of staff to fit digital hearing aids in the second wave of hospital trusts to receive funding for the purpose.

 (99405)

138  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the second wave of hospital trusts to receive funding for the roll-out of digital hearing aids (a) are fitting the new devices and (b) will have begun to fit the new devices by the end of March.

 (99406)

139  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to make an announcement on the actions of the Chief Medical Officer's review of clinical negligence compensation.

 (99613)

140  Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which local area health authorities in England and Wales have authorised pharmacies to provide the morning-after pill free of charge under Patient Group Directives to (a) women over the age of 16 and (b) girls under the age of 16; and when authorisation was (i) given and (ii) withdrawn in each case.

 (99410)

141  Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many locations not covered by the KT31 form have been authorised to distribute the morning-after pill in each local area health authority to (a) girls over the age of 16 and (b) girls under the age of 16 in each of the last five years.

 (99411)

142  Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many girls aged (a) under 16, (b) under 18 and (c) under 20 have been given the morning-after pill under Patient Group Directives in each year in which Patient Group Directives have been in force.

 (99460)

143  Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the extent to which general practitioners accept financial inducements from pharmaceutical companies to prescribe unnecessary drugs to patients without their consent; and what plans he has to introduce measures to prevent this practice.

 (99489)

144  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the national ratio is of care workers to residents in state nursing homes.

 (99623)

145  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to ensure diabetic patients receive retinopathy screening through the National Health Service.

 (99628)

146  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the value of benefit under the Welfare Food Scheme is as a proportion of the household food budget, for the poorest 20 per cent. of mothers who bottle feed.

 (99016)

147  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the healthy start scheme will reduce the value of benefit to mothers who bottle feed their babies.

 (99017)

148  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how often Ministers in his Department have received hospitality in restaurants from outside groups in the last 12 months.

 (99502)

149  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what hospitality has been offered at public expense in the last 12 months, by each Minister in his Department to outside interest groups, broken down by (a) restaurant, (b) recipient and (c) cost in each case.

 (99579)

150  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's hospitality budget (a) is in 2002-03 and (b) was in each of the last three years; and how much was left unspent at the end of each financial year.

 (99503)

151  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria Ministers in his Department use when determining whether to offer hospitality in restaurants to interest groups at public expense; and if he will make a statement.

 (99578)

152  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department is giving to doctors following the recent Royal College of Physicians research into glucocorticoids.

 (99553)

153  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the income of each primary care trust per head of population served will be in 2003-04.

 (99554)

154  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department completed its diagnostic review for compliance with the Government's Code of Practice for Age Diversity in Employment; and what changes his Department plans to make following the review.

 (99418)

155  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess which (a) strategic health authorities, (b) NHS trusts and (c) primary care trusts will be particularly affected by the loss of medical reservists if they are called up; and if he will make a statement.

 (99364)

156  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many problematic drug users were in treatment in each of the last five years.

 (99535)

157  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors work in prisons in England and Wales; and how many of these are qualified to general practitioner level.

 (99534)

158  Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to implement the hepatitis C strategy for England, published in consultation form in August 2002.

 (99523)

159  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on the procurement of food that is (a) local and (b) British.

 (99366)

160  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he gives to (a) health trusts and (b) agencies for which he is responsible regarding the procurement of food that is (i) local and (ii) British.

 (99367)

161  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what responsibility is retained by NHS trusts for clinical waste handled by a contractor.

 (99557)

162  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the procedure for disposing of waste human tissue from the NHS.

 (99556)

163  Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the current contracts entered into by the NHS for the disposal of waste human tissue; and if he will place the terms of the contracts in the Library.

 (99555)

164  Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the deficit was of (a) the South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust, (b) the Wyre Forest Primary Care Trust, (c) the Bromsgrove and Redditch Primary Care Trust, (d) the Worcestershire Mental Health Trust, (e) the Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Trust and (f) the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust at the beginning of the current financial year; and what his most recent estimate is of the deficit of each of the Trusts by the end of the financial year.

 (99659)

165  Alice Mahon (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets have been set to increase the use of new medical devices used in percutaneous coronary interventions.

 (99441)

166  Alice Mahon (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been provided to primary care trusts on collaborative commissioning for specialist heart services.

 (99440)

167  Alice Mahon (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS hospitals provide drug eluting stents to private patients but not to NHS patients.

 (99439)

168  Alice Mahon (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS hospitals which provide drug eluting stents to private patients also provide NHS patients with drug eluting stents.

 (99438)

169  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patient appointments were seen by general practitioners in each year since 1997 in Shropshire.

 (99722)

170  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust on (a) improving the level of cleanliness, (b) ensuring syringes, needles and other equipment are kept in a hygienic state, (c) the safe storage of needles and syringes in paediatric areas, (d) the need to keep refrigerators used to store drugs locked, (e) the proper storage of equipment and (f) the quality of food provided for patients at Oldchurch Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

 (99402)

171  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many digital hearing aids have been issued by the NHS in the London Borough of Havering in the last 12 months.

 (99735)

172  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the availability of digital hearing aids in the London Borough of Havering.

 (99750)

173  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had recently with the health authorities in the London Borough of Havering regarding residential care home provision.

 (99745)

174  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the funding for digital hearing aids will be available to hospitals in the London Borough of Havering.

 (99749)

175  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase residential care home provision in the London Borough of Havering.

 (99747)

176  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the total amount spent on residential care home provision in the London Borough of Havering in each year from 1990; and how much will be spent in 2003.

 (99746)

177  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on residential care home provision in the London Borough of Havering.

 (99748)

178  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to monitor the use of the allocation of money to NHS haemophilia treatment centres in England for treating patients with genetically engineered recombinant instead of products made from human blood; when the first patients will receive the new treatment; how long it will take for all patients to be offered it; how much funding will be allocated in the first year; for how many years the funding will last; and if he will make a statement.

 (99652)

179  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the savings to be had by patients requiring digital hearing aids if registered hearing aid dispensers were enabled to access the NHS hearing aid contract; and if he will make a statement.

 (99660)

180  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the evaluation of pilot projects in Shrewsbury and Leeds to examine the role that the private sector may play in supporting the modernisation of NHS hearing aid service will be completed; and if he will make a statement.

 (99661)

181  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are to train registered hearing aid dispensers to NHS standards so that they can access the NHS hearing aid contract; and if he will make a statement.

 (99662)

182  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if it is his policy that drugs that have been approved by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence should be available to all patients whose clinicians judge that they would benefit from them.

 (99734)

183  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the extent to which acute trusts are rationing drugs that have been approved by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence; and if he will make a statement.

 (99727)

184  Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans to bring forward legislation for stronger enforcement powers for the police to move on unauthorised traveller camps for (a) those local authorities who have adequate site provision in their area and (b) those local authorities who have been unable to provide sites in their area; and if he will make a statement.

 (99495)

185  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the inquiry headed by Patrick Carter into the Criminal Records Bureau will last; and who will be responsible for the costs.

 (99388)

186  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many named day written questions were tabled to the Department between 15th October 2002 and 24th February 2003; how many that received a holding answer were given a substantive answer (a) within three days, (b) within seven days, (c) within 14 days, (d) within 28 days and (e) over 28 days later; and what procedures the Department has in place to monitor performance on answering (i) Parliamentary Questions and (ii) ministerial letters.

 (99431)

187  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the work of the Neighbourhood Support Team of the Special Constabulary of Merseyside.

 (99550)

188  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the work of the Special Constabulary on Merseyside.

 (99549)

189  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the remuneration of special constables.

 (99551)

190  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women have been assessed for drug treatment in each London prison during the last 12 months.

 (99407)

191  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been allocated to each London prison under the prison service drug strategy during the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

 (99408)

192  Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many dispersal areas there are in England and Wales to which asylum seekers are sent.

 (99409)

193  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to adjust the budget for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for 2002-03.

 (99614)

194  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, of those arrested for alleged terrorist offences since 11th September 2001, how many (a) have been charged with offences under anti-terrorism legislation, (b) were not charged but were handed over to immigration officials for alleged breach of rules; and how many of those not charged but handed over to immigration officials (i) have been deported and (ii) await deportation (A) in custody and (B) at liberty; how many have been detained without charge under anti-terrorism legislation; and if he will make a statement.

 (99620)

195  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the key performance indicators used by his departnent to measure crime.

 (99346)

196  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 13th February to question 98141, what the reconviction levels were between 1995 and 2002; and what estimates he has made of reconviction levels in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

 (99723)

197  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the early provisional indications of the Cognitive Self-Change Programme for Prisoners.

 (99724)

198  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will assess the effectiveness of the Enhanced Thinking Skills Programme.

 (99725)

199  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) uncrowded capacity and (b) maximum capacity of prisons in England and Wales were in each year between 1995 and 2002; and if he will make a statement.

 (99621)

200  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the likely (a) uncrowded capacity and (b) maximum capacity of prisons in England and Wales between 2003 and 2006.

 (99622)

201  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on prison resources directed at the rehabilitation of 18 to 21 year-old young offenders.

 (99629)

202  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what forecasts he has made of changes to the total (a) operational capacity and (b) population of prisons in England and Wales in the period 2003-06.

 (99608)

203  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what hospitality has been offered at public expense in the last 12 months, by each Minister in his Department to outside interest groups, broken down by (a) restaurant, (b) recipient and (c) cost in each case.

 (99583)

204  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how often Ministers in his Department have received hospitality in restaurants from outside groups in the last 12 months.

 (99506)

205  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria Ministers in his Department use when determining whether to offer hospitality in restaurants to interest groups at public expense; and if he will make a statement.

 (99582)

206  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's hospitality budget (a) is in 2002-03 and (b) was in each of the last three years; and how much was left unspent at the end of each financial year.

 (99507)

207  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the vetting of nannies by the Criminal Records Bureau.

 (99552)

208  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on drug rehabilitation for (a) offenders in prison and (b) prisoners on release in each of the last five years.

 (99539)

209  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners undergoing drug treatment were offered continuing treatment on release into the community; and how many prisoners took up this offer in the last year for which figures are available.

 (99538)

210  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time is between the arrival in the UK and the date of asylum application of those asylum seekers who have been refused support by NASS under sections 55 or 57 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 and for whom figures are available; how many applied for asylum within (a) 24 hours, (b) one week and (c) one month of their arrival in the UK; and what his estimate is of the number of asylum seekers who have been refused support by NASS under sections 55 or 57 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (i) in total and (ii) on each day since 8th January.

 (99528)

211  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convicted offenders were assessed as having drug problems in the last year for which figures are available; and what proportion of these were eligible for a Drug Treatment and Testing Order.

 (99540)

212  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners are held in police cells; and if he will make a statement.

 (99541)

213  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the level of hate crime directed at people with learning disabilities; what plans he has to tackle hate crime directed at people with learning disabilities; and if he will make a statement.

 (99542)

214  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders (a) in prison and (b) in the community were receiving treatment for drug problems in each of the last five years.

 (99537)

215  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of offenders serving sentences of (a) under 12 months and (b) over 12 months tested positive for (i) heroin, (ii) crack cocaine and (iii) cocaine whilst in prison in the last year for which figures are available.

 (99536)

216  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's initiatives to combat human trafficking.

 (99443)

217  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to encourage victims of human trafficking to collaborate with Home Office immigration and the appropriate law enforcement agencies; and if he will make a statement.

 (99444)

218  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will propose changes to UK legislation to adopt the equivalent of the provisions of the United States statutes relating to the granting of security to victims of human trafficking and the detection of criminality; and if he will make a statement.

 (99445)

219  Alice Mahon (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the post of the Director General of HM Prison Service was not advertised.

 (99437)

220  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of prisons offer fresh fruit each day to prisoners.

 (99720)

221  Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the basic command unit fund is exempt from the requirement to save 5 per cent. overtime costs set out in the Police Reform Act 2002.

 (99667)

222  Laura Moffatt (Crawley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the report on airport security by Sir John Wheeler; and if he will make a statement.

 (99607)

223  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the rate of road traffic accidents in the London Borough of Havering.

 (99744)

224  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent communication he has had with the police in the London Borough of Havering regarding road traffic accidents.

 (99743)

225  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many road traffic accidents were reported last year in (a) the London Borough of Havering, (b) the London Borough of Redbridge, (c) the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and (d) the County of Essex.

 (99742)

226  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police forces have introduced electronic finger printing scanning; what proposals he has to encourage other forces to do so; and if he will make a statement.

 (99642)

227  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will encourage rail operating companies to extend the free travel on trains available to regular police officers to members of the Special Constabulary.

 (99643)

228  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the strength was of the special constabulary in each police authority area in (a) May 1997 and (b) May 2001; and what the strength is in each area.

 (99638)

229  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make further funding available to chief constables to finance allowances under the Special Constables (Amendment) Regulations 2002 to assist schemes aimed at the recruitment and retention of special constables; and if he will make a statement.

 (99645)

230  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will investigate local schemes introduced under the Special Constables (Amendment) Regulations 2002 to assess the effect of payment on recruitment and retention of special constables; and if he will publish the findings of such an investigation.

 (99646)

231  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police authorities have applied to him for approval to introduce an allowance for special constables under the Special Constables (Amendment) Regulations 2002; how many he has (a) approved and (b) refused; and what measures he has taken to monitor schemes.

 (99647)

232  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has (a) to alter and (b) to withdraw the subsistence allowance for special constables.

 (99648)

233  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the rates of payments made to special constables are for (a) boot allowance and (b) subsistence allowance; when these figures were introduced; and what plans he has to increase them.

 (99649)

234  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he has taken to implement the recommendations in the Strategy Unit report Private Action, Public Benefit; and what the timetable is for drawing up a Charities Bill to implement the recommendations on charity law.

 (99650)

235  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many volunteers have requested checks through the Criminal Records Bureau; how many have been processed; and when he expects the backlog to be cleared to meet the processing time target.

 (99651)

236  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer to exempt special constables from income tax being levied on allowances paid under the Special Constables (Amendment) Regulations 2002; and if he will make a statement.

 (99644)

237  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers, broken down by police force, have taken (a) medical retirement and (b) sick leave owing to traumatic brain injury in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (99653)

238  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will make a statement on the outcome of the Special Constabulary Weekend of 21st to 23rd February.

 (99639)

239  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers transferred from Essex Police to (a) the Metropolitan Police and (b) the City of London Police in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (99640)

240  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have transferred to the Essex Police from (a) the Metropolitan Police and (b) the City of London Police in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (99641)

241  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what IT contracts have been available to Electronic Data Services in respect of work on behalf of the prison service; and if he will make a statement.

 (99663)

242  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many named day written questions were tabled to the Department between 15th October 2002 and 24th February 2003; how many that received a holding answer were given a substantive answer (a) within three days, (b) within seven days, (c) within 14 days, (d) within 28 days and (e) over 28 days later; and what procedures the Department has in place to monitor performance on answering (i) Parliamentary Questions and (ii) ministerial letters.

 (99430)

243  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what criteria Ministers in her Department use when determining whether to offer hospitality in restaurants to interest groups at public expense; and if she will make a statement.

 (99516)

244  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's hospitality budget (a) is in 2002-03 and (b) was in each of the last three years; and how much was left unspent at the end of each financial year.

 (99593)

245  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how often Ministers in her Department have received hospitality in restaurants from outside groups, broken down by (a) restaurant, (b) recipient and (c) cost in each case.

 (99592)

246  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what hospitality has been offered at public expense in the last 12 month by each Minister in her Department to outside interest groups.

 (99517)

247  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 14th January, Official Report, column 564, on HIPC, what response the UK Government has had from the World Bank and the IMF to the call for their approach to topping up to be widened to provide additional relief for HIPC countries with unsustainable debts.

 (99686)

248  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will grant additional resources to the Kyrgystan police project above the money already awarded.

 (99446)

249  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether (a) the OSCE and (b) another international agency was invited to fulfill the work in relation to police training in the Balkans that was subsequently contracted to the Rameses Group.

 (99449)

250  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, for what purposes the Rameses Group has been awarded a contract in relation to police training in the Balkans region; and if she will make a statement.

 (99450)

251  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the competitive tendering arrangements that culminated in the award of a contract to the Rameses Group for police training in the Balkans region; and if she will make a statement.

 (99447)

252  Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what consultation takes place with (a) the OSCE, (b) the United Kingdom's mission to the OSCE, (c) other regional international agencies and (d) the United Kingdom's missions to other regional international agencies prior to the commissioning or making of grants, in relation to police training and civil society building in the area of the OSCE; and if she will make a statement.

 (99448)

253  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what his estimate is of the efficiency savings which will be made by CAFCASS over the next 10 financial years.

 (99546)

254  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how long it takes to make a file on a CAFCASS client available on request, and at what cost.

 (99545)

255  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the databases inherited by CAFCASS on 1st April 2001 will no longer be required.

 (99544)

256  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will commission an independent environmental and economic assessment into the proposed development of Belfast City Airport.

 (99416)

257  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether Government grants will be made available for further development of Belfast City Airport.

 (99415)

258  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether public consultation will take place prior to the proposed increase in flights into and out of Belfast City Airport.

 (99412)

259  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what criteria Ministers in his Department use when determining whether to offer hospitality in restaurants to interest groups at public expense; and if he will make a statement.

 (99474)

260  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his Department's hospitality budget (a) is in 2002-03 and (b) was in each of the last three years; and how much was left unspent at the end of each financial year.

 (99499)

261  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how often Ministers in his Department have received hospitality in restaurants from outside groups in the last 12 months.

 (99498)

262  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what hospitality has been offered at public expense in the last 12 months by each Minister in his Department to outside interest groups, broken down by (a) restaurant, (b) recipient and (c) cost in each case.

 (99475)

263  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how this year's allocation to the normal spending plans for the Department of Education is to be distributed between (a) state controlled schools, (b) Catholic maintained schools, (c) integrated schools and (d) Irish medium schools.

 (99414)

264  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much is to be invested in (a) state controlled schools, (b) Catholic maintained schools, (c) integrated schools and (d) Irish medium schools as part of the recently announced investment in Northern Ireland.

 (99413)

265  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Prime Minister, what plans Her Majesty's Government has to present the government of Iraq with a formal written ultimatum before it enters a state of armed conflict with that Government.

 (99491)

266  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish the replies he gave between 1997 and 2001 to letters from Iraqi exiles requesting the use of armed force by the United Kingdom to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

 (99492)

267  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Prime Minister, what the maximum length of time is in which Iraq is required to comply with the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 1441; and if he will make a statement.

 (99493)

268  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to publish, in advance of entering a state of armed conflict with Iraq, a statement indicating why he considers that all peaceful means of settling the disputes between the United Kingdom and Iraq have been exhausted.

 (99665)

269  Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Prime Minister, when he expects the announcement of the new Lord Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire to be made.

 (99606)

270  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on the role of the Crown Prosecution Service in domestic violence cases.

 (99404)

271  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many named day written questions were tabled to the Department between 15th October 2002 and 24th February 2003; how many that received a holding answer were given a substantive answer (a) within three days, (b) within seven days, (c) within 14 days, (d) within 28 days and (e) over 28 days later; and what procedures the Department has in place to monitor performance on answering (i) Parliamentary Questions and (ii) ministerial letters.

 (99428)

272  Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her estimate is of the impact on the cost of electricity generation as a result of meeting her target of 20 per cent. of electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

 (99685)

273  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her Department's hospitality budget (a) is in 2002-03 and (b) was in each of the last three years; and how much was left unspent at the end of each financial year.

 (99573)

274  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what criteria Ministers in her Department use when determining whether to offer hospitality in restaurants to interest groups at public expense; and if she will make a statement.

 (99496)

275  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what hospitality has been offered at public expense in the last 12 months by each Minister in her Department to outside interest groups, broken down by (a) restaurant, (b) recipient and (c) cost in each case.

 (99497)

276  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how often Ministers in her Department have received hospitality in restaurants from outside groups.

 (99572)

277  Matthew Green (Ludlow): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what schemes are in place to increase the number of people in house building professions.

 (99397)

278  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when her Department completed its diagnostic review for compliance with the Government's Code of Practice for Age Diversity in Employment; and what changes her Department plans to make following the review.

 (99424)

279  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with Transco on compensation payments for farmers affected by the Mawdesley to Warrington gas pipeline; and what estimate she has made of (a) the loss of income to farmers and (b) the number of compensation claims which are outstanding as a result of the construction of this pipeline.

 (98474)

280  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will publish a summary of the responses to the consultation on energy policy.

 (99674)

281  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if electricity produced from processes involving the recovery of clean recyclable materials will be classed as a renewable source of energy.

 (99372)

282  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the recycling of food waste paper will attract the financial credits available under packaging regulations.

 (99373)

283  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the technology to be used in the projects in receipt of the bio-energy grants announced in January 2003 will be UK-sourced.

 (99371)

284  Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment she has made (a) of the level of unemployment amongst IT professionals and (b) the number of work permits being issued to foreign IT professionals; and if she will make a statement.

 (99664)

285  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many named day written questions were tabled to the Department between 15th October 2002 and 24th February 2003; how many that received a holding answer were given a substantive answer (a) within three days, (b) within seven days, (c) within 14 days, (d) within 28 days and (e) over 28 days later; and what procedures the Department has in place to monitor performance on answering (i) Parliamentary Questions and (ii) ministerial letters.

 (99427)

286  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how often Ministers in his Department have received hospitality in restaurants from outside groups.

 (99581)

287  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria Ministers in his Department use when determining whether to offer hospitality in restaurants to interest groups at public expense; and if he will make a statement.

 (99504)

288  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's hospitality budget (a) is in 2002-03 and (b) was in each of the last three years; and how much was left unspent at the end of each financial year.

 (99582)

289  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what hospitality has been offered at public expense in the last 12 months, by each Minister in his Department to outside interest groups, broken down to (a) restaurant, (b) recipient and (c) cost in each case.

 (99505)

290  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what environmental impact assessments he (a) has studied, (b) has commissioned and (c) intends to commission regarding the proposed widening of the M6 motorway between junctions 11 and 20.

 (99368)

291  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the opening of the M6 toll road in 2004 on the volumes of traffic using the M6 motorway between junctions 11 and 20.

 (99370)

292  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proposals he has for widening the M6 motorway between junctions 6 and 11.

 (99369)

293  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is on the provision of public money (a) to support the Central Railway project and (b) to meet claims for compensation arising out of the Central Railway project.

 (99490)

294  Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on allowing motor vehicles powered by LPG to travel through the Channel Tunnel; and if he will make a statement.

 (99403)

295  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures he is taking to raise awareness among drivers of the dangers of fatigue with (a) the general public, (b) operators of motor fleets and (c) companies using commercial vehicles and employing travelling salespersons.

 (99635)

296  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his estimate is of the number of people killed in road crashes caused by driver fatigue on (a) motorways, (b) trunk roads and (c) other roads in the last five years.

 (99636)

297  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to promote the erection of tiredness kills signs on trunk roads as well as on motorways.

 (99637)

298  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which airport development options assessed at SERAS Stages 2 and 3 were considered by the SERAS consultants to meet private sector funding criteria in terms of an acceptable internal rate of return.

 (99522)

299  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what basis the valuation of Highways Agency assets in the National Asset Register was made; and if he will make a statement.

 (99395)

300  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library the technical note underlying his Public Service Agreement; and if he will make a statement.

 (99393)

301  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many named day written questions were tabled to the Department between 15th October 2002 and 24th February 2003; how many that received a holding answer were given a substantive answer (a) within three days, (b) within seven days, (c) within 14 days, (d) within 28 days and (e) over 28 days later; and what procedures the Department has in place to monitor performance on answering (i) Parliamentary Questions and (ii) ministerial letters.

 (99425)

302  Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the progress of his review of employers' liability insurance.

 (99612)

303  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how often Ministers in his Department have received hospitality in restaurants from outside groups.

 (99518)

304  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what hospitality has been offered at public expense in the last 12 months, by each Minister in his Department to outside interest groups, broken down to (a) restaurant, (b) recipient and (c) cost in each case.

 (99595)

305  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's hospitality budget (a) is in 2002-03 and (b) was in each of the last three years; and how much was left unspent at the end of each financial year.

 (99519)

306  Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria Ministers in his Department use when determining whether to offer hospitality in restaurants to interest groups at public expense; and if he will make a statement.

 (99594)

307  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department completed its diagnostic review for compliance with the Government's Code of Practice for Age Diversity in Employment; and what changes his Department plans to make following the review.

 (99419)

308  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what corrective action he is taking to resolve the departmental computer problems that have delayed 2002-03 winter fuel payments; and if he will make a statement.

 (99732)

309  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of 2002-03 winter fuel payments that have been delayed because of departmental computer problems; and of that number, how many have yet to be issued.

 (99731)

310  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if all non-ACT pension payments to UK citizens living abroad are being made on time; and if he will make a statement.

 (99730)

311  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 13th February, Official Report, column 967-8W, on pensions, what the median income is of each quintile of the income distribution for pensioners over 80.

 (99728)

312  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of cases being assessed under the existing Child Support Agency formula where his proposed arrangements for phasing to assessment under the new formula, when implemented, will involve a transitional period of (a) one year, (b) two years, (c) three years, (d) four years and (e) five years or more; and if he will estimate the number of cases where the transition is likely to be immediate.

 (99729)


313  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Social Exclusion Unit will publish its report on the education of looked after children; and what the reasons are for the delay in publication.

 [Transferred]   (99389)

314  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which government officials are responsible for liaison with officials from Gibraltar.

 [Transferred]   (99752)

315  Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the ability of runway facilities at Belfast City Airport to accommodate an increased use by large passenger planes.

 [Transferred]   (99417)

316  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the five economic tests for determining whether there is a clear and unambiguous case for UK membership of the euro will be applied separately to the economies of (a) overseas territories and (b) Guernsey.

 [Transferred]   (99751)




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