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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 30 June 2003

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 30 June 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.
 


 

MONDAY 30th JUNE

1  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Advocate General, what plans she has to meet with (a) Scottish Law Lords, (b) the judiciary in Scotland, (c) the Law Society of Scotland and (d) the Faculty of Advocates to discuss the proposals for a Supreme Court.

 (122717)

2  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 155W, on asbestos, if he will list the buildings which have been identified as containing asbestos.

 (122987)

3  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make a statement on his review of the role of traffic commissioners by the Better Regulation Task Force.

 (122309)

4  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the sentencing guidelines for those involved in the illegal trade of animals and animal products.

 (122659)

5  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for involvement in the illegal trade of animals and animal products in each of the last 10 years.

 (122660)

6  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) tied financial advisers operate in the United Kingdom and (b) tied financial advisers had confirmed that they have obtained professional indemnity insurance cover by 30th May.

 (122902)

7  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 10th June, Official Report, column 745W, on asbestos, if he will list the buildings which have been identified as containing asbestos.

 (122988)

8  Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Treasury study for the issues in the review of local authority funding.

 (122464)

9  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the size was of the bilateral debt owed by Iraq to the UK, which was reported to the (a) US Treasury and (b) the Paris Club; and what the value is of the frozen assets of the previous regime in Iraq under UK management.

 (122777)

10  Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will support a revision of the Sixth VAT Directive which will allow a lower flat rate of VAT for construction work.

 (122810)

11  Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to put forward proposals for changes to the Sixth VAT Directive.

 (122811)

12  
N  
Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue that would be raised from income tax rates of (a) 1 per cent., (b) 5 per cent., (c) 9 per cent. and (d) 10 per cent. on gross incomes in excess of £1,000,000 a year.

 (122624)

13  Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of illegal pound coins in circulation in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002.

 (122581)

14  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has had discussions with the office of Lord Penrose since 8th March concerning his report into Equitable Life.

 (122361)

15  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has (a) received from and (b) made to the Scottish Executive concerning recent problems with tax credit payments, broken down by (i) subject, (ii) date and (iii) responsible Scottish minister.

 (122511)

16  Mr Michael Foster (Worcester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the statistical reliability of the calculation of average wage levels using the (a) New Earnings survey and (b) Labour Force survey.

 (122518)

17  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people (a) in the UK, (b) in the UK workforce and (c) of working age are classified as having a disability; and what percentage of the total this figure represents in each case.

 (122644)

18  Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 22nd May from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms J. Knowles.

 (122874)

19  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of tax payers who would be required to pay a top rate of income tax set for this financial year at (a) £100,000 and above and (b) £150,000 and above of taxable income.

 (122362)

20  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the responses that he has received to his consultation on the 1 per cent. cap on administration charges for financial products; and what his timescale is for making an announcement on the outcome of the consultation.

 (122626)

21  
N  
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what properties the Inland Revenue owns; what properties have been sold by the Inland Revenue since May 1997 other than to Mapeley Steps Ltd; and when they were sold.

 (122210)

22  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the average length of lease for a small business in his calculations for stamp duty land tax in the Finance Bill.

 (122498)

23  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer in preparing the document accompanying the announcement on the euro, what estimates he has made of (a) the proportion of mortgages with fixed rates, (b) the level of mortgage debt and (c) the level of housing market volatility in the United States of America.

 (122499)

24  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the schedule of remaining war debt to be paid to the United States is in respect of the Second World War.

 (122338)

25  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to establish medium term stability on the taxation of liquefied petroleum gas.

 (122350)

26  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the appointees to the (a) Private Finance Task Force, (b) Financial Services Authority, (c) Financial Services Tribunal, (d) Board of Banking Supervision, (e) VAT and Duties Tribunal and (f) National Savings; and which of the appointees to each body are from ethnic minorities.

 (122991)

27  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to make the first payments into child trust funds.

 (122132)

28  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to publish further details of his proposed child trust funds.

 (122133)

29  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the effects of administering the new tax credits on the processing by the Inland Revenue of income tax returns, with particular reference to the Inland Revenue at Bootle.

 (122691)

30  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what action his Department takes to ensure that tax codes for those (a) 65 and over and (b) 75 and over are altered in the year in which taxpayers reach (i) 65 and (ii) 75 years; and if he will make a statement.

 (122695)

31  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for emergency interim payments relating to child tax credit applications have been made; and of that number how many have been paid; and what the (a) average and (b) total value of those payments is.

 (122696)

32  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications for (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit have (i) been received (ii) are in payment and (iii) are waiting to be processed.

 (122697)

33  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints his Department has received relating to (a) child tax credit and (b1/2 working tax credit.

 (122698)

34  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many child tax credit recipients have made an application for reassessment; and of that number how many were on the basis of (a) the award being an overpayment and (b) the award being an underpayment.

 (122699)

35  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Parliamentary Commission for Admissions' observations in Equality Under the Law, HC122, paragraph 23, on the Inland Revenue's policy towards widowers who have sought the Widow's Bereavement Allowance.

 (122380)

36  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many lottery tickets were sold in Southend West in each of the last two years.

 (122707)

37  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the progress of her Department in implementing the recommendations of the Elite Sports Funding Review Group.

 (122249)

38  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has (a) received from and (b) made to the Scottish Executive concerning the London Olympic bid.

 (122523)

39  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of financial pressures on small football clubs, which receive funding from her Department and its agencies.

 (122830)

40  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures are in place to identify (a) existing sporting facilities and (b) need by locality in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

 (122831)

41  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent on sport-related activities by her Department and its predecessors in each of the last 20 years broken down by (a) central government, (b) Lottery and (c) other funding.

 (122832)

42  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures are in place to assess the regenerative impact of hosting sports tournaments in the UK.

 (122833)

43  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the role of sport and sport-related activities in achieving regeneration; and if she will make a statement.

 (122834)

44  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the financial value of volunteering for sport-related activities.

 (122835)

45  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures are in place to implement sporting excellence at a regional level.

 (122836)

46  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Department has spent on the UK Sports Institute in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion of that funding has been allocated for grassroots sporting activity.

 (122837)

47  Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much revenue was raised by the Lottery in each year since 1994; and what proportion of revenue for each year was allocated to sport and sport-related activities.

 (122838)

48  Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what organisations and individuals she has consulted in respect of the Government's proposed changes to the gaming laws.[R]

 (122569)

49  Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the theatres in the UK which receive a subsidy from public funds.

 (122570)

50  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of the Sportsearch programme in identifying ways to increase the amount of time children spend on sporting activities; and for what reasons funding for Sportsearch has ended.

 (122398)

51  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support was provided to the development of rugby union in each of the last five years.

 (122883)

52  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support was provided to the development of tennis in each of the last five years; and what proportion was provided to youth development.

 (122884)

53  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures he is taking in support of widows and partners of service personnel who died in the Gulf conflict.

 (122708)

54  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the quantities of radioactive material he has held in each year since 1980, broken down by (a) high level, (b) intermediate level and (c) low level material.

 (122664)

55  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the agreement reached with the US and Russia in respect of military environmental co-operation in the Arctic.

 (122667)

56  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) refit and (b) other work which his Department has placed with A&P Shipbuilders in each of the past four years.

 (122734)

57  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the future use of the Territorial Army and cadet premises and land at Tigers Road, South Wigston, near Leicester.

 (122181)

58  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the (a) type and (b) number of vehicles necessary to transport (i) 360 tonnes of bulk chemical warfare agents, (ii) 3,000 tonnes of provision chemicals, (iii) growth media sufficient to produce 26,000 litres of anthrax spores and (iv) 30,000 special munitions for delivery of chemical and biological agents, as set out in the Prime Minister's statement to the House on Iraq on 24th September 2002.

 (122533)

59  Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Madrid Initiative agreed in Madrid in June 2003; what role the (a) Royal Navy and (b) the RAF will play in implementing the Madrid Initiative; and what countries are participants.

 (122684)

60  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria are used by the Department for ascertaining the level of personnel retention within the armed forces.

 (122814)

61  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to compensate armed forces personnel for unused periods of leave.

 (122815)

62  Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) level set for retention of personnel within the three armed forces and (b) actual level of retention within the three armed forces was in the last five years.

 (122816)

63  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answers of 3rd June from the honourable Member for North Dorset, Official Report, column 291W, on depleted uranium (DU), whether all DU weapons will be removed; and whether the land on which they lay will be analysed before it is made available for unrestricted use by the public.

 (122531)

64  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the suicide rate of active members of the Army has been since 1993, broken down by regiment.

 (121367)

65  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the waiting list targets for the (a) Defence Secondary Care Agency and (b) Ministry of Defence Hospital Units; and what progress in meeting these targets has been achieved.

 (121368)

66  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel have been treated, and how much has been spent on treatment, in the private sector since April 2002; and if he will make a statement.

 (121369)

67  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Armed Forces have been removed from medical waiting lists because they have opted to pay for their own treatment in the private sector in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

 (121370)

68  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) regular and (b) reservist consultants (i) have served with and (ii) are serving with the Defence Medical Services on Operation Telic; and for how long they have been deployed.

 (122176)

69  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, purusant to his Answer of 18th June, Official Report, column 252W, on Operation Telic, how many personnel currently serving in Operation Telic have been medically downgraded; and what percentage of the total personnel deployed this represents.

 (122177)

70  
N  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) the location and (b) the number of British service personnel (i) killed and (ii) injured whilst on military duties in Iraq in 2003.

 (122308)

71  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which British service personnel will be withdrawn from Iraq.

 (122447)

72  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the six military police officers killed in Iraq (a) were armed and (b) had an armed escort.

 (122459)

73  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces have died through non-natural causes (a) in and (b) in the vicinity of military property since 1990; and what the name of the site was in each case.

 (122526)

74  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces have died through non-combat related causes in (a) Great Britain, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Germany and (d) other overseas postings since 1990.

 (122527)

75  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many firearms deaths among members of the armed forces since 1990 were perceived to be (a) self-inflicted deaths, (b) accidental deaths and (c) other deaths caused by other (i) persons or (ii) persons unknown.

 (122528)

76  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces have died through (a) deaths ruled as self-inflicted, (b) firearms discharge, (c) medical conditions induced by training activities and (d) alcohol-related incidents since 1990.

 (122529)

77  
N  
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost was of army house removals in each year since 1999; and what the average volumes were for those moves.

 (122470)

78  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the gender breakdown of (a) civilian and (b) military staff is in the UK-led provincial reconstruction team in Mazar-e-Sharif.

 (122212)

79  Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd June, Official Report, column 538W, on infantry numbers, whether Ministers have had discussions with the Director of Infantry about disbanding infantry battalions.

 (122986)

80  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what inspections have been carried out since the end of the invasion of Iraq of dual-use chemical plants built and operated since UNSCOM reported in January 1999 on the destruction of the older chemical plants.

 (122504)

81  
N  
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what weapons British forces allow Iraqis to keep for self-defence.

 (122645)

82  Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to allow local councils to give council tax single person reduction to couples where one of the pair is no longer able to live in the home due to (a) long term illness and (b) other reasons.

 (122723)

83  
N  
Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans the Government has to increase councils' flexibility in granting single person discount for council tax.

 (122724)

84  Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when Gloucester City Council originally granted permission for the development at St Oswalds Park, Gloucester; when he received the planning inspector's report; and when he expects to make a decision on the called-in appeal.

 (122770)

85  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the outcome was of his Department's stocktake of Local Government Pension Scheme funds, with special reference to ongoing sustainability and affordability of the Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

 (122745)

86  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many properties are eligible for a 50 per cent. council tax rebate; and how many of these are second homes, in each billing authority in England in the current financial year.

 (122487)

87  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much in rebate is provided to (a) those properties entitled to 50 per cent. council tax discount and (b) second homes in each billing authority in England in the current financial year.

 (122488)

88  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many households there were in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

 (122846)

89  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what financial support is available from his Department to assist local authorities to provide additional nursing and residential care beds for the elderly.

 (122105)

90  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with Hampshire County Council about the availability of Government funding for the provision of additional nursing and residential home beds for the elderly.

 (122106)

91  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many employees work for (a) Wiltshire County Council and (b) Salisbury District Council.

 (122794)

92  Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether arms length management organisations are treated in the same way as housing associations for the puposes of (a) housing benefit and (b) borrowing; and what plans he has to allow ALMOs to raise loans in their stock.

 (123000)

93  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what mathematical formula was used in (a) the old standard spending assessment and (b) the new formula spending share to calculate the level of reimbursement received by each local authority in Hertfordshire to compensate for student council tax exemptions.

 (122495)

94  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much each local authority in Hertfordshire (a) lost in council tax per head and (b) received in reimbursement per head through Formula Spending Share, as a result of student council tax exemptions in (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2003-04 estimates.

 (122496)

95  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many postal ballot papers and what percentage were spoilt during the 2003 local elections, broken down by local authority area; and what plans he has to simplify and standardise postal balloting.

 (122840)

96  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many school arson attacks occurred when pupils were present, in each year since 1997.

 (122386)

97  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of all intentionally started school fires during school time were started by children aged seven and under, in each year since 1997.

 (122441)

98  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of deliberately started school fires which occurred internally were started (a) in a cloakroom, (b) in classrooms and (c) in storage rooms, in each year since 1997.

 (122442)

99  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of individuals were responsible for intentionally starting school fires under the age of 18, when pupils were present, in each year since 1997.

 (122578)

100  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) fatalities and (b) non-fatal casualties there have been as a result of malicious fires in each year since 1997.

 (122579)

101  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many malicious fires there have been in Cornwall in each year since 1997.

 (122586)

102  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the annual budget of the Arson Control Forum was in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

 (122587)

103  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how often the National Strategy for Arson Reduction working group has met in the last year.

 (122588)

104  Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the function is of the Government Offices for the Regions.

 (122530)

105  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd June, Official Report, columns 550-2W, on school budgets, what budget each school originally set.

 (122623)

106  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in which subjects animal welfare features in the National Curriculum at (a) primary and (b) secondary school level.

 (122663)

107  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in Leeds West constituency had places in (a) day nurseries and (b) school nurseries in each of the last 10 years.

 (122673)

108  Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of total income-contingent student loans outstanding he expects to be repaid, taking into account (a) deaths, (b) defaults, (c) write-offs on account of age, (d) moves abroad and (e) deferments owing to inadequate income.

 (122818)

109  Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if it is his policy that students who drop out of their courses should be required to pay a proportion of any approved top-up fee levied by their higher education institution.

 (122819)

110  Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average net present value is per £1,000 of existing student loan, taking into account deferments and the zero real interest rate.

 (122820)

111  
N  
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people are illiterate in the United Kingdom.

 (122524)

112  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 25th June, ref 121620, to which other reports the Green Paper on Children at Risk will make a substantive response.

 (122766)

113  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 20th June, Official Report, column 443W, on asbestos, if he will list buildings which have been identified as containing asbestos.

 (122974)

114  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 12th June, Official Report, column 1067W, on asbstos, if he will list the buildings which have been identified as containing asbestos.

 (122989)

115  
N  
Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects to publish the guidance on earned autonomy for primary and secondary schools under the Education Act 2002.

 (122721)

116  
N  
Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the forthcoming guidance on earned autonomy will include freedom for schools to set pay rates for (a) teaching staff, (b) teaching support staff and (c) other staff; and if he will make a statement.

 (122722)

117  Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the areas in respect of which universities will receive a 20 per cent. premium for admitting students therefrom; and if he will list the other criteria which will result in the payment of a premium for admitting students.

 (122817)

118  Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge & Chryston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children with a learning disability took short breaks enabled by funding from the carers grant in each year since 1997-98, broken down by each social services authority.

 (122336)

119  Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge & Chryston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what net expenditure from the carers grant on children with a learning disability by each social services authority in England (a) was in each year since 1997-98 and (b) is projected for the financial year 2003-04.

 (122384)

120  Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge & Chryston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children took short breaks enabled by funding from the carers grant in each year since 1997-98, broken down by social services authority.

 (122385)

121  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the support he offers for the recruitment and retention of teachers in London, with special reference to the cost of living.

 (122744)

122  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students entered initial teacher training courses in each of the last three years.

 (121772)

123  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on bursaries available for postgraduate teacher training; and what assessment he has made of the effect of bursaries on the number of students entering postgraduate teacher training.

 (121773)

124  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to introduce a bursary for undergraduates taking teacher training courses.

 (121774)

125  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the continuation of key skills testing of students on initial teacher training courses.

 (121775)

126  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students took (a) GCSEs and (b) GNVQs in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region.

 (122848)

127  Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, by what percentage the pay of the average full-time state sector (a) infant school, (b) junior school, (c) secondary school, (d) further education and (e) higher education teacher has changed in real terms since 1997.

 (122572)

128  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of teachers are trained in first aid.

 (122404)

129  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what (a) advice and (b) instructions he has given to Essex Local Education Authority in respect of a Fresh Start Scheme for St Anne's Primary School, Colchester; what plans he has to discuss proposals with (i) the honourable Member for Colchester and (ii) the relevant ward councillors; and if he will make a statement.

 (122137)

130  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) areas of responsibility, (b) targets and (c) priorities of the Minister for Children are.

 (122339)

131  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many vocational training places will be made available in Essex for young people and unemployed adults in each vocational craft.

 (122796)

132  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the progress made on the training pilots for vocational craft skills.

 (122797)

133  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of people completing a vocational training course have obtained employment within three months in the last three years.

 (122798)

134  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost was to the Treasury of providing income contingent loans for higher education students in each year since 1998-99.

 (122559)

135  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether part time students studying for their first level 4 qualification will have their fees deferred after 2005-06; and what estimate he has made of the cost of his support for part-time students.

 (122560)

136  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many individual students he estimates will receive the full £1,000 maintenance grant when it is introduced in 2005-06.

 (122561)

137  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his estimate is of the level of government subsidy that will be required to service the Government's higher education proposals for 2005-06 onwards.

 (122562)

138  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the level of default on loans repayable to the student loans company was in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; and if he will express the amount as a percentage of the total amount repaid.

 (122563)

139  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of students completed a gap year before entering higher education in each year since 1990 in (a) each local education authority and (b) England.

 (122979)

140  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many 18-20 year olds entered higher education in each year since 1990 in (a) each local education authority and (b) England.

 (122980)

141  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of 18-20 year olds entered higher education in each year since 1990 in (a) each local education authority and (b) England.

 (122981)

142  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of students are (a) eligible for education maintenance allowance and (b) claiming educational maintenance allowance, broken down by (a) private and (b) maintained sector status, in (A) each local education authority and (B) England.

 (122982)

143  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many recruits there have been to the Fast Track scheme over the last year, broken down by (a) subject, (b) phase of training and (c) previous occupation.

 (122983)

144  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many responses his Department has received to the 2003 staffing survey; how many responses his Department had received by 16th April; and to how many schools the survey was originally sent.

 (122984)

145  Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the higher education participation rate of 18-20 year olds, broken down according to family income quintiles and deciles was in each year since 1990.

 (122985)

146  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure the EU Emissions Trading Directive is implemented in such a way as to encourage energy efficiency downstream.

 (122218)

147  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many licences for importing exotic (a) birds, (b) reptiles, (c) mammals, (d) amphibians and (e) fish for the pet trade have been given during the last three years, broken down by (i) month and (ii) species; and if she will make a statement.

 (122646)

148  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are in place to enable consumers to identify food produced under high animal welfare standards.

 (122647)

149  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much it would cost to introduce enriched cages for hens by 2012; and if she will make a statement on the implications for production costs of alternative production methods recently researched by her.

 (122648)

150  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions and convictions there have been regarding live animal transport by (a) type and (b) country of origin of the vehicle in each of the last 20 years.

 (122649)

151  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment her Department has made of the operation of regulations on live animal tranport in (a) the UK and (b) the EU.

 (122650)

152  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with EU colleagues on live animal transport and associated standards.

 (122651)

153  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to ensure high standards in animal sanctuaries.

 (122652)

154  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it a requirement for animal sanctuaries to be licensed.

 (122653)

155  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's assessment is of the impact of scientific whaling on the world's population of whales, by type.

 (122656)

156  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) cetaceans and (b) small whales she estimates were caught in fishing nets in each of the last 10 years.

 (122657)

157  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of shark (a) fishing and (b) finning on the world's population of sharks.

 (122658)

158  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate she has made of the quantity of methane which is being released annually by the northward retreat of permafrost and the consequent impact on climate change.

 (122666)

159  
N  
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures her Department takes to ensure that safety regulations for employees of operators at landfill and hazardous waste sites are adhered to.

 (122726)

160  
N  
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures her Department takes to ensure that the activities conducted by operators at landfill and hazardous waste sites do not pose any risk to public health.

 (122727)

161  
N  
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures her Department takes to ensure that waste deposited at a landfill and hazardous waste site does not pose any risk to local water supplies.

 (122728)

162  
N  
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures her Department takes to ensure that gas emissions from landfill and hazardous waste sites do not pose any risk to public health.

 (122729)

163  
N  
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department will reply to the letter of 6th May from the honourable Member for Billericay regarding Pitsea Tip.

 (122730)

164  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 9th June, Official Report, column 609W, on asbestos, if she will list the buildings which have been identified as containing asbestos.

 (122954)

165  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 18th June, Official Report, column 286W, on asbestos, if she will list the buildings which have been identified as containing asbestos.

 (122973)

166  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 24th February, Official Report, column 88W, on fly-tipping, what has been the outcome of her consideration of possible changes to legislation; and if she will make a statement.

 (122776)

167  
N  
Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the annual dioxin emissions produced by (a) on-farm drum incinerators, (b) on-farm carcass incinerators and (c) waste oil burners were in each year since 1998.

 (122701)

168  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her Department's assessment that the Waste Incineration Directive does not apply to on-farm drum incinerators and waste oil burners; whether her officials have discussed this interpretation with officials from the European Commission; and whether officials from the European Commission have expressed agreement in writing with this interpretation.

 (122753)

169  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to make available additional funding to the Environment Agency for the regulation of on-farm drum incinerators when the Agricultural Waste Regulations are introduced.

 (122754)

170  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) on-farm drum incinerators, (b) on-farm carcass incinerators and (c) waste oil burners are in operation in England; and what the total capacity is in each case.

 (122755)

171  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what statutory framework regulates the discharge of untreated hazardous liquid waste directly to sewage treatment plants for disposal; and if she will list the permitted chemical and biological components of such waste.

 (122756)

172  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many litres of untreated hazardous liquid waste were sent directly to sewage treatment plants for disposal in each year since 1999.

 (122757)

173  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the level of dioxin emissions from the cement industry was (a) in 1997 and (b) in 2001; what assessment (i) her Department and (ii) the Environment Agency has conducted of the reasons for changes in the level of emissions; and if she will make a statement on the safety of these emissions.

 (122758)

174  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many waste oil burners in England (a) use and (b) do not use pollution abatement equipment.

 (122759)

175  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the impact on the environment of excluding (a) on-farm drum incinerators and (b) waste oil burners from the Waste Incineration Directive.

 (122760)

176  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many tonnes of waste oil were sent for recycling in each year since 1999.

 (122761)

177  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many tonnes of waste oil were burned in waste oil burners in each year since 1999.

 (122762)

178  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the impact on the environment of (a) on-farm drum incinerators, (b) waste oil burners and (c) on-farm carcass incinerators.

 (122763)

179  Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the hazardous wastes which her Department and the Environment Agency have decided (a) can be adequately treated by dilution and (b) require additional treatment for disposal.

 (122764)

180  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has (a) received from and (b) made to the Scottish Executive concerning bans on scallop fishing in Scotland since the establishment of the Food Standards Agency, broken down by (i) subject matter of representation, (ii) date and (iii) responsible minister.

 (122513)

181  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with biotech companies about liability in circumstances where genetically modified organisms are (a) proven and (b) suspected of being responsible for adverse human health or environmental outcomes.

 (122489)

182  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the liability implications of the use of genetically modified organisms upon (a) government departments and (b) the biotech companies which produce GMUs.

 (122490)

183  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her department has (a) commissioned, (b) undertaken, (c) reviewed, (d) completed, (e) published or received and (f) ensured the appropriate peer review of in respect of the impact of genetically modified foods consumed by humans upon their health in the last five years.

 (122492)

184  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the value of compensation payments to farmers as a result of late payments by the Rural Payments Agency was in each year since it was created.

 (122842)

185  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many payments to farmers were completed after the target date by the Rural Payments Agency in each month in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2002-03 and (d) 2003-04 to date, broken down by type.

 (122843)

186  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of CAP reform negotiations upon the (a) timetables for the productions of forms for 2003-04 by the Rural Payments Agency and (b) payments by the Agency.

 (122519)

187  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what actions her Department is taking to deal with administrative problems across the border between England and Wales in processing payments by the Rural Payments Agency.

 (122520)

188  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what efforts are being made to speed up the processing of suckler cow premium payments.

 (122521)

189  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Rural Payments Agency claims were outstanding (a) on 1st January, (b) 1st April and (c) on the latest date for which figures are available; and what sums were outstanding in each case.

 (122522)

190  Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the capacity of the Rural Payments Agency to meet the deadline for payments of 30th June; and what steps she is taking to ensure that the deadline is met.

 (122571)

191  Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will commission research on the technology that would enable abandoned cars to be used in steel production.

 (122583)

192  Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she will bring forward for the disposal of abandoned cars.

 (122584)

193  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on the acquisition by British Waterways of privately owned marinas.

 (122773)

194  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on the potential conflict of interest between British Waterways' responsibilities as a regulator and its role as a waterways business operator.

 (122774)

195  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the accessibility to rivers for canoeists.

 (122713)

196  Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with representatives of canoeists regarding accessibility to rivers.

 (122771)

197  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hits have been recorded by the GM debate website www.gmnation.org.uk.

 (122211)

198  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many homes in England and Wales are at risk of (a) river and (b) coastal flooding.

 (122725)

199  
N  
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to (a) receive and (b) publish W. S. Atkins' research into the scale and problems of private sewers; and if she will make a statement.

 (121510)

200  Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the (a) membership, (b) previous positions held by members, (c) terms of employment, (d) responsibilities, (e) line management and (f) funding of (i) the Coalition Information Centre and (ii) the Iraq Communications Committee; and what access each is given to intelligence and security information.

 (122685)

201  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 5th June, Official Report, column 917W, on asbestos, if he will list the buildings which have been identifed as containing asbestos.

 (122940)

202  Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions UK nationals (a) resident and (b) travelling abroad have been subject to a travel ban by an overseas government in each of the last five years.

 (122746)

203  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he plans to take if British-built military equipment is being used to repress the people of Aceh.

 (122900)

204  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures Her Majesty's Government is taking to monitor the nature of the use of Scorpion tanks and other British-built military equipment in Aceh.

 (122910)

205  Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the nature of the Indonesian Government's use of British-built Scorpion tanks in Aceh in recent weeks.

 (122911)

206  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he was asked to meet the released Tibetan political prisoner Ngawang Sandrol during her visit to London; what his response was; what his policy is with regard to (a) himself and (b) other Ministers in his Department meeting political prisoners; whether he raised the issues of (i) Tibet and (ii) political prisoners in China when he met the Chinese Foreign Minister Li Xlaoxing; and if he will make a statement.

 (122564)

207  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the case of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh in Pakistan.

 (122739)

208  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take regarding the recent conflict in Darfur, western Sudan.

 (122703)

209  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Sudan regarding reports of harassment of civil society groups in recent months.

 (122704)

210  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the British High Commission in Nairobi has taken action regarding reported killings of Sudanese refugees in Kakuria refugee camp, Kenya.

 (122705)

211  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the reports of the discovery, by Greek authorities, of large amounts of explosives on a ship heading for Sudan.

 (122706)

212  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on (a) the interception of the ship in Greek waters which was carrying explosives and (b) the response of the Government of Sudan.

 (122476)

213  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what monitoring his Department carries out into shipments of arms destined for Sudan.

 (122477)

214  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on recent attacks on Christians in Pakistan.

 (122557)

215  Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Pakistan authorities on that government's recent human rights record, with specific reference to employer treatment of domestic servants.

 (122558)

216  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to raise the issue of Tibet in his forthcoming meeting with the Foreign Minister of China.

 (122629)

217  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to meet Ngawang Sangdrol, the recently-released Tibetan political prisoner.

 (122631)

218  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of foodstuffs and drinks provided by the Government Hospitality Section of the Conference and Visits Group was sourced from (a) the UK, (b) the EU, (c) third countries, (d) organic sources and (e) fair trade sources in each of the last five years.

 (122844)

219  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the budget was for the Government Hospitality Section of the Conference and Visits Group in each of the last 10 years.

 (122845)

220  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many bottles of (a) wine and (b) other alcoholic beverages there were in the Government wine cellar, managed by his Department, in each of the last 10 years; and what his estimate is of the value.

 (122847)

221  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd June, Official Report, column 9W, on Ingushetia, when he expects to receive the report from the Ingush government commission.

 (122335)

222  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British born ethnic minority members there are in senior posts of the British Council abroad, indicating the grade and the percentage this represents of all posts.

 (119230)

223  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what special provision has been made by (a) the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and (b) the Afghan Transitional Authority to register women voters.

 (122213)

224  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the women's organisations which have been invited by the Coalition Provisional Authority to take part in the women's conference in Baghdad in early July.

 (122214)

225  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the terms of reference are of the women's conference organised by the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad in early July.

 (122215)

226  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance his Department is giving to the Kenyan government to counter the terrorist threat in Kenya.

 (122050)

227  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will review his Department's travel advice to Kenya.

 (122051)

228  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction produced in March 2002 was not published at that time.

 (122503)

229  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in what ways Iraq failed to make a complete disclosure on its weapons of mass destruction capability in response to UN Security Council Resolution 1441.

 (122505)

230  Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions there have been since January between the Government and the European Commission on legislative proposals on sex discrimination being considered by the European Commission; what representations the Government plans to make to the European Commission; and if he will make a statement.

 (122493)

231  Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK lorry drivers have been acquitted in France of drug-related matters in each year since 1999.

 (122872)

232  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the British High Commission in Tanzania will respond to the letter sent by Jasvir Jutla & Co Solicitors, concerning Dinesh J. Vithlani, ref PAF/APP & CON39/7.

 (122792)

233  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the levels of health risk associated with the use of (a) mercury free and (b) mercury based preservatives in vaccines for children.

 (122715)

234  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the availability of hydrotherapy treatment for MS sufferers; and if he will make a statement.

 (122800)

235  Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements are made for consultants carrying out private work in NHS hospitals to reimburse the NHS for NHS-paid-for parts and materials from NHS stores.

 (122889)

236  Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge & Chryston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the net expenditure from the carers grant by each social services authority in England (a) was in each year since 1997-98 and (b) is projected for financial year 2003-04.

 (122383)

237  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken to ensure a quality service in all areas in respect of access to pain management services; if he will list those acute hospitals which do not provide a chronic pain service; if he will make it his policy to require the health authorities in each area to provide for constant coverage for pain relief; and if he will make a statement.

 (122738)

238  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has developed a model to assess the impact of waiting times on sexual health outcomes; and if he will make a statement.

 (122740)

239  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the outcome was of the audit of genito-urinary medicine waiting times; and if he will make a statement.

 (122741)

240  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether additional resources are being invested to improve genito-urinary medicine services in the current financial year; and if he will make a statement.

 (122742)

241  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources were allocated to (a) research into and (b) treatment of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder in each year since 1997.

 (122641)

242  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on ending of the Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System; and what discussions he has had with the Department of Trade and Industry on this matter.

 (122478)

243  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his department has (a) commissioned, (b) undertaken itself, (c) reviewed, (d) completed, (e) published or received and (f) ensured the appropriate peer review of in respect of the impact of genetically modified foods consumed by humans upon their health, in the last five years.

 (122491)

244  Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons lettuce and spinach are excluded from the Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2003/1478.

 (122841)

245  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether GPs will be required to make payments to hospitals under the plans to recover NHS costs from compensation settlements.

 (122377)

246  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what powers a local pharmaceutical committee has to remove the right of a general practitioner to dispense.

 (122500)

247  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the powers to reclassify areas covered by dispensing doctors from rural to urban under the NHS Pharmaceutical Regulations Act 1992.

 (122501)

248  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Commission for Social Care Inspection will be required to give notice of its intention to conduct an inspection under clause 76(6) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122912)

249  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government will stipulate a time period in which the report must be published under Clause 76(7) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122913)

250  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the criteria will be for a decision to be taken as to whether the publishing of a report is appropriate under Clause 76(7) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122914)

251  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government will stipulate a time period in which the CSCI must inform the Secretary of State of its decision to award the lowest performance rating under Clause 77(2) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122915)

252  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Secretary of State will make public the recommendations that the CSCI have put forward under Clause 77(2) and (3) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122916)

253  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where the CSCI finds a local authority is failing to discharge any of its social service functions to an acceptable standard, whether the CSCI will make their findings public under Clause 77(3) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122917)

254  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines the Government will issue requiring the CSCI to report to the Secretary of State that a local authority is failing to discharge any of its social service functions to an acceptable standard under Clause 77 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122918)

255  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the CSCI will be required to make the notice public under Clause 77(4(a)) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122927)

256  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he will issue regarding the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Audit Commission co-operating with each other with respect to the exercise of their respective functions under Clause 79 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122928)

257  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional functions the CSCI is to have under Clause 80 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122929)

258  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under Clause 82 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill, what the procedure is for lodging a complaint against the CSCI; who will be responsible for investigating complaints against the CSCI; whether complaints against the CSCI will be made public; whether the Secretary of State will make public a direction in writing when the CSCI has failed in its discharge of functions; and whether the Secretary of State is able to remove the Chief Executive where a significant failure of a discharge in the CSCI's functions has occurred.

 (122930)

259  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the scale of fees to be paid in different cases and different classes of case will be under Clause 83(3) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122931)

260  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the specified factors which may be taken into account when a fee is to be determined under Clause 83(3)(c) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122932)

261  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the terms of reference are for the independent person or panel under Clause 83(b) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill; and who will be responsible for appointing the independent person or panel.

 (122933)

262  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will define 'any' person under Clause 84(1) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill; who will be able to request copies of a report; whether individuals who appear in CSCI reports will have their right to privacy protected; and whether a person requesting a copy of a CSCI report will be required to give notice of their request.

 (122934)

263  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines the Government has set out for CSCI to devise criteria for the annual reviews of local authority social service departments under Clause 75 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122935)

264  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Government will publish the criteria the CSCI has devised for the annual reviews of local authority social service departments.

 (122936)

265  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what remedies the Secretary of State has if the CSCI fails to take into account the guidance issued to local authorities under section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 (c42) under Clause 75 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122937)

266  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what remedies the Secretary of State has if the CSCI fails to take into account the standards prepared and published under section 23 of the Care Standards Act 2000 under Clause 75 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122938)

267  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government expects CSCI to give notice where it intends to carry out an inspection of an authority under Clause 75(7) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122939)

268  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what standards the CSCI will apply to ascertain whether a local authority social service department has improved under Clause 72 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122945)

269  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what standards the CSCI will apply to ascertain the effectiveness of measures taken by local authority social service departments to carry out services listed in 2(a)-2(f) under clause 72 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122946)

270  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria the CSCI will use to assess the economy and their value for money on services under Clause 72 of the Health and Social Care Bill.

 (122947)

271  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government intends to include the need to safeguard and promote the rights and welfare of (a) mentally ill adults and (b) older people under Clause 72 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122948)

272  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government plans to require the CSCI to consult and involve the service users in its work at (a) national and (b) local level under Clause 72 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122949)

273  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the CSCI will keep the Secretary of State informed of provision of services, and how frequently, under Clause 73 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122950)

274  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will define the term 'reasonable fee' under Clause 84(2) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill; and if he will set a maximum fee that can be charged under Clause 84(3).

 (122951)

275  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what a reasonable time will be under Clause 85(1) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill; if the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) will be required to give notice of their intention to inspect; if he will define the term 'reasonably believes to be used' under Clause 85(2)(b); what evidence CSCI will be required to produce that a premises should be inspected; and who will provide the authority to enter and inspect under Clause 85(3).

 (122952)

276  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria the Government has set for the right of entry to be considered necessary or expedient under Clause 86(1) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill; and if personal records inspected under the right of entry will be protected under the Data Protection Act 1998 under Clause 85(1)(a).

 (122953)

277  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the maximum fine payable is under Clause 87(4) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122957)

278  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under Clause 88(1) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill, who is responsible for deciding what constitutes a prescribed person; under what circumstances the Government would expect the CSCI to consider an explanation necessary; and whether it would expect the CSCI to lay down the prescription required for such times and places as an explanation may be required.

 (122958)

279  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the maximum fine payable is under Clause 88 (3) of the Health and Social Care Bill.

 (122959)

280  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the person for whom the records are held will have the right to be informed that their records have been inspected and copies taken which will be removed from the premises under Clause 86(1) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122960)

281  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government will put in place safeguards to ensure that vital equipment is not removed without prior agreement under Clause 86(1)(b) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122961)

282  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a person working at the premises will have the right to refuse to be interviewed under Clause 86(1)(c)(i) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122962)

283  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government will put in place safeguards to ensure that only records, with particular reference to those held on computer, which are relevant to an investigation are inspected and that an individual's right to privacy is protected under Clause 86 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122963)

284  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the maximum fine payable is under Clause 86(5) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.

 (122964)

285  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the CSCI will be required to give notice where it requires a person to provide it with any information, records or other items under Clause 87(1) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill; where a person is required to provide the CSCI with any information or records (including personal records), whether these will be protected under the Data Protection Act; and where the CSCI requires a person to provide it with information, records and other items, whether the Government will put in place safeguards to ensure that only records, with particular reference to those held on computer, which are relevant to an investigation are requested and that an individual's right to privacy is protected.

 (122965)

286  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has commissioned into the effect of the Food Supplements Directive on British (a) manufacturers, (b) suppliers and (c) retailers of food supplements; and if he will postpone the implementation of the provision of the Statutory Instrument which transposes the Directive.

 (122802)

287  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to bring forward legislation on the reduction of the salt content of processed food if the food industry does not introduce voluntary measures.

 (122803)

288  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has commissioned on the savings to the NHS which might follow from a reduction in the average adult intake of salt to no more than six grams per day; and if he will make a statement.

 (122804)

289  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce a national strategy for arthritis; and if he will make a statement.

 (122805)

290  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) rheumatologists and (b) multi-disciplinary specialists in arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions are employed by NHS trusts which serve the Portsmouth South area.

 (122806)

291  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the (a) mortality and (b) morbidity rates for each year since 1997 for (i) England and (ii) each region of England.

 (122789)

292  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people classed as self pay undertook operations in the private sector in each year since 1997, broken down by type of operation.

 (122791)

293  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 16th June, Official Report, column 67W, on agency nurses, what information is collected on hours worked by agency nurses.

 (122801)

294  Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) general and (b) community hospitals (i) have been built and (ii) are scheduled to be built under PFI contracts since 1997.

 (122628)

295  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England have (i) dementia and (ii) Alzheimer's disease.

 (122890)

296  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding the Government put into researching Alzheimer's disease and dementia in the last 12 months.

 (122891)

297  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support the Government is offering Alzheimer's awareness week.

 (122892)

298  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Hampshire County Council about the funding of their plans to provide residential and nursing home beds for the elderly.

 (122107)

299  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial support is available to local authorites to enable them to create additional nursing and residential home beds for the elderly.

 (122108)

300  
N  
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which local authorities have applied to the Department for capital resources to enable them to provide additional nursing and residential home beds for the elderly; and what the status is of these applications.

 (122109)

301  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the status is of the document Inside Outside; to whom it has been officially circulated; and what response is expected from them.

 (122474)

302  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been detained under each relevant section of the Mental Health Acts in each of the last five years, broken down by ethnic group.

 (122475)

303  Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve career opportunities in dentistry for (a) nurses, (b) therapists and (c) hygienists.

 (122627)

304  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ethnic minority consultants and associated specialists have been suspended by hospital trusts in each of the past five years, broken down by trust; and what percentage (a) all consultants and associated specialists and (b) all non-ethnic minority consultants and associated specialists.

 (119229)

305  
N  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 20th June, Official Report, column 484W, if he will list the NHS trusts and the number of special care baby unit costs which were added in error to the number of neonatal intensive care cots in March 1999.

 (122209)

306  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the age of consent is for agreeing to NHS treatment.

 (122387)

307  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the recommended square meterage of living space per patient in a mental health hospital is.

 (122388)

308  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the relationship between rates of obesity in children and levels of physical activity.

 (122389)

309  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children have (a) self harmed and (b) committed suicide whilst taking prescribed paroxetine in each year since 1997.

 (122390)

310  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of using glycyrrhizin in treating severe acute respiratory syndrome.

 (122391)

311  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average age is for (a) men and (b) women suffering strokes; and what the main causes of strokes are.

 (122392)

312  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of children complained of pain during operations using general anaesthetic in the last 3 years.

 (122393)

313  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated change in the occurrence of congenital heart disease is over the next 10 years.

 (122394)

314  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated change in the number of children born with congenital heart disease is over the next 10 years.

 (122395)

315  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated percentage of (a) boys and (b) girls who smoke regularly was in each year since 1997.

 (122396)

316  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of mental health patients have care plans in each primary care trust.

 (122397)

317  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting time is to receive dental treatment for (a) those in pain and (b) those requiring routine treatment at (i) HMP Acklington, (ii) HMP Albany, (iii) HMP/YOI Altcourse, (iv) HMP Ashford, (v) HMP Askham, (vi) HMP/YOI Aylesbury, (vii) HMP Bedford, (viii) HMP Belmarsh, (ix) HMP Birmingham and (x) HMP Blakenhurst.

 (122399)

318  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much it cost the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust to place the article, We're making breakthroughs every day, in the Nursing Times on 17th June.

 (122400)

319  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the NHS on advertising employment opportunities in each of the last five years.

 (122401)

320  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average number of applications per job advertisement in the NHS was in each of the last five years.

 (122402)

321  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much it cost the (a) Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, (b) Lancashire Care and (c) South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trusts to place the job advertisement in the Nursing Times on 17th June.

 (122403)

322  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of schizophrenics had access to cognitive behavioural therapy in the last year for which figures are available.

 (122405)

323  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients underwent electroconvulsive therapy in the last year for which figures are available; what percentage gave written consent in advance of the treatment; and which primary care trusts do not provide written information on electroconvulsive therapy before treatment commences.

 (122406)

324  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts authorise the use of orlistat to children in the treatment of obesity.

 (122407)

325  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients suffered from sensory impairment, in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by sense.

 (122408)

326  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of hospitals had (a) hearing volunteers to assist hearing impaired patients and (b) sight volunteers to assist sight impaired patients in the last year for which figures are available.

 (122409)

327  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of hospitals used sign language interpreters for hearing impaired patients in the last year for which figures are available.

 (122410)

328  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of hospitals used written communications designed for deaf-blind patients in the last year for which figures are available.

 (122411)

329  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of hospitals had access to (a) Type Talk and (b) Minicom services for hearing impaired patients in the last year for which figures are available.

 (122412)

330  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of nurses were trained in communicating with sensory impaired patients in the last year for which figures are available.

 (122413)

331  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people suffered from atopic eczema in each year since 1997.

 (122414)

332  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will announce the trusts which have been successful in applying for Action On Funding for urology patients.

 (122415)

333  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce a protocol for communicating with sensory impaired patients.

 (122445)

334  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been commissioned on the percentage of parents who smack their children.

 (122446)

335  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the incidence of (a) hepatitis A, (b) hepatitis B and (c) hepatitis C was in each year since 1997.

 (122448)

336  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) deaths there were from human immunodeficiency virus and (b) new cases were diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus in each year since 1980.

 (122449)

337  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the treatment available for benign prostatic hyperplasia.

 (122450)

338  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with severe acute respiratory syndrome.

 (122451)

339  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people suffer from (a) muscular dystrophy and (b) carry the muscular dystrophy gene.

 (122452)

340  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of hospitals treat muscular dystrophy.

 (122453)

341  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost is of merging the confidential inquiry into maternal deaths and the confidential inquiry into stillbirths and deaths in infancy.

 (122454)

342  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultations are being conducted in the Confidential Inquiry into Maternal and Child Health.

 (122455)

343  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of multiple sclerosis patients receive the drugs that they request in the last year for which figures are available.

 (122456)

344  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people who (a) took up smoking and (b) permanently stopped smoking in each year since 1997.

 (122457)

345  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the progress made in implementing the recommendations in Liberating the Talents, published in 2002.

 (122458)

346  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria are used to award grants from the Children's Fund; and if he will list the (a) recipients and (b) amounts received of awards from the Children's Fund since it was established.

 (122461)

347  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the national service framework for children; and how many children were involved in the consultation process.

 (122462)

348  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) men, (b) women and (c) children who eat five portions a day of fruit and vegetables.

 (122463)

349  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to speed up the process of settling claims against the NHS.

 (122178)

350  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the findings of the pilot study on out of court settlements of claims in the NHS.

 (122179)

351  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the use of out of court settlements to resolve claims against the NHS.

 (122180)

352  Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has set a date for the payment of grant to local authorities for improving social services for older people, as set out in his letter of 22nd May to local authorities; and if he will make a statement.

 (122873)

353  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS hospital trusts rated two star and above have major hospital sites with an accident and emergency department that does not admit children for minor injuries.

 (122345)

354  Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which casualty departments in NHS hospitals rated two star and above are assessed as being unsafe for the admittance of children.

 (122346)

355  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had on the provision of a new cardiac centre at Basildon Hospital; when the Essex Strategic Health Authority will consider the final plans; how many heart operations a year the centre will perform; what range of procedures and operations will be available at the unit; and when the unit will become available for use.

 (122340)

356  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the part that clinical diagnostics play in (a) improving health care, (b) improving treatment outcomes and (c) reducing overall health care costs to the NHS; and if he will make it his policy to raise awareness of the role of diagnostics in health care delivery.

 (122341)

357  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to increase the level of laboratory diagnostic testing for clinical diagnosis.

 (122342)

358  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are waiting in hospitals in Essex for placements in care homes.

 (122887)

359  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds were available in care homes in Essex in each of the last five years.

 (122888)

360  Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for the introduction of an opt-out scheme for organ donation in the UK; and what targets have been set to increase the number of people carrying donor cards.

 (122998)

361  Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 19th June, Official Report, column 431W, on insulin pump therapy, what research he has undertaken into the medical advantages of the provision of insulin pump therapy for type I diabetics.

 (122921)

362  Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 19th June, Official Report, column 431W, on insulin pump therapy, if he will make insulin pumps and infusion kits free of charge for diabetics who require them for medical reasons.

 (122922)

363  Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 19th June, Official Report, column 431W, on insulin pump therapy, if he will list the health authorities which provide insulin pump therapy at no cost.

 (122923)

364  Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will compile statistics on (a) the numbers of type I diabetics who require insulin pump therapy and (b) the costs of providing this service free of charge.

 (122924)

365  Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will extend the period of the pilot projects on electronic prescribing.

 (122622)

366  Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the prevalence of allergies was in the last 10 years; how many specialist allergy clinics there are; what research he has done to ascertain the reasons for the changing prevalence of allergies; what plans he has to increase the number of specialist allergy clinics; and if he will make more training places available for allergy specialists.

 (122632)

367  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the funding arrangements for (a) children's and (b) adult hospices; and if he will make a statement.

 (122683)

368  
N  
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total pre-build public subsidy was in all the private finance initiative hospitals that are open.

 (122182)

369  
N  
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total amount was of money gained from land sales by NHS Trust Private Finance Initiative Consortia.

 (122183)

370  Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to establish a national screening programme for abdominal aortic aneurysm.

 (122364)

371  Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on those sections of the draft EU constitution relating to (a) internal border controls and (b) people-trafficking.

 (122709)

372  Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been granted in England and Wales.

 (122780)

373  Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the average time taken between an application for an anti-social behaviour order and its subsequent court hearing in (a) England and Wales and (b) the West Midlands.

 (122781)

374  Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what actions have been taken to reduce the length of time between application for anti-social behaviour orders and their subsequent hearing.

 (122782)

375  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much he has spent on researching alternatives to animal testing in each of the last 20 years.

 (122654)

376  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much he has spent on animal test research in each of the last 20 years.

 (122655)

377  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's research report on the impact of burglary on the health of older people in sheltered accommodation.

 (122669)

378  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd June, Official Report, column 595W, if he will list the buildings which have been identified as containing asbestos.

 (122966)

379  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will establish a 24-hour helpline for victims of rape.

 (121101)

380  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate has been made of the costs of the introduction of identity cards to (a) the Government and (b) the individual holder of the card.

 (122360)

381  Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisons have been built with public money over the last 10 years; and when the construction of each such prison was ordered.

 (122919)

382  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (a) how many and (b) what percentage of registered bodies did not have their registration with the Criminal Records Bureau completed within the previous three week service standard in 2002-03; and how long on average it took to process applications from organisations which took longer than three weeks.

 (122480)

383  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many potential registered bodies are having their applications processed by the Criminal Records Bureau; and how many of these organisations have been waiting longer than three weeks.

 (122481)

384  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation took place with the Criminal Records Bureau's customers about the increase in fees for obtaining disclosure certificates.

 (122482)

385  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of whether sufficient notice was given to registered bodies to assess the budgetary impact of the increase in fees for obtaining dislosure certificates from the Criminal Records Bureau.

 (122483)

386  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether an impact asssessment for registered bodies was carried out prior to the announcement of increased fee levels for obtaining disclosure certificates from the Criminal Records Bureau; and whether such an assessment will be carried out in future.

 (122484)

387  Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial support is provided by Government to the Criminal Records Bureau; when the Bureau expects to become self-financing; and what impact he estimates self-financing may have on future fee levels for disclosure certificates.

 (122485)

388  Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for taking forward the recommendations of the Independent Review of the Criminal Records Bureau.

 (122486)

389  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the imprisonment of (a) female and (b) male juveniles in adult prison establishments will end.

 (122714)

390  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) local authorities, (b) voluntary organisations and (c) children's charities were consulted about the proposed increases to disclosure fees for standard and enhanced disclosures by the Criminal Records Bureau; and how many organisations consulted supported an increase in fees.

 (122767)

391  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the revenue gained as a result of the proposed increase to disclosure fees for standard and enhanced disclosures by the Criminal Records Bureau.

 (122768)

392  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the impact on the children's charity sector of proposed increases to disclosure fees for standard and enhanced disclosures by the Criminal Records Bureau.

 (122769)

393  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received in support of the wish of Mr Rezart Elmarzi, a constituent, to remain in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

 (122138)

394  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will intervene in the case of Mr Rustam Artskanov, a constituent, to enable him to remain living in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

 (122357)

395  Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Chechens have been deported in the past six months; to which destinations they were sent; what arrangements were made to ensure their safe passage through Russia to Chechnya; and if he will make a statement.

 (122358)

396  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will discuss with President Putin the case of Mr Rustam Artskanov and seek a guarantee of his safe passage to his home in Chechnya.

 (122359)

397  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action has been taken to implement the recommendation in the Halliday Report Making Punishments Work which states that dependent children should be taken into consideration when sentencing mothers.

 (122955)

398  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) governing governors and (b) governor grades of prison establishments in England and Wales are from an ethnic minority group.

 (122967)

399  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of staff in the Prison Service are from an ethnic minority group.

 (122968)

400  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of GDP was spent on prisons in (a) 1973, (b) 1981, (c) 1991 and (d) 2001; and what the expenditure was on prisons in real terms in each of those years.

 (122969)

401  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisons in England and Wales have (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) doctors or nurses and (d) doctors and nurses available to practice health care (i) 24 hours a day, (ii) 12 hours a day, (iii) every other day, (iv) twice a week and (v) once a week.

 (122970)

402  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of prison officers are allowed to administer medication to prisoners; and what proportion of those officers have been given medical training.

 (122971)

403  Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of medication provided in prisons that would normally be administered in tablets is given in liquid form to prevent prisoners storing their medication.

 (122972)

404  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes his Department has made to police disciplinary procedures in the last five years; and what representations he has received from chief constables on reforming police disciplinary procedures.

 (122881)

405  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice he has issued to chief constables on the (a) recruitment and (b) use of community support officers.

 (122882)

406  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police forces in England and Wales have specialist units dealing with arson.

 (122589)

407  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people prosecuted for arson offences were (a) found guilty, (b) placed on probation, (c) fined, (d) made subject to a supervision order, community service order, combination order or curfew order, (e) given a suspended sentence, (f) given a conditional discharge, (g) given an absolute discharge and (h) given a custodial sentence in each year since 1997.

 (122590)

408  Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of vehicle licence plate cloning have been (a) investigated and (b) prosecuted in the last 12 months.

 (122621)

409  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the progress of the case of Savitaben Hasmukbhai Patel born 12th July 1947, sent to the Integrated Casework Directorate in Liverpool on 28th May by recorded delivery (no RE620118685GB); and when a decision will be made on the application.

 (122793)

410  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to determine the application made by (a) Baljit Kaur (S1025374/3) and (b) Jaspal Singh (S1160262) for indefinite leave.

 (122997)

411  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to the letter of 13th January from the honourable Member for Leicester East to the Minister for State, Citizenship and Immigration, P1048812, concerning his constituent Mrs Patel.

 (122999)

412  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has commissioned on the number of asylum-seekers who commit crimes.

 (122208)

413  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of Africa she estimates was covered in forest in (a) 1975, (b) 1985, (c) 1995 and (d) 2002.

 (122665)

414  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if the Secretary of State will take steps to prevent industrial fishing by EU countries from seriously depleting fish stocks off the coast of Africa.

 (122668)

415  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the UK preparations for the return of Iraqi refugees; and what action is being taken to alleviate the burden of refugees in Iran.

 (122246)

416  Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when the Secretary of State plans to publish her Department's policy paper on Reproductive Health and the Millennium Development Goals, and if she will make a statement.

 (122920)

417  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the targets the Department for International Development set for (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) non-governmental organisations, (c) consular offices, (d) research bodies and (e) agencies in (i) 2000-01, (ii) 2001-02 and (iii) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

 (122565)

418  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the targets the Department for International Development set for the (a) Performance Assessment Network, (b) Performance Reporting Information System for Management and (c) Multilateral Organisations' Performance Assessment Initiative in (i) 2000-01, (ii) 2001-02 and (iii) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

 (122566)

419  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the Department for International Development assesses whether general targets under the Joint Funding Scheme have been met.

 (122567)

420  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Department for International Development spent in each year since 2001 on the (a) Performance Reporting Information System for Management, (b) Multilateral Organisations' Performance Assessment Initiative and (c) Performance Assessment Network; if she will list the titles of their documents concerning the Department for International Development; and if he will place the documents in the Library.

 (122568)

421  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in what percentage of (a) high risk, (b) medium risk and (c) low risk projects, the value for money indicator found the Department to have been successful; and if he will make a statement.

 (122710)

422  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of statistics used by the Department preceding overseas aid projects were in time for their effective use in (a) project design and (b) project evaluation, for the years 2000 to 2003.

 (122711)

423  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Department has spent on the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century; what the Department's targets were for the partnership in the years (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03; and how far these have been met.

 (122712)

424  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects will receive less funding as a result of the cut in departmental funding for (a) Iraq, from 2002-03 to 2003-04, (b) Palestine, from 2003-04 to 2004-05 and (c) Ethiopia, from 2002-03 to 2003-04; and if she will make a statement.

 (122735)

425  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the (a) objectives, (b) targets and (c) main budgetary compartments are for the (i) Africa Performance Fund and (ii) Asia Performance Fund; and if she will make a statement.

 (122736)

426  Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the discussions and conclusions made in the recent G8 summit regarding the International Finance Facility.

 (122737)

427  
N  
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total expenditure out of the public purse was of each non-departmental public body in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

 (122502)

428  Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will reply to the question from the honourable Member for East Londonderry tabled for answer on 22nd May, ref 115700, on funding for sport.

 (122507)

429  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on progress in establishing the office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People.

 (122351)

430  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made towards establishing an older people's rights commissioner in Northern Ireland.

 (122352)

431  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meetings of the Civic Forum have taken place in each year since its formation.

 (122353)

432  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in ensuring full accessibility for people with disabilities to government offices in Northern Ireland.

 (122354)

433  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the progress being made by the inter-departmental working group established to examine the issue of free personal care for people in residential homes.

 (122355)

434  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of people employed at each grade of the Northern Ireland Civil Service are (a) Protestants, (b) Roman Catholics and (c) neither Protestant nor Roman Catholic.

 (122633)

435  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money his Department has spent in each year since 1998 on community relations programmes; and what estimate he has made of the value for money of such expenditure.

 (122634)

436  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what departmental projects and programmes have been (a) deferred and (b) cancelled as a result of the underspend announced for the financial year 2002-03.

 (122635)

437  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many permanent jobs were created in each Northern Ireland constituency as a result of funding provided under the EU Peace I initiative.

 (122636)

438  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to de-rate Orange Halls in Northern Ireland.

 (122637)

439  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the names of people appointed to serve on the panel set up to advise on the replacement of the eleven-plus examination; which organisations they represent; and whether their views on the Burns Report are known to the Department.

 (122638)

440  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funding was provided for the promotion of (a) Irish culture and (b) Ulster-Scots culture in each year since 1998.

 (122639)

441  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 11th June, ref 119468, how many warnings were issued to TS Corey (Armagh) prior to the termination of the contract; what the nature of the breach of contractural obligations was; and what opportunity was afforded to the contractor to remedy the situation prior to termination of the contract.

 (122640)

442  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment has been undertaken of (a) the capacity of the Real IRA to manufacture bombs and (b) whether the Real IRA is receiving co-operation from the Provisional IRA.

 (122642)

443  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many classroom assistants were employed in each education and literary board area in Northern Ireland in each year since 2000.

 (122643)

444  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to promote tourism in Northern Ireland through support for cultural traditions organised by the Loyal Orders.

 (122670)

445  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many visits have been made by inward investors to (a) Down District Council, (b) Newry and Mourne District Council and (c) Banbridge District Council in each of the last five years; how many were repeat visits; and how many of these inward investors have located enterprises in each area.

 (122348)

446  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) staffing and (b) financial resources have been provided in order to execute the Mental Health Review; and if he will make a statement.

 (122349)

447  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which groups, organisations and bodies have benefited from funding from the Peace I and Peace II programmes since 1996 in the constituency of South Down; what financial amounts were allocated to each group; for what projects; from which sectors of the Special European Union Programme for Peace and Reconciliation funding came; and what sums were provided.

 (122444)

448  Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will bring forward legislation on the cost of borrowing in the Northern Ireland energy market; and if he will make a statement.

 (122585)

449  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 11th June, Official Report, column 957W, on the energy industry, what mechanisms for reducing energy costs in Northern Ireland are planned to enable a more efficient means of financing energy assets and contracts; and if he will make a statement.

 (122807)

450  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what targets he has set for the working group set up to examine practical options for reducing energy costs in Northern Ireland; when the working group is due to report; and if he will make a statement.

 (122808)

451  Lembit O計ik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the Government will make a decision on the introduction of legislation to reduce the cost of borrowing in the Northern Ireland energy market sector; and if he will make a statement.

 (122809)

452  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 11th June, Official Report, column 965W, on the Irish language, what costs have been incurred since 1998 as a result of Irish language policy by (a) the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, (b) the Department of Education and (c) other government departments.

 (122343)

453  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 11th June, Official Report, column 966W, on multiple sclerosis, how many sufferers of multiple sclerosis have commenced (a) beta interferon and (b) glatiramer treatment in Northern Ireland since 1st January.

 (122344)

454  Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much each health trust in Northern Ireland spent on security in each of the last five years.

 (122573)

455  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have taken up the new senior citizen free travel passes in each local government area.

 (122365)

456  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on progress on plans for a rapid transport system for Belfast.

 (122366)

457  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the quality bus corridor on the Newtownards Roads is likely to open.

 (122367)

458  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he plans to introduce legislation for the decriminalisation of on-street parking.

 (122368)

459  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when Road Service will publish its 10 to 15 years Forward Planning Schedule.

 (122369)

460  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the plans to upgrade the Westlink.

 (122370)

461  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Government has taken to facilitate the introduction of a scheme to gate alleyways.

 (122371)

462  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the status is of each road scheme in the Road Service Major Works preparation.

 (122372)

463  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Government plans to introduce charges for utility companies who open up the roads.

 (122373)

464  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of extending the free fares scheme to all those over 60 in Northern Ireland.

 (122374)

465  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which rivers and lakes in Northern Ireland are monitored for water quality; and what the regularity is of the sampling process.

 (122375)

466  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been paid to private hire taxi companies by each trust board in each of the last four financial years; and what the criteria are for the use of private hire taxis by trust boards.

 (122376)

467  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many occupational therapists are employed to work (a) in the area of Belfast and (b) within each Belfast constituency.

 (122378)

468  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent in the implementation of the north/south bodies since October 2002.

 (122379)

469  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many complaints have been made against decisions of the Child Support Agency in the past three years.

 (122441)

470  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many university places were available in Northern Ireland in 2002-03; how many students left Northern Ireland for universities (a) elsewhere in the UK, (b) in the Irish Republic and (c) in Europe in 2002-03; and how many students took a university placement in Northern Ireland from (i) elsewhere in the UK, (ii) the Irish Republic and (iii) the rest of Europe.

 (122536)

471  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people took up the new deal in Northern Ireland in the past two years, broken down by age.

 (122537)

472  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what monitoring he undertakes on the usage of existing cycle lanes and routes.

 (122538)

473  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal accidents, broken down by their road classification, there were in each of the past three years.

 (122539)

474  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many complaints he has received from tenants regarding sub-standard work carried out by contractors employed by the Housing Executive for the parliamentary constituency of East Belfast.

 (122540)

475  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been retrieved by the fixed penalty system regarding alcohol free zones.

 (122542)

476  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his latest estimate is of the number of applicants for public sector housing in each category.

 (122543)

477  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much direct grant assistance was received by each school in the constituency of East Belfast in the last financial year.

 (122544)

478  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many road accident fatalities there were in each of the past 10 years; and how many there were in the UK.

 (122545)

479  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the incidence of suicide per 100,000 of the population was in each of the last three years.

 (122546)

480  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the value was of contracts awarded to private taxi companies, by trust board area, for each of the last four financial years.

 (122547)

481  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was claimed in (a) travel expenses and (b) subsistence allowances by the trust board chief executives for the last three financial years.

 (122548)

482  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money has been allocated over the last five years to traffic calming schemes across each divisional headquarter area.

 (122549)

483  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many households in East Belfast have unadopted main sewers.

 (122550)

484  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what research has been commissioned to ascertain the reasons for the variations in take up of targeted benefits; and if he will make a statement on the findings.

 (122551)

485  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are employed (a) directly and (b) indirectly in the agricultural industry in each constituency in Northern Ireland.

 (122552)

486  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the latest figures are on traffic flow on the Knock dual carriageway.

 (122553)

487  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what costs have been associated with the operational running of the Parades Commission in each of the last three financial years.

 (122554)

488  Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money has been spent on the operation of the North/South Implementation bodies by the British Government in each of the financial years since their establishment.

 (122555)

489  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the organisations engaged in communications with the decommissioning body; and if he will make a statement.

 (122799)

490  Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June, ref 120952, on children's trusts, which Minister has lead responsibility; and when decisions concerning the pilot children's trusts will be announced.

 (122765)

491  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Prime Minister, in which policy areas the United Kingdom will consider giving up its veto under the new European Constitution.

 (122580)

492  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to raise the issue of Tibet when he visits China next month.

 (122630)

493  Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 11th June, Official Report, column 678, if he will make a statement on whether his purported quotation of the Right honourable Member for Wells was not accurate and should be withdrawn, with the necessary correction of the Official Report.

 (122733)

494  Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has made to President Bush to secure (a) greater access for (i) BAE Systems and (ii) other British defence contractors to US military contracts and (b) increased sharing of defence technology between the US and UK.

 (122716)

495  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the appointees to (a) the Museums and Galleries Commision, (b) The National Heritage Memorial Fund, (c) The Security and Vetting Appeals Panel and (d) the Committee on Standards in Public Life; and which of the appointees to each body are from ethnic minorities.

 (122990)

496  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to meet (a) Scottish Law Lords, (b) the judiciary in Scotland, (c) the Law Society of Scotland and (d) the Faculty of Advocates to discuss the proposals for a Supreme Court.

 (122718)

497  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 24th June, Official Report, column 664W, on tax credits, how many families in Scotland are expected to receive (a) the child tax credit and (b) the working tax credit.

 (122720)

498  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Solicitor General, pursuant to his Answer of 16th June, Official Report, column 117W, on control of asbestos, if she will list the buildings which have been identified as containing asbestos.

 (122926)

499  Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Solicitor General, when the Department expects to publish its findings following the examination of issues relating to deaths in custody; and if she will make a statement.

 (122743)

500  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Solicitor General, how many cases were referred to the Crown Prosecution Service by each police service in England and Wales in each of the last three years; what percentage of referred cases were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service; and what percentage of referred cases resulted in a criminal conviction.

 (122052)

501  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to encourage net metering arrangements, with particular reference to the removal of market distortions.

 (122216)

502  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what figures she has collated on the percentage of electricity generated lost in (a) transmission and (b) distribution in each EU country.

 (122217)

503  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will take steps to ensure an accreditation scheme is in place for green tariffs for domestic electricity customers; and if she will make a statement.

 (122219)

504  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how animal welfare informs her policy on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

 (122661)

505  Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are in place to enable consumers to avoid products which may have been tested on animals.

 (122662)

506  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what loans were made by the Government to the government of Iraq since 1979; how much has been repaid; how much is still owed; and if she will make a statement.

 (122671)

507  Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans there are for alternative campaigns and materials following the decision to withdraw free literature on home safety.

 (122534)

508  Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the funding used to maintain the Home and Leisure Surveillance System will be transferred to the Department of Health to support the development of their injury data system.

 (122535)

509  Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the decisions (a) to scrap the Home and Leisure Surveillance Systems and (b) to withdraw free literature on home and home safety campaigns.

 (122556)

510  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total value of outstanding export guarantee liabilities in respect of defence equipment was on 1st April (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2002 and
(e) 2003; and if she will make a statement.

 (122363)

511  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to develop regulatory arrangements to exploit the potential for renewable energy developments in Scotland consistent with (a) Ofgem's statutory objectives and (b) Transmission System Owners' licence obligations.

 (122574)

512  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what price control mechanisms will be necessary to ensure the Government's renewable energy targets for 2010 are met.

 (122575)

513  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what improvements to the National Grid will need to be made to ensure the Government meets its renewable energy target of 10 per cent. by 2010; and how these improvements will be financed.

 (122576)

514  Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her policy is on improvements to the National Grid as set out in the Transmission Issues Working Group Final Report; what discussions she has had with (a) Ofgem and (b) electricity transmission companies on (i) improvements to the National Grid and (ii) the delivery of renewable energy targets; and if she will make a statement.

 (122577)

515  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on Regional Selective Assistance.

 (122901)

516  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many adverse reports required under the Company Directors' Disqualification Act 1986 have been received by her Department concerning the conduct of directors in each year since 1997.

 (122903)

517  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many disqualification orders have been made against directors under the Company Directors' Disqualification Act 1986 for a period of (a) two years and (b) more than two years in each year since 1997.

 (122904)

518  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many Qualified Insolvency Practitioners are employed by the Insolvency Service.

 (122905)

519  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the items of employment legislation, including delegated legislation, introduced by her Department since 1997.

 (122906)

520  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether it is her policy to reform insurance contract law; and if she will make a statement.

 (122907)

521  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many employees there were in the Insolvency Service in each year since 1997; and how many, in each year, have been on contracts of 12 months or less.

 (122908)

522  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many disqualification undertakings have been received by her Department from company directors since 1st April 2001.

 (122909)

523  Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the names of those post offices which have closed in Northern Ireland in each year since 1998.

 (122356)

524  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the ending of the Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System.

 (122479)

525  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many bids Advantage West Midland received from the North Staffordshire Partnership in respect of an Urban Regeneration Company for North Staffordshire; and what the outcome of each bid was.

 (122591)

526  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much Objective Two and Three European funding Advantage West Midlands (a) has secured and (b) anticipates it will raise in 2003-04; and how much it plans to spend on projects in North Staffordshire.

 (122592)

527  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what Advantage West Midland estimated grant-in-aid spending will be in 2003-04; and how much will be spent on projects in North Staffordshire.

 (122593)

528  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress Advantage West Midlands has made in setting up a company to manage the North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone under the North Staffordshire Partnership Zone Implementation Plan.

 (122594)

529  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the causes are of the delay in Advantage West Midlands (a) determining and (b) approving a delivery vehicle for regeneration within the North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone.

 (122595)

530  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which delivery vehicles for regeneration are being considered by Advantage West Midlands within the North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone.

 (122596)

531  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reasons Advantage West Midlands has not approved an Urban Regeneration Company for North Staffordshire.

 (122597)

532  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when bids were first received by Advantage West Midlands for an Urban Regeneration Company from (a) Sandwell, (b) North Staffordshire, (c) Walsall and (d) other districts, boroughs and sub-regions in the West Midlands.

 (122598)

533  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress Advantage West Midlands has made in appointing a clerical assistant for the Secretariat of the company to manage the North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone.

 (122599)

534  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress Advantage West Midlands has made in the establishment of a finance and monitoring officer by Stoke-on-Trent Partnership for the North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone.

 (122600)

535  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress Advantage West Midlands has made in the appointment of (a) a regeneration zone manager and (b) the four pillar managers for North Staffordshire under the North Staffordshire Partnership Zone Implementation Plan.

 (122601)

536  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which consultants have been used by (a) Advantage West Midlands and (b) the North Staffordshire Partnership to advise on regeneration in North Staffordshire; how much they were paid; and when.

 (122602)

537  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the role of KMPG is in advising Advantage West Midlands on regeneration in North Staffordshire; when the firm was appointed; and how much it will be paid.

 (122603)

538  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reasons Advantage West Midlands did not notify local honourable Members of the meetings on 2nd and 3rd June to discuss the progress of regeneration in North Staffordshire; which priority projects were discussed at these meetings; and how these projects relate to the Zone Implementation Plan of the North Staffordshire Partnership.

 (122604)

539  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, with which aspects of the North Staffordshire Partnership Zone Implementation Plan Advantage Waste Midlands plans to proceed.

 (122605)

540  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much Advantage West Midlands has allocated to the West Midlands Region under (a) SRB4, (b) SRB5 and (c) SRB6; and how much is being applied under each single regeneration budget round to (i) Stoke-on-Trent, (ii) Newcastle-under-Lyme, (iii) Staffordshire Moorlands and (iv) Stafford.

 (122606)

541  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information Advantage West Midlands has received on the number of officials and staff Stoke-on-Trent City Council employs on projects under (a) SRB4, (b) SRB5 and (c) SRB6.

 (122607)

542  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information Advantage West Midlands has received on the number of projects under way or planned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council under (a) SRB4, (b) SRB5 and (c) SRB6; and if she will list the (i) cost, (ii) start date and (iii) expected finish date of each project.

 (122608)

543  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the role is of Mr Jim Beeston of Heartlands in advising Advantage West Midlands on regeneration in North Staffordshire; what advice he has provided; and when his advice will be finalised.

 (122609)

544  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the awards of grant in aid under the skills development and rapid response category that have been made to North Staffordshire by Advantage West Midlands in the last three financial years; and the amount of each award.

 (122674)

545  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions Advantage West Midlands has had with RIBA over an urban design vision for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

 (122675)

546  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how Advantage West Midlands intends to incorporate the Housing Pathfinder programme in its most appropriate delivery vehicle for regeneration in North Staffordshire.

 (122676)

547  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support Advantage West Midlands has given to the North Staffordshire Urban Design Forum.

 (122677)

548  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what submissions Advantage West Midlands has received (a) directly and (b) via the North Staffordshire Partnership in respect of (i) funding and (ii) other assistance for the (A) North Staffordshire Urban Design Forum, (B) an urban design vision for North Staffordshire and (C) a proposed new architecture centre for North Staffordshire.

 (122678)

549  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions Advantage West Midlands has had with Stoke-on-Trent City Council in respect of the future of Stoke's current partnerships with the St Modwen property company in the context of the regeneration of North Staffordshire.

 (122679)

550  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much Advantage West Midlands has spent on the staffing and administration of the North Staffordshire Partnership in the last three years; and how much is anticipated in the current year.

 (122680)

551  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what has been the total amount of grants received by Advantage West Midlands in the region from the European Regional Development Fund in each financial year since the RDA's inception; and of that how much has been spent in each year in (a) Stoke-on-Trent, (b) Newcastle-under-Lyme, (c) Staffordshire Moorlands and (d) Stafford.

 (122681)

552  Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what has been the total amount of grant-in-aid utilised by Advantage West Midlands in the region under the heading applied to income and expenditure in each financial year since its inception; and of that how much has been spent in each year in (a) Stoke-on-Trent, (b) Newcastle-under-Lyme, (c) Staffordshire Moorlands and (d) Stafford.

 (122682)

553  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the progress of the Copyright Directive.

 (122083)

554  Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will visit Wales to assess the effectiveness of the introduction of electronic banking at post offices.

 (122582)

555  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the annual UK contribution has been, at constant prices, to the EU EUREKA programme since its inception; and if she will make a statement.

 (122494)

556  Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the Tyson Report on the Recruitment and Development of Non-Executive Directors; and if she will implement its recommendations.

 (122996)

557  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Minister of State for Energy and Construction has visited facilities which extract energy from municipal waste in the past two years; and what plans he has for such visits.

 (122506)

558  Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action her Department has taken since 2000 in its role as the sponsoring Department of the waste management industry.

 (122509)

559  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance she is providing to the road haulage industry to ensure the implementation of the Working Time Directorate; and what discussions she has had with the Road Haulage Association on the implementation of the Directorate.

 (122886)

560  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many fraudulent claims for motor and household insurance there have been in each year since 1997.

 (122731)

561  Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will estimate how much fraudulent claims for motor and household insurance have cost the economy in each year since 1997.

 (122732)

562  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the appointees to the (a) National Consumer Council, (b) Hearing Aid Council, (c) Gas Consumer Council, (d) Post Office Users Council for Scotland, (e) Post Office Users Council for Northern Ireland, (f) Post Office Users Council for Wales, (g) English Advisory Committee on Telecommunications, (h) Scottish Advisory Committee on Telecommunications, (i)Northern Ireland Committee on Telecommunications, (j) Economic and Social Research Council, (k) Medical Research Council, (l) Natural Environmental Research Council, (m) Advisory Committee on Coal Research, (n) Energy Advisory Panel, (o) Measurement Advisory Committee, (p) Overseas Project Board, (q) London & Southeast Industrial Development Board, (r) Northwest Industrial Development Board (s) Southwest Industrial Development Board and (t) Eastern Region Industrial Development Board; and which of the appointees to each body are from ethnic minorities.

 (122992)

563  Mr John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what requests for funding he has received for the construction of Kirkstall Bridge railway station.

 (122672)

564  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many air traffic control delays to individual aircraft of over (a) 10 minutes, (b) 20 minutes and (c) 30 minutes there have been at Heathrow Airport in the last two years.

 (122620)

565  Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on (a) the duration of individual meetings and (b) the total duration of meetings he has held with the Merseyside Passenger Transport Authority and Executive to discuss the Mersey Tunnels Bill in the last five years.

 (122700)

566  
N  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of (a) flights and (b) night flights landed at Heathrow Airport from a (i) westerly and (ii) easterly direction in (A) 1999, (B) 2000, (C) 2001, (D) 2002 and (E) the first 6 months of 2003.

 (122625)

567  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has made to the Cabinet Office in its review by the Better Regulation Task Force of the role of traffic commissioners.

 (122310)

568  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many public inquiries have taken place in each year since 1997 under regulations administered by traffic commissioners in (a) Scotland and (b) England and Wales.

 (122311)

569  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidelines he has issued to traffic commissioners on implementing the Goods Vehicle Licensing of Operators Act 1995.

 (122312)

570  
N  
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the use of self-employed transport managers under (a) the Goods Vehicle Licensing of Operators Act 1995 and (b) EU directive 96/26.

 (122313)

571  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has (a) received from and (b) made to the Scottish Executive concerning the imposition of public service obligations at airports in Scotland, broken down by (i) subject, (ii) date and (iii) responsible ministers.

 (122512)

572  Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will announce his decisions on the introduction of domestic services on the Channel Tunnel Rail link; and if he will make a statement.

 (122525)

573  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the need for (a) new and (b) reconditioned rolling stock for the UK railway system; and whether he estimates train companies are making the level of investment required to meet these needs.

 (122347)

574  Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to follow the advice of the European Aviation Safety Agency on pilot flying hour limits; and if he will make a statement.

 (122508)

575  Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what action he has taken to implement the principle enunciated in the 1998 Transport White Paper that aviation should meet the external, including environmental, costs it imposes.

 (122775)

576  Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers travelled to and from Shrewsbury by rail in each year since 1997; how many regular train services were available from Shrewsbury in each year since 1997; and how much was raised in ticket sales at Shrewsbury rail station in each year since 1997.

 (122460)

577  Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what average fare per return journey at 2000 prices is used for each of the examples shown in Table 14.5 of The Future of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: South East, for (a) 2000 and (b) 2003.

 (122497)

578  Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the promotion of (a) bioethanol, (b) liquefied petroleum gas and (c) hydrogen as automotive fuels.

 (122337)

579  Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what action he is taking to ensure that foreign operators in the road haulage industry in the UK are abiding by the relevant rules and regulations.

 (122885)

580  John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 20th June, Official Report, column 446W, on freight grants, what grants to which he refers are made by the Scottish Executive; and what proportion relates to movement within Scotland in each year since 1996 (a) at current prices and (b) at outturn prices.

 (122751)

581  John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what responsibilities the Strategic Rail Authority has for the number of train movements in Scotland.

 (122752)

582  Mr Martin Caton (Gower): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations his Department has received from disabled people about plans for a new access to Gwydwr House.

 (122995)

583  Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many members of the public visited (a) Cardiff Castle and (b) Caerphilly Castle in 2001-02.

 (122813)

584  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 155W, on asbestos, if he will list the buildings which have been identified as containing asbestos.

 (122956)

585  Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action the Government has taken to regulate independent benefits consultancies.

 (122443)

586  Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the regulations for incapacity benefit allow for the payment of benefit when an individual has been injured in a criminal activity.

 (122812)

587  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has (a) received from and (b) made to the Scottish Executive concerning recent problems with the credit payments, broken down by (i) subject, (ii) date and (iii) responsible Scottish Minister.

 (122510)

588  Mr Michael Foster (Worcester): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the level of funding was for the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last 10 years.

 (122516)

589  Mr Michael Foster (Worcester): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work-related (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries occurred in Worcester for the last year for which data is available; and how many prosecutions took place as a result.

 (122517)

590  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the research that has been conducted into (a) employment zones, (b) new deal for communities and (c) action teams; if he will publish these documents; and if he will make a statement.

 (122465)

591  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the levels of performance against the key performance targets in respect of SchlumbergerSema in (a) March, (b) April and (c) May; whether a financial penalty has been imposed for failure to meet targets in these months; and if he will make a statement.

 (122466)

592  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints against providers of New Deal placements and training have been made; how many New Deal placement and training providers have had their contract cancelled owing to (a) ineffective training and (b) poor employment practices; what other action has been taken against providers of ineffective training and poor employment practices; how the training quality of New Deal placements is assessed; and if he will make a statement.

 (122467)

593  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of New Deal expenditure was spent on (a) subsidies to employers, (b) payments to external providers, (c) payments to participants, (d) JobcentrePlus costs and (e) other costs, broken down by programme, in each year since the programme began; and if he will make a statement.

 (122468)

594  Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many sanctions have been applied to New Deal participants, broken down by programme, in each year since the programme began; how many sanctions have been applied to participants in Employment Zones since they began; how many sanctions there were on (a) each New Deal programme which uses sanctions and (b) Employment Zones, broken down by reason for the sanction; and if he will make a statement.

 (122469)

595  Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the 100 wards in the UK with the highest number of people on Incapacity Benefit.

 (122839)

596  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the appointees to the (a) Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board, (b) Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, (c) Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority and (d) Social Security Advisory Committee and which of the appointees from each body are from ethnic minorities.

 (122993)

597  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the average clearance times for attendance allowance new claims in areas (a) piloting the new claim form and (b) using the standard claim form.

 (122686)

598  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new attendance allowance claims using the new claim form have been made in pilot areas; and of that number how many were successful.

 (122687)

599  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for reconsideration and appeal against attendance allowance decisions based on new form applications were made in the pilot areas.

 (122688)

600  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what evaluation he has made of claimants' views on the new attendance allowance claim form being used in pilot areas; and if he will place a copy of the results in the Library.

 (122689)

601  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what evaluation he has made of the new disability living allowance claim form being used in the Glasgow pilot area; and if he will place a copy of the result in the Library.

 (122690)

602  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of people eligible to receive pension credit; and what take-up targets his Department has been set.

 (122692)

603  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pension credit personal direct mail packs have so far been distributed; and of that number how many (i) successful and (ii) unsuccessful claims have been made.

 (122693)

604  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which Departmental Information Technology system will be used to support pension credit; and if he will make a statement.

 (122694)

605  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 16th June, Official Report, column 100W, on the Whistleblowers Hotline, what the costs of administrating the Hotline were in each year since its introduction.

 (122772)

606  Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7th April, Official Report, column 88W, on pensioners, which benefits are included in the column headed Income related benefit savings.

 (122532)

607  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Constitutional Affairs, if he will list the duties attached to the Lord Chancellor's Office in respect of universities; and what changes have been made in the arrangement for carrying out the duties.

 (121025)

608  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Constitutional Affairs, how many appointments to benefices and other ecclesiastical appointments are subject to the patronage of the Lord Chancellor; and what changes have been made in the arrangements for these appointments.

 (121026)

609  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 117W, on asbestos, if he will list the buildings which have been identified as containing asbestos.

 (122925)

610  
N  
Mr William Cash (Stone): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Constitutional Affairs, when the Secretary of State will make the Transfer of Functions order between the functions of the Lord Chancellor's Department and the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

 (122247)

611  
N  
Mr William Cash (Stone): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Constitutional Affairs, what plans he has to issue a White Paper on the legal and constitutional implications of the creation of the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

 (122248)

612  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Constitutional Affairs, if he will list the circumstances in which the civil servants of the Scotland Office who have become a part of the Department for Constitutional Affairs will be required to report to the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs.

 (122514)

613  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Constitutional Affairs, if he will list his Department's responsibilities for Scotland.

 (122515)

614  Annabelle Ewing (Perth): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Constitutional Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the Scottish Law Lords, (b) the judiciary in Scotland, (c) the Law Society of Scotland and (d) the Faculty of Advocates about the proposals for a Supreme Court.

 (122719)

615  Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Constitutional Affairs, what percentage of fines were unpaid in (a) Salisbury Magistrates' Court and (b) Salisbury Crown Court in 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

 (122795)

616  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Constitutional Affairs, where the Department of Constitutional Affairs will be housed; who will have responsibility within his Department for (a) constitutional matters, (b) Scottish matters, (c) Welsh matters and (d) matters relating to human rights; and when he intends to publish the list of Ministerial responsibilities.

 (122702)

617  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Constitutional Affairs, whether the (a) Scotland and (b) Wales Offices will be housed in the same building as the Department of Constitutional Affairs.

 (122747)

618  Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Constitutional Affairs, what the relationship between (a) Constitutional Affairs, (b) Scotland Office and (c) Welsh Office will be with regard to staffing and personnel matters.

 (122748)

619  Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Constitutional Affairs, if he will list the appointees to (a) the Imperial College Govening Body, (b) the Court of UMIST, (c) the Court of University of Hull, (d) the Court of University of Sussex, (e) the Court of University of Ulster, (f) the Court of the University of Manchester, (g) the Council for the Professions Supplementary to Medicine, (h) the General Medical Council, (i) the Royal Council of Veterinary Surgeons, (j) the Registered Homes Tribunals Panel of Experts and (k) the Royal College of Court; and which of the appointees to each body are from ethnic minorities.

 (122994)

620  Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the survival rates for (a) breast cancer, (b) lung cancer and (c) heart disease for each year since 1997 for (i) England and (ii) each region of England.

 [Transferred]   (122790)



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