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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 9 September 2003

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Wednesday 10 September 2003 see Part 2 of this Paper.

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

TUESDAY 9th SEPTEMBER

1  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what arrangements there are for the disposal of (a) ministerial and (b) departmental vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

 (128796)

2  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average time is that ministerial cars have been kept in operational service; and if he will make a statement.

 (128799)

3  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 17th July, Official Report, columns 454-5W, on tax credit helplines, how many calls to the working tax credit helpline were expected in the first year of operation; and if he will make a statement.

 (128752)

4  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are in receipt of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit, in each London constituency; how many claims are outstanding; and if he will make a statement.

 (128758)

5  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff were seconded to work on working families tax credit, broken down by Government department; how many of those staff are still seconded to work on the working family tax credit; what arrangements were made to cover the work previously being undertaken by staff who were seconded; and if he will make a statement.

 (128800)

6  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been (a) budgeted and (b) spent by his Department since April 2002 on (i) combating computer fraud, (ii) preventing theft of computers and (iii) safeguarding the security of information held on computer; and if he will make a statement.

 (128801)

7  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters to the Inland Revenue from right honourable and honourable Members about working family tax credit applications were awaiting a reply on 31st August; how many of those were over (a) 30 days old and (b) 60 days old; and if he will make a statement.

 (128802)

8  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the unemployment rate is in (a) South Sefton, (b) postcode L20 and (c) the UK.

 (128882)

9  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer which electoral wards are amongst the 10 per cent. most deprived in England and Wales.

 (128899)

10  
N  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 10th July, Official Report, column 928W, if he will provide a breakdown of the impact of his tax and benefit reforms on households with annual income of (a) £30,000, (b) £50,000, (c) £75,000 and (d) over £75,000.

 (127058)

11  
N  
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library an estimate of the impact on the level of income of a transfer of all changes in the total level of taxation since 1997 to income tax, broken down by households with annual incomes of up to (a) £30,000, (b) £50,000, (c) £75,000 and (d) above £75,000.

 (127059)

12  Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many unclaimed prizes from premium bonds there are; and what their cumulative value is.

 (128876)

13  Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of savings certificates and savings deposits issued through the Post Office which are unlikely to be claimed or cashed.

 (128877)

14  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for compensation in relation to the delivery of the child and working tax credits have been received; and how many have been (a) processed, (b) successful and (c) unsuccessful.

 (128749)

15  Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Legal Services Commission uses a cost-benefit analysis when deciding whether to grant legal aid.

 (128813)

16  Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans the Department has to review the guidelines used by the Legal Services Commission in making decisions on the allocation of legal aid.

 (128814)

17  Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what discussions ministers have had with colleagues in the Welsh Assembly Government on guidance for dealing with fixed-term exclusions.

 (128815)

18  Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment has been made of the provisional numbers of domestic and overseas tourists in England this summer.

 (128890)

19  Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the process for renewal of the BBC's charter.

 (128891)

20  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment has been undertaken of museum entry prices; what plans there are to make an assessment; and if she will make a statement.

 (128777)

21  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria Sport England Exchequer uses to allocate grant aid to national governing bodies; and if she will make a statement.

 (128778)

22  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans there are to increase the number of qualified school sports coaches employed at a local level.

 (128707)

23  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many qualified school sports coaches were employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear and (d) England, in each year since 1997.

 (128708)

24  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what investigations his Department carried out into the allegations made by Charmaine Maeer; on what basis she was discharged from the army; what pension or benefit she received as a result of her discharge; and if he will make a statement.

 (128809)

25  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will order a public inquiry into the way that unnatural deaths at (a) Deepcut and (b) Catterick barracks have been investigated.

 (128810)

26  Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will order an inquiry into the way that unnatural deaths at Deepcut Barracks have been investigated.

 (128811)

27  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when, since 1997, units were attached to other (a) battalions and (b) corps to bring them up to strength for the purposes of operational deployment; and if he will make a statement.

 (128408)

28  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reservists served in (a) the first Gulf War and (b) Kosovo during 1999-2001.

 (128409)

29  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the basis for the assertion made by the Director of the Joint US-UK Iraq Survey Team, that Saddam Hussein had given orders for his commanders to fire chemical shells at forces invading Iraq.

 (128806)

30  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armoured Land Rovers have been sold off as surplus since May.

 (128807)

31  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much has been (a) budgeted and (b) spent by his Department since April 2002 on (i) combating computer fraud, (ii) preventing theft of computers and (iii) safeguarding the security of information held on computer; and if he will make a statement.

 (128797)

32  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many prosecutions have taken place using the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982; and if he will make a statement.

 (128798)

33  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps the South Sefton Partnership have taken to improve access to (a) job and training opportunities and (b) affordable childcare.

 (128878)

34  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps have been taken by the South Sefton Partnership to create safe, healthy, and managed neighbourhoods.

 (128879)

35  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps have been taken by the South Sefton Partnership to build a stronger community by helping local people (a) to be involved in planning and decision-making at local level and (b) supporting community initiatives.

 (128881)

36  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what further support he plans to offer to help the homeless.

 (128709)

37  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much has been spent on providing temporary accommodation for families claiming to be homeless in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England, in each year since 1997.

 (128710)

38  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many families have claimed to be homeless in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England, in each year since 1997.

 (128711)

39  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures are in place to help to reduce the number of homeless people.

 (128712)

40  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding has been allocated to reduce the number of homeless people in the UK since 1997.

 (128713)

41  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people were homeless in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England, in each year since 1997.

 (128714)

42  Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy that no elderly or disabled person should wait more than six months for an assessment of needs, the provision of finance and the execution of works required under disability facilities grant arrangements; and if he will make a statement.

 (128898)

43  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been (a) budgeted and (b) spent by his Department since April 2002 on (i) combating computer fraud, (ii) preventing theft of computers and (iii) safeguarding the security of information held on computer; and if he will make a statement.

 (128772)

44  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the leader of Kent County Council and (b) officials at Kent County Council regarding section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988; and if he will make a statement.

 (128773)

45  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in each of the last five years have been subject to arson attacks; and if he will make a statement.

 (128776)

46  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to change the London allowance for university teachers; what representations he has received regarding an increase; and if he will make a statement.

 (128803)

47  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of top-up fees on the debt problem for students from a poorer background entering into a career in medicine.

 (128405)

48  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has taken place of each area along the River Thames that has been designated as (a) flood plain and (b) at a high risk of flooding; and if she will make a statement.

 (128783)

49  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been (a) budgeted and (b) spent by her Department since April 2002 on (i) combating computer fraud,(ii) preventing theft of computers and (iii) safeguarding the security of information held on computer; and if she will make a statement.

 (128784)

50  Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when, in relation to Krishna Maharaj, the Government expects to have advised the United States court of the submitting of its brief.

 (128804)

51  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been (a) budgeted and (b) spent by his Department since April 2002 on (i) combating computer fraud, (ii) preventing theft of computers and (iii) safeguarding the security of information held on computer; and if he will make a statement.

 (128794)

52  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many officials the Provisional Coalition Administration has in the British-controlled sector of Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

 (128795)

53  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with US officials concerning the possibility of Mr Moazzam Begg and Mr Feroz Abbasi standing trial in a US civil court; and if he will make a statement.

 (127171)

54  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 14th July, columns 47-8W, how many meetings were attended by his Department's Ministers to promote the export of British defence equipment with officials from (a) Chile, (b) India, (c) Singapore, (d) Czecho Republic, (e) Slovakia and (f) Tanzania in (i) 2002 and (ii) 2003; what equipment was discussed; and if he will make a statement.

 (127657)

55  
N  
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the occasions since 1997 when ministers from his Department have accompanied British firms on visits overseas to promote export marketing and sales, indicating the name of the minister and the country visited in each case.

 (128407)

56  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists there are in the Brent and Harrow Health Authority area; what steps he is taking to increase the number of NHS dentists in the Brent and Harrow Health Authority area; and if he will make a statement.

 (128753)

57  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the prescribing budget was for the Brent and Harrow Health Authority for the financial years (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

 (128759)

58  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were cancelled at Willesden Community Hospital, London in the last quarter for which figures are available; what percentage of the cancelled operations were consequently carried out within four weeks; and if he will make a statement.

 (128761)

59  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the NHS smoking cessation campaign; what plans there are to assist the campaign; and if he will make a statement.

 (128763)

60  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was paid to cover professional negligence claims on London hospitals in each year since 1992-93; what proportion each sum represented of those hospital budgets; and if he will make a statement.

 (128764)

61  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the number of care home beds in London.

 (128765)

62  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are under (a) police guard and (b) armed police guard in (i) NHS and (ii) private hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

 (128766)

63  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) frontline ambulances, (b) patient transport vehicles, (c) fast response cars, (d) medical motorbikes, (e) medical cycles and (f) special baby care units are available for London; and if he will make a statement.

 (128767)

64  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mixed sex wards have been divided into single-sex bays at (a) Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford and (b) West Middlesex Hospital, London since 1st January 2002; and if he will make a statement.

 (128768)

65  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been (a) budgeted and (b) spent by his Department since April 2002 on combating (i) computer fraud, (ii) preventing theft of computers and (iii) safeguarding the security information held on computer; and if he will make a statement.

 (128771)

66  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken in the last two years in (a) the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, (b) Inner London and (c) Greater London to reduce obesity; and if he will make a statement.

 (128774)

67  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were cancelled at (a) Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford and (b) West Middlesex Hospital, London in the last quarter for which figures are available; what percentage of the cancelled operations were subsequently carried out within four weeks; and if he will make a statement.

 (128775)

68  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were waiting to be registered by NHS dentists in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d) the North East and (e) England in each year since 1997.

 (128888)

69  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dental practices there were in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne & Wear, (d) the North East and (e) the UK (i) in 1980, (ii) in 1990, (iii) in 2000 and (iv) on the latest dates for which figures are available.

 (128889)

70  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people had diabetes in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear and (d) the UK (a) in 1980, (b) in 1990, (c) in 2000 and (d) on the latest date for which figures are available.

 (128892)

71  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures the Department has taken to reduce the number of people with diabetes.

 (128893)

72  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the incidence of tooth decay in children was in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear and (d) the UK (i) in 1980, (ii) in 1990, (iii) in 2000 and (iv) the latest date for which figures are available.

 (128894)

73  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures the Department is taking to reduce the number of children with tooth decay.

 (128895)

74  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are being taken to increase the number of NHS dental practices in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d) the North East and (e) England.

 (128896)

75  Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dental practices there were in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d) the North East and (e) UK (i) in 1980, (ii) in 1990, (iii) in 2000 and (iv) on the latest date for which figures are available.

 (128897)

76  Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has made to the European Commission in response to the G10 Medicines (High Level Group on Innovation and the Provision of Medicines) report.

 (128737)

77  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of using coloured spectacle lenses in the treatment of children with autistic spectrum disorders.

 (128701)

78  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding per head of population the Metropolitan Police received in each year since 1993 from (a) government and (b) precept; and if he will make a statement.

 (128757)

79  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal accidents involving (i) police, (ii) ambulance, (iii) fire service and (iv) other emergency service vehicles there were in each year since 1993, in each London borough; and if he will make a statement.

 (128760)

80  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints under investigation by the Police Complaints Authority are (a) less than one year old, (b) one to three years old, (c) three to five years old and (d) over five years old; and if he will make a statement.

 (128762)

81  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many items (a) deposited at and (b) posted to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate have been (i) lost at and (ii) stolen from each office in each of the last ten years; and if he will make a statement.

 (128770)

82  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on performance against the 71 day target for dealing with persistent young offenders.

 (128717)

83  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications the Criminal Case Review Commission received between 31st March 1997 and 31st March 2003; and what the annual intakes to Stage 1 through that period were.

 (128825)

84  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage change was in the number of applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission in 2002-03 from the previous year.

 (128826)

85  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the turnover rate of case review managers in the Criminal Case Review Commission was in each year since 1997.

 (128827)

86  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases were (a) awaiting review at each stage and (b) under review at each stage at (i) 31st March, (ii) 31st March 2002, (iii) 31st March 2001 and (iv) 31st March 2000.

 (128828)

87  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals were made by the Criminal Case Review Commission in the 2002-03 year to 31st March; and how many of those referrals have been determined.

 (128829)

88  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many days on average it took the Criminal Case Review Commission to respond to correspondence at (a) Stage 0, (b) Stage 1, (c) Stage 2 Screen and (d) Stage 2 in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

 (128830)

89  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many days on average it takes the Criminal Case Review Commission to complete reviews at (a) Stage 1, (b) Stage 2 Screen and (c) Stage 2.

 (128831)

90  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many decisions on eligibility the Criminal Case Review Commission made at Stage 1 during the period 31st March 2002 to 31st March 2003; how many intakes there were; and what reasons underlay the difference between these figures.

 (128833)

91  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases were completed by the Criminal Case Review Commission in 2002-03 at each stage.

 (128834)

92  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigating officers were appointed each year by the Criminal Case Review Commission during the period from 31st March 1997 to 31st March; and how many cases were investigated each year.

 (128835)

93  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the (a) case intakes, (b) case completions, (c) case in trays and (d) cases under review by the Criminal Case Review Commission in each year since 31st March 1997 to 31st March 2003.

 (128836)

94  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals were made to (a) the Court of Appeal and (b) the Crown Court in England by the CCRC in 2002-03.

 (128838)

95  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many CCRC referrals had been determined by the courts of appeal by 31 March 2003; of those determined, what the average time was from referral to judgement; how many convictions have been quashed; how many have been upheld; and how many have been varied since 31 March 1997.

 (128839)

96  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reapplications were made to the CCRC in each year since 31 March 1997, and what proportion this represents of non-referrals.

 (128840)

97  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reapplications were referred by the CCRC between 2000 and 2003.

 (128841)

98  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) complainants and (b) complaints there were to the CCRC in 2002-03; and how many cases were involved.

 (128842)

99  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time was for the CCRC to (a) acknowledge a complaint and (b) complete an investigation into a complaint in 2002-03.

 (128843)

100  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints to the CCRC concerned case review actions or decisions in 2002-03; and how many resulted in a change to a case decision.

 (128844)

101  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to minimise the number of complaints received by the CCRC.

 (128845)

102  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, of the applications received by the CCRC in 2002-03, how many referred to sexual offences; and how many separate sexual offences were raised.

 (128846)

103  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals by the CCRC have taken advantage of (a) forensic science techniques, (b) advances in psychiatry and (c) advances in linguistics that have been developed or enhanced since the original proceedings.

 (128847)

104  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what pieces of new legislation have been stimulated by the CCRC's casework.

 (128848)

105  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will outline the case ordering and priority ranking that is used by the CCRC in determining which cases to review.

 (128849)

106  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being take by the CCRC to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the case review process.

 (128850)

107  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many process improvement projects were active in the CCRC during 2002-03; and what they were concerned with.

 (128851)

108  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many case review managers (a) were in post, (b) arrived and (c) left the Criminal Case Review Commission in each year from 31st March 1997 to 31st March 2003.

 (128852)

109  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what change there has been in the level of street crime in each of the 10 hot spot areas during the year 2002-03

 (128863)

110  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken to establish a closer working relationship between the CPS and the (a) National Crime Squad and (b) Anti-Terrorist Branch of the Metropolitan Police on (i) terrorism and (ii) other international, serious organised crime.

 (128864)

111  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the SR2002 public service agreement targets are for the criminal justice system with effect from April 2003.

 (128875)

112  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what upgrades are being made to the hardware and software elements of the CCRC's IT system.

 (128883)

113  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the CCRC is taking to (a) ensure clear communication and (b) promote awareness and understanding among its stakeholders.

 (128884)

114  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implication of the Criminal Justice and Sentencing Bill for the work of the Criminal Case Review Commission.

 (128885)

115  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the CCRC received in Grant Aid in the year ending 31st March 2003.

 (128886)

116  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding the CCRC received during the year ending 31st March 2003 from Round 3 of the Invest to Save budget; and what this funding was used for.

 (128887)

117  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications were (a) accepted and (b) rejected in (i) 2002 and (ii) 1997.

 (128727)

118  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of asylum applications were rejected in each year since 1997.

 (128728)

119  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money Havering Borough Council was given to deal with asylum seekers in (a) 1997, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.

 (128729)

120  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications from people residing in Romford were declined in each year since 1995.

 (128730)

121  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were sent to live in Havering in each year from 1995 to 2002.

 (128731)

122  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many registered asylum seekers are residing in the Romford constituency.

 (128732)

123  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claims for asylum were made from people whose address was in Romford during 2002.

 (128733)

124  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will outline the procedure used in deciding where to place asylum seekers.

 (128734)

125  Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much individual asylum cases cost (a) central and (b) local government in each year from 1997 to 2002.

 (128735)

126  Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in his Department deal with immigration and asylum issues, broken down by section; and what the function of each section is.

 (128755)

127  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what items can be recycled by honourable and Right honourable Members and their staff; and if he will make a statement.

 (128786)

128  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost of constructing the Houses of Parliament ticket office was; what the cost of storing the ticket office until 2004 will be; which company has been selected to store the ticket office until 2004; and if he will make a statement.

 (128788)

129  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what work is outstanding on (a) Norman Shaw North, (b) Norman Shaw South and (c) Portcullis House; and what the estimated completion date is.

 (128789)

130  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much has been (a) budgeted and (b) spent since April 2002 on (i) combating computer fraud, (ii) preventing theft of computers and (iii) safeguarding the security of information held on computer; and if he will make a statement.

 (128791)

131  Joyce Quin (Gateshead East & Washington West): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 16th July to the question tabled by the Right honourable Member for Gateshead East and Washington West, whether it is policy to hold regular meetings with (a) the First Minister of the Scottish Parliament and (b) the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales.

 (127961)

132  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Prime Minister, what official channels exist for members of the security services to flag up concerns over the interpretation of raw intelligence data to the Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee.

 (128805)

133  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the devolution settlement as it affects Scotland.

 (128463)

134  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what percentage of (a) magistrates' court cases and (b) Crown Court cases were dealt with by joint police and Crown Prosecution Service criminal justice units and trials units in 2002-03.

 (128715)

135  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what targets were set by the CPS in 2002-03 to deal with prosecution cases in a timely and efficient manner in partnership with other agencies; and what the performance results are against these targets.

 (128716)

136  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what targets were set by the CPS in 2002-03 on (a) the presentation in court of prosecution cases, (b) the testing of defence cases and (c) complying with the duties of disclosure; and what the performance results are of these targets.

 (128718)

137  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what targets were set by the CPS in 2002-03 on meeting the needs of victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system, in co-operation with other criminal justice agencies; and what the performance results are of these targets.

 (128719)

138  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what steps the CPS has taken to narrow the gap between the overall level of crimes recorded by the police and the offences brought to justice (a) in general and (b) with particular reference to hate crimes.

 (128720)

139  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what steps the CPS has taken to contribute to the Government's strategy to tackle domestic violence.

 (128721)

140  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, how the CPS has revised its National Standards of Advocacy; and which areas employ full-time advocacy assessors and trainers to ensure that CPS advocates meet those standards.

 (128722)

141  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what steps are being taken by the CPS to target street crime in each hot spot street crime area.

 (128723)

142  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what new structures have been developed to manage delivery and reform of the CJS at national and local levels.

 (128724)

143  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, in what ways the CPS is contributing to the CJS Case Preparation Project to reform case management in (a) magistrates' courts and (b) the Crown Court.

 (128725)

144  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what definition is used of a vulnerable adult as it relates to the admissibility of video recorded statements as evidence in chief in Crown Court proceedings.

 (128726)

145  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what percentage of the CPS's area business managers were new appointments in 2002-03.

 (128837)

146  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, how many cases were dealt with by the Crown Prosecution Service in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2001-02.

 (128853)

147  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, how many defendants were prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service in (a) magistrates' courts and (b) the Crown Court in (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2001-02.

 (128854)

148  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what percentage of prosecutions in the magistrates' courts secured a conviction in 2002-03; and how many defendants pleaded or were found guilty.

 (128855)

149  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what percentage of cases in the Crown Court resulted in a conviction in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03.

 (128856)

150  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what percentage of defendants who pleaded not guilty in the Crown Court were convicted in 2002-03.

 (128857)

151  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what steps the Crown Prosection Service has taken to improve the service to (a) victims and (b) witnesses of crime.

 (128858)

152  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, how many (a) summary cases and (b) indictable or either way cases were received by the Crown Prosecution Service in 2002-03.

 (128859)

153  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what change there has been in the volume of pre-charge advices provided to the police by the Crown Prosection Service since 2001-02.

 (128860)

154  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what the discontinuance rate was in magistrates' court cases in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03.

 (128861)

155  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what the Crown Prosecution Service budget was for (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2001-02.

 (128862)

156  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, how many additional lawyers the CPS employed in 2002-03

 (128873)

157  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Solicitor General, what percentage of CPS staff work in areas prosecuting or supporting the prosecution of offenders.

 (128874)

158  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with Ofgem following their announcement of the possible shortfall in the Roc fund; what measures (a) are being taken and (b) are planned to avoid a shortfall; and what assessment she has made of the impact of this announcement upon the renewables industry.

 (128870)

159  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 17th July, Official Report, column 507W, on the Consumer Credit Act, when she expects to publish the results of the consultations.

 (128751)

160  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will undertake an assessment of safety at nuclear power stations following the recent heatwave; and if she will make a statement.

 (128769)

161  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with (a) ministerial colleagues, (b) NGOs and (c) member states of the European Union on (i) policies and (ii) objectives to be presented at the World Trade Organisation conference in Mexico; and if she will make a statement.

 (128779)

162  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much of the (a) major photovoltaics demonstration programme budget, (b) clear skies programme budget, and (c) Scottish community renewables initiative budget (i) has been allocated and (ii) remains to be allocated; and where each of these schemes are advertised.

 (128780)

163  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which (a) ministers and (b) civil servants will be attending the Cancun conference in September; and if she will make a statement.

 (128781)

164  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been (a) budgeted and (b) spent by her Department since April 2002 on (i) combating computer fraud, (ii) preventing theft of computers and (iii) safeguarding the security of information held on computer; and if she will make a statement.

 (128782)

165  
N  
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the occasions since 1997 when ministers from her Department have accompanied British firms on visits overseas to promote export marketing and sales, indicating the name of the minister and the country visited in each case.

 (128406)

166  Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations she has received from the Irish Minister for the Environment on projected closure dates for the Thorp nuclear plant at Sellafield.

 (128808)

167  Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will publish the regulations required to help local authorities designate lanes.

 (128869)

168  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passenger railway carriages there were in (a) 1993, (b) 1998 and (c) 2003; and if he will make a statement.

 (128792)

169  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has held with each of the emergency services regarding traffic calming schemes; and if he will make a statement.

 (128793)

170  Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the security risks posed by (a) glass bottles and (b) minor household items, with particular reference to nail files, aboard aircraft.

 (128736)

171  Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in how many accidents involving drivers (a) mobile telephone use and (b) smoking were identified as contributory factors in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 (128812)

172  
N  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to meet the Richard Commission to discuss the future devolution settlement in Wales.

 (128472)

173  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to ratify (a) the International Labour Organisation Seafarers' Welfare Convention 163 (1987) and (b) the International Labour Organisation Seafarers' Welfare Recommendation 173 (1987); and if he will make a statement.

 (128754)

174  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list International Labour Organisation conventions which the United Kingdom has (a) declined to sign and (b) not yet signed; and if he will make a statement.

 (128756)

175  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what costs have been incurred since the inception of (a) Operation Gangmaster and (b) the Gangmaster Working Group; what funds remain unallocated in each case; and if he will make a statement.

 (128785)

176  Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been been undertaken of Operation Gangmaster; and what plans there are to make an assessment.

 (128787)

177  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many operators work on the pension credit telephone application line; and what plans he has to increase this number.

 (128738)

178  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many call centres deal with pension credit telephone applications; and what their locations are.

 (128739)

179  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls have been made to the pension credit telephone application line; and of that number how many have resulted in (a) successful claims and (b) unsuccessful claims.

 (128740)

180  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what targets he has set for converting minimum income guarantee claimants to pension credit.

 (128741)

181  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the locations of the local pension advice surgeries are.

 (128742)

182  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff (a) from his Department and (b) not from his Department work in each local pension advice surgery.

 (128743)

183  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff (a) from his Department and (b) not from his Department are available to undertake home visits to deal with (i) pension credit applications and (ii) all benefit applications.

 (128744)

184  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average time taken to deal with an application made using the pension credit telephone application line.

 (128745)

185  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what targets he has set for dealing with applications made using the pension credit telephone application line.

 (128746)

186  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who has been awarded the contract for developing the new IT system to deliver pension credit; what the estimated contract value is; and on what date he expects the system to become operational.

 (128747)

187  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many retirement pension forecasts have been distributed to the self-employed, and at what cost; and what the average entitlement that is forecast is.

 (128748)

188  Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether calls to the pension credit telephone application line will be handled by private contractors.

 (128750)

189  
N  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on the draft Gender Recognition Bill.

 [Question Unstarred]   (128466)

190  
N  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Leader of the House, if he will make a statement on changes to the sitting hours of the House.

 [Question Unstarred]   (128480)

191  Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps have been taken by the South Sefton Partnership to improve support for businesses.

 [Transferred]   (128880)




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