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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 10 September 2003

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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Wednesday 10 September 2003
(the 'Order Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 10 September 2003


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 10 September of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 10 September of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 10 September see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many electronic red boxes are in use; what has been the total cost of introducing such boxes; and what savings have resulted.
(129260)
2
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made by the Department in increasing the number of women seeking public appointments since May 2001.
(129457)
3
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, in which month he expects the annual report of the e-envoy for 2003 to be published.
(129126)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
4
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the impact on the tax yield of increasing the top rate of tax to 50 pence in the pound.
(129254)
5
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to change the rules relating to non-domicile status for tax purposes.
(129255)
6
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what he estimates will be the levels of (a) national debt and (b) government borrowing in each of the next five years.
(129082)
7
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the role of international trade in the reduction of poverty in the poorest countries.
(129083)
8
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of Treasury growth forecasts over the last three years.
(129084)
9
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent estimate is of the number of people in Crosby who are in (a) temporary and (b) part-time employment.
(129462)
10
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were (a) in employment and (b) unemployed in (i) Crosby and (ii) London on the latest date for which figures are available, expressed as a percentage of the total population.
(129463)
11
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people died as a result of lung cancer in (a) England and (b) Northern Ireland in 2002.
(129481)
12
Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in Eltham have benefited from the child tax credit; and what the overall amount paid out through the credit to families in Eltham was in the last 12 months.
(129430)
13
Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average gain of families in Eltham has been from the child tax credit.
(129431)
14
Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total paid out since May 1997 to increase family incomes has been; and what has been the average gain per family (a) in the UK and (b) in Eltham.
(129432)
15
Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families he estimates will benefit from the working tax credit in Eltham; and what will be the average gain per family (a) in the UK and (b) in Eltham.
(129433)
16
Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to encourage families to claim (a) the working tax credit and (b) the child tax credit.
(129434)
17
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6th March by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Official Report, columns 952-3, how many food sniffer dogs are available at (a) airports and (b) seaports.
(129143)
18
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring the audit requirements for industrial and provident societies in line with those of registered companies.
(129273)
19
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will amend the requirement on industrial and provident societies wanting to publish interim accounts to undertake a full audit.
(129274)
20
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the extent of (a) illegal property ownership and (b) illegal working patterns in developing countries; and what assessment he has made of the impact in each case on the ability of developing countries meeting their international financial obligations.
(129314)
21
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the impact (a) property rights and (b) a formalised system for establishing property ownership has on the ability of developing countries (i) to improve their economic position and (ii) to fulfil their international debt repayment obligations.
(129325)
22
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his statement of 9th June, Official Report, column 420, what evidential basis he used to support his statement that three million jobs in the UK were dependent on the European Union.
(129218)
23
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for public procurement policy of the ruling of the European Court of Justice in the Helsinki buses case (18th September 2002) about the use of environmental criteria in public procurement.
(129366)
24
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent on food by his Department and by each of the agencies for which it is responsible in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance he has issued to encourage the procurement of home-produced food; and if he will make a statement.
(129368)
25
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to preserve the zero rate of UK VAT for (a) children's clothing and (b) motocycle safety helmets under European Commission proposals to revise reduced rates of value added tax (COM(2003) 397 final); and if he will make a statement.
(129134)
26
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total sum of money deposited with the Bank of England by frustrated liquidations has been since the Bruemark Ruling in June 2001.
(129221)
27
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr constituency are in receipt of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit; and how many claims are outstanding.
(129215)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
28
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will list the (a) ministers, (b) civil servants and (c) members of the judiciary consulted as part of the selection process which resulted in the appointment of Mr Ken Macdonald QC as Director of Public Prosecutions.
(129242)
29
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will list the members of the panels which (a) interviewed and (b) selected Mr Ken Macdonald QC for the position of Director of Public Prosecutions.
(129243)
30
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on the appointment of Mr Ken Macdonald QC as Director of Public Prosecutions.
(129244)
31
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many claims for negligence, errors or omissions have been made against undersherifs in each of the last three years; what was (a) the highest claim, (b) the average claim and (c) the total value of claims; what was the total paid in settlement of claims for each of the last three years; what plans he has to indemnify sherifs against liability for claims against undersherifs; and if he will make a statement.
(129317)
32
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many (a) sherifs and (b) undersherifs are (i) women and (ii) from minority ethnic communities; and if he will make a statement.
(129318)
33
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the duties of the office of sheriff consist of (a) formally and (b) informally; and if he will make a statement.
(129319)
34
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, who was consulted about the proposal to remove Hampshire from the Western Circuit; when the decision will be made; and if he will make a statement.
(129035)
35
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what representations he has received on the proposal to remove Hampshire from the Western Circuit.
(129043)
36
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what factors underlay the proposal to (a) remove Hampshire from the Western Circuit and (b) include it in a South Eastern tier; and if he will make a statement.
(129044)
37
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact on the Western Circuit of his proposal to move Winchester Crown Court into the South Eastern Circuit.
(129017)
38
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of his proposal to move Winchester Crown Court into the South Eastern Circuit on the administration of justice in the Salisbury Constituency.
(129018)
39
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what representations he has received from the judiciary about his proposal to remove Winchester Crown Court into the South Eastern Circuit.
(129019)
40
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what consultation he proposes to hold with honourable Members for constituencies in (a) Wiltshire and (b) Dorset about his proposals to remove Winchester Crown Court from the Western to the South Eastern Circuit.
(129020)
41
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, where people from the Salisbury Constituency charged with (a) murder, (b) manslaughter and (c) attempted murder will be sent for trial if Winchester Crown Court is removed to the South Eastern Circuit.
(129021)
42
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what proportion of the population living in (a) rural and (b) urban areas has access to services provided by Community Legal Service Partnerships.
(129360)
43
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much has been spent on food by his Department and by each of the agencies for which it is responsible in 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance he has issued to encourage the procurement of home-produced food; and if he will make a statement.
(129370)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
44
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much peat the Royal Parks purchased in the last two years; and where it was used.
(129239)
45
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many animals and birds were culled in the Royal Parks, broken down by (a) species and (b) culling methods used in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(129263)
46
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) pesticides and (b) herbicides the Royal Parks purchased in the last two years, broken down by (i) type and (ii) quantity.
(129264)
47
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress she has made towards the goal of putting all libraries online.
(129080)
48
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Arts Council on the funding of sexually explicit material.
(129504)
49
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what sporting engagements she has attended in her official capacity since January, broken down by category.
(129505)
50
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent on food by her Department and by each agency for which it is responsible in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance she has issued to encourage the procurement of home-grown food; and if she will make a statement.
(129383)
51
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many Grade I, II, and II* listed buildings would (a) be left without public access and (b) need to be demolished under each of the different proposals to expand runway capacity at Gatwick Airport.
(129007)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
52
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on security operations in Afghanistan.
(129067)
53
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on military support for the government of Afghanistan.
(129069)
54
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent requests he has received from the United States Government for the use of British military facilities in respect of the military action in Iraq.
(129070)
55
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reservists are deployed on operations in Iraq.
(129071)
56
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes there have been in the strength of the Territorial Army in the last six months.
(129072)
57
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Defence Fire Service.
(129073)
58
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of non-combatant deaths of armed forces personnel.
(129074)
59
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to upgrade and replace the night-vision system on the Apache helicopter.
(129490)
60
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the importance of the Canadian BATUS facility for the British Army.
(129491)
61
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the deployment of women into front line positions.
(129492)
62
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of army personnel he estimates purchase their own (a) boots, (b) shirts, (c) vests, (d) jackets, (e) bergens and (f) trousers.
(129493)
63
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Armed Forces professing (a) Christianity, (b) Judaism, (c) Islam, (d) Hinduism and (e) other faiths; how many chaplains from each faith are attached to the forces; and if he will make a statement.
(129322)
64
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the court-martial into the conduct of Colonel Tim Collins last met; when any written statement announcing the verdict was issued; what contacts there were between his Department and (a) the BBC and (b) journalists concerning the matter prior to the issue of the statement; and what the policy of his Department's press office was if asked to confirm or deny the substance of the matter (i) prior to Monday 1st September and (ii) on Monday 1st September.
(128816)
65
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what inquiries he has made since the death of Dr David Kelly concerning Dr Kelly's record of claims for subsistence allowances or expenses; and for what purposes these inquiries were made.
(128817)
66
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total daily expenditure on (a) regular and (b) reserve forces stationed in Iraq is; and what the total expenditure on the maintenance of British forces in Iraq would be between 1st September and 31st March 2004 if spending were to continue at the current rate.
(128818)
67
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which RAF units are deployed to the Gulf region; what the (a) dates and (b) duration of the last three operational tours were in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(128410)
68
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the rates of separated service were for the RAF, broken down by unit, for each of the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(128411)
69
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the investment appraisal of the possible relocation sites for (a) the Joint Services Adventurous Training (Gliding) and (b) the RAF Gliding and Soaring Association Centres.
(129300)
70
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the sites of special scientific interest in the ownership of his Department and its agencies.
(129342)
71
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent on food by his Department and by each agency for which it is responsible in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance he has issued to encourage the procurement of home-grown food; and if he will make a statement.
(129378)
72
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress so far and expected timetable of measures to investigate and manage the bat colony at the Princess Mary Hospital site, RAF Halton.
(129398)
73
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what percentage of military low flying services over the Welsh Military Tactical Training Area, this year was undertaken by foreign nationals.
(129194)
74
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many low flying sorties by military jet aircraft of the (a) NATO air forces and (b) RAF were carried out last year within the UK flying system.
(129197)
75
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many low flying military sorties were undertaken within low flying area 7 of the UK low flying system in 2002.
(129198)
76
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which military conflicts of the past decade low flying tactics have been used by the RAF.
(129202)
77
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements govern the training of foreign nationals in low flying military exercises by the RAF.
(129203)
78
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of low flying military aircraft exercises conducted in the United Kingdom in each of the past 10 years were undertaken by foreign nationals.
(129204)
79
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many accidents involving low flying military aircraft in the United Kingdom have been reported in each of the past 10 years.
(129205)
80
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many foreign pilots have been involved in low flying military training exercises in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Wales in each of the last 10 years.
(129206)
81
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints his Department received with regard to military low flying aircraft in each parliamentary constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(129208)
82
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many sorties have been flown by UK RAF pilots at a level of 100ft during (a) military conflicts over the past six years and (b) the recent war in Iraq.
(129216)
83
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were recruited to the armed forces since January for (a) each of the recruitment posts in Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(129220)
84
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on NATO's leadership of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
(129034)
85
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the campaigns since 1974 which resulted in a medal being struck, what the duration was of each campaign, and when the first medal in each case was presented.
(129304)
86
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the medal for those who served in the Suez Canal Zone between 1951 and 1954 will be available; and what arrangements have been made for its presentation.
(129305)
87
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress is being made in the procurement of the Battle Group Thermal Imaging System; on which platforms it will be deployed; when it is likely to come into service; and what capability it will bring.
(129191)
88
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made with the Future Rapid Effects System; what armoured vehicles will be produced; what roles they will fulfil; and whether the in-service date has changed.
(129192)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
89
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what action his Department is taking to help victims of domestic violence.
(129449)
90
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on climate change talks he has had since January.
(129450)
91
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many homeless families there are in the UK.
(129451)
92
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people have been prosecuted for not filling in their census forms in (a) Crosby and (b) the UK.
(129452)
93
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to consult on measures affecting park homes which require legislation.
(129301)
94
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what powers existing regional assemblies have in relation to (a) the hiring of permanent staff and (b) the expenditure of public money.
(129025)
95
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the sites of special scientific interest in the ownership of his Department or its agencies.
(129344)
96
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much was spent on food by his Department and by each of the agencies for which it is responsible in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance he has issued to encourage the procurement of home-produced food; and if he will make a statement.
(129367)
97
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will set out his reasons for refusing to allocate additional funds to those local authorities who choose not to establish arm's length management operations for their council housing.
(129306)
98
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the local authorities which have conducted ballots amongst their housing tenants for arm's length management operations; and what (a) the turn-out in each case and (b) the percentage votes for and against was.
(129307)
99
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will allocate additional funds to local authorities whose tenants have voted in favour of the establishment of arm's length management operations.
(129308)
100
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many of the proposed new dwellings in the Thames Gateway area he estimates will be council houses.
(129309)
101
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he (a) records and (b) acts upon housing affordability data.
(129155)
102
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assistance he can give to areas with high house prices and low incomes to increase housing affordability; and if he will make a statement.
(129156)
103
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make it a legal requirement for fire sprinklers to be installed in all new dwellings; and if he will make a statement.
(129118)
104
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many local authorities who use Capita and their software package Academy for housing benefit have made complaints to the Department.
(129171)
105
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the local authorities which are six months or more behind paying housing benefit; and how many local authorities who are six months or more behind payment use Capita and their software package Academy.
(129172)
106
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many local authorities use Capita and their software package Academy.
(129173)
107
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, under what powers local authorities may charge a local rate on new build houses when the roads, drains and play areas have not been adopted by that local authority.
(129175)
108
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what legal responsibilities local authorities have for new build houses with respect to maintaining (a) drains, (b) play areas that are incomplete and (c) roads which are unfinished.
(129176)
109
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what sanctions can be used by (a) his Department and (b) members of the public if a section 106 planning gain for a new primary school is not then taken up by the planning authority.
(129177)
110
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what powers a local authority has to prevent further buildings by a developer where the houses recently built by the company on that site which have many snags per house still to be resolved.
(129178)
111
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many complaints about homes built by Redrow plc (a) in total and (b) on the Meads Estate near Bobbing have been received by NHBC Building Control Services Ltd.
(129179)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
112
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to enable students studying for science degrees and doctorates to avoid taking part in animal experiments they do not wish to participate in.
(129268)
113
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the life expectancy of (a) male and (b) female teachers in post aged (i) 50 to 55 and (ii) 55 to 60; and whether he has compared his estimates with those for other professionals in the same age groups.
(129101)
114
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the projects to which his Department has allocated funding in Crosby in each year since 1997.
(129458)
115
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many classroom assistants were employed in Crosby in each year since 1997.
(129459)
116
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to change the interest rates charged to students who receive loans from the Student Loans Company.
(129460)
117
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many times he has visited Crosby in his official capacity; and what the purpose was of each visit.
(129461)
118
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Learning and Skills Council National Contracting Service is required to take account of existing contractural agreements and relationships that a local Learning and Skills Council and local providers already have with industry when issuing contracts to national providers.
(129417)
119
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, at what stage of the process local Learning and Skills Councils and providers will be informed of the intention to issue a contract through the Learning and Skills Council National Contracting Service.
(129418)
120
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list by (a) value of contract and (b) region, the contracts that have been issued by the Learning and Skills Council National Contracting Service to fund, or part fund, employer-based learning.
(129419)
121
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many contracts have been issued by the Learning and Skills Council National Contracting Service to offer free training for a qualification; how many of these were in areas where an existing locally-based contract was already present; and if he will make a statement.
(129420)
122
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to assist Moslem students with finance, in the event of the student not visiting on religious grounds to take a loan requiring repayment of interest; and if he will make a statement.
(129321)
123
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations he has received from vice-chancellors in Wales about proposals to introduce differential tuition fees for university students.
(129408)
124
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what resources were allocated for research for each of the Birkenhead Sure Starts in each of the years since their inception; and how much of the funding has been spent.
(129168)
125
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much (a) revenue and (b) capital has been allocated to each of the Birkenhead Sure Starts in each year since their inception.
(129169)
126
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many relevant children there are in each of the Birkenhead Sure Start areas; and how many of these children have been contacted by Sure Start.
(129170)
127
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much of the (a) revenue and (b) capital allocation awarded to Birkenhead under the Sure Start programme has been used, broken down by financial year, since 2001-02.
(129229)
128
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd July, Official Report, column 293W, what percentage of maintained secondary school lessons inspected by Ofsted between 1995-2002 in (a) Year 7, (b) Year 8, (c) Year 9, (d) Year 10 and (e) Year 11 were recorded as set by ability in (i) English, (ii) French, (iii) mathematics and (iv) science; and if he will make a statement.
(129133)
129
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils attended the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth in 2003; how many places were available; and what proportion of the pupils attended non-specialist, non-selective maintained schools.
(129166)
130
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) failing schools have closed and (b) new schools opened under the Fresh Start programme since 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(129315)
131
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the level of career advice available to workers over 50; what plans he has to improve the profile of the service; and if he will make a statement.
(129039)
132
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make it his policy (a) to monitor the participation levels of various age cohorts of adults and (b) to set targets to reduce the drop-off of learning from age 40 onwards.
(129040)
133
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the implications of extending modern apprenticeships to all age groups.
(129041)
134
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report of the review of Child Employment Procedures carried out in response to the Private Member's Bill proposed by the honourable Member for Gravesham in February 1998.
(129055)
135
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of (a) secondary and (b) primary schools in rural areas have a broadband connection.
(129359)
136
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent on food by his Department and by each agency for which it is responsible in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance he has issued to encourage the procurement of home-grown food; and if he will make a statement.
(129382)
137
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the implications for effective early intervention in cases of potential child abuse of the reduction in health visiting services in South Worcestershire.
(129312)
138
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures are being taken to raise the aspirations of young pupils in deprived areas; and what progress has been made in encouraging them to attain higher standards.
(129091)
139
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in what circumstances children in deprived areas are paid to attend (a) school, (b) sixth form college, (c) further education colleges; and what guidance he has issued on how much is granted on a weekly basis.
(129092)
140
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will (a) defer the payment of tuition fees until after students have completed their university course and (b) freeze tuition fee levels.
(129093)
141
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what account is taken when assessing levels of tuition fee payments of the number of children within a family intending to go to university that the student's parents will have to support.
(129094)
142
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what controls are in place on the level of tuition fees for masters degree courses; and whether financial assistance is available for those unable to pay.
(129095)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
143
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what quantity of radioactive material has been incorporated into consumer goods pursuant to EU Directive 96/29.
(129252)
144
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the choice of waste disposal method by (a) waste disposal authorities and (b) businesses in the event of the introduction of an incinerator tax on the same basis as the landfill tax.
(129253)
145
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the peat extraction sites in the UK (a) which are operational and (b) where active permissions remain valid.
(129265)
146
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many approved abattoirs operated within England for each year from 1991.
(129266)
147
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance she offers to farmers wishing to dispose of (a) farm plastics and (b) silage wrap.
(129267)
148
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to increase penalties for environmental pollution to create a greater incentive for companies to improve environmental performance.
(129032)
149
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what further proposals she has to reform the Common Agricultural Policy.
(129064)
150
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the operation of the cattle passport scheme.
(129065)
151
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her Department's progress in preventing illegal meat from entering the United Kingdom.
(129494)
152
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in reforming the Common Agricultural Policy during the last six months.
(129495)
153
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on levels of cases of bovine TB.
(129496)
154
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how often she has met the head of the agricultural departments of retail banks in the last six months.
(129497)
155
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many spot checks have been carried out on illegal meat imports at each designated port of entry into the UK since December 2002.
(129498)
156
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what changes have taken place in the annual (a) net and (b) gross incomes of farmers in each of the past three years; and what estimates she has made of income levels in the next three years.
(129236)
157
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of llamas and alpacas kept (a) in zoos and (b) outside zoos in the United Kingdom.
(129338)
158
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to provide a general exemption for keepers of llamas and alpacas from the requirement to hold a zoo licence.
(129339)
159
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library a copy of the results of the Environment Agency's May 2003 survey of public opinion.
(129340)
160
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of sites of special scientific interest owned by the Environment Agency are assessed as in a favourable condition.
(129341)
161
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the sites of special scientific interest in the ownership of her Department and its agencies.
(129343)
162
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the 96 Habitats Directive sites identified by the Environment Agency in its Composite Plan, page 8, as most at risk of being damaged, including in each case the nature and source of the damage.
(129347)
163
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library a copy of the results and conclusions of the Environment Agency's Habitats Directive benefits assessment of 2003.
(129348)
164
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) serious (category 1) and (b) significant (category 2) pollution incidents there have been in each year since 1996.
(129349)
165
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications for pollution prevention and control permits were received by the Environment Agency in each year from 1996 to date; what the average time taken to determine applications was in each such year; and if she will make a statement.
(129350)
166
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many current applications for pollution prevention and control permits have been pending for four months or longer.
(129351)
167
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many landfill sites in each Environment Agency region are licensed to accept hazardous waste; how many sites in each such region will be licensed to accept hazardous waste after July 2004; and if she will make a statement.
(129352)
168
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what amount of hazardous waste was sent to landfill in each year since 1996.
(129353)
169
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the amount of hazardous waste that will be sent to landfill in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.
(129354)
170
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the likely change in costs of sending hazardous waste to landfill after implementation of the ban on co-disposal in July 2004.
(129355)
171
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce new charging arrangements to finance the Environment Agency's work in the current financial year and afterwards on (a) implementation of the Water Framework Directive, (b) development of the Revised Bathing Waters Directive, (c) regulation of the spreading of sewage sludge on agricultural land, (d) the reduction of agricultural waste and mines and quarries waste and (e) exemption from Waste Management Licensing.
(129356)
172
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the conclusions were of her Department's review of the indicative level of total administrative costs for 2003-04 and beyond.
(129357)
173
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local wildlife sites there are.
(129361)
174
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent on food by her Department and by each of the agencies for which it is responsible in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced; what guidance she has issued to encourage the procurement of home-produced food; and if she will make a statement.
(129372)
175
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on the implementation of European legislation on the treatment and disposal of liquid dredgings from waterways.
(129399)
176
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what studies her Department has commissioned to assess the impact of proposed new airport developments at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Stansted and (d) Cliffe on the extent of human exposure to nitrogen dioxide.
(129400)
177
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the cost to industry of a requirement to recover 60 per cent. of packaging waste by 2008.
(129401)
178
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the costs to local authorities of implementing (a) the End of LifeVehicles Directive and (b) the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.
(129402)
179
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on progress in distributing to local authorities the 2003-04 financial allocation for the Waste Implementation Programme.
(129403)
180
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria she intends to use to determine the allocation of money to local authorities under the Waste Management Performance Fund.
(129404)
181
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is her policy that local authorities should be allowed to carry forward into the next financial year money allocated through the Waste Implementation Programme.
(129405)
182
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the suppliers of poultry meat whose consignments have been found to contain nitrofurans, indicating in each case the date of detection and the subsequent period of time during which imports from that source were stopped.
(129406)
183
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to make representations to the European Commission to delist third country plants that have been found to have exported poultry meat containing nitro-furans into the European Union.
(129407)
184
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of a ban on the disposal of fallen stock.
(129113)
185
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty lie within 15 miles of Gatwick Airport; and what assessment she has made of the impact on these AONB's from new flight paths to the proposed new runways at Gatwick.
(129008)
186
N
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the most recent annual amounts of export refund provided through the EU for the export of (a) fruit, (b) vegetables and (c) sugar; and if she will list the amounts in sterling per pound weight.
(128819)
187
N
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in dealing with diseases amongst fish living in restricted cage accommodation.
(128820)
188
N
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the levies, expressed in sterling per pound weight, are for (a) fruit, (b) vegetables and (c) sugar.
(128821)
189
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will grant a full aid package for the South West Fishing Fleet and a decommissioning programme following the proposal by the European Commission for a recovery programme for the northern hake stock including associated stocks of megrim and anglerfish; and if she will make a statement.
(129414)
190
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to compensate for any virement of monies under the Objective One fisheries programme transferring financial aid for decommissioning to other sectors of the programme following her earlier announcement denying access to the English Decommissioning Scheme for vessels outside of the North Sea; and if she will make a statement.
(129415)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
191
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of recent developments in Israel on the peace process.
(129061)
192
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of allied countries on extending the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(129075)
193
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on Britain's relations with Brazil following the election of President Lula.
(129076)
194
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the political situation in Colombia.
(129077)
195
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of co-ordinated al-Qaeda activity against British interests abroad.
(129078)
196
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his latest assessment is of the risk of terrorist attack by al-Qaeda against the United Kingdom.
(129079)
197
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many ministerial visits have been made to Afghanistan in the last six months.
(129464)
198
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation in Nepal.
(129465)
199
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what interruptions of service his Department's telecommunications network has suffered since March.
(129466)
200
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations the Government has made (a) directly and (b) through the UN Security Council to the North Korean Government on its nuclear weapons programme.
(129467)
201
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment has been made of the human rights situation in Tibet.
(129468)
202
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement concerning the human rights situation in Northern Uganda.
(129323)
203
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the UN Security Council concerning the situation in Northern Uganda; and if he will make a statement.
(129324)
204
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent on food by his Department and by each of the agencies for which it is responsible in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance he has issued to encourage the procurement of home-produced food; and if he will make a statement.
(129371)
205
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the rights of national parliaments to (a) hold up and (b) veto proposals from the EU Commission, as contained in the report of the Convention on the Future of Europe.
(129129)
206
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visits there have been to the Government's website regarding consultation on the future of the EU; how many have responded with comments; and what percentage have expressed support for an EU constitution.
(129130)
207
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many amendments were tabled by the Right honourable Member for Neath at the Convention on the Future of Europe; and how many were agreed to.
(129131)
208
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how far the Government's objectives for the EU of (a) simplification of the Union's instruments and (b) more democracy, transparency and efficiency in the EU have been met by the proposals of the Convention on the Future of Europe.
(129132)
209
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions have taken place with representatives from Pakistan regarding the persecution of Christians; and what has been done to encourage the Pakistani administration to stop such activities.
(129096)
210
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with (a) the Russian Government and (b) governments of the Baltic states regarding the clean up of dumped chemical weapons in the sea after the Second World War.
(129097)
211
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with NATO members in the Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society regarding the monitoring of chemical leaks from chemical weapons stocks dumped in the Baltic after the Second World War.
(129098)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
212
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent studies his Department has evaluated relating to the level of plutonium in the teeth of children (a) in the Sellafield area and (b) elsewhere in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(129247)
213
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what factors underlay the decision of UK Xenotransplantation Interim Regulatory Authority not to publish the legal and ethics review of xenotransplantation produced by Professor McLean and Dr Williamson.
(129269)
214
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to appoint new members to the UK Xenotransplantation Interim Regulatory Authority.
(129270)
215
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the useful discussion points identified by the UK Xenotransplantation Interim Regulatory Authority in their consideration of the ethics review of xenotransplantation produced by Professor McLean and Dr Williamson.
(129271)
216
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice his Department gave to the UK Xenotransplantation Interim Regulatory Authority regarding the legal review by Professor McLean and Dr Williamson, with particular reference to the question of its publication.
(129272)
217
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the reports on the two large scale simulations run by OPM to explore the potential effects of choice and plurality policies on the NHS.
(129023)
218
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the data reports for conferences organised by OPM on Choice and Plurality in the NHS for each strategic health authority in which they have taken place this year.
(129024)
219
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of patients in each of the last 12 months who have returned home following admission for in-patient treatment due to the unavailability of a hospital bed, without being discharged from hospital.
(129100)
220
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nosocomial cases of small round-structured viruses there were in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority in each month in (i) 2002 and (ii) 2003 up to the latest date for which figures are available.
(128901)
221
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many antibiotic and antimicrobial drugs were bought by the NHS in each of the last six years; and what the expenditure was on these drugs in each year.
(128902)
222
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 5th August, Official Report, column 958W, on stroke services, how many and what percentage of hospitals have had a working specialist stroke unit in each (a) region and (b) strategic health authority in each of the last six years for which figures are available.
(129122)
223
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 24th June, Official Report, column 721W, on infectious patients, what information was collected centrally from the local risk assessments; and if he will publish such information.
(129123)
224
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to collect centrally information regarding the level of availability of anti-TNF therapy to qualifying patients for each primary care trust.
(129135)
225
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the GPs' contract includes recognition of the number of drug addicts treated beyond capitation alone.
(129136)
226
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his latest estimate is of the incidence of hepatitis C amongst the prison population.
(129137)
227
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his latest estimate is of the proportion of prisoners with chronic hepatitis C who are receiving treatment in accordance with National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines.
(129138)
228
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his latest estimate is of the incidence of hepatitis C amongst prisoners (a) on reception and (b) on discharge.
(129139)
229
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to estimate the incidence of hepatitis C amongst the prison population.
(129140)
230
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the number of GPs recognised as having a special interest in the treatment of drug addiction.
(129141)
231
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to increase the training available to GPs in the treatment of drug dependency.
(129142)
232
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of health and social services in Merseyside.
(129063)
233
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are receiving dialysis treatment in (a) Crosby, (b) the North West of England and (c) England.
(129482)
234
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths from suicide were recorded of (a) doctors and (b) nurses in 2002.
(129483)
235
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the incidence of hospital-acquired infections since March.
(129484)
236
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on further steps which he intends to take to combat smoking and tobacco use.
(129485)
237
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress towards meeting targets on cancer care.
(129486)
238
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were cancelled in England since January; and how many of these were due to delayed discharge.
(129487)
239
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many graduate primary care mental health workers there are in each NHS region.
(129488)
240
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients whose address was listed as no fixed abode were admitted to NHS hospitals between January and June.
(129489)
241
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many human embryos have been created specifically for the purposes of research since the passage of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; and how many such human embryos have been created by (a) fertilisation and (b) other processes.
(129026)
242
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the underlying deficit was in 2002-03 of each of the hospital trusts which he has authorised to proceed with application for foundation status.
(129299)
243
Sue Doughty (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the voluntary targets for energy use in NHS capital schemes have been made mandatory; what progress his Department has made in revising the NHS carbon dioxide standard of heat insulation; and whether it is his intention to bring the revised NHS carbon dioxide standard into line with the current British Standard for heat insulation.
(129150)
244
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes have taken place in the number of deaths from MRSA in each of the past nine years; and what changes in the number of deaths he expects to occur in the next three years.
(129237)
245
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts have been classified as being in underdoctored areas on the basis of the number of general practitioner principals, or equivalents, per weighted head of the population; what funding is being targeted at these primary care trusts in order to aid general practitioner recruitment; and if he will make a statement.
(128903)
246
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many overnight stays for healthy visitors in NHS beds in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority there were in each of the last six years; and at what total cost.
(128904)
247
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of hospitals have implemented a ward housekeeping service; when the target was set for 50 per cent. of all hospitals to have implemented such a service; when it is due to be met; and what the baseline was for the target.
(128905)
248
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Patient Power programme; what targets have been set; and what the (a) deadlines and (b) baselines are for these targets.
(128906)
249
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of outpatient appointments and inpatient elective admissions are pre-booked; and what proportion were pre-booked at the start of 2000-01.
(128907)
250
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what constitutes an improvement to a GP's premises, as referred to in the Department of Health Public Service Agreements from 1998.
(128908)
251
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of NHS Trust, Health Authority and Primary Care Trust board members were (a) women, (b) ethnic minorities and (c) disabled in each year since 1997.
(128909)
252
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets have been set for NHS staff to have access to email; what the baseline was for the target; in which document the target was published; and what progress has been made towards the target.
(128910)
253
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets have been set for patients with cancer having pre-planned and pre-booked care; what the baseline is for the target; in which document the target was published; and what progress has been made towards the target.
(128911)
254
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards are in place to prevent patients using walk in centres to gain access to prescription drugs without visiting or informing their GP.
(128912)
255
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets have been set for the electronic transfer of radiology reports; what the baseline is for the target; in which document the target was published; and what progress has been made towards the target.
(128913)
256
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reviews he has commissioned into NHS walk in centres and their impact on demand on other health services; and if he will place copies of the reviews in the Library.
(128914)
257
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses have been employed in walk in centres in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority in each year since walk in centres were first established.
(128915)
258
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many extra consultants between 1999 and 2004 were already planned for when the target of 7,500 extra consultants was published in July 2000; and whether these consultants were included in the figure of 7,500.
(128916)
259
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs have been recruited through the (a) GP Returner scheme and (b) Golden Hello scheme; and how many GPs have delayed their retirement through the Delayed Retirement scheme.
(128917)
260
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average ratio of family doctors to patients was in each year since 1997 in (a) England, (b) each NHS region and (c) each strategic health authority.
(128918)
261
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are for the NHS to advertise for (a) consultants, (b) general practitioners, (c) nursing and midwifery staff and (d) professions allied to medicine in the foreign media; if he will list such campaigns since 1st May 1997; and what the (i) cost of each advertisement and (ii) the total cost was.
(128919)
262
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of urinary tract infections resistant to antibiotics were recorded in the NHS in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority in each of the last six years.
(128920)
263
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many reports there were of antibiotic resistant e-coli in the NHS in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority in each of the last six years.
(128921)
264
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many reports of MRSA outside hospitals there were in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority in each of the last six years.
(128922)
265
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to monitor and improve levels of healthcare-associated infections in community healthcare settings; and if he will make a statement.
(128923)
266
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what studies he has assessed of a possible correlation between GP antibiotic prescribing levels and antibiotic resistance.
(128924)
267
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to commission qualitative and quantitative studies to investigate infection control practice among community healthcare personnel.
(128925)
268
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what central monitoring and recording is undertaken by his Department on compliance with infection control guidelines in community healthcare settings.
(128926)
269
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to the public on the risk of contracting e-coli while camping.
(128927)
270
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many recorded (a) e-coli infections and (b) e-coli 0157 infections there were in each year since 1997 which were linked to camping or visiting open farms; and if he will make a statement.
(128928)
271
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the capital cost is to the NHS of a new hospital bed.
(128929)
272
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total intake of United Kingdon medical schools was in each year since 1990.
(128930)
273
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many junior doctors were in training in the NHS in England on (a) a headcount and (b) a whole-time-equivalent basis, in each year since 1990.
(128931)
274
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS nurses were (a) suspended and (b) on gardening or special leave, at the latest date for which figures are available; for how long they were suspended; what the total cost was to the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(128932)
275
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the funding for mental health advocacy announced in the White Paper 'Valuing People' has been spent; and how much underspend there is from this fund (a) in England and (b) in each region.
(128933)
276
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many volunteer advocates have joined the mental health advocacy scheme announced in the White Paper 'Valuing People' (a) in England and (b) in each region.
(128934)
277
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made towards the target set out in the White Paper 'Valuing People' for one citizen advocacy group in each local authority area; and which local authorities do not yet have a citizen advocacy group.
(128935)
278
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 5th February, Official Report, columns 315-6W, on NHS finance, if he will give a comparable percentage of the total NHS expenditure, in cash terms, which is represented by the resource and capital allocations to health authorities and NHS trusts in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01; and if he will give this as a percentage of the total Department of Health budget for these years and for each year from 2001-02 to 2005-06.
(129124)
279
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 16th July, Official Report, column 412W, on emergency planning, if he will publish the review of major incident planning capacity.
(129125)
280
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the impact on patients of the availability of histopathology consultants working in the NHS.
(129110)
281
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on assisting NHS trusts to recruit histopathology consultants.
(129111)
282
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to train histopathology consultants.
(129112)
283
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide for (a) the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection and (b) the Commission for Social Care Inspection to monitor rural standards as part of their inspection regime.
(129358)
284
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his policy on NHS food procurement seeks to encourage the purchase of food produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance on food procurement he has issued to health authorities and trusts; and if he will make a statement.
(129362)
285
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the NHS on food in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; how much food was wasted in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.
(129364)
286
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on food by his Department and by each agency for which it is responsible in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance he has issued to encourage the procurement of home-grown food; and if he will make a statement.
(129377)
287
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding Lincolnshire NHS Trust received from the Government in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.
(129285)
288
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) psychiatric doctors, (b) psychiatric nurses, (c) agency nurses and (d) new category primary care mental health workers were employed in Lincolnshire NHS Trust in 2003.
(129286)
289
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) assertive outreach teams, (b) early intervention teams and (c) crisis resolution teams work in the area of Lincolnshire NHS Trust; and how many of each offer 24 hour cover.
(129287)
290
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what facilities exist offering female service users access to a women-only day centre in Lincolnshire NHS Trust.
(129288)
291
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place in Lincolnshire NHS Trust which allow carers to take respite breaks.
(129289)
292
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the number of patients using mental health services has changed over the last two years in the Lincolnshire NHS Trust.
(129290)
293
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what special arrangements have been made in the Lincolnshire NHS Trust for (a) homeless people, (b) minority ethnic people and (c) asylum seekers needing mental health services.
(129291)
294
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what level of support is routinely offered to children discharged from hospital after complex urology and gastrointestinal surgery received in primary care.
(129292)
295
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the current situation whereby a child discharged from hospital following urology and gastrointestinal surgery receives no community paediatric support.
(129293)
296
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the current situation whereby acute unit nurses are travelling from regional centres to primary care trusts in order to support children who have had urology and gastrointestinal surgery.
(129294)
297
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the medical assessment unit and the accident and emergency department at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
(129310)
298
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for children's health of the reduction in health visiting services in South Worcestershire.
(129311)
299
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) chairmen, (b) chief executives and (c) other board members have resigned from, or not sought re-appointment to, an NHS Trust Board in each of the last six years.
(129013)
300
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women have been appointed by the NHS Appointments Commission to the position of (a) NHS Trust Chair and (b) NHS Trust board member.
(129014)
301
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been appointed by the NHS Appointments Commission to the position of (a) NHS Trust Chief Executive and (b) NHS Trust board member, broken down by a declared background in (i) medicine, (ii) nursing and (iii) other professions allied to medicine.
(129015)
302
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) executive and (b) non-executive NHS Trust directors have gone on to become (i) Chairmen and (ii) Chief Executives of an NHS Trust.
(129016)
303
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessments have been undertaken by the Department of the effect of military low flying exercises on (a) blood pressure, (b) hearing and (c) cardio-vascular state.
(129193)
304
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with regard to the displaying of health warnings on alcohol beverages.
(129209)
305
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with health organisations in Romford during the past 12 months.
(129045)
306
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on psychological services provided to women who have had abortions.
(129046)
307
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has assessed into possible links between abortions and breast cancer.
(129047)
308
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to reduce the number of abortions in the London Borough of Havering.
(129048)
309
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individuals resident in the London Borough of Havering are on a waiting list for fertility treatment.
(129049)
310
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to cut waiting lists in the London Borough of Havering.
(129050)
311
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions were performed in the London Borough of Havering in each year from 1997 to 2002.
(129051)
312
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) cancer, (b) heart disease, (c) hip replacement and (d) liver complaint patients resident in the London Borough of Havering are on a waiting list for treatment.
(129052)
313
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what efforts his Department is making to enforce the ban on the recruitment of nurses from developing countries.
(129116)
314
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it a requirement for all private nurse recruitment agencies, who supply staff to the NHS, to sign up to his Department's code of practice governing the recruitment of overseas nurses.
(129117)
315
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has to identify family carers; whether he plans to create a family carers list; and what health, financial and other assistance can be granted to family members who care for relatives.
(129104)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
316
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the installation by private individuals on their property of CCTV cameras to monitor public areas.
(129245)
317
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of offenders subject to an anti-social behaviour order have subsequently been arrested (a) once, (b) one to five times and (c) more than five times.
(129099)
318
Mr David Cameron (Witney): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Home Office expects the airwave radio to be in service in the Thames Valley police area; what the original estimate was for when airwave radios would be introduced into the Thames Valley police area; what changes have been made in the payment of government grant in respect of the airwave radio system in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(129423)
319
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what annual income his Department expects to gain from introducing charges for international student visas.
(129427)
320
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he will monitor charges for international student visas to see whether they have a deterrent effect.
(129428)
321
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list all applications of Football League clubs for work permits for foreign players which have been refused in the last 18 months; what the grounds for issuing work permits to overseas footballers are; whether different criteria apply when considering applications from other professions; and if he will make a statement.
(129109)
322
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to criminalise all forms of child trafficking in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(129085)
323
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of recommendations put forward in the UNICEF report Stop the Traffic to assist victims of child trafficking in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(129086)
324
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to introduce a system whereby victims of child trafficking are given leave to stay in the UK for a period of reflection of up to six months; and if he will make a statement.
(129087)
325
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what resources his Department will make available to provide for specialist training for immigration officers and social workers in order to (a) help them identify cases of child trafficking and (b) provide them with the necessary skills to assist victims of child trafficking; and if he will make a statement.
(129088)
326
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with West Sussex County Council over the future of the West Sussex Safe House Project; and if he will make a statement.
(129089)
327
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to provide central funding for specialist care and protection for the victims of child trafficking in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(129090)
328
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made in controlling illegal camping.
(129066)
329
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications had been awaiting an initial decision for more than (a) six months and (b) 12 months at the latest date for which figures are available.
(129469)
330
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions there have been in the last six months for breach of an anti-social behaviour order in the North-West of England.
(129470)
331
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the level of recorded crime in Crosby in the last 12 months.
(129471)
332
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian support staff were employed by Merseyside Police in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2002.
(129472)
333
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been (a) refused and (b) granted asylum since March.
(129473)
334
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many murders in Crosby were committed by a person well known to the victim in the last five years; and what proportion of the total number of murders in Crosby during this period this represents.
(129474)
335
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the clear-up rate for murders committed in Crosby was in each of the last five years.
(129475)
336
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many young offenders were successfully prosecuted in April; and what the average sentence (a) given and (b) served was in (i) England and Wales and (ii) Crosby.
(129476)
337
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many representations he has received since 1st March in support of the introduction of a corporate manslaughter charge; and if he will make a statement.
(129477)
338
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK citizens have their DNA profiles stored in his Department's database; and what the number of additions was in each of the last four months for which figures are available.
(129478)
339
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Turkish citizens applied for asylum in the UK in 2001; and how many were successful in their application.
(129479)
340
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals suspected of making hoax calls to the emergency services have (a) been arrested and (b) had their telephones disconnected in the last two months for which figures are available.
(129480)
341
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to provide a national database of stolen art and artefacts; and if he will make a statement.
(129512)
342
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to ensure that staff in private prisons receive adequate training to enable them to deal with sophisticated prisoners.
(129421)
343
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police forces in England and Wales contract work to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Chepstow; how many staff are employed at the Forensic Science Laboratory in Chepstow; and what representations he has received in response to his statement of 17th July regarding the future of the Forensic Science Service from (a) trade unions, (b) police forces and (c) other bodies.
(129337)
344
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 6th March, Official Report, column 1243W, on prisons, on the basis of which scenario term projections set out in the Home Office Prison Population Brief, England and Wales: March 2003 (27/08/03) the forecast average population for 1995-2006 is calculated; and if he will make a statement.
(129219)
345
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the sites of special scientific interest in the ownership of his Department or its agencies.
(129346)
346
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is his policy that the prison service should promote the procurement of British food; what guidance he has issued to the prison service about food procurement; and if he will make a statement.
(129363)
347
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the prison service spent on food in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; how much food was wasted in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(129365)
348
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on food by his Department and by each of the agencies for which it is responsible in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance he has issued to encourage the procurement of home-produced food; and if he will make a statement.
(129369)
349
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his plans to provide transport to allow asylum seekers held at the proposed Bicester centre to travel to Aylesbury and other towns; and what his estimate is of the cost of such a service to public funds.
(129397)
350
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the organisations that responded, and how they responded, to the idea of self-regulation contained within Charities and Not-For-Profits: A Modern Legal Framework, giving the type of respondent.
(129154)
351
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of individuals in the age groups (a) 12 to 14, (b) 15 to 17, (c) 18 to 21 and (d) 21 plus, who have been found guilty of breaching an anti-social behaviour order received (i) a custodial sentence and (ii) a detention and training order; and if he will make a statement.
(129114)
352
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances courts can impose (a) a detention and training order and (b) any other custody-based sentence on juveniles aged under 15, who have been found guilty of breaching an anti-social behaviour order.
(129115)
353
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce minimum sentences for those guilty of paedophile offences; and if he will make a statement.
(128987)
354
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce legislation to increase the maximum sentence for those guilty of paedophile offences; and if he will make a statement on judicial leniency in such cases.
(128988)
355
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase the funding for the Special Paedophile Unit; and if he will make a statement on its role.
(128989)
356
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures are in place to test whether a convicted paedophile is ready for release; and what plans he has to change these procedures.
(128990)
357
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce British citizenship tests for immigrants; how long they would take to complete; who will oversee the testing; and if those who fail will be deported.
(129106)
358
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been (a) found guilty of committing crimes carrying a custodial sentence, (b) released and given leave to remain in the country and (c) deported after release in each year since 1997.
(129107)
359
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance is given to successful asylum applicants to help them integrate within their new community.
(129108)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for International Development
360
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what percentage of the Department's 2002-03 budget is spent on providing help to those without adequate access to water, food and shelter.
(129248)
361
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, when he expects the Government to meet the UN target of 0.7 per cent. of gross national product in their contribution to overseas aid.
(129249)
362
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the humanitarian situation in South Africa.
(129056)
363
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of how many people are living in poverty in (a) the West Bank, (b) Gaza and (c) East Jerusalem.
(129057)
364
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what progress has been made in the elimination of poppy cultivation in Afghanistan.
(129058)
365
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what the Government is doing to help those suffering from AIDS and HIV in the developing world.
(129059)
366
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what recent initiatives have been taken to help fund and encourage the education of girls in Pakistan.
(129060)
367
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what emergency aid has been provided to southern Africa in recent months.
(129444)
368
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what progress is being made towards the alleviation of poverty in Sierra Leone.
(129445)
369
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what the Government is doing to equip hospitals in Afghanistan.
(129446)
370
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what recent discussions the Department has had with the World Health Organisation regarding the availability of vaccinations for immunisation programmes in developing countries.
(129447)
371
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what representations he has made to the US Administration calling for them to raise overseas development assistance to 0.7 per cent. of GNI.
(129448)
372
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what support the Department gives to developing countries to improve the systems they operate to establish property ownership rights.
(129302)
373
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what assessment the Department has made of the ability of poor people in developing countries to realise the value of property which they own; and what assessment the Department has made of the impact that property ownership regulations and systems in their country have on the ability of poor people in developing countries to release the capital in their property.
(129303)
374
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what assessment the Department has made of (a) the extent of extra-legal activity in developing countries and (b) the impact of extra-legal activity on economic development in these countries; and what assistance the Government is offering to increase legal economic activity in developing countries.
(129313)
375
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what assessment the Department has made of the time it takes to establish property ownership rights in developing countries and what impact this has on economic development in these countries.
(129316)
376
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, how much was spent on food by his Department and by each of the agencies for which it is responsible in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance he has issued to encourage the procurement of home-produced food; and if he will make a statement.
(129373)
377
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what representations the Department has received about human rights violations relating to the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline.
(129199)
378
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, if he will make a statement on the latest discussions with regard to the use of public money via the (a) World Bank, (b) European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and (c) Export Credits Guarantee Department for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline.
(129200)
Questions to the Leader of the House
379
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Leader of the House, what plans he has to propose measures to allow honourable Members to challenge a refusal by a Minister to provide information requested by means of a written parliamentary question.
(129257)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
380
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total value was of funding allocated to each district council area in Northern Ireland for tourism-related projects in each of the last five years.
(129033)
381
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent on food by his Department and by each agency for which it is responsible in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance he has issued to encourage the procurement of home-grown food; and if he will make a statement.
(129379)
382
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make it his policy to ensure that Northern Ireland is included from the outset in any forthcoming bill on civil partnership; and if he will make a statement.
(129295)
383
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what areas of the proposed civil partnership legislation have been assessed by his officials as requiring distinctive Northern Ireland sections; and if he will make a statement.
(129296)
384
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what research (a) he has assessed and (b) will be commissioned on the consequences for same-sex couples who move to Northern Ireland of a civil partnership law only applying in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(129297)
385
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what he estimates would be the cost of processing and legislating a civil partnership law separately for Northern Ireland through an Order in Council; and if he will make a statement.
(129298)
386
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the locations in Northern Ireland, apart from Queen's University, Belfast, where banks of retained brains and hearts are stored.
(128991)
387
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the medical practice of removing and retaining additional organs from individuals who have agreed to donate particular organs on their death.
(128992)
388
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, under what authority a coroner can pass a major organ belonging to a deceased individual to an educational establishment for research; and whether permission must first be sought from the deceased individual's relatives.
(128993)
389
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will provide help and support to relatives of deceased people whose organs have been retained improperly.
(128994)
390
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to identify the deceased and their relatives in the cases of unidentified brains in storage at Queen's University, Belfast.
(128995)
391
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the export of brains from Northern Ireland during the 1990s followed government guidelines on the risks attributed to CJD.
(128996)
392
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, where Queen's University will source the brains they need each year for medical and scientific research.
(128997)
393
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) medical and (b) scientific reasons there are for removing and retaining spinal cords from deceased individuals.
(129022)
Questions to the Prime Minister
394
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) dates and (b) attendees of meetings which took place between 10 Downing Street (i) officials and (ii) civil servants with members of the selection panel which appointed Mr Ken Macdonald QC as Director of Public Prosecutions.
(129240)
395
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, what contact took place between 10 Downing Street and (a) the members of the panel which selected Mr Ken Macdonald QC as Director of Public Prosecutions and (b) Mr Ken Macdonald QC during the process of the decision-making on the appointment.
(129241)
396
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, under what circumstances the security services provide advice to him on ministerial (a) appointments and (b) conduct.
(129256)
397
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, what procedure is in place to handle complaints about the failure of a prime minister to adhere to the Ministerial Code of Conduct.
(129258)
398
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with leading British businesses ahead of the Cancún trade negotiations; and if he will make a statement.
(129389)
399
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent on food by his office in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance he has issued to encourage the procurement of home-produced food; and if he will make a statement.
(129375)
400
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): To ask the Prime Minister, on what dates prior to the recent conflict with Iraq he met the heads of each of the armed forces to discuss the proposed conflict.
(129222)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
401
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent on food by his Department and by each agency for which it is responsible in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance he has issued to encourage the procurement of home-grown food; and if he will make a statement.
(129380)
Questions to the Solicitor General
402
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on guidance issued to the Crown Prosecution Service on the conduct of cases involving domestic violence.
(129395)
403
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Solicitor General, how much was spent on food by the Department and by each agency for which it is responsible in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance she has issued to encourage the procurement of home-grown food; and if she will make a statement.
(129385)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
404
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what matters are dealt with in the 1952 Atomic Energy Board (minutes and papers); and if she will transfer those documents to the Public Record Office for public inspection.
(129246)
405
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans her Department has in cases where Her Majesty's Customs and Excise seize imported goods for inspection to limit recovery of their costs to businesses which are subsequently found to be importing counterfeit and illegal goods.
(129386)
406
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money has been recovered by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise over the last six years for the costs associated with seizing and storing imported goods for inspection (a) from importers subsequently found to be legitimately importing genuine goods and (b) from businesses which are subsequently found to be importing counterfeit and illegal goods.
(129387)
407
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made of the number of telecommunications-related jobs that have been lost to overseas competition in the last six years; and if she will make a statement.
(129388)
408
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made of the number of jobs that have been lost to the British economy as a result of regulations on business introduced since May 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(129390)
409
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate her Department has made of the annual cost to British businesses, in terms of extra training and lost productivity, of basic skills shortages in the workforce.
(129391)
410
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the potential establishment of regional and local stock exchange bourses for small and medium sized enterprises.
(129392)
411
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures her Department is taking to prevent the exploitation of foreign workers on low wages by (a) British companies and (b) foreign companies doing business in the United Kingdom.
(129393)
412
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will make an announcement on the proposed takeover bids for the Safeway chain of supermarkets.
(129394)
413
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) bank rate of interest and (b) rate of interest accrual under the 1838 bankruptcy provisions has been in each year since 1992.
(129499)
414
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many wind generators are working in the United Kingdom; and how many are planned to be built in the next five years.
(129062)
415
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with the National Federation of Newsagents.
(129506)
416
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital atttacks there were on the Department's system in the last six months.
(129507)
417
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many successful prosecutions for failure to pay the national minimum wage there have been in Crosby.
(129508)
418
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the value of investments in Thorp.
(129396)
419
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of delays in establishing property ownership rights in developing countries upon British companies trading in such countries.
(129429)
420
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the EU tariffs on textiles and clothing imports from (a) India, (b) Sri Lanka and (c) the United States; and if she will make a statement.
(129167)
421
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will instruct the Office of Fair Trading to re-open its investigation into BSkyB's pricing structure for licensed premises; and if she will make a statement.
(129036)
422
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many spot check inspections on model agencies and photographic agencies were carried out by the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate in each year since 1997; and how many prosecutions took place in each year.
(129053)
423
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to introduce regulation in the child model agency and child photography industry, with particular reference to a requirement for compulsory registration with the Criminal Records Bureau.
(129054)
424
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was spent on food by her Department and by each agency for which it is responsible in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance she has issued to encourage the procurement of home-grown food; and if she will make a statement.
(129381)
425
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions has she had with industry stakeholders with regard to Postcomm's proposed terms of access to Royal Mail services.
(129195)
426
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on discussions with the surface mineworker claimants solicitors group with regard to the incorporation of surface mineworkers within the framework of the Claims Handling Agreement for respiratory compensation.
(129196)
427
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money the Government paid to the Union of Democratic Mineworkers for processing vibration white finger and respiratory coal health claims.
(129201)
428
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money the Government has paid to Vernside Ltd in legal costs for processing vibration white finger and respiratory coal health claims.
(129207)
429
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the effect on rail employment of the decision of Royal Mail to abandon the use of rail for post distribution.
(129210)
430
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications have been received in respect of coal investment aid; from which companies the applications were received; how many applicants have been successful; and what aid was awarded in respect of each application.
(129214)
431
N
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the enquiries initiated by the European Commission on the subsidising by France of the computer group Bull and Company; and what the outcome of the enquiries has been.
(128823)
432
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are in place to ensure that holiday companies provide accurate information about the holidays they provide; and if she will make a statement.
(129151)
433
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are in place to assist people who are victims of poor standards of work by builders; if she will take steps to set up a national list of reputable builders and plumbers; and if she will make a statement.
(129152)
434
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance is given to companies researching nanotechnology; what proposals she has to increase its use in British industry; and if she will make a statement on (a) its future and (b) the improvements it can bring.
(129153)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
435
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to require signs at airports which are in English to carry equivalent information in other major European languages.
(129250)
436
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the rail lines operated for freight purposes only, giving the mileage length of each line identified; and what assessment has been made of the potential use of each line for passenger traffic.
(129251)
437
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what changes since 1997 have been made to the COBA formula for determining the value of road projects, with particular reference to the weighting of environmental factors against economic and safety considerations.
(129261)
438
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list in percentage terms the movement of freight within the United Kingdom by (a) road, (b) rail and (c) water for each year from 1996 to date.
(129262)
439
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the A27 through Worthing will have been improved or replaced.
(129416)
440
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who will cover the employment costs of sky marshals.
(129223)
441
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many sky marshals are available for duty on (a) UK airlines and (b) airlines flying into and out of the UK.
(129224)
442
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many sky marshals are being trained; and how long their training lasts.
(129225)
443
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the expected establishment of sky marshals will be.
(129226)
444
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether sky marshals are authorised to carry (a) firearms and (b) other weapons.
(129227)
445
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) UK airlines and (b) foreign airlines are required (i) to opt in and (ii) to opt out of using sky marshals; and if he will list the airlines that have (A) opted in and (B) opted out.
(129228)
446
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the most recent rail performance indicators from train operating companies.
(129068)
447
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) grants and (b) other assistance have been given by his Department for the improvement of transport infrastructure in Crosby since 1997.
(129454)
448
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he is making on the integration of public transport (a) timetables and (b) ticketing.
(129455)
449
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many traffic accidents resulted in a fatality in Crosby in each of the last five years.
(129456)
450
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement about the future of the Thameslink 2000 project.
(129320)
451
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to change regulations to ensure that anyone who sails a boat at sea has first participated in adequate safety training; and for what reasons there are no training requirements in place for those taking boats under 25 feet out to sea.
(129119)
452
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effects of speed cameras upon the number of (a) fatal and (b) other serious accidents.
(129238)
453
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the sites of special scientific interest in the ownership of his Department or its agencies.
(129345)
454
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent on food by his Department and by each agency for which it is responsible in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance he has issued to encourage the procurement of home-produced food; and if he will make a statement.
(129376)
455
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the revenues of airports at (a) Luton, (b) Heathrow, (c) Gatwick and (d) Stansted derive from parking charges.
(128936)
456
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the possible effects on the health of airport workers if an additional runway were to be built at Gatwick.
(128998)
457
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much additional terminal capacity would be required if two new runways were to be built at Gatwick; and how this additional capacity would be expressed as a multiple of the capacity at Heathrow Terminal 5.
(128999)
458
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of (a) aircraft crossing runways, (b) wake vortices, (c) high ground, (d) turbulance from flying through a cutting and (e) proximity of the main railway line from building (i) one and (ii) two additional runways at Gatwick.
(129000)
459
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of aircraft using the proposed new wide spaced runway at Gatwick would need to cross the existing runway to reach the terminal buildings.
(129001)
460
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what impact to the public safety zone related to the proposed new wide spaced runway at Gatwick would have on use of the main London to Brighton railway line.
(129002)
461
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by how much the high ground to the west would reduce the runway length available for take-offs in relation to the proposed new wide spaced runway at Gatwick.
(129003)
462
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what studies he has made of the alternative plans produced by BAA for a close parallel runway at Gatwick; and what asessment he has made of the additional environmental impact of these plans.
(129004)
463
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the risk of wake vortices from the building of a close parallel runway at Gatwick.
(129005)
464
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total net economic benefit would be using the assumptions recommended by the Treasury, of (a) a close parallel runway, (b) a wide spaced runway at Gatwick and (c) a new runway at (i) Heathrow and (ii) Stansted.
(129006)
465
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy that in the forthcoming White Paper on Air Transport there will be no positive reference to new runways at sites, which were not included in the consultation on the Future Development of Air Transport, without a full public consultation.
(129009)
466
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will publish his responses to the consultation on the Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom.
(129010)
467
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to recommend that BAA and the West Sussex County Council extend their 2001 legal agreement on Gatwick Airport until 2030.
(129011)
468
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what total percentage fall in the cost of air travel over the period 2000 to 2030 is assumed in the future demand forecasts given in the consultation paper 'The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom'.
(129012)
469
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much earth would need to be removed to make the proposed new north runway at Gatwick level with the rest of the existing airport.
(129102)
470
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has requested the owners of Redhill aerodrome to provide additional details of their expansion proposals.
(129103)
471
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what regulations apply (a) within UK waters and (b) beyond the 12 mile limit, for the ship to ship transfer of oil and other chemicals.
(129160)
472
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what contingency plans are in place for dealing with spillages within and beyond the 12 mile limit from ship to ship oil and chemical transfers in Lyme Bay; and if he will make a statement.
(129161)
473
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidents of oil and chemical spillage have been reported as a consequence of ship to ship transfers of oil and chemicals off the UK coast in each of the past five years.
(129162)
474
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many ship to ship transfers of oil and chemicals took place off the UK coastline in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) broken down by Government office region.
(129163)
475
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how his Department monitors the ship to ship transfer of oil and chemicals off the UK coast.
(129164)
476
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how his Department enforces regulations covering the ship to ship transfer of oil and chemicals off the UK coast (a) within the 12 mile limit and (b) beyond the 12 mile limit.
(129165)
477
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Department will publish the White Paper on the Future of Aviation.
(129128)
478
N
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the purpose is of establishing the European Aviation Safety Agency; what powers it has in the United Kingdom; what its estimated annual cost is; and where it is located.
(128822)
479
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many signs there are on trunk roads indicating that queues are likely; and what plans the Government has to eliminate the causes in each case.
(129149)
480
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to prevent airlines from intentionally overbooking flights; if he will issue guidance to airline companies on appropriate (a) levels of compensation and (b) alternative arrangements for passengers unable to board flights they booked; and if he will make a statement.
(129217)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
481
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent on food by his Department in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance he has issued to encourage the procurement of home-grown food; and if he will make a statement.
(129384)
482
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he was informed of the decision of the Welsh Assembly Government to disband the Welsh European Funding Office.
(129211)
483
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he had held with Welsh Assembly Government colleagues prior to the disbanding of the Welsh European Funding Office; and if he will give the exact dates.
(129212)
484
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he had with the Welsh Assembly Government with regard to the disbanding of the Welsh European Funding Office.
(129213)
Questions to the Minister for Women
485
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Minister for Women, what progress she has made in increasing the proportion of women appointed to public bodies.
(129453)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
486
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the most recent employment statistics.
(129500)
487
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on his plans for pension reform.
(129501)
488
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the change in the level of unemployment in the Crosby constituency has been since 1997.
(129502)
489
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times he has visited Crosby in his official capacity; and what the purpose was of each visit.
(129503)
490
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are taken by the Employment Service to ensure that those businesses advertising jobs through job centres are genuine.
(129422)
491
Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Eltham have benefited from the minimum income guarantee; and what the overall amount paid out through the guarantee to pensioners in Eltham was in the last 12 months.
(129409)
492
Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average gain of pensioners in Eltham has been from the minimum income guarantee.
(129410)
493
Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total paid out since May 1997 to increase pensioner incomes has been; and what has been the average gain per pensioner (a) in the UK and (b) in Eltham.
(129411)
494
Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners he estimates will benefit from the pensioners' credit in Eltham; and what the average gain will be per pensioner (a) in the UK and (b) in Eltham.
(129412)
495
Clive Efford (Eltham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to encourage pensioners to claim the pensioners' credit.
(129413)
496
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to introduce incentives for people to work beyond the age of 60; and if he will make a statement.
(129037)
497
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent on food by his Department and by each of the agencies for which it is responsible in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; what proportion of that food by value was produced in the United Kingdom; what guidance he has issued to encourage the procurement of home-produced food; and if he will make a statement.
(129374)
498
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the support his Department gives to (a) areas suffering from high levels of unemployment and (b) areas suffering from low average wages.
(129158)
499
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the top and bottom 100 travel to work areas by average wage; and if he will make a statement.
(129159)
500
Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are in place to ensure that companies provide the necessary access improvements and assistance for disabled employees; and what financial support can be made available for companies to make the changes.
(129105)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
501
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to retain the post of e-envoy after the termination of the contract of the present office holder.
[Transferred] (129127)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
502
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his policy is to assist areas with (a) low average wages, (b) low average incomes and (c) both low average wages and low average incomes.
[Transferred] (129157)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
503
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which universities have the largest numbers of students studying on international student visas.
[Transferred] (129426)
504
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the percentage of young people in modern apprenticeships who are from (a) one parent families and (b) households in receipt of housing benefit.
[Transferred] (129120)
505
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average pay of young people on modern apprenticeships was in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by job type.
[Transferred] (129121)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
506
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many international student visas are issued each year.
[Transferred] (129424)
507
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how long it takes for an international student visa to be issued.
[Transferred] (129425)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
508
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to tackle anti-social behaviour associated with drinking alcohol.
[Transferred] (129081)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
509
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will introduce legislation removing the upper age limit on employment rights.
[Transferred] (129038)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
510
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many claims for compensation were submitted to the French authorities after 1st January 1995 in respect of lorry blockades; and how many have been (a) paid in full, (b) paid in part and (c) not paid.
[Transferred] (129259)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
511
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to abolish normal retirement ages; if he will make it his policy (a) to increase the state pension and (b) to devise incentives for those who continue in work; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (129042)

 
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