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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 11 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.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 11 September 2003
(the 'Order Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 11 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
N
David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, what progress has been made with the internal audit on the possibility of resuming later collections of parliamentary mail.
(129231)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
2
N
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the net income of a family with two dependent children aged 18 and 12, with a gross income of £15,000 a year; and what assessment he has made of the sources of that net income.
(129181)
3
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been lost to the National Insurance Fund by reductions in contributions by employers to compensate for the climate change levy.
(129716)
4
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the surplus expected in the National Insurance Fund in March 2004.
(129717)
5
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the transfer of the contribution to the NHS from the National Insurance Fund matches the total received by the increase of 1 per cent. in National Insurance rates.
(129726)
6
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the amount of the Treasury's supplement to the National Insurance Fund would be if it had been paid at the same rate that prevailed from 1911 to the late 1980s; and what proportion the supplement would now be as a proportion of the total cost of the basis pension.
(129866)
7
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to assist those for whom a move to new employment would impose cash flow problems.
(129858)
8
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy that Iraq's debt should be written off.
(129860)
9
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effects on (a) wage inflation, (b) labour market productivity and (c) the economy of the disincentive for those on low incomes to change jobs because of short term cash flow problems.
(129861)
10
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 8th September, Official Report, column 98W, what new technology and extra operational activity at (a) Newhaven, (b) Poole, (c) Isle of Wight, (d) Portsmouth and (e) Southampton, is intended to replace the full-time manning at present; and if he will make a statement.
(129846)
11
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to reduce delays caused to bona fide travellers at customs entry points in the United Kingdom.
(129605)
12
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received regarding the status of employers' national insurance contributions for seafarers on ships trading in United Kingdom territorial waters.
(129629)
13
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the money set aside to support the invasion of Iraq has been spent to date; and what plans he has to increase the funds available to support activities in Iraq.
(129725)
14
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to make changes to the inheritance tax regime to reflect recent trends in property price inflation, with particular reference to the value of the principal residence of the deceased.
(129719)
15
N
David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 24th July regarding a constituent, ref: 2/03382/2003.
(128956)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
16
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether he has consulted solicitors on the proposed re-organisation of family courts in London.
(128960)
17
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many responses were received to the Court Working Dress Consultation Paper; and if he will make a statement on the responses received.
(129828)
18
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what representations he has received regarding the length of the consultation for the draft Mental Incapacity Bill.
(129630)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
19
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been realised by the Government through the sales of works of art in each year since May 1997.
(129280)
20
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent by the Government in each year since May 1997 on acquiring works of art; and where each work acquired is held.
(129281)
21
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take powers to prevent the use of obscene, abusive and insulting language on television; and if she will make a statement.
(129440)
22
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made in the implementation of the recommendations of the Speed review of the Royal Parks Police; and if she will make a statement.
(129784)
23
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many officers were employed in the Royal Parks Constabulary in each of the last five years.
(129785)
24
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the morale of the Royal Parks Constabulary.
(129786)
25
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her policy is on security of tenure of their homes for Officers of the Royal Parks Constabulary, in the event of a merger with the Metropolitan Police.
(129787)
26
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects the merger of the Metropolitan Police with the Royal Parks Constabulary to take place.
(129788)
27
Mr George Osborne (Tatton): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support she provides for private museums; and if she will make a statement.
(129727)
28
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what figures her Department has collated on the (a) proportion of advertising during children's television scheduling that involves marketing of food products and (b) proportion of food advertising during children's television scheduling that involves promotion of food of low nutritional value.
(129645)
29
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had in the last 12 months with the Department of Health on the issue of food and drink advertising to children.
(129646)
30
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received in the last 12 months on the issue of food and drink advertising to children from (a) the advertising industry, (b) the food and drink industry and (c) organisations concerned with providing public health.
(129647)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
31
N
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated Iraqi civilian death toll is from when hostilities began to 28th August.
(128941)
32
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for which foreign delegations attending the Defence Systems and Equipment International exhibition in September the Government paid for (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) hospitality; and if he will make a statement.
(129775)
33
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost of holding the Defence Systems and Equipment International exhibition in September was to (a) the Ministry of Defence, (b) the Department of Trade and Industry, (c) Trade Partners UK and (d) other government departments and agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(129776)
34
N
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much ordnance was released by British aircraft over Iraq in (a) February and (b) 1st to 20th March; on how many occasions during these periods coalition aircraft were responding in self-defence; and if he will make a statement.
(129147)
35
N
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much ordnance has been released in each month by coalition aircraft over Iraq since 21st March; and if he will make a statement.
(129148)
36
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the proposal to introduce a medal for service in the Suez Canal Zone has received Royal Assent; and when he expects issue of medals to commence.
(128946)
37
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the qualifying criteria for the Suez Canal Zone medal will be.
(128947)
38
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the application process for a Suez Canal Zone medal will be.
(128948)
39
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effects upon marine mammals of low frequency active sonar operating at levels up to 240 decibels.
(128949)
40
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to introduce low frequency active sonar operating at levels up to 240 decibels in Royal Navy ships.
(128950)
41
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 1st September, Official Report, column 910W, whether his Department has had discussions with the (a) World Food Programme and (b) International Committee of the Red Cross about security at the Ministry of Trade warehouse in Basra.
(129802)
42
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 8th July, Official Report, column 701W, on depleted uranium, what agreement was reached with the United States about use of depleted uranium munitions.
(129821)
43
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of how long it will take to clear unexploded ordnance in Iraq.
(129863)
44
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will answer Question 120316, tabled by the honourable Member for Portsmouth South on 18th June.
(129801)
45
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many call out notices for reservists have been issued for Operation TELIC; how many reservists have been accepted into service; and if he will make a statement.
(128412)
46
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilians in non-war situations have been rescued or aided by the British armed forces (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) elsewhere in each of the last five years; and what the total cost to public funds was.
(129609)
47
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to recover all or any of the cost of civilian rescues by the armed forces in non-war situations from (a) those rescued and (b) other third parties.
(129610)
48
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons he decided not to proceed with his proposal to relocate (a) the Joint Services Adventurous Training (Gliding) Centre and (b) the RAF Gliding and Soaring Association Centre to Rissington.
(129232)
49
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the additional number of flights that will take place from RAF Halton as a result of the relocation of (a) the Joint Services Adventurous Training (Gliding) and (b) the Royal Air Force Gliding and Soaring Association centres.
(129233)
50
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the (a) state of the runways at RAF Halton and (b) the future repair programme for the runways.
(129276)
51
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of local residents who will experience increased intrusion from aircraft noise following the relocation to RAF Halton of (a) the Joint Services Adventurous Training (Gliding) and (b) the RAF Gliding and Soaring Association centres.
(129277)
52
N
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of Her Majesty's armed forces have died through deaths ruled as suicide or self-inflicted at Deepcut Barracks since 1st January 1996.
(129329)
53
N
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many coalition forces (a) were killed in the Iraq conflict and (b) were injured in the conflict and are still receiving treatment; and how many of these were from friendly fire.
(128942)
54
N
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of coalition forces were killed in Iraq from the end of the conflict to 1st September.
(128944)
55
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) civilian security personnel and (b) armed services personnel his Department assigned to the Defence Systems Equipment International Exhibition in London; and if he will make a statement.
(129692)
56
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the country delegations (a) invited to and (b) attending the Defence Systems Equipment International Exhibition in London; what role his Department had in formulating the list of invited countries; and if he will make a statement.
(129693)
57
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on UK policy on the use of non-lethal chemical agents by UK forces abroad.
(128865)
58
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list out of country missions in the last 20 years when British forces have (a) carried with them and (b) used non-lethal chemical agents; and in each case what the agents were, in which amounts and which delivery devices were used.
(128866)
59
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average compensation per person paid by his Department to claimants suffering from asbestosis was in each of the last three years.
(129706)
60
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether all sites in Iraq where cluster munitions were deployed by the coalition have been identified.
(129602)
61
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his comments before the Hutton Inquiry, what precedent the Permanent Secretary feared would be created in allowing Dr Kelly to appear before the Foreign Affairs Committee.
(129707)
62
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidelines exist for officials in his Department, other than those in the Press Office, when they talk to journalists.
(129708)
63
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at what level in the Department officials may be authorised to give non-attributable briefings to the Press.
(129709)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
64
N
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, in respect of (a) speculative and (b) bespoke developments, how many grants have been made under the business and commercial property gap funding scheme; what their total value is; to whom they have been made; what the total area of land involved is; and what proportion of the total land was previously undeveloped.
(128957)
65
N
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much additional money is being made available in 2003-04 to (a) English Partnerships, (b) Regional Development Agencies and (c) local authorities for making grants available under (i) the Business and Commercial Property Gap Funding Scheme, (ii) the Housing Gap Funding Scheme, (iii) the Heritage Aid Scheme and (iv) the Land Remediation/Dereliction Aid Scheme; and what resources were available under the former Partnership Investment Programme.
(128958)
66
N
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, in respect of the five strategic growth areas in the Thames Gateway area identified in his announcement on 30th July, Creating Sustainable Communities - Making it Happen, what the average residential density required of the new housing developments is in order to meet the objective of providing 120,000 new homes by 2016.
(128959)
67
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will make a decision on the application by Alconbury Development Ltd concerning the Alconbury airfield.
(129685)
68
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which census figures will be used for the 2004-05 formula funding share.
(129852)
69
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the budgetary impact on social services in the London boroughs named in the Laming Inquiry if the 1991 census figures are used to calculate the 2004-05 formula funding share.
(129853)
70
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what inspections local authority planning officers are required to carry out to ensure that new housing developments are correctly connected to sewerage networks.
(129870)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
71
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what means he is using to educate young people at school about domestic violence issues.
(129619)
72
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether domestic violence and its impact is a topic in the citizenship syllabus.
(129620)
73
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, at what age he intends that education about the dangers and effects of domestic violence will be given to children at school.
(129621)
74
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what local discretion he will allow to (a) further education colleges and (b) local learning and skills councils in determining entitlement to free study for a Level 2 qualification.
(129696)
75
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how he will ascertain whether students seeking to access free tuition for a Level 2 qualification have no existing higher qualifications.
(129697)
76
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what reasons (a) further education tuition for adults to Level 2 will be free and (b) tuition to Level 3 will be charged for.
(129698)
77
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the Government response to the Lambert Report.
(129699)
78
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he plans to publish the latest Student Income and Expenditure Survey.
(129702)
79
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on redundancies likely to be involved in restructuring of the Learning and Skills Council and its local councils.
(129703)
80
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research he has collated on the opportunity costs incurred by full-time students in higher education.
(129729)
81
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether, subject to access requirements, universities will be able to charge top-up fees for foundation degrees.
(129730)
82
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information he collates on differences in the recovery of outstanding student loans from graduates who are (a) based in the United Kingdom and (b) resident abroad.
(129731)
83
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Office for Fair Access will share (a) chief executives and (b) accounting officers.
(129732)
84
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if the remission of tuition fees for higher education by British public sector organisations has been approved as (a) a state aid under European legislation and (b) non-taxable under British revenue law.
(129733)
85
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Office of Fair Access will be empowered to consider the adequacy of (a) financial and (b) pastoral support available to students at higher education institutions.
(129763)
86
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has for obtaining information on (a) students' financial situation, (b) living conditions and (c) academic experiences from interested bodies, with particular reference to the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the National Union of Students, and for disseminating information between these bodies.
(129764)
87
N
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many colleges of further education are located in each Learning and Skills Council area.
(129182)
88
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Redcar, of 1st September, Official Report, column 718W, on child law reform, which Minister has overall responsibility for child law reform.
(129713)
89
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the relationship between SATS scores and the results of teacher assessment at Key Stage Two.
(129030)
90
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the UK skills base of those on low incomes choosing not to seek new employment because of concerns over short term cash flow problems.
(129862)
91
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the circular documents that were sent by his Department to (a) primary and (b) secondary schools between 1st July and 31st August; and how many pages each document contained.
(129722)
92
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed budget for the next three years of the Learning and Skills Council, on (a) the number of people employed and (b) the level of service provided in (i) England and (ii) Portsmouth; and if he will make a statement.
(129791)
93
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the budget of the Learning and Skills Council was for each of the last three years; and what the predicted budget is in each of the next three years.
(129792)
94
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make it his policy to ensure that workers facing redundancy within the Learning and Skills Council are given the opportunity to retrain for other jobs within the organisation; and if he will make a statement.
(129793)
95
N
Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the budget for 2003-04 for the Connexions service is for each (a) local education authority and (b) Careers Service area; and how many young people there are in each of those areas.
(128953)
96
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which publicly funded training initiatives are open to (a) EU nationals of other member states resident in the UK and (b) asylum seekers.
(129778)
97
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, under what powers a county council may keep a person's P45 details on file after they have been used as part of a student loan application; and for what length of time such details may be kept.
(129628)
98
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the success rates for modern apprenticeships as set out in Statistical First Release ISR/SFR 25 issued on 24th July; what plans he has to improve these rates; and if he will make a statement.
(129523)
99
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many United Kingdom universities accept (a) vocational and (b) work-based learning qualifications as entry criteria; and if he will make a statement.
(129524)
100
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to improve the collection of data on the number of people who enter higher education on the basis of (a) vocational and (b) work-based learning qualifications.
(129525)
101
N
Mr David Rendel (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the name given to the student contribution towards tuition costs.
(128967)
102
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what mechanisms are in place to ensure that further education colleges offer a wide variety of courses; and what precautions are in place to prevent further education colleges from cutting back on certain types of courses which do not contribute to those colleges meeting Government targets.
(129144)
103
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the extent to which provision of adult non-vocational courses meets the needs of the community in West Herts; and what representations he will make on this issue.
(129145)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
104
N
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what types of development are permissible on land designated as urban common under the Law of Property Act 1925; and whether such development requires approval by the Secretary of State.
(129436)
105
N
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, under what circumstances the erection of fencing is permitted on land designated as registered urban common under the Law of Property Act 1925.
(129437)
106
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the latest estimate is of the cost to the average family of the Common Agricultural Policy through higher consumer prices and levels of taxation.
(129439)
107
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many claimants received a direct grant or subsidy under the Common Agricultural Policy in the latest year for which information is available; and of the payments made, how many were (a) under £1,000, (b) betwen £1,000 and £2,500, (c) between £2,500 and £5,000, (d) between £5,000 and £10,000, (e) between £10,000 and £100,000, (f) between £100,000 and £500,000, (g) between £500,000 and £1 million and (h) in excess of £1 million.
(129441)
108
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average income of individual farms and farm businesses was for those in the top and the bottom deciles in the past 12 months; and what the average percentage of total income subsidies represented in both groups.
(129867)
109
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers water companies have to stop (a) companies and (b) residential properties discharging pollutants into waterways.
(129822)
110
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she estimates that the Government is on target to achieve carbon savings of five million tonnes by 2010.
(129850)
111
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Department's strategy for combined heat and power will be finalised.
(129851)
112
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the problems caused by delays in enforcement action being taken against (a) companies and (b) households discharging pollutants into waterways.
(129869)
113
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made with regard to pre-feasibility studies to identify options for the alleviation of flooding in Medmenham and Marlow.
(128952)
114
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effects of the on-farm burial ban; and if she will make a statement.
(129789)
115
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the performance of the Rural Payments Agency; and if she will make a statement.
(129790)
116
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total investment in sea defences along the coast of the Tendring Peninsula was (a) from 1992 to 1997 and (b) since 1997.
(129560)
117
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what initiatives her Department has introduced since 1997 to tackle the problems of abandoned cars.
(129695)
118
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to seek amendments to draft EU legislation on the welfare of livestock during travel to allow the United Kingdom to continue its effective ban on the export for food of horses, ponies and donkeys.
(129234)
119
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to publish a code of practice for gangmasters; what subjects it will cover; what legal status it will have; and which bodies will be consulted on it prior to publication.
(129771)
120
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of enlargement of the European Union and the rights of nationals of the applicant countries to work in other member states on English farming and horticulture.
(129772)
121
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to propose detailed provisions on rural development fund payments and their application to tenant farmers.
[R] (129635)
122
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received on the proposed reform of the sugar regime.
[R] (129636)
123
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 application procedures for rural development funds.
[R] (129637)
124
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what evidence she has that GM birdseed has been released into the UK environment and on what scale; what procedures are in place or planned to separate out GM lines in (a) canary seed, (b) linseed, (c) millet and (d) rape seed mixes that are imported; and what action she is taking to prosecute those who illegally contaminate the UK environment.
(129757)
125
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what basis soya milk was withdrawn as an undesirable food for babies and young children; and on what basis it was recommended for premature babies.
(129759)
126
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her discussions with the Chief Executive Officers of ASDA, Tesco, Sainsbury and Safeway on 16th July regarding GM foods; and what plans she has to meet the Chief Executive Officers of Marks and Spencer and Waitrose on this issue.
(128868)
127
N
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the extent to which farmers use arable cypermethrin for sheep dip; what the implications of its inappropriate use are in terms of risk to (a) the environment, (b) animal health and (c) human health; and if she will make a statement.
(129185)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
128
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are taken at the British High Commission in Uganda to ensure fair access to the High Commission for those wishing to obtain visas for entry to the UK.
(129639)
129
N
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 24th February to the honourable Member for Hereford, Official Report, column 245W, on Diego Garcia, what stocks of anti-personnel landmines are held on Diego Garcia; what assurances the Government received from the United States during 2003 relating to munitions kept on Diego Garcia; and if he will make a statement.
(129509)
130
N
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 14th July, Official Report, column 48W, on arms promotion activities, if he will list the ministers carrying out promotion activities in the Czech Republic, the dates on which such conversations took place and the transactions which were discussed; and if he will make a statement.
(129510)
131
N
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 15th July to the honourable Member for Hereford, Official Report, column 193W, on Diego Garcia, whether prisoners have been held in (a) US vessels and (b) US merchant vessels charted by the US Government moored in Diego Garcia waters; what jurisdiction such prisoners would fall under; and if he will make a statement.
(129511)
132
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what timetable is planned for elections in Iraq.
(129613)
133
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response his Department made to the UN Panel of Experts Fowler Report on its recommendations for secondary sanctions against states that have been complicit in breaching UN arms embargoes.
(129864)
134
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has responded to the requests by the United Nations Security Council for information on violations of arms embargoes in Rwanda by UK companies discussed in the United Security Council document Third Report of the International Commission of Inquiry (Rwanda) (S/1997/1010).
(129880)
135
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(129583)
136
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the situation in (a) Chechnya and (b) the Caucasus Region.
(129584)
137
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation in Liberia.
(129826)
138
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo regarding human rights abuses in that country; and if he will make a statement.
(129827)
139
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the new EU states about immigration and asylum.
(129603)
140
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether residents of countries which join the European Union will have immediate permission to work in the United Kingdom with effect from the date of those countries joining the Union; and if he will make a statement.
(129773)
141
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the US Administration regarding the fate of British nationals detained at Guantanamo Bay; and if he will make a statement.
(129626)
142
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many police officers from each police authority volunteered in response to the request to go to Iraq to help train the Iraqi Police Force; how many will be going; and for how long.
(129327)
143
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made with the Government's request to release Mr Peter Bleach from India; and what action will be taken if Mr Bleach is released into UK custody by the Indian authorities.
(129761)
144
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from Taiwan regarding Mr Andrew Wang.
(129762)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
145
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role he envisages primary care trusts taking in dealing with domestic violence.
(129622)
146
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his policy that foundation hospitals will accommodate sexual assault referral centres.
(129623)
147
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy that in areas where there are no foundation hospitals in the short term sexual assault referral centres should be located at major general hospitals.
(129624)
148
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to extend the present remission for student nurses from higher education tuition fees to top-up fees incurred after 2006.
(129701)
149
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average time between an in-patient admission and the patient being allocated to a bed over the last 12 months.
(129146)
150
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 8th September, Official Report, column 6W, on healthcare-associated infections, what the longer term strategy is; and what measures he will use to evaluate the contribution made by each of the targeted action plans.
(129714)
151
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 1st September, Official Report, column 926W, on breast cancer, how many patients aged 85 years and over underwent surgery in (a) 2000 and (b) 2002.
(129715)
152
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 1st September to the honourable Member for Manchester Central, Official Report, columns 943-4W, on MRSA, when each of the research programmes will report; which other projects are included in the wider programme; and what their completion dates are.
(129723)
153
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 1st September to the honourable Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham, Official Report, column 3W, on adverse reactions to drugs (children), what the equivalent information is for (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01.
(129724)
154
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many MRI scanners each NHS trust has; and what the age of each machine is.
(129760)
155
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total value of prescriptions for privately prescribed medicines made out to patients eligible for NHS treatment was in the most recent 12 months for which figures are available.
(129585)
156
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the most recent reports of the Patient Environment and Action Team inspection units for acute trusts in the Northern and Yorkshire statistical area.
(129586)
157
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many departmentally-approved targets have been introduced since the introduction of Gateway controls.
(129587)
158
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many bureaucracy-busting champions have been appointed as part of the Government's anti-bureaucracy drive; and where they are located.
(129588)
159
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the contribution in 2002-03 by the Department of Health to the budget of Involve is.
(129589)
160
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce tariffs for ophthalmological procedures which take into account the complexity of a case.
(129590)
161
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what basis certain geographical areas were selected to participate in the procurement programme for diagnostic and treatment centres.
(129591)
162
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role Augmentis has played in the process of developing diagnostic and treatment centres.
(129592)
163
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) dental practices and (b) dentists there were in each primary care trust in England in each of the past three years.
(129593)
164
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the grants made to outside bodies under the Section 64 general grants scheme; and the value of each grant.
(129594)
165
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinically-trained (a) nurses and (b) midwives are working in an administrative position within the NHS.
(129595)
166
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role NHS Direct is expected to have in Government schemes to offer patient choice.
(129596)
167
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the diagnostic services provided by the diagnostic and treatment centres announced so far.
(129597)
168
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what schemes to offer patients choice in their NHS treatment will be operating in conjunction with NHS Direct.
(129598)
169
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which government agencies are involved in schemes to offer patients choice in their NHS treatment.
(129611)
170
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 9th June, Official Report, column 694W, on unused drugs, if he will commission independent research to assess ways of reducing this wastage; and what assessment he has made of whether smaller packs of drugs could reduce wastage.
(129807)
171
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether personnel from his Department have been seconded to offer advice and assistance in Iraq.
(129879)
172
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Alzheimer's patients are in (a) private and (b) NHS care homes in the United Kingdom.
(129514)
173
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Alzheimer's patients entered (a) private and (b) NHS care homes in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.
(129515)
174
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average care home costs were to the NHS for each Alzheimer's patient in each of the last three years.
(129516)
175
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the NHS on care home costs for Alzheimer's disease patients in each of the last three years.
(129517)
176
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) moderate and (b) severe Alzheimer's disease patients were diagnosed in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.
(129518)
177
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the NHS on drug treatments for (a) moderate and (b) severe Alzheimer's disease patients in each of the last three years.
(129519)
178
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what instructions have been offered to PCTs regarding drug prescribing practices for Alzheimer's disease patients.
(129520)
179
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from patients groups regarding drug therapies for Alzheimer's disease patients.
(129521)
180
N
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the McKinsey report on the national IT programme for the NHS made an assessment of the total cost of the programme.
(129230)
181
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the percentage of people diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis who had taken a long haul flight in the preceding week in each year since 1997.
(129794)
182
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on travel-related deep vein thrombosis, with particular reference to the use of compression hosiery as a preventative measure; and if he will make a statement.
(129795)
183
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has given to long haul air travellers on deep vein thrombosis.
(129796)
184
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines he has issued on the target for no patient to be waiting for more than four hours in accident and emergency, with special reference to patients with a clinical need to remain for over four hours.
(129682)
185
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 1st September, Official Report, column 936W, on GP lists, what the average list size was in each year since 1992.
(129720)
186
N
Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the £50 million he announced to support the hospice movement has (a) been allocated and (b) been spent; and if he will list the recipients of the funds.
(128954)
187
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been carried out into the impact of greater consultant involvement in post-operative care; and if he will make a statement.
(129599)
188
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been carried out into the impact of increasing the number of critical care beds on post-operative death rates.
(129600)
189
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) consultant and (b) other anaesthetists there were in England in each of the last five years.
(129601)
190
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many MRSA cases were reported by each acute trust in each year since 1997.
(129687)
191
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the rate of pay per hour is for (a) cleaners and (b) porters in each acute trust; and which of these trusts have contracted out (i) cleaning and (ii) portering services.
(129688)
192
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which companies have contracts with NHS acute trusts for carrying out (a) cleaning and (b) portering services; which trusts have contracts with each company; what the commencement date of each contract was; and what the duration of the contract is in each case.
(129689)
193
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dual energy x-ray absorptiometry scans per 100,000 population were carried out in (a) Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England in the last year for which figures are available.
(129769)
194
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the NHS hospital trusts which have implemented green transport policies at the request of their local planning authorities.
(129642)
195
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of (a) children and (b) adults waiting to register with an NHS dentist in Shrewsbury and Atcham.
(129638)
196
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children received NHS dental treatment in Shrewsbury and Atcham in each year since 1997.
(129640)
197
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the provision of pulmonary rehabilitation services in Gloucestershire.
(129027)
198
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the treatment of lymphoedema sufferers in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire.
(129028)
199
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has commissioned into the side effects following (a) the single vaccination for mumps, measles and rubella and (b) the MMR vaccination; and if he will make a statement.
(129029)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
200
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police forces are equipped with readily available test kits to secure samples in the event of a compaint of drug rape.
(129615)
201
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training in the specific handling of cases of drug rape is available to police forces; how many forces have taken up such training; and for what level of officer.
(129616)
202
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress is being made with the design of a device to test for a broad spectrum of incapacitating drugs in alcoholic drinks.
(129617)
203
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what campaigns his Department is funding directed at warning people of the danger of drug rape; and what plans he has to do so in the future.
(129618)
204
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that early support is available to the victims of drug rape who do not intend to report the matter to the police.
(129625)
205
N
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders who have been placed on an Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme have re-offended during the course of the programme.
(129180)
206
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage change in the prison population has been in each of the last 10 years; and what the percentage change in numbers of prison officers has been in each year in the same period.
(129604)
207
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 1st September, Official Report, column 961W, how many disclosures were issued each month; and what the average length of time was it took each month to issue them.
(129438)
208
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will widen the terms of reference of the inquiry by Mr Stephen Shaw into the Yarlswood fire to include the conduct of Group 4 (a) in the period leading up to 14th February 2002 and (b) on the night of 14th February 2002.
(129675)
209
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will urge Mr Stephen Shaw to take evidence in public during the inquiry into the events surrounding the fire at the Yarlswood Removal Centre on 14th February 2002.
(129676)
210
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the application of the principle of commercial confidentiality in relation to the disclosure of information to inquiries which he has instigated.
(129679)
211
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the contracts made between his Department and all contractors relating to the (a) construction, (b) administration and operation and (c) insurance of the Yarlswood Removal Centre.
(129680)
212
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the report presented to him in September 2002 by Mr Stephen Moore about events leading up to, and including, the fire at Yarlswood on 14th February 2002.
(129681)
213
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many motorists who were served with a fixed penalty notice for speeding in 2002-03 as a result of information recorded on speed cameras were subsequently informed that a mistake had been made and that no prosecution would result.
(129770)
214
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are in place for ensuring that motorists are not served with fixed penalty notices for speeding when the details of their vehicle are incorrectly recorded.
(129782)
215
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the action he proposes to take over the planned Magnificent 17 conference organised by Al Mujaharoon.
(129328)
216
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he will seek powers to ensure that the conclusions of all publicly funded investigations into the conduct of senior police officers are made public.
(129718)
217
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of the investigation into the alleged conduct of the acting Chief Constable Richard Thomas of Gwent Police.
(129868)
218
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are in place to consult faith communities about the work of Government; and if he will make a statement.
(128951)
219
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what initiatives his Department has introduced since 1997 to tackle the problems of graffiti.
(129694)
220
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what account he took of the recommendation of the Stewart Report that amplitude modulation around 16Hz should be avoided in the commissioning of the new police TETRA telecommunications systems; and what assessment he has made of the implications of the information available on potential health problems arising from this system for the continued use of the system.
(129765)
221
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the (a) content and (b) use made of the country information produced by the Country Policy and Information Unit.
(129766)
222
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the outcome was of the consultation in 1998 on the establishment of an independent documentation centre to provide country of origin information in assessing the cases of asylum seekers.
(129767)
223
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to establish an independent documentation centre.
(129768)
224
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons with responsibility for security, including police officers, have (a) resigned and (b) been dismissed following the unauthorised entry at Windsor Castle this year on the occasion of the 21st birthday celebrations for HRH Prince William.
(129607)
225
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to ensure that the security arrangements in place for members of the Royal Family (a) whilst travelling and (b) whilst in residence are appropriate; and what plans he has to review these.
(129608)
226
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes are planned to the Operation Ore Child Protection Unit operated by the Metropolitan police.
(129330)
227
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent on Operation Ore since it was set up.
(129331)
228
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what improvements to child protection measures have been instituted by police forces since the publication of the Laming Report.
(129332)
229
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many specialist child protection officers have been employed in each county police force in each of the last five years.
(129333)
230
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will direct the Immigration and Nationality Department to reply to the letters from the honourable Member for Wrexham dated 2nd June and 24th July in respect of Mr Hamad Hamadimin Ahmed.
(129612)
231
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will direct the Immigration and Nationality Department to reply to the letters from the honourable Member for Wrexham dated 9th December 2002, 4th February 2003 and 24th July 2003 in respect of Mrs Clementina (Ikekwoaba) Samuels.
(129614)
232
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received regarding the proposed privatisation of the Forensic Science Service; and if he will make a statement.
(129627)
233
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received about the changes to the disclosure levels regarding information which the Criminal Records Bureau will be required to provide to local authorities when they check on the suitability of persons to become Hackney carriage or private hire drivers; and if he will make a statement.
(129184)
234
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which chemical agents are deployed for law enforcement and riot control purposes in the UK; what delivery devices are used; how much of each agent has been deployed in the last 12 months; and which institutions have received the agents.
(128867)
235
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Defence and (b) the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on allowing British police officers to volunteer to go to Iraq to help train the Iraqi Police Force; and if he will make a statement.
(129326)
236
N
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will lift the visa requirement on Slovak citizens for entry into the United Kingdom.
(129435)
237
N
David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 24th July regarding a constituent, ref: M3906/3.
(128955)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
238
N
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the estimated cost to public funds is of interrupting the maintenance and building work in the Palace of Westminster for the two week sitting of the House in September.
(129031)
239
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the estimated cost is of the work carried out to the Palace of Westminster in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004; and how many workmen (i) are and (ii) have been employed on the Parliamentary Estate in connection therewith.
(129606)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for International Development
240
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, pursuant to his Answer of 18th June, Official Report, column 241W, on the Export Control Act, whether the Department made an assessment of how the secondary legislation on export controls would (a) affect demands on departmentally-funded projects and (b) affect stability in developing countries.
(129803)
241
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, pursuant to his Answer of 18th June, Official Report, column 241W, on Iraq, whether water companies in the UK have offered assistance in Iraq.
(129804)
242
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, pursuant to his Answer of 9th June, Official Report, column 614W, whether the Department has made an assessment of (a) whether there are sufficient numbers of trained public health laboratory staff in Iraq and (b) whether British military personnel can offer assistance in this area.
(129806)
243
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, pursuant to his Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 122W, on the gun trade, what assessment he has made of the impact of export control legislation on the proliferation of small arms in developing countries; and whether the Government raised the issue of export control legislation and the proliferation of small arms at the UN Biennial Meeting of States in July.
(129808)
244
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, pursuant to his Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 124W, on Iraq, if he will also make a detailed study of the resources needed to re-establish a working civil service in Iraq.
(129818)
245
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, pursuant to his Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 124W, on Iraq, if he will take steps to ensure that short term reforms to Iraq's food network before the restoration of normal market conditions are free of political interference.
(129819)
246
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, pursuant to his Answer of 18th June, Official Report, column 241W, on the Export Control Act 2002, whether the Department discussed the impact of the orders on developing countries with (a) aid agencies and (b) NGOs working in developing countries.
(129820)
247
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, whether there is a consensus amongst European partners on the the proliferation of small arms in developing countries.
(129854)
248
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) boys and (b) girls returning to school in Iraq.
(129877)
249
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, whether students in Iraq will be able to sit examinations in this academic year.
(129878)
250
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what support has been given by his Department to the Marsh Arabs of Iraq since the conclusion of hostilities in that country; and if he will make a statement.
(129825)
251
Mrs Helen Liddell (Airdrie & Shotts): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what improvements have been introduced in Afghanistan to ensure improved heath care for women and children in the last year.
(129683)
252
Mrs Helen Liddell (Airdrie & Shotts): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of neo-natal deaths in Afghanistan since the end of the conflict.
(129684)
253
Mrs Helen Liddell (Airdrie & Shotts): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what assistance the Government has provided towards improved maternity and neonatal care in Afghanistan.
(129691)
254
N
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, if he will place the Department's pre-conflict plans for the reconstruction of Iraq and their estimated costs in the Library.
(128943)
255
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, which Ministers attended the World Trade Organisation meetings in Cancun; how many (a) advisers and (b) staff accompanied them; at which hotel Ministers and their advisers stayed in Cancun; what the total cost of (i) hotel rooms and (ii) expenses was; in which aeroplane class advisers attending the World Trade Organisation meetings in Cancun travelled; and what the total cost of their flights was.
(129728)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
256
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many visits have been undertaken by each of the Northern Ireland Office Ministers to local councils since the Northern Ireland Assembly was suspended.
(129710)
257
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will announce the date of the Northern Ireland Assembly elections which were originally scheduled to take place in May.
(129711)
258
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce a doorstep recycling service in Northern Ireland.
(129809)
259
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the availability of Remicade to NHS patients in Northern Ireland.
(129810)
260
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce NHS Direct to Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(129811)
261
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many overseas trips he made in the last year promoting inward investment to Northern Ireland; and which countries he visited.
(129812)
262
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he is taking to tackle violent crime in (a) North Down and (b) Northern Ireland.
(129813)
263
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal road traffic accidents there have been on the A2 Bangor to Belfast road in each year since 1997.
(129814)
264
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many primary schools in (a) North Down and (b) Northern Ireland had class sizes of more than 30 pupils in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(129815)
265
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding has been made available to the Organised Crime Taskforce since its introduction in September 2000.
(129816)
266
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients from the Republic of Ireland have been treated in hospitals in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement.
(129817)
267
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many qualified teachers were working in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.
(129823)
268
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on teacher recruitment in Northern Ireland.
(129824)
269
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many self-inflicted (a) injuries and (b) deaths there have been in Northern Ireland prisons in each of the past five years; and what action the Government is taking to reduce these figures.
(129829)
270
Lady Hermon (North Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to provide broadband internet access in areas of Northern Ireland where there is no broadband provision; and if he will make a statement.
(129847)
Questions to the Prime Minister
271
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Prime Minister, whether Mr Alistair Campbell was the subject of the developed vetting procedure.
(129774)
272
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will rescind the powers given to Mr Jonathan Powell to direct civil servants.
(129278)
273
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Prime Minister, under what circumstances he has sought advice on presentational matters from the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool.
(129279)
274
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Prime Minister, what the total cost to the public purse has been of each public inquiry which has exceeded £1 million since 1997.
(129712)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
275
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to change the remit of the Boundary Commission for Scotland.
(129700)
Questions to the Solicitor General
276
Nick Harvey (North Devon): To ask the Solicitor General, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) resulting convictions there have been arising from circumstances at British sports events in each of the last 10 years, broken down by type of (i) sport and (ii) offence.
(129686)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
277
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many lorry movements in and out of Royal Mail terminals have taken place in each of the last three years.
(129690)
278
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 9th June, Official Report, column 630W, if she will make a statement on the submission to the consultation on Export Control from Fund for Peace which was e-mailed to her Department on 1st May.
(129805)
279
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what arms embargoes the UK has imposed since 1997 on countries in response to (a) armed conflict and (b) human rights violations.
(129848)
280
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the feasibility of using (a) mutual and (b) multilateral legal assistance treaties to allow the UK Government to develop effective end-user controls of arms shipments from the UK.
(129849)
281
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of how her Department's proposals for the secondary orders on export control will impact on the Government's committment to improve human rights internationally.
(129865)
282
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will take steps to simplify the formula for calculating APRs on credit cards once the industry adopts an honesty box or summary table of its fees and charges on promotional material.
(129871)
283
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the benefits of reforming APRs on credit cards so that additional charges are not included in the APR formula.
(129872)
284
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions her Department has had with the European Union on Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
(129881)
285
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the rights which a married couple have, but a couple under the proposed civil relationships registration scheme would not have.
(129235)
286
N
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many contracts have been secured by British companies in connection with the reconstruction of Iraq; and what their approximate value is.
(128945)
287
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the time period for commencement of the construction of the gas fired power station at Langage, Plymouth expires; and if she will make a statement.
(129705)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
288
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the (a) unclaimed and (b) returned sums from each local authority's local transport plans for the last year for which figures are available.
(129721)
289
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) passengers and (b) crew in (i) public service vehicles, (ii) hired coaches and minibuses and (iii) taxis and private hire vehicles suffered fatal accidents in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(129334)
290
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) pilots and (b) cabin crew have been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in each year since 1997.
(129797)
291
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to implement a public awareness campaign on the risks of travel-related deep vein thrombosis.
(129798)
292
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice is available to British air travellers on travel health, with particular reference to measures to prevent travel-related deep vein thrombosis; and if he will make a statement.
(129799)
293
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many commercial flights were made from British airports in each of the last five years; and what percentage were (a) four hours or longer and (b) four hours or less.
(129800)
294
Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what action the Strategic Rail Authority is taking to ensure that train operating companies improve (a) train station facilities and (b) access for disabled people.
(129582)
295
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the purpose was of the counter-terrorism exercise held on 7th September.
[R] (129631)
296
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to be able to make an announcement regarding airport expansion.
[R] (129633)
297
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fatal accidents have occurred on the A38 in Devon between Marsh Mills roundabout, Plymouth and Ivybridge in the past five years.
(129704)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
298
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Wales, (b) Cardiff and (c) Cardiff West will be eligible for winter fuel payments in 2003-04.
(129522)
299
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will assess the benefits to consumer financial education of including figures showing average healthy life expectancy in government pension statements.
(129855)
300
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will introduce a system of short-term loans for those on low incomes when they change jobs.
(129856)
301
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research his Department has conducted on the disincentives caused to those on low incomes when they change jobs.
(129857)
302
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints the Benefits Agency has received about the application process for income support benefits available for home improvement.
(129873)
303
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will establish individual e-mail addresses for each Benefit Office so that MI12 forms can be e-mailed to the Benefits Agency.
(129874)
304
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to improve the response time to applications for income support contributions for home improvements.
(129875)
305
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what targets have been set for the processing of MI12 forms in the Benefits Agency; and what penalties there are if the Agency does not meet these.
(129876)
306
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 17th July, Official Report, column 554W, on Operation Gangmaster, if he will list the members of the West Midlands forum under the Operation Gangmaster initiative.
(129783)
307
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to change the rules relating to the payment of incapacity benefit for disabled lay members of employment tribunals.
(129634)
308
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of pensioners (a) entitled to minimum income guarantee and (b) who were not claiming it in each of the last five years.
(129758)
309
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to introduce a Disability Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(129183)
310
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to whom he recommended as preferred suppliers for the software package required by local authorities for housing benefit.
(129186)
311
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he considered a single software package provider for local authorities with respect to housing benefit.
(129187)
312
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will send an emergency team to Swale Borough Council to resolve delays in housing benefit.
(129188)
313
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will allow an open tender for the delivery of housing benefit in Swale.
(129189)
314
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many local authorities who distribute housing benefit have contracts with Capita.
(129190)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
315
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Iraqi civilians have been killed by United Kingdom or United States military forces in (a) Iraq and (b) Baghdad since the end of the conflict in Iraq.
[Transferred] (129641)
316
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the incident in the Mansur district of Baghdad on 27th July, with particular reference to the number of Iraqi civilians killed by US forces during that incident.
[Transferred] (129643)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
317
N
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research he has commissioned into a link between numeracy and re-offending by prisoners after release.
[Question Unstarred] (128973)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
318
Vera Baird (Redcar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of forensic nurses in supporting rape complainants.
[Transferred] (129781)
319
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will conduct counter-terrorism exercises with respect to (a) aviation and (b) shipping.
[R] [Transferred] (129632)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for International Development
320
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what action he is taking to increase support for micro-finance through the World Bank.
[Transferred] (129859)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
321
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 17th June, Official Report, column 127W, on Iraq, if she will press the European Commission to include goods from Iraq in the Generalised System of Preferences as soon as possible.
[Transferred] (129780)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
322
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the health and safety environment within which fruit and vegetable packhouse operators and growers operate; and what regulations apply to these sectors to take account of the particular needs of the casual and foreign labour they use.
[Transferred] (129777)
323
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations Operation Gangmaster has (a) sought and (b) received from (i) local authorities, (ii) primary care trusts, (iii) chambers of commerce and (iv) locally based government agencies.
[Transferred] (129779)

 
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