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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 16 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 16 September 2003
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 16 September 2003


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 16 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 Tuesday 16 September of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 16 September see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Questions directed to him remain unanswered.
(130767)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
2
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Questions directed to him remain unanswered.
(130762)
3
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will publish the proposals for the Child Trust Fund.
(130746)
4
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the total cost of the July 1997 Budget decision to abolish payable tax credits for pension schemes and UK companies for each year from 1997-98 to 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(130012)
5
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the total annual (a) revenue cost and (b) economic benefit of the film industry tax reliefs introduced in and since the July 1997 Budget for each year from 1997-98 to 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(130013)
6
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the yield to the Exchequer from abolishing the film industry tax reliefs; and if he will make a statement.
(130014)
7
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the types of tax credits (a) provided by and (b) planned to be introduced by the Government giving their cost in each case in each year from 1997-98 to 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(130015)
8
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on employment of the working tax credit; and if he will make a statement.
(130016)
9
N
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will publish (a) the results of the consultation on the reform of stamp duty land tax affecting commercial leases and (b) revisions to the Government's proposals.
(130009)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
10
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when the new forms, devised by the Safety Stakeholder Group of his Department, screening Children's Act cases for domestic violence will be brought into use; and what steps are being taken prior to the forms' introduction to ensure that relevant issues of domestic violence are brought to the attention of the court.
(130516)
11
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what factors have influenced the date of the introduction of the new domestic violence forms for use in Children Act 1989 cases.
(130656)
12
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many Questions directed to the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs remain unanswered.
(130766)
13
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what measures have been taken to prevent people defaulting on court-imposed fines.
(130771)
14
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many and what value of court-imposed fines were defaulted on in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.
(130772)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
15
N
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps to seek to ensure that ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 can continue to be received free of charge by digital satellite television.
(130011)
16
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many Questions directed to her remain unanswered.
(130761)
17
N
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the monitoring of the extent to which television channels increase the volume of transmissions during advertisements; and if she will make a statement.
(130396)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
18
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Questions directed to him remain unanswered.
(130756)
19
N
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with the US State Department on (a) the use of extraterritorial export control legislation and (b) the need to have strict end-user controls on arms shipments, to reduce threats to military personnel.
(130182)
20
N
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department made of the impact of the proposed secondary orders for the Export Control Act 2002 on the security of UK military personnel deployed abroad.
(130189)
21
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in the arrangements for the EU to assume the NATO peacekeeping mandate in Bosnia; and whether (a) NATO and (b) the United States has accepted the EU decision of December 2002.
(130030)
22
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of (a) operating cost statements, (b) statements of recognised gains and losses, (c) cash flow statements and (d) the fixed asset register maintained by his Department's management groupings since the financial year 1999-2000.
(130747)
23
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what financial information is maintained by his Department's management groupings.
(130748)
24
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contribution the Government has made to ensure that an accurate central list of Iraqi detainees in coalition-run prisons in Iraq, with names in Arabic, is kept.
(130354)
25
N
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the duties of Dr David Kelly were.
(130515)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
26
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he will take to increase the provision of accommodation available to women victims of domestic violence.
(130038)
27
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to permit local authorities to limit annual increases in council tax for pensioners to the rate of inflation; and if he will make a statement.
(130646)
28
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of people in housing need and accepted as such by their local housing authority in each London borough.
(130021)
29
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many Questions directed to him remain unanswered.
(130753)
30
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the Government is doing to encourage research and development in the North East.
(130733)
31
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much the Government has spent on research and development in (a) the North East, (b) each of the other regions and (c) the UK in each year since 1997.
(130734)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
32
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many Questions directed to him remain unanswered.
(130764)
33
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how the education authorities in Tyne and Wear have performed in relation to the Government's inspection programme for autistic education.
(130741)
34
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what inspection provision the Government has in place to measure the quality of autistic education.
(130742)
35
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much is spent on average on each autistic child in each education authority in Tyne and Wear in the current financial year.
(130743)
36
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many specialist teachers for autistic children there are in each education authority in Tyne and Wear.
(130744)
37
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many autistic children there are in each education authority in Tyne and Wear.
(130745)
38
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will assess the level of accessibility for visually impaired people in (a) UK Online Centres and (b) Online Centres in Wales.
(129946)
39
N
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the children of Gurkha soldiers, stationed in this country attending British schools are classified as (a) home and (b) overseas students for the purposes of university fees.
(130178)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
40
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many laboratory tests have been carried out in the last three months on plant material suspected of being infected with the phytophthora ramorum fungus; and what proportion has proved positive.
(130643)
41
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library a list of the (a) parks, (b) gardens and (c) other premises in England in respect of which enforcement notices have been issued to destroy trees or shrubs infected with phytophthora ramorum.
(130644)
42
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure that the public is aware of the identity of the premises of (a) wholesalers and (b) retailers of plants and shrubs where infections of phytophthora ramorum have been discovered.
(130645)
43
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Questions directed to her remain unanswered.
(130757)
44
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what compensation is available for farmers whose sheep may be affected by bluetongue.
(130729)
45
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place a copy of her Department's contingency plan for bluetongue in the Library.
(130730)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
46
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects a UN authorised referendum to be held on the future of Western Sahara; and if he will make a statement.
(130022)
47
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Questions directed to him remain unanswered.
(130758)
48
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK is making financial contributions to other coalition nations' forces in Iraq.
(129750)
49
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many military personnel from each of the coalition countries are deployed in Iraq; and what he estimates the totals will be in six months' time.
(129882)
50
N
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of traditional tribal demarcations and affinities in developing countries on the effectiveness of UN arms embargoes.
(130183)
51
N
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to assist with the control of proliferation of (a) weapons and (b) nuclear materials in Trans-Dniester in Moldova.
(130184)
52
N
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the United Nations on the use of reputable transport suppliers for UN peacekeepers.
(130193)
53
N
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what instructions have been issued to officials at the High Commission in Kathmandu regarding applications from the wives of Gurkhas, serving in this country, for visitor visas in cases where the soldiers have six months or less to serve.
(130181)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
54
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses have been recruited by the NHS from South Africa in each of the last five years.
(130037)
55
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what efforts are being made to monitor the satisfaction of prostate cancer patients with their NHS treatment; and what the findings are.
(130039)
56
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) urologists, (b) pathologists, (c) radiologists and (d) prostate cancer nurses have been working in the NHS on prostate cancer cases in each of the last five years.
(130040)
57
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the staffing levels of community health councils; and what estimate he has made of their likely staff levels on 1st November.
(130711)
58
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements are being put in place to ensure that those community health councils which have to move from their premises prior to 1st December remain fully operational.
(130712)
59
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance the NHS has issued to ensure that clinicians are fully informed in how to deal with patients presenting with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis.
(130713)
60
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patient forums will be fully (a) operational and (b) staffed by 1st December.
(130714)
61
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the payment to overcome exceptional circumstances referred to in his July announcement on the future of East Kent Hospitals and in his Minister of State's letter to the honourable Member for Canterbury is a grant or a loan.
(130350)
62
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 1st September, Official Report, column 947W, concerning dental practices, how many dental practices there are in each primary care trust.
(129442)
63
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been given in the last year to primary care trusts regarding the time limits for prescriptions.
(130024)
64
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Questions directed to him remain unanswered.
(130754)
65
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the organisations invited to run private diagnostic and treatment centres; in how many cases such an organisation, its associated companies, subsidiaries or directors (a) have been indicted for defrauding taxpayers, patients, staff or their national revenue service and (b) are being investigated for such offences; and if he will list the offences in each case.
(130355)
66
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assumptions were made by his Department about the costs of operations in NHS diagnostic and treatment centres relative to the costs of the same operations carried out at existing NHS hospitals in the same part of the country.
(130648)
67
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's estimates were of the savings from operations carried out at NHS diagnostic and treatment centres; and how far these have been borne out by experience.
(130649)
68
N
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice his Department gives to those embarking on gap years abroad on the effect that their absence from the UK will have on their entitlement to claim free NHS care on return to the UK.
(130187)
69
N
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with (a) student organisations and (b) representatives of the travel industry about advice offered to gap year students on the availability of free NHS provision when students return from an extended trip outside the UK.
(130188)
70
N
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what method each candidate trust for Foundation Hospital status has adopted to carry out public consultation about their plans; when those consultations will be completed; and what the total cost is to each trust of the consultation exercises.
(129748)
71
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to improve mental health services for deaf people; and when he expects to see the results from these improvements.
(130031)
72
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action the Government is taking with regard to the consultation document, A Sign of the Times.
(130032)
73
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to implement the proposals in the consultation document, A Sign of the Times; and how he plans to measure the effectiveness of the changes.
(130033)
74
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaf people have committed suicide in each of the last five years.
(130034)
75
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to monitor the impact of the National Services Framework for mental health services on deaf and hard of hearing patients; and what the results are.
(130035)
76
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much capital expenditure has been made by the NHS in (a) the North East and (b) the UK in (i) 1996, (ii) 2000 and (iii) (projected for) 2003.
(130738)
77
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much per capita has been spent by the NHS in (a) the North East and (b) the UK in (i) 1996, (ii) 2000 and (iii) (projected for) 2003.
(130739)
78
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) GPs and (b) nurses have been in training in (a) South Tyneside, (b) the North East and (c) the UK in each year since 1997.
(130740)
79
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on post-operative death rates at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth.
(129667)
80
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of patients in each hospital trust area were waiting for treatment for more than 12 months (a) in 2002-03 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.
(130283)
81
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of providing tinted spectacle lenses to assist children with reading difficulties; and what plans he has to make them more widely available.
(130284)
82
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children with a refractive error in their vision receive financial support for the cost of coloured glass spectacles.
(130285)
83
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has commissioned to create new mutations of viruses that can be deprived of their species' specific properties; and which of these viruses (a) are being and (b) have been used for genetic engineering.
(130424)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
84
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions there have been of people using a mobile telephone whilst driving in each year since 1997.
(130750)
85
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many deaths there have been on roads in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002 as a result of people using a mobile telephone whilst driving.
(130751)
86
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether reports of drug rape since 2001 have involved the presence of a drug which had not before been known as a drug rape drug.
(129668)
87
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions for rape involving the use of drugs there were in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) the first half of 2003.
(129669)
88
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug rapes were reported in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) the first half of 2003, broken down by sex of victim.
(129670)
89
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when it is expected that there will be further action on the recommendations of the Home Office Review of Coroners and Death Certification.
(129671)
90
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether forensic medical examiners are in receipt of specific training about the symptoms and effects of drugs which have been used in rape cases.
(129672)
91
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, why the Immigration Research and Statistics Service commissioned a consultant to conduct a mapping exercise of the Immigration Research and Statistics Service research into the use of interpreters by Government departments and other public services; if he will make a statement on the conclusions reached regarding how public services provide interpretation and translations services, where they are adequate and where they are not; what they cost; and what best practice has been identified.
(130724)
92
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how performance will be measured for the Head of the Police Standards Unit in assessing his performance related pay.
(130023)
93
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding will be paid to Dorset Police Authority in respect of the costs of policing the Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth; and what percentage of the cost of policing the Conference this represents.
(130647)
94
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are detained under immigration law; and of these how many are awaiting removal from the UK.
(130018)
95
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children of asylum seekers have been held in detention in each of the last 12 months; and what the average length of time is for which each child is held.
(130019)
96
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial and administrative support his Department provides to Operation Ulysses concerning control of migration to Europe.
(130020)
97
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Questions directed to him remain unanswered.
(130763)
98
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who has responsibility for the education of children detained at the Dungavel Detention Centre; and under what legislation this responsibility is given.
(130417)
99
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letters of (a) 7th August and (b) 18th August from the honourable Member for Perth regarding the Dungavel Detention Centre.
(130418)
100
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 4th July, Official Report, column 549W, on the Charity Commission, when the Charity Commission will write to the honourable Member for Aylesbury; and if he will make a statement on the reasons for the delay.
(130716)
101
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the use of anti-terrorism legislation against the protesters at the Excel Exhibition Centre in East London on 9th September.
(129947)
102
N
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the basis is for the policy that wives of Gurkha soldiers who hold British Overseas passports are refused visas to join their husbands in this country where the soldiers have six months or less to serve.
(130179)
103
N
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made with the review into policy governing the right of Gurkhas to return to this country after completion of service; and when he expects to report on its findings.
(130180)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
104
N
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the expected cost is of clearing construction equipment and materials from the precincts of the House prior to the two-week sitting in September and reinstating it at the start of the Conference Adjournment.
(130289)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for International Development
105
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, how many Questions directed to the Department remain unanswered.
(130760)
106
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 14th July, Official Report, column 9W, on poverty reduction strategies, what pressure his Department applied for the inclusion of water, sanitation and hygiene in the Cameroon Poverty Reduction Strategy Plan published on 12th August; and whether the Poverty Reduction Strategy Plan provides sufficient resources to meet (a) the water and (b) the sanitation millennium development targets in Cameroon.
(130749)
107
N
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the effects on development of the lack of effective systems to establish property ownership in developing countries.
(130192)
108
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, if he will make a statement on (a) the humanitarian situation in Iraq and (b) the impact of security on the humanitarian situation.
(130351)
109
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, if he will publish the plans the Government has to release money for humanitarian needs in Iraq before the donors conference in October.
(130352)
110
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, what recent discussions the Department has had with non-governmental organisations on their continued presence in Iraq.
(130353)
111
N
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, if he will place reports which his Department has (a) carried out and (b) commissioned on the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan Oil Pipeline Project in the Library.
(130026)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
112
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what percentage of (a) Roman Catholics and (b) Protestants have been unsuccessful in their applications since the 50:50 recruitment policy started for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
(130419)
113
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many community police officers are in full-time service with the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and how many served in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002.
(130420)
114
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on progress with the investigations of unsolved murders of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and army personnel in the County of Londonderry in 1972.
(130421)
115
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many officers are serving in the Police Service of Northern Ireland full time reserve; what their expected future length of service is; and if he will make a statement.
(130422)
116
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many questions directed to him remain unanswered.
(130759)
Questions to the Prime Minister
117
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Prime Minister, what his official engagements were for Sunday 9th March.
(130010)
118
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer of 10th September, Official Report, column 322, on Iraq, on which occasions the Chief of the Defence staff before the outbreak of war expressed concerns about the legality of what the armed forces were being asked to do; and if he will make a statement.
(130704)
119
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he communicated with all members of the Intelligence and Security Committee about the content of the September 2002 dossier on Iraq.
(130731)
120
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Prime Minister, what his reasons were for communicating with the Chairman of only the Intelligence and Security Committee rather than Select Committees about the content of the September 2002 dossier on Iraq.
(130732)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
121
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many Questions directed to her remain unanswered.
(130752)
122
N
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she will make at Cancun with respect to improving property ownership structures and recognition in developing countries.
(130036)
123
N
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 16th May, Official Report, column 463W, what assessment was made of the section of the Home Office report Raising Standards, Upholding Integrity: The Prevention of Corruption which states that the Home Office guidelines on extra-territorial control are not mandatory.
(130177)
124
N
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 16th May, Official Report, column 463W, what account was taken of the Home Office guidelines that extra-territorial jurisdiction is permissible in cases where it is likely that the crime would otherwise not be judiciable.
(130185)
125
N
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether her assessment of US export controls included an analysis of the effect US export controls have on the competitiveness of US arms manufacturers.
(130186)
126
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the start up rate was for small businesses in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d) the North East and (e) the UK in each year since 1997.
(130735)
127
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support the Government offers to new small businesses in the North East.
(130736)
128
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action the Government is taking to encourage entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses in the North East.
(130737)
129
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much electricity has been used in the UK in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how much has been used in this year so far.
(129941)
130
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much electricity in the UK has been generated through (a) coal, (b) gas, (c) nuclear power, (d) renewable and (e) other sources in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(129942)
131
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much (a) coal and (b) gas has been used for the generation of electricity in the UK in each of the last five years for which figures are available; how much of these totals has been imported; and if she will make a statement.
(129943)
132
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the remaining reserves of domestic supplies of (a) gas, (b) oil and (c) coal.
(129944)
133
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the expected impact on the UK coal industry of the Large Combustion Plants Directive.
(129945)
134
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when each of the present members of (a) the Competition Commission and (b) the Competition Appeal Tribunal were appointed; and what procedure was used.
(130651)
135
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the duties and responsibilities of (a) the Competition Commission and (b) the Competition Appeal Tribunal are; and if she will make a statement.
(130652)
136
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the occasions when she has used her powers under Chapter 1 of the Competiton Act 1998 to amend Schedule 3 to that Act; what her reasons for doing so were in each case; and if she will make a statement.
(130654)
137
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the occasions when she has provided an exemption to Chapter 1 of the Competition Act 1998; what her reasons for doing so were in each case; and if she will make a statement.
(130655)
138
N
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she discussed with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs the environmental impacts of the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan Oil Pipeline Project; and if she will make a statement.
(130027)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
139
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of towing former US naval ships off the North East coast on their way to be broken up.
(130727)
140
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether UK agreement to a passage plan for the proposed tow of former US naval ships to the UK is required in advance of the vessels leaving the US.
(130728)
141
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Health and Safety Executive has granted an exemption from the Asbestos (Prohibitions) Regulations to former US naval ships seeking passage to Teesside for demolition.
(130017)
142
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Questions directed to him remain unanswered.
(130755)
143
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will consult honourable Members before he authorises the introduction of traffic low emission zones.
(130190)
144
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) discussions and (b) representations he has had on the introduction of low emission zones; who was involved; and if he will make a statement on what was agreed.
(130191)
145
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 7th January, Official Report, column 98W, on commercial aircraft terrorism, if he will make a statement about progress made in seeking specialist advice on fitting electronic counter measures to UK civil aviation fleets over and above Goodrich Video Surveillance apparatus.
(130286)
146
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with UK commercial aircraft operators about fitting electronic counter measures to UK civil aviation fleets.
(130287)
147
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he intends to implement the EU guidelines for biofuel use in road transport of 2 per cent. use by the end of 2005 and 5.75 per cent. use by the end of 2010.
(130423)
148
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures he intends to take to amend or remove Highways Authority Performance Indicators BVPI 100 and BVPI 96.
(129749)
149
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 9th September, ref 127778, which (a) Minister and (b) devolved administration is responsible for (i) ferry services and (ii) air services between (A) England and Northern Ireland, (B) Wales and Northern Ireland, (C) Scotland and Northern Ireland and (D) Scotland and Wales.
(130288)
150
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he intends to extend reduced rates of vehicle excise duty to cars converted to LPG/autogas that were registered before March 2001; and if he will extend the powershift programme of grants to cars that are more than five years old.
(130726)
Questions to the Minister for Women
151
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Minister for Women, how many Questions directed to her remain unanswered.
(130768)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
152
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on his Department's continued support for the implementation of the recognition of British Sign Language further to the money allocated on 18th March.
(130723)
153
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 17th July, Official Report, column 527W, what progress the British Sign Language working group has made towards distributing the money his Department has allocated to the recognition of British Sign Language; and if he will make a statement on how this programme of initiatives will increase access to services and the number of BSL interpreters.
(130769)
154
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of incapacity benefit there are; and how many there were in each of the last 10 years.
(130025)
155
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Questions directed to him remain unanswered.
(130765)
156
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he intends to extend the threshold for disability living allowance to people of pensionable age and over.
(130725)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
157
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what advice is issued to government departments about placing contracts for goods and services with organisations which have been indicted for fraud or are being investigated for fraud.
[Transferred] (130650)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
158
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will discuss trends in the incidence of tuberculosis with the World Health Organisation.
[Question Unstarred] (129961)

 
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