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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 17 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 Wednesday 17 September 2003
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 17 September 2003


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 17 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 17 September of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 17 September see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) asbestos surveys and (b) the management and removal of asbestos since 1st January 2001; and what budget is available to (i) commission asbestos surveys and (ii) manage and remove asbestos from buildings in (A) 2003 and (B) 2004.
(130916)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
2
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent by his department on asbestos surveys since 1st January 2001; how much has been spent on the management and removal of asbestos for each building in which asbestos has been identified; and what budget is available for the Department and its agencies to (a) commission asbestos surveys and (b) manage and remove asbestos from buildings in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004.
(130911)
3
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has held with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on encouraging greater use of energy-saving practices in homes.
(129751)
4
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what reports he has commissioned on the euro campaign in Sweden.
(130043)
5
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the latest estimate is of the present value of the liability for payment of pensions to the beneficiaries of unfunded public sector schemes; and what the value would be if the real rate of discount was (a) 3.0 per cent., (b) 2.5 per cent., (c) 2.0 per cent. and (d) the real rate of return on an index-linked stock of similar duration to maturity.
(130882)
6
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in relation to the estimation of the cost of pensions under the Whole of Government Accounts, why it has been decided (a) to issue figures without explanatory notes, and (b) to publish copies of guidance issued to Departments about the estimation of the cost of pensions.
(130883)
7
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in relation to the estimation of the cost of pensions under the Whole of Government Accounts, what excess of the discount rate over the rate of price inflation has been applied to future liabilities; and what the typical corresponding rate is that is used by the private sector under FRS17.
(130884)
8
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made in the development of a scheme for charging road hauliers for road use; and when he expects to implement the scheme.
(130966)
9
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he intends that British road hauliers will have to pay vehicle excise duty for individual lorries when he implements the scheme for road use charges.
(130967)
10
N
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the most recent estimate is of the cost of the war with Iraq in 2003.
(130522)
11
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will receive a reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for Tonbridge and Malling of 7th March to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on the provision of life insurance against loss of life through acts of terrorism.
(129755)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
12
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much has been spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) asbestos surveys and (b) the management and removal of asbestos since 1st January 2001; and what budget is available to (i) commission asbestos surveys and (ii) manage and remove asbestos from buildings in (A) 2003 and (B) 2004.
(130914)
13
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the legal aid budget is in 2003-04 for immigration and asylum work.
(130945)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
14
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many consultancies were commissioned by her Department in the last two years for which figures are available; and what the cost of those contracts was.
(130906)
15
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the films that have been approved since 2000 by (a) the Film Council's New Arena Fund and (b) the Film Council's Premiere Fund; in each case, how much was invested; and how much has so far been recouped.
(130954)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
16
N
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 8th September, Official Report, column 46W, on civil servants working in Iraq, if he will report on a weekly basis how many civil servants are searching for weapons of mass destruction.
(130770)
17
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 26th June, Official Report, column 944W, on asbestos, if he will list the buildings identified as containing asbestos.
(130943)
18
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the proposal to redefine the eligibility criteria for disablement through the War Pensions Agency.
(130518)
19
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what studies he has commissioned into possible aerospace commercial use that could be made of RAF Lyneham.
(130872)
20
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what extra costs he expects to incur to the A400M programme to make it compatible with the requirements of the proposed Future Rapid Effect System.
(130775)
21
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the deployments of (a) Ministry of Defence Guard Service and (b) Ministry of Defence Police officers abroad.
(130776)
22
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions the Government has had with allies on the use of NATO peacekeepers in Iraq.
(130778)
23
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the timescale for EU forces taking over the SFOR mission in Bosnia.
(130779)
24
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to purchase or lease further C-17s to provide a strategic lift capability for the proposed Future Rapid Effect System.
(130781)
25
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he estimates that the number of variants for the proposed Future Rapid Effect System will fall below 15.
(130782)
26
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the A400M to be compatible with the requirements of the proposed Future Rapid Effect System; and how this has been affected by the delays in the assessment phase for the Future Rapid Effect System.
(130783)
27
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he intends to have the assessment phase of the Future Rapid Effect System conducted by an independent body.
(130784)
28
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what effects he expects the changes proposed in the Government's review of logistic support to the armed forces to have on the jobs of those employed in providing this logistical support.
(130785)
29
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what effects the EU proposals on the (a) harmonisation of European rules on procurement, (b) the simplified licence system to facilitate the circulation of components and defence equipment between EU countries and (c) the co-ordination of European research and development in defence industries will have on (i) UK defence industrial relations with the US and (ii) the proposed ITAR waiver.
(130786)
30
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what effects developments in the US Congress and Buy American proposals are having on the UK's negotiations with the US Government to secure an ITAR waiver.
(130787)
31
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects negotiations with the US Government on an ITAR waiver for the UK to be concluded.
(130788)
32
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects a decision to be made on the awarding of the contract for the Future Rapid Effect System.
(130789)
33
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average monthly flying training time of trainee pilots in the RAF were in the last seven years.
(130790)
34
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value to the Ministry of Defence is of the planned sales of armoured Land Rovers; how many have been sold in the past two years; and how many are up for sale.
(130791)
35
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armoured Land Rovers are deployed with UK forces in Iraq; and whether this will be affected by the Ministry of Defence's decision to sell some of its stock of armoured Land Rovers.
(130792)
36
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with European partners on the harmonisation of European rules on procurement; and when he expects the harmonisation of European rules on procurement to be completed.
(130793)
37
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with European partners on the simplified licence system to facilitate the circulation of components and defence equipment between EU countries; and when he expects such a licence system to come into effect.
(130794)
38
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with European partners on the co-ordination of European research and development in defence industries and the effect of co-ordination on research and development projects involving the United States of America.
(130795)
39
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with European partners on interoperability of military equipment with that of the United States of America.
(130797)
40
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes there have been in procurement funding for the Ministry of Defence Police in the last five years.
(130803)
41
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the effects of the timescales for (a) the A400M and the development of a strategic lift capability and (b) the awarding of the contract for the Future Rapid Effect System on (i) the development of a rapidly deployable medium force capability and (ii) the projected in-service date of the Future Rapid Effect System.
(130804)
42
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the contribution of a European armaments policy to the development of the European security and defence policy; and what contribution his Department has made to the plans of the European Commission to develop such a policy.
(130805)
43
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what part the development of a research-linked European security policy will play in future British security policy.
(130806)
44
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with European partners on the development of European competition policy in the defence industry.
(130807)
45
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what inquiries are being conducted in the United Kingdom armed forces into the friendly fire incidents of the recent Gulf conflict; whether US personnel (a) participated in and (b) have been denied permission to participate in the inquiries; and if he will make a statement.
(130529)
46
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to publish the armed forces continuous attitude surveys; and if he will make a statement.
(130848)
47
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the next continuous attitude surveys in each service will be (a) conducted and (b) published; in what format the report of the surveys will be published; and if he will make a statement.
(130849)
48
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what surveys of (a) Commonwealth families and (b) Fijian families have been carried out to ascertain their views on life in the armed forces away from their homes; and if he will make a statement.
(130850)
49
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to provide (a) discounted telephone calls and (b) discounted air fares to Commonwealth servicemen and women and their families for communication with their friends and family in their country of origin; and if he will make a statement.
(130851)
50
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the military strategic value of the use of cluster bombs in future conflicts based on experience in Iraq in the current year.
(130985)
51
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many consultancies were commissioned by his Department in the last two years for which figures are available; and what the cost of those contracts was.
(130905)
52
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions in the last 10 years logs of commissioned ships have been lost overboard.
(130941)
53
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his written ministerial statement of 8th September, Official Report, columns 2-3WS, on Iraq, what funds have been set aside to cover the costs of the additional British troops to be sent to Iraq.
(131106)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
54
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much has been spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) asbestos surveys and (b) the management and removal of asbestos since 1st January 2001; and what budget is available to (i) commission asbestos surveys and (ii) manage and remove asbestos from buildings in (A) 2003 and (B) 2004.
(130915)
55
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 15th July, Official Report, column 287W, on asbestos, if he will list the buildings identified as containing asbestos.
(130940)
56
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what conclusions have been drawn from the effectiveness of differing schemes to aid key workers onto the housing ladder.
(130041)
57
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) sponsored into the effectiveness of those local authorities that have transferred their housing stock through large-scale voluntary transfer.
(130521)
58
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what base year was used to calculate the level of visitor numbers when setting the Revenue Support Grant for 2003-04.
(130897)
59
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he made of visitor numbers to Worcester City when calculating the Revenue Support Grant for 2003-04.
(130898)
60
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he next plans to assess visitor numbers used in the Revenue Support Grant allocation.
(130899)
61
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of (a) the night-time economy and (b) visitor numbers for county towns when setting the Revenue Support Grant.
(130900)
62
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he will use 2001 census data to determine country of birth indicators when allocating revenue support grants in 2004-05.
(130902)
63
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to propose legislation to deal with fast-growing high hedges; and if he will make a statement.
(130881)
64
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to amend the law regarding compulsory purchase orders.
(130987)
65
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the levels of knowledge amongst builders of the housing design needs of disabled people.
(130979)
66
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received on the adequacy of Part M of the Building Regulations in securing liveable accommodation for disabled people.
(130980)
67
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the impact of Part M of the Building Regulations on the design of new housing.
(130981)
68
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance he has given local authorities to ensure the consistent application of Part M of the Building Regulations by building control officers.
(130982)
69
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many instances there have been of enforcement action against builders for breaches of Part M of the Building Regulations in the last three years; and with what results.
(130983)
70
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what amendments he proposes to make to Part M of the Building Regulations.
(130984)
71
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the five highest value consultancy contracts relating to (a) council house privatisation and (b) stock transfer for proposals; and what payments have been in each case in each of the last three years.
(130895)
72
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many consultancies were commissioned by his Department in the last two years for which figures are available; and what the cost of those contracts was.
(130903)
73
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department maintains a recommended list of consultants to carry out (a) Best Value studies and (b) council house privatisation studies.
(130946)
74
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 15th September, ref 129308, when he expects to allocate funds to the Colchester arms length management organisation; and how much will be allocated.
(131011)
75
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 15th September, ref 129306, for what reasons the allocation of additional funds for additional investment in local authority housing stock under the Sustainable Communities Plan did not include the option for a local authority to retain ownership and democratic control.
(131012)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
76
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent representations he has received on the adequacy of public funding to support pay increases in sixth form colleges; and if he will make a statement.
(131001)
77
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of funds available to the Learning and Skills Council was devolved to the discretion of local LSCs in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04; and what proportion is projected for 2004-05.
(131013)
78
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) asbestos surveys and (b) the management and removal of asbestos since 1st January 2001; and what budget is available to (i) commission asbestos surveys and (ii) manage and remove asbestos from buildings in (A) 2003 and (B) 2004.
(130913)
79
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 18th July, Official Report, column 749W, which university medical schools are in receipt of funding from the improving retention pot as a result of admitting full-time students under 21 with an A level points score of less than 3 C's to study medicine; how many such students each medical school has admitted; and how much such funding each school has attracted.
(131004)
80
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make it his policy to remove upper age limits for retraining into a new job under Government training schemes.
(130988)
81
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many consultancies were commissioned by his Department in the last two years for which figures are available; and what the cost of those contracts was.
(130896)
82
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many personal advisers Connexions employed, broken down by region, in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.
(130717)
83
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, by how much Connexions services are reducing their support, in terms of personal adviser time, for young people from (a) schools and (b) colleges.
(130718)
84
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people aged (a) 19-30 and (b) over 30 in the working population have not achieved (i) a Level 2 qualification and (ii) a Level 3 qualification.
(130719)
85
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his estimate is of the cost of the guarantee of free tuition to help adults study for a Level 2 qualification in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(130720)
86
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money has been set aside for Individual Learning Accounts for (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.
(130721)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
87
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent by her Department and its agencies on (a) asbestos surveys and (b) the management and removal of asbestos since 1st January 2001; and what budget is available to (i) commission asbestos surveys and (ii) manage and remove asbestos from buildings in (A) 2003 and (B) 2004.
(130922)
88
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what study her Department has made into the incidence of phytophthora ramorum in wild-growing rhododendron ponticum.
(130852)
89
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library a list of gardens open to the public which have been served with enforcement notices in respect of phytopthera ramorum during 2003.
(130853)
90
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many gardens and nurseries have been visited by her Department's staff during 2003 in order to take samples to test for phytopthera ramorum; what the timescale is for the testing programme; how many staff are employed on the testing programme; and if she will make a statement.
(130854)
91
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research she has commissioned to discover for how long phytophthora ramorum has been present in rhododendrons and related plants in this country.
(130855)
92
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many samples have been tested for phytophthora ramorum during 2003; what proportion of samples have proven positive; and if she will make a statement.
(130856)
93
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many consultancies were commissioned by her Department in the last two years for which figures are available; and what the cost of those contracts was.
(130888)
94
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions have taken place with the Countryside Agency about the assessment of European sites designated under the Conservation (Natural Habitats Act etc) Regulations 1994; and whether sites in the South East and Central Southern regions will be assessed before the commencement of access arising from the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 in the summer of 2004.
(130427)
95
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information the Countryside Agency has received from English Nature to enable it to make appropriate assessments of European sites in the South East and Central Southern regions of England under the Conservation (Natural Habitats Act etc) Regulations 1994; when the information was received; and when the assessments will be completed.
(130428)
96
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on waste minimisation projects.
(131060)
97
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the number of homes damaged by flooding between January and June; what measures are in place to prevent flooding; and if she will make a statement on her objectives for flood defence.
(131061)
98
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where the UK ranks in the Environmental Sustainability Index; and if she will list the rankings of other EU countries.
(131062)
99
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much carbon dioxide was produced per person in the UK in 2002.
(131063)
100
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on environmental sustainability.
(131064)
101
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are in place to protect natural capital sources classed as vital to environmental sustainability
(131065)
102
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the Government's plans to tackle climate change.
(131066)
103
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average temperature in England was in (a) August 1993 and (b) August 2003.
(131067)
104
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the steps to be taken to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per cent. by 2050.
(131068)
105
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on implementation of the energy policy of cutting emissions of carbon dioxide by 60 per cent. by 2050.
(131069)
106
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the quality of UK (a) inland and (b) coastal water; and what research she has conducted on levels in other EU countries.
(131070)
107
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the Water Price Review 2004.
(131071)
108
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the five (a) best and (b) worst performing regions of England in chemical quality of water were in the last year for which figures are available.
(131072)
109
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures have been put in place to deal with changes in levels of household waste since 1996-97.
(131073)
110
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the use of anaerobic digestion of waste.
(131074)
111
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding local authorities received for sustainable waste managing schemes in the last year for which figures are available.
(131075)
112
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures the Government will put in place to achieve the 2005 target to reduce industrial and commercial waste sent to landfill to 85 per cent. less than in 1998.
(131076)
113
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much energy was produced per person in 2002; and what estimate she has made of production levels in EU countries.
(131077)
114
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to increase the UK's energy efficiency.
(131078)
115
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide from industry into the atmosphere.
(131079)
116
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to promote sustainable energy.
(131080)
117
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what contribution renewable energy made to energy consumption in England in the last year for which figures are available; and what the levels were in other EU countries.
(131081)
118
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to increase the number of kerbside collection recycling schemes.
(131082)
119
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what target was set for household waste recycling in England and Wales in the Government's 2000 Waste Strategy.
(131083)
120
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much household waste was recycled in 2002; and whether the Government are on track to achieve their 2005 target of recycling 25 per cent. of household waste.
(131084)
121
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the incentives given to the UK population to recycle household waste.
(131085)
122
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the sources of household waste included in local authority recycling schemes.
(131086)
123
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons home-composted garden waste is not included in the Government's recycling targets.
(131087)
124
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the Government's policy to reduce air pollution by 2005.
(131088)
125
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the level of air pollution was in the UK in 2002; and what the levels were in other EU countries.
(131089)
126
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the research being undertaken on the effects of carbon dioxide on environmental sustainability.
(131090)
127
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, by how much she aims to cut greenhouse gas emission by 2010.
(131091)
128
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the proportion of junk mail which can be recycled; what estimate she has made of the proportion of paper waste represented by junk mail in the last year for which figures are available; and what steps the Government is taking to reduce the volume of junk mail.
(131104)
129
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effects of changes in the type of ink used by newspaper producers on the recycling of newspapers; and if she will make a statement.
(131105)
130
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much household waste was collected in (a) 1996 and (b) 2002.
(131107)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
131
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral Answer given by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, 11th September, Official Report, columns 169-70WH, which countries and organisations have been approached by the UK Government for additional funding for the UN special court in Sierra Leone.
(130909)
132
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of his Department's budget for the current financial year is spent on (a) information technology systems, (b) its estate and (c) staff salaries and allowances; and what the percentage was in 2000-01.
(131093)
133
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many diplomatic posts overseas his Department has closed in the last three years; and how many posts it plans to close in the next three years.
(131103)
134
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Portuguese Ambassador requesting that he require staff at his office in London to acknowledge and respond to correspondence from honourable Members.
(130845)
135
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the unanimity requirement on the effectiveness of Article 111.8 Draft Constitutional Treaty for the European Union in combatting discrimination.
(130859)
136
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) asbestos surveys and (b) the management and removal of asbestos since 1st January 2001; and what budget is available to (i) commission asbestos surveys and (ii) manage and remove asbestos from buildings in (A) 2003 and (B) 2004.
(130921)
137
N
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on smuggling arms to rebel forces within the Congo from (a) Rwanda, (b) Angola and (c) Uganda.
(130658)
138
Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the UK's relationship with (a) India, (b) Bangladesh and (c) Pakistan.
(131008)
139
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made since July regarding the involvement of other international bodies in Iraq.
(130042)
140
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action his Department is taking, in conjunction with the Department of Health, to encourage the ratification of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control by all EU member states.
(130044)
141
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many soldiers have left the Afghan army since training by British forces began; and what effects this has had on the proposed date of the completion of the training of the Afghan army.
(130777)
142
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects the training of the Afghan army to be complete; and how many recruits have now been trained.
(130780)
143
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many consultancies were commissioned by his Department in the last two years for which figures are available; and what the cost of those contracts was.
(130894)
144
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's position with regard to the forthcoming Inter-Governmental Conference on the articles in the draft European Constitution dealing with terroritorial cohesion.
(130887)
145
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visitor visa applications were (a) received, (b) determined and (c) refused at entry clearance posts worldwide in each month since 1st January.
(131097)
146
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many family visitor visa applications were (a) received, (b) determined and (c) refused at (i) Mumbai, (ii) New Delhi, (iii) Dhaka, (iv) Islamabad, (v) Tehran, (vi) Nicosia, (vii) Accra, (viii) Lagos and (ix) Nairobi in each month since 1st January.
(131098)
147
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many family visitor visa applications were (a) received, (b) determined and (c) refused at entry clearance posts in (i) South Asia region, (ii) Middle East region, (iii) Far East region, (iv) Central Europe region, (v) Southern Europe region, (vi) Western Europe region, (vii) Equatorial Africa region, (viii) Southern Africa region and (ix) Near East and North Africa region in each month since 1st January.
(131099)
148
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many non-settlement visa applications were (a) received, (b) determined and (c) refused at entry clearance posts worldwide in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001, (iii) 2002 and (iv) 2003 to date.
(131100)
149
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) short-term and (b) long-term student visa applications were (i) received, (ii) determined and (iii) refused at entry clearance posts worldwide in each month since 1st January 2002.
(131101)
150
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list entry clearance posts that have ceased to use the pre-assessment of entry clearance applications, together with the date on which each post ceased to use the procedure.
(131102)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
151
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwives were employed in the NHS in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002, broken down by health authority.
(130955)
152
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many practising NHS (a) dentists and (b) general practitioners there were in Southend West in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2002.
(130956)
153
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for patients admitted to Southend General Hospital Accident and Emergency Department to see a doctor in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002.
(130957)
154
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for patients admitted to Southend General Hospital Accident and Emergency Department to be admitted to a ward in each year since 1997.
(130958)
155
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) domiciliary care agency employees, (b) nursing agency employees and (c) care home owners and managers have been convicted of an offence against an elderly resident in a care home in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(130660)
156
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide pneumococcal vaccination to people over 65.
(130802)
157
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of people in each of the last five years, broken down by client group, were assessed and (a) received and (b) did not receive a service as recorded in PAF PI E50.
(130846)
158
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital admissions due to falls or hypothermia as recorded in PAF PI C33 were recorded in each of the last five years.
(130847)
159
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each of the last five years were (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of direct payments, broken down by client group.
(130873)
160
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the training arrangements in NHS trusts to ensure that nursing staff are trained to use existing and new medical equipment.
(130874)
161
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long people waited for services in the last five years to be provided after their first contact as recorded in PAF PI D43, broken down by (a) age and (b) length of wait.
(130875)
162
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the availability of (a) defibrillators, (b) ECG machines, (c) portable oxygen and (d) infusion pumps to nursing staff within the NHS.
(130876)
163
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the extent to which single use medical equipment is re-used within the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(130877)
164
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people there are in each of the registered nursing care contribution bands.
(130907)
165
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will break down the figure published in paragraph 2.76 of the Chief Inspector of Social Services 12th Annual Report showing for each staff/professional group how many additional whole time equivalent people will need to join the workforce; and what the timetable is for this increase.
(130908)
166
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Service Framework for older people milestones on (a) strategic and operational plans to promote healthy ageing and disease prevention in older people, (b) local health systems demonstrating improvements and moving towards benchmarked intervention rates, (c) skills profile of staff who care for older people in hospital, (d) analysis of levels and patterns of key intervention rates to establish best practice benchmarks and (e) one-stop dispensing/dispensing for discharge scheme were achieved.
(130937)
167
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to measure the National Service Framework for older people milestones on (a) additional people receiving intermediate care services promoting rehabilitations compared with the 1999-2000 baseline and (b) jointly appointed co-ordinators for intermediate care.
(131005)
168
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to monitor achievement of the National Service Framework for older people milestones that information provided to older people is reviewed and action plans developed to correct shortcomings.
(131006)
169
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) asbestos surveys and (b) the management and removal of asbestos since 1st January 2001; and what budget is available to (i) commission asbestos surveys and (ii) manage and remove asbestos from buildings in (A) 2003 and (B) 2004.
(130920)
170
Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the health indicators specific to the (a) Indian, (b) Bangladeshi and (c) Pakistani communities.
(131007)
171
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Department has for further regulation of the long-term care sector.
(130841)
172
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking in conjunction with the Department for Work and Pensions to reduce the number of job vacancies within the care home sector.
(130842)
173
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Department has to assist care homes in (a) maintaining staffing levels and (b) undertaking Criminal Records Bureau checks prior to employment.
(130843)
174
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has commissioned into (a) the cost of temporary agency nurses and care assistants for the care home sector in comparison with the cost of direct employment and (b) the consequences for the care homes sector of any difference in cost.
(130844)
175
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on why in figure 3.1 of the Department of Health Annual Report 2003 the cost of NHS pensions for 2001-02 is almost twice as high as that in any other year; and why it was decided to issue the figures without an explanatory note.
(130885)
176
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the total NHS workforce (a) medical and dental staff and (b) administration and estates staff represented in each of the last seven years.
(131014)
177
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new (a) units, (b) departments and (c) organisations have been created in the NHS by legislation and regulation since 1997.
(131015)
178
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the Department of Health's Contribution to the Cabinet Office's review of immigration and infectious diseases.
(131016)
179
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the elements of primary care trust funding which are ringfenced for specific purposes for this financial year.
(131017)
180
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cancelled operations there were in each NHS trust in the first quarter of 2003-04; and what percentage of all operations this represented in each trust for that quarter.
(131018)
181
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on genito-urinary medicine services in (a) each of the past three financial years and (b) 1997-98.
(131019)
182
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on decorative greenery in the Department of Health in each of the past three financial years.
(131020)
183
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of (a) staff excess travel and (b) removal expenses in the NHS in the last year for which figures are available.
(131021)
184
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individuals employed by the NHS hold the position of (a) Chief Executive, (b) finance director and (c) director of public health.
(131022)
185
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many additional doctors he estimates will be required in each NHS trust as a consequence of the recent European Court of Justice ruling on the status of rest periods during on-call duties in the application of the Working Time Directive.
(131023)
186
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which mental health trusts are unable (a) to offer a crisis resolution service and (b) to provide funded accommodation for service users taken into care under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
(131024)
187
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of readmissions of mental health patients within 90 days of discharge was as a proportion of total discharges in each primary care trust (a) for the quarter ending (i) April 1998, (ii) March 2001 and (b) for the most recent quarter available.
(131025)
188
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting times for (i) initial and (ii) follow-up appointments for accessing respite care for mental health users were in each primary care trust for the most recent three quarters available.
(131026)
189
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the (a) deficits and (b) underspends for each primary care trust for 2002-03.
(131027)
190
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many school nurses per child of school age there were in each primary care trust in the last year for which figures are available.
(131028)
191
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are eligible through the Berkshire Choice pilot for MRI scans.
(131029)
192
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of children were registered with an NHS dentist in each primary care trust in the last year for which figures are available.
(131030)
193
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting times were for (i) initial and (ii) follow-up appointments for physiotherapy care for each primary care trust for the most recent three quarters available.
(131031)
194
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average intervals were between follow-up appointments at diabetic clinics in each primary care trust in the last year for which figures are available.
(131032)
195
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the most recent occupancy levels for each specialist stroke unit; and what age restrictions are placed on admission at each stoke unit.
(131033)
196
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals under the control of primary care trusts have yet to end the use of mixed sex wards.
(131034)
197
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the most recent vacancy rates were for staff at each NHS Direct site.
(131035)
198
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting times were for (i) initial and (ii) follow-up appointments for (A) chiropody, (B) podiatry and (C) foot clinics for each primary care trust for the most recent three quarters available.
(131036)
199
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of (a) medical and dental staff and (b) administration and estates staff was in each year since 1997 (i) in cash terms and (ii) as a proportion of total NHS expenditure.
(131037)
200
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health care assistants have been seconded to train as nurses in each acute trust, in each year since the scheme was introduced.
(130045)
201
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what records are kept of the number of health care assistants who apply for secondments to train as nurses and are refused such secondments.
(130046)
202
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trusts are refusing all secondment applications from health care assistants who wish to train as nurses; and which of these trusts have decided to ban all secondments, whatever training is involved.
(130047)
203
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff are on secondment in each acute trust in the North-West region; what the (a) job titles and (b) grade of such staff are; and what type of training is being undertaken.
(130048)
204
N
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 19th May, Official Report, column 615W, on NHS treatment abroad, whether his Department has considered its position on the European Court of Justice judgement published on 13th May in case C385/99 Muller-Faure/Van Riet; and if he will make a statement.
(129673)
205
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget of the Food Standards Agency was for food sampling for each year since the Food Standards Agency was established.
(130960)
206
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many public analysts' laboratories there were in England and Wales checking foodstuffs in 1996; and how many there are in 2003.
(130961)
207
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Food Standards Agency's strategy is to ensure the adequacy of future arrangements for the testing of food samples.
(130962)
208
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many food samples were submitted for testing by local authorities in England in 1996.
(130963)
209
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of testing of food samples was carried out by (a) local authority public analysts, (b) private sector public analysts and (c) the Food Standards Agency's laboratory in York in each year since the Food Standards Agency was established.
(130964)
210
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the costs are for the testing of a food sample by (a) a local authority public analyst, (b) a private sector public analyst and (c) the Food Standards Agency's laboratory at York.
(130965)
211
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultancies were commissioned by his Department in the last two years for which figures are available; and what the cost of those contracts was.
(130893)
212
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason anti-TNF therapy is not available to patients in the Leicester area.
(131094)
213
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many requests for anti-TNF treatment he has received in the last 12 months.
(131095)
214
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost of providing anti-TNF treatment per patient.
(131096)
215
N
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will implement the recommendations of the Charter for Persons with Autism adopted as a written declaration by the European Parliament on 9th May 1996.
(129443)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
216
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many criminal records checks have been carried out on staff employed by a (a) domiciliary care agency and (b) nursing agency which have resulted in a criminal records certificate not being issued since the introduction of Criminal Records Bureau checks.
(130530)
217
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many criminal records checks have been carried out on staff employed by a (a) domiciliary care agency and (b) nurses agency who seek work in care homes since the introduction of Criminal Records Bureau checks.
(130531)
218
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken is to process a criminal record check on a (a) domiciliary care agency employee and (b) nursing agency employee in cases (i) when a criminal records certificate is issued with no further investigation or problems arising, (ii) when further investigations are necessary before a criminal records certificate can be issued and (iii) when further investigations were necessary and it was consequently determined that a criminal records certificate would not be issued.
(130661)
219
N
Mr John Butterfill (Bournemouth West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 1st September, Official Report, column 974W, on criminal records checks, how many representations he has received; and from what organisations.
(130657)
220
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) asbestos surveys and (b) the management and removal of asbestos since 1st January 2001; and what budget is available to (i) commission asbestos surveys and (ii) manage and remove asbestos from buildings in (A) 2003 and (B) 2004.
(130919)
221
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out his timetable for introducing legislation to tackle corporate killing.
(130923)
222
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set up an investigation into the contract to instal open circuit television in Monmouth and the role of the then Acting Chief Constable of Gwent Police, Mr Richard Thomas; and if he will make a statement.
(130871)
223
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he gives on the way the police deal with the perpetrators of domestic violence.
(130990)
224
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many consultancies were commissioned by his Department in the last two years for which figures are available; and what the cost of those contracts was.
(130892)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for International Development
225
N
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, how much assistance he gave to (a) Rwanda, (b) Uganda and (c) Angola in each of the last five years, broken down by subject under which the assistance was allocated; and if he will make a statement.
(130659)
226
Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, if he will make a statement on aid programmes funded by the Department in (a) India, (b) Bangladesh and (c) Pakistan in the last five years.
(131010)
227
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development, how many consultancies were commissioned by the Department in the last two years for which figures are available; and what the cost of those contracts was.
(130889)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
228
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what provision there is for respite care for adults with special needs in the Northern Health and Social Services Board Area; and what plans there are to increase provision in the constituency of East Antrim.
(131038)
229
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 24th June, Official Report, column 707W, on asbestos, if he will list the buildings which have been identified as containing asbestos.
(130950)
230
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what cross-border co-operation projects have been planned on improving the quality of life for people with Type 11 diabetes.
(130799)
231
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the progress of each local health and social care group plans in relation to diabetes as outlined in Priorities for Action 2003-04.
(130800)
232
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made by each local health and social care group in Northern Ireland to encourage the development of systematic and evidence-based approaches to the prevention, identification, management and follow-up of people with chronic disease, with particular reference to (a) coronary heart disease, (b) diabetes and (c) COPD.
(130801)
233
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients are awaiting (a) elective admission and (b) outpatient assessment at the Ulster Hospital.
(130860)
234
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) locum doctors and (b) agency nurses have worked within the Health Service in the last 12 months in Northern Ireland.
(130861)
235
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the longest time is that an employee has been on sick leave in each of the health trusts in Northern Ireland.
(130862)
236
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many sick leave days were taken in Northern Ireland by (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) other health professionals and (d) other employees in (i) 1998, (ii) 1993 and (iii) 1988.
(130863)
237
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many general practitioners in Northern Ireland are on sick leave; and for what length of time each has been on sick leave.
(130864)
238
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on claims made by members of the public in 2002 about tarmac laid on the Gransha Road, Dundonald.
(130986)
Questions to the Prime Minister
239
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Prime Minister, when he next plans to visit Southend West.
(130959)
240
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 8th September, Official Report, column 18W, on Security Clearance, what further clearance is required for Downing Street staff in order to see (a) secret and (b) top secret Joint Intelligence Committee material, once they have been positively vetted.
(130397)
241
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his pre-war assessment of the challenges of post-Saddam Iraq.
(130715)
242
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister of Sweden the result of the Swedish euro referendum; and if he will make a statement.
(130878)
243
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to meet the Prime Minister of Sweden.
(130879)
244
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Prime Minister, what progress has been made on the Reform Agenda in the EU.
(130880)
Questions to the Solicitor General
245
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Solicitor General, pursuant to her Answer of 17th July, Official Report, column 589W, on asbestos, how many Crown Prosecution Service buildings have been identified as containing asbestos; if she will place copies of the asbestos registers for each building in the Library; and what steps she has taken to compile a central register.
(130942)
246
Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews (Medway): To ask the Solicitor General, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Stone of 17th March, Official Report, column 515W, on Iraq, to what extent, in concluding that it was plain that Iraq had failed to comply with Resolution 1441, the Attorney General relied upon facts and assertions contained in the Government dossier published in January as material to his conclusion and to the opinion he gave as to the authority to use force and specifying which such facts and assertions were so relied upon.
(131002)
247
Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews (Medway): To ask the Solicitor General, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Stone of 17th March, Official Report, column 515W, on Iraq, whether, in concluding that it was plain that Iraq had failed to comply with Resolution 1441, the Attorney General relied upon the facts and assertions contained in Chapter 3 paragraphs (a) two to five, (b) six to seven, (c) eight to 11, (d) 12 to 13, (e) 14, (f) 15, (g) 16, (h) 18 to 23 and (i) 24 to 32 of the Government dossier published in September 2002 as material to his conclusion and to the opinion he gave as to the authority to use force.
(131003)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
248
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures the Government will take to ensure that end-use undertakings made in relation to equipment or technology licensed for transfer to India as part of the intended sale of 66 Hawk jets to India will be honoured.
(130773)
249
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what conditions will be placed on the end-use of any equipment and technology licensed for transfer to India in relation to the 66 Hawk jets intended for sale to India.
(130774)
250
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much debt owing to the UK has been written-off by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in the last five years; and if she will list the countries for which the written-off debt was due, and the amounts written off for each country.
(130912)
251
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been spent by her Department and its agencies on (a) asbestos surveys and (b) the management and removal of asbestos since 1st January 2001; and what budget is available to (i) commission asbestos surveys and (ii) manage and remove asbestos from buildings in (A) 2003 and (B) 2004.
(130917)
252
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 13th June, Official Report, column 1096W, on asbestos, if she will list the buildings identified as containing asbestos.
(130938)
253
Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on bilateral trade relations with (a) India, (b) Bangladesh and (c) Pakistan.
(131009)
254
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what powers there are to restrict young adults in borrowing large amounts of money in unsecured loans; and what plans she has for further action to limit the amount of money young adults are allowed to borrow in unsecured loans.
(129752)
255
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether financial services companies are required to assess a young adult client's ability to repay loans before allowing a loan.
(129753)
256
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people under 25 are being prosecuted for non-payment of loans.
(129754)
257
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the implications for the future of renewable obligation certificate trading following the recent demise of TXU.
(130519)
258
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make an assessment of the performance of renewable obligation certificate trading.
(130520)
259
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what criteria are used to distinguish between rural and urban post offices.
(130798)
260
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment she has made of the capacity of the National Grid to avert power blackouts in the UK.
(130974)
261
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many consultancies were commissioned by her Department in the last two years for which figures are available; and what the cost of those contracts was.
(130904)
262
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures the Government has taken to fulfil each of the recommendations in the September 2000 Report of the Task Force on potentially hazardous Near Earth Objects; and if she will make a statement.
(130857)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
263
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 16th June, Official Report, column 17W, on asbestos, if he will list the buildings identified as containing asbestos.
(130939)
264
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many special marshals he has appointed; and from which budget funding for special marshals will come.
(130951)
265
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers special marshals will have if a person refuses to hand over (a) alcohol and (b) cigarettes.
(130952)
266
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how he has measured the success of the TravelSafe scheme; and what the cost of the scheme has been to date.
(130953)
267
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from road hauliers and their associations on his proposal for use of motorway hard shoulders within the Active Traffic Management project.
(130968)
268
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to include in his public education programme the promotion of good lane discipline amongst the users of motorways.
(130969)
269
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect that the charge for lorries using the M6 toll road will have on lorry movements on the non-tolled M6 motorway.
(130970)
270
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers he has to alter the charges for using the M6 toll road.
(130971)
271
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultations he had with the private operator of the M6 toll road over the setting of the initial charges for users; and what representations he made to the operator.
(130972)
272
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made with implementing the 48 hour working week for workers in the transport sector.
(130973)
273
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will seek amendments to the Warsaw Convention to permit claims for compensation by air travellers who suffer deep vein thrombosis.
(130975)
274
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many motorway service areas there are in England; and, of these, how many have CCTV cameras installed in public parking areas to guard against thefts of, and from, vehicles.
(130976)
275
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it a condition of all future licences to operate motorway service areas that CCTV cameras be installed in public parking areas.
(130977)
276
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what reports he has received from the Highways Agency about the options for widening the M6 motorway between junctions 11 and 20; and what arrangements he intends to make for public consultation on his plans for this widening.
(130978)
277
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many consultancies were commissioned by his Department in the last two years for which figures are available; and what the cost of those contracts was.
(130891)
278
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made with the decision on whether to open a second runway at East Midlands Airport.
(130947)
279
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last travelled by London Underground on official business.
(130948)
280
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last met the Mayor of London.
(130949)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
281
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his Answer of 1st July, Official Report, column 258W, on asbestos, if he will list the buildings which have been identified as containing asbestos
(130944)
282
N
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which of the four options to reduce bed blocking outlined in the Review of Health and Social Care in Wales advised by Derek Wanless would require primary legislation to implement.
(129674)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
283
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many industrial injuries disablement benefit appeals have been lodged since 1997; and how many were (a) found in favour of the claimant, (b) found against the claimant and (c) were abandoned due to time constraints.
(130858)
284
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the Health and Safety Executive's annual budget was in each year since 1997.
(130910)
285
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) asbestos surveys and (b) the management and removal of asbestos since 1st January 2001; and what budget is available to (i) commission asbestos surveys and (ii) manage and remove asbestos from buildings in (A) 2003 and (B) 2004.
(130918)
286
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to deal with applications to the Social Fund was over the last 12 months, broken down by individual office.
(130517)
287
N
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received from representatives of (a) the Forestry Commission and (b) private operators in the forestry industry about the level of employers' compulsory liability insurance premiums.
(130425)
288
N
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will meet the Association of British Insurers to discuss the level of employers' compulsory liability insurance premiums in the forestry industry.
(130426)
289
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many lone parents have (a) moved off income support and on to the working families' tax credit and (b) left the working families' tax credit to return to income support in each year since the working families' tax credit was introduced.
(131092)
290
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many consultancies were commissioned by the Department in the last two years for which figures are available; and what the cost of those contracts was.
(130890)
291
Mrs Marion Roe (Broxbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department has collated on the number of small and middle sized enterprises which have stopped trading in the past 12 months as a result of increases in employers' compulsory liability insurance premiums.
(130901)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
292
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what role the EU will play in civil contingencies planning.
[Transferred] (130796)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
293
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will amend the Electoral Registration form to allow persons to indicate whether they are willing to be organ donors.
[Transferred] (130989)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
294
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her policy is on the Leipzig Declaration on European Cohesion Policy; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (130886)

 
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