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Water Bills/Metering

Mr. Cameron: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking in accordance with the Water Act 1999 to ensure that metered customers of water companies have the choice of remaining on a metered bill or changing to a rateable value bill; and if she will make a statement. [198268]

Mr. Morley: The Water Industry Act 1999 provides that household customers charged for their water on an unmeasured basis have the right to continue to pay on that basis in their current home. They also have the right to change to a measured basis free of charge and have the corresponding right to revert to an unmeasured charge within the first year.

It is the responsibility of Ofwat to ensure that companies charge fairly and keep their customers well-informed of their rights and the choices open to them.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the net change in the number of household customers charged for water on the basis of metering was in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04. [191045]

Mr. Morley: The following table shows the change in the number of households with a metered supply for the years (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04. The figures take account of households who have requested a metered supply, households who have been metered at the water company's initiative and new household properties that are almost all metered. The numbers reported in the table include the effect of any reduction in the number of measured households during the year.


Period
Increase in number of measured household properties over this period
31 March 2001 to 31 March 2002387,478
31 March 2002 to 31 March 2003384,782
31 March 2003 to 31 March 2004427,447

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in (a) Hemsworth constituency and (b) England use water meters. [198747]


 
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Mr. Morley: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Windfall Tax (Oil and Gas)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with HM Treasury on (a) the case for a windfall tax on excessive profits made by oil and gas producers and (b) the use of revenues from such a tax to fund a domestic energy efficiency programme; and if she will make a statement. [198503]

Mr. Morley: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Worcester

Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the Worcester constituency, the effect of changes to departmental policies since 1997, on the Worcester constituency. [198382]

Alun Michael: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

I will write to my hon. Friend with the information as soon as possible.

HOME DEPARTMENT

"Reducing Crime, Changing Lives"

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultations he had prior to the publication of his response to the Carter report. [155611]

Paul Goggins: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the proposals set out in, Reducing Crime, Changing Lives, on 6 January, were not subject to the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations in relation to (a) prior consultation with stakeholders and (b) the minimum 12-week consultation period. [155957]

Paul Goggins: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Accession State Worker Registration Scheme

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for the Accession State Worker Registration Scheme have been received since 1 May; what the latest figures are for the average times taken between the receipt of an application and (a) the return of the applicant's passport and (b) the issue of a registration certificate; and what the target time is for processing applications. [193990]


 
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Mr. Browne: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Alcohol Industry

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in securing voluntary contributions towards the cost of policing disorder from the alcohol industry. [198909]

Ms Blears: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Anglia Water

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the (a) level of customer service and (b) effectiveness of sub-contractor management provided by the Anglia Water Group in respect of approved premises contracts over the past 18 months. [194319]

Fiona Mactaggart [holding answer 28 October 2004]: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Anguilla

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK and EU passports have been (a) applied for and (b) obtained by Anguillan citizens in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement on levels of immigration from Anguilla. [197491]

Mr. Browne: British passports are issued to British nationals in accordance with the Nationality Act 1981. Anguilla is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom and on 21 May 2002, the British Overseas Territories Act 2002 came into force.

British Overseas Territory Citizens (previously British Dependent Territory citizens) with a connection with Anguilla will have become a British citizen with the introduction of this Act. They are eligible to apply for a British passport in one of two designs; a EU style passport showing them as a British citizen or a non-EU passport showing their national status as British Overseas Territory Citizen Anguilla.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide details of non-EU passports issued broken down into different categories nor do we have the facility to establish how many passports are issued showing a specific country of birth. There are also no figures available for the number of British Dependant Territory citizens who have obtained British citizenship before 2002 and then applied for a British passport.

It is not possible to say from centrally held information what the levels of immigration from Anguilla are.

Animal Experimentation

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the evidential basis was for point one of the Home Office response to twelve questions raised
 
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by Dan Lyons, uncaged campaigns, about Imutran Xenotransplantation research licensed under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. [198553]

Caroline Flint: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether lethal endpoints were expected in (a) project licence authorities and (b) other communications between the Home Office, the Animal Procedures Committee and Imutran in relation to Imutran xenotransplantation procedures with a moderate severity limit. [198557]

Caroline Flint: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 4 October 2004, Official Report, column 1895W, on animal experimentation, on what date the Animal Procedures Committee was informed that Imutran primates on moderate procedures had been found dead; and what form the communication took. [198558]

Caroline Flint: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what infringement action has been taken under section 6(6) of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 against, (a) named day-to-day care persons and (b) named veterinary surgeons employed by Huntingdon Life Sciences, in respect of failures to make arrangements for the care or destruction of primates in Imutran xenotransplantation procedures where breaches of the moderate severity limit occurred as identified at paragraph 5.14 of the chief inspector's compliance review. [198560]

Caroline Flint: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.


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