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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 2 February 2004

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 Monday 2 February 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 2 February 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 2 February 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 Monday 2 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 2 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 72W, on public services audit, for what reasons the contents of the Cabinet Office paper were revealed to Rosemary Bennett of The Times newspaper.
(152453)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
2
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the Department's progress in tackling illegal meat imports.
(152602)
3
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to reform stamp duty land tax on leases.
(152607)
4
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue to be raised from stamp duty land tax on leases in the next tax year.
(152608)
5
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with officials from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport regarding the effect of stamp duty land tax on leases on the licensing trade.
(152609)
6
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the percentage of commercial rental contracts liable for stamp duty land tax.
(152610)
7
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received concerning the future of e-conveyancing following the implementation of stamp duty land tax.
(152611)
8
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the reasons for the decision to have two different initial payment values into child trust funds.
(152644)
9
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likelihood of child trust funds discouraging teenage children from saving through other means.
(152645)
10
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what targets his Department has set to encourage (a) low income, (b) middle income and (c) higher incomes families to make additional contributions to child trust funds.
(152722)
11
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the ability of families on low incomes to make additional top-up contributions into child trust funds.
(152723)
12
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to make an additional contribution into a child trust fund when the child reaches 18 years of age on the condition that the accrued funds will be spent on educational facilities.
(152724)
13
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government will make a contribution to a child trust fund between the child's seventh and 18th birthday; and if he will make a statement.
(152725)
14
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the small businesses that have applied for the research and development tax credit have had their applications accepted in each year since 2000.
(152527)
15
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the Financial Services Authority of regulating the United Kingdom spread-betting industry was in 2003-04.
(152530)
16
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many live births there were in each year since 2000.
(152515)
17
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the infant mortality rate was in 2003.
(152560)
18
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of claims for the child care tax credit have been subject to follow-up checks in each year since its introduction to establish whether the child or children are being cared for by (a) registered childminder, nursery, play scheme, or out of school club, (b) a childcare scheme run on Crown property which does not need to be registered, (c) schools and other establishments exempt from registration, (d) providers of care for children aged eight years and over which is approved by specifically accredited organisations and (e) an approved home child care provider; and how many of those checks resulted in (i) investigations, (ii) penalties, (iii) prosecutions, (iv) convictions, (v) end of year overpayment recovery and (vi) cessation of the award.
(152739)
19
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the level of fraud in the child care tax credit element of the working tax credit.
(152740)
20
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many allegations of non-compliant application for child care tax credit have been reported to (a) the childminder's hotline and (b) his Department; and how many of those allegations resulted in (i) investigations, (ii) penalties, (iii) prosecutions, (iv) convictions, (v) end-of-year overpayment recovery and (vi) cessation of the award.
(152741)
21
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many calls have been made to the childminder's hotline in each of the last 12 months.
(152743)
22
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost of running the childminder's hotline in the last year; and how many full-time equivalent staff are employed to deal with calls.
(152744)
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners
23
N
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the recommendations of the Church Commissioners' strategic financial review will be developed into spending plans for 2005 to 2007.
(151798)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
24
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what representations his Department has received about reforming the honours system.
(152603)
25
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, who in his office saw an embargoed copy of the Hutton Report.
(152675)
26
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what selection procedure was followed for the appointment of Lord Hutton to oversee the Dr Kelly inquiry.
(152676)
27
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the total cost was of the Hutton Inquiry.
(152721)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
28
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress with the Department's commitment to investment in British motor sport.
(152566)
29
N
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on her Department's progress against its Public Service Agreement to raise significantly, year on year, the average time spent on sport and physical activity by those aged 5 to 16 years.
(151926)
30
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the budget is for implementing the young people's version of the BBC Charter Review consultation; and if she will make a statement.
(152396)
31
N
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her Answer of 19th January, Official Report, column 1001W, on honours, if she will name the three individuals who have received an honour since 1999.
(151802)
32
N
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support her Department is giving to the promotion of science and technology via museums.
(151929)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
33
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Sea Harrier will be withdrawn from service.
(152604)
34
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Challenger II tanks are currently operational.
(152606)
35
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who in his Department saw the embargoed version of Lord Hutton's report.
(152677)
36
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 68W, on foreign ships, how many vessels considered for charter by his Department have been rejected in each of the last five years because they failed (a) to meet technical requirements and (b) to pass a risk assessment undertaken by a marine surveyor.
(152443)
37
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at what hours of the day the bird-scarer at RAF Marham operates; and whether those hours have changed in the last five years.
(152457)
38
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many incidents of bird-strike occurred at RAF Marham in each of the last seven years.
(152458)
39
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on (a) the cost of bird scarers and (b) their efficacy in preventing RAF bird-strikes.
(152459)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
40
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether beaches form part of functional flood plains for the purpose of planning policy guidance.
(152715)
41
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for what reasons beaches are not part of the definitions of land contained within planning policy guidance; and if he will take steps to ensure that they are.
(152716)
42
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which planning policy guidance notes cover proposed development on beaches.
(152717)
43
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 1463W, how many people died in fires in houses (a) equipped with water sprinklers and (b) not equipped with water sprinklers in 2003.
(152407)
44
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many households containing children or pregnant women were placed in bed and breakfast accommodation (a) in total and (b) by social services departments under legislation other than the Housing Act 1996 and are as a consequence not included in the provisions of the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2003 in each of the last five years.
(152331)
45
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many households containing children or pregnant women were placed by local authorities in non-self-contained accommodation which is excluded from the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2003 as a result of the fact that the relevant buildings are owned or managed by a local housing authority, a registered social landlord or a voluntary organisation in each of the last five years.
(152332)
46
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has for a fire and rescue service headquarters and control centre for the Eastern region.
(152262)
47
N
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, in what circumstances private homes owned by Her Majesty's forces qualify for a council tax discount.
(151646)
48
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many requests have been made to the Legal Department of Swale Borough Council under Section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 since 24th November 2003.
(152337)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
49
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of families have residual incomes which would mean that their children (a) would be entitled to claim a full grant and (b) would be entitled to claim a partial grant under the terms of the Higher Education Bill, broken down by constituency.
(152620)
50
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what financial assistance is available for students paying maximum tuition fees under (a) present arrangements and (b) proposed student support from 2006-07; and if he will give a breakdown of such help for students from families with joint family incomes below (i) £15,970, (ii) £22,270 and (iii) £33,533.
(152534)
51
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the successor arrangements to academic review for directly funded higher education provision in further education colleges.
(152510)
52
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his estimate is of the total cost to his Department of providing financial support to students in higher education after 2006-07.
(152517)
53
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what calculations he made to reach the conclusion in the Regulatory Impact Assessment of the Higher Education Bill that the projected future cost of the student living cost loan subsidy will be 27 per cent.
(152567)
54
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the demographic changes to the number of students liable to pay top-up fees over each of the 10 years from 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(152573)
55
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average tuition fee paid by a student at a further education college in 2003 is in 2003-04.
(152574)
56
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the departments which receive higher education research grant funding in (a) dance, (b) drama, (c) performing arts and (d) sports-related studies.
(152626)
57
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the research ratings under the two most recent research assessment exercises of each higher education institution and department in the UK.
(152627)
58
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the remits are of (a) the Higher Education Funding Council for England and (b) the proposed Arts and Humanities Research Council in the future support of arts and humanities research.
(152628)
59
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the level of Government funding for university-based research in each of the past 10 years.
(152629)
60
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many graduates have chosen to continue in higher education for a master's year in each of the past 10 years.
(152630)
61
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many research graduates have been recruited by universities in (a) science, (b) engineering, (c) technology and (d) mathematics in each of the past 10 years.
(152631)
62
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the role of the Quality Assurance Agency.
(152632)
63
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of state-supported PhD students beginning their courses in each of the past 10 years have studied scientific subjects.
(152633)
64
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the subject remit of the Arts and Humanities Research Council will be.
(152634)
65
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of gross domestic product the Government is spending on higher and further education and student support in 2003-04.
(152635)
66
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many higher education institutions will receive more than £1 million in research grant from Government in 2003-04.
(152636)
67
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on incentives provided to higher education institutions for collaboration between departments or institutions.
(152637)
68
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his policy is on the provision of research funding to departments rated 4 after the next research assessment exercise.
(152638)
69
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his policy is on the regional dimension of future research grant allocation.
(152639)
70
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the annual budget is for 2003-04 of the Quality Assurance Agency.
(152640)
71
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the process is for accessing funds in the Higher Education Innovation Fund.
(152641)
72
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students have applied to take (a) foundation degrees and (b) Higher National Diplomas in each of the past three years.
(152648)
73
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the cost to higher education institutions of bidding to become a Centre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching.
(152649)
74
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the linkages between the research status of a higher education institution and its ability to attract high quality teaching staff.
(152650)
75
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what reason he will make subscription costs from higher education institutions to the Higher Education Academy mandatory for the first three years.
(152651)
76
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students he plans to be studying foundation degree courses by 2010.
(152652)
77
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the cost to a higher education institution of applying for funding to establish a knowledge exchange.
(152653)
78
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on knowledge exchanges; and how much money has been set aside to pay for them.
(152654)
79
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what definition he uses of the terms (a) further education and (b) higher education.
(152655)
80
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether it is his intention that the new national professional standards for teachers in higher education will include a requirement to hold specific or new professional or academic qualifications.
(152656)
81
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the Higher Education Academy.
(152657)
82
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money in his Department's allocation for support for further and higher education is held in ring-fenced budgets for specific initiatives.
(152658)
83
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of his Department's budget for further and higher education is allocated to grants for higher and further education institutions.
(152659)
84
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the governance structure is of the Student Loans Company; and whether it is an incorporated body.
(152660)
85
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many universities have widening participation units.
(152661)
86
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the total projected change in the teaching fund allocation to higher education institutions from 2003-04 to 2004-05.
(152662)
87
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what international comparisons he has made between participation in higher education institutions in the UK from lower social groups and the situation in other countries.
(152663)
88
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the consolidation of the £170 million funding to support higher education institutions' human resources policies into the main teaching fund will be in addition to the annual teaching fund grant increases for 2004-05 and 2005-06.
(152664)
89
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the additional funding required to meet the additional support measures for students announced by the Government will come from (a) existing education budgets and (b) additional funding provided by the Treasury.
(152665)
90
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much additional funding his Department will require as part of the comprehensive spending review (a) to maintain existing funding levels in real terms and (b) to meet the cost of the measures (i) announced in the Higher Education Bill and (ii) for the improvement of student support.
(152666)
91
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much grant he has provided to higher education institutions for foundation degree students in this financial year.
(152683)
92
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the age profile is of part-time undergraduate students in the UK.
(152684)
93
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of students in higher education institutions are not studying for degree courses.
(152685)
94
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on Sure Start badged higher education and further education courses.
(152686)
95
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether it is his policy that some universities should cease to carry out research.
(152687)
96
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the range of further education qualifications.
(152688)
97
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his policy is on the charging of tuition fees to foundation degree students.
(152689)
98
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the pay differentials between teaching staff in schools, further education colleges and higher education institutions.
(152690)
99
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of young people between the ages of 16 and 21 years are studying at further education colleges, excluding A-Level and GCSE students.
(152691)
100
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the organisations operating in the field of (a) further and (b) higher education, apart from individual higher education institutions, which receive funding from his Department.
(152693)
101
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether it is his policy that Regional Development Agencies should have a statutory involvement in the provision of (a) higher education and (b) higher education research.
(152702)
102
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding the Learning and Skills Council will provide to higher education institutions for foundation degrees.
(152727)
103
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what powers he plans to take to restrict the level of fee charged for a foundation degree.
(152733)
104
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, under what circumstances his Department will ignore parental income in deciding eligibility for a student grant.
(152734)
105
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, at what age his Department will cease to take into account family income when assessing a student's right to receive a student grant under his new proposals for student support.
(152735)
106
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what financial support he plans to make available from his Department to mature students in higher education institutions.
(152736)
107
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he will publish the report of the Schwartz Review on University Admissions.
(152737)
108
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what value added score (a) a school and (b) a local education authority will need to achieve to be judged as satisfactory.
(152335)
109
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what (a) reports he has received and (b) action he has taken in response to the termination of the University of Humberside enrolment programme in July 1999.
(152194)
110
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he was informed that the fraud squad of the Israeli police were investigating the unlawful sale of University of Humberside degrees; and what measures he has taken as a result.
(152195)
111
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) false and (b) genuine degree certificates have been issued through each branch of University of Humberside franchised operations in Israel since they were established.
(152196)
112
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many branches of the University of Humberside have been established since its franchise operation was first introduced; and in which countries.
(152197)
113
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which universities have established overseas franchise operations; and which overseas universities, colleges and other bodies have agreed to facilitate these partnerships.
(152198)
114
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 27th January in respect of the commitment to more funding for higher education.
(152531)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
115
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of a £5bn reduction in water company investment in environmental improvements on the United Kingdom's ability to meet its legal obligations to nature conservation sites; and if she will make a statement.
(152250)
116
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research she has assessed on the impact of global warming on the Gulf Stream; and if she will make a statement.
(152251)
117
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the progress her Department has made in implementing the Rural White Paper.
(152617)
118
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her plans for the long-term storage of high-level radioactive waste.
(152613)
119
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her policy in respect of the reprocessing of radioactive material.
(152614)
120
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the implications for hazardous waste regulations arising from the bring-back requirements of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.
(152616)
121
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what mechanisms she is evaluating to ensure that people hundreds of years hence are aware of (a) the presence and (b) the dangers of existing radioactive material which has a half-life extending beyond hundreds of years.
(152619)
122
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what safeguards she intends to put in place to prevent radioactive contamination of future generations from (a) existing stocks of (i) intermediate level and (ii) high-level radioactive material and (b) from stocks predicted to arise over the next 50 years.
(152692)
123
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the results from the Elephant Trade Information System; and if she will make a statement.
(152670)
124
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate has been made of the amount of illegal ivory sold in the United Kingdom through the antiques trade in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(152671)
125
N
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the proposed timetable for the introduction of the fallen stock scheme to the pig and poultry sectors.
(151645)
126
N
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the instruments of agricultural market price support; and how each is (a) defined and (b) calculated.
(151647)
127
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made on disposal costs per tonne of contaminated soils to landfill after July; what assessment she has made of additional treatment facilities required by July; and if she will make a statement.
(152542)
128
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to offer a Government home insurance scheme to owners of homes built on flood plains who cannot obtain commercial insurance cover; and if she will make a statement.
(152336)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
129
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what evidence he has collated of Chechen involvement in (a) conflicts in (i) Afghanistan, (ii) Iraq and (iii) Kashmir and (b) terrorism against (iv) EU and (v) USA interests since 1st January 2001.
(152575)
130
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in the study considering the feasibility of repopulating the atolls around the Diego Garcia; what representations the Government has made to the US authorities to allow some Illois to visit the islands around Diego Garcia; what steps the Government is taking to ensure that vessels chartered for such visits are made available; and if he will make a statement.
(152540)
131
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the detention of Mr Craig Alden in Brazil.
(151724)
132
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 15th December 2003 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr A. Faqi.
(152642)
133
N
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contribution was made by the United Kingdom to the Council of Europe in 2003-04.
(151795)
134
N
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the United Kingdom and other member states were consulted by the Council of Europe over its decision to produce a hip-hop version of the European anthem; and what the (a) purpose and (b) cost of this production was.
(151796)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
135
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the nature of the (a) financial and (b) other support given by Government towards the recent report by MORI, The Use of Animals in Medical Research, on behalf of the Coalition for Medical Progress.
(152615)
136
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) budget and (b) outturn figures for the Centrally Funded Initiatives and Services Special Allocation (CFISSA) were for each of the last three years;if he will publish the total list of allocations from CFISSA for the current financial year; and if he will list the virements from the CFISSA.
(151797)
137
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the trust temporary borrowing limits for each strategic health authority are for 2003-04.
(152472)
138
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial information requests are made by his Department of (a) strategic health trusts, (b) NHS trusts and (c) primary care trusts.
(152720)
139
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for patients between the date of referral to an NHS audiology unit in England for a hearing assessment to an assessment taking place in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(152728)
140
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the current waiting time is between referral and being seen by an audiologist for each NHS audiology unit in England; and if he will make a statement.
(152729)
141
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many audiologist posts are (a) unfilled and (b) filled by temporary appointees in NHS audiology departments in England; and what percentage of the total number of audiologist posts each of these figures represents.
(152730)
142
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of patients referred to NHS audiology units in England were fitted with (a) a single behind the ear hearing aid, (b) binaural behind the ear hearing aids, (c) a single in the ear hearing aid and (d) binaural in the ear hearing aids, in the latest period for which figures are available.
(152731)
143
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of patients referred to audiology units in England were fitted with (a) analogue and (b) digital hearing aids in the latest period for which figures are available.
(152732)
144
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the arrangements are for (a) setting, (b) regulating, (c) monitoring and (d) reporting on performance and clinical governance standards for (i) private agencies and (ii) NHS organisations providing out-of-hours GP services.
(152742)
145
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of (a) Government and (b) non-Government spending on (i) all cancer research and (ii) breast cancer research in 2003-04; what proportion of the above is for cancer prevention; and if he will make a statement.
(152513)
146
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to inform men (a) about the known risk factors for prostate cancer and (b) on whether they should ask their doctor for a prostate specific antigen test.
(152543)
147
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of meeting tuition fees for nursing students arising from the Higher Education Bill.
(152334)
148
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what basis the (a) chair and (b) panel members were chosen for the event organised by the Food Standards Agency in relation to the promotion of foods to children.
(152601)
149
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of the event held on 27th January by the Food Standards Agency in relation to the promotion of foods to children, identifying the (a) production, (b) planning and (c) staffing costs; what the purpose of this event was; what outcomes were achieved; and if he will make a statement.
(152605)
150
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people attended the event held by the Food Standards Agency on 27th January in relation to the promotion of foods to children; and how many honourable Members attended; and what representations he received from honourable and Right honourable Members on changing the date of the event in order to allow them to attend.
(152621)
151
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the incidence of (a) asthma and (b) leukemia in children aged between 5 and 15 was in each year since 2000.
(152549)
152
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children aged between 14 and 19 years are known to have experimented with (a) drugs and (b) alcohol in 2003.
(152554)
153
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children between 11 and 15 years were admitted to hospital in 2003 owing to alcohol-related problems.
(152556)
154
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of (a) how many and (b) what proportion of children aged between 11 and 15 years smoke.
(152557)
155
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children aged between 5 and 15 years developed (a) measles, (b) mumps and (c) rubella in each of the last 10 years.
(152558)
156
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of children who suffered from asthma also suffered from eczema in 2003.
(152559)
157
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children suffered from severe head injuries in each year since 2000.
(152561)
158
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the incidence of (a) HIV positive and (b) Aids was amongst children aged from one year to 15 years in 2003.
(152562)
159
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) girls and (b) boys aged between five and 15 years suffered from asthma in 2003.
(152563)
160
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many adolescent mental health specialists there are in England.
(152718)
161
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialists in adolescent medicine there are in England.
(152738)
162
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish an update from the European Working Time Directive pilot sites.
(152622)
163
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the official definitions are of (a) NHS performance indicators, (b) NHS targets and (c) NHS standards.
(152623)
164
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the full details of the 2003-04 NHS performance indicators for (a) acute and specialist trusts, (b) primary care trusts, (c) mental health trusts and (d) ambulance trusts.
(152624)
165
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding is to be allocated for (a) implementation of the European Working Time Directive, (b) the Agenda for Change programme, (c) implementation of the new consultant contract and (d) implementation of the new general practitioner contract.
(152625)
166
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to conduct a review of cosmetic surgery practice across England.
(152572)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
167
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will investigate the premature disclosure of the Hutton Report.
(152600)
168
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the operation of identity cards in Australia was examined in estimating the annual cost of the proposed UK identity card scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(152646)
169
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what safeguards will be put in place to ensure people who lose or have their identity cards stolen will be able to access basic services for which an identity card will be required.
(152647)
170
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what lessons have been learned from countries with operational identity card schemes on combating identity card fraud; and if he will make a statement.
(152679)
171
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps will be taken by his Department to minimise the potential for identity card fraud (a) before and (b) following the introduction of the proposed identity card scheme.
(152680)
172
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects identity cards to become compulsory following the introduction of the proposed identity card scheme.
(152681)
173
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has been made of requiring electors to show a valid identity card in order to cast a vote at UK elections following the introduction of the proposed identity card scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(152682)
174
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many murder cases were brought to trial in each police force area in England and Wales between 1982 and 2003 which resulted in (a) conviction, (b) acquittal and (c) conviction later overturned on appeal.
(152535)
175
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many families he expects to fall within the asylum amnesty.
(152463)
176
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is Home Office policy to resist applications for adjournments of asylum cases where applicants prima facie fall within the amnesty.
(152464)
177
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on (a) the recruitment of police officers, (b) the recruitment of graduates to work as police officers and (c) the Accelerated Promotion scheme for graduate police officers.
(152473)
178
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many child curfew orders have been issued in England and Wales, broken down by local authority area.
(152474)
179
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in each police force in the United Kingdom in each year since 1997.
(152596)
180
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Ministry of Defence police officers, (b) British Transport Police officers, (c) UK Atomic Energy Constabulary officers, (d) Port of Dover Police officers, (e) National Crime Squad officers and (f) police force officers there were in each year since 1997.
(152597)
181
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) charged, (b) prosecuted and (c) found guilty of burglary in each year since 1997; how many of these were (i) under 16, (ii) under 18 and (iii) under 21; and how many of those found guilty were given (A) custodial sentences and (B) non-custodial sentences, broken down by age group.
(152598)
182
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the survey to identify new sites for prisons will be completed.
(152703)
183
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisons are being considered for closure.
(152704)
184
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners released on home detention curfew (HDC) since January 1999 (a) have been convicted, (b) have been cautioned, (c) have been prosecuted and (d) are awaiting prosecution whilst on HDC.
(152705)
185
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) budgeted and (b) expected final costs are for the construction of HM Prison Bromsfield.
(152706)
186
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the original budget allocations were for HM Prison Brixton for each of the years from 1997 to 2003.
(152707)
187
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research the Department is carrying out into cannabis-related psychosis.
(152708)
188
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list by prison the number of out-of-cell hours that prisoners are permitted.
(152709)
189
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to change the current retirement age of 65 years for serving prison officers.
(152710)
190
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison officers failed their annual control and restraint test in the past 12 months; and what their ages were.
(152711)
191
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will change the position whereby a prison officer who has been wounded by a prisoner cannot be told whether that prisoner is HIV positive or carrying hepatitis.
(152712)
192
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many dogs trained to locate drugs are working in prisons; and how many days those dogs worked in the last 12 months.
(152713)
193
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has considered reclassifying the Prison and Probation Service as an emergency service.
(152714)
194
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seeking households containing children or pregnant women were placed in bed and breakfast accommodation by the National Asylum Support Service under legislation other than the Housing Act 1996 and are as a consequence not included in the provisions of the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2003 in each of the last five years.
(152333)
195
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 15th December 2003 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Shaikh Ijaz Ahmed.
(152643)
196
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list those individuals and organisations to whom (a) his Department, (b) its executive agencies and (c) the non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible sent a copy of the consultations documents (i) National Policing Plan 2004 to 2007 and (ii) Policing: Building Safer Communities Together.
(152456)
197
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with chief constables concerning the impact on staff morale of long-term suspensions and investigations of police officers.
(152447)
198
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average (a) time and (b) cost of the suspension of police officers in England and Wales where complaints were made against them was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(152452)
199
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he makes of the (a) cash costs of complaints against police officers and (b) the length of time they take to resolve when determining the budget of each police authority.
(152454)
200
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the costs of the suspension by Devon and Cornwall Constabulary of Stuart Elford, identifying the (a) associated legal fees, (b) cost of the investigation and (c) cost of the involvement of the Police Complaints Authority.
(152455)
201
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many community support officers are employed by each police authority.
(151866)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
202
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which non-governmental organisations active in Zimbabwe are receiving funding from his Department.
(152514)
203
Mr Michael Mates (East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to maintain the UK's role in European Union research networks for renewable natural resources which are geared to helping developing countries to attain the Millennium Development Goals.
(152539)
204
Mr Michael Mates (East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how, following the grant to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research in December 2003, he will ensure that there is parallel continuity for the bilateral centrally-funded research programmes upon which developing countries have been relying for capacity building and poverty-eradicating applied research; and whether he is providing bilateral funds for such strategic activity.
(152719)
205
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) aid and (b) compensation is available for residents of Baghdad whose properties were destroyed by American rockets in the war.
(152537)
206
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance his Department is offering for the reconstruction effort in Bam, Iran, in the aftermath of the earthquake.
(152529)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
207
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many serving members of the full-time Police Service of Northern Ireland Reserve have passed entrance examinations for full-time posts in the PSNI and have not been appointed because of restrictions arising from 50:50 appointment legislation.
(152460)
208
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) protestant and (b) Roman Catholic applicants who have qualified for appointment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland since the introduction of 50:50 recruiting have not been offered employment with the PSNI; and how many such applicants have passed the entrance examinations on more than one occasion.
(152461)
209
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the impact of the introduction of variable top-up fees on university students in Northern Ireland.
(152576)
210
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many new houses have been built in the social rented sector in North Belfast in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(152577)
211
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent on maintenance and repair of social rented housing in North Belfast in each year since 1997.
(152578)
212
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the impact on the economy has been of the increase in national insurance payments.
(152579)
213
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average length of time is for processing planning applications in Northern Ireland.
(152580)
214
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average time is for a planning appeal hearing to take place in Northern Ireland after an application for an appeal has been lodged.
(152581)
215
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Minister for Europe on the Draft Constitution for the European Union and its impact on Northern Ireland.
(152582)
216
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his assessment is of the Community Support Programme in Northern Ireland.
(152583)
217
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what projects (a) have been completed, (b) are underway and (c) are planned to deal with flooding in North Belfast; and what the costs are of each project.
(152584)
218
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with (a) sports bodies, (b) local councils and (c) local representatives on the creation of a national stadium in Northern Ireland.
(152585)
219
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what employees are exempt from fair employment legislation in Northern Ireland; and for what reason they are exempt.
(152586)
220
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to ensure that children with special educational needs have those needs met in the education sector in Northern Ireland.
(152587)
221
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the costs of Employer's Liability Insurance in Northern Ireland.
(152588)
222
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on economic performance in Northern Ireland over the last five years.
(152589)
223
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the work of the Children's Commissioner in Northern Ireland.
(152590)
224
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the current staffing figures for each of the North-South implementation bodies.
(152591)
225
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on his policy on tackling age discrimination in Northern Ireland.
(152592)
226
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to extend provisions against discrimination against people on grounds of disability.
(152593)
227
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average time taken by his Department was to respond to letters of objection from people regarding planning applications in 2003.
(152594)
228
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many estate wardens have been appointed by the Housing Executive in Northern Ireland to date; and for which areas.
(152595)
Questions to the Prime Minister
229
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Prime Minister, who in his Office saw the embargoed version of Lord Hutton's report.
(152599)
230
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to make an official visit to Egypt; and what plans he has to invite President Mubarak to the UK on an official visit.
(152612)
231
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Prime Minister, when the Government intends to address the criticism contained in the Hutton Report.
(152678)
232
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the intelligence document on which he based his conclusion, placed before the Hutton Inquiry by his former director of communications, that Iraq could produce a nuclear weapon in between one and two years.
(152532)
233
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, who authorised his former director of communications to press the chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee to alter the nuclear weapons time-line in the draft of the dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction from the statement that nuclear weapons could be produced in at least two years, to the statement that nuclear weapons could be produced in between one and two years, as indicated in Mr Alastair Campbell's e-mail of 19th September 2002 to the Joint Intelligence Committee chairman, submitted by the Prime Minister's office to the Hutton Inquiry as document CAB/11/0091-0092.
(152533)
234
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Oral Answer to the honourable Member for Folkestone and Hythe of 28th January, Official Report, column 305, on the Iraq Survey Group report, when the evidence was published; where it was published; and if he will place the full interim Iraq Survey Group report in the Library.
(152674)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
235
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which (a) convenience store companies and (b) supermarket chains have post office branches located in their stores; how many branches each organisation had located in its stores in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement on the continued availability of such branches in convenience stores.
(152745)
236
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment has been made of the use of telephone transferred charge calls to propogate unwanted pornographic messages; and if she will make a statement.
(152541)
237
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what level of funding her Department has given to Small Business Europe in each year since its inception; and what level of funding she plans to give to the organisation in future financial years.
(152528)
238
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the stop now orders that were issued in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003; whether any of these were for traders based in the area of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council; and if she will make a statement.
(152462)
239
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action is proposed to meet the Commission of the European Communities communication COM (2003) 354 in respect of assistance to small operators in meeting administrative burdens and environmental challenges, with particular regard to the metal finishing industry.
(152512)
240
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the levels of (a) manufacturing output and (b) employment in the manufacturing sector were in each region of the United Kingdom in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement on changes in the size of the manufacturing sector in the United Kingdom in the last five years.
(152667)
241
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the contribution of the (a) concrete content of foundations, (b) losses in transmission and (c) the construction of necessary supports infrastructure to the (i) energy and (ii) carbon costs of wind farms.
(152448)
242
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how her Department's energy policy takes account of the effect on grid security and stability of large-scale remote wind generation.
(152449)
243
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many miles of new power lines will be needed in (a) Yorkshire and (b) other parts of England as a result of the planned development of wind farms; and what estimate she has made of the costs.
(152450)
244
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the additional cost of reinforcing the transmission grid to cope with the addition of wind farm-generated electricity.
(152451)
245
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of whether large-scale wind-farm development will affect the risk of large-scale electricity blackouts, with particular reference to more remote parts of the UK.
(152550)
246
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with her Irish counterpart about the potential for electricity blackouts with reference to the problems identified by the Irish electricity regulator and the Irish National Grid.
(152551)
247
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact of large-scale intermittent windpower generation on the operation of conventional back-up.
(152552)
248
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the risks to security and stability of supply from (a) large-scale intermittent windpower generation and (b) the diseconomy of part-time operation of conventional back-up.
(152553)
249
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she will take to ensure that local communities in Huddersfield are adequately served by post offices.
(152726)
250
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Totnes dated 5th December 2003 concerning Dr Walter King of Totnes and insurance cover for US markets.
(152199)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
251
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what action he is taking in conjunction with (a) the Highways Agency and (b) other interested parties to facilitate access to the Silverstone circuit for the next Grand Prix weekend, with particular attention to hours of peak traffic flow on each of the three days of the meeting.
(152565)
252
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic speed cameras there are in each of the areas covered by each of the police forces in Wales; and what the estimated revenue from them is in the current financial year.
(152538)
253
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total cost of public subsidy for the Dengie Village Link is in the (a) current and (b) next financial year.
(152291)
254
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers the Dengie Village Link carried in the last 12 month period; and how many passenger miles this represented.
(152292)
255
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total amount of Government subsidy for the railways was in 2002-03.
(152536)
256
Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Highways Agency last assessed the skid resistance of the M20 from junctions 3 to 5; and whether the results determined when future resurfacing would take place.
(152511)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
257
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have entered the New Deal for Young People (a) four times, (b) five times, (c) six times, (d) seven times, (e) eight times, (f) nine times and (g) 10 times or more; whether these people are included in the long-term unemployed statistics; and if he will make a statement.
(152668)
258
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many participants on the New Deal for Young People full-time education or training option were on courses lasting (a) 0-3 months, (b) 3-6 months, (c) 6-12 months and (d) over 12 months, in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(152669)
259
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees have been employed on 13-week casual appointments in Jobcentre and JobcentrePlus offices in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) each region in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(152672)
260
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many JobcentrePlus staff on 13-week casual contracts were employed on these contracts for (a) the second time, (b) the third time and (c) more than the third time in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(152673)
261
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people whose cases are in the hands of the Child Support Agency in (a) Angus constituency and (b) Scotland are due arrears of child maintenance; and how many have been due arrears for more than three months.
(152544)
262
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) average and (b) longest time taken by the Child Support Agency has been to collect arrears due to persons whose cases are in the hands of the Agency in (i) the Angus constituency and (ii) Scotland.
(152545)
263
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what amounts of arrears are due to persons in (a) the Angus constituency and (b) Scotland whose cases are in the hands of the Child Support Agency.
(152546)
264
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total amount is owed to people whose cases are in the hands of the Child Support Agency in (a) Angus and (b) Scotland of arrears in child maintenance.
(152547)
265
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appeals against refusal of disability living allowance have been considered by the Appeals Service in each of the last 12 months in (a) the Angus constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) the rest of the United Kingdom.
(152570)
266
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many successful appeals there have been against refusal of disability living allowance in each of the last 12 months in (a) the Angus constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) the rest of the UK.
(152571)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
267
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many teenage pregnancies there were in each year since 2000.
[Transferred] (152516)
268
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the incidence was of children born with heart defects in each year since 2000.
[Transferred] (152548)
269
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children between 5 and 15 years died of respiratory-related diseases in each year since 2000.
[Transferred] (152555)
270
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the main cause of death in children aged under 15 years was in 2003.
[Transferred] (152564)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
271
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what basis (a) HIV, (b) cancer and (c) multiple sclerosis were included in the draft Disability Discrimination Bill's definitions of disability; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (152568)
272
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what basis (a) restricted growth conditions, (b) mental ill health and (c) high functioning autism were excluded from the draft Disability Discrimination Bill's definitions of disability; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (152569)

 
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