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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 12 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.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 12 February 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 12 February 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 12 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 Thursday 12 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 12 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on the provision of Government cars to Whips.
(154811)
2
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many fixed penalty notices for speeding were issued against vehicles belonging to the Government Car Service during 2003.
(153592)
3
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions in the last 12 months for which information is available Government Car Service vehicles have been identified by road safety cameras as travelling in excess of the speed limit.
(153593)
4
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Government Car Service drivers have resigned during the last 12 months following disqualifications from driving.
(153594)
5
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his Answers of 26th January, Official Report, column 72W and 5th February, Official Report, column 1048W, on public services audit, what inquiries he has made regarding the source of the unauthorised briefing to Rosemary Bennett of the Times newspaper.
(154934)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
6
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the Right honourable Member for Maidstone and The Weald, of 6th February, Official Report, columns 1082-3W, on ivory seizures, for what reasons no prosecutions have been initiated by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.
(154812)
7
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was received by the Government from overseas governments in respect of costs incurred during the Gulf War, (a) in total and (b) from (i) Germany, (ii) Japan, (iii) Saudi Arabia, (iv) Kuwait and (v) other Gulf states.
(154954)
8
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HM Customs and Excise has made of the loss of government revenue from counterfeiting and copyright theft in each of the last five years.
(154956)
9
N
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking in relation to Customs and Excise following the most recent developments in the London City Bond and Operation Puma cases, with particular reference to its prosecution function; what steps he is taking in relation to the disclosure of information by HM Customs and Excise to the Butterfield Inquiry into this matter; and if he will make a statement.
(154653)
10
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held on 10th February; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.
(154893)
11
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the loss of duty payable to the Government consequent on the purchase of (a) beer, (b) wine and (c) spirits in France by United Kingdom residents in the last year for which figures are available.
(155233)
12
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the level of duty is in (a) the UK, (b) France and (c) Spain on (i) beer, (ii) wine and (iii) spirits.
(155234)
13
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who work abroad and own property in the UK.
(155235)
14
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate how many people resident overseas own property in the UK but do not pay income tax.
(155236)
15
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the effect on United Kingdom duty revenues of equalising UK duty on (a) wine, (b) beer and (c) spirits with levels in France.
(155239)
16
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any (a) Minister and (b) official of (i) HM Treasury and (ii) the Treasury Solicitor's Department has (A) held discussions with, (B) written to and (C) provided any part of the Penrose report into Equitable Life to anyone in the office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration; and if he will make a statement.
(155067)
17
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in receipt of a pension from the Mineworkers Pension Fund are taxed on it; and what the tax take from Fund pensions has been to date.
(154612)
18
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average weekly income was in each ward in each principal seaside town in England and Wales in the last month for which figures are available, listed in descending order with Welsh Seaside Town clusters disaggregated.
(154942)
19
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of people in each ward in each principal seaside town in England and Wales had a limiting long-standing illness on the latest date for which figures are available, listed in descending order with Welsh Seaside Town clusters disaggregated; and if he will make a statement.
(154950)
20
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 9th February, Official Report, column 1170W, on provision for defence capability, on which page of the Ministry of Defence's Report and Accounts 2002-03 the net cash requirement for Request for Resources 1: Provision for Defence Capability for financial years 2001-02 to 2002-03 can be found.
(155205)
21
N
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive regarding the apportionment of the block grant.
(154485)
22
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the gross UK contribution to the (a) EU and (b) European institutions was in each of the last five years.
(155007)
23
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the gross EU funding to the UK for (a) the Common Agricultural Policy, (b) regional funding and (c) other allocations was in each of the last five years.
(155008)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
24
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how his Department is ensuring that people with sensory, physical, communication and profound and multiple impairments are able to access appropriate independent advocacy provision.
(155033)
25
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the same levels of legal advice and support are available to people throughout England.
(155034)
26
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many owners of properties with agricultural ties there are, broken down by land registry office area.
(155173)
27
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans he has to change the basis upon which immigration adjudicators are employed; and if he will make a statement.
(154885)
28
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, on what evidence he based his decision that (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the North West region was suitable to pilot all-postal voting in the June elections.
(155139)
29
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average house price was in each ward in each principal seaside town in England and Wales in the latest month for which figures are available, with figures for Welsh Seaside Town clusters disaggregated.
(154933)
30
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure local authorities are fully acquainted with his Department's guidance, Public Sector Data Sharing: Guidance on the Law; and if he will make a statement.
(155228)
31
Mr Brian Wilson (Cunninghame North):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress on the Land Registry Quinquennial Review proposals regarding beneficial ownership of land.
(155084)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
32
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what return on investment has been made by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts since its inception.
(155147)
33
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was allocated in grants by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts in the last year for which figures are available; and what its operating costs were in the last year for which figures are available.
(155148)
34
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the expenditure of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts in (a) science, (b) technology and (c) the arts was in each year since inception.
(155149)
35
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure was provided through Lottery funding in each of the past seven years for each principal seaside town in England and Wales, with figures for Welsh seaside town clusters disaggregated; and if she will make a statement.
(154999)
36
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she last used a train in connection with her ministerial duties.
(155164)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
37
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated replacement costs of military equipment damaged and destroyed owing to use in Iraq since the start of the war in Iraq is (a) in total and (b) for (i) tanks and other armoured vehicles, (ii) aircraft and (iii) helicopters.
(154952)
38
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much fuel was purchased for UK forces in Iraq for each month since the inception of the war; from which (a) country and (b) company the fuel was purchased; and what the average price paid was.
(154953)
39
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what building work is under way at RAF Fairford, with particular reference to hangar capacity.
(155116)
40
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to further secure the boundary fence at RAF Fairford.
(155187)
41
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Gulf War veterans suffering from Gulf War illnesses have been tested for (a) depleted uranium poisoning, (b) squalene antibodies and (c) microplasmal organisms.
(155172)
42
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department was consulted on the application by Mr Jafar Dhia Jafar for a visa to attend a meeting of the Royal Society in London.
(154980)
43
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the Defence Fire Service was of Operation FRESCO, broken down by main budget.
(155215)
44
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February, Official Report, column 1103W, how the public private partnership scheme for airfield support services will be adjudicated, with regard to comparison of (a) overall costs and (b) total manpower; and if he will make a statement.
(155216)
45
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria are in place to determine the (a) minimum and (b) maximum armed forces retirement age; and if he will make a statement.
(154960)
46
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money his Department has spent on developing the Typhoon's operational role to allow it to operate off the new aircraft carriers.
(154909)
47
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Typhoon aircraft he estimates will be ordered by each partner in the third tranche.
(155130)
48
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Typhoon aircraft have been ordered from outside the partner countries.
(155131)
49
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many countries have expressed interest in ordering Typhoon aircraft.
(155132)
50
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether RAF Typhoon aircraft will operate in (a) the Falklands, (b) Gibraltar, (c) Germany and (d) other countries.
(155133)
51
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on embedding in the Iraq war.
(155134)
52
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the rate of failure of large general purpose machine gun ammunition supplied by Belgium.
(155135)
53
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on progress on trials of the Royal Navy's combat support system.
(155019)
54
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on progress on modernising the Royal Navy's chart and navigation system.
(155020)
55
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list each information technology project being undertaken by his Department and its agencies including the (a) start date, (b) planned completion date, (c) current expected completion date, (d) planned cost and (e) current estimated cost; and if he will make a statement.
(154671)
56
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the reservists who make up the operational capability of Civil Contingency Reaction Forces are on active duty overseas; and if he will make a statement.
(154672)
57
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the text of the liability waivers presented to Iraqi families receiving compensation from the UK for harm caused by UK forces; and if he will make a statement.
(154675)
58
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many rounds were contained in the standard issue of ammunition to (a) infantry and (b) Royal Military Police in Iraq during (i) major hostilities and (ii) since the end of major war-fighting operations; whether this requirement has been met in every circumstance; and if he will make a statement.
(154676)
59
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average planned tour of duty is for troops serving in Iraq.
(154677)
60
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the decommissioning date of HMS Ark Royal has been brought forward to 2013.
(154667)
61
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which aircraft carriers he plans to have available for service in 2014.
(154668)
62
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if it remains his policy that the Invincible Class carriers shall remain in service until replaced by the new aircraft carriers.
(154669)
63
Albert Owen (Ynys Môn):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether cluster bombs manufactured in Israel and packaged at the Royal Ordnance facility in Glascoed were used by British forces during the recent conflict in Iraq.
(154891)
64
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on which dates and in relation to which individuals UK forces in Iraq have informed the International Committee of the Red Cross of confirmed civilian casualties which (a) have been caused and (b) are alleged to have been caused by UK forces.
(154488)
65
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of the personnel budget of the (a) United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, (b) Defence Export Services Organisation, (c) Defence Medical Services Department and (d) Army Base Repair Organisation was spent in Scotland in financial year 2002-03 (i) in monetary terms and (ii) as a percentage of the total; what the figures were in the previous year; and if he will make a statement on the figures for each agency.
(155085)
66
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of the personnel budget of the (a) Defence Evaluation and Research Agency and (b) Defence Secondary Care Agency was spent in Scotland in financial year 2002-03 (i) in monetary terms and (ii) as a percentage of the total; what the figures were in the previous year; and if he will make a statement on the figures for each agency.
(155086)
67
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8th December 2003, Official Report, column 273W, when his Department last compiled reliable data for civilians at individual defence installations; and if he will make a statement.
(155188)
68
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8th December 2003, Official Report, column 273W, how many Royal Fleet auxiliaries are employed in Scotland.
(155189)
69
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2003, Official Report, columns 133-6W, how much of its total personnel budget the (a) Defence Estates, (b) Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency, (c) Naval Manning Agency, (d) Defence Analytical Services Agency, (e) Defence Housing Executive, (f) Defence Intelligence and Security Centre, (g) Army Personnel Centre and (h) Army Training and Recruitment Agency spent in Scotland in financial year 2002-03, (i) in monetary terms and (ii) as a percentage of the total; what the figures were in the previous year; and if he will make a statement.
(155190)
70
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2003, Official Report, columns 133-6W, how much of its total personnel budget the (a) Defence Communications Services Agency, (b) Defence Storage and Distribution Agency, (c) Veterans Agency, (d) Disposal Services Agency, (e) Pay and Personnel Agency, (f) Defence Aviation Repair Agency and (g) Meteorological Office spent in Scotland in financial year 2002-03, (i) in monetary terms and (ii) as a percentage of the total; what the figures were in the previous year; and if he will make a statement.
(155191)
71
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2003, Official Report, columns 133-6W, how much of its total personnel budget the (a) RAF Personnel Manning Agency, (b) RAF Training Group Defence Agency, (c) Warship Support Agency, (d) British Forces Post Office, (e) Defence Vetting Agency, (f) Defence Medical Education and Training Agency and (g) Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency spent in Scotland in financial year 2002-03, (i) in monetary terms and (ii) as a percentage of the total; what the figures were in the previous year; and if he will make a statement.
(155192)
72
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2003, Official Report, columns 133-6W, how much of its total personnel budget the (a) Service Children's Education, (b) Duke of York's Royal Military School, (c) Naval Recruiting and Training Agency, (d) Defence Procurement Agency, (e) Defence Transport and Movements Agency, (f) Medical Supplies Agency, (g) Defence Dental Agency and (h) Defence Bills Agency spent in Scotland in financial year 2002-03, (i) in monetary terms and (ii) as a percentage of the total; what the figures were in the previous year; and if he will make a statement.
(155193)
73
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he last used a train in connection with his ministerial duties.
(155161)
74
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his assessment was of the number of Al Hussein ballistic missiles possessed by Iraq prior to the onset of war; how this assessment differed from the assessment of the weapons inspectors; how many of the Al Hussein missiles had their long range capabilities removed prior to the onset of war; how many Al Hussein missiles were used against coalition forces during the war in Iraq; and how many Al Hussein missiles have been identified in Iraq since the war ended.
(154985)
75
N
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Private Finance Initiative projects let by his Department since 1997; how long each process took; and who the contractors were.
(154754)
76
N
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Private Finance Initiative projects that are in the competition stage; and when each competition was opened.
(154755)
77
N
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what additional nuclear biological and chemical warfare training soldiers received in the immediate build up to Operation Telic.
(154756)
78
N
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future plans for an expanded NATO peacekeeping mission in Northern Afghanistan; and what the British involvement will be.
(154757)
79
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the military capabilities that have been fully implemented as specified in the (a) Helsinki Headline Goal Catalogue 2003, (b) the Helsinki Force Catalogue and (c) the Helsinki Progress Catalogue.
(155203)
80
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, up to what percentage of its liability the (a) Royal Corps of Signals, (b) Corps of Royal Engineers, (c) Infantry, (d) Royal Logistics Corps, (e) Royal Armoured Corps, (f) Royal Artillery, (g) Royal Air Force and (h) Royal Navy is allowed to recruit.
(155204)
81
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place a copy of the Defence Estate Organisation's Annual Report and Accounts for 1997-98 in the Library.
(155206)
82
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are for Eurocorps to take over the NATO International Security Assistance Force operation in Afghanistan.
(155207)
83
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are to set up a joint Franco-British rapid deployment force; and if he will make a statement.
(155208)
84
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes have been introduced in the implementation of the EU headline goal; and if he will make a statement.
(155209)
85
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress achieved by the Helsinki Project Catalogue groups tasked with studying (a) air-to-air refuelling, (b) combat search and rescue, (c) strategic unmanned air vehicles, (d) nuclear, biological and chemical protection, (e) headquarters, (f) special operations forces, (g) theatre ballistic missile defence, (h) strategic airlift, (i) interoperability, (j) space, (k) intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance, (l) strategic sealift, (m) collective medical protection, (n) attack helicopters and (o) support helicopters.
(155210)
86
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are for Eurocorps to assume command of the Kabul Multi-national Brigade.
(155211)
87
Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to receive the report he has commissioned on the availability of body armour during the conflict in Iraq.
(154983)
88
Mr Gerry Steinberg (Durham, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average daily cost has been of the occupation of Iraq.
(154940)
89
Mr Gerry Steinberg (Durham, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which foreign contractors after winning a defence contract have refused to supply the goods in the last five years; and what the reasons given for doing so were in each case.
(154941)
90
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reservists who are fit for role are available for mobilization.
[R] (154877)
91
N
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) a recruitment freeze is in operation in the Scottish regiments and (b) there was a recruitment freeze in operation in the Scottish regiments in 2003.
(154483)
92
N
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with Scottish army regiments on recruitment.
(154484)
93
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the timetable for the awards to be made to those qualifying for a Suez Medal.
(154751)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
94
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) central and (b) local government regulations and policy governs whether families should be housed (i) in high-rise housing accommodation and (ii) on floors higher than the second floor of an apartment block.
(154193)
95
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the range of values would be for each council tax band at today's prices.
(154879)
96
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department sanctioned Gloucestershire County Council's accumulation of uncollected rents from Coverage Care (Gloucestershire) Ltd; and what steps his Department is taking in the matter.
(155230)
97
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what financial guarantees he has approved Gloucestershire County Council to make in order for (a) Coverage Care (Gloucestershire) Ltd and (b) a successor body to continue to operate elderly care homes.
(155231)
98
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what contingency arrangements his Department has made to prevent closure of care homes run by Coverage Care (Gloucestershire) Ltd; what liabilities will be undertaken by Gloucestershire County Council; and whether any liabilities will be funded by council tax revenues.
(155232)
99
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many anonymous complaints have been made against local government councillors to the Standards Board for England since its inception; how many of these have been investigated; and which councils were involved.
(155170)
100
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assistance is available to local authority housing departments to meet the Government's decent homes standard.
(155118)
101
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance he gives to local planning authorities assessing applications for out of town retail developments which provide enabling development for the benefit of local communities.
(155038)
102
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a new cost-benefit analysis of a statutory tenancy deposit scheme in England, taking account of the interest generated on deposits held in a custodial scheme.
(154995)
103
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) maximum and (b) minimum potential (i) benefit and (ii) cost of a tenancy deposit scheme.
(154996)
104
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the organisations attending the seminar held in December to discuss the case for linking legislation for compulsory measures to protect tenancy deposits to the Law Commission's findings.
(154997)
105
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when his Department will complete its research into the extent to which retailers are using internal extensions to expand their stores without planning permission; and if he will place a copy of the results in the Library.
(154998)
106
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the estimated cost of a tenancy deposit scheme took account of the proportion of cases requiring adjudication in (a) the pilot schemes and (b) other countries.
(155212)
107
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, through what mechanism he may require reserve housing development sites to be released for building.
(154831)
108
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the size of central government grant to an elected regional assembly in (a) the North East, (b) the North West and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber in its first financial year.
(155129)
109
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how the costs of establishing elected assemblies for (a) the North East, (b) the North West and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber would be met.
(155136)
110
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how the costs of local government reorganisation would be distributed if an elected regional assembly is established in (a) the North West, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the North East.
(155137)
111
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which Government-funded bodies other than the Government Offices for the Regions would reduce in size in a region where an elected assembly is established.
(155138)
112
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost of establishing and implementing proposals for elected regional assemblies has been to date; and what his estimate is of the costs for the next financial year.
(155140)
113
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the costs of abolishing regional chambers in regions where an elected assembly is established; and how those costs would be met.
(155141)
114
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the evidential basis was for his estimate that an elected regional assembly would have (a) running costs of £25 million a year and (b) set-up costs of £30 million.
(155142)
115
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will ensure that the size of a central government grant to an elected regional assembly will require no assembly to precept more than the equivalent of five pence per week for a Band D council tax-payer to cover its administrative costs in its first financial year.
(155143)
116
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to paragraph 6.7 of Cm. 5511, where the Government intends that elected regional assemblies for (a) the North East, (b) the North West and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber would initially be accommodated.
(155144)
117
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the Mayor of London about a possible new grouping of the London boroughs.
(155025)
118
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he has established a timetable for consultation on future changes to the (a) formula spending share calculation and (b) area cost adjustment to enable such changes to be made in financial year 2006-07.
(155146)
119
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total level of affordable housing stock was in (a) 1st January 1997 and (b) 1st January 2004.
(154903)
120
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to re-assess the funding arrangements for unitary authorities.
(154912)
121
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received on the funding arrangements for unitary authorities.
(154913)
122
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many households, whose former home was provided by the National Asylum Support Service, were accepted as priority homeless in each local housing authority for each year since 2000.
(155035)
123
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many nuclear, biological, chemical protective suits are available to (a) emergency services and (b) military personnel in the London area.
(155036)
124
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what sources of public funding are available to local authorities other than council tax and central government grant.
(154920)
125
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many houses in multiple occupation there are in each ward in each principal seaside town in England, listed in descending order; and if he will make a statement on action he is taking to require landlords to improve housing standards in houses in multiple occupation.
(154957)
126
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 7th January, Official Report, column 401-2W, on Area Partnerships, how much each of the 88 local authorities has been allocated.
(154611)
127
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, from which financial year the (a) £780 million government grant for the North West, (b) £350 million grant for the North East and (c) £570 million grant for Yorkshire and the Humber referred to in the Your Say booklets is calculated.
(155013)
128
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February, Official Report, column 743W, on regional funding, whether the recipient organisations were ever under local authority control.
(155041)
129
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether funds will be allocated in 2004-05 for an information campaign on elected regional assemblies.
(155042)
130
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 157W, on EU funding, whether the difference in the figures between already allocated EU funds and the total funding of 440 million euro for the North West, 136 million euro for the North East and 466 million euro for Yorkshire and Humber has yet to be allocated for the remaining period in 2000-06.
(155045)
131
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many Parliamentary constituencies make up (a) the North West region, (b) the North East region and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber region.
(155046)
132
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February, Official Report, column 739W, on European Regional Funding, what the level of matched funding is (a) in financial terms and (b) as a percentage of EU funding for each of the regions for the period 2000 to 2006; and to which financial years the figures relate.
(155077)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
133
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the criteria are for his decisions on the allocation of money for Schools for the Future; and if he will place a copy in the Library.
(154604)
134
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what reductions he intends to make in the allocation of funding to the Children's Fund; what consultation has taken place with the key stakeholders; what estimate has been made of the impact of funding reductions on individual programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(154880)
135
N
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations he has received about the continued commissioning from local education authorities of independent specialist education for children with complex and special needs; and if he will make a statement.
(154381)
136
N
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money has been allocated to (a) Newcastle University and (b) Northumbria University from the Scientific Research Infrastructure Programme; and what the purpose was of each investment.
(154606)
137
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much income was generated from fees paid by students for courses in colleges of further education in each of the past five years.
(155219)
138
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what qualifications are required of Connexions personal advisers who give drugs counselling to clients.
(154805)
139
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding has been distributed to voluntary organisations through the Connexions service in each year since its establishment.
(154806)
140
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average salary of a Connexions personal adviser is in (a) each area partnership and (b) England.
(154807)
141
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total cost of marketing the Connexions service has been in each year since its establishment.
(154808)
142
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many staff are employed by the Connexions service, broken down by (a) job title and (b) area partnership.
(154809)
143
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will the list the deficit for each school as at 31st March 2003, broken down by local education authority.
(154605)
144
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to improve educational attainment in the early years of secondary school; and if he will make a statement.
(154657)
145
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has for new information referral and tracking systems; and how these will work sub-regionally to allow for effective information sharing on children and families who move across different local authorities.
(155073)
146
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how the new information referral and tracking system protocols and technical developments will interrelate with the wider e-government programme; and how they will be integrated to ensure that local authorities are not unduly burdened.
(155074)
147
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much additional funds will be available to support the implementation of new information referral and tracking systems.
(155075)
148
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 9th February, Official Report, column 1186W, on the Children's Fund, if he will list each project funded by the Children's Fund to date.
(155076)
149
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what re-assessment he has made of decisions made by the board of Nottinghamshire Learning and Skills Council in the last six months.
(154871)
150
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what conclusions he draws from the inquiry into bullying at Nottinghamshire Learning and Skills Council.
(154872)
151
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of children were entitled to free school meals in each school in a principal seaside town on the latest date for which figures are available, listed in descending order; and if he will make a statement.
(154947)
152
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he last used a train in connection with his ministerial duties.
(155165)
153
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what savings account schemes operate in secondary schools; and what steps his Department is taking to encourage and support the development of such schemes.
(154944)
154
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what local education authority programmes encourage pupils to remain in education beyond the age of 16; and what steps his Department is taking to support these programmes.
(154945)
155
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what provisions there are in the National Curriculum to provide education on the management of personal finances and savings to secondary school pupils.
(154946)
156
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what schemes other than the Modern Apprenticeship scheme are in place for the provision of skills and vocational training.
(154970)
157
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding per capita will be provided for vocational education training schemes other than the Modern Apprenticeship in each year from 2003 to 2006.
(154971)
158
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding will be provided for Modern Apprenticeship schemes in each year from 2003 to 2006.
(154972)
159
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding per capita will be provided for (a) skills-based learning, (b) vocational education, (c) evening classes run by colleges, (d) skills and vocational training and (e) skills training run by colleges for employers in each year from 2003 to 2006.
(154973)
160
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding will be made available for basic skills training for adults in each year from 2003 to 2006.
(154974)
161
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many adults he plans should participate in basic skills training in each year from 2003 to 2006; and what the figures were for each year from 1997 to 2003.
(154975)
162
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many adults he plans should participate in learning and skills training up to their first level 2 in each year from 2003 to 2006.
(154976)
163
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to introduce golden hellos that write off tuition fees for graduates taking up public service careers in areas where there are shortages of personnel.
(154108)
164
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list, for the most recent year for which information is available, the (a) first degree subjects studied and (b) first degree classifications achieved by those completing PGCEs in mathematics; and if he will make a statement.
(154928)
165
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether teachers employed under Schedule 2 of SI 2003 No. 1663 are required to register with the General Teaching Council for England; and if he will make a statement.
(154929)
166
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the local education authorities where the number of unqualified teachers employed in January 2003 was greater than in January 1998.
(154930)
167
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the General Teaching Council for England can discipline a teacher who has not paid its subscription; and if he will make a statement.
(154931)
168
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many selective schools are also specialist schools; what arrangements are in place for pupils who fail the entry tests to these schools to be able to attend a school with a similar specialism; and if he will make a statement.
(154932)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
169
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Article 10 certificates her Department (a) granted and (b) refused for (i) ivory and (ii) items containing ivory in each year since 1997.
(154810)
170
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the threat to British woodlands posed by the fungus phytophthora ramorum.
(155227)
171
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she is taking to improve the effectiveness of the Warm Front programme following the recommendations of the Fifth Report of the Public Accounts Committee of Session 2003-04.
(155117)
172
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many owners of properties with agricultural ties have been forced to sell their homes because of failure to satisfy the terms of the tie, in each year since 1997.
(155174)
173
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total paid in compensation to farmers for bovine tuberculosis was in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the total was paid in excess of the market value of the animals destroyed.
(155000)
174
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate how many properties have benefited from flood defence funding since 1997 broken down by constituency.
(155087)
175
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of flood defence barriers along the River Severn.
(155088)
176
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what flood defences were funded by her Department, broken down by constituency, since 1997.
(155089)
177
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the savings to households resulting from flood defences funded by her Department, for each year since 1997, broken down by constituency.
(155090)
178
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many badgers have been culled in each of the (a) proactive and (b) inactive cull areas in each of the selected trial zones in each year since the trials commenced.
(155081)
179
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what targets have been set for the bovine TB testing of herds in the last five years for which figures are available; how many have been completed; and how long it will take to clear the backlog of required tests.
(155082)
180
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what budget was set by her Department for each year for all aspects of bovine TB research, testing, culling, compensation, fieldwork and other costs for the last five years for which figures are available; and what the actual spending was in each year.
(155083)
181
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to review game (a) laws and (b) licences.
(155175)
182
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of (a) the impact of the UK Raptor Working Group and (b) the health of the raptor population; and what plans she has to reconvene the working group.
(155177)
183
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the impact of game licences on (a) the sport of shooting, (b) the quarry species and (c) the environment; and if she will make a statement.
(155180)
184
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with Ofwat and United Utilities about the decision to allow an increase in water and sewerage charges for the remaining year of the current price review period by more than the amount originally set by the regulator; and if she will review the safeguards in place to protect low income households.
(154486)
185
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the Bauer-IBS demountable flood defences used in Shrewsbury in the latest floods.
(154889)
186
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost was of temporary flood defences in Shrewsbury in the recent floods.
(154895)
187
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether Shrewsbury is eligible to apply for funding under the Bellwin Scheme for costs associated with the recent floods.
(154896)
188
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what signage was provided around flooded areas in Shrewsbury to warn people of the dangers of contaminated water during the recent floods.
(154897)
189
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment was made of the flood defences in Frankwell in Shrewsbury during the recent floods.
(154898)
190
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what long-term plans she has to provide permanent flood defences in place of the temporary flood defences used in Shrewsbury in the recent floods.
(154899)
191
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to provide flood defence protection to properties in (a) Underdale Road, (b) Abbey Foregate and Longden Coleham, (c) Coton Manor, (d) Smithfield Road, (e) Coton Hill and (f) the left bank of English Bridge in Shrewsbury.
(154900)
192
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what changes have been made to the criteria used by the Environment Agency to determine priorities for investment in flood defences in each of the last five years; and on what basis these changes were made.
(154914)
193
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance has been issued to the Environment Agency on matching local authority funding for flood defences.
(154915)
194
Albert Owen (Ynys Môn):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of the increase in price noted in her Department's milk price survey raw milk producers will receive; and what steps she has taken to ensure that raw milk producers receive a fair share of this increase.
(154890)
195
Albert Owen (Ynys Môn):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of milk imports to the UK came from Poland in the latest period for which figures are available; and what percentage of UK consumption this represents.
(154892)
196
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she last used a train in connection with her ministerial duties.
(155159)
197
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what fees were paid in the last year to WS Atkins for the management of the Action Energy programme; and whether the fees paid covered work done to improve the energy efficiency of (a) UK buildings and (b) industrial processes.
(155047)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
198
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has spent on implementing (a) the OECD convention on combating bribery and (b) Part 12 of the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001 in each year since 1997.
(155009)
199
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his Department's relations with the military regime in Burma.
(155225)
200
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress his Department is making in tackling the human rights situation in Burma (a) bilaterally and (b) in the UN.
(155226)
201
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the results of Plan Colombia on drugs production and use (a) in Colombia and (b) elsewhere.
(154939)
202
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what changes have taken place since the end of the war in Afghanistan in levels of (a) poppy cultivation and (b) heroin production in areas previously controlled by (i) the Taliban and (ii) the Northern Alliance.
(155001)
203
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what definition he uses of humanitarian intervention, with particular reference to the invasion of Iraq.
(154978)
204
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what preparatory unit has been established for the next UK Presidency of the EU; and what venues have been booked for British Presidency meetings.
(154614)
205
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last used a train in connection with his ministerial duties.
(155158)
206
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the UN Monitoring Verification and Inspection Commission inspectors discovered at the Al-Rafah test site; whether additional information has since been found by the Iraq Survey Group; and whether the Government has obtained further information since September 2002 on Al-Rafah in addition to that produced by the UN Special Commission on Iraq and the Iraq Survey Group.
(155057)
207
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to (a) the UN and (b) the United States on (i) the future structure of the Iraqi administration and (ii) self-determination for each of the main ethnic groups.
(155182)
208
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with other EU foreign ministers about (a) the harmonisation of salaries for MEPs and (b) ensuring greater transparency in the travel expenses of MEPs and EU officials.
(155044)
209
N
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advertising the Government paid for on Slovak television concerning enlargement.
(154480)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
210
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the preliminary recommendations of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on the drug treatment of osteoporosis.
(154894)
211
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated deficit or underspend for each NHS trust in London is in the current financial year; and what cumulative deficit is being carried forward in each case.
(154922)
212
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the possible impact of recent changes to rules on revenue and capital for Queen Mary's Hospital NHS Trust and Oxleas NHS Trust; and if he will make a statement.
(154923)
213
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust about ward closures; and if he will make a statement.
(154924)
214
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to reply to the letter of 17th November 2003 from the honourable Member for Erith and Thamesmead concerning Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Oxleas NHS Trust.
(154925)
215
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the (a) revenue consequences for Oxleas NHS Trust of accounting changes affecting capital charges on PFI assets, and (b) possible impact on patient care.
(154926)
216
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will agree to the meeting with honourable Members representing Bexley and Greenwich constituencies and representatives of Queen Mary's NHS Trust, Oxleas NHS Trust and Bexley Care Trust requested by the honourable Member for Erith and Thamesmead in his letter of 6th October 2003.
(154927)
217
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the SunSmart campaign for 2004 will be launched.
(154615)
218
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total amount of fines imposed on Essex Social Services Department in January was as a result of delayed discharge of patients from hospital.
(154194)
219
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd February, Official Report, column 688W, on mental health, whether the (a) 27 early intervention teams and (b) 132 crisis resolution teams conform to an early intervention model; what quality standards have been put in place for them; and if he will make a statement.
(154986)
220
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd February, Official Report, column 688W, on mental health, how many of the 700 carer support workers are (a) new staff and (b) existing staff with expanded or adapted roles; and if he will make a statement.
(154987)
221
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been commissioned by his Department into the attitudes of staff in the NHS since 1997.
(154988)
222
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the projected cost of the National Programme for Information Technology in the NHS was when it was originally announced; what the latest available projected cost is; and if he will make a statement.
(154989)
223
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost of (a) training and (b) installation for the National Programme for Information Technology in the NHS; and from which budgets the funding will be taken.
(154990)
224
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what restrictions have been placed on bidders for the National Programme for Information Technology in the NHS making public statements about the project; whether these restrictions are usual Government practice; and what the reasons are for the restrictions.
(154991)
225
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has published to ensure that patients who have received specialist acute care are referred for aftercare to a hospital close to the patients' homes; and if he will make a statement.
(155152)
226
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people who have received a referral from their general practitioner are waiting to be accepted onto a hospital waiting list after (a) one month, (b) two months, (c) three months and (d) six months, broken down by NHS trust.
(155153)
227
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals have closed lists for treatment.
(155154)
228
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to clinicians on the prescribing of benzodiazepines over the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(155155)
229
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what quantity of each (a) benzodiazepine and (b) antidepressant was prescribed by doctors in England in each of the last five years.
(155156)
230
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what methodology his Department used to estimate the number of deaths from obesity related diseases; and if he will make a statement.
(155157)
231
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimated NHS spending was on (a) treatment of stroke patients, (b) research on strokes and (c) stroke rehabilitation in 2003.
(154948)
232
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many stoke consultants there are (a) in the NHS and (b) with specialist qualifications in strokes.
(154949)
233
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what date the National Cancer Research Network expects to have all 300 patients recruited for the SPIRIT trial.
(154935)
234
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the status is of the SPIRIT trial into a cure for prostate cancer.
(154936)
235
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many centres have been approved to enter patients in the SPIRIT trial; and when they will be receiving patients.
(154937)
236
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 16th December 2003 to the honourable Member for Christchurch, Official Report, column 877W, on brachytherapy treatment, by what date the Department will have decided whether the treatment referred to is a suitable topic for referral to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence as a technology appraisal.
(154938)
237
N
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list (a) planned and (b) committed new capital investment programmes undertaken in the Newcastle Primary Care Trust area by the (i) Newcastle Primary Care Trust, (ii) Newcastle Hospitals Trust, (iii) Neuro Rehabilitation Trust, (iv) Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside Trust and (v) Northgate and Prudhoe Trust since 1997-98, including PFI financed projects.
(154607)
238
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the areas which will start screening newborn children for medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency, broken down by primary care trust.
(155171)
239
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what actions the National Care Standards Commission has taken to publicise the need for providers of domiciliary care to be registered with them.
(154608)
240
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been issued by the National Care Standards Commission concerning the types of domiciliary care which are subject to regulation.
(154609)
241
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the National Care Standards Commission in processing new registrations.
(154610)
242
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what restrictions are in place on the import of mumps vaccine; and what volumes of vaccine have been imported in each month since January 2003.
(155128)
243
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21st January, Official Report, columns 1362-63W, what the resource implications are to (a) local government and (b) the NHS of the requirement for national services within the NHS to consult Overview and Scrutiny committees when they wish to change a national service; and whether a regulatory analysis of the system has been published.
(155078)
244
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of (a) eight year olds, (b) nine year olds, (c) 10 year olds, (d) 11 year olds, (e) five year olds, (f) six year olds and (g) seven year olds were subject to height and weight monitoring in schools last year as part of the Child Health Surveillance programme.
(155039)
245
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts undertake weight and height monitoring of primary school age children at least every other year.
(155040)
246
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on plans to close general practitioner surgeries in (a) Holland -on-Sea and (b) Great Clacton in Tendring Primary Care Trust.
(155120)
247
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation has been undertaken by Tendring Primary Care Trust regarding the proposed closure of general practitioner surgeries in Holland-on-Sea.
(155121)
248
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what sites were considered by Tendring Primary Care Trust for its new headquarters.
(155122)
249
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what sites were considered by Tendring Primary Care Trust to replace general practitioner surgeries due to be closed in (a) Holland-on-Sea and (b) Great Clacton.
(155123)
250
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated cost is of the new surgery general practitioners centre in Kennedy Way, Clacton-on-Sea; and what proportion of the site will be occupied by primary care trust administration.
(155124)
251
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the recommendation of Tendring Community Health Council was in the consulation on (a) moving the Primary Care Trust headquarters and (b) closing (i) Frinton Road Medical Centre and (ii) the Grove Lodge general practitioner surgery.
(155125)
252
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are to close further general practitioner surgeries in the Tendring Primary Care Trust area after the proposed closure of Frinton Road Medical Centre and the Grove Lodge general practitioner surgery.
(155126)
253
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funds are being provided by Tendring Primary Care Trust to transport residents of Holland-on-Sea to the new Kennedy Way general practitioner surgery in Clacton-on-Sea; and for what period this funding is assured.
(155127)
254
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many coronary angioplasties were undertaken by each NHS hospital trust in each of the last three years; and how many of these were (a) second and (b) third interventions.
(154993)
255
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many coronary artery bypass graphs were undertaken by each NHS hospital trust in each of the last three years.
(154994)
256
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress made towards primary care targets set out in the Rural White Paper.
(154904)
257
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of women in (a) urban and (b) rural areas aged between 50 and 65 have undergone breast screening.
(154905)
258
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets for ambulance 999 calls in rural areas have been set; and what the latest figures for performance against these targets are.
(154906)
259
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to address the health needs of elderly people in rural areas.
(154907)
260
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on shortages of general practitioners in rural areas.
(154908)
261
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out the work programme for the Integrated Community Equipment Service Group for 2004.
[R] (154992)
262
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last used a train in connection with his ministerial duties.
(155160)
263
Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has issued to health authorities on dealing with patients' wishes as expressed in living wills.
(155214)
264
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many girls under the age of 16 had abortions in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(155176)
265
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people from each primary care trust area in England received cardiac treatment at Brighton hospitals in the most recent year for which information is available.
(154873)
266
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what basis decisions are taken on whether persons receiving cardiac treatment at Brighton hospitals have (a) their travel expenses, (b) the accommodation costs of spouses or carers and (c) the travel expenses of spouses or carers met from public funds.
(154874)
267
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons his Department opposed the application to the High Court in London brought by the Health Food Manufacturers Association, the National Association of Health Stores and Consumers for Health Choice for leave to appeal to the European Court of Justice against the provisions of the Food Supplements Directive; upon what date the case was heard; what the outcome of the case was; and if he will make a statement.
(155194)
268
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make funds available to the Health Food Manufacturers Association, the National Association of Health Stores, and Consumers for Health Choice to enable them to proceed to the European Court of Justice with their case relating to the Food Supplements Directive.
(155195)
269
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date in 2003 the Minister for Public Health met industry representatives to discuss their concerns about the Food Supplements Directive; on what date the Minister subsequently approached the office of Commissioner Byrne to seek a meeting to discuss those issues; on what dates the approach was subsequently pursued; and if he will make a statement on the reasons for the failure so far to arrange such a meeting.
(155196)
270
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Minister for Public Health next expects to meet representatives of the Health Food Manufacturers Association, the National Association of Health Stores, and Consumers for Health Choice to discuss their concerns about the Food Supplements Directive; and what progress the Minister will report at that meeting.
(155197)
271
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he has received about the timing of the case being taken to the European Court of Justice in relation to the Food Supplements Regulations; what assistance he intends to give the Health Food Manufacturers Association and the National Association of Health Stores in preparing that case; and if he will make a statement.
(155198)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
272
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work permits were awarded to health workers (a) from each of the top 10 countries of origin and (b) in total in each of the last 10 years.
(154601)
273
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work permits were awarded to health workers to work (a) in the UK National Health Service and (b) the non-NHS sector for each of the last 10 years.
(154602)
274
N
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, from which countries, other than Iraq, Zimbabwe and Somalia, asylum seekers can claim hard case support if their claims are refused on appeal.
(154336)
275
N
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there is a time frame in which failed Iraqi asylum seekers are expected to return home.
(154337)
276
N
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will make a decision on the asylum application ref. R333201 of the Saudi Arabian constituent of the honourable Member for Putney.
(154603)
277
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) car thefts and (b) thefts from cars were reported in Worcester in each year since 1997.
(155037)
278
N
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the (a) policing and (b) criminal justice implications of the collapse of the London City Bond and Operation Puma cases.
(154654)
279
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had on protecting shopworkers from violence; and if he will make a statement.
(154658)
280
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letters from the honourable Member for Manchester Central dated (a) 16th September 2003 re Mrs. MG, references PO14031/3 and G1057225/2 and (b) 29th October 2003 re Mrs. FA, references 0/988549 and A544430.
(154487)
281
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many plain-clothes officers are deployed by police forces in England and Wales.
(155048)
282
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police Basic Command Units there were in each of the last six years; and how many BCUs he estimates there will be in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.
(155049)
283
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many firearms are (a) in use and (b) on order by the Metropolitan Police.
(155050)
284
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Metropolitan Police has to increase the number of trained firearms officers.
(155051)
285
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 440W, regarding the Criminal Records Bureau, if he will place a copy of the survey in the Library.
(155052)
286
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many notices imposing a disclosure requirement have been made under section 49 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
(155053)
287
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders undergoing Probation Service accredited programmes (a) breached the programme and (b) were sentenced to custody as a consequence of a breach in each of the last two financial years.
(155054)
288
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty notices have been issued by community support officers; and for what offences.
(155055)
289
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision is made for police drivers to receive (a) initial and (b) refresher training; and if he will make a statement.
(155056)
290
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department has published on (a) the vision levels that police drivers need to achieve and (b) how frequently they should receive eye checks.
(155058)
291
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what standards of driving test police drivers are required to meet; and what the failure rate was in each year since 1997.
(155059)
292
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines are published by his Department on the disciplinary code for police drivers.
(155060)
293
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what disciplinary measures are taken against police drivers who are involved in road accidents.
(155061)
294
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many accidents involving police cars there were (a) in total and (b) involving fatalities in each year since 1997 (i) in England and Wales and (ii) in each police force area; and if he will make a statement.
(155062)
295
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what surveys his Department has conducted into the views of (a) police officers and (b) prison officers in the last two years.
(155063)
296
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women were imprisoned for shoplifting offences in each criminal justice area in 2002.
(155064)
297
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Prison Service review of the open prison estate; and if he will place a copy in the Library.
(155065)
298
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of crimes in each ward in each principal seaside town in England and Wales were drug-related, in the latest month for which figures are available, with figures for Welsh Seaside Town clusters disaggregated; and if he will make a statement.
(154943)
299
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the proposed total headcount is for (a) agents, (b) management and (c) administrators for the Serious Organised Crime Agency; and what the headcount is for the agencies that it will replace.
(155115)
300
N
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to provide video links to prisons for the use of the (a) police, (b) probation service and (c) other services in interviewing prisoners.
(154479)
301
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter of the honourable Member for the Isle of Wight to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, dated 13th December, reference A485596; and what the reason is for the delay in responding to this inquiry.
(154750)
302
N
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's immigration policy in relation to applicant countries.
(154481)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
303
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the support given to the Fairtrade Foundation over the last four years.
(154384)
304
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the estimated volume of opium production in Afghanistan is for the current year; and what the estimated volume was in each of the last five years.
(154884)
305
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he last used a train in connection with his ministerial duties.
(155167)
306
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he has received from the World Trade Organisation on (a) meeting the targets and (b) implementing the policies agreed in Cancún.
(155150)
307
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the allegations that foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority from the EU has been diverted to the Al-Aqsa brigade.
(155043)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
308
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the prison authorities at Her Majesty's Prison, Maghaberry, negotiate with the leaders of the (a) Provisional IRA, (b) UDA and (c) UVF on conditions within the prison.
(154804)
309
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost was of damage by prisoners to prison property and equipment in each of the last 12 months at Her Majesty's Prison, Maghaberry.
(154866)
310
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost to date is of implementing the Patten Report on policing in Northern Ireland.
(154867)
311
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many officers of the full-time police reserve have been (a) killed and (b) injured (i) on duty and (ii) off duty in each year since its formation.
(154868)
312
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many prisoner officers, and what percentage of total staff, have been on sick leave in each of the last 12 months at Her Majesty's Prison, Maghaberry.
(154869)
313
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the composition of the monitored full-time workforce was, broken down by religious designation, in (a) 1992 and (b) 2002.
(155002)
314
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the operation of the Barnett Formula as regards Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(155199)
315
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pensioner households in Northern Ireland are in receipt of pension credit; and what steps he is taking to increase take-up.
(155200)
316
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment he has made of future population trends in Northern Ireland; and how he expects public services in Northern Ireland to adapt to these trends.
(155201)
317
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to increase the availability of the osteoporosis drug Evista in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the treatment of osteoporosis in Northern Ireland.
(155202)
318
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he last used a train in connection with his ministerial duties.
(155168)
319
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Police Service of Northern Ireland and others regarding racist incidents in South Belfast; and what action he is taking.
(147105)
Questions to the Prime Minister
320
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, what record is kept of representations made to the BBC by the Government; and by whom.
(154813)
321
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Prime Minister, what information the British Government passed to Dr Hans Blix to assist in his search for weapons of mass destruction; what the results were of the weapons inspectors' investigations following up information passed on by the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(155218)
322
N
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer to the honourable Member for Croydon South, Official Report, 4th February, column 772, when he knew that the 45 minute launch time referred to Iraqi battlefield chemical and biological weapons.
(154752)
323
N
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Prime Minister, when the Government warned the Iraqi regime that the use of chemical or biological weapons would meet with a nuclear response.
(154753)
324
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his statement on 4th February, on what date after 18th March 2003 he was first made aware that the 45 minute claim related to battlefield weapons or small calibre weaponry.
(154673)
325
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Prime Minister, on what date prior to 4th February he had made it clear exactly when he had been made aware of the classes of weapons to which the 45-minute claim referred.
(154674)
326
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Prime Minister, what authority members of the Prime Minister's staff have to use 10 Downing Street headed paper while employed in his office.
(154878)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
327
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he last used a train in connection with his ministerial duties.
(155169)
328
N
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what cross-border public authorities exercise functions in Scotland; and when he last met the chair of each authority.
(154482)
329
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what information he has collated on the number of people in Scotland who, by the end of each month of the consultation period, had (a) supported and (b) opposed the maintenance of the number of MSPs.
(154875)
Questions to the Solicitor General
330
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Solicitor General, how many Crown prosecutions have been made for counterfeiting and copyright theft (a) since the introduction of the Copyright etc and Trade Marks (Offences and Enforcement) Act 2002 and (b) in each of the last seven years; and how many prosecutions resulted in convictions.
(154955)
331
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Solicitor General, when she will publish the list of named lawyers in the Crown Prosecution Service, specifically responsible for prosecuting anti-social behaviour, together with the areas to which they will be assigned.
(154652)
332
N
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):To ask the Solicitor General, what steps she is taking following the most recent developments in the London City Bond and Operation Puma cases; and if she will make a statement.
(154655)
333
N
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):To ask the Solicitor General, what steps she is taking following the most recent developments in the London City Bond and Operation Puma cases, in relation to (a) prosecution for perjury and (b) disclosure of documents by HM Customs and Excise to the Butterfield Inquiry into this matter; and if she will make a statement.
(154656)
334
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Solicitor General, what consideration was given during the Attorney-General's recent discussons with US officials to proceedings for treason being brought by the Crown Prosecution Service against the British detainees in Guantanamo Bay.
(155014)
335
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Solicitor General, what representations the Attorney-General received from the United States Administration on the treatment that United Kingdom citizens detained in Guantanamo Bay would receive on repatriation to the UK.
(155015)
336
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Solicitor General, what progress has been made in obtaining the repatriation of the British detainees in Guantanamo Bay; and if she will make a statement.
(155016)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
337
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the cost of the Electoral Commmission report on Electoral Pilots at the June 2004 elections was.
(155119)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
338
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much her Department has spent on implementing (a) the OECD convention on combating bribery in each year since 1997 and (b) Part 12 of the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001 in each year since it came into force.
(155010)
339
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Export Credits Guarantee Department has been approached for political risk insurance claims by (a) ANZ Bank, (b) Standard Chartered Bank and (c) ABN Amro in relation to the Dabhol Power Company in India.
(155011)
340
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether (a) Kier International and (b) Whessoe have approached the Export Credits Guarantee Department for a claim in relation to the Dabhol Power Project in India.
(155012)
341
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the recent loss of mail in the Swansea area.
(154921)
342
N
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what standards regulate aerodynamically generated wind noise in residential areas; and if she will make a statement.
(154380)
343
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average level is of final settlements that have been agreed so far to former miners suffering from (a) chronic bronchitis and emphysema and (b) vibration white finger.
(155026)
344
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what proportion of export licences in respect of equipment for which advice is sought from the Ministry of Defence a substantive response was received from that Department within 20 working days of receipt in the last 12 months.
(154977)
345
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people are in receipt of a pension from the Mineworkers Pension Scheme; and how much has been paid from the scheme in each year since it was established.
(154613)
346
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many cases of British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme members who were mis-sold private pensions have been dealt with by (a) reinstatement to the BCSSS and (b) compensation.
(154919)
347
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she last used a train in connection with her ministerial duties.
(155163)
348
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how her Department was represented at the European Conference for Renewable Energy-Intelligent Policy Options, held in Bonn on 19th to 21st January; and what response she plans to make to the recommendations and conclusions of the conference.
(155018)
349
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what energy innovation breakthroughs have been made in the United Kingdom since the publication of the Energy White Paper in February 2003.
(155022)
350
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment has been made of the potential hazard posed by wind turbines to migrating bats.
(155023)
351
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research has been undertaken by (a) her Department, (b) the Energy Technology Support Unit on behalf of her Department and (c) consultants for her Department on (i) shadow flicker and (ii) noise from wind farms.
(155024)
352
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the operation and effectiveness of the Sustainable Energy Policy Network since its establishment under the Energy White Paper of February 2003; and how many times the Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board has met since its inception.
(155229)
353
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on her policy regarding (a) the Cancún agreements on trade and (b) bilateral agreements.
(155114)
354
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has made to European commissioners on the strengthening of multilateral trading systems; and if she will make a statement.
(155151)
355
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether departmental funding is used for EU matched funding.
(155222)
356
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Government proposals for EU regional policy after 2006 (a) falls within existing EU treaty obligations and (b) has been accepted by the Commission.
(155224)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
357
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will undertake a review of the (a) law on and (b) penalties for (i) failing to stop and (ii) failing to summon assistance after a road crash.
(154916)
358
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what reports from judges the Government has received in relation to concluded cases of failure to stop after a road crash.
(154917)
359
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answers of 3rd February, Official Report, column 826W, on speed cameras, what the reason is for the difference of £520,357 between the two amounts of money in the Answers; and if he will make a statement as to what the £520,357 has been used for.
(153591)
360
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce the level of accidents and injuries amongst cyclists aged 16 years and under; and if he will include the compulsory wearing of safety helmets.
(155220)
361
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with counterparts in the Transport Safety Authority of the US Administration concerning matters of aviation security.
(155221)
362
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much surplus income from parking places each local authority received in the last year for which figures are available.
(154959)
363
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who pays the minimum usage charge paid to Eurotunnel.
(154910)
364
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of the minimum usage charge paid to Eurotunnel was in each year since its inception.
(154911)
365
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will set a date for the re-surfacing of the A404 Marlow by-pass.
(155068)
366
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the A404 Marlow by-pass meets the criteria for remedial action on environmental grounds to reduce noise pollution.
(155069)
367
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of the trunk road network has been (a) re-surfaced and (b) re-surfaced with lower noise surfacing in each of the last three years.
(155070)
368
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when guidelines for rural speed limits will be made available to local authorities.
(154814)
369
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the benefits of the introduction of reward cards to users of public transport.
(155021)
370
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department has provided for each speed camera partnership in England and which partners are involved in each partnership.
(155213)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
371
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he last used a train in connection with his ministerial duties.
(155166)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
372
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in the Twickenham constituency (a) are in receipt of winter fuel payments, (b) were in receipt of the minimum income guarantee in 2003 and (c) have applied for and been granted pension credit.
(154951)
373
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on older people in the workplace.
(154382)
374
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the unemployment rates for the 55-plus age group in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the United Kingdom.
(154383)
375
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timetable is for migration from the old to the new Child Support Agency scheme; and what factors affect the timetable.
(155145)
376
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason distributions from trusts are disregarded by the Department for the purposes of assessing care and means tested benefits, with particular reference to beneficiaries of the Macfarland and Eileen trusts; and if he will make a statement.
(154979)
377
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the Department does not permit beneficiaries of the Thalidomide Trust to discount their distributions when being assessed for care and means tested benefits; and if he will make a statement.
(154981)
378
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners are not receiving their pension credit entitlement in (a) Portsmouth and (b) England; and what steps his Department is taking to improve take-up.
(155217)
379
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost to his Department of payments to employers in respect of statutory sick pay was in each of the last five years.
(154882)
380
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimated annual total cost of compliance is in respect of the statutory sick pay scheme for employers.
(154883)
381
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the proposals drafted by his Department's senior management team for up to 18,000 job cuts in his Department.
(154876)
382
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance he has issued regarding joint prosecution for benefit fraud with local authorities.
(155071)
383
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many joint prosecutions have been undertaken by the Department with local authorities on benefit fraud in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority.
(155072)
384
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of the population of England and Wales was claiming incapacity benefit on the latest date for which figures are available; (a) how many people in and (b) what percentage of the population of each ward in each principal seaside town in England and Wales receive incapacity benefit, listed in descending order, with figures for Welsh Seaside Town clusters disaggregated; and if he will make a statement.
(154958)
385
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he last used a train in connection with his ministerial duties.
(155162)
386
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to note 9, page 25 of the report by the Government Actuary on the drafts of the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2004 (Cm 6117), how much the one-off payment to the Welfare Modernisation Fund was; and if he will make a statement.
(154830)
387
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate public expenditure on the state second pension in each year from 2006-07 to 2015-16 based on (a) present policies and (b) no new state second pension entitlement being accrued in respect of contributions made from 2005-06 onwards.
(154870)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
388
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new cases of osteosarcoma have been diagnosed in (a) children, (b) adolescents and (c) adults in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (155079)
389
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many patients have died in circumstances where the primary tumour was an osteosarcoma in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (155080)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
390
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many abandoned vehicles have been recovered in South Yorkshire in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (155017)
391
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what costs have been incurred in administering game licences in each of the last four years for which figures are available; and what fee income was raised in each year.
[Transferred] (155181)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
392
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government continues to support the outer space treaty.
[Transferred] (154984)
393
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) contact postal address and (b) e-mail address of the Butler Inquiry into intelligence gathering and use are.
[Transferred] (155066)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
394
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission a study of the effect of time delay in summoning help on fatalities and serious injuries following road crashes.
[Transferred] (154918)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
395
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the outcome of his consultation on the fuel duty rebate.
[Transferred] (155178)
396
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will give control of fuel duty rebate to those local transport authorities that have (a) a statutory quality partnership and (b) a quality contract scheme.
[Transferred] (155179)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
397
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, where the distribution of Objective 3 takes place with regards to (a) location and (b) financial amount for the 2000-06 period.
[Transferred] (155223)

 
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