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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 26 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 26 February 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 26 February 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 26 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 26 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 26 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which former officials of the Office have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG.
(156912)
2
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to the Office since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from the Office have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156926)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
3
Mr Tony Clarke (Northampton South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the economic activity rate in the Northampton South constituency was in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 1996-97.
(157008)
4
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG.
(156903)
5
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to his Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from his Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156915)
6
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what interim conclusions he has reached on the Savings Gateway project; and when he will report conclusions to Parliament.
(157051)
7
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to re-examine the introduction of a Savings Advice Gateway.
(157054)
8
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with which British overseas dependent territories he has arrangements for the exchange of tax information; on what dates such arrangements were made; which team in his Department or in agencies for which his Department is responsible has the task of negotiating such arrangements; and with which British overseas dependent territories there are negotiations on tax information arrangements.
(157055)
9
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate Her Majesty's Treasury has made of the number of charities that will be affected by the changes to Gift Aid announced in the pre-Budget Report; and what cross-departmental steps can be taken to assist charities adversely affected by the changes.
(156814)
10
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guarantee he is able to give about funding levels for the Supporting People programme in 2004-05.
(156878)
11
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been arrested for producing counterfeit £1 coins.
(156985)
12
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what additional security measures are being considered for new batches of £1 coins to tackle problems of counterfeit coins.
(156986)
13
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has identified the source or sources of counterfeit £1 coins.
(156987)
14
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what advice he has given to businesses to help them identify counterfeit £1 coins.
(156988)
15
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken to reduce the number of counterfeit £1 coins in circulation.
(156989)
16
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the number of counterfeit £1 coins in circulation in the UK.
(156990)
17
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are (a) employed and (b) self employed in (i) Lancashire and (ii) Chorley; and what percentage are sole traders.
(157091)
18
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the population of (a) the North West and (b) Lancashire is over (i) 50, (ii) 55, (iii) 60, (iv) 65, (v) 75, (vi) 85 and (vii) 100 years.
(157092)
19
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) value and (b) number of all Private Finance Initiative and Public Private Partnership projects for which contracts have been signed is in (i) each of the regions of England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Northern Ireland and (iv) Wales.
(156964)
20
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of Her Majesty's Treasury core departmental annual running costs for each year from 1996-97 to 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(156755)
21
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the total cost of the Child Trust Fund for each year from 2004-05 to 2009-10, broken down by (a) start-up costs, (b) annual administration costs and (c) other costs; and if he will make a statement.
(156758)
22
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the cost of running (a) the Inland Revenue and (b) Customs and Excise in each year from 1996-97 to 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(156759)
23
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Inland Revenue local tax offices there are; what their running costs were in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(156760)
24
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list London buildings occupied by (a) Her Majesty's Treasury, (b) Customs and Excise, (c) the Inland Revenue and (d) other Treasury agencies and non-departmental public bodies; what the estimated value of each publicly owned building is; and if he will make a statement.
(156761)
25
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the buildings owned by the Office for National Statistics, broken down by (a) purpose and (b) value; and if he will make a statement.
(156762)
26
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of spending on the Office for National Statistics for each year from 1997-98 to 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(156763)
27
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the (a) net asset value and (b) annual profitability of the Royal Mint; and if he will make a statement.
(156764)
28
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the cost to public expenditure of each company tax credit for each year from 2003-04 to 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.
(156765)
29
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list each tax credit available to companies; what assessment he has made of the economic benefit in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(156766)
30
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to publish claims from large companies for research and development tax credits.
(157203)
31
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to assess the proportion of private sector employees who received computers as a result of employer-provided home computer initiatives in each year since 1997.
(157204)
32
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the impact of the £500 annual exemption from the taxable benefit on loaned computers introduced in the Finance Act 1999.
(157205)
33
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses are sampled to calculate figures for The Profitability of UK Companies; and what proportion of these have a turnover of (a) less than £1 million, (b) £1-20 million, (c) £20-50 million, (d) £50-100 million and (e) more than £100 million.
(157219)
34
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to announce the conclusion of his Department's discussions with the trustees of the Thalidomide Trust about the tax treatment of payments to the beneficiaries.
(157221)
35
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the estimated cost was to the Treasury of fraudulent rebated fuel use in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.
(156997)
36
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was raised through inheritance tax in each of the last 20 years.
(156780)
37
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the grounds were for changing his policy on the level of support for liquefied petroleum gas; and if he will make a statement.
(157165)
38
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what taxation policies he plans to bridge the time gap between the current subsidy of green road fuels and future development of compressed natural gas and hydrogen.
(157166)
39
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what policies he is considering to address fuel poverty (a) in remote and rural areas and (b) for disabled drivers who use liquefied petroleum gas.
(157167)
40
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, under what procedure in Article I-53(4) of the draft Constitution for Europe the UK budget abatement would be determined.
(157100)
41
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what rate employment grew on average annually in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the Republic of Ireland, (c) Denmark, (d) Sweden, (e) Finland, (f) Germany, (h) the Netherlands, (i) Belgium, (k) Luxembourg, (l) France, (m) Spain, (n) Portugal, (o) Italy, (p) Austria, (q) Greece, (r) the area now forming the euro-12, (s) the EU 15 and (t) the United States since (i) 1992 and (ii) 1997.
(157180)
42
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what rate employment grew in each year since 1992 in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the Republic of Ireland, (c) Denmark, (d) Sweden, (e) Finland, (f) Germany, (h) the Netherlands, (i) Belgium, (k) Luxembourg, (l) France, (m) Spain, (n) Portugal, (o) Italy, (p) Austria, (q) Greece, (r) the area now forming the euro-12, (s) the EU 15 and (t) the United States.
(157181)
43
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what rate real GDP grew in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the Republic of Ireland, (c) Denmark, (d) Sweden, (e) Finland, (f) Germany, (h) the Netherlands, (i) Belgium, (k) Luxembourg, (l) France, (m) Spain, (n) Portugal, (o) Italy, (p) Austria, (q) Greece, (r) the area now forming the euro-12, (s) the EU 15 and (t) the United States for each year since 1992.
(157182)
44
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average real terms annual rate of growth in GDP was in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the Republic of Ireland, (c) Denmark, (d) Sweden, (e) Finland, (f) Germany, (h) the Netherlands, (i) Belgium, (k) Luxembourg, (l) France, (m) Spain, (n) Portugal, (o) Italy, (p) Austria, (q) Greece, (r) the area now forming the euro-12, (s) the EU 15 and (t) the United States since (i) 1992 and (ii) 1997.
(157183)
45
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings he had with representatives of the Scottish whisky industry in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004; and what plans he has to meet them in the future.
(156770)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
46
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average cost to public funds of a judicial review case was in each of the last three years.
(156799)
47
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average length to final determination was of a judicial review case in each of the last three years.
(156800)
48
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the (a) average and (b) total cost was to public funds of judicial review cases relating to decisions under section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill 2002 in 2003.
(156801)
49
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average length of judicial review cases relating to decisions under section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 was in 2003.
(156809)
50
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG.
(156907)
51
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to the Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from the Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156929)
52
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps his Department can take to enable individuals researching their family history to obtain more official documents, including censuses, online.
(156817)
53
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will publish online the 1911 census.
(157097)
54
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what arrangements have been made to find a suitable building for the proposed Supreme Court.
(156330)
55
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether it is the Government's policy to construct a new building for the proposed Supreme Court.
(156331)
56
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, who has been engaged by the Government to find a suitable location for the proposed Supreme Court.
(156332)
57
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much has been spent so far on outside consultants charged with the task of finding a suitable location for the proposed Supreme Court.
(156333)
58
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will publish the specifications set by the Government for a suitable building for the proposed Supreme Court.
(156334)
59
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many adoption orders have been set aside in each of the last 10 years.
(156526)
60
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time is for care proceedings in family courts.
(156527)
61
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average cost is per case for magistrates' courts criminal cases in England and Wales of payments under the legal aid scheme to solicitors in private practice.
(156756)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
62
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to reduce regulations imposed on the tourism industry.
(157140)
63
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG.
(156911)
64
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG has made to her Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from her Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(157060)
65
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support has been offered to the national governing bodies of sport to enable them to fulfil the requirements of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority; and if she will make a statement.
(156811)
66
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the planned date is for the completion of the Foster inquiry into the funding of British athletics; when its report will be published; how soon after the publication of the report the remainder of the legacy money will be allocated to athletics in the UK; and if she will make a statement.
(156891)
67
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimates she has made of the indirect economic effect of visitor generated revenue on (a) the South Kensington economy, (b) the London economy and (c) the UK economy of expenditures by the Natural History Museum; what estimates she has made of the multiplier effect of the direct expenditure of the Natural History Museum on (i) the South Kensington economy, (ii) the London economy and (iii) the UK economy; and if she will make a statement.
(156892)
68
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many public leisure facilities are equipped with sunbeds; what her Department's policy is on the provision of sunbeds in public leisure facilities; and what plans she has to phase out the use of sunbeds in public leisure facilities.
(156950)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
69
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd February, Official Report, column 44W, on foreign ships, whether his Department has a maximum age for ships it charters; and what the age was of the oldest ship chartered by his Department in relation to the recent conflict in Iraq.
(157003)
70
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contamination has occurred from depleted uranium ordnance in Iraq; whether this has arisen from (a) toxicity, (b) ionising radiation and (c) other aspects associated with the ordnance; whether human safety measures in this connection have been put in place; and if he will make a statement.
(157137)
71
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG.
(156898)
72
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to his Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from his Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156920)
73
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects his Department's research into theatre ballistic missile defence to be able to report interim results and conclusions to (a) him and (b) Parliament; and what theatre ballistic missile defence is available to UK forces now.
(157052)
74
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) single living units and (b) married quarters in the Aldershot constituency (i) are unoccupied and (ii) have been unoccupied for three months or more.
(156830)
75
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long on average it has taken to process claims for the campaign medal for those ex-service personnel who served in the Suez Canal Zone between 1951 and 1954.
(156831)
76
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many campaign medals for those who served in the Suez Canal Zone between 1951 and 1954 have been issued since the decision was made to make this award.
(156832)
77
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many claims his Department has received for campaign medals for those ex-service personnel who served in the Suez Canal Zone between 1951 and 1954 from (a) former Naval personnel, (b) former Army personnel and (c) former RAF personnel.
(156833)
78
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's personnel are processing claims for a campaign medal for those ex-service personnel who served in the Suez Canal Zone between 1951 and 1954; and when he expects this process to be complete.
(156834)
79
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints his Department has received from ex-service personnel and their families who have applied for the campaign medal for those ex-service personnel who served in the Suez Canal Zone between 1951 and 1954 about delays in the processing of their claims.
(156928)
80
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on progress with introducing (a) the Viking all-terrain protected vehicle for the Royal Marines, (b) the Army's Boxer Multi-role Armoured Vehicle and (c) the Defence Information Infrastructure Programme.
(157285)
81
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Eurofighter Typhoons have been delivered to No 17 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
(156951)
82
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Eurofighter Typhoons he plans to be delivered to No 17 Squadron, Royal Air Force; when the Squadron will receive the final aircraft of its intended complement; and if he will make a statement.
(156952)
83
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to re-form No 29 Squadron, Royal Air Force to conduct the first Eurofighter Typhoon pilot training course at RAF Coningsby; when the first Typhoon pilot training course will start; and if he will make a statement.
(156953)
84
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Eurofighter Typhoons delivered to No 17 Squadron, Royal Air Force have refuelling probes fitted and ready for use; and if he will make a statement.
(156954)
85
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when Initial Operating Capability on the Eurofighter Typhoon is intended to be achieved; what the Beneficial Use Date for the Typhoon is; and if he will make a statement.
(156955)
86
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he is seeking liquidated damages for the delays to the entry into service of the Eurofighter Typhoon; and if he will make a statement.
(156956)
87
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what action his Department has taken to implement the recommendation of Sir Anthony Hammond about writing notes of ministerial meetings and telephone conversations.
(156376)
88
Mr Calum MacDonald (Western Isles):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place a copy of the Summary Report of Radioactive Contamination problems at the RA Range Hebrides and the decontamination of the Radiac Source Store and Compound, produced by Naval Radiation Protection Services, in September 1980, in the Library.
(156722)
89
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the numbers of British service personnel based in Iraq.
(156993)
90
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations and discussions he has had on the Irish Government's recent support for a pardon for those soldiers wrongly executed during the First World War as part of the 90th anniversary of the outbreak of the war.
(157168)
91
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to consult the Irish Government prior to the anniversary of the start of the First World War on the possible pardon of soldiers who were wrongly executed during the First World War.
(157169)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
92
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the report of the planning inspector into the Brighton and Hove Local Plan will constitute a material consideration in respect of his determination of the called-in application proposing a football stadium at Falmer.
(156368)
93
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what weight he intends to attach to representations he receives between the closing of the public inquiry into the proposal for a football stadium at Falmer and his decision on the report of the inspector handling that inquiry.
(156369)
94
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will publish revised indices of local deprivation.
(156879)
95
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he intends to exercise his capping powers in respect of the council tax increases announced by (a) Dorset Police Authority, (b) Dorset Fire Authority, (c) Christchurch Borough Council and (d) East Dorset District Council.
(156677)
96
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact that his Department's proposals for business rate relief will have on businesses with a rateable value of more than £8,000.
(156713)
97
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG.
(156901)
98
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG has made to his Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from his Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156930)
99
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the future of the Supporting People programme.
(156812)
100
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to amend the building regulations in order to require the installation of fire sprinkler systems in new public leisure facilities.
(156813)
101
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the sums available through the Liveability Fund.
(156818)
102
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to announce funding levels for the authorities administering the Supporting People programme.
(156819)
103
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer in connection with funding for the Supporting People programme in 2004-05.
(156820)
104
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to consult on changing the operation of the national non-domestic rate pool.
(156821)
105
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the national non-domestic rate pool.
(156822)
106
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much money was collected in 2003-04 from businesses in Gloucester in non-domestic rates; and how much of this was passed on to (a) Gloucester City Council and (b) Gloucestershire County Council.
(156823)
107
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his policy is on the appointment of representatives of the energy efficiency industry to his Better Buildings Task Force.
(157025)
108
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, under what circumstances money from previously committed Housing Corporation grant schemes can be ringfenced for remodelled schemes.
(156869)
109
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the review of the budget of the Supporting People programme will be completed; and when the Supporting People teams will be advised of their budgets for 2004-05.
(156880)
110
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to increase the funding to those Supporting People teams where the late announcement of pipeline funding has led to a delay in the utilisation of properties purchased through the Housing Corporation.
(156885)
111
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will implement procedures for Supporting People teams to bid for growth monies in making capital bids to the Housing Corporation.
(156886)
112
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the consultation period on the powers of elected assemblies began; when it will end; who is eligible to make representations; how many representations have been received to date; and which (a) individuals and (b) organisations have made representations so far.
(156999)
113
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with local authorities in (a) the North East, (b) the North West and (c) Yorkshire and Humber about how the costs of local government reorganisation will be funded.
(157024)
114
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost was of each (a) advertisement, (b) regional visit, (c) publication and (d) media broadcast in connection with the information campaign on regional assemblies.
(157026)
115
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost of securing the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Act 2003 and enabling referendums in the three northern regions has been to date.
(157027)
116
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will commission an assessment of the impact in London of Good Practice on Managing Underoccupation published by his Department in April 2001.
(156775)
117
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many council tenants in each local authority in London have transferred to other properties owned by their local authority in each year since 1990; and how many moved into homes with fewer bedrooms.
(156776)
118
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the number of homes in the social rented sector in London which are (a) one-bedroom above the bedroom standard and (b) two or more bedrooms above the bedroom standard.
(156777)
119
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 1464W, on housing, how many units built or acquired with social housing grant by (a) the Housing Corporation, (b) local authorities and (c) registered social landlords, without public subsidy, in each year since 1990 were (i) self-contained units and (ii) bedspaces.
(156875)
120
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 1464W, on housing, how many units built or acquired with social housing grant by (a) the Housing Corporation, (b) local authorities and (c) registered social landlords, without public subsidy, in each year since 1990 were (i) social housing for rent and (ii) low cost home ownership.
(156876)
121
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, who has been commissioned to undertake the research projects into (a) learning the lessons from the Estate Renewal Challenge Fund, (b) guidance on houses in multiple occupation amenities, (c) the effectiveness of disabled faculties grant administration and (d) key worker housing; what the terms of reference are for each project; and when work on each will be completed.
(156877)
122
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will publish the new Regional Planning Guidance for East of England (RPG14).
(157170)
123
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd February, Official Report, column 744W, on the Thames Gateway, by when the Gateway delivery office will be operational.
(157269)
124
Mr Gerry Steinberg (Durham, City of):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total grant received from his Department is in Durham to compensate for loss in revenue from council tax consequent on student exemption from council tax.
(156779)
125
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list by type of authority (a) the Band D council tax level set by each local authority for 2004-05, excluding precepts, (b) the percentage change of (a) from 2003-04, (c) the precept set by the authority's relevant Fire and Civil Defence Authority for 2004-05, (d) the percentage annual change represented by (c), (e) the precept set by the relevant police authority for 2004-05, (f) the percentage annual change represented by (e), (g) the sum total of (a), (c) and (e) and (h) the percentage change of (g) compared to 2003-04.
(156991)
126
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list all local authorities, broken down by (a) type and (b) party political control.
(156995)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
127
N
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many women are employed in the management and operation of pre-school play groups; and if he will make a statement.
(156276)
128
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he will publish his final response to the Children Act Sub-Committee Report, Making Contact Work; and what the reasons are for the delay in publishing the response.
(156674)
129
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG.
(156909)
130
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to his Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from his Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156918)
131
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils were on the roll in each secondary school in Newcastle upon Tyne in each year since April 2000; and what percentage of those students (a) were eligible for and (b) took up free school meals.
(157053)
132
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures are in place to encourage retention of workers in the (a) engineering and (b) manufacturing fields.
(156981)
133
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) teachers and (b) teacher full-time equivalents were employed by Hampshire County Council at each key stage in each year since 1997.
(157076)
134
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children were being educated at each key stage in the Romsey constituency in each school year since 1997-98.
(157077)
135
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many spare places have been available at the beginning of each school year at each school in the Romsey constituency since 1997-98.
(157078)
136
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the extent to which statemented needs are being met.
(157284)
137
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) average and (b) maximum class size in Hampshire was at Key Stage (i) 1, (ii) 2 and (iii) 3 for each year since 1997.
(157286)
138
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teaching posts are vacant and have been unfilled for over three months at Key Stage (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 in Hampshire.
(157287)
139
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list, by subject, teaching vacancies that have been unfilled for more than (a) three months and (b) one year at Key Stages 3 and 4 in Hampshire.
(157288)
140
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what factors underlay the decision of his Department to require Portsmouth City Council to consolidate the one-off additional budget supplementary grant for 2003-04 into the 2004-05 settlement.
(157282)
141
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance he has given to (a) Portsmouth City Council and (b) other local education authorities on funding his four per cent. pledge to schools in 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(157283)
142
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what resources are available to assist children whose special educational needs are identified before the start of compulsory schooling.
(157152)
143
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children were first identified as having special educational needs (a) before the start of compulsory schooling, (b) at primary school and (c) at secondary school in the last year for which figures are available.
(157153)
144
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many places there were in special schools in (a) the state sector and (b) the non-state sector in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2003.
(157154)
145
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the distribution of children with special educational needs across maintained schools; and what impact publication of the arrangements made by local education authorities to monitor admissions of children with special educational needs has had on that distribution.
(157175)
146
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the change in the rate of incidence of emotional and behavioural difficulties as a special educational need amongst primary school children over the last 10 years.
(157176)
147
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress the Department has made in developing descriptions for types of special educational needs for use in the Pupil Level Annual Schools Census.
(157177)
148
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money was spent on school buildings in each year since 1997 in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley; and if he will list the schools in Chorley where such money was spent.
(157256)
149
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when the children of citizens of EU accession countries working in the United Kingdom will (a) be permitted to attend without charge state (i) schools, (ii) colleges and (iii) universities, (b) qualify for free school meals, (c) qualify for assistance with travel costs to and from school and (d) qualify for assistance in providing school uniforms.
(156978)
150
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) value and (b) number of new schools built in each of the regions of England was in the last five years for which records are available.
(156957)
151
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many independent review officers responsible for child care cases are employed in each local authority; and how many vacant posts there are in each local authority.
(156525)
152
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding has been made available to each local authority for the establishment of adoption support services under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 in the last 12 months.
(156528)
153
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what additional responsibilities (a) the Minister for Children has assumed since October 2003 and (b) it has been decided the Minister for Children should assume but which she has not yet taken on.
(157158)
154
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools from (a) rural and (b) urban areas applied for specialist school status in the October 2003 application round.
(156881)
155
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools from (a) rural and (b) urban areas were granted specialist school status in the October 2003 application round.
(156882)
156
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have a broadband connection.
(157190)
157
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what sources of funding will be made available to fund Removing Barriers to Achievement; and if he will make a statement.
(156067)
158
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils in England are (i) eligible for and (ii) taking up free school meals, broken down by region.
(156068)
159
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether Level 2 entitlements for adults are available to individuals who are economically inactive.
(156069)
160
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the Universities UK Spending Review 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(156070)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
161
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department is making on its revision of the Country Code; and whether the revised code will require dogs to be kept on a short fixed lead (a) near livestock and (b) during the bird breeding season on land to which the statutory rights of access to open country under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 applies.
(156767)
162
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice was given by the Environment Agency to Mr Ross Donovan in answer to his letter of 14th February 2001, asking for information on any legislation which a prototype waste to energy plant might need to comply with; and if she will make a statement.
(156715)
163
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the (a) meetings, (b) correspondence and (c) phone conversations between (i) her Department and (ii) the Environment Agency and (A) Mr Ross Donovan of Biggleswade and (B) Asgard Systems Ltd of Bedford relating to the development of a waste to energy plant by Mr Donovan.
(156716)
164
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, under what circumstances a court action may be brought against the Environment Agency concerning the quality of advice given by the Agency on an enquiry by a business or member of the public; and if she will make a statement.
(156717)
165
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will establish an inquiry into the part played by her Department in the liquidation of Asgard Systems Ltd of Bedford.
(156718)
166
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will instruct the Environment Agency to conduct an inquiry into the part played by the Agency in the liquidation of Asgard Systems Ltd of Bedford.
(156719)
167
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG.
(156890)
168
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to her Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from her Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156916)
169
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what forecast she has made of the price of milk per litre in the first three years after the Common Agricultural Policy mid-term review takes effect.
(156441)
170
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the Office of Fair Trading's recent re-examination of the supermarkets' code, with specific reference to milk pricing.
(156442)
171
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her Department's response to the Colman Report on the dairy industry.
(156443)
172
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what account she took of the impact on milk prices of moving to a dynamic hybrid system of Common Agricultural Policy reform.
(156444)
173
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation prohibits (i) a farmer and (ii) any other person from (A) purchasing, (B) transporting, (C) owning and (D) being legally responsible for the welfare of farm animals in circumstances where they have previous convictions for mistreating farm animals; and if she will make a statement.
(157101)
174
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of her proposed arrangement for single farm payments upon land values (a) before and (b) after 2012.
(157102)
175
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the anticipated per hectare payments to farmers in England under her proposals for single farm payments after 2012 for farms (a) within and (b) outside severely disadvantaged areas.
(157103)
176
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish each of the assessments her Department made of the anticipated impact of her preferred option for the further payment of single farm payments (a) during and (b) after the transitional period.
(157104)
177
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had and what advice she has received from (a) farmers' organisations, (b) landowners' organisations and (c) tenant farmers' organisations since her statement to the House of 12th February, Official Report, columns 1585-1602, in respect of the future of farm support payments.
(157122)
178
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of her proposed arrangement for single farm payments upon (a) the future structure of farming, (b) farm and farmland ownership, (c) agricultural productivity, (d) agricultural profitability, (e) farm gate prices across all main sectors, (f) the viability of the present farm structure, (g) the future number of farms and (h) the future number of agriculture and agriculture-related jobs.
(157123)
179
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of her proposed arrangement for single farm payments upon (a) farm tenancies and (b) farm rents (i) before and (ii) after 2012.
(157124)
180
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of her proposed arrangement for single farm payments upon the preponderance of tenanted (a) farms and (b) farmland (i) before and (ii) after 2012.
(157125)
181
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of her proposed arrangement for single farm payments upon the (a) viability and (b) number of farms in (i) upland and (ii) severely disadvantaged areas.
(157126)
182
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of her proposed arrangement for single farm payments upon (a) intensive dairy, (b) extensive dairy, (c) intensive beef, (d) extensive beef, (e) intensive suckler cow, (f) extensive suckler cow, (g) intensive sheep and (h) extensive sheep farming systems (i) before and (ii) after the end of the transitional period in 2012.
(157127)
183
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of her proposed arrangement for single farm payments upon (a) intensive mixed and (b) extensive mixed holdings (i) before and (ii) after 2012.
(157129)
184
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of her proposed arrangement for single farm payments upon farms of (a) supported crops and arable and (b) unsupported crops and arable (i) before and (ii) after 2012.
(157130)
185
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of her proposed arrangement for single farm payments upon farm gate prices across each sector (a) before and (b) after 2012.
(157131)
186
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of her proposed arrangement for single farm payments upon (a) traditional, (b) small, (c) part-time and (d) family farms in England (i) before and (ii) after 2012.
(157132)
187
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of her proposed arrangement for single farm payments upon (a) new entrants and (b) farmers seeking to retire during the period (i) up to and (ii) beyond 2012.
(157133)
188
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of her proposed arrangement for single farm payments on the ability of (a) her Department, (b) other Government agencies and (c) other local authorities or voluntary agencies to enforce effective cross-compliance of payments with agri-environmental outcomes.
(157134)
189
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much land in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Europe is used for (i) grazing and (ii) growing food for animals; and what the figures were 10 years ago.
(156835)
190
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the levels of antibiotics being fed to animals; and what the figures were 10 years ago.
(156874)
191
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will introduce measures to compensate households who suffer noise and smells from landfill sites.
(157260)
192
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what checks are made on low-level radioactive waste sites; how often they are checked; and by whom checks are done.
(157261)
193
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much hazardous waste was illegally dumped in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last three years; and how many prosecutions resulted.
(157262)
194
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much horse meat was exported in 2003.
(157263)
195
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many horses were (a) slaughtered for meat and (b) exported for slaughter in the last year for which figures are available.
(157264)
196
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department has made pursuant to its fuel poverty strategy to secure an increase in the number of training places for (a) gas fitters and (b) installers of (i) central heating systems and (ii) energy efficiency measures.
(157162)
197
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking (a) to collect and (b) to publish data for the regular two-yearly monitoring of the use of peat and peat alternatives.
(157173)
198
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to meet the Biodiversity Action Plan targets for the replacement of peat in the horticulture industry.
(157174)
199
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has raised the issue of regulation of the domestic ivory market with the governments of (a) the People's Republic of China, (b) Japan, (c) Myanmar and (d) Vietnam.
(156757)
200
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will lift the six day rule which applies to auction marts and slaughterhouses.
(156883)
201
Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port & Neston):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her best available estimate is of the cost of answering the Questions on badgers and bovine TB asked by the honourable Member for North Shropshire in session 2003-04.
(157135)
202
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what evidence she has from peer-reviewed research of increased yields of GM crops over non-GM crops grown in developing countries.
(156127)
203
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will (a) list the GM crops which have assisted development in developing countries and (b) cite the relevant peer-reviewed research.
(156128)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
204
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on developing British relations with Libya.
(157015)
205
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Commonwealth governments about tightening sanctions against members of the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe.
(157016)
206
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of Uzbekistan about human rights.
(157017)
207
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment is of the state of the relationship between India and Pakistan.
(157018)
208
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role the UK is playing in assessing what nuclear threat is presented by North Korea.
(157019)
209
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, by whom, and under what authority, the leaders of Saddam Hussein's regime will be brought to trial.
(157020)
210
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Iranian Government about pluralist democratic procedures in their recent national election.
(157021)
211
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures are in place to combat the drugs trade in Afghanistan.
(157022)
212
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment is of the current security situation in Afghanistan.
(157023)
213
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on recent talks in Argentina regarding charter flight links to the Falkland Islands.
(156996)
214
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the British High Commission in Harare accepts transfer payments in sterling for payment of passport renewal applications.
(156675)
215
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the charge for a new 10-year British passport issued in Harare is in (a) sterling and (b) Zimbabwean dollars.
(156676)
216
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG.
(156902)
217
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to his Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from his Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156925)
218
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is the policy of the Government to continue (a) the approval of new claims in Kuwait and (b) the payment and settlement of claims in Kuwait under the UN Compensation Commission.
(157042)
219
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what evidence his Department has collated on the number of nationals from (a) Poland and (b) other accession states who have already arranged transportation to the UK following 1st May; and if he will make a statement.
(157074)
220
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Indonesian Ambassador to the Court of St James's in connection with freedom of religion in Indonesia.
(156815)
221
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the extent of freedom of religion in Indonesia.
(156816)
222
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Turkish Government and relevant authorities regarding plans to charge an admission fee to Gallipoli battlefields in the Gelibolu Historic National Park; and if he will make a statement.
(156963)
223
N
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received letters from the Governments of (a) Chile and (b) Mexico regarding surveillance of delegates to the UN Security Council; and if he will make a statement.
(156479)
224
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he expects the negotiations on the European Constitution to restart in the near future.
(156778)
225
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether British embassies and High Commissions in the EU accession countries will issue UK workers registration certificates; and whether there will be a charge for such certificates.
(156932)
226
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the United Kingdom experts working as part of the Iraq Survey Group have full access to the Iraqi declaration to the United Nations Security Council on its weapons of mass destruction programmes dated 8th December 2002.
(157155)
227
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the United Kingdom recognises the legal right of the United States to build and operate a prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
(157156)
228
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information has been provided to him by (a) the United States Department of Defense and (b) other US authorities in respect of information obtained from the four detainees holding British citizenship being kept in detention at Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay.
(157157)
229
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the locations where British (a) citizens and (b) residents were detained before being taken to the American prison camp at Guantanamo Bay; on what dates (i) British diplomats and (ii) members of the security and intelligence services visited each detainee; and whether any British (A) citizen and (B) resident being held at Guantanamo Bay has been permitted a visit from a legal representative.
(157188)
230
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the overseas sites which are owned by the Government for non-military purposes; and if he will make a statement on the Government's disposals policy for them.
(157164)
231
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many regulations were passed and how many directives were implemented under the European Union's first pillar for each year since 1997.
(157107)
232
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the current state of the negotiations on the island of Cyprus' future.
(157108)
233
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on (a) the size of the UN Security Council and (b) the limitations of its members' veto rights.
(157109)
234
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will support the launch of an international convention for the reform of the United Nations in 2005.
(157110)
235
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is the Government's policy to support a solidarity clause in the constitutional treaty between EU member states in the event of attack.
(157111)
236
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the establishment of a United Nations council for sustainable and human development.
(157112)
237
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the co-ordination of corporate taxation within the European Union.
(157117)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
238
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects that the consultant contract will be implemented.
(157139)
239
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he is taking to improve access to chiropody services.
(157141)
240
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures the Government is taking to ensure that the NHS does not employ nurses and other medical staff from developing countries with whom it does not have a bilateral agreement or memorandum of understanding.
(157142)
241
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the NHS will offer genetic testing of the complete BRCA2 gene instead of the current test.
(156897)
242
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will respond to the consultation on proposals to reform and modernise the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 1992.
(156714)
243
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to his Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from his Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156922)
244
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out for each (a) primary care trust and (b) strategic health authority area the benchmark national indicators of health inequality, as set out in Annex C of the report on Tackling Health Inequalities.
(157048)
245
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many acute mental illness beds were available (a) for the elderly, (b) for children, (c) for other age groups and (d) in secure units in 2002-03 in the area covered by Newcastle Primary Care Trust; and what the occupancy rates were in each case.
(157049)
246
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to implement the Government's commitment to give patients more power over the treatment they receive.
(156827)
247
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists there were in each year since 1997 in (a) Lancashire and (b) Ribble Valley and Fulwood.
(157093)
248
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on low fat diets free from animal products.
(156810)
249
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the risk to health of sunbed use; what steps he has taken to ensure sunbed users are made aware of the health risks arising from sunbed use; and if he will make a statement.
(156948)
250
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average distance for people to access NHS dentists is in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley.
(157087)
251
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to (a) support and (b) promote NHS dentistry in Chorley.
(157088)
252
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people suffer dementia in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley; and how many are (i) under and (ii) over 65 years of age.
(157090)
253
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which schools in the Chorley constituency benefit from the free fruit scheme.
(157255)
254
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when (a) citizens of EU accession states working in the UK and (b) their children will qualify to receive free of charge NHS services and facilities.
(157002)
255
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many 999 calls in the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service area have been answered by the Greater Manchester Ambulance Service in each of the last 12 months.
(156672)
256
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many 999 calls in the Greater Manchester Ambulance Service area have been answered by the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service in each of the last 12 months.
(156673)
257
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) value and (b) number of all new hospitals built in each of the regions of England is in the last five years for which records are available.
(156962)
258
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has carried out into the causes of the change in the number of people suffering from allergies.
(157277)
259
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has for extending specialised allergy services in (a) England and Wales, (b) the North West and (c) Blackpool.
(157278)
260
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) adults and (b) children have been recorded as suffering from allergies in (i) England and Wales, (ii) the North West and (iii) Blackpool in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(157279)
261
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to monitor the competence of doctors practising cosmetic surgery; and if he will make a statement.
(156720)
262
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what circumstances citizens of the 10 EU accession countries will have rights to medical treatment in (a) the UK and (b) other EU countries; and if he will make a statement.
(156721)
263
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meetings the Director-General of NHS IT has had with (a) Mr Bill Gates and (b) Microsoft executives in the last year.
(156893)
264
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS will spend in 2003-04 on the licensing of Microsoft products.
(156894)
265
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to ensure that future ordering of proprietary software by the NHS ensures that the NHS will be able to purchase software from a wide range of suppliers at economic cost.
(156895)
266
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if, prior to placing an order for a bespoke software office suite, the NHS will publish the details and results of the tendering process.
(156896)
267
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional and earmarked funds are made available to support the medical inspection of immigrants at (a) Heathrow and (b) other ports in England; and which bodies are in receipt of those funds.
(156837)
268
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what costs towards the medical inspection of immigrants service are met (a) from central Department of Health budgets, (b) through budgets held by the Health Protection Agency and (c) by primary care trusts from their standard allocations.
(156838)
269
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the publication Instructions to Medical Inspectors was last updated; and if he will place a copy in the Library.
(156839)
270
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how port health responsibilities are reflected in the funding formula for primary care trusts.
(156840)
271
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who is responsible for making appointments of medical inspectors of immigrants; who employs them; who is responsible for the policy to be operated by medical inspectors; and what changes to these arrangements will occur if the Health Protection Agency Bill is enacted.
(156841)
272
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost in 2003-04 to the Hillingdon Primary Care Trust is for (a) employing staff at the Health Control Unit at Heathrow and (b) other added burdens created by the airport; and what additional central monies are provided to cover these costs.
(156842)
273
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which bodies have had the prime responsibility for making available medical staff to support local authorities in their functions related to the Control of Disease Act 1984 during the NHS reorganisations of the last five years; and whether funding has followed these changes.
(156843)
274
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reports have been (a) commissioned and (b) received by his Department since 1997 on the usefulness of screening immigrants for TB by X-ray at the ports of entry; and if he will publish them.
(156844)
275
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria are used for referrals to medical inspectors of immigrants at (a) Heathrow Terminal 3, (b) other terminals at Heathrow, (c) Gatwick north terminal, (d) Gatwick south terminal and (e) Manchester airport; and what the reasons are for any differences.
(156847)
276
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what authority Hillingdon Primary Care Trust has to use NHS resources for the medical inspection of immigrants.
(156848)
277
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether primary care trusts hosting ports were subject to the same level of top slice as other primary care trusts when the Health Protection Agency was first established.
(156849)
278
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what circulars, guidance and memoranda of understanding he has issued which clarify accountability for services concerned with preventing the importation of infectious disease.
(156850)
279
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what bodies have responsibility for inspection and scrutiny of the medical inspection of immigrants function.
(156851)
280
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made with recruitment of NHS dentists in Morecambe and Lunesdale.
(156853)
281
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of readmission to hospital following discharge was for each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(157163)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
282
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish in full the two reports of the Prisons Ombudsman, concerning the Yarl's Wood Detention Centre in North East Bedfordshire when he receives them; and if he will make a statement.
(157105)
283
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to receive the reports from the Prisons Ombudsman, on (a) the circumstances surrounding the fire at Yarl's Wood on 14th February 2002 and (b) the allegations of racism amongst security staff at Yarl's Wood.
(157106)
284
N
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that documents requested by the honourable Member for Morley and Rothwell's constituent, Mr Paul Watson, regarding his criminal record in support of his defence at trial in France are provided swiftly.
(156480)
285
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were refused support under section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 in 2003; and how many who were refused support appealed in the High Court.
(156805)
286
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of asylum applications were made in-country in each of the last three years.
(156806)
287
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost to public funds of an appeal to an asylum support adjudicator was in each of the last three years; and what the average length of time for the determination of an appeal brought before an asylum support adjudicator was in each of the last three years.
(156807)
288
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what mechanism his Department is monitoring the impact of section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 on (a) rough sleeping and (b) overcrowding in London.
(156808)
289
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG.
(156910)
290
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to his Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from his Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156924)
291
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the vacancy rate in accommodation contracted for by the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) was on the latest date for which figures are available, distinguishing between direct contracts and contracts placed with agencies such as local authorities, broken down by local authority area where NASS has such contracts.
(157043)
292
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether an on site nurse forms part of the service contracted by the National Asylum Support Service from Angel Heights, Newcastle; and whether this contract provides for female support workers as a result of a recent change in clients.
(157044)
293
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what payments his Department has made to NHS agencies and services in Newcastle in this financial year in respect of asylum seeker dispersal support.
(157045)
294
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of accommodation contracted for by the National Asylum Support Service was in each year of the dispersal scheme; and if he will estimate the cost in the current year.
(157046)
295
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the introduction of identity cards will protect people from identity fraud and theft.
(157005)
296
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what personal information will be contained on the National Identity Register; and what legal and procedural safeguards will limit access to an identity cardholder's record on the National Identity Register.
(157006)
297
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the work of the Identity Cards Programme Board.
(157007)
298
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the nature of the proposed national identity database; and what plans he has to use 2D barcodes to store the biometric template on identity cards.
(157028)
299
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the work of the UK Passport Agency pilot scheme, including his assessment of the (a) popularity and (b) effectiveness of different forms of biometric identifiers.
(157029)
300
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) mechanisms and (b) compensation schemes are proposed under the identity card scheme for individuals whose biometric data is compromised.
(157030)
301
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he proposes to deter access to a national identity database for improper reasons.
(157031)
302
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the national identity database will be monitored to detect a potential compromise of its security.
(157032)
303
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will commission an independent analysis to evaluate the various hypotheses about the effects of introducing identity cards.
(157033)
304
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on whether some categories of individuals have a higher failure rate with certain biometric identifiers; and what measures he plans to overcome this problem.
(157034)
305
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the option of introducing an identity card system with no central register.
(157035)
306
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will outline the risk management system proposed for the security of the identity card scheme.
(157036)
307
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures will be in place under the current identity card proposals to ensure the trustworthiness of the staff operating (a) the identity database system and (b) other databases that include the ID number.
(157037)
308
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures will be in place under the current identity card proposals to ensure that the identity database is not vulnerable to hackers.
(157038)
309
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who will have access to the information stored on the national identity card database.
(157039)
310
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the advantages gained by other countries after the introduction of identity cards.
(157258)
311
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how, under the current proposals, individuals will gain access to services where an identity card is required if their card is lost or stolen.
(157259)
312
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evidence his Department has collated on the number of nationals from (a) Poland and (b) other EU accession states who have already arranged transportation to the UK following 1st May; and if he will make a statement.
(157075)
313
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the quantity of credit card fraud on the internet in 2003.
(157094)
314
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he is undertaking to counter credit card fraud on the internet.
(157098)
315
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Association for Payment Clearing Services regarding credit card fraud on the internet.
(157099)
316
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason he has withdrawn funding from the Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit.
(157118)
317
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the amount of credit card fraud on the internet following the rolling out of chip and PIN across the United Kingdom.
(157119)
318
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his assessment is of the effect of internet credit card fraud on the (a) funding of terrorism and (b) proliferation of illegal drugs.
(157120)
319
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police were allocated to front line duties in Hampshire in each year since 1997.
(157096)
320
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for work permits are awaiting decision.
(157113)
321
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many curfew orders have been made in Chorley in each of the last five years.
(157114)
322
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been made in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last three years.
(157115)
323
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the benefits of CCTV in Chorley.
(157116)
324
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to whom and how often employers will be required to forward the number of EU accession citizens in their employ; whether employers will be permitted to charge the employee for such registrations; and whether employers will be fined if they fail to keep such information up-to-date.
(156980)
325
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the issuing of a worker's registration certificate will enable a citizen of an EU accession state to look for work in the United Kingdom if employment is not already guaranteed.
(156982)
326
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who will issue the registration certificate enabling EU accession nationals to work in the UK; and whether there will be a charge for such a certificate.
(156992)
327
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the work registration certificates enabling EU accession states citizens to work in the UK will begin to be issued; for how long such a certificate will enable the holder to seek work; and whether it will be necessary for such certificates to be re-applied for should the holder move to another part of the UK from that in which their initial employment was found.
(156998)
328
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been detained under United Kingdom anti-terrorism legislation since 11th September 2001; how many are in detention; how many of the total number detained have been charged; and how many are Muslims in each case.
(156754)
329
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the average weekly hours of purposeful activity in (a) privately run prisons and (b) state run prisons; and if he will make a statement.
(156829)
330
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drugs testing and treatment orders have been issued in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) the Vale of York.
(156870)
331
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the procedure is for applying for a drugs testing and treatment order; and what the maximum distance is that a person subject to a drugs testing and treatment order is expected to travel in order to comply with such an order.
(156871)
332
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for how long (a) community support officers and (b) rural policy officers will be funded centrally; and who will pay for the officers when central funding lapses.
(156872)
333
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to the oral Question of the honourable Member for the Vale of York (ref 155764), not reached on 23rd February, on the number of acceptable behaviour contracts issued.
(156873)
334
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with which countries from which more than 1,000 asylum seekers have come to the UK within the last five years the UK (a) has and (b) does not have a readmission agreement; how many nationals from each of those countries remain in the UK; what their status is; and whether readmission agreements allow for the return of undocumented asylum seekers.
(156768)
335
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 6th January, Official Report, column 242W, on overseas posts (performance targets), for what reason there are no targets set by his Department for the processing of entry clearance appeals once they are received by the Appeals Processing Centre; how many appeals papers are deemed to require further action from the overseas post; and what plans the Government has for setting such targets.
(157004)
336
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers there are in (a) the constituency of Hyndburn and (b) the County of Lancashire.
(156725)
337
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what he estimates the cost to central government departments of the medical inspection of immigrant service is in 2003-04.
(156836)
338
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many travellers were subject to immigration control at (a) Heathrow and (b) all other UK ports in each of the last five years for which there are records; and of these, what proportion were referred to medical inspectors (i) at Heathrow and (ii) at other ports.
(156845)
339
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many potential immigrants were refused admission to the UK following advice from medical inspectors on a Port Form 104 for each of the last five years at (a) Heathrow and (b) other United Kingdom ports; and how many other immigrants were refused entry in each of those five years.
(156846)
340
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful criminal prosecutions were brought for crimes perpetrated in the Romford area of the London Borough of Havering during (a) 1995, (b) 1997, (c) 1999, (d) 2001 and (e) 2003.
(157010)
341
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many criminal charges were pressed for crimes perpetrated in the Romford area of the London Borough of Havering during (a) 1995, (b) 1997, (c) 1999, (d) 2001 and (e) 2003.
(157011)
342
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes have been (a) reported and (b) recorded as being solved in the Romford area of the London Borough of Havering during (i) 1995, (ii) 1997, (iii) 1999, (iv) 2001 and (v) 2003.
(157012)
343
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) burglaries, (b) car thefts, (c) acts of vandalism, (d) muggings, (e) rapes, (f) sexual assaults, (g) indecent assaults and (h) violent attacks were reported in the Romford area of the London Borough of Havering during (i) 1995, (ii) 1997, (iii) 1999, (iv) 2001 and (v) 2003.
(157013)
344
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests were made in the Romford area of the London Borough of Havering during (a) 1995, (b) 1997, (c) 1999, (d) 2001 and (e) 2003.
(157014)
345
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the cost of policing Havering is paid for by (a) central government and (b) the local council; and what the total cost is in 2003-04.
(157041)
346
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will name the sandbank close to Morecambe Town where a police and UK immigration operation took place on 5th August 2003 as described in a letter to the honourable Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale from the honourable Member for Stretford and Urmston of 12th February; and if he will estimate the distance from the sandbank to Morecambe Town.
(156370)
347
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were arrested picking cockles in Morecambe Bay on 5th August 2003.
(156371)
348
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long immigration officials took to reach Morecambe when police arrested 37 people on Chatsworth Road, Morecambe on 4th August 2003; and whether the police were called as a result of complaints from members of the public.
(156372)
349
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement correcting the information the honourable Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale received from the honourable Member for Stretford and Urmston regarding immigration enforcement action on 6th August 2003, in Morecambe Bay; and if he will initiate an urgent inquiry into the reasons for which this inaccurate information was provided by his Department.
(156373)
350
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Police and UK Immigration Service operation in Morecambe Bay at the sandbank close to Morecambe Town on 5th August 2003 as described in a letter to the honourable Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale from the honourable Member for Stretford and Urmston dated 12th February.
(156374)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
351
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid his Department intends to offer Swaziland in respect of the recent declaration of a state of national emergency.
(156782)
352
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid his Department will offer to Swaziland in relation to its HIV/AIDS policy.
(156783)
353
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations his Department has (a) received from non-governmental organisations and (b) made to UNAIDS on over-estimates of HIV/AIDS rates in sub-Saharan Africa by UNAIDS.
(156784)
354
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG.
(156908)
355
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG has made to his Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from his Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156931)
356
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the amount of grain required to provide an adequate level of sustenance for those people living in famine.
(156965)
357
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the world's rainforests has been destroyed in each of the last 10 years to provide land purely to provide food for animals; and how much grain for humans this land could provide per year.
(156966)
358
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on progress on human rights in Ethiopia; what indicators he is using to monitor human rights in Ethiopia; and when he expects the Ethiopian Government to set up the Human Rights Commission promised in 2000.
(156828)
359
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what GM crops are being grown in developing countries; and what the advantages over the comparable non-GM crops are of these crops, as cited in peer-reviewed research.
(156804)
Questions to the Leader of the House
360
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Leader of the House, for how long (a) the Opposition front-bench speakers, (b) the Government front-bench speakers and (c) other front-bench speakers spoke in Opposition Day debates in each year since 1974.
(157062)
361
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Leader of the House, how many back-bench members were called to speak, excluding interventions, in Opposition Day debates in each year since 1974.
(157063)
362
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Leader of the House, how much parliamentary time was allowed for Opposition Day debates in each year since 1974.
(157064)
363
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Leader of the House, how much parliamentary time was taken by back-bench speeches, excluding interventions, in Opposition Day debates in each year since 1974.
(157065)
364
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Leader of the House, how many interventions to their speeches were granted by (a) Government Ministers and (b) Opposition front-bench speakers in Opposition Day debates in each year since 1974.
(157066)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
365
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) role, (b) composition and (c) budget of the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission has been since suspension.
(156667)
366
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) role and (b) cost of the deputy speakers of the Northern Ireland Assembly has been since suspension.
(156668)
367
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how he defines a breach of a ceasefire; and whether any breaches of ceasefires have been made by the (a) Provisional IRA, (b) UDA and (c) UVF since 1st January.
(156669)
368
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what exemptions are in place in Northern Ireland from equal fair employment laws; and whether these exemptions are from (a) United Kingdom, (b) European and (c) international law.
(156671)
369
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG.
(156906)
370
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to his Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from his Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156921)
371
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cars were reported stolen in each police district in Northern Ireland in the last five years for which figures are available; how many of these cars were later recovered; and what steps he is taking to tackle car crime in Northern Ireland.
(156937)
372
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the merits of extending the provisions of the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Bill to Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(156938)
373
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many mobile telephone masts there are in each Northern Ireland constituency; and what the equivalent figures were for each year since 2000.
(156939)
374
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many prison officers in Northern Ireland have taken sick leave in each of the past 18 months on account of work-related stress; and how many of these officers have since returned to work.
(156940)
375
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people were in receipt of state benefits in Northern Ireland at 1st February, broken down by benefit.
(156941)
376
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many drug addicts received drug rehabilitation treatment in Northern Ireland in each year since 2000.
(156942)
377
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many applications there have been to construct mobile telephone masts in Northern Ireland in each year since 2000; how many of these applications have been (a) granted and (b) refused; and what the reason for refusal was in each case.
(156944)
378
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of community support officers in fighting crime; and what plans he has to introduce community support officers in Northern Ireland.
(156945)
379
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many registered blood donors there are in Northern Ireland; what the equivalent figures were for each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement on the steps he is taking to increase such figures.
(156946)
380
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding was allocated to drug rehabilitation in Northern Ireland in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement on the provision of drug rehabilitation in Northern Ireland.
(156947)
381
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many public leisure facilities in Northen Ireland are equipped with sunbeds; what his Department's policy is on the provision of sunbeds in public leisure facilities in Northen Ireland; and what plans he has to phase out the use of sunbeds in public leisure facilities in Northen Ireland.
(156949)
382
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) value and (b) number of new hospitals built in Northern Ireland is in the last five years for which records are available.
(156958)
383
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) value and (b) number of new schools built in Northern Ireland is in the last five years for which records are available.
(156959)
384
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken by the (a) Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and (b) Department of Social Development to modernise the provision of Money Advice; and if he will make a statement.
(157271)
385
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the impact the phasing out of de-rating on manufacturing industries will have on (a) revenue, (b) profitability, (c) costs and (d) employment within the industry; and if he will make a statement.
(157272)
386
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the timetable is for the restoration of the visitor centre at the Giant's Causeway, County Antrim; and if he will make a statement.
(157274)
387
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the likely trends in unemployment in Northern Ireland in 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(157275)
388
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people were employed in the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland during the last five years, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
(157276)
Questions to the Prime Minister
389
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Prime Minister, which former officials of his (a) Office and (b) policy unit have asked for permission to join (i) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (ii) Deloitte & Touche, (iii) Ernst & Young and (iv) KPMG.
(156900)
390
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Prime Minister, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to his Office since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from his Office have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156914)
391
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Prime Minister, which Government departments are responsible for (a) information on and (b) preparation against the use of radiological material as a terrorist device; and what expenditure on decontamination equipment there has been in the last two years.
(157056)
392
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Prime Minister, whether it is his policy to press for the return to the people of Iraq of unallocated resources in the hands of the UN Compensation Commission.
(157059)
393
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with President Bush on the allegation that Saddam Hussein attempted to procure uranium from Africa.
(157136)
394
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Prime Minister, what action he has taken to implement the recommendations of Sir Anthony Hammond about writing notes of ministerial meetings and telephone conversations.
(156375)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
395
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG.
(156888)
396
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to his Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from his Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156913)
397
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received on the appropriate number of Scottish members of the new Supreme Court.
(156769)
398
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what meetings he has had with representatives of the Scottish whisky industry in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004.
(156802)
Questions to the Solicitor General
399
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, what plans she has for CPS Direct.
(156335)
400
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Solicitor General, what discussions she has had since the Parmalat affair on greater co-operation between regulatory authorities (a) internationally and (b) at EU level; and if she will make a statement.
(156884)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
401
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what regular overseas trade exhibitions which in 2003 were supported by funds originating from her Department are receiving reduced or no funding support originating from her Department or British Trade International in 2004.
(157121)
402
N
Chris Bryant (Rhondda):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to tackle music piracy.
(156259)
403
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what exemptions are in place in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland from equal and fair employment laws; and whether these exemptions are from (i) United Kingdom, (ii) European and (iii) international law.
(156670)
404
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many businesses have (a) registered and (b) de-registered for VAT since 1997 in each of the government regions.
(156711)
405
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many businesses have (a) registered and (b) de-registered for VAT since 1997 in each of the 88 deprived local authorities in England.
(156712)
406
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG.
(156899)
407
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to her Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from her Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156927)
408
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 12th February to the honourable Member for Eddisbury, Official Report, column 1628W, on the Regional Venture Capital Fund, what the regional breakdown by (a) number and (b) value is of the regional venture capital fund investments; and what proportion of the funds have been drawn down in each region.
(157000)
409
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the value was of the assets of One North East which were included in the partnership deal with UK Land Estates; and what the value of contracts placed with UK Land Estates by ONE has been since its commencement.
(157047)
410
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has made to the US Administration about (a) requirements to produce US defence equipment in the USA, (b) restrictions on foreign content in defence exports with military sales support, (c) technology export controls and (d) limits on control of US subsidiaries by UK companies; and what the outcome of such representations has been.
(157050)
411
N
Tony Cunningham (Workington):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people are receiving the minimum wage in the Workington constituency.
(156267)
412
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many jobs in (a) engineering and (b) manufacturing have been lost in (i) the North West and (ii) Lancashire since 1997.
(156983)
413
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what Government schemes and initiatives have been enacted to retain the skills base in the United Kingdom following manufacturing job losses.
(156984)
414
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the termination by the Austrian Government of the TETRA contract for the ADONIS nationwide radio communication network in June 2003; and what factors will be taken into account when a decision is made on the Firelink contract in the United Kingdom.
(156979)
415
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on (a) call centres and (b) call centre jobs in (i) the North West and (ii) Lancashire.
(157083)
416
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many jobs in (a) the North West and (b) Lancashire in call centres have relocated abroad in each of the last three years.
(157084)
417
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what grants were awarded to local authorities in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last three financial years that fall outside the revenue support grant.
(157085)
418
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people work for Royal Mail in Lancashire.
(157086)
419
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people in each Lancashire constituency are earning the minimum wage.
(157187)
420
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what savings she estimates will be made by the ending of the supply of printed employment information booklets (a) URN 03/595, (b) URN 03/597, (c) URN 00/632, (d) PL 517, (e) PL 699, (f) PL 700, (g) PL 704, (h) PL 707, (i) PL 711, (j) PL 712, (k) PL 714, (l) Pl 716, (m) PL 718, (n) PL 724, (o) PL 808, (p) PL 810, (q) PL 833 and (r) PL 958; and how much additional grant funding will be made available to citizens' advice bureaux to cover the extra costs to their offices of receiving the booklets electronically.
(156781)
421
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 5th February, Official Report, column 998W, on business support schemes, if she will list the new business support products that are due to be made available in April; and how much money is to be spent on these products.
(157178)
422
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of UK domestic broadband connections use services with downstream specifications in excess of 2Mbps.
(157189)
423
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many firms have been helped by (a) grants for research and development, (b) grants for investigating an innovative idea and (c) knowledge transfer partnerships since their introduction.
(157191)
424
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many firms have been helped by the Small Firms Loan Guarantee scheme since its introduction.
(157192)
425
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money has been spent on (a) grants for research and development, (b) grants for investigating an innovative idea and (c) knowledge transfer partnerships since they were introduced; and of each total, how much has been spent on administration.
(157193)
426
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money has been spent on the Small Firms Loan Guarantee scheme since it was created; and of this total, how much has been spent on administration.
(157194)
427
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the 10 projects to reform the regulatory environment for small business referred to in figure 19.3 of the Trade and Industry Departmental Report, Cm 5916.
(157195)
428
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the (a) responsibilities and (b) planned expenditure of Consumer Direct for each year between 2003 and 2006.
(157196)
429
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her estimate is of the current levels of (a) prompted and (b) unprompted awareness of Business Link branded services among small businesses.
(157197)
430
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made in amending the Weights and Measures Act 1985 to facilitate electronic communications.
(157198)
431
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the role of the National Business Angels Network in the Single Pathway to Market initiative; and what (a) administrative and (b) programme funding it will receive from her Department for each year between 2004 and 2008.
(157199)
432
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many awaydays were organised by Jobcentre Plus in 2003; and what their total cost was.
(157200)
433
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) new and (b) safeguarded jobs directly attributable are to each regional development agency for each year since their inception.
(157201)
434
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many inward investment decisions were made in the United Kingdom in each year between 1999 and 2003; what the expenditure of British Trade International was on inward investment; and how many new jobs were created through inward investment.
(157202)
435
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action the Small Business Service can take in relation to an underperforming Business Link operator.
(157206)
436
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department is taking to help small and micro businesses counter their proportionally greater cost of maintaining access to the internet than larger businesses; and what assessment her Department has made of (a) the price difference between commercial and household access charges for small and micro businesses and (b) the price difference between narrowband dial-up offers and broadband offers.
(157207)
437
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans Oftel has to publish statistics on the take-up of connectivity technologies by micro businesses.
(157208)
438
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of businesses helped by each of the UK business link organisations are still operating.
(157209)
439
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action her Department is taking to attract corporate investment in regional venture capital funds.
(157210)
440
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when it was decided to withdraw separate funding for University Challenge Seed Funds; and why this decision was taken.
(157211)
441
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures her Department is taking to regulate the use of (a) symbols and (b) hallmarks by web-traders.
(157212)
442
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many businesses have been accredited with the TrustUK e-hallmark in each year since its inception; and what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of TrustUK in increasing consumer confidence for on-line shopping.
(157213)
443
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of UK retail was represented by on-line shopping in each quarter since January 1999; and what targets her Department has set for on-line shopping as a proportion of all UK retail.
(157214)
444
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when her Department intends to introduce legislation on the consumer credit market in the UK.
(157215)
445
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department is taking to promote the reporting by financial services companies of suspected cases of money laundering.
(157216)
446
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to publish regional analyses of her Department's net spending on Promotion of Enterprise, Innovation and Increased Productivity for 2002-03.
(157217)
447
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the death of a miner after a filed compensation claim changes the claim's level of priority, with particular reference to the status of the miner's wife.
(157218)
448
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when her Department expects to conclude its review of the legislation on flexible working.
(157220)
449
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many companies have been convicted of breaking the rules on the minimum wage in each year since its introduction; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of (a) compliance teams and (b) local enforcement pilot projects in improving compliance with the minimum wage.
(157222)
450
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans her Department has to introduce a standardised method of monitoring and reporting on delivery of regional economic strategies by each regional development agency.
(157223)
451
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the new products that have replaced business support schemes that are (a) already in place and (b) to be introduced this year; and what the projected cost is of each product.
(157224)
452
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to make available the independent audit reports of Business Link operators.
(157225)
453
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which Business Link operators have been required to undergo a business performance review.
(157226)
454
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are in place to encourage businesses to use Business Link; and what proportion of applicants for (a) the Smart Scheme and (b) the Grant for Research and Development has (i) discussed their application with their local Business Link operator and (ii) maintained dialogue with Business Link throughout the period of their project.
(157227)
455
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department has taken to reduce administrative demands of Business Link projects on small businesses.
(157228)
456
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of time her Department's Business Link staff spent on managing the Business Link Network in each year since its inception.
(157229)
457
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what indicators are in place to measure customer (a) perception and (b) satisfaction with Government services for small businesses.
(157230)
458
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what evaluation her Department has made of the regional development agency-led business support pilots in the (a) North West, (b) West Midlands and (c) East Midlands; and how these regions compare to non-participating regions.
(157231)
459
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department is taking to encourage enterprise in disadvantaged communities.
(157232)
460
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many small businesses have reported access to (a) finance and (b) regulation as barriers to growth in each year since 1997.
(157233)
461
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, where enterprise shows have been held this year; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of enterprise shows in encouraging business start-up.
(157234)
462
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions her Department has had with (a) other Government departments and (b) the EU to develop a strategy promoting an enterprise culture.
(157235)
463
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what initiatives her Department is supporting to encourage entrepreneurial attitudes among young people; what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Education and Skills about building enterprise awareness in schools and universities; and whether her Department expects to implement the recommendations of the Davies review on enterprise activity offered to pupils by 2005-06.
(157236)
464
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many national strategies for the Small Business Service have been (a) developed and (b) implemented; and how her Department intends to monitor these.
(157237)
465
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department is taking to minimise the impact of working days lost owing to labour disputes on the (a) public administration, (b) education and (c) health sectors.
(157238)
466
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans her Department has to commission a new independent evaluation of the Smart scheme.
(157239)
467
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the costs of the matchmaking activities element of the National Business Angels Networks was; and when it was decided not to continue funding this element.
(157240)
468
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what products her Department intends to introduce to rationalise the activities of UK online for business; how these will encourage the effective use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies by small and medium-sized companies; and what the projected costs are for each new product.
(157241)
469
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will publish the feedback received by her Department from stakeholders in UK online for businesses.
(157242)
470
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what role Ofcom will have in promoting the take-up of broadband.
(157243)
471
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the benefits that could accrue from the process of local loop unbundling.
(157244)
472
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government is taking to address the problems arising from information security breaches.
(157245)
473
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the budget is for the forthcoming year to promote effective use of information and communication technology by businesses.
(157246)
474
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people are employed as part of the national network of e-business advisers located in the Business Link.
(157247)
475
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money was spent on the first round of the Higher Education Innovation Fund.
(157248)
476
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the budget is for the second round of the Higher Education Innovation Fund; and how many organisations will be eligible for this funding.
(157249)
477
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money has been spent on the Public Sector Research Exploitation Fund in each year since its inception; and how many organisations have received assistance through this fund.
(157250)
478
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many organisations have been helped by the Public Sector Research Exploitation Fund in each year since its inception.
(157251)
479
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many staff are employed in her Department to tackle problems arising from information security breaches.
(157257)
480
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 12th February, Official Report, column 1629W, on SMART awards, what percentage of the total programme costs was devoted to deregulatory initiatives in each year between 2000 and 2003.
(157270)
481
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department is taking to address the concerns of on-line consumers about credit card fraud.
(157273)
482
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average percentage decline in post office business between March 2000 and March 2003 was for post offices in (a) the top 10 per cent. of urban deprived wards and (b) urban areas; and what percentage of the decline during that period she attributes to changes in the benefits system.
(156482)
483
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement made by the honourable Member for West Ham on 5th February, Official Report, column WS48, on Post Office Urban Reinvention Network, what his definition of dense network is.
(156483)
484
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of post offices in urban deprived areas are situated in dense networks.
(156484)
485
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether she plans to provide honourable and Right honourable Members with a rationale for the proposed area plan in those areas that (a) are involved in and (b) have undergone post office closure programmes.
(156485)
486
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether information from local authorities on infrastructure and regeneration projects already made available to Post Office Limited will be taken into account when determining closure proposals on post offices where no final decision has yet been reached.
(156486)
487
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list, for each bilateral meeting that she has had in the last two years with senior executives of commercial organisations, (a) the date of the meeting, (b) the commercial organisation with whom she met and (c) whether the meeting was at (i) her instigation and (ii) the instigation of the commercial organisation concerned.
(156336)
488
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects to respond to the letter to her from the Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery Alliance concerning reform of the sugar regime; and for what reason she has not yet responded.
(157095)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
489
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG.
(156904)
490
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to his Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from his Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156923)
491
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to (i) screen incoming cargo containers for chemical and biological agents and (ii) make available radiation detectors at ports.
(157057)
492
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to protect British civil aircraft from man-portable projectile attack.
(157058)
493
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents involving car drivers overtaking lorries on single carriageway roads occurred in each year since 2000.
(157001)
494
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made with the pilot study aimed at providing dedicated rest areas for lorry drivers away from the motorway network.
(157009)
495
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the net cost to hauliers of the introduction of the Lorry Road User Charge; and if he will make a statement.
(157040)
496
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many trains stop at stations in the Chorley constituency; and if he will make a statement.
(157265)
497
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what grants were awarded by his Department to local authorities in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last three financial years that fall outside the revenue support grant.
(157266)
498
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) cars, (b) vans and (c) trucks have gained grants from the Powershift scheme.
(157267)
499
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many taxis have claimed a Powershift grant.
(157268)
500
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) target lead time and (b) average waiting time for practical driving tests are; what the waiting time for a practical driving test at the Jupiter Road Test Centre in Norwich is; and if he will make a statement.
(156967)
501
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he has made a decision on whether the Dibden Bay container port will be built.
(156363)
502
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date he received the inspector's report resulting from the public inquiry into the Dibden Bay container port application; and when it will be published.
(156364)
503
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy to approve the building of one container port in advance of receiving the report of the public inquiry into proposals to build another container port simultaneously elsewhere.
(156365)
504
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his intention to (a) make and (b) publish his decisions on the proposals for container ports at (i) Dibden Bay and (ii) Shell Haven (London Gateway) at the same time.
(156366)
505
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy not to publish his decision on the Dibden Bay container port proposal prior to the publication of the report of the public inquiry into the creation of a New Forest national park.
(156367)
506
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the tender specification for the East London Line extension project will reach the commercial market by the end of this financial year.
(156994)
507
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the provisions of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 relating to (a) the Rail Accident Investigation Board and (b) the testing of alcohol levels in pilots will take effect.
(156887)
508
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many EU member states have yet to ratify the Montreal Convention.
(157128)
509
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what sum was paid to the Post Office in each of the last five years for dealing with motor vehicle licensing applications.
(157159)
510
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what considerations control the number of post offices permitted to deal with motor vehicle licensing applications.
(157160)
511
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) post offices and (b) sub-post offices were authorised to deal with motor vehicle licensing applications in 1997; and how many are now authorised to deal with motor vehicle licensing applications.
(157161)
512
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rail passengers originating from Canvey Island on average each day use the London, Tilbury and Southend rail line.
(157171)
513
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers on average each day used (a) Benfleet Station and (b) Shoeburyness Station on the London, Tilbury and Southend Line in the last year for which figures are available.
(157172)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
514
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG.
(156889)
515
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to his Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from his Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156917)
516
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the value of the capital expenditure on new hospitals built in Wales is in the last five years for which records are available.
(156960)
517
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the value of the capital expenditure on new schools built in Wales is in the last five years for which records are available.
(156961)
Questions to the Minister for Women
518
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Minister for Women, when she will publish the White Paper setting out detailed proposals on a new Commission for Equality and Human Rights.
(157252)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
519
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are receiving benefits into post office card accounts, broken down by (a) child benefit, (b) veterans agency payments, (c) pensions and (d) JobCentre Plus payments.
(156057)
520
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG.
(156905)
521
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG have made to his Department since 2001; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from his Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.
(156919)
522
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to simplify the procedure for individuals wishing to request the direct payment of their benefits.
(156825)
523
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how often his Department updates the section on its website containing details of local Jobcentre Plus and Pension Service offices.
(156826)
524
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the situation of the employees at Triplex Components, Peterborough following the closure of its final salary pension scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(156933)
525
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many final salary pension schemes have been wound up in (i) England and (ii) Cambridgeshire in each of the last five years.
(156934)
526
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what targets the Pensions Agency has set for the issuing of winter fuel payments to those eligible to receive them as (a) existing claimants and (b) new claimants.
(156771)
527
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many eligible pensioners had applied for and had not received winter fuel payments by (a) 1st December 2003, (b) 1st January and (c) 1st February.
(156772)
528
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what grants were awarded to (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley by his Department in each of the last three years that fall outside the revenue support grant.
(157253)
529
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the new computer programme for the Child Support Agency.
(157254)
530
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children in each London borough were reported to be living in poverty in each year since 1995.
(157280)
531
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each London borough were receiving carer's allowance in each of the last six years.
(157281)
532
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when citizens of EU accession states working in the UK will be entitled to claim (a) housing benefit, (b) child benefit, (c) income support, (d) jobseeker's allowance and (e) working tax credit.
(156935)
533
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a worker's registration certificate guarantees its holder protection under minimum wage legislation.
(156936)
534
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has commissioned a final assessment of the pilot underoccupier incentive scheme in Croydon, Haringey and Newham.
(156773)
535
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many tenants who traded down in (a) Croydon, (b) Haringey and (c) Newham received a social security payment to reduce underoccupation as part of the pilot underoccupier incentive scheme.
(156774)
536
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will investigate the Child Support Agency's treatment of Mrs Christine Last of Leeds, Kent, case number YW436272D; and if he will make a statement.
(156481)
537
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what joint projects his Department is conducting with the Department for Education and Skills to increase the number of students entering (a) access courses and (b) further education; and what progress has been made to date.
(156803)
538
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Health and Safety Executive has powers to prohibit work on cockle beds if those activities present a risk of serious personal injury.
(156852)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
539
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many drug-related deaths there were in people aged under (a) 21, (b) 30 and (c) 40 years in (i) the North West and (ii) Lancashire in the last year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (157089)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
540
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contracts have been placed by (a) the United States of America, (b) the United Kingdom and (c) other countries and institutions for the clearing of unexploded ordnance in Iraq; what the values of these contracts are; whom they are with; what the requirements are for which the contractors are being paid; whether sub-contracting to do the actual clearance work is provided for in the main contracts; what relationship is expected between the contractors and military forces stationed in the country, non-governmental organisations and Iraqis; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (157138)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
541
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what standards relating to (a) noise and (b) other factors regulate aerodynamically generated wind noise from (i) very tall and (ii) massive building structures in built-up areas; and what plans she has to re-examine such standards.
[Transferred] (157061)
542
N
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the closure programme for post offices in urban areas.
[Question Unstarred] (156268)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
543
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what facilities are available in Northern Ireland for checking the safety and maintenance records of airlines and aircraft using Northern Ireland's airports; and with what frequency safety inspections have been carried out on airlines and aircraft using airports in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (156943)
544
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve security of supply of road fuels.
[Transferred] (157179)
Questions to the Minister for Women
545
N
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Minister for Women, what action she proposes to close the pay gap between men and women in the south east of England.
[Question Unstarred] (156277)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
546
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many organisations have received a presentation from Better Government for Older People in each year since it was established.
[Transferred] (157079)
547
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which (a) housing associations, (b) fire and police authorities and (c) voluntary organisations have subscribed to Better Government for Older People.
[Transferred] (157080)
548
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which (a) primary care trusts, (b) care trusts and (c) hospital trusts have subscribed to Better Government for Older People.
[Transferred] (157081)
549
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which (a) local authorities and (b) local strategic partnerships have subscribed to Better Government for Older People.
[Transferred] (157082)

 
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