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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 1 April 2004

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 1 April 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 1 April 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 1 April 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 1 April of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 1 April see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 9th December 2003, Official Report, column 362W, on timber, how the (a) Cabinet Office and (b) Government Car and Despatch Agency monitor and audit purchases of timber and timber products to ensure that they meet the Department's stated commitment to their being obtained from legal and sustainable sources.
(165721)
2
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit report entitled Net Benefits: a sustainable and profitable future for UK fishing cost to produce.
(165070)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
3
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many successful prosecutions have been brought against illegal (a) meat and (b) produce importers in the past five years, broken down by port of entry.
(165718)
4
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in Tynemouth constituency receive child tax credit.
(165359)
5
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many senior citizens in Tynemouth constituency qualified for the 10 per cent. rate of income tax in each year since its introduction.
(165361)
6
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the UK of operations in Iraq in March 2004.
(165591)
7
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many accounting systems are in use in central Government; and what plans he has to reduce the number of accounting systems across central Government.
(165514)
8
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of introducing a specialist buying agency in the Office of Government Commerce and (b) whether better value can be obtained from smaller suppliers.
(165516)
9
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assurances he has sought from other creditors that disputes on debt in Iraq brought before the International Court for the Settlement of Investment Disputes will not conflict with the goal of reducing debt in Iraq.
(165624)
10
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd December 2003, Official Report, columns 38-9W, on timber, what steps the (a) Treasury, (b) Debt Management Office, (c) Office for National Statistics, (d) Royal Mint and (e) Valuation Office take to monitor and audit purchases of timber and timber products to ensure that they meet the Department's stated commitment.
(165693)
11
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether other EU countries charge VAT on horse passports.
(165193)
12
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the proposals in the Lyons Report for the relocation of civil servants away from London and the South East on the house building targets proposed by the Barker Report.
(165317)
13
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the economic impact on the South Hampshire Priority Area for Economic Regeneration of the proposed relocation of Office of National Statistics staff from Titchfield.
(165318)
14
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment Sir Michael Lyons made of the impact on local employment markets of the relocation of Civil Service jobs to South West England and South Wales.
(165320)
15
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in that capacity.
(165527)
16
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings his Department's Green Minister has attended in that capacity in the last 12 months.
(165528)
17
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the meetings attended by a representative of his Department on the delivery of sustainable development across Government as co-ordinated by the Ministerial Sub-committee of Green Ministers.
(165529)
18
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to assist in the delivery of sustainable development within Government.
(165530)
19
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made on his Department's Sustainable Development Strategy.
(165531)
20
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of copying paper used by his Department in 2002-03 was from recycled sources; and how much post-consumer waste this paper contained.
(165532)
21
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of paper for printed publications used by his Department in 2002-03 was from recycled sources; and how much post-consumer waste this paper contained.
(165533)
22
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he has put in place to ensure that his Department meets the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that all copying paper bought by the Department is 100 per cent. recycled with a minimum of 75 per cent. post-consumer waste content.
(165534)
23
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he has put in place to ensure that his Department meets the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that all paper for printed publications bought by the Department is 60 per cent. recycled, of which a minimum is 75 per cent. post-consumer waste.
(165535)
24
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what date his Department expects to reach the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that (a) all copying paper bought by the Department is 100 per cent. recycled with a minimum of 75 per cent. post-consumer waste content and (b) all paper for printed publications bought by the Department is 60 per cent. recycled, of which a minimum is 75 per cent. post-consumer waste.
(165536)
25
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list his Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports; what the name of the paper used is in each case; and what the (i) recycled and (ii) post-consumer recycled content of each type of paper is in each case.
(165537)
26
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of children in England took holidays overseas in each of the last seven years.
(165580)
27
N
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on levels of investment in public services.
(163965)
28
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will reply to the letters of 20th November 2003 and 14th January 2004 from the honourable Member for Kingston upon Hull North on the partial exemption method and the T element for universities.
(163961)
29
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which (a) universities and (b) other institutions are required to adhere to the Customs and Excise T element.
(163962)
30
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to extend the T element to (a) all universities and (b) other institutions; and if he will list the institutions which (i) have not yet adhered and (ii) have adhered but not made payment.
(163963)
31
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will compensate those universities which have paid the T element and are financially disadvantaged in relation to universities which should have paid but have not.
(163964)
32
N
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of how many (a) producers of Scotch whisky and (b) other companies will benefit from the £3 million fund for assistance with capital investment to mitigate upfront costs of complying with his proposed tax stamps scheme for spirits bottles.
(165231)
33
N
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) lower and (b) upper limits are of his estimate of the annual amount of spirits duty fraud; and how he arrived at these estimates.
(165232)
34
N
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria he has used to identify those firms which will benefit from the £3 million fund for assistance with capital investment to mitigate upfront costs of complying with his proposed tax stamp scheme for spirit bottles.
(165233)
35
N
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the change in the volume of the business of warehouse keepers that will be caused by his proposed tax stamps scheme for spirits bottles; and if he plans to compensate them for any losses.
(165234)
36
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account is taken of claimants' weekly entitlement before tax credit overpayments are recovered.
(165411)
37
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit overpayments have arisen as a result of official errors in the last 12 months.
(165412)
38
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether claimants of tax credits receive a copy of the Code of Practice on overpayments when it becomes evident that they may have been overpaid.
(165413)
39
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether tax credit helpline advisors inform claimants about (a) the recovery of overpayments and (b) the availability of top up payments when they report a change of circumstances.
(165414)
40
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what limits there are on the recovery of overpayments for tax credits.
(165415)
41
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has been made of hardship caused to families as a result of the way tax credit overpayments are being recovered.
(165418)
42
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have received overpayments of tax credits in the last 12 months.
(165419)
43
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what problems there have been with the tax credit computer system.
(165420)
44
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to reply to the letter to him of 20th February from the honourable Member for West Worcestershire.
(165131)
45
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will give the savings level for each of the last five years.
(165387)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
46
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the total number of overdue unpaid fines in the Cleveland Petty Sessional Division was on 1st April.
(165338)
47
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the electorate is for each region for the forthcoming European parliamentary elections; how many members are to be elected for each region; and what percentage of the electorate voted in the previous European parliamentary elections in each region.
(165780)
48
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many lawyers have been (a) prosecuted, (b) convicted and (c) struck off for offences related to the evasion of immigration control by their clients in each year since 1997.
(165462)
49
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans he has to propose changes to the voting rights of peers on secondary legislation.
(165545)
50
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whom the Government consulted about the proposed establishment of a Supreme Court.
(165610)
51
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much money has been spent on planning the Supreme Court.
(165611)
52
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on the process by which High Court judges are (a) selected and (b) appointed.
(165612)
53
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Department's proposals for the selection and appointment of High Court judges.
(165615)
54
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the implications of the proposed Supreme Court are for the judicial appeals process.
(165616)
55
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans he has to review the financial eligibility limits for publicly funded legal help.
(165408)
56
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve access to community legal services.
(165409)
57
N
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the estimated cost is of holding a national referendum.
(165134)
58
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many divorces took place in (a) 1997, (b) 2000 and (c) 2003, disaggregated by the lowest sub-regional level possible.
(165143)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
59
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what arrangements are in place for (a) monitoring and (b) providing civil redress for unjustified actions by TV Licensing.
(165593)
60
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much National Lottery funding has been allocated to sporting projects in Cornwall in the past five years, broken down by lottery distributor.
(165720)
61
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on how her Department is responding to Ofcom's recommendations for subtitle provision, with particular reference to live events.
(165135)
62
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 9th December 2003, Official Report, column 428W, on timber, how the (a) Department and (b) Royal Parks Agency monitor and audit purchases of timber and timber products to ensure that they meet the Department's stated commitment to their being obtained from legal and sustainable sources.
(165724)
63
Alan Howarth (Newport East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will spotlist the Smithfield General Market, the adjacent fish market and Red House.
(165520)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
64
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Orkney and Shetland of 16th March, Official Report, column 204W, on wind farms, if he will list the reasons for objection in each case; and how many formal applications were not objected to in each year.
(165781)
65
Peter Bradley (Wrekin, The):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long on average it has taken from a claim to an award of the Canal Zone medal.
(165484)
66
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he intends to announce the second tranche of orders for Typhoon.
(165459)
67
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many army personnel of all ranks have requested early release from their contracts in each year since 1997.
(165513)
68
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8th December, Official Report, column 277W, on timber, how the Department and each of its agencies monitor and audit purchases of timber and timber products to ensure that they meet the Department's stated commitment to their being obtained from legal and sustainable sources.
(165703)
69
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will write to the honourable Member as promised in his Answer of 20th January, Official Report, column 244W.
(165487)
70
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 25th March, Official Report, column 941W, on self-harm, what target he has set for the completion of the feasibility stage of the project to collate data centrally on incidents of self-harm in the services; what the targets are for completion of the project; and if he will make a statement.
(165755)
71
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the last independent quality audit of the work of the Special Investigation Branch of the Royal Military Police was completed; when the next one is scheduled; what the main recommendations were; which recommendations have yet to be implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(165762)
72
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25th March, to the honourable Member for Mid Sussex, Official Report, column 948, on warships, what the expiry date for the reactor certificate of HMS Triumph is.
(165793)
73
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons delays are occurring in relation to the payment of mobilised reservists; how many reservists are affected; and what action he is taking to expedite the payment of mobilised reservists.
(165139)
74
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons mobilised reservists are not receiving timely pay statements; how many reservists are affected; and what steps he is taking to ensure that all reservists receive timely pay statements.
(165140)
75
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with which countries talks have taken place on the sale of UK aircraft carriers.
(165392)
76
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) deliberate attacks and (b) contact incidents there have been in MND(SE) in Iraq involving UK forces since 17th October 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(164910)
77
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to record centrally Iraqi casualties reported by UK forces; and if he will make a statement.
(164911)
78
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of the Army Medal Office in Droitwich Spa.
(165592)
79
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of maintaining Finningley Airport in each of the last five years of ownership by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(165710)
80
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to increase the amount of UK-sourced (a) foodstuffs and (b) kit purchased for the armed services.
(165461)
81
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the operational status of the Royal Navy.
(165546)
82
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the positioning of the British armed forces throughout the world; what size forces are in each place; and what their operational status is.
(165547)
83
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his Department's budgetary requirement over the next decade.
(165548)
84
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many tanks are battlefield ready in the British armed forces.
(165549)
85
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost in 2003-04 was of maintaining the fleet of tanks.
(165550)
86
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Challenger series (a) 1 and (b) 2 tanks are operational in the armed forces.
(165551)
87
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of the armed forces' budget has been spent on salaries during the last seven years for which figures are available.
(165552)
88
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilians are employed within the armed forces; and in what capacity.
(165553)
89
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the salary bill was for civilians employed within the (a) Ministry of Defence and (b) armed forces in the latest year for which figures are available.
(165554)
90
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilians are employed by the Ministry of Defence.
(165555)
91
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average length of a rotation in Iraq for British Service men and women has been.
(165556)
92
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Territorial Army personnel have served in Iraq.
(165557)
93
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) part-time military personnel and (b) Territorial Army personnel are stationed in Iraq.
(165558)
94
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-civilians are on the payroll of the RAF.
(165609)
95
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress of the construction of the two new aircraft carriers; what the military specifications of the aircraft carriers will be; and if he will make a statement on the contract for construction.
(165614)
96
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for how much longer he expects that Territorial Army personnel will be required to serve in Iraq.
(165617)
97
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what savings will be made by discontinuing the free parcel service for service personnel deployed in Iraq.
(165080)
98
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the Department's logistics budget is spent outside the Defence Logistics Organisation; and by whom.
(165562)
99
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list his Department's top level budget holders in each financial year from 1997-98 to 2000-01.
(165563)
100
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress is being made in acquiring an asset tracking system for the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.
(165564)
101
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on NATO presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina once the EU has taken over the Stabilisation Force operation there; and if he will make a statement.
(165595)
102
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British service personnel are (a) deployed and (b) stationed in (i) Germany, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) Bosnia-Herzegovina, (iv) Croatia, (v) Kosovo, (vi) Albania, (vii) the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, (viii) Sierra Leone, (ix) the Gulf Region, (x) Turkey, (xi) Gibraltar, (xii) Belize, (xiii) Kenya, (xiv) Canada and (xv) The Falkland Islands.
(165596)
103
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Royal Navy vessels were present in the waters surrounding the Falkland Islands when the Almirante Irizar sailed through (a) the Falklands outer conservation zone and (b) Falklands interim conservation zone.
(165597)
104
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to send more troops to Afghanistan to bolster NATO-led operations there in the coming months; and if he will make a statement.
(165598)
105
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department will receive the full proceeds of the land recently agreed to be sold to Taylor Woodrow as building land surplus to that required for the renovation of the rest of the Colchester garrison site.
(165697)
106
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many marine patrol aircraft were held in 1997; how many are held now; and how many are operational.
(165382)
107
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to improve armoured mobility for (a) the Army and (b) the Royal Marines; and if he will make a statement.
(165384)
108
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many main battle tanks are held by the Army; and how many are deployed in operational units.
(165385)
109
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many destroyers were held by the Royal Navy in 1997; how many are held now; and how many are deployed on operational duty.
(165386)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
110
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total area designated for urban land use in (a) 1974, (b) 1984, (c) 1994 and (d) 2003 was in England.
(165753)
111
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what total area in England was designated in each land use class one to seven in (a) 1974, (b) 1984, (c) 1994 and (d) 2003 (i) in total and (ii) broken down by county.
(165754)
112
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list those parts of the Chelmsford local authority area in the West Chelmsford parliamentary constituency which are included in the M11/Stansted corridor as a designated area for development; and if he will make a statement.
(165066)
113
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people are registered as homeless in North Tyneside.
(165354)
114
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations his Department has received regarding the concessionary rate reduction allowed for charity shops.
(165355)
115
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent assessment his Department has made of the economic impact of charity shops on town centres.
(165356)
116
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) the Starter Home Initiative and (b) the Abandoned Home Initiative in North Tyneside.
(165360)
117
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent steps his Department has taken to tackle homelessness in North Tyneside.
(165363)
118
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of copying paper used by the Department in 2002-03 was from recycled sources; and how much post-consumer waste this paper contained.
(165643)
119
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of paper for printed publications used by the Department in 2002-03 was from recycled sources; and how much post-consumer waste this paper contained.
(165644)
120
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures he has put in place to ensure that his Department meets the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that all copying paper bought by the Department is 100 per cent. recycled with a minimum of 75 per cent. post-consumer waste content.
(165645)
121
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures he has put in place to ensure that his Department meets the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that all paper for printed publications bought by the Department is 60 per cent. recycled of which a minimum is 75 per cent. post-consumer waste.
(165646)
122
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, by what date his Department expects to reach the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that (a) all copying paper bought by the Department is 100 per cent. recycled with a minimum of 75 per cent. post consumer waste content and (b) all paper for printed publications bought by the Department is 60 per cent. recycled, of which a minimum is 75 per cent. post-consumer waste.
(165647)
123
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports; what the name is of the paper used in each case; and what the (i) recycled and (ii) post-consumer recycle content of the paper is in each case.
(165648)
124
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in that capacity in the last three months.
(165649)
125
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what meetings his Department's Green Minister has attended in that capacity in the last 12 months.
(165650)
126
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the meetings at which a representative of his Department was present regarding the delivery of sustainable development across Government, as co-ordinated by the Ministerial Sub-committee of Green Ministers.
(165651)
127
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to deliver sustainable development within Government.
(165652)
128
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress has been made on his Department's Sustainable Development Strategy.
(165653)
129
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 9th February, Official Report, column 1227W, on HMOs, if he will place copies of the responses to Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation in England, A Consultation Paper in the Library.
(165708)
130
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what response he made to the report on Funding a Better Future from the Association of London Government.
(165625)
131
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will provide central funding to ensure that there is consistency in the level of training offered to local authority standards committee members.
(165626)
132
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment was made of the extra costs associated with anti-social behaviour in flats when making changes to the management and maintenance allowance; and what the evidential basis was for the conclusion that communal areas in flats are cheaper to maintain than in other property types.
(165627)
133
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 168W, on regional government, whether those figures included (a) casual staff, (b) staff on fixed-term appointments, (c) staff seconded out, (d) staff on career breaks, (e) staff on maternity leave and (f) staff on special leave without pay.
(164827)
134
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the budget is for each of the Government offices for the regions for 2003-04; and what the budget of each has been for each of the previous three years.
(164828)
135
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what spending limit was placed upon the value of the contract for the Your Say campaign when it was put out for tender.
(164829)
136
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the activities being undertaken by Robson Brown for his Department.
(164830)
137
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of the set-up costs of elected regional assemblies he estimates will be (a) premises, (b) wages and salaries, (c) equipment and stationery and (d) other costs.
(164831)
138
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total budget for the Your Say information campaign is; and how much he has budgeted for (a) leaflets, (b) posters, (c) broadcasting, (d) ministerial visits, (e) exhibition stands, (f) design costs, (g) press information and (h) other associated costs.
(165727)
139
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to paragraph 5.5 of Cm 5511, what level of additional funding will be made available for rewarding elected regional assemblies which achieve or exceed the targets set by central government.
(165728)
140
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will re-introduce minimum standards for the size of rooms in new dwellings.
(165463)
141
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the labour market in the nine housing market renewal pathfinder areas to provide the skilled tradespeople needed to deliver the programmes.
(165464)
142
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, at what age firefighters are able to retire on a full pension; and if he will make a statement.
(165465)
143
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will set out the procedures of the appeals process for applications for mobile telephone transmitting masts.
(165559)
144
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many applications for telephone masts he has (a) rejected and (b) approved during the last 12 months.
(165560)
145
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he will take to encourage voter turnout for the regional assembly referendums.
(165606)
146
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the effect of the proposed regional assemblies on the operation of (a) town, (b) county, (c) borough and (d) city councils in the regions in which assemblies are set up.
(165607)
147
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on progress with plans for regional devolution in areas which express an interest.
(165608)
148
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the process for establishing regional devolution in areas that vote in favour of the proposal.
(165618)
149
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the estimated costs are of setting up elected regional assemblies in (a) the North West, (b) the North East and (c) Yorkshire.
(165460)
150
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to allow planning applications for replacement on a one-for-one basis in the greenbelt where the previous buildings have been removed for safety reasons; and if he will make a statement.
(165376)
151
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) private and (b) council housing starts there were in England in (i) 1992, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 2001; and what the latest figures are.
(165377)
152
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) new advice he has given to and (b) new requirements he has imposed on billing authorities in relation to the council tax payment dates for 2004-05.
(165326)
153
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his policy is on the granting by parish councils of (a) honoraria and (b) ex-gratia payments to special constables serving their area.
(165467)
154
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proposals he has to protect areas of high environmental value from the impact of street furniture.
(165312)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
155
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list in the last five years, universities which have closed science departments, broken down by subject; and if he will make a statement.
(165526)
156
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what support (a) his Department and (b) UK educational institutions have given to developing courses for African educational institutions in respect of (i) teacher training courses, (ii) training of health professionals, (iii) distance learning courses and (iv) other courses; and if he will make a statement.
(165705)
157
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assistance his Department gives to English schools to work with schools in Africa.
(165706)
158
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what land used as playing fields by schools in Cornwall have been disposed of in the last 10 years.
(165713)
159
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assistance is available to pre-schools to enable them to (a) improve their premises and (b) move to a more appropriate location.
(165715)
160
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much (a) Kent and (b) Suffolk received under the area cost adjustment in 2003-04.
(165357)
161
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which Metropolitan authorities benefited from the area cost adjustment in 2003-04; and what the value was in each case.
(165358)
162
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) science and (b) mathematics permanent teaching vacancies there were in North Somerset Local Education Authority schools in each year since 1997.
(165600)
163
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the pupil to teacher ratio was for the North Somerset Local Education Authority for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each year since 1997.
(165604)
164
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teaching assistants were employed in (a) Lancashire and (b) the Lancashire Local Education Authority in each year since 1997.
(165509)
165
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding was spent per pupil in the Lancashire Local Education Authority in each year since 1997.
(165541)
166
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance his Department has issued on (a) best practice and (b) minimum standards in provision of sports changing facilities in secondary schools; and whether the Building Schools for the Future programme incorporates these standards.
(165620)
167
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research his Department has undertaken on the impact of pupil mobility in schools on the academic performance of (a) mobile children and (b) children who are not mobile.
(165621)
168
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the (a) costs and (b) impact on other children when pupils with special educational needs join a school after the start of the academic year.
(165632)
169
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11th December 2003, Official Report, column 614W, on timber, how the Department monitors and audits purchases of timber and timber products to ensure that they meet the Department's stated commitment to being obtained from legal and sustainable sources.
(165719)
170
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupil referral units there are in each local education authority.
(165469)
171
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the rate of unauthorised absence from pupil referral units was for the last year for which figures are available.
(165470)
172
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of children attending pupil referral units achieved (a) five or more A*-C grades, (b) five or more A*-G grades, (c) A*-G grades in both English and Mathematics and (d) no passes in GCSE exams in the last year for which figures are available.
(165471)
173
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of pupil referral units in (a) improving children's behaviour, (b) enabling children to move back to mainstream schools and (c) raising the level of attainment of excluded children.
(165472)
174
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) total cost and (b) average cost per attendee was of pupil referral units in each of the last three years.
(165473)
175
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many hours of education per week a child attending a pupil referral unit is required to receive; and what the average number of hours per week received is.
(165474)
176
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average length of attendance at pupil referral units was in each of the last three years.
(165475)
177
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of whether the proposed reforms to the funding of higher education will affect the choice of place of study of (a) students residing in England and (b) students residing in Wales (i) during the period of this term of the Welsh Assembly Government when an opt-out applies in Wales and (ii) in a future term of the Welsh Assembly Government should it adopt comparable higher education reforms in Wales.
(165424)
178
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures are in place in the proposed higher education reforms to ensure that students from (a) less advantaged and (b) other family backgrounds can attend the higher education institution of their choice.
(165425)
179
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the financial impact of the proposed higher education reforms on graduates of medical courses from different socio-economic backgrounds.
(165426)
180
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many learning disabled children there are in England.
(165538)
181
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of learning disabled children aged (a) between 5 and 10 years, (b) between 11 and 15 years and (c) between 16 and 20 years also have a physical disability.
(165539)
182
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of children in (a) maintained and (b) grammar schools bring packed lunches into school.
(165576)
183
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has had with universities in relation to the providing of MA courses in environmental education; if he will encourage universities to offer such courses; and if he will make a statement.
(165191)
184
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many temporary or demountable classrooms in the Colchester parliamentary constituency have been replaced with permanent accommodation since May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(165328)
185
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will visit St Andrew's Infant and Junior Schools in Colchester to inspect the temporary and demountable classrooms located there.
(165329)
186
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the citizenship curriculum includes the teaching of (a) the words of the National Anthem and (b) knowledge of the flags and patron saints of the nations of the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(165334)
187
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he will answer the Questions tabled by the honourable Member for Torbay on 3rd March for answer on 5th March, reference 159415 and 159416.
(165493)
188
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) school teachers and (b) further education lecturers accessed funds through the (i) Golden Hello and (ii) Repayment of Teacher Loan schemes in (A) 2001-02 and (B) 2002-03 for each prescribed shortage subject.
(165350)
189
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding his Department (a) has spent in 2003-04 and (b) is planning to spend in (i) 2004-05 and (ii) 2005-06 on rebuilding and refurbishing property in (A) secondary schools and (B) further education colleges.
(165351)
190
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the (a) management, (b) administration and (c) overhead cost per pupil for each local education authority in England.
(165380)
191
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has (a) to promote foster care , with particular reference to advertising campaigns, and (b) to encourage people to become foster carers.
(164193)
192
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether children will be involved in the process for choosing a Children's Commissioner.
(164194)
193
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will increase payments to foster carers.
(164195)
194
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to increase time spent on learning about court processes in secondary schools.
(164196)
195
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will conduct an urgent inquiry into the activities of companies who provide A level essays and coursework for UK students.
(165313)
196
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to make sure that A level students who use material supplied by commercial companies are penalised through the loss of any grade achieved in the subject for which coursework has been supplied and submitted as their own work.
(165314)
197
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to regulate companies who supply A level coursework to UK students.
(165315)
198
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many advanced skills teachers for citizenship have been recruited (a) in total and (b) in St Helens South.
(165331)
199
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the Government's policy is on the recruitment of 16 to 24 year old millennium volunteers; and how many have been recruited (a) in total and (b) in St Helens South.
(165332)
200
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the Government's policy is on the extension to secondary school pupils of millennium volunteers under the active citizens in schools initiative; how many have been recruited; what assessment has been made of the take-up of volunteers; and if he will make a statement.
(165333)
201
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many specialist citizenship teachers have been recruited in (a) England and (b) St Helens South in each of the last three years.
(165336)
202
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been made available to (a) enable schools to buy resources and (b) train teachers for the teaching of citizenship in each of the last three years.
(165337)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
203
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice she has received from the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment regarding the environmental impact of growing Chardon LL maize under a bromoxynil management regime.
(165373)
204
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment was made during the GM Farm Scale Evaluations of the environmental impact of treating Chardon LL maize with more than six litres per hectare of glufosinate ammonium.
(165374)
205
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the incidence of oxygen-free zones in the oceans.
(165590)
206
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the number of sites designated as derelict land, broken down by region; and what the area of each such site is.
(165738)
207
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average number of species in (a) grassland and (b) woodland was (i) on the latest date for which figures are available and (ii) 10 years ago, broken down by region.
(165739)
208
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the occasions on which the Thames Barrier has been closed in each of the last 10 years; and what estimate she has made of the number of occasions when it will be closed in (a) 2010, (b) 2020, (c) 2050 and (d) 2100.
(165740)
209
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of trees (a) had full crowns, (b) had slight defoliation, (c) had moderate defoliation, (d) had severe defoliation and (e) were dead in the latest survey conducted on behalf of her Department into tree health in the UK, broken down by region.
(165741)
210
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of trees (a) had full crowns, (b) had slight defoliation, (c) had moderate defoliation, (d) had severe defoliation and (e) were dead in the most recent survey of tree health in Europe under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution, broken down by country.
(165742)
211
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what change there has been in the percentage of ice cap cover in (a) Antarctica and (b) the Arctic in each year since 1974; and what total (i) area and (ii) volume the change between 1974 and 2003 represents.
(165747)
212
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of each county was covered by ancient woodland in (a) 1983, (b) 1993 and (c) 2003.
(165750)
213
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average length of the growing season was in (a) 1974, (b) 1984, (c) 1994 and (d) 2003 (i) in England and (ii) broken down by county.
(165751)
214
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what land area in total was affected by problems of soil erosion in each of the last 10 years, broken down by county; and what area of agricultural land in total has become unusable in each case.
(165752)
215
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on average water flow data between 1994 and 2003 at sites operated by the Environmental Change Network.
(165797)
216
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the percentage tree cover in each EU member state was (a) on the latest date for which figures are available, (b) 10 years ago and (c) 20 years ago.
(165798)
217
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total (a) area and (b) production in cubic metres of (i) broadleaf and (ii) coniferous woodland was in each year since 1980 (A) in England and (B) broken down by region.
(165799)
218
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps (a) have been taken and (b) are planned to improve tree health.
(165800)
219
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hectares were classified as (a) grassland, (b) land for crop growing, (c) woodland, (d) urban, (e) suburban and (f) semi-natural vegetation in each year since 1974 in the UK, broken down by (i) region and (ii) county.
(165805)
220
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the locations of (a) land deemed by the relevant local authority to be in a condition causing or likely to cause (i) significant harm and (ii) pollution of controlled waters as defined by 78A(2) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and (b) other contaminated land; what the size of each site is; what the nature of the contamination is in each case; and what steps (A) have been taken and (B) are planned to remedy any such contamination.
(165806)
221
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the (a) number and (b) total area of sites where land is designated as contaminated land.
(165807)
222
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on steps (a) which have been taken and (b) are being taken to tackle the problem of contaminated land.
(165808)
223
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the aridity index was, broken down by country in (a) 1975, (b) 1985, (c) 1995 and (d) 2002.
(165813)
224
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the volume of soil erosion, as measured in tonnes per hectare per annum was, broken down by country in (a) 1975, (b) 1985, (c) 1995 and (d) 2002.
(165814)
225
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate the Government has made of the annual costs to the insurance industry resulting from climate change.
(165815)
226
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what work her Department's Green Minister has undertaken in an official capacity in the last three months.
(165654)
227
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings her Department's Green Minister has attended in an official capacity in the last 12 months.
(165655)
228
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the meetings at which a representative of her Department was present regarding the delivery of sustainable development across Government as co-ordinated by the Ministerial Sub-committee of Green Ministers.
(165656)
229
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to deliver sustainable development within Government.
(165657)
230
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on her Department's Sustainable Development Strategy.
(165658)
231
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of copying paper used by the Department in 2002-03 was from recycled sources; and how much post-consumer waste this paper contained.
(165659)
232
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of paper for printed publications used by the Department in 2002-03 was from recycled sources; and how much post-consumer waste this paper contained.
(165660)
233
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she has put in place to ensure that her Department meets the quick win targets set by her Department to ensure that all copying paper bought by the Department is 100 per cent. recycled with a minimum of 75 per cent. post-consumer waste content.
(165661)
234
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she has put in place to ensure that her Department meets the quick win targets set by her Department to ensure that all paper for printed publications bought by the Department is 60 per cent. recycled, of which a minimum is 75 per cent. post-consumer waste.
(165662)
235
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, by what date her Department expects to reach the quick win targets to ensure that (a) all copying paper bought by the Department is 100 per cent. recycled with a minimum of 75 per cent. post-consumer waste content and (b) all paper for printed publications bought by the Department is 60 per cent. recycled, of which a minimum is 75 per cent. post-consumer waste.
(165663)
236
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports; what the name of the paper used in each case is; and what the (i) recycled and (ii) post-consumer recycled content of each type of paper is.
(165664)
237
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the evidence to support the hypothesis that there has been an explosion of the badger population in the UK.
(165450)
238
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the emissions of hydrofluorocarbons in each year since 1995 from mobile and vehicle air conditioning; and what the forecasts are for future years.
(165452)
239
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimates she has made of the emissions of greenhouse gases in million tonnes of carbon equivalent from UK coal-fired power generation in the last three years for which figures are available; and what estimate she has made of emissions for the next three years.
(165453)
240
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on farm income levels for farmers in the Ribble Valley and Fulwood in the past five years.
(165510)
241
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th December 2003, Official Report, columns 385-6W, on timber, how the Department and each of the bodies referred to monitor and audit purchases of timber and timber products to ensure that they meet the Department's stated commitment to being obtained from legal and sustainable sources.
(165722)
242
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Baronsdown Sanctuary area is a recognised reservoir of TB infection.
(165489)
243
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what value she places on the preservation of the line of Martello towers from Felixstowe to Aldeburgh.
(165488)
244
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to meet (a) the UK Biodiversity Action Plan targets and (b) the target adopted by EU Ministers in Gothenburg to halve biodiversity loss by 2010.
(165067)
245
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will add butterflies to the list of quality of life indicators.
(165068)
246
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to ensure sustainable funding for national survey and monitoring schemes in order to (a) mobilise and (b) support the voluntary effort to gather the data on the state of Britain's biodiversity.
(165069)
247
Linda Perham (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of UK refrigeration equipment disposal plants use vapour recovery hoods.
(165454)
248
Linda Perham (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the factors accounting for the trend in UK carbon dioxide emissions since 1996.
(165455)
249
Phil Sawford (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many greyhounds have been collected by local authority dog wardens in each year since 2000.
(165485)
250
Phil Sawford (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the minimum standards for kennels at greyhound tracks are.
(165486)
251
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to reply to the letter to her of 17th February from the honourable Member for West Worcestershire.
(165133)
252
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of households have water meters; and if she will make a statement.
(165375)
253
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in reducing water leakage; and if she will make a statement.
(165378)
254
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will investigate the operation of the Prittle Brook sewerage system; and if she will instruct Ofwat to bring forward its repair.
(165381)
255
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what systems are in place to regulate the operational activities of commercial salmon farmers in the UK.
(165565)
256
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment has been made of the health of the wild salmon population in the UK.
(165569)
257
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment has been made of the possible link between the use of chemical fertilisers in agriculture and the health of the wild freshwater fish population in the UK.
(165570)
258
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what account is taken in the procedures for assessing the risks to public health from agricultural spraying of (a) long-term exposure to pesticides in the air, excluding spraydrift, (b) exposure to pesticides via precipitation, (c) exposure to pesticides transported from outdoor applications and redistributed into an indoor air environment, (d) exposure to mixtures of pesticides and other hazardous chemicals per spraying application, (e) the effect on vulnerable groups with particular reference to (i) babies, (ii) children, (iii) pregnant women, (iv) the elderly and (v) those with pre-existing medical problems and chemical sensitivity and (f) the effect of exposure to pesticides in the (A) short and (B) long term for domestic animals situated in or near sprayed fields.
(165694)
259
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Minister for Rural Affairs has seen in full the video evidence and written documentation submitted by Georgina Downs to the recent departmental consultation on proposals for the introduction of no-spray buffer zones between spraying areas and residential properties in England and Wales.
(165707)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
260
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the fairness of the Nigerian local council elections; and if he will make a statement.
(165427)
261
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with EU member states on the Road Map for a peaceful solution between Israel and Palestine.
(165716)
262
N
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with political leaders in Cyprus with a view to securing a deal to reunite Cyprus before 1st May.
(164191)
263
N
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with US immigration authorities in relation to proposed changes to visa requirements for British citizens.
(164198)
264
N
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will advocate a strengthening of the EU Common Position on Burma at the forthcoming review.
(164199)
265
N
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Turkish authorities in relation to (a) human rights issues and (b) the possibility of accession to the EU.
(164200)
266
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance he has given to Israel to help defend itself against terrorist attacks from the West Bank and Gaza.
(165391)
267
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the steps Israel can legitimately take to defend herself against terrorist attacks from the West Bank and Gaza; and if he will make a statement.
(165393)
268
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the recent attempted coup in the Sudan; and what his assessment is of its implications for the future of the Popular Congress Party and its leader Dr Hassan al-Turabi.
(165457)
269
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his assessment of the implications of the recent attempted coup in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(165458)
270
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the evidential basis is for the statement on 23rd October 2003 by the Minister of State that the United Kingdom operates the most vigorous export control policies in the world, Official Report, column 654W.
(165623)
271
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th December 2003, Official Report, column 425W, on timber, how his Department and its overseas missions monitor and audit purchases of timber and timber products to ensure that they meet his Department's stated commitment to being obtained from legal and sustainable sources.
(165723)
272
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) internally displaced persons in Teso in North East Uganda and (b) the number of internally displaced persons camps in Teso.
(165515)
273
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps have been taken by the United Kingdom to encourage countries not signed up to the Non-Proliferation Treaty to reduce their nuclear arsenal.
(165745)
274
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the United Kingdom plans to take over the next 12 months to facilitate global compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
(165746)
275
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency in the verification of the nuclear safeguard arrangements required under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
(165803)
276
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of North Korea concerning its alleged export of nuclear technology; and if he will make a statement.
(165476)
277
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which British members of UNSCOM were transferred to work in the Iraq survey group.
(165567)
278
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions the Government has held with the Chinese government on Tibetan political prisoners.
(163679)
279
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Indonesian authorities regarding terrorism in Bali.
(165335)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
280
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 25th February, Official Report, column 467W, on medical research (animals), what reasons underlay the decision to authorise the payment towards the cost of research into the public's attitude to research involving animals.
(165816)
281
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has asked the European Commission to introduce transitional arrangements for health professionals from the new member states who do not meet the minimum training standards specified in the European Community directives on medicine, nursing, midwifery and dentistry by 1st May.
(165222)
282
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the European Commission will make a statement on the readiness of the 10 new member states to meet the minimum training standards specified in the European Community directives on medicine, nursing, midwifery and dentistry by 1st May.
(165223)
283
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what powers the UK health regulators will have in relation to the assessment of individuals whose training may not meet minimum EU training requirements as specified in the European Community directives on medicine, nursing, midwifery and dentistry.
(165224)
284
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action the European Commission will take against those accession states that do not meet the minimum training standards specified in the European Community directives on medicine, nursing, midwifery and dentistry by 1st May.
(165225)
285
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what efforts his Department has made to secure information from the European Commission as to which of the 10 new member states will have met the minimum training standards specified in the European Community directives on medicine, nursing, midwifery and dentistry by 1st May; and what work his Department has done in co-operation with other member states to secure that information.
(165226)
286
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 25th March, Official Report, columns 1065-6W, on chlamydia screening, what the cost of implementing the programme in each of the primary care trusts has been so far; and what estimate he has made of the cost of the third phase of the programme.
(165676)
287
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on his Department's Sustainable Development Strategy.
(165441)
288
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the meetings at which his Department has been represented on the delivery of sustainable development across Government as coordinated by the Ministerial Sub-committee of Green Ministers.
(165442)
289
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings his Department's Green Minister has attended in the last 12 months in that role.
(165443)
290
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in the last three months in that role.
(165444)
291
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list his Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports; and if he will state (i) the name of each paper used and (ii) the recycled, and post-consumer recycled, content of each paper.
(165445)
292
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date his Department expects to implement in full the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that (a) all copying paper bought by the Department is 100 per cent. recycled with a minimum of 75 per cent. post-consumer waste content and (b) all paper for printed publications bought by the Department is 60 per cent. recycled, of which a minimum is 75 per cent. post-consumer waste; and what measures he has put in place to ensure that the targets are met.
(165446)
293
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of paper for printed publications used by the Department in 2002-03 was from recycled sources; and how much post-consumer waste this paper contained.
(165447)
294
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to promote the delivery of sustainable development within Government.
(165448)
295
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he or the Minister for his Department will meet representatives of the health food industry on matters relating to the proposed EU Directive on vitamin and mineral supplements.
(165466)
296
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies for (a) district nurses, (b) health visitors and (c) midwives there were in the Weston Area Health Trust in each year since 1997.
(165602)
297
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) district nurses, (b) health visitors and (c) midwives there were in the Weston Area Health Trust in each year since 1997 broken down by (i) headcount and (ii) whole-time equivalent.
(165603)
298
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many intensive care beds there were in the Weston Area Health Trust in each year since 1997.
(165605)
299
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what analysis he has made of the effect of the Private Finance Initiative in the NHS, with particular regard to the cost of (a) services and (b) increasing capacity.
(165136)
300
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the Minister of Health responsible for consumer affairs declined the request of the Health Food Manufacturers' Association to meet to discuss issues facing the industry.
(165490)
301
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of adults in the Cumbria and Lancashire Health Authority were registered with an NHS dentist in each of the last seven years.
(165511)
302
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists have been recruited to the NHS in each year since 1997 in the Cumbria and Lancashire Health Authority.
(165542)
303
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence he has collated on the percentage of girls who take the contraceptive pill who suffer from (a) weight gain, (b) acne or other skin conditions and (c) mood swings.
(165491)
304
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many girls in England of school age were prescribed (a) contraceptive pills, (b) a contraceptive injection and (c) a contraceptive implant in each of the last seven years.
(165492)
305
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what responsibilities social services departments have to support destitute British nationals.
(165494)
306
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of school aged children in England suffer from respiratory conditions.
(165540)
307
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of (a) maintained and (b) grammar schools in England have introduced healthy eating options into school canteens in the last 12 months.
(165575)
308
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the percentage of school-age children who eat five portions of fruit and vegetables per day.
(165577)
309
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of children have developed skin cancer in each of the last seven years.
(165579)
310
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-fatal accidents were recorded to have happened to children in England in each of the last five years.
(165581)
311
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many support staff there were for scientific and technical staff in the NHS broken down by (a) trainees, (b) assistants, (c) healthcare assistants, (d) clerical and administrative staff and (e) maintenance and works staff in each of the last seven years.
(165327)
312
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many support staff there were for NHS ambulance staff, broken down by (a) trainee ambulance personnel, (b) healthcare assistants, (c) support workers, (d) clerical and administrative staff and (e) maintenance and works staff in each of the last seven years.
(165398)
313
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, at what age ambulance personnel are able to retire on a full pension; and if he will make a statement.
(165477)
314
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines are in place on the quality of private laser eye surgery.
(165789)
315
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his strategy for cutting inpatient and outpatient waiting times for access to magnetic resonance imaging scanners in England.
(165345)
316
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken towards ensuring that there is a magnetic resonance imaging scanner on site at every major hospital trust in England.
(165346)
317
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made with the (a) recruitment and (b) training of radiographers to reduce waiting times for access to magnetic resonance imaging scanners in England.
(165347)
318
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Government has spent in each of the last five years on (a) procurement of new magnetic resonance imaging scanners and (b) training staff to operate them; and what the projected expenditure is in each of the next five years.
(165348)
319
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department guarantees that the quality of local pain management services provided by NHS trusts and primary care trust commissioners is effectively monitored by strategic health authorities; and what steps it takes to ensure that best practice in pain management is shared between NHS trusts and primary care trusts from different strategic health authority regions.
(165349)
320
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in (a) Morecambe and Lunesdale Constituency and (b) Morecambe Bay Primary Care Trust Area.
(165407)
321
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the numbers of patients who fail to get prescriptions dispensed because of the charges.
(165410)
322
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the National Institute for Clinical Excellence Guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will be implemented by the Morecambe Bay Primary Care Trust.
(165416)
323
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether pulmonary rehabilitation is offered by the Morecambe Bay Primary Care Trust to patients who consider themselves functionally disabled by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
(165417)
324
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to require primary care trusts to establish a policy to reduce allergic reactions to latex in (a) staff and (b) patients.
(165568)
325
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of NHS staff adversely affected by an allergic reaction to latex; and (a) how many days work have been lost and (b) how many staff have left the service as a result of latex allergy in each of the last five years.
(165571)
326
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the merits of exempting people suffering from particular illnesses from the requirement to recover the costs of personal care provided within care homes.
(165468)
327
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research he has examined concerning asthma and a remodelling of the body's airways.
(165406)
328
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people being prescribed statins in each year to 2010.
(165794)
329
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects of allowing general practices to sell goodwill as part of the new General Medical Services contracts.
(165795)
330
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department are taking to encourage self monitoring of hypertension.
(165802)
331
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average general practitioner list size was in (a) Birmingham and (b) the Black Country in each of the last 10 years.
(165804)
332
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the franchise plan for the Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust.
(165064)
333
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will respond to the letter from the honourable Member for Spelthorne of 4th February, PO 1043915, regarding continuing care criteria.
(165065)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
334
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many animal experiments were conducted in connection with (a) household cleaning products and (b) ingredients used in household cleaning products in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(165436)
335
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce a ban on animal testing in connection with (a) household cleaning products and (b) ingredients used in household cleaning products; and if he will make a statement.
(165437)
336
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the use of the LD50 test on animals for the testing of pharmaceuticals in the UK.
(165449)
337
N
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the nine sex offenders until recently housed at the Peterborough bail hostel next to St George's School have been removed; and if he will give an undertaking that they will not be returned there.
(165189)
338
Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the outcome was of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held on 30th March; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.
(165594)
339
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Department's plans to review sentencing for women.
(165137)
340
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what efforts his Department is making to reduce the impact of parental imprisonment on children aged under 16 years.
(165138)
341
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 17th March, Official Report, column 339W, on cannabis, when he expects to publish the results of the evaluation into the effectiveness of the advertising campaign on the reclassification of cannabis.
(164955)
342
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will answer the Question from the honourable Member for Portsmouth South of 29th January, reference 152236.
(165364)
343
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions have taken place under the Cigarette Lighter Refill (Safety) Regulations 1999; and what the resultant penalties were in each case.
(165760)
344
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the legislation relating to substance abuse; and what plans he has to amend the legislation.
(165761)
345
Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the savings that would result from the privatisation of the Forensic Science Service in England and Wales in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07.
(165521)
346
Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Forensic Science Service in respect of the applications by (a) Turkey and (b) Croatia to join the European Network of Forensic Science Services.
(165522)
347
Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the European Network of Forensic Science services in connection with the possible privatisation of forensic science services in England and Wales.
(165523)
348
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, at what age police officers are able to retire on a full pension; and if he will make a statement.
(165478)
349
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum cases which went to appeal during each of the last seven years were (a) granted and (b) refused leave to remain in the country; and what the total number of cases which went to appeal was in each year.
(165619)
350
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether those seeking British citizenship are required (a) to know the words of the National Anthem and (b) have knowledge of the flags and patron saints of the nations of the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(165330)
351
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has given to magistrates' courts about sentencing in respect of (a) anti-social behavior and (b) youth street crime; and if he will make a statement.
(165388)
352
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men aged over 65 years and (b) women aged over 60 years are in prison (i) on remand and (ii) after sentence.
(165389)
353
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which prisons pay prisoners who attend full-time education the same rates as those who work.
(165399)
354
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of (a) self-injury and (b) attempted suicide have occurred in each of the segregation units in juvenile prisons in the last five years.
(165400)
355
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children with an open F2052SH have been placed in (a) segregation and (b) special cells in each juvenile prison in the last five years.
(165401)
356
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many adjudications involving juvenile girls in Bullwood Hall prison in each month since January 2003 have found them guilty of a misdemeanour.
(165402)
357
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many juvenile girls in Bullwood Hall prison have been adjudicated on for incidents of violence in each month since January 2002.
(165403)
358
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the juvenile girls in Bullwood Hall prison have been adjudicated on more than once.
(165404)
359
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many juvenile girls and women prisoners have had their babies taken from them at birth in each of the last five years.
(165405)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
360
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what land area in total was affected by drought as defined by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) country and (b) length of drought period.
(165748)
361
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what changes there have been in total land area used for agricultural purposes over the last 10 years, broken down by (a) country and (b) agricultural land use categories, as defined by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
(165749)
362
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information he has collated on (a) the average area of land classified as wetlands, (b) the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum area of mountain snow cover and (c) the total area of sea level intrusion in each of the last ten years, broken down by country.
(165809)
363
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of (a) the extent to which non-governmental organisations will exit Iraq following the scheduled handover of sovereignty to Iraqis on 30th June and (b) the impact this will have on the humanitarian situation in the country.
(165428)
364
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations have been made to him by UK-based non-governmental organisations on the security of their aid workers in Iraq following the scheduled handover of sovereignty to Iraqis on 30th June.
(165429)
365
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps will be taken to ensure the security of aid workers in Iraq following the scheduled handover of sovereignty to Iraqis on 30th June.
(165430)
366
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made on his Department's sustainable development strategy.
(165431)
367
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to promote the delivery of sustainable development within Government.
(165432)
368
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the meetings at which his Department has been represented on the delivery of sustainable development across Government as co-ordinated by the Ministerial Sub-committee of Green Ministers.
(165433)
369
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what meetings his Department's Green Minister has attended in the last 12 months in that role.
(165434)
370
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in the last three months in that role.
(165435)
371
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what amount of overseas aid has been allocated to assisting Kenya in each of the last 10 years.
(165801)
372
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will take steps to transfer responsibility for the Global Environment Facility to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
(165631)
373
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department's guidelines for the implementation of environmental impact assessments include specific reference to wildlife and bushmeat.
(165634)
374
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what research his Department is funding into the contribution of bushmeat to the livelihoods of the world's poorest people.
(165635)
375
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make representations to the Global Environment Facility to fund wildlife management measures in timber concessions.
(165636)
376
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if his Department will support the sustainable management of the bushmeat trade within Ghana by matching the Ghanaian Government's funding and resources in this area.
(165637)
377
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effects of the Department's restructuring on its capacity to address natural resources management issues.
(165638)
378
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 15th December 2003, Official Report, column 727W, on timber, how the Department and its overseas offices monitor and audit purchases of timber and timber products to ensure that they meet the Department's stated commitment to their being obtained from legal and sustainable sources.
(165717)
379
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 24th March, Offical Report, columns 884-5W, on water, what assessment he has made of the likely level of water shortages in Africa by 2025.
(165756)
380
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, for what reason food aid to Teso in north east Uganda was distributed through the World Food Programme.
(165519)
381
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what value for money guarantees he is seeking regarding EU aid spending in Zimbabwe.
(165544)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
382
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 25th March, ref 162688, whether search and log records for the night of 17th February 1978 have been retained in a location other than within the investigations file and HM Coroner's reports relating to the La Mon bombing.
(165692)
383
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many NHS dentists were (a) male and (b) female in each of the last three years, broken down by Health Trust area.
(165763)
384
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many dentists in Northern Ireland are solely in private practice, broken down by health trust area.
(165764)
385
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of the Northern Ireland population are registered with an NHS dentist, broken down by health trust area.
(165765)
386
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) attendances at accident and emergency and (b) admissions to hospital were recorded for fall-related injuries to people aged 60 years and over in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.
(165766)
387
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average cost of a fall by someone over 60 years of age to (a) the NHS and (b) social services was in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.
(165767)
388
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people over 60 years were admitted to long-term care following a fall in each of the last three years, broken down by health trust area.
(165768)
389
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost to the NHS in Northern Ireland of agency nurses was in each of the last three years.
(165769)
390
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much the Northern Ireland Office spent on (a) advertising, (b) information campaigns, (c) management consultancy and (d) auditor fees in each of the last five years, broken down by department.
(165770)
391
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) arrests were made, (b) people were charged, (c) cautions were issued and (d) convictions were made, for drug offences in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years, broken down by (i) drug classification category and (ii) Northern Ireland parliamentary constituency.
(165771)
392
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to combat racism in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(165772)
393
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many home-helps were employed in each Northern Ireland health trust area in each of the last 10 years.
(165773)
394
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many travel warrants were issued to civil servants employed by his Department for travel between Northern Ireland and Great Britain via (a) Belfast City Airport and (b) Belfast International Airport in each of the last three years.
(165774)
395
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of air travel for civil servants employed by his Department travelling between Northern Ireland and each of Great Britain's airports via (a) Belfast City Airport and (b) Belfast International Airport was in each of the last three years.
(165775)
396
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many civil servants flew from Belfast International Airport to (a) London Luton, (b) London Stansted and (c) London Gatwick in each of the last three years; and what the average return fare was.
(165776)
397
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many civil servants flew from Belfast City Airport to (a) London Heathrow and (b) London Gatwick in each of the last three years; and what the average return fare was.
(165777)
398
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) males over 65 years and (b) females over 60 years are in full-time employment in Northern Ireland.
(165778)
399
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to address the dangers of increasing personal debt in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(165779)
400
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which members of the (a) Provisional IRA, (b) UDA and (c) UVF have been imprisoned since they were released as part of the Belfast Agreement early release provisions.
(165217)
401
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with members of the (a) Army Council of the Provisional IRA, (b) Brigade Staff of the UVF and (c) Brigade Staff of the UDA in relation to their ceasefires since 1st January.
(165218)
402
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations he made to the Prime Minister prior to his visit to Libya last week about the victims of terrorists supplied by Libyan arms and explosives.
(165220)
403
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the quantity of arms and explosives supplied by Libya to the Provisional IRA in the last 30 years.
(165221)
404
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many tax discs were issued for vehicles in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(165730)
405
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much public money is being made available to support the North West 200 event; and what plans there are for the development of this event in Northern Ireland.
(165731)
406
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average volume per day of vehicles using the A26 between Ballymena and Coleraine was in each of the last 10 years.
(165732)
407
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have received MRI scans through the NHS in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(165733)
408
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average waiting time for an MRI scan is in each of the hospitals providing such treatment in Northern Ireland.
(165734)
409
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Housing Executive single homes in Northern Ireland have been adapted for disability use in each of the last five years.
(165735)
410
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the responses to the application for the establishment of a windfarm at the Tunes Plateau off the coast of Northern Ireland.
(165736)
411
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what changes have been made to the number of special advisers employed at the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister since suspension of devolution in October 2002.
(165737)
412
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many appointments with general practitioners individuals failed to attend in each health board area in Northern Ireland in 2003.
(165743)
413
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money has been paid by passengers in airport tax at each of the three main airports in Northern Ireland since its introduction.
(165744)
414
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd February, Official Report, columns 873-4W, on timber, how the Northern Ireland Office and each of the bodies referred to monitor and audit purchases of timber and timber products to ensure that they meet the Department's stated commitment to their being obtained from legal and sustainable sources.
(165704)
415
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent meetings he has had with union leaders in relation to the Northern Ireland Civil Service pay dispute; and if he will make a statement.
(165141)
416
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the benefit entitlement available to those living in Northern Ireland on an ancestral visa.
(165365)
417
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding has been allocated for research into myalgic encephalitis in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years; what steps he is taking to increase such figures; and if he will make a statement.
(165366)
418
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding has been made available to education and library boards in Northern Ireland specifically for parenting initiatives in each of the past five years; what plans he has to increase the current level of funding for parenting initiatives; and if he will make a statement.
(165726)
419
Mr John Hume (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the quality of engagement between government departments and local agents in Derry on the marker bid under the Integrated Development Fund.
(165343)
420
Mr John Hume (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the percentage unemployment level is in (a) Coleraine, (b) Derry (city), (c) Strabane, (d) Omagh, (e) Dungannon, (f) Cookstown, (g) Eniskillen, (h) Armagh (city), (i) Portadown, (j) Newry and (k) Lisburn.
(165344)
421
Mr John Hume (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many redundancies there were in the Foyle constituency in the past 36 months.
(165395)
422
Mr John Hume (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the education and retraining specifically tailored for textile workers who have been made redundant.
(165396)
423
Mr John Hume (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many new jobs were created in the Foyle constituency in the past 36 months; and how many of those new jobs are still in existence.
(165397)
424
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will allocate funding to assist an ongoing scheme at Londonderry Primary School, Newtownards to provide fruit for pupils.
(165757)
425
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 17th March, Official Report, column 300W, on General De Chastelain, if he will list the full days since 1st January that General De Chastelain has spent in the Province.
(165758)
426
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many complaints have been received in the last five years by the Department of Education from parents concerned at the excessive weights children carry in school bags; and if he will make a statement.
(165782)
427
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce, as standard practice, personal lockers for children in schools in the Province in order to limit the amount of books carried in school bags.
(165783)
428
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he is taking to bring about the reduction of charges to customers by banks operating in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(165784)
429
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether all bank charges in Northern Ireland meet the code and ethics laid down by the UK banking industry; what steps the Government can take to protect Northern Ireland bank customers; and if he will make a statement.
(165785)
430
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what guidelines he has issued on limits to the amount of weight a child should carry to and from school; and if he will make a statement.
(165786)
431
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment has been made of the medical risks associated with children carrying excessive weights in school bags.
(165787)
432
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the cost of treating smoking-related illnesses in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(165788)
433
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take steps to improve facilities at the mental health inpatients' unit at Ards Hospital.
(165790)
434
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many student nurses (a) commenced and (b) completed training in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(165791)
435
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd February, Official Report, column 176W, on waiting lists/times, what estimates he has made of the cost of (a) establishing and (b) maintaining a (i) centralised waiting list team and (ii) waiting list manager at Green Park Health and Social Services Trust.
(165792)
Questions to the Prime Minister
436
N
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make representations to the President of Egypt that he grant a pardon to Majid Nawaz.
(165227)
437
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he raised human rights issues with Jiang Zemin at his meeting with him in 1999.
(165589)
438
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he discussed the supply of arms and explosives to the Provisional IRA with Colonel Gaddafi last week.
(165219)
439
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has received about line management in Postwatch.
(165372)
440
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Prime Minister, what response he has given to the letter from Mrs Pamela Dix, Secretary of UK Families Flight 103, requesting a meeting on his discussions with the Libyan leaderships about Lockerbie.
(165367)
441
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 19th January, Official Report, column 923W, on rogue states, whether he has determined that (a) Israel, (b) India and (c) Pakistan fall within the definition given of a rogue state.
(165524)
442
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement on Libya of 29th March, Official Report, column 1267, on which date Libya first volunteered information on the extent of their chemical and nuclear weapons programmes; to which countries the highly sensitive documentation and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) related equipment were removed; by whom and how it was decided to where this equipment should be removed; and if he will place in the Library written declarations Libya has made in respect of its WMD programme.
(165572)
443
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, further to his oral statement on the outcome of the European Council of 29th March, Official Report, column 1259, if he will list the names of the candidates from which the new EC counter-terrorism co-ordinator was chosen; what the reasons were for the choice; and whether the co-ordinator will have the authority to review the security of nuclear materials in transport as part of his responsibilities.
(165578)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
444
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assumptions her Department has made concerning the reduction in carbon emissions by 2010 arising from the adoption of energy efficiency measures by (a) her Department, (b) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (c) industry, (d) home occupiers and (e) others.
(165817)
445
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Office of Fair Trading have taken to inform consumers of the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme; how much the scheme has cost; and how much of the costs have been spent on advertising and information campaigns.
(165496)
446
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which organisations the Office of Fair Trading has granted Stage One approval to in the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme; and from which organisations Stage One approval was withheld.
(165497)
447
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what evidence the (a) Ombudsman for Estate Agents, (b) Direct Selling Association, (c) Association of British Travel Agents and (d) Vehicle Builders and Repairers Association supplied in support of their application to the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme; and if she will make a statement on the Stage 2 award to each organisation.
(165498)
448
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of their respective industries the membership of the (a) Ombudsman for Estate Agents, (b) Direct Selling Association, (c) Association of British Travel Agents and (d) Vehicle Builders and Repairers Association represent; and what assessment she made of these proportions before granting Consumer Codes Approval Scheme Stage 2 approval.
(165499)
449
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made, for each year since the introduction of the national minimum wage, of (a) the number of employers not complying with the national minimum wage provisions and (b) the level of underpayment of the national minimum wage.
(165500)
450
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the effect of the cost of nuclear decommissioning over the next 10 years on the price of energy to consumers.
(165501)
451
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has held with (a) Postwatch and (b) Postcomm about the role of Postwatch.
(165352)
452
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received from Postcomm about their work with key Post Office Network stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of the role that post offices should play in the longer term.
(165369)
453
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of each annual report from Postcomm on the urban network since 2001; and if she will place copies of her assessments in the Library.
(165370)
454
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received about line management in Postwatch.
(165371)
455
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what reports she has made to the Prime Minister on progress against conclusions in the Performance and Innovation Unit report of 2000.
(165438)
456
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support her Department has offered to Post Office Limited to ensure that benefit recipients can continue to access their entitlement in cash at post offices.
(165439)
457
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, who are the key Post Office network stakeholders.
(165440)
458
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent action her Department has taken to support small businesses in Tynemouth constituency.
(165362)
459
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research her Department has conducted on the impact on London's business community arising from the effects on London's infrastructure of predicted increases in the capital's population.
(165622)
460
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the feasibility of capping annualised percentage rates of interest on credit cards without capping the rate on short-term loans.
(165629)
461
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will publish the responses to the public consultation on the Secondary Orders for the Export Control Act 2002 online.
(165630)
462
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) membership and (b) remit are of the cross-departmental committee established to examine the capping of annualised percentage rates of interest.
(165633)
463
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 9th December 2003, Official Report, columns 453-4W, on timber, how the Department and each of the bodies referred to monitor and audit purchases of timber and timber products to ensure that they meet the Department's stated commitment to being obtained from legal and sustainable sources.
(165725)
464
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what analysis underpinned the creation of a priority area for economic regeneration between Portsmouth and Southampton; what the objectives were of establishing this scheme; and to what extent these objectives have been achieved.
(165316)
465
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money her Department has spent on the South Hampshire Priority Area for Economic Regeneration in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04; and how much is budgeted to be spent in (i) 2004-05 and (ii) 2005-06.
(165319)
466
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department is taking to promote trade with Far Eastern countries.
(165543)
467
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects to reply to the letter to her of 23rd January from the honourable Member for West Worcestershire.
(165132)
468
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people were employed in the textile industry in 1997; and how many are employed in it now.
(165383)
469
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will issue guidance to tribunals on the test of reasonableness in relation to the award of costs between parties.
(165695)
470
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to review the guidance she gives to tribunals on costs where an employee wins the case but is left with costs higher than the compensation awarded; and if she will make a statement.
(165696)
471
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps have been taken by her Department to ensure energy supplies to the United Kingdom once North Sea reserves have expired.
(165078)
472
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment she has made of (a) gas and (b) oil reserves in the North Sea.
(165079)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
473
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the traffic flows on the A27 (a) through Worthing and (b) around Arundel were (i) in 1997 and (ii) on the latest date for which figures are available.
(165699)
474
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many lanes each way are justified for the A27 (a) through Worthing and (b) around Arundel.
(165700)
475
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received (a) for and (b) against improvements for traffic on the A27 (i) through Worthing and (ii) around Arundel.
(165701)
476
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to propose relief for (a) traffic on the A27 and (b) residents in (i) Worthing and (ii) Arundel.
(165702)
477
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the final cost of the remedial work undertaken on the A38 Saltash Tunnel; and how the work is to be funded.
(165714)
478
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of new cycle lanes have been provided in the Ribble Valley and Fulwood since 1997; and at what cost.
(165512)
479
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8th December, Official Report, columns 204-5W, on timber, how the Department and each of the bodies referred to monitor and audit purchases of timber and timber products to ensure that they meet the Department's stated commitment to their being obtained from legal and sustainable sources.
(165698)
480
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8th March, Official Report, column 1237W, on computerised MOT Test, if he will make it his policy to set a final date for the implementation of a computerised MOT test by Siemens Business Services, failing which he will appoint a new contractor.
(165796)
481
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many motor vehicles equipped with cameras are used by or on behalf of the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency for the purpose of recording untaxed car use; what the total cost has been of such vehicles and equipment; and upon what basis decisions are made concerning their deployment.
(165190)
482
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list, by county, the areas in which motor vehicles equipped with cameras used by or on behalf of the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency for recording untaxed car use have been deployed during the last 12 months.
(165192)
483
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assistance was given to Peel Holdings to help with the Finningley Airport development.
(165711)
484
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans are being considered for freight to be handled at and transported from Finningley Airport; and if he will make a statement.
(165712)
485
Linda Perham (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what impact he expects the provisions of the draft Disability Discrimination Bill to have on the measures contained in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 regarding specifications of hackney carriages; and what the timetable is for consultation and implementation.
(165456)
486
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects Birmingham International Airport to announce a scheme of compensation for Solihull constituents adversely affected by the proposed second runway.
(165566)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
487
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to know when the existing child support cases on the old system of assessment will be transferred to the new system of assessment.
(165230)
488
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in (a) Essex and (b) the West Chelmsford constituency collect benefits from post offices.
(165228)
489
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in (a) Essex and (b) the West Chelmsford constituency have migrated from over-the-counter benefit payments to direct transfers in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(165229)
490
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of pensioners in Somerset who will receive the £100 payment towards council tax, broken down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area.
(165599)
491
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners (a) were eligible for, (b) applied for and (c) received the winter fuel payment in the constituency of Weston-super-Mare in each year since its inception.
(165601)
492
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff are employed by his Department to call members of the public who have yet to sign up for electronic payment of their benefits into bank or Post Office accounts.
(165709)
493
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in the Portsmouth South constituency drew their (a) benefits including war pensions and (b) retirement pensions at (i) post offices and (ii) banks and building societies in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(165353)
494
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time was for the Health and Safety Executive to produce reports on leaks at chemical sites in 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(165639)
495
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many gas leak incidents have occurred at chemical plants in the UK in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(165640)
496
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects the Health and Safety Executive to report on the chemical leak of 3rd November 2003 at the Rhodia Group Chesterfield site; and if he will make a statement.
(165641)
497
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports; what the name of each paper used was in each case; and what the (i) recycled and (ii) post-consumer recyled content of each type of paper is.
(165642)
498
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in their capacity in the last three months.
(165665)
499
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what target is set by his Department for the (a) completion and (b) publication of Health and Safety Executive reports into leaks at the UK chemical plants; and if he will make a statement.
(165666)
500
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the meetings at which a representative of his Department had been present regarding the delivery of sustainable development across Government as co-ordinated by the Ministerial Sub-committee of Green Ministers.
(165667)
501
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what meetings his Department's Green Minister has attended in their capacity in the last 12 months.
(165668)
502
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to deliver sustainable development within Government.
(165669)
503
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made on his Department's Sustainable Development Strategy.
(165670)
504
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of copying paper used by the Department in 2002-03 was from recycled sources; and how much post-consumer waste this paper contained.
(165671)
505
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of paper for printed publications used by the Department in 2002-03 was from recycled sources; and how much post-consumer waste this paper contained.
(165672)
506
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures he has put in place to ensure that his Department meets the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that all copying paper bought by the Department is 100 per cent. recycled, with a minimum of 75 per cent. post-consumer waste content.
(165673)
507
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures he has put in place to ensure that his Department meets the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that all paper for printed publications bought by the Department is 60 per cent. recycled, of which a minimum is 75 per cent. post-consumer waste.
(165674)
508
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what date his Department expects to attain the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that (a) all copying paper bought by the Department is 100 per cent. recycled with a minimum of 75 per cent. post-consumer waste content and (b) all paper for printed publications bought by the Department is 60 per cent. recycled, of which a minimum is 75 per cent. post-consumer waste.
(165675)
509
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to what access to benefits British nationals entering this country who are destitute are entitled.
(165495)
510
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will meet delegates from West Sussex County Council in order to discuss the resettlement of Chagossians in West Sussex.
(165573)
511
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what (a) initiatives, (b) campaigns and (c) advisory bodies relating to older people his Department (i) is responsible and (ii) has provided funding since 2001; and what the cost in each year was for each one.
(165142)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
512
N
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his policy towards the cancellation of debt in the world's poorest countries.
[Question Unstarred] (164982)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
513
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were in receipt of (a) war pension and (b) war widow's pension in 1997; and how many there are in each category now.
[Transferred] (165379)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
514
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of children in England spent (a) one hour or less, (b) between one and two hours and (c) over three hours per week on physical education in 2003.
[Transferred] (165574)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
515
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what work has been done to delineate tasks between the EU and NATO in Bosnia once the European Union has taken over the Stabilisation Force operation there; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (165561)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
516
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what restrictions are in place to mitigate the impact of genetically modified meat and fish; and what discussions he has had with retailers on their policy towards these products.
[Transferred] (165451)
517
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have died as a result of abuse of (a) butane gas refills and (b) other volatile substances in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (165759)
518
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to reduce waiting times for drug rehabilitation treatment in Chorley; what the budget is for the drug action team in Chorley; how many people have been seen by the drug action team in each of the last three years; and what his latest estimate is of waiting times for drug rehabilitation treatment in Lancashire.
[Transferred] (165394)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
519
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum in the UK have been made from claimants not residing in the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (165613)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
520
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what net percentage of forest cover worldwide has been lost since 1990; and what acreage this represents (a) in total and (b) broken down by country.
[Transferred] (165810)
521
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of land area in (a) Africa, (b) Asia, (c) South America, (d) Europe and (e) North America he estimates was covered in forest in (i) 1975, (ii) 1985, (iii) 1995 and (iv) 2002.
[Transferred] (165811)
522
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of land area in (a) Africa, (b) Asia, (c) South America, (d) Europe and (e) North America he estimates was suffering land degradation in (i) 1975, (ii) 1985, (iii) 1995 and (iv) 2002.
[Transferred] (165812)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
523
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of Post Office Limited's (a) support for the vulnerable and (b) action to maintain post offices as focal points for communities during the Network Reinvention Programme for 2003 and 2004 to date.
[Transferred] (165339)
524
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of Post Office Network's ability to maintain convenient access for all to post offices, as indicated on page 5, chapter 1 of the Performance and Innovation Unit Report of 2000.
[Transferred] (165340)
525
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what advice she has received from the Postal Services Commission regarding their monitoring of the size and shape of the Post Office network and its impact on local communities.
[Transferred] (165368)
526
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the efficiency of wind turbines compared to other sources of renewable energy.
[Transferred] (165517)
527
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to differentiate between offshore and onshore windfarms in the subsidy system for selling renewable obligation certificates.
[Transferred] (165518)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
528
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what quantity of consolidated cargo landing in Europe which was transported by road or rail into the United Kingdom was transported to enhanced remote transit sheds in the last year for which figures are available; and what European regulations apply to these cargo movements.
[Transferred] (165628)

 
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