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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 19 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 Monday 19 April 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 19 April 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 19 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 Monday 19 April of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 19 April see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
N
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many established civil servants were appointed in March.
(165505)
2
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent representations he has received on funding for contingency planning.
(166533)
3
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants are employed in each constituency listed in descending order.
(166676)
4
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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.
(166239)
Questions to the Chairman of the Catering Committee
5
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee, if he will discontinue the use in food outlets in the House of plastic bags for carrying take-away products and replace these with paper-based carriers.
(165924)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
6
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the amount of gift aid that has gone unclaimed in each year since 1997.
(166668)
7
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money was claimed in gift aid in each year since 1997.
(166669)
8
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate for (a) 1997 and (b) the latest date for which figures are available the number of householders paying more in council tax than income tax.
(166525)
9
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Newcastle East and Wallsend constituency, the effects on Newcastle East and Wallsend of his Department's policies and actions since 1997.
(166876)
10
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was received by the Inland Revenue in student loan repayment in each month in financial years (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04; and when the payments were transferred to the Student Loan Company.
(166117)
11
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will update the information provided in his Answer to the honourable Member for Truro and St Austell on taxation of 23rd January 2003, Official Report, column 430W; and if he will make a statement.
(166127)
12
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in Wirral South have received child tax credit.
(166627)
13
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many job vacancies there were in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.
(166638)
14
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000-01 by the Department and its agencies.
(166097)
15
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how may copies of the Treasury summary leaflet, Pre-Budget Report: the Strength to take long-term decisions for: Seizing the opportunities for global recovery, were distributed; to whom they were distributed; and what the cost was of (a) printing and (b) distribution.
(166429)
16
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) change and (b) percentage change was in full-time permanent jobs in Birkenhead from 1997 to 31st December 2003.
(166305)
17
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new jobs have been created in Birkenhead since 1997.
(166306)
18
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were employed in tourism-related jobs in Birkenhead on the latest date for which figures are available.
(166307)
19
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many job vacancies there were in Birkenhead in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.
(166308)
20
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many senior citizens in Birkenhead qualified for the 10 pence rate of income tax in each year since its introduction.
(166309)
21
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in Birkenhead have received child tax credit.
(166310)
22
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses in Birkenhead have benefited from the 100 per cent. tax exemption for computer and internet equipment.
(166311)
23
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the level of unemployment in Birkenhead was in each year since 1997.
(166312)
24
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) drug enforcement and (b) drugs policy functions are being transferred from HM Customs and Excise to the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
(166107)
25
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role is envisaged for (a) drug enforcement and (b) drugs policy in the new National Tax Agency.
(166108)
26
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the rateable value for the purpose of the uniform business rate of a public lavatory is the same in highly rateable and more lowly rated areas.
(165937)
27
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total amount raised by the uniform business rate levied on public lavatories was in 2003-04.
(165938)
28
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the criteria are by which a valuation officer evaluates a public lavatory for the purpose of the uniform business rate.
(165939)
29
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) highest and (b) lowest rated public lavatory in England is for the purpose of the uniform business rate.
(165940)
30
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has carried out of the amount of tax due in respect of taxpayers who have failed to return self assessment forms over the last five years.
(166420)
31
N
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of (a) families with dependent children are headed by (i) married couples, (ii) cohabiting couples and (iii) a lone (A) female and (B) male parent and (b) dependent children live in families which are headed by (1) a married couple, (2) a cohabiting couple, (3) a parent who has never married, (4) a widowed parent, (5) a divorced parent and (6) a separated parent.
(165864)
32
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for business of the changes in the Budget to landfill tax.
[R] (166530)
33
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Treasury has undertaken a study to estimate the cost of any future ID card scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(166781)
34
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to extend the tax relief on the employment of nannies to parents with disabled offspring.
(166115)
35
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, after how many years council house tenancies will be notifiable under stamp duty land tax regulations.
(166284)
36
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of council tenancies which will be notifiable under stamp duty land tax regulations by 2014.
(166285)
37
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the impact on revenue of the European Court of Justice ruling concerning corporation tax for (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08.
(166661)
38
N
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 30th March, reference 164497, on tax stamps, what the responses were of the two EU or accession countries not named in the Answer; and if he will place copies of these responses in the Library.
(165880)
39
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the amounts of over-payments made to people through the working tax credit scheme; how many people have been overpaid; what arrangements are in place to enable people to manage to pay back these amounts; and if he will make a statement.
(166041)
40
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Sir Peter Gershon regarding the progress of his efficiency review.
(165989)
41
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has conducted of the value derived by members of mutual organisations from the process of demutualisation.
(166732)
42
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to pay benefits for each child rather than per pregnancy in the case of multiple births; and if he will make a statement.
(166231)
43
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.
(166361)
44
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for each civil service grade within his (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (i) gender, (ii) ethnic group and (iii) age group; and how many are registered disabled.
(166388)
45
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the average (a) household debt per annum and (b) household monthly income in each year since 1997, broken down by region.
(166071)
46
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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.
(166244)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
47
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many (a) attachment of earnings, (b) charging orders, (c) third party debt orders, (d) judgement summons and (e) warrants of execution were issued in each year since 1997; what the total debt was that each enforcement method was to recover; and what the success rates in terms of debt recovery were for each enforcement method.
(166803)
48
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many (a) state-employed bailiffs and (b) enforcement agents are employed by county and magistrates' courts for the enforcement of debts; and how many of them have been certificated through a court procedure.
(166804)
49
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will list the bailiff firms and enforcement agencies each magistrates' court uses; and what fees and charges agreement each court has in place with the relevant firms.
(166805)
50
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, in how many county court judgements enforcement agents have been used to recover debts where the sum of money to be recovered is (a) £125 or less and (b) more than £125 in each year since 1997.
(166806)
51
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the proceeds of sales of goods by enforcement agents employed by the county courts was for the payment of (a) council tax and (b) all other debts in each year since 1997.
(166807)
52
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, in how many county court judgements liability orders have been made for the payment of council tax by an enforcement agent where no levy is made in each year since 1997.
(166808)
53
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, in how many county court judgements liability orders for levying distress have been made for the payment of council tax where the sum is £100 or less in each year since 1997.
(166809)
54
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, in how many county court judgements walking possession orders have been made for the payment of council tax in each year since 1997.
(166810)
55
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, in how many county court judgements letters were prepared and sent advising clients that a warrant for the recovery of a debt was with a court-employed enforcement agent in each year since 1997.
(166811)
56
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000-01 by the Department and its agencies.
(166089)
57
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Special Immigration Appeal Commission is a court; and if he will make a statement.
(165390)
58
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of current legal aid arrangements for (a) patients and (b) patients' families in dispute with NHS trusts.
(166690)
59
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment he has made of the case for extending the provision of free legal advice for (a) patients and (b) patients' families involved in formal complaints against NHS trusts.
(166691)
60
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many (a) patients and (b) patients' families have received legal aid support for disputes with NHS trusts in the last five years.
(166692)
61
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the likely levels of compensation for deaths where the deceased has no dependents or access to conditional fee agreements by families pursuing negligence claims against NHS trusts.
(166694)
62
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans he has to allow serving prisoners to vote in (a) local and (b) general elections; and if he will make a statement.
(166795)
63
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment has been made of the current exemptions to the release of information contained in freedom of information legislation in the light of recent terrorist incidents and threats.
(166035)
64
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, for what (a) initiatives, (b) campaigns and (c) advisory bodies relating to older people his Department and its predecessor (i) is responsible and (ii) has provided funding since 2001; and what the cost in each year was for each one.
(166241)
65
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many new solicitors firms have undertaken contracts with the Legal Services Commission in England and Wales since 2000.
(165842)
66
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many solicitors firms, in England and Wales have withdrawn from a Legal Services Commission contract in each year since 2000.
(165843)
67
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many people (a) applied for and (b) received legal aid in England and Wales since 2000; and how many people had an application rejected.
(165844)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
68
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Newcastle East and Wallsend constituency, the effects on Newcastle East and Wallsend of her Department's policies and actions since 1997.
(166878)
69
Chris Bryant (Rhondda):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what sums have been agreed between the BBC and Ofcom in respect of the carrying out by Ofcom of its functions in relation to the BBC, under section 198 (4) of the Communications Act 2003 for the financial year 2004-05.
(166825)
70
Chris Bryant (Rhondda):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what sums have been agreed between Ofcom and (a) the BBC and (b) the S4C Authority in respect of the carrying out by Ofcom of its functions in relation to the Authority under section 207(6) of the Communications Act 2003 for the financial year 2004-05.
(166826)
71
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000-01 by the Department and its agencies.
(166095)
72
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on plans to upgrade transmitters in Dumfries and Galloway to receive digital television services.
(165970)
73
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of the population of Dumfries and Galloway are able to receive Freeview digital television services.
(165971)
74
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to review the maximum support available through SportScotland.
(165974)
75
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money from the New Opportunities Fund was allocated to Birkenhead in each year since 1997.
(166505)
76
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money has been spent on the digitisation of content in libraries in Birkenhead since 1997.
(166506)
77
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the work of regional development agencies in developing tourism in Birkenhead.
(166507)
78
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of (a) copying paper and (b) paper for printed publications used by the Department in 2002-03 was from recycled sources; and how much post-consumer waste each amount contained.
(165950)
79
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures she has put in place to ensure that her 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.
(165951)
80
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures she has put in place to ensure that her 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.
(165952)
81
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when her 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.
(165953)
82
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports, in each case stating (i) the name of each paper used and (ii) the (A) recycled and (B) post-consumer recycled content of each paper.
(165954)
83
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what work her Department's Green Minister has undertaken in the last three months in that capacity; and what meetings her Department's Green Minister has attended in the last 12 months in that capacity.
(165955)
84
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the meetings at which her Department has been represented regarding the delivery of sustainable development across Government as co-ordinated by the Ministerial Sub-committee of Green Ministers.
(165956)
85
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to promote the delivery of sustainable development within Government.
(165957)
86
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on her Department's Sustainable Development Strategy.
(165958)
87
N
David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of accessibility to digital television in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.
(165677)
88
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money was spent on library (a) buildings and (b) books in Greater London in each year since 1997, broken down by borough.
(165840)
89
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) public libraries and (b) mobile library units there were within each Greater London borough in each year since 1997.
(165841)
90
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria she used for making the selection of 20 sports eligible for main Lottery funding; if she will list the 20 sports selected for Lottery funding; and whether crown green bowling was considered as a sport which might be eligible for main Lottery funding.
(166798)
91
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on Lottery funding for sports facilities for local football clubs.
(166531)
92
Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what powers she has to prevent local authorities from closing down (a) cultural and (b) sports facilities.
(166406)
93
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money the Government has given to (a) museums, (b) libraries and (c) public archives in each of the last 10 years.
(166725)
94
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action her Department is taking to support (a) museums, (b) libraries and (c) public archives; and if she will make a statement.
(166726)
95
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in her Department.
(166372)
96
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list for each civil service grade within her (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (i) gender, (ii) ethnic group and (iii) age group; and how many are registered disabled.
(166397)
97
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she last met the acting Director General of the BBC; and what was discussed.
(166093)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
98
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the BAE Systems and Thales partnership is still his preferred prime contractor for the aircraft carrier programme; what alternatives are under consideration; when the appointment will be confirmed; and if he will make a statement.
(166013)
99
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of through-life programmes to accompany future naval procurements.
(166536)
100
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his latest estimate is of the number of unexploded cluster bombs and bomblets that remain in Iraq having been dropped by British military operations.
(166415)
101
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his latest estimate is of the total cost to his Department of military operations in Iraq since September 2002.
(166416)
102
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his latest estimate is of the total volume of depleted uranium shells used in Iraq since March 2003.
(166417)
103
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) soldiers and (b) ex-soldiers were (i) investigated and (ii) prosecuted in regard to fraudulent claims for payment associated with resettlement in each year since 2000.
(166436)
104
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers received payments as part of their resettlement on leaving the Army in 2003; and what the average amount was.
(166437)
105
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he is having with the Royal British Legion on the subject of the proposed armed forces compensation scheme for war pensioners.
(166459)
106
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what payments his Department has made to private military companies working in Iraq.
(166132)
107
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the number of (a) private military companies and (b) British private military companies working in Iraq.
(166133)
108
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what checks are carried out on private military companies supplying guards to British interests in Iraq.
(166134)
109
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate how many army officers have requested early leave from their contracts to work for private military companies.
(166135)
110
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what security checks are carried out on (a) Iraqi nationals, (b) Third Country nationals and (c) international employees of private military companies protecting British interests in Iraq.
(166136)
111
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on releasing data on the amount of munitions containing depleted uranium used by US forces during the Iraq war.
(166868)
112
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps have been taken since the end of the Iraq war to monitor levels of uranium in (a) milk and (b) drinking water.
(166869)
113
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures his Department has implemented to (a) trace and (b) recover munitions containing depleted uranium used by British forces in Iraq.
(166871)
114
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason his Department is replacing the post of engineering artificer in the Navy with the post of engineering technician; and what difference there will be in the qualifications required for the new post.
(166689)
115
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provisions were included in the transfer of Defence Evaluation and Research Agency assets to QinetiQ for clawback in respect of development land sales; and what sums are expected to be clawed back in respect of the sale by QinetiQ of the former MoD Longcross site at Chertsey.
(165869)
116
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of the money earmarked for the Home Front Recall Scheme he intends to retain for major national projects and services; and if he will list the national projects and services which will benefit from the retained funds.
(166697)
117
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether honourable Members are required to obtain permission from his Department to visit military bases in their constituencies; and if he will make a statement.
(166383)
118
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a list of the traditional geographic areas of recruitment to the different Army regiments; and what the estimated population of each such recruitment areas are.
(166027)
119
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the regiments which have the name of a county included in the cap badge.
(166028)
120
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 12th March, Official Report, column 1773W, on Iraq, when he expects the Royal Military Police's Special Investigations Branch to complete its investigation into the deaths of the six Royal Military police officers from the Colchester garrison who were killed in Iraq; when he expects the report to be presented to him; when he will publish the report; whether the report to be published in full; whether families will be given (a) a full and (b) an edited version; and if he will make a statement.
(166070)
121
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British personnel are stationed in the United States as part of the 1958 US/UK Mutual Defence Agreement; and where they are located.
(166578)
122
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff are employed in the Atomic Co-ordinating Offices in London and Washington; and what their Civil Service grades are.
(166579)
123
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual running costs are of the Atomic Co-ordinating Offices in London and Washington; and out of which budget they are taken.
(166580)
124
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel are employed in the renegotiation of the 1958 US/UK Mutual Defence Agreement; and what the estimated cost is of renegotiation.
(166581)
125
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the role and function of the Atomic Co-ordinating Offices in London and Washington.
(166582)
126
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what work is carried out by (a) the Sandia National Laboratories, (b) the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and (c) the Los Alamos National Laboratories on behalf of the United Kingdom Government.
(166583)
127
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list all the Exchange of Information and Visit Reports that have occurred in the last 12 months as part of the 1958 US/UK Mutual Defence Agreement.
(166584)
128
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people visited (a) the Pantex Plant in America, (b) the Sandia National Laboratories, (c) the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, (d) the Los Alamos National Laboratories, (e) the Nevada test site and (f) the Rocky Flats plant on behalf of the United Kingdom Government in the last 12 months as part of the 1958 US/UK Mutual Defence Agreement.
(166585)
129
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a record is kept of how many days have been expended by AWE staff under the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement.
(166586)
130
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he intends to object, for operational flying reasons, to the erection of six wind turbines at Guestwick in Norfolk.
(166043)
131
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total planned cost of the Defence Medical Centre at Birmingham is; and what savings have been identified from its establishment.
(166110)
132
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the new Defence Medical Centre at Birmingham will be operational.
(166111)
133
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the defence medical facilities that will be replaced by the new Defence Medical Centre at Birmingham.
(166112)
134
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what developments have taken place in respect of the proposals made on 11th March to alter the contingent liability arrangements covering the submarine reactor fuel core factory and Neptune test reactor; and if he will place in the Library the new documentation produced on this matter.
(166038)
135
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.
(166369)
136
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list for each civil service grade within his (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (i) gender, (ii) ethnic group and (iii) age group; and how many are registered disabled.
(166394)
137
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date he was first informed that Dr Brian Jones of the Defence Intelligence Staff had submitted reservations about the Government's dossier, Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction.
(165685)
138
N
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many hours the Tain Air Weapons Range was in use for training operations in 2003 and in each of the preceding four years.
(166068)
139
N
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many sorties were undertaken using the Tain Air Weapons Range in 2003 and each of the preceding four years, indicating (a) those flown by RAF aircraft and (b) those flown by non-RAF aircraft.
(166069)
140
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research he has evaluated on genetically modified cress that changes colour when it comes into contact with landmine explosives.
(166846)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
141
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the further representations he intends to take into account in respect of the planning application for a football stadium at Falmer, East Sussex, will be limited to (a) those commenting on the report by his planning inspector on the draft Brighton and Hove Local Plan and (b) those who had already made formal representations at or before the public inquiry into the football stadium application.
(165688)
142
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average management and maintenance allowance per dwelling in England was for each year from 1990-91; and what the planned figure is for 2005-06.
(166587)
143
N
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what average annual real terms increase in the 2004-05 management and maintenance allowance would be required for the average allowance in England to reach, by the Decent Homes target year 2010-11, the real terms level of management and maintenance expenditure needed as set out in the Estimate of the Need to Spend on Maintenance and Management in Local Authority Housing published in June 2003.
(166615)
144
N
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, by how (a) many percentage points and (b) much the average 2001-02 management and maintenance allowance would have had to increase to reach the level of the need to spend on management nand maintenance indicated by the findings in Estimate of the Need to Spend on Maintenance and Management in Local Authority Housing, published in June 2003.
(166636)
145
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) level of housing basic credit approvals (as included in HIP allocations), (b) volume of reserved capital receipts from Right to Buy, (c) volume of usable capital receipts from Right to Buy and (d) capital receipts used by local authorities for housing investment were for (i) each local authority with a housing revenue account and (ii) England for (A) 1990-09, (B) 2000-01, (C) 2001-02, (D) 2002-03 and (E) 2003-04.
(166637)
146
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the amounts of outturn prices of (a) management and maintenance allowances, (b) major repairs allowances, (c) guideline rent (assumed HRA rental income), (d) actual Housing Revenue Account (HRA) rental income, (e) subsidy to the HRA including housing benefit subsidy, (f) HRA housing benefit subsidy entitlement and (g) subsidy to HRA net of contributions from HRA to housing benefit costs were for (i) each housing revenue account in England and (ii) England as a whole for (A) 1990-01, (B) 2000-01, (C) 2001-02, (D) 2002-03 and (E) 2003-04.
(166639)
147
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance his Department provides to councils regarding budget allocations for allotments.
(166055)
148
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the effect of changes in the level of council funding for housing upon residents of Wirral South since 1997.
(166635)
149
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his latest estimate is of the number of new housing units that will become available in the London Borough of Islington in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06, broken down by (i) council, (ii) housing association and (iii) co-operatives; and what his estimate is of the number of private dwellings for sale that are likely to become available in the same period.
(166358)
150
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of council tax was collected within the North Somerset unitary authority in each year since 1997; and what the total cost of administering council tax payments was in each year.
(165680)
151
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average household council tax level was in the North Somerset unitary authority in each year since 1997.
(165682)
152
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000-01 by the Department and its agencies.
(166090)
153
N
Mr David Curry (Skipton & Ripon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) dates and (b) venues of all meetings open to members of the public or by special invitation held in the (i) North East, (ii) North West and (iii) Yorkshire and the Humber organised by the relevant Government regional offices to discuss the Government's proposals to establish regional assemblies at which a Government Minister spoke; what the cost was of holding each meeting; how many (A) members of the public and (B) invitees attended; what the schedule is for future meetings; and what the budget is for each meeting in each of the relevant regions.
(165977)
154
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how the change in the level of council funding for housing has affected the residents of Birkenhead since 1997.
(166214)
155
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how (a) the Starter Homes Initiative and (b) the Abandoned Homes Initiative have benefited the residents of Birkenhead.
(166281)
156
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for what reason his analysis of responses to the consultation paper on licensing houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in England and Wales did not include an analysis of the responses to the proposal to introduce a duty of care on the owners and managers of HMOs to ensure the health and safety of their tenants; and if he will publish an analysis of these responses.
(166199)
157
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many respondents to the consultation paper on licensing houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) (a) supported, (b) opposed and (c) did not express an opinion about the proposal to introduce a duty of care on the owners and managers of all HMOs to ensure the health and safety of their tenants.
(166200)
158
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list those respondents to the consultation paper on licensing houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) who (a) supported and (b) opposed the proposal to introduce a duty of care on the owners and managers of all HMOs to ensure the health and safety of their tenants.
(166201)
159
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 29th March, Official Report, column 1267W, on public bodies, what the internal costs to his Department were of (a) the Property Advisory Group, (b) the Advisory Panel on Standards for the Planning Inspectorate, (c) the Advisory Panel on Beacon Councils, (d) the Building Regulations Advisory Committee, (e) the Community Forum and (f) the Residential Property Advisory Group.
(166794)
160
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to revise the uniform business rate in order to exclude the rating of publicly owned public lavatories.
(165935)
161
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the valuation of public lavatories is affected by (a) usage and (b) takings.
(165936)
162
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether registration schemes provided under the Housing Act 1996 will retain their legal status under the provisions of the Housing Bill.
(166282)
163
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what research has been undertaken to assess bad management practices within houses of multiple occupation in areas of (a) high and (b) low demand since 2001; and what the results have been.
(166283)
164
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the Government estimates will be the cost of an adequate monitoring scheme of licensing of houses of multiple occupation.
(166286)
165
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the Government estimates the implementation of the provisions of the Housing Bill will cost; and what funds the Government has committed to the implementation of the provisions of the Housing Bill.
(166287)
166
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the Government estimates that there is sufficient urban capacity in the London part alone of the Thames Gateway Development area to accommodate up to 120,000 new homes.
(166288)
167
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of the 120,000 new homes envisaged for Thames Gateway development the Government foresees will be built on previously developed land.
(166289)
168
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what consultations he has had with landlords and landlords' representatives regarding the method by which licensing of houses of multiple occupation will be introduced.
(166290)
169
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to introduce a pilot scheme for licensing of houses of multiple occupation in England and Wales.
(166291)
170
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what consultations he has had with landlords and landlords' representatives regarding the manner in which central Government will monitor licensing of houses of multiple occupation; and what the results were.
(166292)
171
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what consultations he has had with landlords and landlords' representatives regarding licensing of houses of multiple occupation; and what the outcomes were.
(166294)
172
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what change in the number of environmental health officers the Government estimates will be needed in England and Wales as a result of the provisions contained within the Housing Bill; in what time frame the Government estimates that additional environmental health officers required as a result of the provisions contained within the Housing Bill will be recruited and trained; how much he estimates such recruitment will cost; how such costs will be met; and what money central Government will provide.
(166295)
173
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much the UK spent on implementing EU mandates in the housing and planning sectors of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in 2003-04.
(166313)
174
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures are in place to assess the effectiveness of the implementation of the Housing Act 1986; and what their findings are.
(166314)
175
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures are in place to assess the impact of the Housing Act 1986 on the housing market; and what their findings are.
(166315)
176
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures are in place to assess the effectiveness of the implementation of the Housing Act 1996; and what their findings are.
(166336)
177
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures are in place to assess the impact of the Housing Act 1996 on the housing market; and what their findings have been.
(166337)
178
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures are in place to assess the effectiveness of the registration schemes provided by the Housing Act 1996; and what their findings have been.
(166338)
179
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the names and functions are of the organisations and agencies within his Office that relate to housing and planning; what budget is allocated to each; how the efficiency of the different organisations and agencies within his Office that relate to housing and planning is evaluated; and what the efficiency rating is of each such organisation and agency.
(166339)
180
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what mergers of organisations and agencies there have been since 1997 within his Office that relate to housing and planning; what evaluation has been made of the effectiveness of such mergers; and what the results were.
(166340)
181
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many staff were employed in 1997 in organisations and agencies relate to housing and planning; and how many staff are employed now in organisations and agencies within his Office that relate to housing and planning.
(166341)
182
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many PFI projects have been undertaken within the remit of the housing and planning section of his Office since private finance initiative projects were introduced.
(166342)
183
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what functions the EU requires his Office to undertake with regard to housing and planning.
(166343)
184
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library copies of the responses to the Consultation Papers on (a) regional referendums spending limits and (b) the conduct of the referendums.
(166516)
185
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total spending relating to the proposed elected regional assemblies by regional chambers has been in the (a) North West, (b) North East and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber; and, for each of these regions, what the total anticipated spending is for the period up to the regional referendums.
(166561)
186
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the implications of the Barker Report for Oxfordshire.
(166762)
187
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 9th March, Official Report, columns 1440-1W, on homelessness, if he will introduce best value performance indicators on (a) homelessness prevention and (b) tenancy sustainment.
(166128)
188
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the policy statement being used to inform the Law Commission's indicative clauses for a statutory tenancy deposit scheme.
(166129)
189
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the Tower Hamlets Housing Action Trust in the regeneration of North Bow.
(166130)
190
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent representations he has received on affordable homes in the Vale of York.
(166534)
191
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many planning applications for coastal marinas in England have been (a) submitted, (b) granted and (c) refused in each of the last five years.
(165928)
192
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make changes to the eligibility for disability facilities grants, with particular reference to means-testing; and if he will make a statement.
(165506)
193
N
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) Band D council tax and (b) average council tax paid in (i) Plymouth, (ii) Torbay, (iii) Torridge, (iv) West Devon, (v) South Hams, (vi) Exeter, (vii) Teignbridge, (viii) Mid Devon, (ix) East Devon and (x) North Devon were in financial year 2004-05, including all precepts.
(165194)
194
N
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the percentage council tax change has been in (a) Plymouth, (b) Devon and (c) Torbay in each of the past three years.
(165195)
195
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.
(166360)
196
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list for each civil service grade within his (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (i) gender, (ii) ethnic group and (iii) age group; and how many are registered disabled.
(166387)
197
N
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the level of council tax receipts collected by local authorities was irrespective of the financial year to which they relate in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c) Essex and (d) Cambridgeshire in each year from 1996-97 to 2002-03; and what the population of each authority was in each year.
(165582)
198
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Written Statement of 29th March, Official Report, column 73WS, on green belt statistics, when he decided to proceed with the designation of the New Forest as a national park.
(165898)
199
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether powers exist to permit officers of a local authority to enter private property to retrieve drugs litter.
(166793)
200
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the number of fires caused by cigarettes in each of the last five years; and how many deaths there were in such fires.
(166841)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
201
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much in targeted capital funds for schools was allocated to each English region in the last year for which figures are available.
(165870)
202
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much in targeted capital funds was given to (a) faith schools, (b) non-faith schools, (c) faith schools with a comprehensive intake, (d) non-faith schools with a comprehensive intake, (e) Church of England schools, (f) Roman Catholic schools, (g) grammar schools and (h) Roman Catholic grammar schools in the last year for which figures are available.
(165871)
203
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average full cost per child care place at a children's centre operating under Sure Start is for children aged (a) 0 to six months, (b) six months to two years and (c) two to four years.
(166464)
204
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will estimate the full annual running costs of a typical children's centre operating under the Sure Start scheme.
(166466)
205
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on what basis the contribution from each relevant service to each pathfinder children's trust was determined.
(166545)
206
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the arrangements are for allocating money from the Children's Fund in Newcastle-upon-Tyne; what criteria are applied; and what the audit arrangements are.
(166537)
207
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his policy is on Urban Education projects, with particular reference to the St Cuthbert's Care project in Byker.
(166538)
208
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Newcastle East and Wallsend constituency, the effects on Newcastle East and Wallsend of his Department's policies and actions since 1997.
(166879)
209
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much interest accrued to the Student Loan Company on student loans in financial years (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04; and how much of this interest was derived from capital sums which had been paid by debtors to the Inland Revenue but not transferred to the Student Loan Company.
(166116)
210
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding has been spent on computers for schools in Wirral South in each of the last seven years.
(166622)
211
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of pupils in Wirral South reached the (a) mathematics and (b) English standard in each of the last seven years.
(166623)
212
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding was spent per pupil in Wirral South in each of the last seven years.
(166624)
213
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teaching assistants there were in schools in Wirral South (a) in each of the last seven years and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.
(166625)
214
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teacher vacancies there were in Wirral South on the latest date for which figures are availalbe; and what steps he is taking to reduce them.
(166626)
215
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what level of funding his Department has allocated to the Gemini project; and what evaluation he has made of the effectiveness of the project.
(166450)
216
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) teaching assistants, (b) teachers and (c) teaching vacancies there were in schools in the North Somerset Education Authority in each year since 1997.
(165679)
217
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000-01 by the Department and its agencies.
(166098)
218
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the effects on schools of changes since 1997 in the level of investment in school sports in Birkenhead.
(166296)
219
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what public funding has been spent on adult (a) literacy and (b) numeracy in Birkenhead in each of the last five years.
(166297)
220
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teacher vacancies there were in Birkenhead on the latest date for which figures are available; and what steps he is taking to reduce them.
(166298)
221
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teaching assistants there were in schools in Birkenhead (a) in each of the last seven years and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.
(166299)
222
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding was spent per pupil in Birkenhead in each of the last seven years.
(166300)
223
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) free nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for (i) three and (ii) four year olds in Birkenhead in each of the last seven years.
(166301)
224
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) Sure Start centres and (b) early excellence centres have been created in Birkenhead.
(166302)
225
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in Birkenhead have gained from the National Childcare Strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(166303)
226
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding has been spent on repairing schools in Birkenhead in each year since 1997.
(166304)
227
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of 15 and 16 year olds in Birkenhead achieved at least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or GNVQ equivalent in each of the last seven years.
(166319)
228
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding has been spent on higher education in Birkenhead in each of the last seven years.
(166320)
229
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding has been spent on computers for schools in Birkenhead in each of the last seven years.
(166321)
230
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many capital modernisation fund computer learning centres have been established in Birkenhead.
(166322)
231
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) teachers and (b) families in Birkenhead have benefited from the Computers within Reach programme.
(166323)
232
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money was allocated to Birkenhead from the capital modernisation fund.
(166324)
233
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in Birkenhead were taught in classes of more than 30 on the latest date for which figures are available.
(166325)
234
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding each school in Birkenhead has received from the New Deal for Schools.
(166326)
235
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in Birkenhead have benefited from the Excellence in Cities programme; and what the per pupil spending was in each year since the programme's inception.
(166327)
236
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in Birkenhead deemed to be failing since 1997 have since reached satisfactory standards.
(166328)
237
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of pupils in Birkenhead reached the (a) mathematics and (b) English standard in each of the last seven years.
(166329)
238
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of 11 year old pupils in Birkenhead reached level four in (a) mathematics and (b) English in each of the last seven years.
(166330)
239
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many women in Birkenhead have visited an information and communications technology training centre in order to learn skills to return to work.
(166331)
240
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people in Birkenhead have received a computer to asssist in seeking employment or retraining.
(166332)
241
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money has been allocated to schools in Birkenhead for information and communications technologies since 2001.
(166333)
242
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many childcare places have been created in Birkenhead since 1997.
(166334)
243
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many residents of Birkenhead have undertaken apprenticeships in each of the last five years.
(166335)
244
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the level of public spending per student in higher education will be in the current financial year and each of the two subsequent financial years.
(166687)
245
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the individual public sector budgets from which grants have been made to higher education institutions in the past two financial years.
(166688)
246
N
David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria are applied when making decisions on closing (a) rural schools and (b) urban schools.
(165587)
247
N
David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many rural schools have closed in each year since 1997.
(165588)
248
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations he has received on requiring people coming from abroad to work with children or young people to have checks equivalent to those carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau before they begin work.
(165830)
249
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will require people coming from abroad to have Criminal Records Bureau checks before they can take up positions working with children or young people; and if he will make a statement.
(165833)
250
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in each local education authority had special educational needs in the latest year for which information is available, broken down by (a) statemented special educational needs and (b) non-statemented special educational needs.
(165585)
251
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in Greater London were taught in classes of more than (a) 25 and (b) 30 in each year since 1997, broken down by local education authority.
(165837)
252
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils in Greater London live more than three miles from the school they attend, broken down by local education authority.
(165838)
253
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants there were in each local education authority in Greater London in each of the last seven years.
(165839)
254
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will take measures to ensure that only local education authority-approved teachers can be employed by schools as supply teachers.
(166412)
255
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the names of the members of the working party on provision of post-16 education and training; how many times it has met; and what its remit is.
(166718)
256
Phil Sawford (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects to receive a report from the Modern Apprenticeships Task Force.
(166202)
257
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of students attending university were from each of the lowest two social classes in each of the last 10 years.
(166733)
258
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations he has received from universities regarding difficulties in attracting and retaining postgraduate students from within the United Kingdom.
(166734)
259
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the cost to United Kingdom universities of the changed fee obligations of students from the accession countries after EU enlargement.
(166735)
260
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many undergraduate students from other EU member states have been accepted at United Kingdom universities in each of the past 10 years.
(166736)
261
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what requirement there is on head teachers in private schools to report to the police allegations of sexual abuse of pupils by school employees.
(165943)
262
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what restrictions there are on convicted child abusers working (a) as private tutors and (b) in private schools.
(165944)
263
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on Ofsted's Report on Vocational A Levels: the first two years.
(165861)
264
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the future of the advanced vocational certificate of education.
(165862)
265
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils (a) were enrolled to take, (b) were awarded a pass in and (c) have dropped out from the advanced vocational certificate of education course, in each subject in each year since 2002.
(165863)
266
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.
(166373)
267
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list for each civil service grade within his (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (i) gender, (ii) ethnic group and (iii) age group; and how many are registered disabled.
(166398)
268
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made since 16th July 2003 on establishing a set of guidelines on sex education for boys.
(166546)
269
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30th March, Official Report, column 1395W, on the Europass Scheme, what steps will be taken to participate in the Europass initiative; and what the timescale is for each stage of the process.
(165845)
270
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, 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.
(166237)
271
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in the last three months in that capacity.
(166782)
272
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what meetings his Department's Green Minister has attended in the last 12 months in that capacity.
(166783)
273
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the meetings at which his Department has been represented regarding the delivery of sustainable development across Government as co-ordinated by the Ministerial Sub-committee of Green Ministers.
(166784)
274
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to promote the delivery of sustainable development within Government.
(166785)
275
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made with his Department's Sustainable Development Strategy.
(166786)
276
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when 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.
(166787)
277
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports, in each case stating (i) the name of each paper used and (ii) the recycled and post-consumer recycled content of each paper.
(166788)
278
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, 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.
(166789)
279
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, 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.
(166790)
280
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, 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.
(166791)
281
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, 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 of 75 per cent. is post-consumer waste content.
(166792)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
282
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Treasury on the cost to the economy of environmental problems.
(166670)
283
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what minimum standards breeders of greyhounds must meet.
(166752)
284
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the new Animal Welfare Bill will be published.
(166753)
285
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total cost was to the Department in the financial years (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04 of all charges brought against abattoirs for breaches of meat hygiene and animal welfare regulations, including those which were successfully prosecuted and those which were dropped before they came to court.
(166092)
286
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of (a) the additional volume of food industry waste that is disposed of in landfill, the sewage system or otherwise as a result of the ban on swill feeding and (b) the change this represents in terms of the risk of spread of communicable animal diseases; and if she will make a statement.
(165941)
287
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000-01 by the Department.
(166085)
288
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to strengthen animal welfare codes of conduct.
(165896)
289
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the membership for the Advisory Committee on Pesticides; and which organisations are allowed to attend committee meetings.
(166457)
290
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to make an evaluation of the success or outcome of the Voluntary Initiative on Pesticides.
(166458)
291
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):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 Birkenhead in the past five years.
(166612)
292
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many homes in Birkenhead have benefited from Warm Front.
(166613)
293
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of regulations which affect horses and ponies as (a) food producing, (b) agricultural and (c) pet or companion animals.
(166443)
294
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the (a) cause and (b) source of the recent brucellosis outbreak in South East Cornwall.
(166444)
295
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) discussions she has had and (b) assessment she has made of future agricultural support payments in (i) uplands and (ii) severely disadvantaged areas.
(166445)
296
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the fruit growing industry in respect of Common Agricultural Policy reform.
(166446)
297
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has for the future administration of the annual June agricultural census.
(166447)
298
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the impact of her proposed single farm payment proposals on the future viability of orchards and fruit growers.
(166448)
299
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce an animal welfare bill.
(166478)
300
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the BSE tests she has been conducting at High Mowbray in Yorkshire.
(166441)
301
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her responsibilities relating to the inclusion of GM crops on the UK National Seed List as it applies in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland.
(166523)
302
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of the replies received by the Department by (a) 26th April 2001 and (b) 1st May 2001 in response to the consultation document that preceded the ban on swill feeding (a) were against the ban, (b) were in favour of the ban and (c) expressed no preference.
(166754)
303
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the farm at Heddon View was a specialised establishment equipped for the treatment of swill; and whether there were animals there.
(166755)
304
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether Mr. Bobby Waugh transferred swill for processing to the farm at Heddon View.
(166756)
305
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the final report of the mission, entitled DG (SANCO)/3367/2001 - MR Final, carried out from 1st to 5th October 2001 by the European Commission Food and Veterinary Office, was submitted to the Anderson Inquiry into foot and mouth disease.
(166757)
306
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Department's Inquiry Liaison Unit was informed of the final report of the mission, entitled DG (SANCO)/3367/2001 - MR Final, carried out from 1st to 5th October 2001 by the European Commission Food and Veterinary Office.
(166758)
307
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department carried out risk assessment on the feeding of swill to pigs prior to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in 2001.
(166759)
308
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has responded to the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit recommendation that she should designate the sea bass stock for recreational use; and if she will make a statement.
(165929)
309
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will close the UK inshore bass fishery to commercial exploitation on conservation grounds; and if she will make a statement.
(165930)
310
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Scottish vessels are pair trawling the sea bass spawning shoals off the south and west coasts of England.
(165931)
311
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many vessels made landings of spawning sea bass at Plymouth on 26th March; and what their registered ports were.
(165932)
312
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 16th March, Official Report, column 156W, on abattoirs, how many individual case files there are in which are recorded the details of charges which are brought against abattoirs that were withdrawn before they come to court; and where they are kept.
(166078)
313
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total cost to the Department in the financial years (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04 was of charges brought successfully against abattoirs for breaches of meat hygiene and animal welfare regulations.
(166079)
314
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average cost was to the Department in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04 of a charge successfully brought against an abattoir for breach of meat hygiene and animal welfare regulations.
(166080)
315
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average cost was to the Department in financial years (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04 of a charge brought against an abattoir for breach of the meat hygiene and animal welfare regulations but which it dropped before it came to court.
(166091)
316
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what circumstances have led to an increase in use of the Thames Barrier; and whether this has been due to long-term changes in national phenomena.
(166014)
317
N
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the average decommissioning cost per refrigerator.
(165857)
318
N
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of decommissioning work on refrigerators is being carried out in the UK; and which counties are carrying out this work in the UK.
(165868)
319
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to control the sale of ammonium nitrate; and if she will make a statement.
(165836)
320
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was given in farm subsidies to each region of the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years.
(166677)
321
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the policy of Her Majesty's Government is on the use of methyl bromide in farm and food production.
(166574)
322
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in her Department.
(166363)
323
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list for each civil service grade within her (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (i) gender, (ii) ethnic group and (iii) age group; and how many are registered disabled.
(166391)
324
N
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the success of the stone curlew within the Breckland Farmland Site of Special Scientific Interest is measured.
(165144)
325
N
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the size of the stone curlew population within the Breckland Farmland Site of Special Scientific Interest (a) at present, (b) five years ago, (c) 10 years ago and (d) 15 years ago.
(165145)
326
N
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Breckland Farmland Site of Special Scientific Interest takes to encourage appropriate habitat management practice.
(165146)
327
N
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) process and (b) timescale are for the implementation of the Breckland Special Protection Area.
(165147)
328
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what obligations Plymouth City Council has to consult the public over variations to public rights of way; and whether her Department monitors the exercise of such powers.
(165911)
329
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of the oil storage tanks subject to the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 she expects the Environment Agency to inspect each year; and what percentage were inspected in 2003-04.
(166050)
330
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to review the Environment Agency's pollution incident recording system.
(166051)
331
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the progress of the Oil Care Campaign in halving the number of oil pollution incidents in the United Kingdom by 2005.
(166052)
332
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18th March, Official Report, column 435W, on GM crops, whether the investigations were conducted by the Robert Koch Institute on behalf of the Syngenta Corporation.
(166109)
333
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the (a) sampling procedures used in the Chardon LL VCU trials and (b) statistical validity of the results obtained.
(166345)
334
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what peer-reviewed and published UK studies she has received that have measured actual exposures to pesticides for people living in agricultural areas, including high and lower levels of exposure over both the short and long-term, and including all oral, dermal and inhalation routes of contamination.
(166695)
335
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what peer-reviewed and published UK studies she has received that have provided direct measurements of pesticide levels in (a) people, (b) wild animals, (c) domestic animals and (d) livestock situated in or near sprayed fields.
(166696)
336
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are being implemented by the Environment Agency to ensure that all timber used on the construction sites of new offices will come from legal and sustainable sources, and if she will list those sites.
(166717)
337
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of the globalised beef market on deforestation in the Amazon basin.
(166834)
338
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the agriculture industry on alternatives to ammonium nitrate fertiliser.
(166842)
339
N
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of the introduction of the Single Farm Payment on fruit growers; and if she will make a statement.
(166024)
340
N
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list which EU member states (a) intend to make single farm payments to fruit growers and (b) do not.
(166025)
341
N
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the (a) crops, (b) vegetables, (c) fruit and (d) plants the growing of which will not qualify for single farm payment.
(166026)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
342
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in which countries the Department is represented, including those with regional consulates; how many staff are employed in each location, broken down by (a) UK nationals and (b) locally employed; what the annual cost of maintaining representation in each of the countries was in 2003-04; and what the total expenditure by his Department on overseas representation was in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002 and (iii) 2003.
(166211)
343
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many deaths abroad of Britons (a) travelling and (b) living overseas, broken down by the numbers dying of (i) natural causes and (ii) the main categories of non-natural causes.
(166526)
344
N
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25th March, Official Report, column 1031W, on Afghanistan, if he will list the (a) names and (b) locations of voter registration offices (i) already open in Afghanistan and (ii) due to open in Afghanistan before the September 2004 elections, broken down by province.
(166123)
345
N
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people (a) have been registered to vote in the Afghan September 2004 elections since 1st December 2003 and (b) the voter registration offices will aim to register by the Afghan September 2004 elections.
(166124)
346
N
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) effects of the change in date of the Afghan presidency and parliamentary elections from June 2004 to September 2004 and (b) the reasons for the change.
(166125)
347
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the formation of the new government in Guinea in March.
(166588)
348
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the importance of human rights in relation to economic growth and development in African countries.
(166589)
349
Frank Cook (Stockton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to promote the Convention on prohibitions or restrictions on the use of certain conventional weapons which may be deemed to be excessively injurious or to have indiscriminate effects, with particular reference to the ratification of Protocol V.
(165848)
350
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings he plans to have with representatives of British peace organisations in advance of the next Preparatory Committee Meeting for the 2005 UN Review Conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
(166349)
351
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who will represent the UK at the Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee in April/May in New York.
(166418)
352
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish in advance statements to be presented by the British delegation at the Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee.
(166419)
353
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with the US Administration before the UK cast its vote in the UN Special Security Council meeting called to discuss the assassination of Sheikh Yassin; and if he will make a statement.
(166611)
354
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the statement by the authorities in Uzbekistan that terrorist attacks in late March were linked to Hizb-ut-tahrir; and if he will make a statement.
(165691)
355
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which member states of the European Union are committed to holding a referendum on the proposed European Constitution.
(166119)
356
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much the UK spent on reducing the illegal drugs trade in (a) South America, (b) Eastern Europe and (c) Central Asia in each of the last five years; and what assessment he has made of the effect of this expenditure on the trade in drugs.
(166874)
357
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what organisations and individuals are entitled to attend the forthcoming UK/Caribbean Forum meeting in May.
(165678)
358
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advice to travellers to Cyprus was being issued on the Foreign Office website on 24th September 2002.
(166431)
359
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Indonesian Government about religious freedom; and if he will make a statement.
(166462)
360
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the Government has in the near future to call for a European Union demarche to the Burmese regime regarding the Burmese military's atrocities against the Karen, Karenni and Shan peoples.
(166644)
361
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the British Government classifies systematic atrocities against the Karen, Karenni and Shan peoples by the Burmese military as (a) war crimes and (b) crimes against humanity under international law.
(166645)
362
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will take steps to strengthen the European Union common position on Burma, in response to the continuing systematic atrocities against the Karen, Karenni and Shan peoples by the Burmese military.
(166646)
363
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Burmese regime rgarding recent Burmese military offensives in Northern Karen State and Karenni State.
(166657)
364
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will raise the issue of the Burmese military's systematic atrocities against the Karen, Karenni and Shan peoples at the UN Security Council.
(166658)
365
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to reply to the letter of 12th December 2003, from the honourable Member for Aylesbury, on behalf of Mrs R.H. of Aylesbury, refs GU100/49991 and CON/6487, acknowledged by UK Visas on 14th January.
(166017)
366
Alice Mahon (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the NATO Secretary-General's message to the Prime Minister of Kosovo on the responsibility of the Kosovar Albanian leaders for the upsurge of violence in Kosovo.
(166029)
367
Alice Mahon (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about the recent upsurge in violence in Kosovo.
(166030)
368
Alice Mahon (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received a copy of the report of the UNESCO Director-General's expert mission to Kosovo in 2003 to evaluate the state of monuments there and propose a plan of action to safeguard them; and if he will make that report available to honourable Members.
(166031)
369
Alice Mahon (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the enforcement of the Hague Convention of 1954 on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and other pertinent international normative instruments in the case of Kosovo.
(166032)
370
Alice Mahon (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the UK's financial contribution to the urgent operations recommended by the UNESCO Director-General's expert mission to Kosovo to safeguard cultural and religious monuments.
(166033)
371
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the progress made in identifying those responsible for the deaths of Malcolm Rennie and Brian Peters in East Timor.
(166081)
372
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what new money his Department pledged to Afghanistan at the recent Donor Conference in Berlin.
(166723)
373
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he plans to lay before the House any amendments to the renewal of the 1958 Agreement for Co-operation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defence Purposes between Her Majesty's Government and the United States of America; and if he will make a statement.
(166575)
374
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the scope of the discussions is between the United Kingdom and the United States governments on the renewal of the 1958 Agreement for Co-operation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defence Purposes; and if he will make a statement.
(166576)
375
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will post a copy of the US-UK Agreement for Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defence Purposes (as amended in 1994) on his Department's website.
(166577)
376
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.
(166362)
377
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list for each civil service grade within his (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (i) gender, (ii) ethnic group and (iii) age group; and how many are registered disabled in each case.
(166389)
378
N
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Nepal; and if he will make a statement.
(166197)
379
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the (a) Arab League, (b) Government of Chad and (c) Sudanese Government on the situation in Darfur; and if he will make a statement.
(166535)
380
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the basis is for his view that those sections of the Israeli security fence that have been constructed in the Occupied Territories are illegal.
(165683)
381
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date he was first informed that the former deputy legal adviser in his Department, Ms Elizabeth Wilmhurst, did not agree that the use of force against Iraq was lawful.
(165684)
382
Brian White (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to export the UK model of co-operation between government, police and industry to tackle child pornography on the internet.
(166800)
383
Brian White (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures his Department is taking to increase international co-operation among law enforcement agencies to combat child pornography on the internet.
(166802)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
384
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of performing abortions in NHS hospitals in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(165975)
385
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions have been performed under the Abortion Act 1967; and how many were performed to save the life of the mother.
(165976)
386
Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the mobile telecommunications and health research programme to report on the public health implications of mobile phone masts.
(165908)
387
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to require bottled water to meet drinking water standards applicable to tap water.
(165686)
388
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a list of NHS dentists serving North Derbyshire; what the addresses of each such clinic is; and what the extent of private dental work undertaken by each one is.
(166378)
389
N
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many alcohol treatment centres there are in the North West.
(165503)
390
N
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the alcohol treatment services in the North West offered by each NHS trust; and what the budget was for each of these services in each of the last three financial years.
(165504)
391
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on promoting breast feeding in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
(166465)
392
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many calls to NHS Direct about access to an NHS dentists there were in each month since November 2001, broken down by (a) emergency, (b) urgent, (c) routine and (d) other calls for (i) England and (ii) each strategic health authority.
(166118)
393
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action has been taken by his Department to implement the recommendations of the Audit Commission report, Brief Encounters, on temporary nurses.
(166404)
394
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what monitoring will be undertaken by his Department on the impact of the European Working Time Directive on emergency medical transfers at night between hospitals.
(166405)
395
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets have been set on introducing modern matrons; what the (a) baselines and (b) deadlines for these targets are; and what progress has been made against the targets.
(166407)
396
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the provision of insurance cover for ambulance personnel in the event of death in a terrorist attack.
(166408)
397
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action his Department has taken to prepare ambulance personnel for dealing with a terrorist attack.
(166409)
398
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many exercises simulating a major incident involving ambulance personnel took place in (a) England and (b) each region in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(166410)
399
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the distribution of equipment to ambulance trusts to prepare for a major terrorist attack.
(166411)
400
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 30th March, Official Report, column 83WS, on NHS charges, what the cost of providing (a) sight tests, (b) dental check-ups and (c) prescription charges free on the NHS will be following the changes.
(166430)
401
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what statistics will be available centrally from his Department on NHS foundation trusts.
(166438)
402
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mandatory entry requirements are for nursing training (a) diplomas and (b) degrees.
(166442)
403
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the availability of appropriate treatment for children with brain damage caused by immunisations.
(166823)
404
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has commissioned into (a) treatment of brain damage as a whole and (b) treatment of brain damage caused by immunisations.
(166824)
405
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has given to primary care trusts about the quantity of incontinence pads to be supplied to individuals in residential homes.
(166053)
406
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation he has had with independent nursing homes about the supply of incontinence pads.
(166054)
407
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much public funding has been spent on (a) heart disease and (b) cancer care in Wirral South in each of the last five years.
(166617)
408
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the levels of elective admissions to the NHS in Wirral South in the past five years.
(166618)
409
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on NHS waiting times for heart surgery in Wirral South.
(166619)
410
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents in Wirral South aged over 60 years have benefited from the abolition of charges for eye tests.
(166620)
411
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many citizens in Wirral South had access to free eye tests in 2003-04.
(166621)
412
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his latest estimate is of the average general practitioner practice caseload within Camden and Islington; how many general practitioner groups are expected to retire in the next 12 months; and how many new general practitioners he expects to be appointed in Camden and Islington in the next 12 months.
(166350)
413
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000-01 by the Department and its agencies.
(166096)
414
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered beds there were in (a) residential care homes and (b) nursing homes in Leicestershire for each year since 1995-96.
(166121)
415
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many senior citizens in Birkenhead have access to free eye tests.
(166215)
416
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents in Birkenhead aged over 60 years have benefited from the abolition of charges for eye tests.
(166216)
417
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed in Birkenhead in each of the last seven years.
(166217)
418
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS (a) therapists and (b) scientists were located in Birkenhead in each of the last seven years.
(166218)
419
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes there have been to NHS waiting list time for the residents of Birkenhead in the last seven years.
(166219)
420
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of suspected cancer patients in Birkenhead saw an NHS consultant within two weeks in each of the last seven years.
(166220)
421
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on NHS waiting times for heart surgery in Birkenhead.
(166221)
422
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents in Birkenhead awaiting heart surgery have had the option of choosing an alternative hospital for quicker treatment in the last 12 months.
(166222)
423
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the levels of elective admissions to the NHS in Birkenhead in the past five years.
(166223)
424
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many rapid access chest pain clinics there are in Birkenhead.
(166224)
425
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there is a diagnostic and treatment centre located in Birkenhead.
(166225)
426
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of (a) the number of extra midwives which will be required in the NHS in the next 10 years and (b) the adequacy of the number of training places available to meet that demand.
(166235)
427
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the effect on residents of Birkenhead of the Health Development Agency.
(166568)
428
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much public funding has been spent on (a) heart disease and (b) cancer care in Birkenhead in each of the last five years.
(166569)
429
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of women in Birkenhead with suspected breast cancer saw a specialist within two weeks in each of the last five years.
(166570)
430
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much public funding has been spent on health in Birkenhead in each of the last seven years.
(166571)
431
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the (a) prevalence of acrylamide in cooked and prepared food and (b) results of recent research commissioned by the Food Standards Agency.
(165901)
432
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the revised good practice guidance on the appointment of consultants will be published; and if he will make a statement.
(166114)
433
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of patients with moderately-severe and severe Alzheimer's disease living (a) at home and (b) in institutional care; and if he will make a statement.
(166203)
434
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are suffering from moderately-severe and severe Alzheimer's disease; and if he will make a statement.
(166204)
435
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to include the management of musculoskeletal pain within the terms of the new general practitioner contract; and if he will make a statement.
(166205)
436
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are suffering from musculoskeletal disease; and if he will make a statement.
(166206)
437
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money was spent by the NHS on the management and treatment of musculoskeletal disease in the last year for which figures are available.
(166207)
438
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to include the management and treatment of musculoskeletal disease within the terms of reference of the National Service Framework for Older People.
(166208)
439
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of equality of access to treatment and services for musculoskeletal disease; and if he will make a statement.
(166209)
440
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many elderly people were diagnosed as suffering from malnutrition (a) in total and (b) broken down by health authority, in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(166009)
441
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what programmes he has in place to encourage smoking cessation among the over-60s.
(166010)
442
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will undertake a review of the funding allocation for the Buckinghamshire primary care trusts before 2006.
(166817)
443
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) age, (b) gender, (c) ethnic background and (d) length of employment within the NHS breakdowns are of NHS staff working in the (i) Oxfordshire community hospitals of Townlands, Wallingford, Abingdon, Wantage, Wattington and Didcot and (ii) Oxford Radcliffe and Royal Berkshire hospitals.
(166761)
444
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the conclusions of Pearl Brown's report into the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service.
(165341)
445
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the level and quality of service provided by the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service on the weekend of 26th and 27th March.
(165342)
446
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 10th March, Official Report, column 1606W, on NHS trust documents, what changes of policy took place between the date the Department obtained copies of the lone worker policy of the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service and the date it was asked to place a copy of Ms Pearl Brown's report in the Library; what his policy is on the documents and types of documents his Department is prepared to obtain at the request of honourable Members when those documents are not among those it routinely collects; why the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority has been able to obtain a copy of Pearl Brown's report; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that recommendations made in Pearl Brown's report are implemented.
(165479)
447
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter to him from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, dated 24th February, with regard to Mrs E.O. Murphy.
(166347)
448
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assurances he has sought from (a) Novo Nordisk and (b) CP Pharmaceuticals about the long-term provision of animal insulin.
(166020)
449
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to ensure the long-term supply of (a) human insulin and (b) animal insulin.
(166021)
450
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of (a) human insulin and (b) animal insulin for people with diabetes.
(166022)
451
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the number of people with diabetes who are (a) unwilling and (b) unable to use human insulin to manage their condition; and what proportion of people with diabetes using insulin to manage their condition these represent.
(166023)
452
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the public dividend capital was at 31st March of those NHS trusts becoming NHS foundation trusts on 1st April; whether in each case this is the initial public dividend capital of those foundation trusts; and what requests he has received for the issuing of additional public dividend capital to those foundation trusts under section 11 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003.
(165729)
453
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many developments by general practitioner practices have been halted as a result of the Department's requirement that contracts needed to be signed by 30th September 2003; and how many of these have subsequently proceeded with the support of their primary care trust.
(165873)
454
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital consultants retired in the last quarter of (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.
(165886)
455
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, further to the Minister of State for Health's Answer of 23rd March, Official report, column 695, on Paddington Health Campus, when he expected to make an announcement about the future of the campus scheme before the end of March; and when he now expects to make an announcement.
(166572)
456
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the tender document to contractors for the supply of oxygen cylinders to cluster headache patients informs potential contractors of the number of cylinders that they will be required to supply each week to cluster headache patients.
(166451)
457
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the number of mentally disordered offenders who are deaf.
(165834)
458
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the European Commission has provided a list of competent authorities operating in the accession states in respect of the health and social care profession to his Department.
(165902)
459
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action the European Commission proposes to take in relation to accession states which are not compliant with their EU obligations, with particular reference to requirements on regulation and training in the health professions.
(165903)
460
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24th March, Official Report, column 934, on training (EU accession states), what assessment his Department has made of the likely numbers of (a) midwives and (b) other healthcare professionals who will come to the UK following the enlargement of the EU; and what actions his Department has taken to ensure that NHS employers have sufficient mechanisms in place to offer appropriate induction programmes to all such professionals requring them.
[R] (166452)
461
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the percentage of people using the NHS in (a) 2005 and (b) 2010 who will be above retirement age.
(165878)
462
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of NHS acute service users in the last period for which figures are available were above retirement age.
(165879)
463
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's projected spending plans on the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (a) were for 2003 and (b) are for (i) 2004, (i) 2005 and (iii) 2006.
(166352)
464
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason his Department ceased in October 2001 to collect data on the proportion of student nurses who successfully complete courses in (a) general nursing, (b) paediatric nursing, (c) midwifery and (d) psychiatric nursing.
(166353)
465
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets his Department has for reducing the attrition rate among student nurses.
(166354)
466
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets his Department set in March 2001 for reducing the attrition rate among student nurses.
(166355)
467
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence he has collated to indicate that CFS/ME is a neurological disorder.
(166704)
468
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated (a) inpatient, (b) outpatient hospital, (c) primary care and (d) investigation costs of treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were in 2003-04.
(166705)
469
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been learned from studies of the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy in patients suffering CFS/ME; and if he will make a statement.
(166706)
470
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been allocated to Professor Simon Wesley's team at the Institute of Psychiatry for research into CFS/ME.
(166707)
471
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been allocated to (a) the Merge Group in Perth, Scotland and (b) other biomedical researchers for work regarding CFS/ME.
(166708)
472
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence he has collated of (a) cardiovascular and (b) biochemical features in ME/CFS.
(166711)
473
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action his Department is taking to encourage hospitals to carry out autopsies.
(166731)
474
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.
(166367)
475
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each civil service grade within his (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (i) gender, (ii) ethnic group and (iii) age group; and how many are registered disabled.
(166393)
476
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data collection systems are in place to record the (a) number and (b) costs of drugs for dementia supplied to acute and mental health trusts.
(166549)
477
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that accurate out-turn figures are available for the (a) number and (b) costs of drugs for dementia supplied to acute and mental health trusts.
(166550)
478
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will discuss with acute and mental health trusts the provision of systems to ensure accurate out-turn figures for the (a) number and (b) costs of drugs for dementia supplied to acute and mental health trusts.
(166551)
479
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each (a) primary care trust and (b) strategic health authority area the total amount spent on drugs for severe Alzheimer's disease in the last year for which figures are available.
(166562)
480
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the availability of drugs for advanced Alzheimer's disease throughout the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(166563)
481
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines he has sent to primary care trusts regarding the availability of drug treatments for severe Alzheimer's disease patients; and if he will make a statement.
(166564)
482
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has held with (a) patient groups, (b) charities, (c) old age psychiatrists and (d) the drug industry concerning the availability of drug treatment for severe Alzheimer's disease patients.
(166565)
483
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the funding for drug treatments for severe Alzheimer's disease in advance of a National Institute for Clinical Excellence appraisal.
(166566)
484
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the licensed treatments currently available for moderately-severe to severe Alzheimer's disease patients.
(166567)
485
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the introduction of the new liquid-based cytology method of cervical cancer screening to have been completed in each of the strategic health authority regions, broken down by expected introduction date.
(165912)
486
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases are being investigated by the Health Service Ombudsman; what the duration of an investigation by the Ombudsman from start to finish has been in the last five years; and what penalties are available to ensure that the Ombudsman investigates within a reasonable amount of time and ensures that hospital trusts report back within set time limits.
(166693)
487
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding is made available to the Diabetes Centre at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire; and what changes are planned to this allocation in coming years.
(166719)
488
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential for angiogenesis inhibitors to control obesity.
(166847)
489
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has evaluated on the effects of frequent ejaculation in protecting men from prostate cancer; and what advice his Department provides on this.
(166852)
490
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, 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.
(166238)
491
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) NHS and (b) independent sector providers have treated patients under the Heart Choice pilots.
(166649)
492
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patients who have participated in the Heart Choice pilot have chosen an alternative provider; and what proportion of patients have been treated in the independent sector.
(166650)
493
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients have participated in the Heart Choice pilots.
(166651)
494
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors there were per head of population in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority in each year since 1997.
(166652)
495
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioners there were per head of population in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority in each year since 1997.
(166653)
496
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many whole time equivalent general practitioners there were in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority in each year from September 1997 to September 2003.
(166654)
497
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list NHS trusts which have yet fully to eliminate Nightingale wards.
(166655)
498
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of (a) medical and dental staff and (b) administration and estates staff was in each year from 1997-98 to 2002-03 (i) in cash terms and (ii) as a proportion of total NHS expenditure.
(166656)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
499
Peter Bradley (Wrekin, The):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time from arrest to court was for (a) persistent young offenders and (b) all offenders in The Wrekin in each year from 1997.
(166721)
500
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budget of the National Criminal Intelligence Service was in each of the last five years.
(166460)
501
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual budget for the Serious and Organised Crime Agency will be.
(166461)
502
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have been made to the source handling capability of the National Criminal Intelligence Service; and what assessment he has made of the impact of these changes.
(166591)
503
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) functions and (b) funds are being transferred from the National Criminal Intelligence Service to the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
(166596)
504
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates he has made of the (a) annual and (b) daily cost of installing, operating and maintaining the TITAN database currently being used by the National Criminal Intelligence Service.
(166597)
505
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the operational effectiveness of the TITAN database being used by the National Criminal Intelligence Service.
(166598)
506
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have left the National Criminal Intelligence Service before the end of their secondment (a) at their own request and (b) on being instructed to do so in each of the last five years for which records are available.
(166599)
507
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of police officers continuing in employment at the National Criminal Intelligence Service on (a) a permanent basis and (b) on secondment during (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 2006-07.
(166600)
508
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he or his Department have had from (a) Greater Manchester Police, (b) South Wales Police and (c) the UK Immigration Service regarding their future working relationship with the National Criminal Intelligence Service or the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.
(166601)
509
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers currently seconded to the National Criminal Intelligence Service will be transferred to the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.
(166602)
510
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Statement of 29th March, Official Report, column 1285, of those police officers seconded to the National Criminal Intelligence Service who have been interviewed regarding the termination of their secondment, how many had completed (a) less than six months, (b) six to 12 months, (c) 12 to 18 months and (d) 18 months to two years of their secondment.
(166603)
511
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to ratify the UN Convention Against Trans National Organised Crime; what stance his Department will take on the optional protocols on (a) trafficking in persons and (b) smuggling of migrants; and if he will make a statement.
(166472)
512
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) children have been granted humanitarian protection in the United Kingdom in each month since April 2003.
(166473)
513
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the evaluation of the Eaves Housing for Women project will be (a) begun and (b) completed; what funding was committed to the Eaves Housing project for the years 2002-03 and 2003-04; what funds are committed for 2004-05; what plans he has to extend the project nationality; and if he will make a statement.
(166474)
514
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Newcastle East and Wallsend constituency, the effects on Newcastle East and Wallsend of his Department's policies and actions since 1997.
(166877)
515
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what official Home Office classification was approved for experiments on primates by Imutran Ltd.
(166357)
516
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason police forces including Thames Valley Police are investing in separate mobile data systems running on public access bearer networks to deliver data services alongside the airwave system.
(166524)
517
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage change in (a) overall recorded crime, (b) recorded violent crime, (c) burglaries and (d) vehicles thefts in Wirral South has been since 1997.
(166630)
518
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much public funding has been spent on CCTV security cameras in Wirral South since 1997.
(166631)
519
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage change in full-time police officers in Wirral South has been since 1997.
(166634)
520
N
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has a strategy for targeting the re-allocation of sex offenders to a limited number of bail hostels.
(166476)
521
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether companies that tender for his Departments' contracts have to recognise the relevant trade union as a condition of winning that contract.
(166592)
522
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budget for the National Offender Management Service for (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06 is; and what proportion will be allocated to (i) prisons and (ii) probation.
(166593)
523
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budget outturn for (a) the National Probation Service and (b) HM Prison Service was for (i) 2002-03 and 2003-04.
(166594)
524
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contracts have been awarded to the company Mitie by his Department since 2000; and what arrangements were put in place for collective bargaining.
(166595)
525
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the timescale for the implementation of the proposed Futurebuilders investment programme; what the mechanism is by which voluntary sector organisations may bid for allocations from this fund; who else will be eligible to bid; and if he will make a statement.
(166848)
526
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Bethnal Green and Bow, of 8th March, Official Report, columns 1256-7W, on anti-terrorism legislation, if he will collate information on the religious background of those detained under UK anti-terrorism legislation.
(166428)
527
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 13th January, Official Report, column 669W, on the Terrorism Act 2000, if he will update the figures.
(166813)
528
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of failed asylum seekers absconded in the last 12 months.
(165835)
529
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision is made to alleviate the suffering of animals in xenotransplantation experiments.
(165852)
530
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons were for the increase in grant to the Parole Board in the Spring Supplementary Estimates.
(165874)
531
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the capital reductions costs for the private finance initiative prison contract became overstated; and what measures will be implemented to prevent a recurrence of overstated capital reduction costs for the contract.
(165875)
532
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons were for the increase of £47.2 million for Probation Headquarters in the Spring Supplementary Estimates; and how this money will be spent.
(165876)
533
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons additional funding is necessary for works on Marsham Street; and how this money will be used.
(165877)
534
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the intended size of the Correctional Policy Headquarters Command is.
(165881)
535
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has been made of the Correctional Policy Headquarters' administrative requirements; and what estimate has been made of the costs.
(165882)
536
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how he defines the term, capacity building.
(165883)
537
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Adventure Capital Fund.
(165884)
538
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the information required to be provided on the face of a Part 1 warrant, including a European Arrest Warrant, is specified in legislation.
(165887)
539
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the (a) 1989 and (b) 1965 Extradition Acts have been repealed.
(165888)
540
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether countries which allow the death penalty as a form of punishment are prohibited from designation for the purposes of Part 1 of the Extradition Bill.
(165889)
541
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether district judges are monitored to ensure that they ascertain whether individuals who consent to extradition have had access to legal advice.
(165890)
542
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what cost/benefit analysis has been conducted regarding animal experimentation.
(165891)
543
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research has been conducted into the effects on animals of heterotopic transplants.
(165892)
544
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the openness of the (a) regulation and (b) licensing procedures in relation to animal experimentation.
(165893)
545
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the classification of animal experiments is decided.
(165894)
546
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the Department did not make explanatory notes available on the day a Bill was published in the last two years; and what steps are being taken to ensure that this does not occur in future.
(165897)
547
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions a Merseyside senior police officer has issued a closure notice on premises they had reason to believe were being used for the production, supply or use of Class A drugs and causing serious nuisance or disturbance in the last four months.
(165914)
548
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions Merseyside Courts issued a closure order in the past four months.
(165915)
549
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many injunctions for anti-social behaviour from tenants have been requested by Merseyside's local authorities in the past 12 months.
(165916)
550
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to ensure courts give particular consideration to the impact of anti-social behaviour on victims, witnesses and the wider community.
(165917)
551
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what response his Department received from Merseyside's local authorities regarding demotion orders.
(165918)
552
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many areas have been designated as an area of persistent anti-social behaviour by a senior Merseyside Police officer since the inception of this power.
(165919)
553
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions individuals have been excluded from a specific area for up to 24 hours by Merseyside Police and Community Support since the inception of this power.
(165920)
554
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions a Merseyside Police officer has taken a child home after 9pm from a designated area since the inception of this power.
(165921)
555
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions Merseyside Police has arrested an individual for carrying an air weapon or imitation firearm in a public place without lawful authority or reasonable excuse since the inception of this power.
(165922)
556
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Department is required to record mistaken removals of asylum seekers; and what steps have been taken to develop an appropriate database for this function.
(165933)
557
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the statement of the Minister for Immigration and Nationality of 30th March, Official Report, column 1476, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report of the meeting between a senior Immigration and Nationality Directorate official and the British Embassy in Bucharest.
(166547)
558
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his statement of 30th March, Official Report, column 1439, on immigration entry clearance standards, which Home Office official met the UK consul in Romania; what was discussed at the meeting; whether minutes were taken of the meeting; what actions were taken as a result of the meeting; and if he will make a statement.
(166548)
559
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what checks are undertaken by Work Permits (UK) to ensure that people whose work permits have expired leave the country.
(166552)
560
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Ministers in his Department were informed of the suspension of the British Consul in Bucharest.
(166553)
561
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons applications under the European Communities Association Agreements are now sent directly to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate rather than via local embassies.
(166554)
562
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action his Department has taken to close down bogus colleges for migration purposes; and how many colleges have been closed down in each year since 1997.
(166555)
563
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the terms of reference of the inquiry by Ken Sutton into the operation of the European Communities Association Agreements scheme.
(166556)
564
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what targets are in place for the length of time taken to process asylum claims; when these targets were introduced; and which minister in his Department approved the setting of these targets.
(166557)
565
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Ministers in his Department were informed of the letter from the UK Vice Consul in Bulgaria to the Home Office Business case Unit, of 20th November 2002, regarding the operation of the European Communities Association Agreement scheme.
(166558)
566
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Ministers in his Department were informed of the letter from John Ramsden to Chris Mace, of 5th November 2002, regarding the operation of the European Communities Association Agreement scheme.
(166559)
567
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he was first informed of the issues raised in the letter of 4th March 2003 from the honourable Member for Coventry North East to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.
(166560)
568
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement about the activities of Al Tawhid in the United Kingdom.
(165904)
569
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will proscribe Al Muhajiroun under the anti-terrorism legislation.
(165905)
570
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the activities of Al Muhajiroun.
(165906)
571
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will review the immigration status of Omar Bakri Mohammed, with a view to removing his indefinite leave to remain.
(166042)
572
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the National High-Tech Crime Unit will investigate cases of fraud associated with internet auction sites.
(166356)
573
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the role of the Scottish Executive in determining Government policy on issuing entry visas.
(165978)
574
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the scheme of student visas in Scotland will apply to other parts of the United Kingdom.
(166039)
575
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ensure that those issued with student visas through the scheme announced by the Scottish Executive remain in Scotland.
(166040)
576
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage change in full-time police officers in Birkenhead has been since 1997.
(166484)
577
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage change in (a) overall recorded crime, (b) recorded violent crime, (c) burglaries and (d) vehicle thefts in Birkenhead has been since 1997.
(166485)
578
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers preventing racial harassment have been introduced since 1997; and how many times these powers have been used in Birkenhead.
(166486)
579
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much public funding has been spent on CCTV security cameras in Birkenhead since 1997.
(166487)
580
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what public funds were spent on tackling drug misuse in Birkenhead in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2003-04.
(166488)
581
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction's recent report on drug consumption rooms; and if he will make an assessment of the case for introduction of such schemes in the United Kingdom.
(166822)
582
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have been recorded in the price of street heroin since October 2001.
(166872)
583
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to assess the system of dispersal for asylum seekers suffering from HIV.
(166426)
584
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what medical assessments are conducted on asylum seekers prior to dispersal within the UK, and if he will make a statement.
(166427)
585
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision is made for continuing HIV treatment for existing HIV patients in the immigrant population following dispersal.
(166609)
586
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were dispersed in the UK for the latest year for which figures are available.
(166610)
587
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of existing home care staff who will require Criminal Record Bureau checks.
(166008)
588
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many existing care home staff had enhanced level Criminal Records Bureau checks processed by 29th February; what percentage this constitutes of the total number of existing care home staff; and if he will make a statement.
(166018)
589
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role the Serious Organised Crime Agency will have in (a) drugs enforcement and (b) drugs policy.
(166103)
590
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what former HM Customs and Excise function he expects the Serious Organised Crime Agency to undertake.
(166104)
591
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many personnel involved in (a) drug enforcement and (b) drugs policy he expects to be transferred from HM Customs and Excise to the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
(166105)
592
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many personnel he expects to work on (a) drugs enforcement and (b) drugs policy in the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
(166106)
593
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women prisoners have been transferred from the two prisons that have been re-roled; what the length of the sentences they had left to serve were on the date of transfer; and to which prisons they were transferred.
(166346)
594
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost was of the movement of all prisoners from the two prisons that have been re-roled.
(166424)
595
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the prisoners who were moved from the two prisons that have been re-roled were informed they were being moved; and whether notification was given to their families.
(166425)
596
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what applications have been made to the European Social Fund in relation to resettlement activities in the Prison Service; and if he will make a statement.
(166818)
597
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to transfer the Foundation Training Company resettlement programme following the re-rolling of Edmunds Hill Prison.
(166867)
598
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to publish the outcome of the review of immigration rules and procedures applicable to dependent members of serving Gurkha soldiers.
(166515)
599
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional powers the Criminal Records Bureau would require to carry out checks on all people coming from abroad before they were able to take up positions working with children or vulnerable people.
(165831)
600
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts regarding requirements for checks on people coming to the UK from other EU countries before they can take up positions working with children or vulnerable people.
(165832)
601
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, dated 26th January, with regard to Mosamma Meherun Nessa Begum, transferred to him by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
(166348)
602
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list those police forces in England and Wales who have spent money on radio advertising in each of the past five years for which figures are available; and if he will give the reasons for such expenditure in each case.
(165421)
603
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what disciplinary measures have been taken against police officers as a result of the breach of security on the Parliamentary estate on 20th March.
(165872)
604
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of prisioners were sharing cells designed for single occupany in each of the last 10 years.
(166796)
605
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisons were operating at greater than their certified normal accommodation rate in each of the last 10 years.
(166797)
606
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to implement the report of the Advisory Group on Living in the UK about education for naturalisation applicants.
(166122)
607
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Treasury about financing the proposals of the Advisory Group on Living in the UK for education of naturalisation applicants.
(166126)
608
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance the Government has issued to (a) the police and (b) transport authorities concerning handling cases of cyclists ignoring red traffic lights.
(165963)
609
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice the Government offers (a) the police and (b) transport authorities about cyclists cycling on pavements.
(165964)
610
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what stage the work visa application number S1145670 in the name of Yvonne Shitto is at; and if he will make a statement.
(165913)
611
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the new guidelines on anti-social behaviour issued to magistrates.
(166675)
612
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the Trailblazer nuisance neighbour projects in (a) Birmingham, (b) Manchester, (c) Sheffield and (d) Sunderland.
(166680)
613
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the new anti-social behaviour prosecutor teams in the Crown Prosecution Service.
(166682)
614
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he intends to take against those areas that have not taken up anti-social behaviour orders.
(166685)
615
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the countries to which the Home Office does not currently return failed asylum seekers.
(165828)
616
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the question tabled by the honourable Member for Stourbridge on 2nd March, reference 158991.
(165942)
617
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals he has to provide more information to the public on the protection work done by the security services.
(166036)
618
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.
(166364)
619
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each civil service grade within his (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (i) gender, (ii) ethnic group and (iii) age group; and how many are registered disabled.
(166390)
620
N
Mr Gerry Steinberg (Durham, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will (a) reply to the three letters from the honourable Member for City of Durham regarding Abbas Mirzael ref. M1009147 and (b) return the fee and application form TD 112 requested on 18th November 2003.
(165502)
621
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons were for the decision not to charge the officers who made racist comments while filmed by an undercover journalist for the BBC documentary The Secret Policeman.
(166072)
622
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many car crimes there have been in each year since 1997; and how many resulted from the theft of car keys.
(166836)
623
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had on the security implications of the commercial sale of ammonium nitrate fertiliser.
(166840)
624
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Spanish Government on proposals to introduce electronic identity cards in Spain.
(166843)
625
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has evaluated on chromatography tests for traces of explosives in human hair.
(166844)
626
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of remote immobiliser technologies on reducing car crime.
(166845)
627
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, 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.
(166240)
628
Brian White (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what analysis he has undertaken of the Internet Watch Foundation's Annual Report 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(166799)
629
Brian White (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures his Department is taking to increase international co-operation among law enforcement agencies to combat child pornography on the internet.
(166801)
630
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17th February, how many matches are contained wholly within the criminal justice section of the database.
(165827)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
631
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the total telephone bill for the House was in the last year for which figures are available.
(165687)
632
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the Commission takes to facilitate the recycling of (a) glass and (b) cans within the House.
(165923)
633
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the total electricity consumption for the House has been for each year from 1997 to date; and what percentage in each year was derived from renewable sources.
(165925)
634
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what volume of paper collected from the House of Commons in 2003 was sent for recycling.
(165926)
635
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps he takes to ensure that paper placed in containers for recycling is recycled.
(165927)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
636
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which countries the Department is represented; how many staff are employed in each location, broken down by (a) UK nationals and (b) locally employed; what the annual cost of maintaining representation in each of the countries was in 2003-04; and what the total expenditure by his Department on overseas representation was in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002 and (iii) 2003.
(166210)
637
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether training projects or preparations for Iraq proposed by (a) the Emergency Response Team and (b) the Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs Department of his Department were (i) cancelled and (ii) postponed in the year to 1st May 2003.
(165985)
638
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on what occasions the head of the Emergency Response Team visited (a) Iraq and (b) the Gulf region in the year to 1st May 2003.
(165986)
639
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether any training in personal health and safety for (a) the Emergency Response Team and (b) the Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs Department of his Department was (i) cancelled and (ii) postponed in the year to 1st May 2003.
(165987)
640
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance has been given to trade union bodies in Iraq; what programmes such assistance was given under; and whether those programmes are still open for further assistance.
(166137)
641
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, 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.
(166662)
642
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, 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.
(166663)
643
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, 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.
(166664)
644
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, 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.
(166665)
645
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when 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.
(166666)
646
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports, in each case stating (i) the name of each paper used and (ii) the post-consumer recycled content of each paper.
(166667)
647
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department takes to verify the accuracy of claims by charitable organisations concerning humanitarian crises.
(166479)
648
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the link between good governance and its relation to economic productivity in developing countries with particular reference to (a) Guinea and (b) Senegal.
(166590)
649
Frank Cook (Stockton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department will spend on (a) humanitarian mine clearance, (b) commercial mine clearance, (c) military initiatives in mine clearance, (d) mine awareness, (e) mine victim assistance and (f) research and development for mine clearance in 2004.
(165849)
650
Frank Cook (Stockton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department spent on (a) humanitarian mine clearance, (b) commercial mine clearance, (c) military initiatives in mine clearance, (d) mine awareness, (e) mine victim assistance and (f) research and development for mine clearance in 2003.
(165850)
651
Frank Cook (Stockton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the recent review his Department made of its mine action funding policy.
(165851)
652
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding his Department has made available for improvements to the water supply in (a) Accra and (b) Kumasi; and what conditions regarding the involvement of the private sector apply to such funding.
(166359)
653
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's total expenditure in Iraq has been since May 2003; if he will list the major projects funded; and under which budget heads each project was funded.
(166414)
654
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the Bosnia and Herzegovina Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees on support and return of displaced persons following transfer of responsibility for implementation of Annex VII of the General Framework Agreement for Peace from the Office of the High Representative to the Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities on 1st January; and if he will make a statement.
(166413)
655
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the situation in Gaza, with particular reference to the movement of food into the area.
(165823)
656
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures his Department have taken since the end of the war in Iraq to restore (a) drinking water supplies, (b) sewerage infrastructure and (c) electricity supplies.
(166870)
657
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the efficacy of his Department's contract with the World Food Programme to distribute food to Teso in North East Uganda.
(166760)
658
N
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the expansion of industrial logging in the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo will not compromise the rights and livelihoods of the people dependent on the forest for their survival.
(165480)
659
N
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on progress in developing an airport on St. Helena.
(165507)
660
N
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether a new constitution for St. Helena has been agreed.
(165508)
661
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what new money he pledged to Afghanistan at the recent Donor Conference in Berlin.
(166724)
662
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.
(166376)
663
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list for each civil service grade within his (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (i) gender, (ii) ethnic group and (iii) age group; and how many are registered disabled.
(166399)
Questions to the Leader of the House
664
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Leader of the House, what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Office.
(166375)
665
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Leader of the House, if he will list for each civil service grade within his Office, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (a) gender, (b) ethnic group and (c) age group; and how many are registered disabled.
(166400)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
666
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the Police Service of Northern Ireland crime detection rates were in each month during the last two years, broken down by named geographic areas designated by individual district command units.
(165846)
667
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the membership and timetable for local area partnerships recommended by the Costello Report, broken down by education board area.
(166712)
668
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the alternative forms of academic selection to the eleven plus assessed by the Department of Education in the last year.
(166713)
669
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the Department of Education's definition and criteria are for classifying curriculum subjects as (a) vocational and (b) academic in secondary schools in Northern Ireland.
(166714)
670
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the (a) cost, (b) number and (c) results of pupil behavioural surveys carried out in each education board area in the last year.
(166715)
671
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the amount of planned maintenance work suspended in each education board area in Northern Ireland.
(166716)
672
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the loss to the Exchequer as a result of the illegal importation of cigarettes into Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(165990)
673
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what amount of illegal fireworks was seized in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(165991)
674
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many National Health Service dentists have been working in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(165992)
675
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost to the public purse has been of the recent refurbishment of Stormont Castle.
(165993)
676
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the administrative costs of each of the health boards in Northern Ireland were in each of the last five years.
(165994)
677
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many attendance allowance claims have been subject to appeal in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what the percentage rate of success was.
(165995)
678
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what financial assistance was given to the promotion of youth development programmes in Northern Ireland football during 2003.
(165996)
679
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the budget for complementary medicine in the National Health Service in Northern Ireland was in 2003.
(165997)
680
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the change in the numbers of those owning cars in Northern Ireland over the past 10 years.
(165998)
681
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in relation to proposed action to be taken against those allegedly responsible for the demolition of properties for which no planning permission was sought.
(165999)
682
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many recorded attacks in Northern Ireland were deemed to have a racial motive in each of the last five years.
(166000)
683
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the new rolling stock being tested by Translink will be used on the whole rail network.
(166001)
684
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost to the public purse of free prescriptions issued in Northern Ireland has been in each of the last five years.
(166002)
685
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) paid-for and (b) free prescriptions were issued in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(166003)
686
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he plans to abolish the public holidays on (a) 17th March and (b) 12th July in any part of the public service in Northern Ireland.
(166131)
687
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000-01 by the Department and its agencies.
(166088)
688
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations he has made to the Government of the Irish Republic on ratifying the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages in respect of Ulster-Scots in the Republic of Ireland.
(166439)
689
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many times defendants charged with murder in Northern Ireland have been released on bail in each year since 2000.
(166440)
690
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on provision in Northern Ireland for sufferers of pulmonary hypertension.
(165934)
691
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the resources available to the office of the Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland.
(166449)
692
Mr John Hume (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what applications for tree preservation orders in the vicinity of Danesfort Crescent, Steelstown Road and Greenhaw Road, Derry have been received.
(166777)
693
Mr John Hume (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the target length of time is between submissions of a request for a tree preservation order and a decision on such a request; and whether there are guidelines on keeping interested parties informed of progress.
(166778)
694
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has secured European Commission approval for his proposal to commit public expenditure to reduce the costs of energy to business.
(166015)
695
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on how he plans to implement his policy of using public expenditure to reduce the costs of electricity to business.
(166016)
696
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his policy is on meeting from public funds the costs of legal advice and representation to (a) present and (b) former servants of the Crown who are summoned to give evidence to a public inquiry established as a result of the Cory Reports.
(166641)
697
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much public money has been spent in each of the last five years on organisations to help the victims of terrorism in Northern Ireland.
(166642)
698
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the breakdown by community background in numbers and percentages is of those waiting for public sector housing in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the Belfast areas in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001, (iii) 2002 and (iv) 2003.
(166044)
699
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the breakdown by community background in numbers and percentages is of those allocated public sector housing in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the Belfast areas in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001, (iii) 2002 and (iv) 2003.
(166045)
700
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to bring into effect in Northern Ireland the recommendations of the Leggatt Report in the Review of Tribunals.
(166138)
701
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to develop a strategy and action plan to phase out racially segregated primary education of traveller children at St Mary's Primary School, Belfast.
(165855)
702
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take steps to ensure travellers have equal access to training as education and youth workers.
(165856)
703
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what power sharing arrangements have been adopted for the appointment of mayor, deputy mayor and committee chairs in each district council area.
(166780)
704
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 17th March, Official Report, columns 305-6W, on paramilitary offences, how many of the 106 deaths have been solved through the arrest and conviction of the people responsible; and if he will make a statement.
(165690)
705
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons Royal Mail has been denied permission to erect a post box at Lansdowne Road, Newtownards.
(165865)
706
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 18th December 2003, Official Report, column 1078W, on the fishing industry, if he will set out a timescale for the (a) recommencement and (b) completion of a Strategic Review of the Northern Ireland Fishing Industry.
(165945)
707
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many nurses joined the professional register in each of the last 10 years.
(165988)
708
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he has taken to attempt to redress the imbalance of funding through the Eastern Health Board's Capitation Formula.
(166047)
709
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will undertake a review of the effect of Jarvis public private partnership contract proposals on education ancilliary workers.
(166048)
710
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with Ofcom on unsolicited telephone calls for commercial purposes.
(166049)
711
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the Health Service projects funded fully or partly by private finance initiatives.
(166698)
712
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what restrictions there are on the rates charged to residents by nursing homes.
(166699)
713
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether nursing homes are permitted to charge different residents at differing rates.
(166700)
714
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the cost in 2003-04 of the shuttle buses currently serving the Royal Victoria Hospital.
(166701)
715
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what types of farming fraud offences were detected; and how many cases of each occurred in the last 12 months.
(166702)
716
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what restrictions apply to the consumption of alcohol on local (a) trains and (b) buses.
(166703)
717
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what public meetings Invest Northern Ireland has attended which involved a single political party over the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(166709)
718
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the cost of introducing a shuttle bus service between the Ulster Hospital and Belfast City Centre.
(166710)
719
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Invest NI grants have been awarded; which companies benefited; and what amount of finance was provided through each respective award, broken down by constituency, in each of the past two years.
(166745)
720
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funding contingency is held with respect to the current exclusion of the Ballybeen Estate in Dundonald from the Belfast Regeneration Offices Business Plan, should it become part of the East Belfast constituency as a result of the Boundary Commission Report.
(166746)
721
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has been made of the effects of the Nitrates Directive on the (a) pig, (b) poultry and (c) dairy industry in Northern Ireland; and if he will undertake a full consultation before the provisions are adopted.
(166828)
722
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to deliver a high standard of animal welfare within agriculture in Northern Ireland.
(166829)
723
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many applications have been received under the current fishing vessel (a) decommissioning scheme and (b) tie-up scheme; how many applications have been granted for boats in (i) Portavogie, (ii) Ardglass and (iii) Kilkeel in each case; and how much money has been allocated to each scheme in each case.
(166830)
724
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd February, Official Report, column 868W on Peace II Programme, under what measure number the money was awarded to the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE); who authorised the approval to distribute the money to CAFRE; under whose name money was awarded to CAFRE; and what items of expenditure in addition to normal running costs of CAFRE the money funded.
(166831)
725
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd February, Official Report, column 868W on Peace II Programme, if he will break down each of the monthly figures by organisation to which money was allocated; under what measure number the PEACE II money was allocated; and how much money not allocated from the PEACE II funds is accessible by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
(166832)
726
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd February, Official Report, column 871W on potato ring rot, what vehicles purchased from modulation money for these purposes are now used.
(166833)
727
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in implementing those aspects of the British-Irish Joint Declaration that deal with security normalisation.
(166228)
728
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.
(166368)
729
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list for each civil service grade within his Department, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (a) gender, (b) ethnic group, (c) registered disabled and (d) age group.
(166402)
730
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the assistance he can give to workers recently made redundant at the TKECC plant, Dundonald; and what meetings have been (a) held and (b) arranged with representatives of the workers regarding future employment prospects.
(165909)
731
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to bid to retain the vacant TKECC factory premises at Dundonald to encourage reinvestment into the area.
(165910)
732
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to ensure that a long-term agreement is reached between the Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation and the Phoenix gas company to ensure long-term stability in the gas market; and if he will make a statement.
(165946)
733
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce competition into the natural gas industry in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(165947)
734
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what amount of industrial and commercial waste was sent to landfill in 2003, expressed as a percentage of the 1998 level.
(165948)
735
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to pursue efficiency savings in each of the Northern Ireland departments similar to those proposed in the Efficiency Reviews outlined in the recent Budget.
(165949)
736
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, 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.
(166242)
Questions to the Prime Minister
737
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Prime Minister, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000-01 by his Office.
(166099)
738
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Prime Minister, whether, during his meeting with Colonel Gaddaffi, he asked Libya to provide him with details of arms and other support supplied to the IRA; and if he will make a statement.
(166643)
739
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Prime Minister, whether (a) he raised the issue of the sale and transportation of illegal arms to the Provisional IRA when he recently met with Colonel Gaddafi in Libya and (b) he was given a full inventory of the weapons and explosives which the Provisional IRA received.
(166764)
740
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Prime Minister, whether discussions took place with Colonel Gaddafi regarding financial compensation to those injured by, and to the families of those murdered by, illegal weapons transported to the IRA by Libya; and if he will make a statement.
(166765)
741
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Prime Minister, what details were given by Colonel Gaddafi and the Libyan Government regarding their involvement in the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher; and if he will make a statement.
(166766)
742
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Prime Minister, what his policy is on the future of Lord-Lieutenants.
(166229)
743
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Office.
(166377)
744
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list for each civil service grade within his Office the total number of staff employed, broken down by (a) gender, (b) ethnic group and (c) age group; and how many are registered disabled.
(166386)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
745
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000-01 by the Department.
(166083)
746
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff from his Office have transferred to other Government departments since 1st June 2003; and to which departments they have transferred.
(165965)
747
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff from other Government departments have transferred to his Office since 1st June 2003; and from which departments they have transferred.
(165966)
748
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his Department's expenditure on (a) fixed and (b) mobile telephones was in each of the last five years.
(165967)
749
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he last met representatives of the Scottish fishing industry.
(165968)
750
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the benefits to Scottish fishermen of continued membership of the EU Common Fisheries Policy.
(165969)
751
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects the recommendations of the Boundary Commission for Scotland to be implemented.
(165982)
752
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the remit of his Commission on the Scottish Parliament.
(165983)
753
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what budget has been set for the operating costs of his Commission on the Scottish Parliament.
(165984)
754
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Treasury on the proposed introduction of the whisky strip stamp.
(166019)
755
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps he will take in response to the findings and recommendations of the Scottish Executive's Phase 3 Higher Education Review.
(165959)
756
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.
(166366)
757
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for each civil service grade within his Department, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (a) gender, (b) ethnic group; and how many are registered disabled.
(166403)
Questions to the Solicitor General
758
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Solicitor General, what the (a) legal costs of the defendants' two trials and (b) total cost to the Crown Prosecution Service were in the case against Prison Officers Rowland, Kerry and Watkins at Elmley Prison.
(166226)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
759
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, when the Electoral Commission's report on the age of voting and candidacy will be published.
(166767)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
760
Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how her Department plans to respond to the Office of Fair Trading report on estate agents.
(165907)
761
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will itemise the contents of the B30 ponds at Sellafield; what the origin was of the contents; what the radioactivity level of the contents is; and what plans she has to respond to criticisms by the EU Commission in respect of the ponds that comprise B30.
(165818)
762
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which sea-going vessel procurements she is considering; when she plans to issue invitations to tender; and whether the procurement will be limited to the UK for strategic reasons.
(166539)
763
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Newcastle East and Wallsend constituency, the effects on Newcastle East and Wallsend of her Department's policies and actions since 1997.
(166875)
764
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many inspections have been undertaken where no complaint has been made about an employer to ensure that they are complying with the National Minimum Wage provisions in each year since the introduction of the National Minimum Wage; and what level of underpayment was identified as a result of each of these inspections.
(165826)
765
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the effects of clause 76(5) of the Energy Bill on the exercise by Scottish Ministers of their functions in relation to exploitation of areas outside the territorial sea for energy production.
(165853)
766
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what functions Scottish Ministers have in relation to the consenting of offshore renewable energy generation plants (a) within and (b) outside the 12 nautical mile territorial seas around Scotland; and what effect the Energy Bill will have on these functions.
(165854)
767
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what targets have been set for the national minimum wage compliance teams with regard to the investigation of complaints; and whether these have been met for each year since the introduction of the minimum wage.
(166739)
768
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reason there has been no systematic evaluation of the use and efficacy of the formal powers available to national minimum wage compliance officers in response to the recommendations of the fourth report of the Low Pay Commission.
(166740)
769
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the progress being made by, and conclusions drawn from, the local enforcement pilot projects for the national minimum wage.
(166741)
770
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will break down those employees affected by cases of underpayment of the national minimum wage brought to the attention of the Inland Revenue by (a) sex, (b) age group, (c) ethnicity and (d) region for each year since the introduction of the minimum wage.
(166742)
771
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will break down by industry the employers found to be not complying with the national minimum wage provisions by industry for each year since the introduction of the minimum wage.
(166743)
772
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the prevalence of re-offending in relation to employer non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage Act 1998.
(166744)
773
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the (a) name, (b) industry, (c) number of employees and (d) geographical locations of those employers formally issued with enforcement notices for not complying with the national minimum wage provisions.
(166751)
774
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects to reply to the letter of 19th December 2003 from the honourable Member for Gordon on the operations of BAE Systems in South Africa.
(166812)
775
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment has been made of the case for Post Office Ltd developing a role for post offices as government general practitioners and of Government support for this as mentioned in the Performance and Innovation Unit Report of 2000, Chapter 8, page 16, conclusion 18.
(166779)
776
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment has been made of the case for Post Office Ltd developing a role for the Post Office Network as internet and learning and access points as mentioned in the Performance and Innovation Unit Report of 2000, chapter 8, page 16, conclusion 17.
(166827)
777
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans her Department has further to restrict the range of goods sold by charity shops.
(166120)
778
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new businesses have started up in Wirral South since 1997.
(166628)
779
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government has taken to help small businesses in Wirral South since 1997.
(166629)
780
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost to public funds is of the current national advertising campaign by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) to encourage greater use of its services; and what the total expenditure of ACAS on all publicity and advertising will be in financial year 2003-04.
(166004)
781
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the proposed European Directive on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications, with particular reference to the impact on the free movement of healthcare professionals; and what assessment she has made of the report adopted by the European Parliament on the Directive.
(166873)
782
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000-01 by the Department and its agencies.
(166086)
783
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will estimate the cost of maintaining an up-to-date schedule of regulatory impact assessments, with working lists to the relevant documents.
(166453)
784
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with the British Chamber of Commerce on the subject of regulatory impact assessments.
(166454)
785
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many British companies are still owed money from projects in Libya; and what estimate she has made as to the amount of money still owed.
(166738)
786
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new businesses have started up in Birkenhead since 1997.
(166491)
787
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government has taken to help small businesses in Birkenhead since 1997.
(166492)
788
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new businesses have been established in Birkenhead since 1997.
(166493)
789
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many workers in Birkenhead have benefited from the national minimum wage.
(166494)
790
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many and what percentage of women in Birkenhead have taken 26 weeks' maternity leave since 1997.
(166495)
791
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the benefits of the EU Social Chapter for the residents of Birkenhead.
(166501)
792
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the benefits to residents of Birkenhead of new rights for night-shift workers.
(166502)
793
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many residents of Birkenhead qualify for paid leave entitlement.
(166503)
794
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many residents of Birkenhead have benefited from a reduction of the working week to 48 hours.
(166504)
795
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the effect of recent trends in investment in renewable energy upon residents of Birkenhead.
(166614)
796
Patrick Hall (Bedford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the outcome and lessons learned review of the Post Office Urban Reinvention programme following its conclusion will include an examination of the extension of the flexibility currently covering the rural network to urban areas.
(166819)
797
Patrick Hall (Bedford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how soon the outcome of and lessons learned from the process of the Post Office Urban Reinvention programme will be evaluated and published following the conclusion of that programme.
(166820)
798
Patrick Hall (Bedford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make the independent review of the facilities at the Crown post office in Bedford part of a wider review into the facilities of the post office network as a whole in Bedford and Kempston.
(166821)
799
N
David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of broadband accessibility rates for (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland, broken down by percentage of (i) households and (ii) population.
(165586)
800
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average age is of an employee in the manufacturing industry in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK; and what it has been in each year since 1997.
(166768)
801
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people employed in the (a) manufacturing industry and (b) service sector have been over 50 years old in (i) the Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK in each year since 1997.
(166769)
802
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) men and (b) women have been employed in the service sector in (i) the Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK in each year since 1997.
(166770)
803
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) women and (b) people have been employed in the manufacturing industry in (i) the Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK in each year since 1997.
(166771)
804
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average age has been of an employee in the service sector in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.
(166772)
805
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) resource budget, (b) administration costs and (c) staff numbers were dedicated to the Companies Act investigation into British American Tobacco.
(165422)
806
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will break down the UK's trade figures with (a) China and (b) Taiwan in the past 12 months into (i) imports and (ii) exports.
(165860)
807
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many business start-ups there were in each (a) county and (b) constituency in Wales in each of the past six years.
(166673)
808
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the small and large companies in Wales that will benefit by the new definition of research and development which came into operation on 1st April, broken down by (a) constituency and (b) county.
(166674)
809
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with the Home Office about combating fraud committed over the internet.
(166737)
810
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with the Office of Civil Nuclear Security in respect of the adequacy of security arrangements (a) at nuclear installations and (b) for nuclear materials in transit.
(166037)
811
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment has been made of the implications for energy demand of the rolling out of the broadband communications programme.
(166227)
812
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in her Department.
(166371)
813
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list for each civil service grade within her (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (i) gender, (ii) ethnic group and (iii) age group; and how many are registered disabled.
(166396)
814
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what (a) initiatives, (b) campaigns and (c) advisory bodies relating to older people her Department (i) is responsible and (ii) has provided funding since 2001; and what the cost in each year was for each one.
(166243)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
815
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of savings that could be made by reducing the number of coastguard stations around the Scottish coast.
(166773)
816
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on coastguard services in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK in each of the last five years.
(166774)
817
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the future of coastguard stations around the Scottish coast.
(166775)
818
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the level of planned future expenditure on coastguard services in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.
(166776)
819
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of new cycle lanes have been provided using public funds in Wirral South since 1997.
(166633)
820
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000-01 by the Department and its agencies.
(166094)
821
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to give final approval for the construction of the East London Line extensions.
(166483)
822
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many responses he has received to his consultation on the implementation of the Working Time Directive for mobile workers in the transport sector.
(165972)
823
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to publish his response to the consultation into the implementation of the Working Time Directive for mobile workers in the transport sector.
(165973)
824
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the reasons for the resignation of the Chief Executive of National Air Traffic Services; and how much time was left to run on the former Chief Executive's contract of employment.
(166527)
825
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what payments have been made to the former Chief Executive of National Air Traffic Services on his early departure.
(166528)
826
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the relevant experience of the new Chief Executive of National Air Traffic Services, with particular reference to (a) the air transport industry and (b) air traffic control services.
(166529)
827
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the first new runway to be available to serve the south east of England.
(166543)
828
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether comprehensive simulation of the airspace management implications of possible runway development options for the south east of England was undertaken prior to the publication of the Aviation White Paper on 16th December 2003; and what plans (a) National Air Traffic Services and (b) the Civil Aviation Authority have to undertake such a simulation.
(166544)
829
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the percentage change in (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries on the roads of Birkenhead has been since 1997.
(166496)
830
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of new cycle lanes have been provided using public funds in Birkenhead since 1997.
(166497)
831
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rural bus services in Birkenhead are supported by rural bus grants.
(166498)
832
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of priority bus lanes have been created in Birkenhead since 1997.
(166499)
833
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the effect of investment in railway improvements over the next 10 years upon residents of Birkenhead.
(166500)
834
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to announce his decision on the Crossrail project; and if he will make a statement.
(166455)
835
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will publish the Montague Report into the Crossrail project; and if he will make a statement.
(166456)
836
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the conferences and seminars that his Department organised between 1st September 2003 and 28th February 2004, detailing the cost of each.
(166463)
837
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will lay before the House regulations requiring approved driving instructors to pass a hazard perception test.
(166763)
838
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much local authorities with highway responsibilities paid in claims for personal injury or liability, as a proportion of their total highways budgets, in 2002-03.
(165895)
839
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many sites there are on the UK motorway and trunk road network of chevron markings, designed to ensure motorists keep their distance from the car in front; and what their locations are.
(166317)
840
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department has commissioned into the effectiveness of chevrons designed to encourage motorists to keep their distance from one another.
(166318)
841
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on his future plans for Network Rail.
[R] (166532)
842
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers use (a) Maidenhead and (b) Twyford stations at (i) morning peak, (ii) evening peak and (iii) off-peak hours.
(165858)
843
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents have occurred on the A4 between Maidenhead and Reading in each year since 1995; how many resulted in (a) personal injuries and (b) death; how many involved drunk driving; how many resulted in prosecution and how many of the casualties were pedestrians.
(165859)
844
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the East Coast Mainline Franchise to be awarded.
(166432)
845
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the announcement on the new East Coast Mainline Franchise has been delayed.
(166433)
846
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect the delay in the announcement of the East Coast Mainline Franchise upon (a) the purchase of new rolling stock and (b) planned upgrades to the track.
(166434)
847
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications of the delay in the announcement of the East Coast Mainline Franchise on rail services to Harrogate and Knaresborough.
(166435)
848
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 18th March, Official Report, column 408W, on safety camera partnerships, if he will amend the rules of the safety camera partnerships so that funding can be released to fund local road safety projects, including Bikesafe; and if he will make a statement.
(166034)
849
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has had from the emergency services since June 2001 on the removal of (a) speed humps and (b) pinch points on the road network.
(165960)
850
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many injuries have been experienced by pedestrians as a result of accidents with cyclists in the last three years.
(165961)
851
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries of pedestrians have been caused by accidents with buses in the last three years.
(165962)
852
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.
(166365)
853
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list for each civil service grade within his (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (i) gender, (ii) ethnic group and (iii) age group; and how many are registered disabled.
(166392)
854
N
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will allow safety camera partnerships in Suffolk to release funding raised from speed cameras for local road safety projects that do not involve speed camera installations; and if he will make a statement.
(165583)
855
N
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries there were in road traffic accidents in Suffolk in each year since 1997.
(165584)
856
N
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 18th March, Official Report, column 408W, what percentage of the money raised from speed cameras within Suffolk since April 2003 were (a) used for the installation and operation of approved safety camera installations and (b) passed to the Consolidated Fund.
(165689)
857
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 36W, on light rail schemes, if he will list the light rail schemes that he expects will be under construction by 2010, with their expected (a) cost, (b) construction start dates and (c) completion dates; and what the stages of (i) appraisal, (ii) assessment and (iii) procurement will be.
(166005)
858
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 41W, on station improvements, what plans the Government has for delivering improvements to the stations not addressed by the Modern Facilities at Stations scheme and which were identified as being in need of improvement in the Strategic Rail Authority's original target to improve 1,000 stations by 2004.
(166006)
859
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total estimated cost is of the West Coast Mainline upgrade; and what proportion of this cost is accounted for by (a) construction, (b) consultants and (c) compensation to train operating companies.
(166007)
860
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was contributed by the General Lighthouse Fund to navigational aids in the territorial waters of the Republic of Ireland in each of the last 10 years; and what the future estimate is of contributions over the next three years.
(166056)
861
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made with negotiations with the Irish Government on the cessation of payments from the UK General Lighthouse Fund for the provision of navigational aids in Irish territorial waters.
(166057)
862
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of (a) paper for printed publications and (b) copying paper used by the Department in 2002-03 was from recycled sources; and how much post-consumer waste this paper contained.
(166058)
863
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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.
(166059)
864
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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 for printed publications bought by the Department is 60 per cent. recycled of which a minimum in 75 per cent. post-consumer waste.
(166060)
865
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when 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 brought by the Department is 60 per cent. recycled, of which a minimum is 75 per cent. post-consumer waste.
(166061)
866
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports, in each case stating (i) the name of each paper used and (ii) the (A) recycled and (B) post-consumer recycled content of each paper.
(166062)
867
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in the last three months in that capacity.
(166063)
868
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings his Department's Green Minister has attended in the last 12 months in that capacity.
(166064)
869
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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.
(166065)
870
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to promote the delivery of sustainable development within Government.
(166066)
871
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progess has been made on his Department's sustainable development strategy.
(166067)
872
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the projects in the Highways Agency's Targeted Programme of Improvements with their (a) estimated cost, (b) start date of construction and (c) planned completion date.
(166100)
873
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which major local road schemes in England have been given (a) provisional and (b) full Government approval in each of the last four years; what their current status is; and what the (i) expected start date and (ii) completion date is in each case.
(166101)
874
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 1377W, on the road network, what the (a) date and (b) location of the most recent Government funded trial of anti-glare devices undertaken in the UK was.
(166102)
875
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the use of ripple print pads on road services to reduce (a) accidents and (b) noise.
(166835)
876
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of sound-absorbing concrete in reducing traffic noise.
(166849)
877
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on roadside noise barriers in each of the last 10 years.
(166850)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
878
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000-01 by the Department.
(166084)
879
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.
(166374)
880
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list for each civil service grade within his Department, the total number of staff employed and set out the number employed by (a) gender, (b) ethnic group and (c) age group; and how many are registered disabled.
(166401)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
881
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were claiming key benefits in (a) the Edinburgh West constituency and (b) the City of Edinburgh local authority area in each year since 1995.
(166671)
882
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many lone parents in Wirral South have gained work through the New Deal programme.
(166632)
883
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on encouraging people already receiving benefit to apply for their retirement pension.
(166477)
884
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are (a) eligible to receive and (b) receiving council tax benefit in (i) the constituency of Weston-super-Mare and (ii) the North Somerset unitary authority.
(165681)
885
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000-01 by the Department and its agencies.
(166087)
886
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals in (a) Scotland and (b) Dumfries and Galloway are in receipt of council tax benefits.
(165979)
887
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people resident in Dumfries and Galloway are in receipt of a free television licence.
(165980)
888
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many residents of Dumfries and Galloway he estimates are over 75 years old.
(165981)
889
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women in Birkenhead have benefited from the (a) New Deal for Lone Parents and (b) New Deal for Partners since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(166508)
890
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many senior citizens in Birkenhead have benefited from the winter fuel allowance since 1997.
(166509)
891
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the levels of long-term (a) adult and (b) youth employment in Birkenhead over the last seven years.
(166510)
892
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many lone parents in Birkenhead have gained work through the New Deal programme.
(166511)
893
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many workers in Birkenhead have benefited from the national minimum wage.
(166512)
894
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the measures his Department has introduced to improve the working conditions of disabled workers in Birkenhead over the last seven years.
(166513)
895
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mothers in Birkenhead have made use of the Sure Start maternity grant.
(166514)
896
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to how many benefit claimants the Department has sent personal invitation letters to open a Post Office Card Account; and how many of these are in receipt of state pensions.
(166011)
897
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants have completed the Post Office Card Account application forms at post offices; and how many of these are in receipt of state pensions.
(166012)
898
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefits claimants are being paid by the Department directly into Post Office card accounts; and how many of these are pensioners.
(166082)
899
N
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what evidence has been gathered by his Department to show that the new Performance and Development System will improve staff (a) performance and (b) motivation.
(165899)
900
N
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the administrative and implementation costs are for the performance and development system for his Department, broken down by the costs of (a) compulsory interim reviews, (b) compulsory self reviews, (c) compulsory personal development plans, (d) preparation and (e) training of the new staff.
(165900)
901
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of (a) the risk of exposure to asbestos to householders from building materials in houses and outbuildings, (b) the level of public awareness of such risks, (c) the expected levels of illness and death of householders exposed to asbestos in the home and (d) the desirability of further measures to raise awareness of such risks amongst the public.
(166747)
902
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the projections for asbestos-related illness and death over the next two decades (a) in the UK and (b) in Wales.
(166748)
903
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the level of compliance with the duty to manage legislation as it relates to exposure to asbestos (a) now and (b) by the time the legislation becomes legally binding in May.
(166749)
904
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what efforts the Department has made to raise awareness amongst small businesses and the self-employed of the duty to manage legislation as it relates to exposure to asbestos.
(166750)
905
N
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioner households with one or more householders over the age of 80 years, within the constituency of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, have received the £300 winter fuel allowance.
(165866)
906
N
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the total number of pensioner households with one or more householders over the age of 70 years, within the constituency of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, who will benefit from the Chancellor's recently announced council tax allowance.
(165867)
907
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pension credit applications are waiting to be processed at the Norwich Pension Centre.
(166381)
908
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many letters and e-mails from customers were awaiting a response at the Norwich Pension Centre on 1st April.
(166382)
909
Linda Perham (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what date has been set for the Rent Service to begin publishing information about local reference rents.
(166816)
910
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost was of the two days' industrial action taken in February by staff in his Department; and what the cost was of moving priority work to other locations.
(165825)
911
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the new performance and development system for his Department does not allow staff a grievance hearing and the right to be accompanied by a trades union representative when challenging a decision on their designated performance level; whether the system is comparable to that in other Government departments; and what best practice models were used as the basis for the system.
(165847)
912
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners benefit from (a) the minimum income guarantee and (b) free TV licences, broken down by constituency, with constituencies grouped by region.
(166679)
913
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what degree of flexibility he will give jobcentres over their budgets (a) to improve local skills and (b) to target jobless blackspots.
(166681)
914
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the Vale of Clwyd constituency have benefited from (a) New Deal for Young People, (b) New Deal for 25 plus and (c) New Deal for lone parents in each ward in the Vale of Clwyd.
(166683)
915
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioner households will benefit from the winter fuel allowance; and what amount of funding for winter fuel allowance will be given to each constituency in the UK, with constituencies grouped by region.
(166684)
916
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what powers exist to retrieve child maintenance from British citizens who leave the country and go to live in another EU member state.
(166727)
917
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many British citizens avoid paying child maintenance because they have left the country; and how many of these reside in the EU.
(166728)
918
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the take-up of direct payment has been.
(166230)
919
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to update computer (a) hardware and (b) software standard packages used in his Department.
(166370)
920
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list for each civil service grade within his (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies, the total number of staff employed, broken down by (i) gender, (ii) ethnic group and (iii) age group; and how many are registered disabled.
(166395)
921
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate (a) the initial start-up cost and (b) the annual running cost of his Department's web-based retirement planner, as proposed in Simplicity, Security and Choice: Informed Choices for Working and Saving, page 28; if he will provide a breakdown of this cost to (i) pension providers and (ii) his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(166232)
922
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the average cost per member to private pension schemes for providing personalised scheme-member information in order to facilitate his Department's proposed web-based retirement planner.
(166233)
923
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) number and (b) percentage of pensioners who were eligible non-recipients of (i) minimum income guarantee and (ii) council tax benefit as identified in the Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2001-02 research, were in receipt of (A) another means-tested benefit and (B) attendance allowance or disability living allowance.
(166234)
924
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many automatic state pension forecasts his Department has issued to the self-employed since May 2003.
(166236)
925
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department's proposed web-based retirement planner will be launched.
(166245)
926
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the launch of his Department's proposed web-based retirement planner has been delayed, from the initial target year set out in Simplicity, Security and Choice: Working and Saving for Retirement, page 42.
(166246)
927
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to provide everyone with a personal forecast of their complete pension position as proposed in A New Contract for Welfare: Partnership in Pensions, page 86.
(166247)
928
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out his plans for combined pension forecasts; in what sequence different groups will be issued with forecasts and over what timescale; how many forecasts he expects to issue for each group; and if he will make a statement.
(166248)
929
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the results of the pilot exercise for combined pension forecasts carried out with certain employers and pension providers according to A New Contract for Welfare: Partnership in Pensions, page 90; what steps his Department has taken towards a national roll out of these exercises; and if he will make a statement.
(166249)
930
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will break down by geographical area the information given in the latest Office of National Statistics' Statistics on the New Deal immediate destinations of people leaving the New Deal for Young People (Table 4) and the enhanced New Deal 25 plus (Table 5).
(166351)
931
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in the latest Office of National Statistics' statistics on the New Deal, if he will break down by benefit to which individuals moved, the information given in the column on transfers to other benefits in Table 5 of the Immediate Destination on leaving the enhanced New Deal 25 plus.
(166379)
932
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will break down by benefit to which individuals moved, the information given in the column on other benefits in Table 4 of the Immediate Destination on leaving the New Deal for Young People in the latest Office of National Statistics' Statistics on the New Deal.
(166380)
933
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost is of the recent, Pick it Up, It's Yours, Pension Credit advertising campaign, broken down by (a) television, (b) radio, (c) newspaper, (d) poster and (e) other forms of advertising.
(166475)
934
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pension credit application forms (a) have been sent out, (b) have been returned, (c) were adjusted after receipt by the Pension Service and (d) led to successful claims for pension credit.
(166480)
935
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the proposed timetable for transferring the child elements of jobseeker's allowance and income support to child tax credit payments.
(166482)
936
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost was for a full page pension credit advertisement in each publication used during the Pick it Up. It's Yours, advertising campaign.
(166540)
937
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which advertising agency was used for the recent Pick it Up It's Yours pension credit advertising campaign; and how much they received in payment for their services.
(166541)
938
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the agreement reached between the Department and the Inland Revenue ensuring that families do not lose the child element of jobseeker's allowance and income support until child tax payments are guaranteed.
(166542)
939
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the assumptions on uprating of benefit, referred to in Note 5 to the Answer of 3rd November 2003, Official Report, columns 470-2W, on pensioners' benefits, were.
(166647)
940
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th January, Official Report, column 1081W, on pension credit, how much of the estimated expenditure for 2004-05 represents back-dated entitlement for 2003-04; and what assumptions are made about the basis on which the savings credit threshold will be uprated in 2005.
(166648)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
941
Peter Bradley (Wrekin, The):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) men and (b) women are employed in The Wrekin.
[Transferred] (166720)
942
Peter Bradley (Wrekin, The):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) men and (b) women in The Wrekin are in (i) full and (ii) part-time employment.
[Transferred] (166722)
943
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what provisions are being made to ensure that (a) post-GCSE students taking summer jobs and (b) sixth formers with Saturday jobs are covered by the new minimum wage for 16 and 17 year olds.
[Transferred] (166814)
944
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many young people aged 16 or 17 he expects will be entitled to the national minimum wage in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the United Kingdom.
[Transferred] (166815)
945
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which (a) chartered accountants and (b) chartered accountancy firms are banned from carrying out work for the Government.
[Transferred] (166384)
946
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which (a) chartered accountancy and (b) chartered accountant firms have had bans lifted since 1997; and what criteria are used to determine whether bans should be (i) imposed and (ii) lifted.
[Transferred] (166385)
947
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many special purpose vehicles have been set up since October 2002.
[Transferred] (166213)
948
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many claimants of child tax credit there are; and what the total funding was for 2003-04 for each (a) constituency and (b) region in the United Kingdom.
[Transferred] (166672)
949
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) percentage and (b) actual change in unemployment was since 1997 in each constituency listed in descending order according to percentage drop and grouped by region.
[Transferred] (166678)
950
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the teenage pregnancy rates were for each of the last three years, broken down by constituency.
[Transferred] (165824)
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners
951
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what plans the Commissioners have to increase the number of (a) church and (b) church-owned premises that are available for wedding ceremonies for those who have not been baptised in the Anglican communion.
[Question Unstarred] (166160)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
952
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much child maintenance has not been paid in each of the last 10 years; and how much of this is due to one of the parents moving (a) abroad and (b) to another EU member state.
[Transferred] (166729)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
953
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations have been made in relation to the administrative burden associated with the New Opportunities Fund 3 programme; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (166467)
954
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the start date was of the New Opportunities Fund 3 project; what the projected expenditure on this programme was over its period; what the actual expenditure on this programme has been during that time; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (166468)
955
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement about the progress of the New Opportunities Fund 3 initiative to improve sports facilities in schools.
[Transferred] (166469)
956
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the awards made under the New Opportunities Fund 3 programme, broken down by (a) county and (b) amount.
[Transferred] (166470)
957
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list those to whom a grant under the New Opportunities Fund 3 programme has been awarded where the award has been transferred from the Department to the school in recognition of works taking place.
[Transferred] (166471)
958
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the BBC on future funding of the Corporation.
[Question Unstarred] (166140)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
959
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to ban the use of ammonium nitrate fertilisers for agricultural purposes.
[Transferred] (166212)
960
Linda Perham (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the regulation of the sale, storage and use of ammonium nitrate products.
[Transferred] (165829)
961
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what position Her Majesty's Government is taking over current applications to the United Nations for exemptions from the international ban on methyl bromide.
[Transferred] (166573)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
962
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's policies are on (a) the upholding of human rights and (b) minimising the environmental impact in the course of diamond and uranium mining in African countries.
[Transferred] (166490)
963
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what independent financial auditing is undertaken on the contracts issued by the Coalition Provisional Authority for the reconstruction of Iraq.
[Transferred] (166606)
964
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has now submitted all relevant papers to the Immigration Appellate Authority in the case of Mr M.A, husband of Mrs S.A., of Aylesbury (refs. A1146799; ISB/566943; TH/25294/2002); what the expected timescale of the appeal is; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (166640)
965
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what restrictions there are on the leaders of the Maoist terrorist movement of Nepal visiting the United Kingdom.
[Transferred] (166198)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
966
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional financial resources have been made available to local authorities in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05 to enable them to perform their role of scrutinising health trusts.
[Transferred] (166316)
967
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Birkenhead are receiving drug treatment.
[Transferred] (166489)
968
Phil Sawford (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he has taken to encourage the (a) reduction and (b) removal of additives from food.
[Transferred] (166616)
969
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has evaluated on the impact of electro-magnetic fields on the dielectric properties of cells, in relation to mobile phones.
[Transferred] (166837)
970
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the safety benefits of cigarettes that go out faster than normal cigarettes when not puffed.
[Transferred] (166838)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
971
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of Operation Scrap It in (a) London and (b) Liverpool.
[Transferred] (166686)
972
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many autopsies have been carried out in (a) the UK, (b) Huddersfield and (c) Kirklees in each of the last 10 years.
[Transferred] (166730)
973
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of deaths in UK hospitals were followed by post mortems in each of the last 10 years.
[Transferred] (166851)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
974
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what research he has commissioned on microbicide creams to prevent the spread of HIV.
[Transferred] (166839)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
975
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people who completed the 2001 Census in Northern Ireland entered Ulster-Scots in response to the question on language.
[Transferred] (166481)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
976
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the financial value was of the 10 largest contracts by US dollars for the reconstruction of Iraq awarded by the Coalition Provisional Authority; what the nationality of the contractor was in each case; and to what industrial sector each related.
[Transferred] (166604)
977
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many contracts have been awarded to British companies for the reconstruction of Iraq; what their total value is; and which companies have been awarded contracts.
[Transferred] (166605)
978
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will require British companies working in Iraq to recruit individuals of Iraqi nationality to work in the management of their operations.
[Transferred] (166607)
979
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to offer guarantees to British companies working in the reconstruction of Iraq with regard to the safety of their (a) employees and (b) assets.
[Transferred] (166608)
980
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will seek to amend the Estate Agents Act 1979 to include reference to buying and selling houses on the internet.
[Transferred] (166113)
981
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are in place to assess the impact of furniture fire-safety regulations that came into effect in 1997; and what their findings have been.
[Transferred] (166293)

 
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