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The Questions Book

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

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 26 April 2004


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

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


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason the nomination form for garden parties at Buckingham Palace excludes Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK from being nominated; and if he will make a statement.
(168814)
2
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will set out the reformed functions of the Panel for Regulatory Accountability.
(169017)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
3
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from (a) industry and (b) the public on the system of targets and bonuses in the Financial Ombudsman Service.
(168901)
4
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research he has conducted into the system of targets and bonuses in the Financial Ombudsman Service.
(168902)
5
N
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Gershon Report will be published.
(168399)
6
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(169008)
7
N
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has recently received about the reform of annuities.
(167684)
8
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what mechanism will be used to deliver the £100 council tax payment to pensioners aged over 70 years announced in the 2004 Budget; and when it will be paid.
(168992)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
9
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 31st March, Official Report, column 1417W, on small claims, what research projects the Department has conducted.
(168621)
10
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many money claims issued against (a) travel operators and (b) tour operators were taken to the Small Claims Court in each year since 1997, broken down by circuit; how many of these (i) were disputed, (ii) found in favour of the claimant and (iii) found in favour of the defendant; and how much was awarded to the claimant in each year, broken down by circuit.
(168868)
11
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(169000)
12
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the role of the British-Irish Council is in monitoring and co-ordinating the implementation of the provisions of the Charter for Regional and Minority Languages.
(168815)
13
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the Welsh medium service provided by the Social Security Commissioners.
(167683)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
14
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what requirements there are on cinemas to provide facilities for deaf people.
(168898)
15
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the likely impact of the draft Gambling Bill on the gaming industry.
(168899)
16
N
Andy Burnham (Leigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her Answer of 31st March, Official Report, column 1454W, on BBC (commercial advertising), how much the BBC spent in each of the last five years on (a) billboard advertising and (b) other commercial advertising.
(168817)
17
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her latest estimate is of the amount spent by her Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(168999)
18
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding was made available by her Department and its agencies to Kinetika Arts Link International and associated companies for each of the last five years broken down by project; what the intended outcome of each project was; what the agreed assessment criteria for each project were; and what the outcome of each project was.
(168849)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
19
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(169002)
20
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the role of the Droitwich Spa Army Medal Office in the issuing of the Jubilee medal.
(168919)
21
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the medals being issued by the Droitwich Spa Army Medal Office.
(168921)
22
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the impact of the planned closure of the Droitwich Spa Army Medal Office on the efficient issuing of the (a) Iraq and (b) GSM Canal Zone medals.
(168922)
23
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Iraq and (b) GSM Canal Zone medals have been issued; and how many are expected to be issued during 2004.
(168923)
24
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Statement of 20th April, Official Report, column 11WS, on Joint Medal Office, how many personnel he expects will move to RAF Innsworth from other bases following the creation of the Joint Medal Office on that site; and if he will make a statement.
(168816)
25
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's intentions are on the funding for the Royal Gibraltar Regiment; and if he will make a statement.
(168851)
26
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether US nuclear weapons will be withdrawn from the UK as part of the current withdrawal of US nuclear weapons from Europe; and if he will make a statement.
(169131)
27
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information he has received regarding changes in numbers or strength of US forces based in the UK as part of the US Global Posture Realignment process; and if he will make a statement.
(169135)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
28
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost has been to each fire brigade to clean up diesel spillage in each of the last three years.
(168627)
29
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations the Department has received on proposals to ban upwards-only rent reviews in commercial leases; and if he will make a statement.
(168904)
30
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total (a) administration and (b) staff costs were for the Buildings Regulations Advisory Committee in financial year 2003-04; and what the estimated costs are for financial years (i) 2004-05 and (ii) 2005-06.
(169109)
31
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) total budget, (b) departmental funding and (c) internal costs to his Department were of the Property Advisory Group in financial year 2003-04.
(169110)
32
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) total budget, (b) departmental funding and (c) internal costs to his Department were of the Home Ownership Task Force in financial years (i) 2002-2003 and (ii) 2003-2004.
(169111)
33
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) total administration and (b) staff costs were for the Home Ownership Task Force in financial year 2002-03.
(169112)
34
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) total budget, (b) departmental funding and (c) internal costs to his Department of the Buildings Regulations Advisory Committee were in financial years (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2003-04; and what the estimated costs are for financial years (iii) 2004-05 and (iv) 2005-06.
(169113)
35
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects the planned re-valuation of the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre to be (a) finished and (b) published; and if he will make a statement.
(169116)
36
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) total budget, (b) Departmental funding, (c) internal costs to his Department, (d) total administration costs and (e) staff costs to his Department of the Advisory Panel on Beacon Councils were for the financial years (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2003-04; and what the estimated costs are for financial years (iii) 2004-05 and (iv) 2005-06.
(169117)
37
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) total budget, (b) departmental funding, (c) internal costs to his Department, (d) total administration costs and (e) staff costs to his Department of the Advisory Group on Home Buying were for the financial years (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2003-04; and what the estimated costs are for financial years (iii) 2004-05 and (iv) 2005-06.
(169118)
38
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(169010)
39
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what powers the Housing Corporation has to investigate the actions of shareholder-tenants of a housing association.
(168857)
40
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the Housing Corporation's duties of disclosure to honourable Members under the Housing Act 1996, Part 1, Chapter 4(33)(2).
(168858)
41
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance he has issued to (a) planning authorities and (b) the Planning Inspectorate regarding the number of traveller pitches which should be permitted in any specific location.
(168453)
42
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with representatives of gypsies and travellers regarding (a) the size of traveller camps and (b) agreed limits on the maximum number of pitches in any location.
(168454)
43
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he will cap Torbay Council in the year 2004-05.
(167495)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
44
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):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 Bootle in each of the last seven years.
(169080)
45
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):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 Bootle.
(169081)
46
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many new nurseries have been established in Bootle since 1997.
(169082)
47
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding money has been spent on repairing schools in Bootle in each year since 1997.
(169083)
48
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in Bootle have benefited from the National Childcare Strategy.
(169084)
49
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent representations he has received on access to medical degree courses.
(168913)
50
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Home Secretary's written statement of 22nd April, on managed migration, whether publicly funded institutions will have to become accredited in order for the Home Office to approve visa applications for their students.
(169140)
51
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(168996)
52
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the closing date was for applications for new board members for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.
(169022)
53
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria his Department used in determining appointments to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service board.
(169023)
54
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people applied for positions on the board of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.
(169024)
55
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether applications for the board of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service were considered which had been received after the official closing date.
(169025)
56
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many new nurseries have been set up in East Worthing and Shoreham since 1997.
(169033)
57
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in East Worthing and Shoreham have benefited from the National Childcare Strategy.
(169034)
58
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):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 year olds and (ii) four year olds in East Worthing and Shoreham in each of the last seven years.
(169035)
59
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many childcare places have been created in East Worthing and Shoreham since 1997.
(169036)
60
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which local authorities are participating in piloting data sharing schemes for vulnerable children; and when each is due to report.
(169037)
61
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) boys and (b) girls are looked after by local authorities (i) in total, (ii) in foster care and (iii) in children's homes.
(169040)
62
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children aged (a) under two and (b) over two years were adopted in each of the last five years.
(169041)
63
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many adoption placements broke down in each of the last five years.
(169042)
64
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of birth parents who wish to establish contact with children given up for adoption; and how he proposes to help them.
(169043)
65
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research his Department has commissioned into the extent of solvent abuse by children.
(169059)
66
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which projects dealing with solvent abuse amongst children have been awarded funding from the Children's Fund; and how much was awarded to each.
(169060)
67
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of children in care who engage in solvent abuse.
(169061)
68
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in which education authority areas pupils are able to benefit from the education maintenance allowance; and how many qualify in each.
(169119)
69
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in which education authority areas pupils are not able to benefit from the education maintenance allowance; and how many would have qualified for the allowance in each.
(169120)
70
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the likely take-up of education maintenance allowance and the costs.
(169121)
71
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures he is taking to ensure that fully-qualified teachers employed by Social Services have parity of pay and conditions with colleagues in mainstream schools.
(168176)
72
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many new nurseries have been established in the London Borough of Hillingdon since 1997.
(168989)
73
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many residents of the Uxbridge constituency have undertaken apprenticeships in each of the last five years.
(168990)
74
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding has been spent on computers for schools in Uxbridge in each of the last five years.
(168991)
75
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions his Department has had with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority regarding electronic on-screen assessment.
(168968)
76
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement about the number of overseas students attending UK universities following the recent report published by the British Council, Vision 2020: Forecasting International Student Mobility - A UK Perspective.
(168969)
77
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to develop education facilities for children with (a) autism and (b) Asperger's syndrome.
(168970)
78
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the start-up and estimated running costs of Partnerships for Schools are for each year up to and including 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(166864)
79
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the local education authorities which do not offer free milk to children eligible for free school meals; and if he will make a statement.
(166865)
80
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils with special educational needs live more than three miles away from the (a) primary school, (b) secondary school and (c) special school that they attend; and if he will make a statement.
(166866)
81
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils live more than three miles away from the school that they attend, broken down by region.
(167866)
82
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent estimate he has made of the number of schools holding annual school sports' days; and if he will make a statement.
(167867)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
83
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has received a copy of the recent report from the Women's Environmental Network on the environmental and economic cost to the National Health Service of the use in and promotion through NHS facilities of disposable nappies; and if she will make a statement.
(168920)
84
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to develop co-ordinated strategies with officials from the Department of Health and the National Health Service for the reduction in the number of disposable nappies going to landfill; and if she will make a statement.
(168935)
85
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when officials of her Department last met representatives of the Nappy Alliance to discuss disposable nappies; what action suggestions arose from that meeting; and what progress has been made in implementing them.
(168944)
86
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which water companies have been found to have been providing water not fit for human consumption in each year since 1997; and what action was taken against them.
(168876)
87
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what checks are made to ensure that the water companies provide water that is fit for human consumption; and how often they are made.
(168877)
88
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the population in their domestic premises in Greater London has access to (a) mains sewage systems, (b) unadopted sewers, (c) sewers connected to a private treatment facility and (d) septic tanks.
(168943)
89
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letter to her from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 15th March with regard to Jo Hopkin.
(168986)
90
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her latest estimate is of the amount spent by her Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(169004)
91
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farms in Cumbria will be classified as being in a severely disadvantaged area when the single farm payment is introduced.
(169076)
92
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average subsidy payment in Cumbria was in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001 and (d) 2002.
(169077)
93
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what extra subsidy schemes severely disadvantaged area farmers may apply for.
(169078)
94
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what headage of livestock is registered in Cumbria.
(169079)
95
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what she estimates the difference in average payment in Cumbria would be if the lower rate of subsidy for land currently classed as a severely disadvantaged area (SDA) were applied only to those farms currently in the hill farm allowance scheme instead of the whole SDA.
(169094)
96
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farms there are in Cumbria.
(169095)
97
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the average (a) severely disadvantaged area (SDA) and (b) non-SDA payment will be in Cumbria in each year from 2005 to 2013.
(169096)
98
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether Cumbrian farmers will be subject to different cross-compliance measures to Scottish farmers.
(169097)
99
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether farmers in severely disadvantaged areas in Cumbria will be subject to different cross-compliance measures to farmers not in severely disadvantaged areas in Cumbria.
(169098)
100
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average difference in payments between 2005 and 2013 will be for farmers (a) in severely disadvantaged areas, (b) not in severely disadvantaged areas and (c) in Scotland.
(169099)
101
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of livestock in Cumbria will be classed as being in a severely disadvantaged area from 2005.
(169100)
102
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what effect the lower rate severely disadvantaged areas allowance will have on numbers of livestock in Cumbria.
(169101)
103
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many businesses in the UK recycle small, domestic-type batteries.
(164531)
104
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of small, domestic-type batteries were recycled in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.
(164533)
105
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, why English Nature did not inform the honourable Member for Totnes of its wish to extend, under section 28C of the Wildlife Countryside Act 1981, the site boundaries of Slapton Ley site of Special Scientific Interest.
(167491)
106
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many changes to the geographical boundaries of sites of Special Scientific Interest have been made in each of the last three years; and which have (a) increased and (b) decreased in area.
(167492)
107
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what changes have been proposed by English Nature to the rules and regulations affecting sites of Special Scientific Interest; and whether the changes as proposed in relation to the Slapton Ley site are part of a national change.
(167493)
108
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many sites of Special Scientific Interest there are, broken down by region; and if she will list the additional sites declared in each of the last three years.
(167494)
109
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the reasons were for the Standard Types of Operation 19 and 21, in Annex 3 of English Nature's notification under section 28C of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 issued on 11th February relating to Slapton Ley Site of Special Scientific Interest.
(167868)
110
N
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what provisions are in place to enable mistakes following the initial registration of common land to be rectified.
(168651)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
111
N
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will press for the issue of human rights defenders to be on the agenda of the EU-Latin America and Caribbean summit in May.
(168818)
112
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact that the proposed new constitution in Swaziland will have on (a) democracy and (b) human rights in that country.
(168908)
113
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Swaziland about the proposed new constitution of that country; and if he will make a statement.
(168909)
114
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 31st March, Official Report, column 1449W, on the gifting of military equipment to Nepal, what the agreed lines were relating to the planned supply of short take-off and landing aircraft to Nepal; and if he will make a statement.
(168175)
115
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the Government is giving to the tribunal and its staff investigating crimes by Saddam Hussein; and if he will make a statement.
(168934)
116
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to reply to the letter to him from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 26th January with regard to Mosamuat Meherun Nessa Begum.
(168926)
117
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to reply to the letter to him from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 1st March with regard to Mr Hachemi Nessai.
(168927)
118
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(169007)
119
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many seasonal agricultural workers scheme students are awaiting visa processing from (a) Romania and (b) Bulgaria.
(168378)
120
N
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will undertake to give the people of Gibraltar the opportunity to vote in the proposed referendum on the EU constitution.
(168824)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
121
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pregnancies have been terminated at four weeks gestation in the last five years for which statistics are available; and if he will make a statement.
(169011)
122
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Committee on Carcinogenicity's conclusions were concerning the relative safety for young girls and adult women of exposure to dioxins through the vagina.
(168993)
123
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the current capacity is of minor injury units in Dorset.
(168821)
124
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the latest average waiting time is for patients with minor injuries at Poole Hospital's Accident and Emergency Unit.
(168822)
125
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are for improving the current provision of treatment for minor injuries in the Poole and Wimborne area.
(168823)
126
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made for each of the last five years of the number of referrals to practitioners with a special interest, broken down by (a) primary care trust and (b) Strategic Health Authority area.
(168863)
127
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost savings expected in the current financial year as a result of referrals to practitioners with a special interest rather than to hospitals; and what projection he has made of future cost savings from this programme.
(168864)
128
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to identify cases of dyslexia at the earliest opportunity; and if he will make a statement.
(169133)
129
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average number of patients on (a) in-patient and (b) day case waiting lists was in each Greater London NHS Trust since 1997; and what the percentage change was in each year.
(168936)
130
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were waiting for cataract surgery in each Greater London NHS Trust for more than (a) three, (b) six and (c) nine months in each year since 1997; and what the percentage change was in each year.
(168937)
131
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) consultant psychiatrists, (b) mental health nurses and (c) primary care mental health workers (i) were recruited by and (ii) left the NHS in each of the previous five years in each Greater London NHS Trust.
(168938)
132
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) consultant psychiatrists, (b) mental health nurses and (c) primary care mental health workers are employed in each Greater London NHS Trust; and how many of these work (i) part-time and (ii) full-time.
(168939)
133
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists have left the NHS, in whole or in part, to work in the private sector in each year since 1997 in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough.
(168940)
134
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) district nurses, (b) health visitors and (c) midwives there were in each Greater London NHS Trust in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) headcount and (ii) whole-time equivalent.
(168941)
135
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many intensive care beds there were in each Greater London NHS Trust in each year since 1997.
(168942)
136
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the liability in the 2003-04 accounts of NHS Trusts of the implementation of the new consultant's contract.
(168906)
137
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS finished consultant episodes were recorded by Hospital Episode Statistics in England in each year since 1979.
(168907)
138
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) headcount and (b) whole-time equivalent general practitioners there were in each year between 1979 and 1997 inclusive.
(168985)
139
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) headcount and (b) whole-time equivalent nurses there were in each year between 1979 and 1997 inclusive.
(168994)
140
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) headcount and (b) whole-time equivalent consultants there were in each year between 1979 and 1997 inclusive.
(168995)
141
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(169003)
142
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of patients in the Battersea constituency were offered an appointment with a general practitioner within 48 hours in each year since September 2001.
(168856)
143
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many paediatric trainees started in the NHS in each of the last five years, broken down by sex.
(169018)
144
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many paediatric (a) doctors and (b) nurses (i) are working in the NHS and (ii) were working in the NHS in each of the last seven years, broken down by (A) those working full-time, (B) those working part-time and (C) gender.
(169019)
145
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to publish the full National Service Framework for Children.
(169020)
146
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to publish a timetable for the pre-legislative scrutiny committee stages of the Mental Health Bill.
(169021)
147
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS whole time equivalent (a) doctors and (b) nurses there were in East Worthing and Shoreham in each of the last seven years.
(169028)
148
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has commissioned into the extent of solvent abuse by children.
(169029)
149
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff in the NHS specialise in solvent abuse amongst children.
(169030)
150
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were treated for solvent abuse in each of the last seven years.
(169031)
151
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for children requiring consultations for solvent abuse.
(169032)
152
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health beds are occupied by people being treated for physical health conditions.
(169038)
153
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on mental health beds in hospitals being used for treating people for physical health conditions.
(169039)
154
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has received a copy of the recent report from the Women's Environmental Network on the economic and environmental costs of the promotion, use and disposable as clinical waste of disposal nappies within the National Health Service.
(169044)
155
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate (a) the average unit cost of disposal as clinical waste of disposable nappies within the National Health Service and (b) the total cost to the NHS of the disposal of such nappies in the last year for which figures are available.
(169045)
156
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether officials of his Department have met officials of the Waste Implementation Programme of the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to discuss how best to identify and promote best practice in nappy use, promotion and disposal within the National Health Service.
(169046)
157
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will meet representatives of the Nappy Alliance to discuss policy and practice in the use of nappies within NHS facilities.
(169047)
158
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of excess deaths linked to obesity in each of the last five years.
(169048)
159
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many different anti-obesity drugs are prescribed in the NHS.
(169049)
160
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent on medical research into obesity in each of the last 10 years.
(169050)
161
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Children's National Service Framework will make reference to the Good Practice in Continence Services guidelines.
(169051)
162
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of how children with bladder and bowel problems impact on family life.
(169052)
163
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the financial cost to families with children who have nocturnal enuresis.
(169053)
164
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many intensive care beds for newborn babies are operational in each hospital trust in England.
(169054)
165
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nurses and (b) whole-time equivalent nurses work in intensive care units for new born babies.
(169055)
166
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the vacancy rate is for nurses in intensive care units for new born babies in each hospital trust in England.
(169056)
167
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions for obesity drugs have been issued in each of the last five years.
(169057)
168
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of deaths of children caused by solvent abuse in each of the last 10 years.
(169058)
169
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are attending NHS hospitals and clinics whose condition is a direct result of the self administering of drugs, broken down by region.
(168853)
170
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what current or past research conducted or funded on behalf of the NHS has examined the relationships between self administered drug use and patients' attendance at NHS hospitals and clinics.
(168854)
171
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th February, Official Report, column 1700W, on tuberculosis, when the review of imported infections and immigration will be published.
(169138)
172
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the honourable Member for Richmond Park will receive an Answer to her Questions regarding the use of Thimerosal, tabled on 22nd March.
(168865)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
173
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drivers of diesel vehicles have been prosecuted for overfilling fuel tanks not fitted with non-spill fuel caps, which then caused dangerous diesel spillages, in each of the past three years.
(168626)
174
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of asylum seekers are estimated to have entered the country illegally in each of the last five years.
(168915)
175
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been given leave to remain in the UK as a result of the exercise announced by him in October 2003; how many dependants have also benefited from this exercise; how many failed asylum seekers who have exhausted their appeal rights have benefited; and how many cases have been refused.
(168914)
176
N
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, What steps were taken to inform honourable Members of changes to support provision for asylum seekers from EU accession countries after 1st May.
(167326)
177
N
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, What mechanisms are in place to ensure asylum decisions affecting nationals of EU accession countries, including outstanding cases where an initial refusal was given but which are subject to further process, are expedited after 1st May when National Asylum Support Service and local authority provision for such asylum seekers ends.
(167327)
178
N
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, What provision will be available to support asylum seekers from EU accession countries whose applications are outstanding after 1st May.
(167328)
179
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what internal targets his Department has set on the number of work permits to be issued each year.
(168928)
180
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Serious Organised Crime Agency will include in its remit the activities of animal rights activists; and if he will make a statement.
(168933)
181
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to limit the activities of animal rights activists.
(168981)
182
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many animal rights activists have been arrested in the last 36 months, broken down by the type of offence for which they were arrested; how many were convicted; and what sentences were passed on those convicted.
(168982)
183
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the prison population has been diagnosed as suffering from dyslexia.
(169132)
184
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evaluations are carried out, upon entry to prison, of the learning abilities of individual prisoners; and whether they can identify conditions such as dyslexia.
(169134)
185
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 8th March with regard to Mohammed Riaz.
(168924)
186
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 8th March with regard to Miss Tornish.
(168925)
187
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(169006)
188
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Criminal Records Bureau checks were carried out free for charities in each of the last 12 months; and at what cost to his Department.
(169026)
189
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what resources he has devoted to enforcing new laws to combat driving whilst using mobile phones.
(169027)
190
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate the Prison Service has made of the number of serving offenders who have suffered from solvent abuse.
(169062)
191
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research his Department has commissioned into the extent of solvent abuse by children.
(169063)
192
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training is provided to police on dealing with children engaging in solvent abuse.
(169064)
193
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions were made of retailers selling restricted solvents to children in each of the last seven years.
(169065)
194
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what voluntary sector agencies are used by police authorities for training in solvent abuse amongst children.
(169066)
195
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much police authority funding has been granted to voluntary sector bodies to provide training in solvent abuse amongst children.
(169067)
196
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase penalties for drivers who cause accidents (a) whilst banned from driving and (b) who do not have the required (i) insurance and (ii) MOT cover.
(169068)
197
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to require drivers to display (a) insurance and (b) MOT documentation on their car windscreens; and if he will make a statement.
(169069)
198
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been prosecuted in each of the last 10 years for driving (a) under age, (b) without a licence, (c) whilst excluded and (d) without insurance.
(169070)
199
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of people driving without requisite insurance cover.
(169071)
200
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce a new penalty category of offences committed by drivers without a licence who maim or kill.
(169072)
201
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been prosecuted in each of the last 10 years for causing the death of a child whilst driving.
(169073)
202
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19th April, Official Report, column 106W, on paedophilia, for what reason the Prison Service does not have a specific offence code to cover paedophiles.
(169105)
203
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) added and (b) registered in total on the Sex Offenders Register in each year since its establishment, broken down by gender.
(169106)
204
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been prosecuted for arson in each of the last seven years.
(169107)
205
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been prosecuted for arson under the influence of sniffing petrol in each of the last seven years.
(169108)
206
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug treatment and testing orders were issued in 2003.
(168481)
207
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many road traffic prosecutions used evidence based on black box vehicle data recorders to indicate the speed of the vehicles involved in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(164532)
208
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the occupancy rate was for open prisons in each of the last 10 years.
(169085)
209
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average female prison population was; and how many female prisons or prison units there were, in each of the last 10 years.
(169086)
210
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons were sentenced in England and Wales for driving with excess alcohol, excluding those causing death or serious injury, in each of the last 10 years; how many of those received a custodial sentence; and what the average custodial sentence length was.
(169087)
211
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many positive mandatory drug tests there were, broken down by drug type, in (a) open prisons and (b) closed prisons in each of the last 10 years.
(169088)
212
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) suicides, (b) attempted suicides and (c) incidents of self harm by serving prisoners there were in each of the last 10 years.
(169089)
213
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of prisoners serving (a) under 12 months, (b) 12 months to under four years and (c) four years or over completed part or all of their sentence in an open prison in each of the last 10 years.
(169090)
214
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of prisoners were reconvicted of subsequent offences having served a sentence (a) under 12 months, (b) 12 months to under four years and (c) four years or over in each of the last 10 years.
(169091)
215
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the real terms change in total spending for the Prison Service was in each of the last 10 years.
(169092)
216
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of prisoners were assessed for basic literacy and numeracy in 2003-04; and what the rates were for each of the last 10 years.
(169093)
217
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners aged (a) under 18, (b) 18 to 25, (c) 26 to 35, (d) 36-60 and (e) over 60 years were released to no fixed abode in each of the last 10 years.
(169137)
218
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many students were admitted to the UK under the seasonal agricultural workers scheme from (a) Romania and (b) Bulgaria in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002 and (iii) 2003.
(168377)
219
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to facilitate the processing of seasonal agricultural workers scheme visas from (a) Romania, (b) Bulgaria and (c) Moldova for May and June.
(168379)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
220
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(168997)
221
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's reasons are for the proportional increase in social infrastructure and services investment and the corresponding proportional decrease in economic infrastructure and services investment since 1997.
(168879)
Questions to the Leader of the House
222
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Leader of the House, if he will place in the Library the most recent set of official photographs taken in the House while it was sitting.
(168878)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
223
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the decision was made to include Northern Ireland in the Civil Partnership Bill.
(168476)
224
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the results of the consultation on civil partnerships in Northern Ireland.
(168477)
225
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will publish his response to the consultation in Northern Ireland on civil partnerships; and if he will make a statement.
(168478)
226
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will provide funding for a new school building for Dromore Central Primary School.
(168479)
227
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(169005)
228
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to improve water efficiency in (a) low income households, (b) domestic premises, (c) small businesses and (d) public sector offices; and if he will make a statement.
(168930)
229
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what further research has been undertaken following the Northern Ireland Audit Office report into water efficiency in 2001; and if he will make a statement on water efficiency targets in Northern Ireland.
(168931)
230
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of printing in Government departments in Northern Ireland in 2003-04 was on recycled paper.
(168932)
231
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to designate the Home Office under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, with particular reference to functions in relation to asylum seekers and refugees.
(165819)
232
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to (a) designate Work Permits UK under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and (b) provide that the collection and reporting of statistics on work permits be subject to the public equity duty.
(165820)
233
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he will take to ensure that legal protection of travellers is enhanced by the EU Race Directive.
(165821)
234
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in (a) giving legal effect to and (b) promoting a Code of Practice to Promote Racial Equality in Housing and Accommodation under Article 45 of the Race Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1997; and what measures he proposes to promote good relations between travellers and settled communities.
(165822)
235
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what information he has studied in relation to the extent of British security service involvement in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974.
(169075)
Questions to the Prime Minister
236
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Prime Minister, what response he has given to the submission of the Royal Society on the case for a research centre to investigate the dangers from chemical and biological weapons.
(168624)
237
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Prime Minister, what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Office on official entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(169009)
238
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):To ask the Prime Minister, which Minister is responsible for the environmental impact of the Government's energy policy.
(168866)
239
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 20th April, Official Report, column 156, what the evidential basis is for his statement that the myths that (a) the EU will be renamed the United States of Europe, (b) the Queen will be replaced as our head of state, (c) Britain will be forced to join the euro, (d) Britain could not mount a Falklands war or an Iraq campaign without permission from Brussels, (e) we would lose our seat on the UN Security Council, (f) Brussels will seize control of our oil supplies, (g) Brussels will have the power to set taxes in Britain, (h) our foreign policy will be decided by the EU and (i) we will surrender control of our borders have been propagated about the proposed European constitutional treaty.
(168451)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
240
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(169103)
Questions to the Solicitor General
241
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Solicitor General, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February, Official Report, column 613W, on bribery, from which countries the request for mutual legal assistance to the Serious Fraud Office came where there was a suspicion of corruption offences involving a UK citizen or company.
(168656)
242
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Solicitor General, how many cases, where the sentence was judged to be unduly lenient were referred, (a) Crown Prosecution Service HQ Directorate, (b) Treasury Counsel and (c) to the Legal Secretariat of the Law Offices and to himself, in each of the last three years; how many cases were accepted by her for review by the Court of Appeal and how many were rejected; and in how many cases the Court of Appeal accepted that the sentence was unduly lenient and (i) increased the sentence and (ii) did not increase the sentence.
(168819)
243
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Solicitor General, how many cases from each court where the sentence was judged to be unduly lenient were referred for review in each of the last three years.
(168820)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
244
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what representations the Commission has received on improper use of office premises for party purposes since August 2003.
(168452)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
245
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans her Department has to require businesses to carry out equal pay reviews.
(168889)
246
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on her assessment of the impact of the oil price on business investment in the UK.
(168890)
247
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research her Department has undertaken into the number of UK businesses that have gone bankrupt as a result of being unable to meet their pensions obligations.
(168891)
248
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans her Department has to extend legislative provisions on flexible working.
(168893)
249
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to require fund managers to disclose how they vote at annual meetings.
(168894)
250
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action her Department is taking to tackle the activities of rogue recruitment agencies; and if she will make a statement.
(168895)
251
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with her US counterparts concerning European regulations on the chemicals industry; and if she will make a statement.
(168896)
252
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on proposals under discussion in the European Council working group to abolish gender discrimination in insurance claims.
(168897)
253
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans her Department has for new legislation to protect shareholder investors from misrepresentations by company executives.
(168900)
254
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department is taking to protect small businesses from late payments.
(168905)
255
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will request the Insolvency Service and Small Business Service to carry out a study into the operation of insolvency law and practice in the construction industry to determine whether measures should be taken to protect small businesses from insolvencies among their creditors and customers.
(168916)
256
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if her Department will carry out an investigation into the insolvency of Ballast UK to determine whether there have been breaches of insolvency law.
(168917)
257
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received from the travel industry regarding the fingerprinting of British citizens wishing to travel to the United States; and if she will make a statement.
(168918)
258
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research her Department has conducted into the effects of late payments on small businesses; and if she will make a statement.
(168984)
259
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, by what mechanism her Department monitors the effectiveness of the regional development agencies, core indicators beyond the end of year results.
(168657)
260
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the newspapers, magazines and periodicals her Department (a) produces and (b) funds, stating (i) the title and subject matter, (ii) the cost to her Department in 2003-04, (iii) the number produced, (iv) the readership and (v) the cost per publication.
(168861)
261
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints were made to the Director General of Fair Trading concerning the misdescribing of holidays by tour operators or travel agents in each year since 1997; how many such complaints were investigated by the Director General of Fair Trading in each year; and how many were upheld in each year.
(168869)
262
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints have been made to the Director General of Fair Trading concerning the conduct of travel agents and travel operators in each year since 1997; how many such complaints were investigated by the Director General of Fair Trading in each year; how many were upheld in each year; and how many, and which, travel agents and travel operators have been banned as unfit to practice by the Director of Fair Trading since 1997.
(168870)
263
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what training Energywatch staff receive; and what assessment is made of their energy knowledge (a) before being able to advise consumers and (b) throughout their employment.
(168871)
264
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what Energywatch's budget was in each year since it was created, how many calls it received from consumers in each year; and what assessment she has made of Energywatch's ability to help gas and electricity consumers.
(168872)
265
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consumer products have been banned from sale in the United Kingdom since 1994, stating in each case (a) the product, (b) the manufacturer or retailer and (c) the reason for the action taken.
(168976)
266
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many consumer product recalls there were in each year since 1994, broken down by (a) item, (b) manufacturer or retailer, (c) product category, (d) cause of recall and (e) cost of product.
(168977)
267
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many product recalls in each year since 1994 were a result of (a) customer complaints to (i) manufacturers, (ii) trading standards and (iii) other, (b) accidents to consumers, (c) manufacturers' or retailers' decisions other than in the circumstances of (a) and (b) and (d) other circumstances.
(168978)
268
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of (a) the number of companies with recall policies and (b) the cost to business of recalling a product.
(168979)
269
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on (a) the effectiveness of product recalls and (b) what her Department is doing to increase that effectiveness.
(168980)
270
N
Andy Burnham (Leigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money the North West Development Agency has spent in total since its creation in (a) each local authority in the North West and (b) each parliamentary constituency in the North West.
(167656)
271
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to combat computer software piracy by businesses; and if she will make a statement.
(168910)
272
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to implement the EU Enforcement Directive to control business software piracy.
(168911)
273
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she last met the Home Secretary to discuss the effect on inward investment in the pharmaceutical research industry of the activities of animal rights activists; and if she will make a statement.
(168983)
274
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the future provision of free parcel postage to British Forces post offices in regions of combat and theatres of peacekeeping operations.
(169141)
275
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her latest estimate is of the amount spent by her Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(168998)
276
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been paid in fees, and for how many individual cases, under the miners' compensation scheme for (a) vibration white finger and (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, broken down by solicitor.
(168473)
277
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action has been taken to claw back payments to solicitors who have imposed additional charges on their clients for work under the miners' compensation scheme for vibration white finger and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
(168474)
278
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average payment made to solicitors was in (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful cases for (i) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (ii) vibration white finger claims.
(168475)
279
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which (a) solicitors and (b) claims handlers have been notified to her Department in relation to additional charging for dealing with vibration white finger and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease miners' compensation cases.
(168480)
280
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list by region, the amounts of compensation paid in the last 12 months to sub postmasters and mistresses connected with the closure of their establishment.
(168852)
281
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many sub-post offices which in the past 12 months the organisation Postwatch has recommended be kept open, have subsequently been closed, broken down by region.
(168988)
282
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many sub-post offices closed in the UK in the past 12 months, broken down by region.
(169136)
283
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the devolution of Small Business Services.
(169102)
284
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she will take to protect tenants from abuse of ground rent rights.
(168929)
285
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the likely effectiveness of the new competition system in Europe after enlargement.
(168971)
286
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how consistency in compliance with new competition rules in Europe will be ensured across the EU after enlargement.
(168972)
287
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the new competition system in Europe is doing to protect small businesses in local communities from being forced to close as a result of competition from larger businesses.
(168973)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
288
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in how many (a) accidents and (b) fatal accidents involving motorcycles diesel spillage has been found to be a cause or a contributory factor in each of the last three years.
(168625)
289
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(169104)
290
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Network Rail about improvements to Battersea Park Station.
(168859)
291
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the subsidy to train operators is used to finance the leasing of rolling stock.
(168177)
292
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average payment is per year to lease a unit of rolling stock.
(168178)
293
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average cost is of a unit of rolling stock.
(168180)
294
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the owners of rolling stock leased by train operators.
(168181)
295
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the level of compliance of motor vehicle drivers with the legislation forbidding the use of a mobile telephone when driving; and what further steps he will take to improve compliance.
(168867)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
296
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the provision of employment training in Wirral South.
(168912)
297
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost, net of savings in means-tested benefits and additional tax revenues, of paying a full basic state pension to each individual (a) regardless of contribution record and (b) on the current system of entitlement at the rate of the guarantee credit, from the age of 80 years; and if he will estimate in each case the cost in each of the following four years on the assumption that the pension was then indexed to earnings.
(168860)
298
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
(169001)
299
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Battersea are receiving at least one benefit which can be collected at the Post Office.
(168855)
300
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost is of (a) building and (b) moving into the new Health and Safety Executive (HSE) building at Bootle; and what the total income from HSE priced publications was in 2003-04.
(166861)
301
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) paid Star Alliance consultants to advise on the restructure and refocusing of the Health and Safety Commission and HSE.
(166862)
302
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what income was received in each year between 2000 and 2003 from the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees publication.
(166863)
303
Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port & Neston):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress he has made in identifying pension funds that have gone into wind-up with inadequate funds to meet their liabilities since Royal Assent to the Pensions Act 1996.
(168862)
304
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received (a) sickness benefit, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) disability living allowance in (i) England and Wales and (ii) Scotland in the last three years for which figures are available.
(168450)
305
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints have been received in the West Midlands about the tests for work applied to those on incapacity benefit.
(168974)
306
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance is issued to those (a) in receipt of incapacity benefit and (b) who have carer's responsibilities in respect of jobseeker's allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(168975)
307
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent Pension Protection Fund staff he expects to employ; and if he will make a statement.
(168987)
308
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, since the introduction of the new payment system in the Child Support Agency, how many cases on that system have been successfully concluded in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) the Angus constituency.
(168652)
309
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Support Agency cases in the the Angus constituency are being dealt with under (a) the previous and (b) the new assessment system.
(168653)
310
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money due to clients of the Child Support Agency is held by the Agency owing to computer errors; and how much money has been held in each of the last six months in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) the Angus constituency.
(168654)
311
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much compensation has been paid to clients of the Child Support Agency owing to delays caused by computer errors in each of the last 12 months in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) the Angus constituency.
(168655)
312
N
David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will enquire from the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency why the letters of 26th January, and of 24th March, from the honourable Member for Walsall North regarding a constituent had not been located; what steps were taken arising from telephone calls to the Chief Executive's office to try and track down the two letters; why the further letter of 8th April from the honourable Member for Walsall North was received in the Chief Executive's office on the 19th; and when a substantive reply will be sent regarding the constituent's position, latest ref: PCU131435.
(168380)
313
N
David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will enquire from the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a substantive reply to his letter of 25th February regarding a constituent, ref PCU129400; and if he will enquire for what reason there has been a delay in the reply being sent.
(168381)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
314
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he expects the next version of Public Bodies to be published.
[Transferred] (169115)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
315
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to draft legislation which would enable UK covered bonds to be put on an approved list that is compliant with the European Directive on Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (168892)
316
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effects of the system of targets and bonuses in the Financial Ombudsman Service on the quality of its work.
[Transferred] (168903)
317
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the next version of the National Asset Register to be published.
[Transferred] (169114)
318
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much, on average, it costs the Government to respond to a parliamentary question.
[Transferred] (169139)
Questions to the Prime Minister
319
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on progress with the Phillips Review of the honours system, and on the methodology being employed.
[Transferred] (168850)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
320
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how often checks are made to ensure that motorists with faulty exhaust pipes are prevented from releasing toxins into the atmosphere.
[Transferred] (168873)
321
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what checks are in place to ensure motorists with faulty exhaust pipes are prevented from releasing toxins into the atmosphere.
[Transferred] (168874)
322
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have been found guilty of driving vehicles with noxious exhausts in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (168875)

 
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