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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 27 April 2004

Notes:
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 27 April 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 27 April 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 27 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 Tuesday 27 April of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 27 April see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is towards whether a country's debt burden accumulated under a brutal dictator should be written off; what representations he will make at forthcoming international financial fora meetings on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
(169143)
2
N
David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Walsall North of 15th March concerning a constituent, ref. PO3/15023/2004.
(168886)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
3
N
David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 11th March ref. 147849.
(168885)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
4
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what account he takes when releasing Ministry of Defence land for development of the needs of (a) his Department and (b) the local community; and if he will make a statement.
(169175)
5
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has (a) to reintroduce the Royal Tournament, (b) stage similar events and (c) support a private venture of a similar nature; and if he will make a statement.
(169176)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
6
N
Mr David Curry (Skipton & Ripon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the yield from uniform non-domestic rates was for each year since its introduction; and what the yield would have been for each year if the rate had been set at (a) RPI plus half per cent. and (b) RPI plus 1 per cent.
(168888)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
7
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what public funding has been spent on adult (a) literacy and (b) numeracy in Bootle in the last five years.
(169178)
8
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teacher vacancies there were in Bootle on the latest date for which figures are available; and what steps he is taking to reduce them.
(169179)
9
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teaching assistants there were in schools in Bootle in (a) each of the last seven years and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.
(169180)
10
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the legal framework underpinning the rights of access for fathers to children following marital breakdown.
(168412)
11
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of secondary schools offer their sports facilities for wider community use outside school hours.
(169074)
12
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to increase sports facilities within existing schools.
(169127)
13
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many looked-after children there have been in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough in each year since 1994; and what proportion of children have been continuously looked after for at least 12 months in (i) Greater London and (ii) each London borough.
(168881)
14
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of children with parents who have learning disabilities were taken into care in each year since 1996 in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough.
(168882)
15
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much his Department spent to promote healthy eating among children aged under 16 years in each of the last seven years in each local education authority in Greater London.
(168883)
16
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of (a) maintained and (b) grammar schools in (i) Greater London and (ii) each London borough have introduced healthy eating options into school canteens in the past 12 months.
(168884)
17
Ian Stewart (Eccles):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Home Secretary's written statement of 22nd April on Managed Migration, Official Report, column 23WS, whether publicly-funded institutions will have to become accredited in order for the Home Office to approve visa applications for their students.
(169160)
18
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research his Department has commissioned into the (a) physical and (b) psychological effect on children of regular testing.
(167869)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
19
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Department for Trade and Industry regarding the exclusion of drinking water from the General Agreement on Trade in Services.
(168019)
20
N
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she intends to take to ensure that farms in uplands are rewarded for improved environmental management of their land.
(168948)
21
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 risks of a blue tongue virus outbreak in the United Kingdom.
(168949)
22
N
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost of payments to farmers under the Over Thirty Month Scheme was in each of the last 12 months.
(168950)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
23
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the recent violence in Aceh.
(169154)
24
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on end use monitoring of UK arms exports used in Aceh by Indonesian forces.
(169155)
25
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the countries to which Iraqi oil has been sold, stating the volume in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(169156)
26
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what period of production is represented by the US $7,855,209,215.35 received from oil proceeds by the Development Fund for Iraq up to 16th April; and if he will make a statement.
(169157)
27
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the future role of the International Advisory Monitoring Board in monitoring and auditing the Development Fund for Iraq after 30th June.
(169158)
28
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the proposed appointment of voting Iraqi members to the Board of the International Advisory Monitoring Board.
(169159)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
29
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what basis the Committee on Carcinogenicity concluded that (a) exposure to dioxins through the vagina would be a form of background exposure and (b) safe exposure to dioxins through the vagina should be measured on the basis of daily levels of absorption.
(168951)
30
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, why the appropriation aid provision in the Estimates attributable to dental charges is reduced in 2004-05 to £229,550,000 from £491,000,000 in 2003-04.
(168945)
31
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much public dividend capital has been issued by his Department to NHS trusts in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04; and how much is estimated to be issued in 2004-05 to (i) NHS trusts and (ii) Foundation trusts.
(168946)
32
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, why the provision in the Estimates for general dental services in 2004-05 is £245 million less than the provision in 2003-04.
(168947)
33
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the sale of surplus NHS properties and Inventures to the Miller/Bank of Scotland Partnership.
(169122)
34
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) transfer value and (b) size by hectare is of each of the surplus NHS properties to be transferred to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister outlined in his news release of 7th April.
(169123)
35
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what valuations were used in determining the value of surplus NHS sites to be transferred to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and from what date.
(169124)
36
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total costs associated with the proposed sale of surplus NHS sites and Inventures to date have been.
(169125)
37
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the current status is Inventures; when staff are to be transferred to a new company; and if he will make a statement.
(169126)
38
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what extra funding is planned to be devoted to the implementation of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
(168825)
39
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when a response will be sent to the letter from the honourable Member for West Worcestershire to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Lord Warner, on 23rd March.
(168952)
40
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the costs of (a) elective acute activity and (b) non-elective acute activity at North Bristol NHS Trust; how these compare with the tariff payments that he proposes to make for such services; what the effect on the money available to North Bristol NHS Trust would be if the payment by results policy was implemented immediately; and if he will make a statement on his plans for transition to the new arrangements.
(169013)
41
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been lent by the NHS Bank to North Bristol NHS Trust in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04; and how much is expected to be lent in (c) 2004-05 and (d) 2005-06 and beyond; how much of this is expected to be repaid, and over what timescale; and if he will make a statement.
(169014)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
42
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Part 10 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 will be brought into force.
(169161)
43
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when section 114 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 will be brought into force.
(169162)
44
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children were sent to (a) prison and (b) young offender institutions in each of the last five years; how many children were (i) in prison and (ii) young offender institutions on the latest date for which figures are available; what representations he has received about children in prisons and young offender institutions; what his response has been; what plans he has to (A) reduce the number of children in prison and young offender institutions overall and (B) implement a policy where no children are held in prisons and young offender institutions; what arrangements he is considering to improve their (1) safety and well-being and (2) education of such children; and if he will make a statement.
(169144)
45
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has had from (a) the United Nations and (b) other international organisations over the consequences of returning Iraqi asylum seekers in the UK to Iraq; what his response has been; and if he will make a statement.
(169146)
46
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will provide an Answer to the Questions ref. (a) 161078 and (b) 161079 on steps to control websites encouraging or promoting suicide.
(169012)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
47
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to support rape victims living with HIV/AIDS in Rwanda; and if he will make a statement.
(169145)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
48
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will recognise the Ulster Volunteer Force as a Unionist paramilitary group; and if he will make a statement.
(169174)
49
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will hold a public inquiry into the extent of British security service involvement in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974.
(169130)
Questions to the Prime Minister
50
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 1st March, Official Report, column 757W, what reports he has received of the involvement of UK companies and individuals in the network of suppliers of nuclear components associated with Dr A. Q. Khan; and if he will make a statement.
(169149)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
51
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many companies have been (a) investigated for manufacturing or selling unsafe products and (b) prosecuted since 1994; if she will state the (i) manufacturer or retailer and (ii) product in each instance; and how many companies have been prosecuted for failing to withdraw a product, stating the (A) manufacturer or retailer and (B) product in each instance, since 1994.
(169148)
52
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on implementation of the General Product Safety Directive.
(169150)
53
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions since 1994 a manufacturer has appealed against a decision to recall a product; and in each instance if she will state the (a) outcome and (b) costs to her Department.
(169151)
54
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what occasions her Department has (a) given information to other countries regarding a product being recalled in the UK, stating the (i) product, (ii) manufacturer or retailer and (iii) the countries notified and (b) received information from other countries regarding a product recall, stating the (A) product, (B) manufacturer or retailer and (C) action taken by her Department.
(169152)
55
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the UK arms export licences to Indonesia approved in 2004.
(169153)
56
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Government will announce the level of financial assistance they are to provide to rural post offices after April 2006.
(169128)
57
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when her Department will publish the report completed by Postcomm in July 2003 on funding for postal services in rural areas after 2006; and if she will make a statement.
(169129)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
58
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) pedestrians, (b) cyclists, (c) drivers and (d) car occupants have been (i) injured and (ii) killed in each of the last six years for which figures are available in each Greater London borough.
(168880)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
59
N
David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 15th March regarding a DWP branch of the PCS Union.
(168887)
Questions to the Advocate General
60
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Advocate General, what international human rights issues she has considered since 16th March.
[Question Unstarred] (167046)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
61
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the impact of a one per cent. rise in world interest rates upon the debt of the world's poorest countries; how the extra debt burden would be met; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (169147)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
62
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the issue of long-term prisoners convicted of international crime.
[Question Unstarred] (167039)
63
N
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has made to other Government departments in order to secure the movement of public sector jobs to Scotland following the publication of the Lyons Review.
[Question Unstarred] (167032)

 
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