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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 30 April 2004

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Friday 30 April 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 30 April 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Friday 30 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 Friday 30 April of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Friday 30 April see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the (a) financial and (b) regulatory impact to (i) consumers and (ii) business of the Gender Equality Directive with regard to risk-based pricing in relation to gender; and if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on this issue.
(169808)
2
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many senior citizens in Wirral South qualified for the 10 pence rate of income tax in each year since its introduction.
(170275)
3
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the level of unemployment was in each year since 1997 in Wirral South.
(170276)
4
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses in Wirral South have benefited from the 100 per cent. tax exemption for the purchase of computer and internet equipment.
(170301)
5
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) change and (b) percentage change was in full-time permanent jobs in Wirral South from 1997 to 31st December 2003.
(170302)
6
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new jobs have been created in Wirral South since 1997.
(170303)
7
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were employed in tourism-related jobs in Wirral South on the latest date for which figures are available.
(170304)
8
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on progress on (a) the Citizen Information Project and (b) the objectives of the UK Population Register.
(170336)
9
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the average (a) household debt per annum and (b) household monthly income in each year since 1997 in Greater London, broken down by borough.
(170494)
10
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many young people aged 16 or 17 he expects will be entitled to the national minimum wage in (a) Greater London, (b) each London borough and (c) the United Kingdom in 2004-05.
(170495)
11
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many small businesses re-registered for VAT in Shrewsbury and Atcham in each year since 1997.
(170636)
12
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new VAT registrations of small companies there were in Shrewsbury and Atcham in each year since 1997.
(170637)
13
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the Exchequer would be under its proposed reform of pension taxation of imposing no lifetime saving allowance on pension savings in 2006-07 and each of the subsequent three years.
(170235)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
14
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on the implementation of Operation Payback on the Wirral.
(170213)
15
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the consultation paper on jury research and investigations into juror impropriety has been published.
(170518)
16
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce the percentage of ineffective trials in Merseyside.
(170533)
17
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will set a time limit on the maximum length of time between an appeal against the withdrawal of United Kingdom nationality being lodged with the Special Immigration Appeals Commission and the appeal being heard.
(169811)
18
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what action he proposes to take to reduce delays in hearings before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in cases of appeals against withdrawal of UK nationality; and if he will make a statement.
(169813)
19
N
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what sum has been expended on consultants by (a) the Department and (b) its predecessors since May 1997.
(169848)
20
N
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what guidance on which matters to prosecute his Department and its predecessor have given to the Crown Prosecution Service since May 1997; and if he will publish all such guidance issued.
(169865)
21
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which documents relating to the late Duke of Windsor are withheld from public inspection in the Public Records Office, broken down by category; and if he will make a statement.
(170541)
22
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether all the documents relating to the death of the late Duke of Kent in 1942, with particular reference to the itinerary of his final projected journey, are now in the public domain and available for inspection; and if he will make a statement.
(170544)
23
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which documents referring to personalities and events relating to the conflict in Ireland between 1919 and 1923 are withheld from inspection at the Public Records Office; and if he will make a statement.
(170545)
24
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which documents relating to the Irish plenipotentiaries who negotiated the Treaty of 1921 with the United Kingdom Government are withheld from pubic inspection in the Public Records Office; and if he will make a statement.
(170546)
25
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which documents that relate to Anthony Blunt are withheld from public inspection in the Public Record Office, broken down by category; and if he will make a statement.
(170547)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
26
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the New Opportunities Fund is being provided to support children with special needs; and if she will make a statement.
(170614)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
27
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the arrangements are regarding charges for post and parcels sent by relatives in Northern Ireland to serving soldiers on active duty in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(170431)
28
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the prime contractor for the Future Aircraft Carrier programme.
(170330)
29
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd April, Official Report, column 662W on land releases (Hampshire), if he will make a statement on the consultation process that will follow announcements about land disposals.
(170468)
30
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd April, Official Report, column 662W on land releases (Hampshire), when he expects to complete the review on estate rationalisation relating to (a) Arborfield, (b) Deepcut and (c) Bordon/Whitehill.
(170469)
31
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March to the honourable Member for Chorley, Official Report, columns 548-9W on the Future Joint Combat Aircraft programme, what the original (a) estimated cost and (b) delivery date of the Joint Strike Fighter was; and what the current projected final cost is.
(170470)
32
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of those who served on the Arctic convoys during the Second World War received the Russian 40th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War medal.
(170357)
33
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of those who served on the Arctic Convoys during the Second World War received the Atlantic Star.
(170358)
34
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the forecast cost was on 31st March 2003 for the Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary) and Support Vehicle.
(170359)
35
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the forecast costs on 31st March 2002 were for (a) Spearfish Heavyweight Torpedo, (b) Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile, (c) Extended Range Ordnance/Modular Charge System, (d) Swiftsure and Trafalgar Class Submarine Update, (e) Landing Platform Dock (Replacement), (f) Hercules C-130J and (g) Seawolf Mid-Life Update.
(170360)
36
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the forecast costs on 31st March 2001 were for (a) Short Term Strategic Airlift, (b) A400M Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile, (c) Type 45 Destroyer Successor Identification Friend or Foe, (d) Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary), (e) Typhoon Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids, (f) Trojan & Titan Future Joint Combat Aircraft and (g) Sonar 2087.
(170361)
37
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the forecast in-service dates on 31st March 2001 were for (a) A400M Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile, (b) Successor Identification Friend or Foe, (c) Typhoon Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids, (d) Trojan & Titan and (e) Future Joint Combat Aircraft.
(170362)
38
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the forecast cost was on 31st March 2000 for the Extended Range Ordnance/Modular Charge System.
(170363)
39
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the forecast in-service dates were on 31st March 2003 for (a) Sting Ray Lightweight Torpedo, (b) Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle and (c) Future Joint Combat Aircraft.
(170364)
40
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the forecast-in service dates were on 31st March 2002 for (a) Spearfish Heavyweight Torpedo, (b) Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile and (c) Future Joint Combat Aircraft.
(170365)
41
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the forecast in-service date was on 31st March 1997 for the Advanced Air-Launched Anti-Armour Weapon.
(170366)
42
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the forecast in-service date was on 31st March 1998 for the High Velocity Missile System.
(170367)
43
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the forecast in-service date was on 31st March 1999 for the (a) High Velocity Missile System and (b) Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile.
(170368)
44
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentations made to the IQPC Conference Future Artillery in May 2003 on (a) Developing the UK's Firepower Capability by Colonel Peter H. Tomlinson, Deputy Director Equipment Capability (Indirect Battlefield Engagement) and (b) Future Artillery Weapons Systems - An Acquisition Angle by Alan Nicholl, Integrated Project Team Leader, Future Artillery Weapons Systems, Defence Procurement Agency.
(170381)
45
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentations made to the IQPC Conference Underwater Warfare and the Role of UUVS in January 2003 on Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MCM): A UK Perspective by Peter Evans, Technical Manager, Maritime Mine Warfare and Countermeasures, DSTL.
(170382)
46
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation made to the IQPC Conference Suppression of Enemy Air Defences in February 2003 on SEAD in Current and Future RAF Operations by Squadron Leader Brian James, Tactical Division Weapons, Air Warfare Centre, Royal Air Force Squadron Leader and Stuart F. Hulley, SO2 EW Tornado, Royal Air Force.
(170383)
47
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation made to the IQPC Conference Software Defined Radios in December 2003 on UK Digitisation: The Future Application of SDR by Colonel Phil Davies, Command Support Development Centre.
(170384)
48
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentations made to the IQPC Conference Sensor-to-Shooter and Time Critical Targeting in February 2003 on (a) Sensor-To-Shooter: The Users Perspective by Squadron Leader Malcolm Rainier, SO2 Air Offensive 2 and (b) UK Sensor-To-Shooter Airborne Capabilities and Concepts by Squadron Leader Dheeraj Bhasin, TD-JAGUAR, Air Warfare Centre, RAF Waddington.
(170385)
49
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentations made to the IQPC Conference Naval Air Warfare in December 2003 on (a) The Future of Maritime Strike in the Royal Navy by Captain David James, DACOS Strike, Commander-in-Chief Fleet Staff, Royal Navy, (b) UAVS in Future Maritime Operations by Lieutenant Trevor Steele, UAV TD, Maritime Warfare Centre, Royal Navy, (c) The 'Future Lynx': The UK's Surface Combatant Maritime Rotorcraft by Lieutenant Commander Neal Yates MBE, Requirements Manager-Surface Combatant Maritime Rotorcraft, DPA, (d) Royal Navy Commando Sea King by Lieutenant Commander Mark 'H' Hourigan, Commando Aviation TD, MaritimeWarfare Centre, Royal Navy, (e) Royal Navy Merlin HM MK1 by Lieutenant Commander Gary Soar, Merlin TD, Maritime Warfare Centre, Royal Navy, (f) Integrating the JSF into the UK: The Future Joint Combat Aircraft by Wing Commander John Chapman, Requirements Manager, Joint Combat Aircraft IPT, DPA and (g) Maritime Patrol and the Future of Nimrod MRA4 Operations by Wing Commander Gordon Bruce, SO1 Maritime Capability Development, HQ3 Group, Royal Air Force.
(170386)
50
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation made to the IQPC Conference Military Flight Training Conference in February 2003 on (a) The Future UK Military Flight Training Programme by Air Commodore Peter Coker, MFTS IPT Leader, Defence Procurement Agency, (b) Nimrod-Multi-Crew Training in a Multirole Aircraft by Wing Commander Jerry Kessell, OC 42 (R) Squadron, RAF Kinloss, (c) C-130J Hercules Tactical Training by Group Captain Ray Lock, Commanding Officer and Squadron Leader Mark Pearce, Flight Commander JTTF, RAF Lynham and (d) Future Helicopter Flying Training in the British Army by Lieutenant Colonel David Joyce, SO1 Training and Lieutenant Colonel Norman Ryan, SO1 Attack Helicopter Training, HQ Directorate of Army Aviation.
(170387)
51
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation made to the IQPC Conference Light Armoured Vehicles in February 2003 on (a) UK MoD Overview of Future Rapid Effects System (FRES) and key UK LAV programmes by Brigadier Ian Rodley, DEC (DBE), (b) Future Command and Liaison Vehicle (FCLV)-An Overview by Colonel Charles Hookey, Team Leader, Close Armour and Vehicle Mounted Weapons IPT, DPA, (c) The Bigger Picture - A UK military analysis of the future operating environment, emerging concepts and the shift of emphasis from platform performance to network effectiveness by Brigadier Geoff Sheldon, Director Land Digitisation, UK MoD (Army), (d) Future Force Structures - A UK MoD view by Lieutenant Colonel Crispian Beattie, SO1 Concepts, Director General Doctrine and Development and (e) Viking - An Overview by Major Jez Hermer, SO2 Viking, FLEET N7, HMS Excellent.
(170388)
52
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation made to the IQPC Conference Military Helicopter Conference in April 2003 on (a) New Developments in Air Manoeuvre Capability by Brigadier Nick Caplin, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, Joint Helicopter Command, (b) Future Modernisation of the UK Apache A.H.1 by Major Nigel Banks, Attack Helicopter Desk Officer, DEC Air and Littoral Manoeuvre, (c) Royal Navy Lynx HMA.8 and Future Development by Lieutenant Rob Taylor, Senior Observer, Lynx OEU, RNAS Yeovilton and (d) Merlin H.M. MK.1 by Lieutenant Commander Nick Dunn, Commanding Officer, 814 Squadron, RNAS Culdrose.
(170389)
53
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation made to the IQPC Conference Future Naval Plans and Requirements in May 2003 on (a) The Future of Maritime Strike in the Royal Navy by Commander David James, CD Strike, Maritime Warfare Centre, (b) The Royal Navy - Future Operational Concepts by Captain Simon Williams, Assistant Director of Strategy, (c) Maritime Combat Service Support To Forces Ashore by Brigadier Charlie Hobson, Director Equipment Capability (Deploy, Sustain and Recover) and (e) The Future Surface Combatant and its Role as a Versatile Maritime Force by Commander Stuart Robinson, Project Leader, Future Surface Combatant and Chris Richards, Capability Definition and Programme Management (FSC), DEC (AWB).
(170390)
54
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation made to the IQPC Conference Fighter Conference in May 2003 on (a) Joint Force Harrier by Lieutenant Commander Nick Walker, Joint Force Harrier SO2 OPS FA2, HQ 3 Group, RAF Strike Command and (b) Typhoon Programme Update by Wing Commander Jonathan Hitchcock, Typhoon Requirements Manager (and Future Commander of the Typhoon OCU) Typhoon IPT.
(170391)
55
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation made to the IQPC Conference Defence Simulation and Training in October 2003 on (a) A UK Overview of Training Systems by Andy Fawkes, Deputy Director, Analysis, Experimentation and Simulation, and Head of Synthetic Environments Co-ordination Office, (b) Bringing Coherence To MoD Individual Training and Education by Commander Jim Hammersley, DGT and E, (c) The Long-Term Future of Individual Armoured Fighting Vehicle Training in the UK by Lieutenant Colonel K B L (Kestrel) Simson QRH Deputy Project Manager, Armoured Vehicle Training System Project, DPA, (d) Simulation Requirements Analysis by Lieutenant Commander Harry Hassall, Development Projects and Research Group, UK MoD, and (e) UK Battlegroup Command and Control Trainer (BC2T) by Paul Newman, Deputy Team Leader, Joint and Battlefield Trainers, Simulation and Synthetic Environments, Programme Manager for Joint and Constructive Simulation DPA.
(170392)
56
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation made to the IQPC Conference Air-Launched Weapons in September 2003 on (a) UK Air-Launched Weapons Capabilities and Concepts by Squadron Leader Dheeraj Bhasin, TD-JAGUAR, Air Warfare Centre, RAF Waddington, (b) Advanced Short-Range Air-To-Air Missile (ASRAAM) by Lieutenant Colonel Richard G Dixon, ASRAAM IPT Leader, Defence Procurement Agency, (c) Beyond Visual Range Air-To-Air Missile (BVRAAM)-METEOR by Mike Smith, BVRAAM IPT Leader, Defence Procurement Agency, and (d) Update On UK Precision-Guided Bomb by Wing Commander Peter Barker, Precision-Guided Bomb IPT Leader, Defence Procurement Agency.
(170393)
57
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation made to the IQPC Conference Air Surveillance and Reconnaissance in March 2003 on (a) Watchkeeper by Alan Baker, Tactical UAV IPT Leader, DPA, (b) Littoral ISTAR-UK Perspective by Squadron Leader Alan Skinner, HQ3 Group, RAF Strike Command and (c) Operational Tactical Reconnaissance by Squadron Leader Andrew White, OC Wing, Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre, RAF Marham.
(170394)
58
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation made to the IQPC Conference Air Defence Systems 2003 in May 2003 on (a) UK GBAD future requirements by Air Commodore Richard Moore, GBAD IPTL, DPA and (b) UK GBAD-Bridging capability and future requirements by Squadron Leader David Watkins, SO2 GBAD/OPS, RAF Strike Command and Squadron Leader John Derbyshire, XO RAF GBAD HQ.
(170395)
59
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) Brigadier Andrew Stewart's presentation, Support to reflect the extended scope of operations and the more strategically responsive, yet dominant force for the 21st Century, given at the SMI Conference Supporting Forward Deployment on 18th June 2003, (b) Colonel Nick Knudsen's presentation on Supporting Future Air Manoeuvre Forward Deployment given at the SMI Conference Supporting Forward Deployment on 18th June 2003, (c) Peter Jones's presentation, Processes to ensure effective medical support, given at the SMI Conference Supporting Forward Deployment on 18th June 2003, (d) Colonel Phil Naylor's presentation on Base Logistic Support to Deployed Operations, given at the SMI Conference Supporting Forward Deployment on 19th June 2003, (e) Wing Commander Simon Ruddock-West's presentation on Maritime Patrol Aircraft In Force Protection and his key note address given at the SMI Conference Naval Force Protection on 25th and 26th June 2003 respectively.
(170396)
60
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) Major J. A. Kennedy's presentation, Real-time exchange of battlefield digital information, given at the SMI Conference Joint Battlespace Digitization on 20th May 2003, (b) Wing Commander Mike Longstaff and Squadron Leader R. K. Dyson's presentation, Flying Training, given at the SMI Conference Fighter Trainer on 2nd June 2003, (c) Sym Taylor's presentation, Effective Management of Spares, given at the SMI Conference Military Spares and Inventory Management on 16th June 2003, (d) Lieutenant Colonel Chris Barkes and Wing Commander Chris Otley-Doe's presentation, Effective and Efficient Control of Material Flow, given at the SMI Conference Military Spares and Inventory Management on 16th June 2003 and (e) Lieutenant Commander Charles Jewitt's presentation on the Joint Modular Storage Concept given at the SMI Conference Military Spares and Inventory Management on 17th June 2003.
(170425)
61
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) Commander Dickie Burston's presentation, Multi-National Submarine Rescue, given at the SMI Conference Underwater Systems on 2nd April 2003, (b) Peter Evans's presentation Maritime Mine Countermeasures, given at the SMI Conference Underwater Systems on 3rd April 2003, (c) Colonel David Hargreave's presentation, Paving The Way for Digitization: Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps, given at the SMI Conference Joint Battlespace Digitization on 19th May 2003, (d) Lieutenant Colonel Mark Faulkner's presentation on the UK Land Digitization Programme given at the SMI Conference Joint Battlespace Digitization on 19th May 2003 and (e) Major Jeremy Levine's presentation, The Challenges of Digitization in the Jungle, given at the SMI Conference Joint Battlespace Digitization on 19th May 2003.
(170426)
62
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) Colonel Toby Mills's presentation, Transforming Engineering and Asset Management in the UK MoD: the DLO change programme given at the SMI Conference Defence Maintenance on 10th March 2003, (b) Wing Commander David Appleton's presentation, RCM: Intelligently deciding the user's maintenance requirements given at the SMI Conference Defence Maintenance on 10th March 2003, (c) Andy Worrall's presentation, Integrated Logistics Support: Reducing whole life cost of ownership given at the SMI Conference Defence Maintenance on 10th March 2003, (d) Group Captain Peter Gray's presentation, Implementing Joint Capabilities: Organising British Joint Rapid Reaction Forces, given at the SMI Conference Rapid Reaction Deployment on 12th March 2003 and (e) Colonel Neil Baverstock's presentation, A Joint Perspective, given at the SMI Conference Naval C4I on 24th March 2003.
(170427)
63
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) Lieutenant Colonel Alistair Hamer-Philip's presentation, Low Level Ground Based Air Defence: a UK perspective, given at the SMI Conference Air Defence Systems on 16th January 2003; (b) Neil McCabe's presentation, The UK experience: Bringing mission rehearsal requirements and solutions together given at the SMI Conference Virtual Battlespace: Developments in Mission Rehearsal on 27th January 2003, (c) Neil McCabe's presentation on Training AFV (Armoured Fighting Vehicles) given at the SMI Conference Armour and Anti-Armour on 25th February 2003, (d) Lieutenant Colonel R. J. Laidler's presentation on the future of armour support given at the SMI Conference Armour and Anti-Armour on 25th February 2003 and (e) Squadron Leader Gary Morgan's presentation, Nimrod MRA4: Its role in littoral warfare and future capability given at the SMI Conference Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance on 4th March 2003.
(170428)
64
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the date of contract signature for the (a) Support Vehicle, (b) Light Forces Anti-Tank Guided Weapon Systems, (c) Next Generation Anti-Armour Weapon and (d) Terrier projects are.
(170554)
65
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the date of contract signature for the (a) Typhoon Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids, (b) Future Joint Combat Aircraft, (c) Short Term Strategic Airlift, (d) Sonar 2087, (e) Successor Identification Friend or Foe, (f) Trojan and Titan, (g) Type 45 Destroyer and (h) Skynet 5 projects are.
(170555)
66
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the date of contract signature for the (a) Spearfish Heavyweight Torpedo, (b) Sting Ray Lightweight Torpedo, (c) Swiftsure and Trafalgar Class Submarine Update, (d) Tornado GR1 Mid-Life Update, (e) Challenger II, (f) A400M (g) Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary) and (h) Beyond Visual Range Air-to Air Missile projects are.
(170556)
67
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the date of contract signature for the (a) Hercules C-130J, (b) High Velocity Missile System, (c) Landing Platform Dock (Replacement), (d) Merlin HC Mk3 Helicopter, (e) Merlin HM Mk1 Helicopter, (f) Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle, (g) Nimrod Maritime Reconnaissance & Attack Mk4 and (h) Seawolf Mid-Life Update projects are.
(170557)
68
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the date of contract signature for the (a) Advanced Air-Launched Anti-Armour Weapon, (b) Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile, (c) Airborne Stand-Off Radar, (d) Astute Class Submarine, (e) Attack Helicopter WAH-64 Apache, (f) Conventionally Armed Stand-Off Missile, (g) Typhoon and (h) Extended Range Ordnance/Modular Charge System projects are.
(170558)
69
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what expenditure was incurred by his Department at the cancellation of (a) Counter Anti-Radiation Missile Suite, (b) Mine Detection and Neutralisation and (c) Microwave Landing System in 2003-04 cash terms.
(170559)
70
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list all (a) category A, (b) category B and (c) category C projects of his Department that have achieved their in-service date since 31st March 1997; and when the in-service date was achieved.
(170560)
71
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) category A, (b) category B and (c) category C projects of his Department that have received (i) initial gate and (ii) main gate approval since 31st March 1997; and when approval was achieved.
(170561)
72
N
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the position of each Eurofighter Typhoon partner in respect of when they will be ordering their tranche II aircraft.
(170108)
73
N
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his partners in the Eurofighter Typhoon Project about the UK being allocated the building of the 18 aircraft destined for Austria; and if he will make statement.
(170109)
74
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many NSQEP personnel in the UK are able to maintain the UK's nuclear weapons and naval nuclear reactors; what their age profile is; what their names are; and if he will make a statement.
(170323)
75
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) expected and (b) latest possible in-service dates for the V class SSBN are; and if he will make a statement.
(170328)
76
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the latest safe in-service date for the British Trident nuclear warhead is; and if he will make a statement.
(170331)
77
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost is of (a) designing and (b) manufacturing a new nuclear warhead; and if he will make a statement.
(170337)
78
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the age profile is of the staff of (a) his Department's Chief Scientific Advisor and (b) the maintenance contractor SERCO who possess the qualifications necessary to (i) maintain the design intent of the current nuclear warheads and (ii) design the next generation of warheads; and if he will make a statement.
(170338)
79
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) life of the current design of the Trident missile and (b) maximum life of the Trident missile system is; and if he will make a statement.
(170350)
80
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether CV(F) will carry air-to-air refuelling tanker aircraft; and if he will make a statement.
(170351)
81
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government plan to work jointly with the French Government in the CV(F) programme; and if he will make a statement.
(170352)
82
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current weight of the standard take-off vertical landing version of the Joint Strike Fighter is; what the required weight at in-service date is; and if he will make a statement.
(170353)
83
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the adequacy of the supply of people suitably qualified and experienced to maintain (a) the UK's nuclear weapons and (b) the Royal Navy nuclear reactors; what steps the Government is taking to secure the supply of people with such qualifications; and if he will make a statement.
(170354)
84
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate has been made of the number of off duty members of the Iraqi Security forces among the killed and wounded of the Iraqi insurgents.
(170177)
85
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent changes have been made regarding the use of free postage for military personnel serving in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(170106)
86
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on current and future research and development projects to be undertaken by the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston, Berkshire.
(170210)
87
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on research and development of low yield nuclear weapons in the UK.
(170211)
88
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the importance of nuclear deterrence as a military strategy in the war against terrorism.
(170212)
89
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cluster bomb-related injuries have been recorded in the British sector of occupied Iraq for each month since the official end of the conflict.
(170456)
90
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15th March, Official Report, column 46W, on Defence Bills Agency, how many of the bills processed by the Defence Bills Agency in 2002-03 related to procurement contracts; what the total value of those bills was; and what the figures were in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02.
(170432)
91
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11th March, Official Report, column 1654W, on Procurement Contracts (Scotland), what the average duration of the contract terms directly placed by his Department with companies based in Scotland was in each of the last four financial years; and what the (a) 10 longest and (b) 10 shortest running contracts were; and what the total value was of (a) and (b).
(170433)
92
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11th March, Official Report, column 1654W, on Procurement Contracts (Scotland), what the total projected annual cost of the procurement contracts his Department placed with companies based in Scotland in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2000-01 was for each of the 10 years following the placing of the contracts; what the actual total cost was of the contracts placed in (i) 2002-03, (ii) 2001-02 and (iii) 2000-01 for the years for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.
(170434)
93
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people worked for (a) the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency in Scotland and (b) the Defence Secondary Care Agency in Scotland on 1st April; what the overall personnel costs were for each agency (i) on that date and (ii) on 1st April 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(170439)
94
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people worked for (a) the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, (b) the Defence Export Services Organisation in Scotland, (c) the Defence Medical Services in Scotland and (d) the Base Repair Organisation in Scotland on 1st April; what the overall personnel costs were for each agency (i) on that date and (ii) on 1st April 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(170441)
95
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people worked for (a) the Disposal Services Agency, (b) the Pay and Personnel Agency, (c) the Defence Aviation Repair Agency and (d) the Meteorological Office in Scotland on 1st April; what the overall personnel costs were for each agency (i) on that date and (ii) on 1st April 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(170442)
96
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people worked for the (a) Veterans Agency, (b) British Forces Post Office, (c) Defence Vetting Agency and (d) Defence Medical Education and Training Agency in Scotland on 1st April; what the overall personnel costs were for each agency (i) on that date and (ii) on 1st April 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(170443)
97
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people worked for the (a) Defence Transport and Movements Agency, (b) Medical Supplies Agency, (c) Defence Communications Services Agency and (d) Defence Storage and Distribution Agency in Scotland on 1st April; what the overall personnel costs were for each agency (i) on that date and (ii) on 1st April 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(170444)
98
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people worked for the (a) RAF Personnel Manning Agency, (b) RAF Training Group Defence Agency, (c) Warship Support Agency and (d) Defence Procurement Agency in Scotland on 1st April; what the overall personnel costs were for each agency (i) on that date and (ii) on 1st April 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(170445)
99
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people worked for (a) the Naval Manning Agency, (b) Service Children's Education, (c) the Duke of York's Royal Military School and (d) the Naval Recruiting and Training Agency in Scotland on 1st April; what the overall personnel costs were for each agency (i) on that date and (ii) on 1st April 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(170446)
100
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people worked for (a) the Armed Forces Personnel and Administration Agency, (b) the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre, (c) Defence Estates and (d) the Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency in Scotland on 1st April; what the overall personnel costs were for each agency (i) on that date and (ii) on 1st April 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(170447)
101
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people worked for the (a) Army Personnel Centre, (b) Army Training and Recruiting Agency, (c) Defence Dental Agency and (d) Defence Bills Agency in Scotland on 1st April; what the overall personnel costs were for each agency (i) on that date and (ii) on 1st April 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(170448)
102
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many full-time equivalent, permanent (a) industrial and (b) non-industrial civilian staff are employed by his Department in the UK, excluding Trading Funds, Royal Fleet Auxiliaries and those on career breaks, long-term sick leave and secondments; what the equivalent figures were in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(170449)
103
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian staff are employed (a) by Ministry of Defence Trading Funds and (b) as Royal Fleet Auxiliaries; how many of his Department's civilian staff are on (i) career breaks, (ii) long-term sick leave and (iii) secondments; and if he will list these numbers (A) for the whole of the UK, (B) for Scotland and (C) for Wales.
(170450)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
104
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what advice his Department offers local authorities regarding positioning of roadside and roundabout advertising.
(170451)
105
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to protect the tenancy rights of those employed by a hunt living in a tied property in the event of a ban on hunting being introduced.
(170133)
106
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance he gives to local authorities in consideration of an application for planning permission to open a betting shop from someone who has already successfully applied for a licence to run that business.
(170138)
107
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the total of unpaid council tax in Greater London, broken down by borough, in each year since 1997.
(170502)
108
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the percentage council tax change, including all precepts, has been in Greater London, broken down by borough, in each of the last five years.
(170503)
109
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the level of council tax receipts collected by local authorities was in Greater London, irrespective of the financial year to which they relate, broken down by borough, in each year from 1996-97 to 2002-03; and what the population of each authority was in each year.
(170504)
110
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of council tax was collected within Greater London, broken down by borough, in each year since 1997; and what the total cost of administering council tax collection was in each year.
(170505)
111
N
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many evictions there were from local authority housing stock for rent arrears during each of the last three years.
(169734)
112
N
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the latest figures for rent arrears in council housing stock are, broken down by region; and what the figures were for (a) 2003 and (b) 2002.
(169735)
113
N
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many evictions by housing authorities for anti-social behaviour took place in (a) the last three months of 2003 and (b) the first three months of 2004.
(169807)
114
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance his Department issues to ensure that local authorities take account of economic importance in planning decisions.
(170380)
115
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Govan):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the number of (a) home owners, (b) private tenants and (c) other occupiers who become homeless as a result of mortgage repossession orders in each of the last 10 years.
(170634)
116
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Govan):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the support provided by central and local government to homeowners facing mortgage repossession orders in 2003.
(170635)
117
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Govan):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the number of mortgage repossessions carried out in each of the past 10 years.
(170646)
118
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the last meeting of the Inter Regional Board on the Milton Keynes Growth Area was; what issues were discussed; and what the outputs were.
(170142)
119
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the installed capacity and location of wind turbines granted planning permission was in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each year since 1990; how many wind farms were awaiting planning permission at 31st March; and what the generating capacity is in each case.
(168830)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
120
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to increase the number of school nurses.
(170370)
121
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school nurses were employed in (a) 2003, (b) 2002, (c) 2001, (d) 2000, (e) 1999, (f) 1998 and (g) 1997.
(170371)
122
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance he issues to (a) primary care trusts and (b) local education authorities on the employment of school nurses.
(170372)
123
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will estimate the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary pupils who attended at least one (i) field study and (ii) residential field study course in 2002-03.
(170411)
124
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of field study courses on pupil performance.
(170412)
125
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether he plans to make attendance on a field study course a compulsory part of the National Curriculum.
(170413)
126
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many one-stop-shops are operated by the Connexions Service in England.
(170022)
127
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the annual cost to his Department for its contract with Learn Direct is.
(170024)
128
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what projects his Department has initiated to improve the behaviour and attendance of pupils in schools; and what the total budget for each of the projects is.
(170026)
129
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children with learning disabilities are educated in mainstream schools; and if he will make a statement.
(170608)
130
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many local education authorities have provided parent partnership services for families of children with special eduational needs; what proportion of families have been provided with the service; and if he will make a statement.
(170611)
131
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools have increased accessiblity to children with learning disabilities through the School Access Initiatve; what funding will be provided for the initiative over the next three years; and if he will make a statement.
(170612)
132
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of 11 year old pupils in London, broken down by local education authority, have reached level four in (a) mathematics and (b) English in each of the last seven years.
(170496)
133
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what public funding has been spent on adult (a) literacy and (b) numeracy in Greater London, broken down by local education authority, in each of the last five years.
(170497)
134
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school budgets in Greater London, broken down by local education authority, were in deficit in each of the last seven years.
(170498)
135
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost of home to school transport in Greater London was, broken down by local education authority, was in each of the last five years.
(170499)
136
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children have used home to school transport in Greater London, in each of the last five years, broken down by local education authority.
(170500)
137
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether at any future Ofsted inspection of schools account will be taken of the consequences of the moratorium on issuing visas to teachers appointed to meet the teaching skills and recruitment shortage in schools in Essex and Thurrock, pending the result of the inquiry and visits to Sofia of Mr Ken Sutton; and if he will make a statement.
(170029)
138
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether he has reviewed the handling of serious staff disciplinary cases in colleges following the publication and distribution of the Newby Report, Review of complaints against St Austell College.
(170641)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
139
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what definition of sustainable development has been agreed for application across Government; and what mechanism is in place to ensure that the term is applied and claimed appropriately.
(169856)
140
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library a copy of the environmental assessment underlying the decision that dismantling of the US ghost ships on Teesside is now the preferred environmental option; what views have recently been expressed on the matter by the Environment Agency; on what date her view was reached; and if she will make a statement.
(169857)
141
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason she did not make her announcement of 21st April on sustainable development by means of a oral statement to the House.
(169859)
142
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many homes in Wirral South have benefited from the Warm Front and Home Energy Efficiency schemes.
(170272)
143
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on farm income levels for farmers in Wirral South.
(170273)
144
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research she is undertaking into the implications of the use of the milk quota and other quota arrangements as a means of access to the single farm payment.
(169648)
145
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the role of Sir Don Curry in ensuring new entrant initiatives in farming.
(169649)
146
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what position the Government is taking on the proposal by the Irish Government on new animal transport regulation.
(169650)
147
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list, with the penalties imposed, the cases since 1994 of illegal food imports where prosecution succeeded.
(169651)
148
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on progress made towards the introduction of a vaccine for bovine TB.
(169652)
149
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will respond to the Godfrey Report on the Government's tuberculosis strategy.
(170134)
150
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what regulation of sprayers her Department undertakes under the Pesticides Voluntary Initiative.
(170135)
151
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the impact of the (a) ending of the over-thirty-months scheme and (b) start of single farm payments on livestock holdings.
(170136)
152
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Department has to propose amendments to the law with regard to the reference by a county council of its decision to dispose of all or part of its smallholdings.
(170137)
153
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice and assistance (a) her Department and (b) the Countryside Agency provide to parish and town councils who wish to (i) start up and (ii) develop their own website.
(170577)
154
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research (a) her Department and (b) the Countryside Agency have commissioned into the role, functions and relevance of parish and town councils in the last five years.
(170578)
155
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which (a) parish and (b) town councils have achieved the status of Quality Parish Councils, in the last year broken down by area.
(170579)
156
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of flash flooding in (a) Worcester, (b) Worcestershire and (c) England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.
(170130)
157
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice she has received on the future incidence of flash flooding.
(170131)
158
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she intends to publish her Department's response to the use of mechanically propelled vehicles on rights of way consultation document.
(170248)
159
Sir Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to propose changes to EU animal welfare regulations to improve the conditions of intensively farmed livestock and poultry.
(170592)
160
Sir Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will commission further research into the efficacy of existing welfare standards applying to intensively reared livestock and poultry.
(170593)
161
Sir Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the standard of enforcement of animal welfare regulations governing intensive livestock and poultry units.
(170594)
162
Sir Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many inspectors are engaged in maintaining animal welfare regulations governing intensive livestock and poultry units in the UK; and if she will make a statement on the levels of qualifications of inspectors.
(170595)
163
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timescale is for the introduction of comprehensive testing for BSE; and if she will make a statement.
(170624)
164
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when it is proposed that the Over Thirty Month Scheme for beef will end; and if she will make a statement.
(170625)
165
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the environmental impact of GM soya cultivation in the Colonia Loma Senes region of Argentina in order to inform her policy for the United Kingdom.
(170167)
166
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28th April reference 166842, what assessment she has made of the alternative fertilisers used in countries that have banned ammonium nitrate fertilisers.
(170585)
167
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) total and (b) average monthly cost of the over thirty month scheme has been since its inception.
(170187)
168
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost of maintaining the over thirty month scheme for cattle born after August 1996 until January 2005.
(170188)
169
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost of maintaining the over thirty month scheme for cattle born before August 1996.
(170189)
170
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 welfare implications of the use of electric shock collars for dogs.
(170190)
171
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received on electric shock collars for dogs; and if she will make a statement.
(170191)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
172
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is towards (a) Cyprus and (b) Turkey in the light of the outcome of the referendums in Cyprus on 24th April.
[R] (169809)
173
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Eritrea about the persecution and imprisonment of Eritrean Christians; and under what circumstances he would support the imposition of sanctions by the (a) UK and (b) EU.
(170490)
174
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26th April, Official Report, column 774W, on Iraq, what form the second intelligence source reported in September 2002 took.
(170513)
175
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received concerning the plans of President Uribe in Colombia to pass a constitutional amendment in order to allow him to run for a second term; and if he will make a statement.
(170239)
176
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports the UK mission in Peru has received concerning the date of the review of the case of Walter Cubas Baltazar; and if he will make a statement.
(170240)
177
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations Her Majesty's Government has made to the Colombian government concerning the protection of human rights defenders in that country; and if he will make a statement.
(170241)
178
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received from the mission in Havana concerning the commencement of the trial of the human rights dissident Juan Carlos Gonzalez Leiva.
(170268)
179
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government requested observer status at the trial in Cuba of Juan Carlos Gonzalez Leiva; and if he will make a statement.
(170269)
180
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations Her Majesty's Government has made to the Cuban Government concerning the imprisonment of human rights activists in Cuba; and if he will make a statement.
(170270)
181
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Peruvian Government (a) in support of Mr Cubas Baltazar and (b) in opposition to his detention; and if he will make a statement.
(170277)
182
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the countries of the Maghreb about assistance with the development of financial and banking institutions under the framework of the Euromed and Barcelona processes.
(170306)
183
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to take forward the Euromed process in the context of (a) the G8 summit in June, (b) the US-EU summit in June and (c) the NATO summit in June, with specific reference to the countries of the Maghreb.
(170307)
184
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the relationship between the EU Euromed process and the US Greater Middle East Initiative.
(170308)
185
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to increase engagement with non-EU Mediterranean countries in the context of the Barcelona Process, with specific reference to the countries of the Maghreb.
(170309)
186
N
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how long embassies will retain the passports of citizens of (a) Romania and (b) Bulgaria seeking managed migration employment visas as a result of the conduct of the Ken Sutton inquiry.
(170021)
187
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what rights will be afforded to elected regional assemblies and parliaments under the proposed draft EU Constitution.
(170183)
188
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether all public servants acting on behalf of the United Kingdom in Iraq after the hand-over of sovereignty will continue to enjoy legal immunity in Iraqi law.
(170184)
189
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to sign and ratify the First Optional Protocol to the International Council on Civil and Political Rights on behalf of the United Kingdom.
(170185)
190
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visa application centres outsourced operations assisting British High Commissions.
(170398)
191
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total cost is of operating visa application centres.
(170399)
192
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to establish a visa application centre in Goa, India.
(170400)
193
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last visited a visa application centre.
(170401)
194
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27th April, Official Report, column 965W, on Brazil, whether inspectors were denied access by Brazilian officials on 4th April.
(170586)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
195
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much income general practitioners lost in 2003-04 owing to not meeting specific targets imposed on them by his Department in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(170206)
196
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who will receive the profits of sale of NHS land for housing where a foundation trust is not in existence.
(169763)
197
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the anticipated profits of sale of surplus NHS land for housing are expected to be; and how much front line service expansion this profit is expected to fund.
(169816)
198
Andrew Bennett (Denton & Reddish):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many catheter laboratories there are at Manchester Royal Infirmary; when the last new one was opened; how many patients were treated in its first 12 months of working; and what the levels of throughput were of the older laboratories over the same period.
(170143)
199
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much public funding was spent on (a) heart disease and (b) cancer care in Bootle in each of the last five years.
(170536)
200
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the benefits for residents of Bootle of the Health Development Agency.
(170537)
201
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS (a) therapists and (b) scientists were located in Bootle in each of the last seven years.
(170538)
202
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many senior citizens in Bootle aged over 60 years have benefited from the abolition of charges for eye tests.
(170539)
203
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many senior citizens in Bootle have access to free eye tests.
(170540)
204
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to complete the compensation calculations in respect of former employees of QA Business Services to achieve final conclusion of their claims.
(170476)
205
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects all the agreed compensation claims in respect of former employees of QA Business Services to be settled and paid.
(170532)
206
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the sale of surplus NHS land within the Northumbria NHS Trust area.
(170414)
207
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to recruit more NHS dentists.
(170415)
208
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many healthy living centres (a) have been built, (b) are being built and (c) are planned.
(170416)
209
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of healthy living centres.
(170417)
210
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the total cost to date of healthy living centres.
(170418)
211
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many healthy living centres are run directly by local authorities.
(170419)
212
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken to improve accident and emergency services at hospitals within the Northumbria NHS Trust since 1997.
(170420)
213
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many births were by Caesarean section in each maternity unit within Northumbria NHS Trust in 2003; and how many of these were (a) emergency and (b) planned procedures.
(170421)
214
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of funding for sexual health services in North Tyneside was in each year since 1997.
(170422)
215
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) private dentists and (b) NHS dentists there are in North Tyneside; and if he will make a statement.
(170423)
216
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pensioners living within the North Tyneside Primary Care Trust area benefited from free eye tests in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(170424)
217
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many anaesthetists have been employed in the NHS in each of the last five years.
(170429)
218
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many radiographers have been employed in the NHS in each of the last five years.
(170430)
219
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the £85,000 allocated to South Sefton Primary Care Trust to support the Investing in General Practice commitments will be spent.
(170525)
220
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the £86,000 allocated to Southport and Formby Primary Care Trust to support the Investing in General Practice commitments will be spent.
(170526)
221
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what strategies the Department plans to put in place to deal with an increased incidence of asthma.
(170139)
222
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is towards local food chain procurement; and what attempts he has made to amend his Department's competitive tendering rules.
(170140)
223
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is towards special dietary provision by health trusts with reference to (a) halal, (b) kosher and (c) vegan diets.
(170141)
224
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to create a unified database of (a) health records and (b) users of NHS services; and if he will make a statement.
(170334)
225
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been invested in the Learning Disability Development Fund; from what sources the funding comes; and if he will make a statement.
(170197)
226
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with learning disabilities are inappropriately accommodated in long-stay hospitals; when he expects to be able to provide more appropriate accommodation; and if he will make a statement.
(170198)
227
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with learning disabilities have access to a health facilitator; how many have received an health action plan, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement.
(170199)
228
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the National Learning Disability Information Centre and Helpline has cost to set up; and if he will make a statement.
(170200)
229
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the original target was for the extension of direct payments; to how many people direct payments have been extended; and if he will make a statement.
(170201)
230
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have used the National Information Centre in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(170605)
231
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many families have been provided with grants through the Family Fund Trust; what funding will be provided for the Trust over the next three years; and if he will make a statement.
(170606)
232
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS therapists for children with disabilities in mainstream schools have been recruited in the last three years; how many additional training places for such NHS therapists have been created in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(170607)
233
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many childcare staff have been employed through the National Childcare Strategy to support disabled children; and if he will make a statement.
(170609)
234
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many families of disabled children have been provided with short breaks through the Quality Protects programme; what proportion that represents as a total of such families; and if he will make a statement.
(170610)
235
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding has been provided to improve child and adolescent mental health services over the last three years; what the planned spending on these services is; and if he will make a statement.
(170613)
236
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of tuberculosis there were in Greater London, broken down by national health service trust, in each year since 1997.
(170501)
237
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average general practitioner list size was in Greater London, broken down by national health service trust, in each of the last 10 years.
(170506)
238
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of people eligible for the BCG inoculation in Greater London, broken down by national health service trust, received it in each year since 1997.
(170507)
239
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of NHS staff working in Greater London hospitals, broken down by national health service trust, receive financial assistance with regard to (a) housing and (b) transportation.
(170508)
240
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of MRSA have been identified in hospitals within Greater London, broken down by national health service trust, in each year since 1997.
(170509)
241
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of patients within hospitals in Greater London, broken down by national health service trust, are infected with MRSA.
(170510)
242
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of NHS staff within hospitals in Greater London, broken down by national health service trust, are infected with MRSA.
(170511)
243
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when digital hearing aids will be available on the NHS in the constituency of Blackpool North and Fleetwood.
(170591)
244
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Exubera inhaler will gain a certificate of a medicinal product and become available on the NHS to diabetics.
(170535)
245
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people failed to attend NHS dentist appointments in (a) 2003-04 and (b) each of the preceding five years in (i) Worthing and (ii) England.
(170630)
246
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people joined private practice dental surgeries in 2003-04 in (a) Worthing and (b) England.
(170631)
247
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average number of patients on an NHS dental surgery list was in each of the last five years.
(170632)
248
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times on average an NHS dental patient visited an NHS dentist in each of the last five years.
(170633)
249
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the health infrastructure developments in England funded through the European Investment Bank in the last five years.
(169806)
250
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) general and (b) community hospitals are under construction in England.
(170180)
251
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new (a) general and (b) community hospitals have been opened in England in the last five years.
(170181)
252
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new (a) general and (b) community hospital building projects are part of a private finance initiative procurement process in England.
(170402)
253
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to commission research targeted at the needs of people whose asthma fails to respond to current treatments.
(170237)
254
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence he has collated of a link between consumption of high sugar content baby foods and obesity in children; and if he will make a statement.
(170252)
255
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to require baby food labelling to show prominently the sugar content.
(170253)
256
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the labelling of baby foods to show sugar content.
(170254)
257
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress towards the National Service Framework milestone for general practitioner practices diagnosing, treating and caring for older people with depression and dementia.
(170615)
258
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress towards the National Service Framework milestone for protocols across health and social care systems for the care and management of older people with mental health problems.
(170616)
259
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress towards the National Service Framework milestone for primary care group and primary care trust schemes for older people to receive more help from pharmacists in using their medicines.
(170617)
260
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress towards the National Service Framework milestone for systems to explore user and carer experience in primary care trusts.
(170618)
261
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress towards the National Service Framework milestone for single integrated community services.
(170619)
262
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress towards the National Service Framework milestone for integrated continence services across health and social care systems.
(170620)
263
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress towards the National Service Framework milestone for general practitioner practices in identifying, treating and managing patients at risk of stroke.
(170621)
264
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress towards the National Service Framework milestone for general practitioner practices in identifying and treating people who have had a stroke.
(170622)
265
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress towards the National Service Framework milestone for general practitioner practices to establish clinical audit systems for stroke.
(170623)
266
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress towards the National Service Framework milestone for general practitioner practices to use agreed protocols for rapid referral of patients with TIAs to local specialist services.
(170626)
267
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress towards the National Service Framework milestone for general hospitals caring for people with stroke to have a specialised stroke service.
(170627)
268
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress towards the National Service Framework milestone for strategic and operational plans to include the development of an integrated falls service.
(170628)
269
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress towards the National Service Framework milestone for strategic and operational plans to include the development of an integrated mental health service for older people.
(170629)
270
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 21st April, Official Report, column 558W, on prostate cancer, if he will make an assessment of the recent findings of research by the US National Cancer Institute on the effect of frequent ejaculation in protecting men against prostate cancer.
(170162)
271
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of trials using pigs' whip worm eggs to treat inflammatory bowel disease.
(170164)
272
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 21st April, Official Report, column 646W, on mobile phones, if he will evaluate the research on the dielectric property of cells by Bo Sernelius of Linkoping University, Sweden.
(170176)
273
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 17th March, Official Report, column 386W, on cystic fibrosis screening, if he will make a statement on the conclusions of the National Screening Committee on implementation of the Government's commitment to newborn screening for cystic fibrosis.
(170582)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
274
N
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to complete the Gateway Review Stage for the National Identity Cards Programme; and if he will publish the outcome of that review.
(169814)
275
N
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to answer parliamentary questions (a) 165196, (b) 164093, (c) 163121 and (d) 163122 tabled by the honourable Member for Southend West.
(170030)
276
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to procure (a) ID cards and (b) ID card technology from firms within the UK.
(170408)
277
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Metropolitan Police regarding the policing of the demonstrators in Parliament Square.
(170214)
278
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances the police would be authorised to access data stored on the National Identity Register.
(170258)
279
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances the police could use the National Identity Register to establish an individual's identity without their consent.
(170259)
280
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how he proposes to ensure that information stored on the National Identity Register concerning and individuals' address is up to date.
(170260)
281
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many biometric identifiers will be used on national identity cards.
(170261)
282
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which bodies will have access to all the data stored on the National Identity Register.
(170262)
283
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how individuals will gain access to relevant services if their identity card is lost or stolen.
(170263)
284
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what communication strategy has been developed to ensure engagement with the public on the subject of identity cards.
(170264)
285
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to pilot data sharing powers in advance of the introduction of identity cards.
(170324)
286
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what penalty he proposes will apply to an individual who discloses information from the National Identity Register.
(170325)
287
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what penalties will be applicable to hackers attempting to access the National Identity Register.
(170326)
288
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of UK residents have been a victim of identity fraud in each of the last five years.
(170327)
289
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the relationship between the proposed National Identity Register and the proposed population register.
(170343)
290
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of whether (a) convicted and (b) suspected terrorists in the United Kingdom are using (i) multiple and (ii) false identities.
(170344)
291
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who will have access to the information recorded on the National Identity Register; and under what circumstances.
(170345)
292
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what use will be made of data-sharing powers in background checks of applicants for identity cards.
(170346)
293
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information will be required to be provided by an applicant for an identity card.
(170347)
294
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) preparatory work and (b) testing he is planning to assess the (i) requirements for the design of identity cards and (ii) arrangements for application.
(170348)
295
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the application process for identity cards will be (a) monitored and (b) assessed.
(170349)
296
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the work of the implementation team for the Reducing Crime-Changing Lives reform programme.
(170440)
297
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what issues the Criminal Cases Review Commission scrutinises during the case review process.
(170471)
298
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions in the last two years documents necessary for the review of a case have been destroyed between application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission and review.
(170472)
299
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether retractions in interviews regarding sex abuse case reviews are always documented in the Statement of Reasons by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
(170473)
300
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the Criminal Cases Review Commission ensures that all Case Review Managers working on sex abuse cases are aware of all the relevant publications and materials available in the Commission.
(170474)
301
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Case Review Managers working on sex abuse cases are given a checklist of issues which may assist in their review.
(170475)
302
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Criminal Cases Review Commission will seek reports from psychologists to identify research, good practice and guidance on the application of scientific methodology to the investigation of contemporary and historical allegations of sex abuse.
(170477)
303
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions visiting speakers have addressed the Criminal Cases Review Commission on awareness of the issues and investigative techniques in sexual abuse cases over the last two years.
(170478)
304
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Criminal Cases Review Commission's use of exceptional circumstances to allow referrals where a previous appeal has not been heard.
(170479)
305
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when a decision will be made regarding the extension of the Criminal Cases Review Commission's section 17 powers.
(170515)
306
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the work and findings of the Criminal Cases Review Commission's collaboraton with the Historical Abuse Appeal Panel.
(170516)
307
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Prison Service's alcohol strategy.
(170517)
308
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ensure that inadequately documented passengers arriving in the UK are intercepted.
(170521)
309
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether surveillance techniques have been extended to airports other than Heathrow, to ensure that inadequately documented passengers are intercepted.
(170522)
310
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what new measures his Department plans to improve the initial asylum decision-making process.
(170523)
311
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what new measures his Department plans to improve the asylum removal system, to ensure that a failed claim leads to a swift removal.
(170524)
312
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are in place to ensure the trustworthiness of staff operating database systems, with particular reference to the UK Passport Service.
(170527)
313
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the communication strategy to ensure engagement with the public regarding identity cards will be completed.
(170528)
314
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department issues to the police to ensure that evidence is provided to the prosecution in time for trial.
(170564)
315
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the work of the Street Crime Unit in Liverpool.
(170565)
316
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes are necessary to ensure the Liverpool Unit achieves the full benefits of co-location.
(170566)
317
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the figures for crime and disorder reduction partnerships were for (a) violence against the person, (b) sex offences, (c) robbery, (d) burglary, (e) theft of a motor vehicle, (f) theft from a vehicle and (g) total crime in each year since 1999 to 2000.
(170373)
318
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in each year since 1997; and what the total payroll costs were.
(170374)
319
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much police expenditure was met by (a) council tax precepts and (b) Home Office grants, (i) as a percentage of local police force expenditure and (ii) in cash terms, broken down by police force, in each year since 1997-98.
(170375)
320
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time was for a substantive response by his Department to (a) Written Questions, (b) honourable Members' written correspondence and (c) public correspondence in 2003-04.
(170529)
321
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of (a) Written Answers, (b) replies to honourable Members' written correspondence and (c) public correspondence with his Department was (i) seen and (ii) cleared by special advisers before being published in 2003-04.
(170530)
322
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the right of appeal by the Home Secretary against decisions by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in cases involving national security.
(169810)
323
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to amend his powers to remove nationality and indefinite leave to remain to ensure that action can be taken without undue delay caused by the appeal process.
(169812)
324
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his assessment is of the activities of Hamas in the United Kingdom.
(164889)
325
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers regarding travellers.
(170129)
326
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Irish Government regarding the effect upon police resources of travellers.
(170132)
327
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the procedures being used to verify the identity of people taking part in the identity card pilot scheme.
(170255)
328
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the biometric information that will be collected and stored on the (a) National Identity Register and (b) identity card.
(170256)
329
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines he will issue on police use of finger-print information held on the National Identity Register proposed in the draft Identity Card Bill.
(170257)
330
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is regarding the recording of fingerprints for police use regardless of criminal conviction; and if he will make a statement.
(170332)
331
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Application Registration Cards have been issued since January 2002.
(170333)
332
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what data sharing arrangements there will be between the proposed national identity register and the UK Population Register.
(170335)
333
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what alternative eye technologies his Department investigated before concluding that the iris should form the basis for an identity card.
(170552)
334
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, why the iris has been selected as the basis for a biometric identifier.
(170553)
335
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many burglaries per 1,000 households there have been in the Metropolitan Police Authority area in each year since 1999; and what the detection rate each year was for domestic burglaries.
(170491)
336
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on crime trends within the Metropolitan Police Authority area.
(170492)
337
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by how much in (a) percentage and (b) cash terms the Metropolitan police grant has changed in each year since 1997.
(170493)
338
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the suspension of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme in respect of students from Romania and Bulgaria; and when he expects to review the suspension.
(170107)
339
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ensure that the inquiry and visit to Sofia by Mr Ken Sutton of his Department into the Managed Migration scheme and related issues will take account of the impact that suspension of the issuing of visas will have on teachers appointed to schools in Essex and Thurrock; and if he will make a statement.
(170027)
340
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to receive the report by Mr Ken Sutton into the Managed Migration scheme as it operates in Sofia; when teachers appointed to posts in Essex and Thurrock schools can expect consideration of their visa applications; and if he will make a statement.
(170028)
341
Alice Mahon (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Commission for Racial Equality Office in Leeds will close; and if he will make a statement.
(170238)
342
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the use of Regulation 97 of the 1986 Road Vehicle Regulations to combat noise pollution emanating from car stereos.
(170208)
343
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the powers available to the police to combat noise pollution emanating from car stereos.
(170209)
344
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the return of refugee women and children to Afghanistan from the UK.
(170305)
345
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the judgment in the case of Mr David McGee; and what plans he has to amend prison regulations.
(170403)
346
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what grounds it will be permitted for members of the public to be stopped and asked to produce their identity card; and what safeguards will be put in place to ensure that people are not asked to produce their identity cards for other reasons.
(170647)
347
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the exceptional circumstances will be under which disclosure of information from the National Identity Register is allowed without an individual's consent.
(170648)
348
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage change in the number of full-time police officers in Sittingbourne and Sheppey has been since 1997.
(170287)
349
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage change in (a) overall recorded crime, (b) recorded violent crime, (c) burglaries and (d) vehicle thefts in Sittingbourne and Sheppey has been since 1997.
(170288)
350
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much public funding has been spent on CCTV security cameras in Sittingbourne and Sheppey since 1997.
(170289)
351
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what public funds were spent on tackling drugs misuse in Sittingbourne and Sheppey in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2003-04.
(170290)
352
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers preventing racial harassment have been introduced since 1997; and how many times these powers have been used in Sittingbourne and Sheppey.
(170457)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
353
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what change in water consumption was achieved by the rationalisation of water services undertaken in 1999-2000 in (a) actual and (b) percentage terms.
(169858)
354
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his Answer of 19th April, Official Report, column 236W, on electricity consumption, what factors underlie the increase in consumption between 1997 and 2003; and what steps the commission is taking to reduce electricity consumption.
(169864)
355
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make arrangements to permit honourable Members to proof read the Hansard report of their speeches made in Westminster Hall in the Hansard Office above the Chamber; and if he will make a statement.
(170194)
Questions to the Chairman of the Information Committee
356
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee, if he will make Fox News available on the television annunciator service to honourable Members.
(170583)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
357
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money his Department spent on microfinance or microcredit projects (a) in total and (b) by continent in each year since 1997.
(170465)
358
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the United Nations Development Programme and (b) other UN departments in advance of the United Nations Year of Microcredit in 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(170466)
359
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which 20 non-governmental organisations working in (a) Africa and (b) Asia received the highest amount of grant from his Department for microfinance or microcredit projects in each year since 1997.
(170467)
360
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with external organisations regarding the promotion of microfinance and microcredit as a priority during (a) the Prime Minister's Commission for Africa over the next 12 months and (b) the UN Year of Microcredit 2005.
(170512)
361
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has undertaken on the effectiveness of (a) microfinance and (b) microcredit programmes in (i) specific African countries and (ii) other developing world countries; and if he will make a statement.
(170542)
362
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many women and children (a) worldwide and (b) in Africa his Department estimates have been lifted out of poverty as a result of microfinance or microcredit programmes (i) in total and (ii) in each year since 1995.
(170543)
363
Sir Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects his Department funds to combat the spread of AIDS in Africa; how much expenditure is committed to each project; and what the time scale is of each project.
(170596)
364
Sir Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to increase expenditure levels for projects in Africa to combat the spread of AIDS over the next three years.
(170597)
365
Sir Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what joint activity within the EU is being undertaken to combat AIDS in Africa.
(170598)
366
Sir Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether combatting AIDS in Africa will be a UK priority during its presidency of the EU in 2005.
(170599)
367
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment his Department has made of the change in the level of malaria fatalities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
(170299)
368
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial commitments are planned for St Helena.
(170216)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
369
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will provide (a) each primary school head teacher with a direct payment of £55,000 and (b) each secondary school head teacher with a direct payment of £180,000 to spend on school priorities in 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(170144)
370
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases have been dealt with by the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland in each of the last two years.
(170481)
371
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his estimate is of the extent of benefit fraud in Northern Ireland; and what measures are in place to deal with it.
(170482)
372
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the change in numbers of pension payment order books at post offices in Northern Ireland was between 2002 and 2003.
(170483)
373
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the arrangements are for notification to honourable Members when Ministers are visiting their constituencies in Northern Ireland.
(170484)
374
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the estimated cost is of providing a dual carriageway between the Toome by-pass and the City of Londonderry.
(170486)
375
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the estimated cost is of providing a dual carriageway between the existing dual carriageway on the A26 and Glarryford and Coleraine.
(170487)
376
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost to public funds was of departmentally-related public bodies to which public appointments are made in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(170489)
377
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make it his policy not to draw from the £8 million Soccer Strategy budget the money required to bring the Windsor Park stadium up to the required standard to permit the World Cup qualifying matches against England and Wales to be held at the stadium.
(170202)
378
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money has been allocated to bring Windsor Park stadium up to the required standard to permit the World Cup qualifying matches against England and Wales to be held at the stadium.
(170203)
379
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Police Service of Northern Ireland will be adopting the colour vision requirements arising from his Department's review of the medical assessment process for police recruits.
(170204)
380
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the nature is of the relationship between Windsor Park and the Northern Ireland international football team in relation to the staging of international fixtures.
(170205)
381
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on (a) the progress with the search for a site for the proposed National Stadium for Northern Ireland and (b) the proposed timescale of the project.
(170242)
382
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what Government assistance has been provided for the Irish Football Association's (a) Give Bigotry the Red Card and (b) Football for All campaigns.
(170243)
383
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what Government assistance has been provided for the Irish Football Association's youth development programme through its School of Excellence.
(170244)
384
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what support the Government will provide to ensure the development of Ravenhill Rugby Ground to enable it to meet current standards.
(170245)
385
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his latest estimate is of the value to the Northern Ireland economy of the races and events associated with (a) the North West 200 motorcycle races and (b) the Circuit of Ireland Rally.
(170246)
386
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the European Parliamentary Elections (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2004 were first made available in the Vote Office.
(170247)
387
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the status of the Safe Sports Grounds funding made available for essential health and safety work to stadia in Northern Ireland; and how much funding has been made available (a) in each of the past three years and (b) since January for this purpose.
(170249)
388
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether motorcycle road racing clubs in Northern Ireland can avail themselves of the Safe Sports Grounds fund for essential work at road racing circuits.
(170250)
389
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much public funding will be made available for football in Northern Ireland in the current year; and under what categories this funding will be released.
(170251)
390
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of (a) the adequacy of the Northern Ireland Policing Board's equal opportunities policy and (b) the supply of appropriately qualified and trained staff to implement it; and what assessment he has made of the ability of the Board to comply with (i) equal opportunities and (ii) fair employment legislation, with particular reference to the requirement to preserve all relevant records and papers.
(170404)
391
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meetings of (a) the Northern Ireland Policing Board, (b) its sub-committees and (c) other events related to their membership each member of the Board (i) was entitled to attend and (ii) actually attended.
(170406)
392
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what sanctions are available to the Government regarding the Independent Monitoring Commission Report and its conclusions in respect of Sinn Fein.
(170455)
393
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the Dungannon and South Tyrone District policing partnership will be etablished.
(170480)
394
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many full-time police reservists are deployed on (a) operational duties and (b) in critical support functions in each district command unit.
(170551)
395
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what legal obstacles prevent formalised police exchanges between the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Garda Siochana; and if he will make a statement.
(170562)
396
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what support his Department is providing to members of the full-time police reserve of the Police Service of Northern Ireland to assist them in seeking other employment.
(170563)
397
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much capital grant has been paid by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board for the provision of upgrading hotel accommodation in each of the last five financial years.
(170435)
398
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much capital grant has been paid by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board in each parliamentary constituency during the last five years.
(170436)
399
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made with the Review of Public Administration; when interim proposals will be published; and if he will make a statement.
(170437)
400
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost incurred by the Review of Public Administration has been since the beginning of financial year 2001-02.
(170438)
Questions to the Prime Minister
401
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, what the total cost was of the launch of The Climate Group on 27th April; and if he will list the external contributions received towards the total cost.
(170145)
402
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that political representation in the House of Lords from Northern Ireland reflects the community there.
(170488)
403
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has recently held discussions on introducing legislation permitting members of the Royal Family to enter into morganatic marriages; and if he will make a statement.
(170550)
404
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will secure from Libya an inventory of the arms that it supplied to the IRA.
(170342)
Questions to the Solicitor General
405
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Solicitor General, how many trained specialists there are in Merseyside Crown Prosecution Service dealing with victims of (a) domestic violence, (b) rape and (c) child abuse.
(170339)
406
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Solicitor General, what steps she is taking to increase the number of lawyers in Merseyside Crown Prosecution Service.
(170340)
407
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of Merseyside Crown Prosecution Service's Equality and Diversity Action Plan.
(170341)
408
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Solicitor General, what the cost to public funds was of the prosecution of Mr David McGee; at what level in the Crown Prosecution Service the decision on what charges to proceed with was taken; and what other potential charges were considered.
(170407)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
409
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she is taking to promote private sector investment in renewable energy.
(170281)
410
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the delivery of secure energy supply over the winter.
(170282)
411
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she has taken to ensure that employers allow workers to celebrate Christmas Day with their families.
(170283)
412
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of future employment prospects in the UK call centre industry.
(170284)
413
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what further action she is planning to take to help small and medium UK manufacturing companies.
(170285)
414
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact of family friendly employment laws in the past 12 months.
(170286)
415
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the original estimated (a) cost and (b) completion date for the PFI project for the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington was; and what the current estimated (i) cost and (ii) completion date is.
(169815)
416
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the value of contracts for oil and gas production platforms in the North Sea in areas for which the UK Government granted licences was awarded to UK based firms in each of the last five years.
(170410)
417
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the effect of trends in renewable energy upon residents in Wirral South.
(170378)
418
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to introduce measures to ensure that postal vote ballot forms are efficiently despatched and returned to electoral returning officers in Inner London for the European, Mayoral and Greater London Assembly elections on 10th June; and if she will make a statement.
(170271)
419
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the findings were of the second Work-Life Balance study's accompanying employee survey report.
(170519)
420
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what new measures will be introduced by the Office of Fair Trading for improving the fitness checking of consumer credit licence applicants through access to criminal records.
(170520)
421
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the performance of Royal Mail delivery services in Hendon constituency.
(170192)
422
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Royal Mail has to ensure (a) prompt delivery to electors and (b) the prompt return to the returning officer after posting by electors of postal votes for the forthcoming London and European elections in Hendon constituency; and if she will make a statement.
(170193)
423
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) benefit, (b) postal order and (c) Girobank transactions were completed in each of the last five financial years by the sub-post offices at (i) 30 Went Road, Birstall, Leicester and (ii) 778 Melton Road, Thurmaston, Leicester.
(170638)
424
Mr Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost to Post Office Ltd was in each of the last five financial years of keeping open the sub-post offices at (a) 30 Went Road, Birstall, Leicester and (b) 778 Melton Road, Thurmaston, Leicester.
(170639)
425
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the economic importance of a domestic marketable source of the vein mineral fluorspar; and what assessment she has made of its downstream value to the economy in associated industries, in particular those situated in (a) the North West of England and (b) Derbyshire.
(170379)
426
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the date was of the press release issued by the Institute of Directors making reference to women of childbearing age referred to in her speech of 5th April at the Fathers Direct conference; and if she will make a statement.
(170278)
427
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to make a statement on the first annual report on sustainable energy; and what form such a statement will take.
(170279)
428
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received on competition issues in the dairy industry.
(170182)
429
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what evidence she has examined on low frequency noise emitted by wind turbines.
(170186)
430
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her assessment is of British industry's readiness to take advantage of the market for launching micro-satellites; and what action her Department is taking to improve that readiness.
(170453)
431
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what Government support is available for research into manned space travel.
(170454)
432
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the burden of proof in the warrants process for disconnection; and if she will make a statement.
(170376)
433
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she next expects to meet the Chief Executive of Ofgem to discuss disconnections to residential customers.
(170377)
434
Claire Ward (Watford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to regulate estate agents.
(170369)
435
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the likely change in the number of jobs in the retail sector as a result of the implementation of radio frequency identifier devices.
(170163)
436
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress being made to build the International Tokamak Experimental Reactor.
(170165)
437
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what meetings she has held with trustees of the Mineworkers Pension Scheme in the last year; when the meetings were held; and what subjects were discussed.
(170329)
438
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new businesses have started up in Sittingbourne and Sheppey since 1997.
(170291)
439
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government has taken to help small businesses in Sittingbourne and Sheppey since 1997.
(170292)
440
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many workers in Sittingbourne and Sheppey have benefited from the national minimum wage.
(170293)
441
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many and what percentage of women in Sittingbourne and Sheppey have taken 26 weeks' maternity leave since 1997.
(170294)
442
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the effects of the EU Social Chapter on the residents of Sittingbourne and Sheppey.
(170295)
443
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the effects on residents of Sittingbourne and Sheppey of new rights for night-shift workers.
(170296)
444
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many residents of Sittingbourne and Sheppey qualify for paid leave entitlements.
(170297)
445
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many residents of Sittingbourne and Sheppey have benefited from a reduction of the working week to 48 hours.
(170298)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
446
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has for the former coastguard station at Tynemouth.
(170409)
447
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rail projects have been cancelled as being without a sound business case since publication of the Strategic Rail Authority's Strategic Plan 2003; and how many have been re-scoped.
(170265)
448
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many train services have been cut, and on which lines, as a result of the Strategic Rail Authority's policy of selective thinning of train services.
(170266)
449
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria are used by the Strategic Rail Authority to implement the objective of selective thinning of train services.
(170267)
450
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) percentage and (b) number of reported motorway traffic incidents involved a heavy goods vehicle with left hand drive in each of the last three years; and what percentage of those incidents were attributed to poor visibility or blind spots on such vehicles.
(170207)
451
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on research into quieter road surfaces in each of the last 10 years.
(170166)
452
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of rocket-assisted parachutes in improving aircraft safety.
(170168)
Questions to the Minister for Women
453
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Minister for Women, what action has been taken to monitor and increase the take-up of the Government's family friendly policies amongst mothers of (a) small children and (b) disabled children.
(170280)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
454
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the set-up costs of Jobcentre Plus have been.
(170023)
455
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) Jobcentre and (b) Jobcentre Plus centres there are in England.
(170025)
456
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of his Department's staff earn less than two-thirds of male median earnings.
(170584)
457
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of (a) single men, (b) single women and (c) couples are expected to be entitled to pension credit in October; and how many of these will be entitled to (i) guarantee credit alone, (ii) savings credit alone and (iii) both guarantee and savings credit.
(170642)
458
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of families containing one or more children in receipt of disability living allowance have incomes below 60 per cent. of median contemporary incomes (a) before and (b) after housing costs, excluding any disability living allowance received.
(170643)
459
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of (a) single people under pension age, (b) couples under pension age and (c) adults under pension age have incomes below 60 per cent. of median contemporary incomes (i) before and (ii) after housing costs, excluding any disability living allowance received.
(170644)
460
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of (a) single female pensioners, (b) single male pensioners, (c) pensioner couples and (d) all pensioners have incomes below 60 per cent. of median contemporary incomes (i) before and (ii) after housing costs excluding attendance allowance or disability living allowance received.
(170645)
461
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of occupational asthma there were in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) England in each of the last five years.
(170236)
462
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans there are to review the success of work focused interviews for partners of incapacity benefit recipients in finding them employment.
(170195)
463
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have found (a) full-time and (b) part-time work as a result of attendance at work focused interviews for partners of incapacity benefit recipients since the scheme was introduced.
(170196)
464
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer, of 22nd April, Official Report, column 666W, on external consultants, what the cost of the external consultants for each of the projects listed was.
(170105)
465
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 11th February to the Work and Pensions Select Committee, on the Child Support Agency reforms, if he will list the milestones against which the success of the recovery programme will be judged.
(170452)
466
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what public awareness campaigns have been undertaken by his Department since 2001; and what the cost was of each.
(170587)
467
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the objectives were for each advertising campaign undertaken by his Department since 2001, what criteria were used to judge their effectiveness; and to what extent these criteria were met.
(170588)
468
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of maintaining his Department's website was in the last 12 months; how many staff are responsible for the maintenance of the website; and how many hits it received in the last 12 months.
(170589)
469
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent on advertising the Pick it Up, It's Yours campaign in (a) national newspapers and (b) the regional and local press; and what the basis was for the decision on which publications would carry the advertisements.
(170590)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
470
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether all the documents relating to the murder of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson MP in 1922 are now in the public domain; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (170548)
471
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether all official documents relating to Rudolf Hess are now in the public domain; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (170549)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
472
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of how many eligible senior citizens over the age of 75 in Northern Ireland did not avail themselves of the free television licence in 2003.
[Transferred] (170485)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
473
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the original target number was for families to be included in the Quality Protects programme; how many families have been included in the programme; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (170178)
474
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent on the Quality Protects programme in each of the last three years, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (170179)
475
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many young people with learning disabilities have used the Connexions Service, broken down by region, in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (170397)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
476
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has held on the impact of the European Food Supplements Directive on the food supplements industry; and what the results of the discussions were.
[Transferred] (170580)
477
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to meet (a) Commissioner Byrne and (b) food supplements industry representatives to discuss the impact of the Food Supplements Directive on the food supplements industry.
[Transferred] (170581)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
478
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reduce the non-attendance of witnesses and defendants in Merseyside.
[Transferred] (170534)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
479
Sir Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether combatting the spread of AIDS in Africa will be a UK priority during its period of chairmanship of the G8 in 2005.
[Transferred] (170514)
480
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of predicted fatalities from malaria amongst (a) key workers, (b) pregnant women and (c) children under five years in Sub-Saharan Africa in each year between 2004 and 2014; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (170300)
481
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the £26.3 million previously committed by the British Government towards the building of an airport on St Helena.
[Transferred] (170215)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
482
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make the provision of an analysis of a customer's ability to repay a loan an obligation on the lender; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (170640)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
483
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the £100 payment for people aged 70 or over that was announced in the 2004 Budget statement will be made.
[Transferred] (170531)

 
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