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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 8 June 2004

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 8 June 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 8 June 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 8 June of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 8 June of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 8 June see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library Government guidelines on the publication and use of opinion research by Government departments.
(177670)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
2
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the net non-EU migration to the UK in each year since 1979.
(177089)
3
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list (a) total inflow to the UK, (b) total outflow from the UK and (c) new inflow into the UK in each year since 1979.
(177095)
4
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 27th April, Official Report, column 869W, on overseas aid, if he will list (a) countries which contribute a higher percentage than the UK of gross national income to overseas aid and (b) those countries which have set a timetable to reach the UN target of 0.7 per cent. of gross national income on overseas aid.
(177723)
5
N
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what sums have been paid to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in each of the last five years.
(177599)
6
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families are benefiting from the working tax credit in Stoke-on-Trent North; and if he will make a statement.
(177629)
7
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many senior citizens in Stoke-on-Trent North qualified for the 10 pence rate of income tax in each year since its introduction.
(177635)
8
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the level of unemployment was in each year since 1997 in Stoke-on-Trent North.
(177638)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
9
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money has been spent on the digitisation of content in libraries in Bootle since 1997.
(177712)
10
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the work of Regional Development Agencies in developing tourism in Bootle.
(177713)
11
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which organisations were included in the Golden Jubilee medal distribution; and on what date their inclusion was announced.
(177664)
12
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received about the TV licensing direct debit scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(177488)
13
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money from the New Opportunities Fund was allocated to Stoke-on-Trent North since 1997.
(177633)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
14
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what action coalition authorities are taking to compensate victims of mistreatment at the hands of UK or US forces; and if he will make a statement.
(177618)
15
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to whom UK forces in Iraq will answer in the event of allegations of war crimes or misconduct after 30th June; and if he will make a statement.
(176809)
16
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who the senior officer of the First Regiment Royal Highland Fusiliers responsible for the running of the United Kingdom detention facility in Shaibah, Iraq is; how often he makes reports of conditions within this facility; what items such reports cover; whether the Secretary of State automatically receives a copy of reports made on this facility; and if he will make a statement.
(177706)
17
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the collision between a RAF Hercules based at Lyneham in Wiltshire and an un-named jet aircraft over Turkmenistan on Saturday 22nd May.
(177035)
18
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will give details of the implementation of each of the recommendations made by Surrey Police following their inquiry into the deaths at Deepcut Barracks.
(177719)
19
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel in each of the three services have committed suicide in each of the last three years; how many of those who died served in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(176110)
20
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of Premature Voluntary Retirement applications have been denied for (a) officers and (b) other ranks in all three services in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(176111)
21
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks have been reported absent without leave in each of the last five years; of those, how many served in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(176112)
22
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks signed off in each of the three services in each of the last three years; of those, how many were tasked to Iraq after signing off; and if he will make a statement.
(176802)
23
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel in all three services have been medically downgraded as a result of service in the Gulf since January 2003, broken down by reason for downgrading; and if he will make a statement.
(176803)
24
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel are being treated for post traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(176804)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
25
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he has taken to inform members of the public about how they can participate in the consultation on high hedges.
(176912)
26
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what criteria are used in the planning system to decide when an environmental impact assessment is considered necessary; and what assessment he has made of whether such an assessment is required in respect of the proposed development at Aston Down Airfield, near Stroud in Gloucestershire.
(177598)
27
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what encouragement he is giving to local authorities to (a) maintain and preserve allotments and (b) provide replacement land where land formerly used for allotments has been subject to development.
(177616)
28
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many allotments existed (a) 10 years ago and (b) in the last year for which figures are available.
(177617)
29
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many letters he has received about the decision made by Westminster Council to approve The Ellipse project for the Royal College of Art; how many requests he has received to meet those opposed to the decision of the Council's Planning Committee; what plans he has to call in the Council's planning decision; and if he will make a statement.
(176698)
30
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his plans are for including micro-renewables in building regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(177711)
31
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what action he has taken to bring the sides together to discuss the difficulties encountered with the agreement to end the firefighters' dispute.
(177029)
32
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the employers' organisations regarding fulfilling the obligations undertaken to end the firefighters' dispute.
(177030)
33
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received regarding difficulties with the agreement which ended the firefighters' dispute.
(177031)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
34
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 6th May, to the honourable Member for Meriden, Official Report, column 1760W, on Learning and Skills Council, whether elected regional assemblies will be given full responsibility for Learning and Skills Councils budgets.
(176898)
35
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what account he is taking of the new Index of Multiple Deprivation in decisions relating to the roll-out of Sure Start projects.
(177702)
36
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment the Government has made of the benefits of non-academic adult education; and if he will make a statement.
(177277)
37
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding has been allocated to each local council in 2004-05 for the purposes of adult education.
(177278)
38
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the budget of the Learning and Skills Development Agency.
(177683)
39
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the work carried out by the Learning and Skills Development Agency on behalf of the (a) Learning and Skills Council and (b) Government.
(177684)
40
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many investigators are employed by the Adult Learning Inspectorate.
(176339)
41
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the budget is of the Adult Learning Inspectorate in 2004-05; and what funds have been set aside to inspect military establishments.
(176340)
42
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many deaths have been investigated by the Adult Learning Inspectorate since its creation.
(176341)
43
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many bullying incidents have been investigated by the Adult Learning Inspectorate since its creation.
(176342)
44
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what training in military procedures and weapons handling is planned in order to prepare the Adult Learning Inspectorate for its role in inspecting military bases.
(176343)
45
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many secondary schools are located in the 2000 most deprived local authority wards; and how many of these have specialist school status.
(176897)
46
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average point score of GCSE pupils was in England over the past five years.
(177667)
47
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether vocational GCSE grades are included when calculating the average point scores of pupils in England.
(177669)
48
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much capital funding was made available through private finance initiative projects for (a) primary school and (b) secondary school buildings in Stoke-on-Trent North in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(177628)
49
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of students who will benefit from the launch of the education maintenance allowance in Stoke-on-Trent North; and if he will make a statement.
(177630)
50
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding has been given for the training of people in Stoke-on-Trent North constituency since 1997; under what projects; and if he will make a statement.
(177631)
51
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money has been invested in Stoke-on-Trent North to build long-term school sports facilities since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(177636)
52
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what public funding has been spent on adult (a) literacy and (b) numeracy in Stoke-on-Trent North in each year since 1997.
(177639)
53
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in Stoke-on-Trent North have benefited from the Excellence in Cities programme; and what the per pupil spending was in each year since the programme's inception.
(177640)
54
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in Stoke-on-Trent North have benefited from the National Childcare Strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(177641)
55
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) free nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for (i) three and (ii) four year olds in Stoke-on-Trent North in each of the last seven years.
(177642)
56
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding was spent per pupil in Stoke-on-Trent North in each of the last seven years.
(177643)
57
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many childcare places have been created in Stoke-on-Trent North since 1997.
(177644)
58
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many incidents of pupils being caught with (a) drugs and (b) alcohol on school premises were recorded in each year since 1997.
(176622)
59
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils were excluded from secondary school because of (a) drug-related and (b) alcohol-related behaviour in each year since 1997.
(176623)
60
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to reform the food technology curriculum taught in schools; and if he will make a statement.
(177646)
61
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when Ofsted will publish its report on school meal provision.
(177647)
62
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to introduce specialist training for teachers on children's health issues.
(177648)
63
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures he is taking to combat bullying that occurs as a result of childhood obesity.
(177649)
64
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding is available for school sport in each year up to 2005-06; and how the funding is to be allocated.
(177650)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
65
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many homes in Stoke-on-Trent North have benefited from the Home Energy Efficiency/Warm Front scheme.
(177637)
66
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to implement a system of horse passports; and if she will make a statement on her strategy for increasing public awareness of the need for such passports prior to their implementation.
(177705)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
67
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the participation of (a) Aung Saan Sui Kyi, (b) the National League for Democracy and (c) ethnic minorities are conditions of Burma's membership of the Asia Europe Meeting.
(176899)
68
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) the Geneva Conventions and (b) all other international humanitarian and human rights law instruments will continue to govern the actions of coalition forces in Iraq after June 30; and if he will make a statement.
(176808)
69
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the dates when Government (a) Ministers and (b) officials met Ahmed Chalabi; what was discussed on each occasion; and if he will make a statement.
(176810)
70
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on UK Government contact with Ahmed Chalabi and the Iraqi National Congress (a) prior to military action in Iraq and (b) subsequent to military action.
(176811)
71
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the inclusion of material in the September 2002 dossier on Iraq originating from the Iraqi National Congress.
(176812)
72
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those countries which have yet to ratify the Rome Statute; and what efforts his Department is making to encourage those countries to ratify the Statute.
(177716)
73
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to Iran over the arrests and indiscriminate detention of students in the country.
(177717)
74
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to oppose the renewal of UN Security Council Resolution 1487; and if he will make a statement.
(177720)
75
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information he has received about the role of the Colombian armed forces in the killing of civilians in the communities of Flor Amarillo and Cravo Charo in the Colombian department of Araunca on 21st May; and if he will make a statement.
(177693)
76
N
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the situation in Cote d'Ivoire.
(177097)
77
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the United Kingdom Government first received reports of acts of genocide being carried out in Rwanda; what action the Government took in immediate response; and when.
(177663)
78
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he was informed of President Bush's plan to demolish Abu Ghraib prison.
(177207)
79
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has sought from the Coalition Provisional Authority of the (a) capacity and (b) population of prisons in (i) Iraq and (ii) Baghdad.
(177208)
80
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether British companies have bid for contracts to build prisons in Iraq.
(177209)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
81
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on when primary care trusts in England will have a statutory obligation, under the Police Reform Act 2002, to become responsible authorities with regard to crime reduction partnerships.
(177614)
82
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when a letter will be sent to the honourable Member for West Chelmsford concerning Olympus and his constituent Mr Dyckhoff, following the meeting which the honourable Member for West Chelmsford had with the Minister of State, the Right honourable Member for Barrow, on 10th March.
(177615)
83
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the therapeutic benefits of adult education.
(177276)
84
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects of the Community Care (Delayed Discharge) Act 2003 with regard to changes in (a) re-admission levels and (b) mortality levels since the Act was enacted.
(177675)
85
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each of the last two years have fallen ill owing to MRSA-related conditions contracted as a result of a stay in hospital in each health service area.
(177721)
86
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was paid by the NHS to Dr Jonathan Lampard to set up his NHS dentistry service.
(177679)
87
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on how NHS terms and conditions allowed Dr Jonathan Lampard, a dentist in Shrewsbury, to leave the NHS.
(177680)
88
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are registered with NHS dentists in Shrewsbury and Atcham.
(177681)
89
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children are not registered with a NHS dentist in Shrewsbury and Atcham.
(177682)
90
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures have been put in place to raise awareness of endometriosis amongst health professionals.
(177655)
91
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much investment has been allocated to Reading Primary Care Trust for the care and management of endometriosis in each of the last five years.
(177656)
92
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much public funding has been spent on health in Stoke-on-Trent North in each of the last seven years.
(177624)
93
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes there have been to NHS waiting list times in the last seven years for residents of Stoke-on-Trent North.
(177625)
94
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many senior citizens in Stoke-on-Trent North have access to free eye tests.
(177626)
95
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on funding allocated through the LIFT programme to improve primary care in Stoke-on-Trent North.
(177627)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
96
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been in receipt of National Asylum Support Service support in each year since its inception.
(177090)
97
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been granted settlement in the UK in each year since 1979 on the basis of (a) employment, (b) asylum, (c) family formation and reunion and (d) other discretionary grants, broken down by (i) nationality and (ii) age of applicant.
(177091)
98
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been admitted to the UK as (a) husbands and (b) wives in each year since 1979, broken down by country of origin.
(177092)
99
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of students admitted to the UK since 1979 have (a) completed their studies, (b) returned to their home country and (c) had their visa extended, broken down by nationality.
(177093)
100
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the steps he is taking to provide funding to Neighbourhood Watch schemes.
(177724)
101
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the steps he is taking to provide funding to the National Neighbourhood Watch Association.
(177725)
102
N
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the (a) work and (b) achievements of the Criminal Justice System Race Unit.
(176368)
103
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been removed from the UK as a result of enforcement action in each year since 1979, broken down by nationality.
(177094)
104
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign students have been admitted to the UK in each year since 1979, broken down by nationality.
(177096)
105
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied children have applied for asylum in the UK in each year since 1979, broken down by nationality.
(177027)
106
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have received extensions of leave to remain as a spouse or fiancée for a limited period prior to settlement in each year since 1979.
(177028)
107
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been admitted to the UK as (a) spouses, (b) fiancées and (c) children for a limited period prior to settlement, broken down by nationality, in each year since 1979.
(177032)
108
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passengers were given leave to enter the United Kingdom in each year since 1979 (a) as visitors, (b) as people returning after a temporary absence abroad, (c) as passengers in transit, (d) as students, (e) as work permit holders and their dependants, (f) as working holidaymakers, (g) as a spouse or fiancée, (h) as au pairs, (i) on the basis of UK ancestry, (j) on the basis of acceptance for settlement on arrival, (k) for other reasons and (l) in total.
(177033)
109
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees and people granted exceptional leave to remain have been granted settlement since 1979, broken down by nationality.
(177034)
110
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people entered the UK under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme in the five years up to 1st May, broken down by nationality.
(176466)
111
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work permits have been granted in each year since 1979, broken down by (a) country, (b) occupational earnings category and (c) duration of employment.
(177101)
112
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been granted extended leave to remain as a work permit holder or trainee in each year since 1979, broken down by nationality.
(177102)
113
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum to the UK have been made in each year since 1979, broken down by nationality.
(177103)
114
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been granted asylum in the UK in each year since 1979, broken down by nationality.
(177104)
115
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees have been granted asylum in the UK (a) including dependants and (b) excluding dependants in each year since 1979.
(177105)
116
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what public funds were spent on tackling drugs misuse in Stoke-on-Trent North in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2003-04.
(177619)
117
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage change in full-time police officers in Stoke-on-Trent North has been since 1997.
(177645)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
118
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether any of the money the UK is spending on the Darfur region of Sudan is being paid directly to (a) the UN co-ordination effort and (b) via any part of the Sudanese Government; and if he will make a statement.
(177715)
119
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will place in the Library a list of (a) allocations made so far and (b) decisions for allocations not yet disbursed, and the sum involved in each case, by the Coalition Provisional Authority Programme Review Board in respect of the Development Fund for Iraq.
(177676)
120
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the response of the Coalition Provisional Authority Programme Review Board has been to the enquiry of the International Advisory and Monitoring Board in respect of the Development Fund for Iraq about why the fund had paid Halliburton for uncontested contracts; how much money is involved in such contracts; which companies were the beneficiaries; what the position of the UK representative on the Review Board was; and if he will make a statement.
(177677)
121
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the members of the Coalition Provisional Authority Programme Review Board responsible for the Development Fund for Iraq; who appointed them; and whom they represent.
(177678)
122
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make it his policy to support each of the recommendations of the World Bank's Extractive Industries Review.
(177718)
123
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) action is being taken and (b) aid is planned to be offered by the United Kingdom Government to help Rwanda reach the targets set in the memorandum of understanding; and what aid is being offered from other western countries, with particular reference to the United States of America.
(177665)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
124
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much of the £1.5 million set aside for the Cod Recovery Programme Transitional Aid (Tie-Up) Scheme 2004 has been allocated to vessel owners in Northern Ireland; what amount has been set aside for appeals; what the timescale is for those appeals; and who has been appointed to hear them.
(176988)
125
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many vessel owners have accepted grants under the terms of the Northern Ireland Fishing Vessel Decommissioning Scheme 2003; how many have been offered grants under the terms of this scheme and refused that offer; and how many have been offered grants under the terms of this scheme and declined but have subsequently been successful in an application for transitional aid during Cod Closure in 2004.
(176989)
126
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the outcome was of the recruitment competitions for the post of Communications Director for the Policing Board for Northern Ireland commenced in (a) July 2003 and (b) January 2004.
(177671)
127
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what account the Policing Board for Northern Ireland has taken of the Fair Employment Tribunal decision in the case of Willis v Police Authority for Northern Ireland and others with regard to (a) the necessity of short-listing, (b) interview panels' notes to record assessments of candidates and decisions in relation to the short-listing and interviewing process and (c) the requirement to retain all application forms and related documents for 12 months.
(177672)
128
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reason the panel of the Policing Board for Northern Ireland decided not to record their individual assessments and selections in short-listing applicants for the post of Communications Director in July 2003.
(177673)
129
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reason the Policing Board for Northern Ireland decided not to retain documentation relating to the recruitment competition for the post of Communications Director commenced in July 2003.
(177674)
130
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to meet the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance to resolve the civil service pay dispute; and if he will make a statement.
(177609)
131
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average point score of GCSE pupils in Northern Ireland was in each of the past five years.
(177666)
132
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether vocational GCSE grades are included when calculating the average point scores of pupils in Northern Ireland.
(177668)
133
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Irish language advertisements were placed by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in each of the past three years.
(176805)
134
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Irish language applications were received by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in each of the past three years.
(176806)
135
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost of Irish language advertisements placed by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety was in each of the past three years.
(176807)
136
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds of employing each additional nurse.
(177200)
Questions to the Prime Minister
137
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Prime Minister, what reserves are in the (a) Royal Bounty Fund and (b) Royal Charity Fund.
(177657)
138
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Prime Minister, what disbursements have been made from the (a) Royal Bounty Fund and (b) Royal Charity Fund since 1997; and who the recipients were.
(177658)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
139
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 13th January, Official Report, column 696W, on the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD), what information her Department can provide within reasonable cost that will not prejudice ECGD negotiations.
(177722)
140
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what mechanisms she adopts to monitor the compliance by Post Office Ltd with its agreement with her that 95 per cent. of the urban population will be within one mile of a post office at the completion of the Urban Reinvention Programme when it is implementing stages of that programme in urban areas.
(177698)
141
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she intends to take to ensure that 95 per cent. of people in Birmingham will be within one mile of a post office at the completion of the Post Office Urban Reinvention Programme.
(177699)
142
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she intends to take to ensure that most people in Birmingham will be within half a mile of a post office at the completion of the Post Office Urban Reinvention Programme.
(177700)
143
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with Post Office Ltd on the interpretation of European Commission approval of the funds made available for the Post Office Urban Reinvention Programme; and if she will make a statement.
(177701)
144
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received from Post Office Ltd on the Post Office Urban Reinvention Programme since 18th May; and if she will make a statement.
(177703)
145
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many and what percentage of women in Wirral South have taken 26 weeks' maternity leave since 1997.
(177687)
146
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the benefits of the EU Social Chapter for the residents of Wirral South.
(177688)
147
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the benefits to residents of Wirral South of new rights for night shift workers.
(177689)
148
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many residents of Wirral South qualify for paid leave entitlements.
(177690)
149
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many residents of Wirral South have benefited from a reduction in the working week to 48 hours.
(177691)
150
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when minimum payment for compensation claims under the Coalminers' Compensation Scheme was last discussed with their representatives.
(176801)
151
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the practice of utility companies in imposing different levels of charges upon customers who pay for their services by direct debit and those who do not.
(177659)
152
Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what studies her Department has undertaken to assess the (a) economic impact and (b) carbon savings of requiring energy suppliers to have a statutory requirement to include combined heat and power as part of their overall production; and if she will make a statement.
(177692)
153
N
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Export Credits Guarantee Department has been approached for support for Phase 2 of the Yumi Yet Bridge Development Programme in Papua New Guinea.
(177600)
154
N
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) evidence she has collated and (b) representations she has received regarding cartels in petrol prices, with particular reference to West Wales.
(177601)
155
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new businesses have started up in Stoke-on-Trent North since 1997.
(177620)
156
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government has taken to help small businesses in Stoke-on-Trent North since 1997.
(177621)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
157
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) health visitors and (b) general practitioners are subject to parking restrictions while undertaking their professional duties; what rationale underlies his policy in this area; and if he will make a statement.
(177613)
158
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is regarding the proposed subparts of JAR-OPS parts 1 & 3 on Flight and Duty Time Limitations and Rest Requirements (Subpart Q) contained within the proposals now being considered by the European Council of Ministers on flight time limitations in Europe.
(177610)
159
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has made to the European Council of Ministers regarding the proposals for flight time limitations in Europe.
(177611)
160
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from the Civil Aviation Authority regarding the proposed flight time limitations; and what assessment he has made of the proposals before the European Council of Ministers.
(177612)
161
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the percentage change in (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries on the roads of Manchester Central has been since 1997.
(177694)
162
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of new cycle lanes have been provided using public funds in Manchester Central since 1997.
(177695)
163
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of priority bus lanes have been created in Manchester Central since 1997.
(177696)
164
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the expected effect of investment railway improvements over the next 10 years upon residents in Manchester Central.
(177697)
165
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of the effects of decriminalisation of illegal parking, with particular reference to the use of private contractors by local authorities for enforcement of parking regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(177662)
166
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will give a commitment that full local services, of at least the same frequency as existed in the Winter 2003-04 timetable, will be reinstated upon the West Coast mainline by May 2005.
(177710)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
167
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the number of people who would be protected from discrimination if the recommendations in paragraphs 79, 88 and 99 of the report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Disability Discrimination Bill were to be accepted.
(177653)
168
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to publish the Disability Discrimination Bill.
(177654)
169
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Stalybridge and Hyde received the winter fuel allowance; and how many receive the pension credit.
(177685)
170
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average change in household income for pensioners in Stalybridge and Hyde has been since 1997.
(177686)
171
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much carers have received in allowances in each of the last 10 years (a) as a total for each year and (b) on average for each carer per week.
(177707)
172
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have registered as full-time carers in each of the last 10 years.
(177708)
173
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action his Department is taking to support carers.
(177709)
174
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many lone parents in Stoke-on-Trent North have gained work through the New Deal programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(177622)
175
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many senior citizens in Stoke-on-Trent North have benefited from the winter fuel allowance since 1997.
(177623)
176
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mothers in Stoke-on-Trent North have received the Sure Start maternity grant.
(177634)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
177
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the levels of long-term (a) adult and (b) youth employment in Bootle over the last seven years.
[Transferred] (177714)
178
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new jobs have been created in Stoke-on-Trent North in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (177632)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
179
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cost to public funds was of replacing two doors to the cells at Totnes Magistrates' Court; and when these cells were last used.
[Transferred] (177652)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
180
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will estimate the cost of establishing 1,000 children's centres by 2008.
[Transferred] (177651)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
181
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many parking attendants (a) are employed and (b) were employed in 1999-2000 by local authorities (i) directly and (ii) indirectly through contractors.
[Transferred] (177660)
182
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much income has been derived by local authorities from parking (a) charges and (b) penalties in each financial year since 1997-98 (i) in total and (ii) broken down by local authority; and what proportion was collected through penalty charge notices in each of these years.
[Transferred] (177661)

 
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