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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 9 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Wednesday 9 June 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 9 June 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 9 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 Wednesday 9 June of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 9 June see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on population levels in Sefton over the last 10 years.
(177838)
2
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the mean household income was in Sefton in (a) 2000 and (b) 2003 as a percentage of UK mean household income; and if he will make a statement.
(177916)
3
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what quantity of illegal food imports were seized in each month of the last three years.
(177960)
4
N
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many penalty notices have been issued by the Inland Revenue to taxpayers for filing late tax returns which have subsequently been found to have been filed on time in each of the last five years.
(177281)
5
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations have been made to his Department by Government departments and other agencies and individuals seeking Treasury support to fund extension of the mains gas network to areas of England without such provision.
(178047)
6
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of children were living in households with no-one in work in each year since 1992.
(177903)
7
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the minimum size of purchase of premium bonds since 1979 in (a) cash terms and (b) constant prices.
(177904)
8
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total projected population of the UK is for each of the next 10 years.
(177909)
9
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of adults aged 25 to 49 years are in employment in the UK; and what the comparable figures are for other EU countries.
(177910)
10
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates he has made of the number of Inland Revenue staff acting as appointees of applicants for tax credits.
(177955)
11
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of (a) men, (b) women and (c) men and women in total of working age were in employment in each quarter since 1984.
(177958)
12
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department issues on the content of departmental annual reports.
(177602)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
13
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment will be made of the comparative outturn costs of all-postal ballots against (a) conventional ballots and (b) the prior assessments of all-postal costs; and what arrangements the Department will make to repay to local returning officers any unbudgeted expenditure.
(178050)
14
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cost to the Legal Services Commission of employing its own lawyers through the Public Defenders Pilot Scheme was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(176557)
15
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Bar over the proposal for mandatory corporate legal expenses insurance; and if he will make a statement.
(177814)
16
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many constituents were on the electoral roll for Chesham and Amersham in each year since 1992.
(177920)
17
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the combined electorate of the four all-postal regions for the purpose of the European Parliamentary election on 10th June is; how many ballot papers in those elections reached the Post Office (a) on or before 1st June and (b) on each day subsequently; and how many ballot papers were delivered other than by the Post Office (i) on or before 1st June and (ii) on each subsequent day.
(177744)
18
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many electors were on the electoral roll for the constituency of Sittingbourne and Sheppey in each year since 1997.
(177727)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
19
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has in conjunction with Ofcom to facilitate transition to digital radio broadcasting.
(178051)
20
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money was spent on library (a) buildings and (b) books in (i) Merseyside and (ii) Crosby in each year since 1996.
(177862)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
21
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which countries members of the UK armed forces are deployed; how many individuals are deployed in each area; on what dates the deployment (a) began and (b) is expected to end; for what purpose the forces were deployed; whether each deployment was at the request of (i) the UN and (ii) another body; and what organisations are in command of UK forces in each area.
(177897)
22
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assurances General Dynamics has given regarding the continuance of (a) Alvis plc's UK-based and (b) Alvis Hagglund's development and production programmes and capabilities.
(177780)
23
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the strategic purpose is of the Future Rapid Effects System (FRES) programme; if he will make a statement on the range of technologies required for FRES; how many of the technologies needed for the FRES programme will be UK-sourced; what importance he places on FRES being a British developed and manufactured capability; and what role (a) Alvis Hagglund and (b) Alvis plc are expected to have in the FRES programme.
(177781)
24
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what light and medium armour capabilities are produced by General Dynamics Corporation and its subsidiaries; what discussions have been held with General Dynamics concerning Alvis plc's Future Rapid Effects System activities; and if he will make a statement on the defence implications of the Office of Fair Trading's investigation into the proposed takeover of Alvis plc by General Dynamics Corporation.
(177892)
25
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in what years his Department proposes to discontinue official sponsorship or support for memorial services for veterans of (a) the Battle of Britain, (b) the Battle of the Atlantic and (c) other notable engagements of United Kingdom forces in the Second World War.
(177950)
26
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason memorial services for veterans of some notable engagements of United Kingdom forces in the Second World War are being sponsored or supported for longer periods after the event concerned than others.
(177951)
27
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consultations he has had with (a) representatives of civilian detainees and (b) the Army Historical Branch about the status of British passport-holders who were excluded from the ex gratia compensation scheme for civilian internees of the Japanese.
(177801)
28
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British passport-holders have been excluded from the compensation scheme for civilian internees of the Japanese; and for what reasons.
(177802)
29
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, why the eligibility for compensation for civilian detainees of the Japanese was changed between the Prime Minister's account of the scheme and the Department's amplification of its terms; and how many applications had been received by the second date.
(177803)
30
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who carried out the research on the basis of which people were excluded from the compensation scheme for civilian internees of the Japanese.
(177807)
31
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consultations he has had with the Home Office about the status of British passport-holders who were excluded from the ex gratia compensation scheme for civilian internees of the Japanese.
(177808)
32
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether those who were excluded from the compensation scheme for civilian internees of the Japanese were individually interviewed.
(177809)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
33
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much public funding from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund has been spent in Crosby.
(177851)
34
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much public funding has been spent from the Community Participation programmes in Crosby.
(177852)
35
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much public funding has been spent in Crosby from the Capital Investment in Housing Fund.
(177853)
36
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much public funding has been spent from the Housing Corporation Programme in Crosby.
(177854)
37
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimates he has made of the revenue each eligible local authority will receive as a result of the changes to second home discount for council tax.
(177964)
38
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will reply to the letter to him of 12th March from Mr Howard Kerr, Managing Director of Calor Gas Ltd., regarding the building regulations relating to oil tank installations and the OFTEC self-certification scheme.
(177805)
39
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when crime and disorder impact assessments under planning regulations will begin.
(177728)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
40
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action his Department is taking (a) to ensure awareness of asthma issues in educational establishments and (b) to encourage them to develop appropriate policies.
(178049)
41
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations the Government has received about the mandatory requirement for headteachers to join the General Teaching Council; and if he will make a statement.
(178052)
42
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will set out the educational provision and access to state education within the UK for (a) EU citizens, (b) non-EU citizens with work permits, (c) non-EU citizens with student visas and (d) asylum seekers pending determination of their cases.
(177820)
43
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to ensure equal university and college access to people of all backgrounds under the Higher Education Bill.
(176559)
44
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment has been made of the (a) cost and (b) inconvenience caused by the transfer of records between the schools of highly mobile children.
(177790)
45
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how he expects the introduction of an identity card scheme will help ensure that all children get into education.
(177791)
46
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average A/AS points score per examination entry was (a) in Sefton and (b) in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(177837)
47
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what uses his Department has for an identity card scheme; and what information would be required through the national identity database to enable the scheme to be put to those uses.
(177839)
48
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding was spent on education in Crosby in each year from 1992 to 1997.
(177863)
49
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding was spent per pupil in Crosby in each of the last seven years.
(177864)
50
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils per computer there were in schools in (a) Merseyside and (b) Crosby in each year since 1996.
(177865)
51
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to increase the staying on rate of children over the age of 16 years.
(177871)
52
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding has been spent in Crosby from the (a) Connexions Programme, (b) the Positive Activities for Young People Programme, (c) Millennium Volunteers Programme, (d) Transforming Youth Work Development Fund, (e) Community Champions Fund and (f) Pathfinder Young Community Champions Fund.
(177893)
53
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people of working age in (a) Merseyside and (b) the UK had no qualifications in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(177914)
54
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent guidelines his Department has issued to schools on sex education.
(177939)
55
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of 11 year old students in Crosby area schools achieved expected levels in (a) mathematics and (b) reading in the latest year for which figures are available.
(177940)
56
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to decrease the gap in attainment between children from higher and lower socio-economic groups.
(177941)
57
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action his Department is taking to support disadvantaged children who do not live in wards targeted by the Sure Start programme.
(177942)
58
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether there are systematic checks on eligibility for post-16 education.
(177943)
59
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what a Unique Learner Number is.
(177944)
60
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the arrangements for parents in Kent to choose secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.
(177997)
61
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools have reported a set budget deficit for this year.
(177959)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
62
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to announce emissions reductions targets for greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide; and if she will make a statement.
(177952)
63
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether radioactive forcing will be taken into account in plans to incorporate aviation within the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
(177953)
64
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money was spent on grants to aid energy efficiency in (a) Merseyside, (b) Crosby and (c) the North West in each of the last three years.
(177860)
65
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much hazardous waste was illegally dumped in (a) Merseyside and (b) Crosby in each of the last three years; and how many prosecutions resulted.
(177861)
66
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research she has evaluated on the Irish bovine TB experiment.
(177961)
67
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support the Department has made available to organic food initiatives over the last 12 months.
(177962)
68
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Icelandic Government regarding its recent decision to re-start the hunting of minke whales.
(177963)
69
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the acreage of (a) apple, (b) pear, (c) plum and (d) cherry orchards is in active production in England; and whether that has varied over the last 10 years.
(177782)
70
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the rotational period is of (a) traditional English apple orchards and (b) modern commercial apple orchards.
(177783)
71
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with English Nature about biodiversity in English orchards.
(177784)
72
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the EU about a derogation for (a) some and (b) all English orchards allowing them to be included in the Single Farm Payment.
(177785)
73
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money was paid to English apple growers under the Countryside Stewardship scheme in each of the last 10 years.
(177786)
74
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the position will be under the mid-term review of the Common Agricultural Policy of orchards which are returned to general agriculture.
(177787)
75
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement about the (a) apple growing and (b) cider industry under the mid-term review of the Common Agricultural Policy.
(177788)
76
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to maintain the quality of water in the River Stour as the population of Ashford grows; and if she will make a statement.
(177996)
77
Tom Levitt (High Peak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial and other support her Department (a) has given, (b) is giving and (c) plans to give to the use of helicopters in fighting moorland fires.
(178099)
78
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate the Government has made of the effect of an extension of the mains gas network to areas of England without such provision on the extent of fuel poverty; and if she will make a statement.
(178048)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
79
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what arrangements have been made for international supervision and monitoring of the forthcoming elections in Afghanistan.
(178039)
80
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of the reform of the Afghan National Army since 2002.
(178054)
81
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to Turkey over (a) the jailing of journalist Hakan Albayrak of Milli Gazete and (b) the fining of Vakit newspaper; and if he will make a statement.
(177813)
82
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether under the proposed EU constitution the NHS would be subject to competition Directives.
(176701)
83
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of recent initiatives to open up new road and rail links between North and South Korea; and what contribution the Government is making to this process.
(177999)
84
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on human rights abuses in Colombia, with particular reference to the treatment of trade unionists.
(178000)
85
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the level of kidnapping occurring in Colombia; and what discussions he has had with the Colombian authorities on this.
(178001)
86
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the recent donor governments meeting held in Geneva to discuss what help should be made available for Darfur, Sudan.
(178002)
87
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what dialogue the British Government has had with the (a) Sur, (b) Masalit and (c) Zaghawa ethnic groups in the Darfur area of Sudan.
(178003)
88
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what monitoring the British Government is undertaking of outrages in Darfur, Sudan.
(178004)
89
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what British representation there will be in the numbers of military observers pledged to maintain the ceasefire in Darfur, Sudan.
(178018)
90
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January, Official Report, column 581W, on Iraq, what the basis is of the Government's understanding that the originators of the intelligence that Iraq sought the supply of uranium from Africa discussed the issue with the International Atomic Energy Agency shortly before the International Atomic Energy Agency Report of 7th March 2003.
(178086)
91
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter to him dated 26th April from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Yakubu Kabiz.
(177998)
92
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the appointees to the Interim Iraqi Government, with their (a) designations and (b) gender.
(177729)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
93
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 in existence.
(177470)
94
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 10th May, Official Report, column 157W, on continuing NHS care, how many people were granted recompense for being wrongly denied fully funded National Health Service continuing care; and what the aggregate cost of that recompense was.
(177789)
95
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many teenagers were treated for sexually transmitted diseases in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority in each year since 1996.
(177794)
96
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 17th May, Official Report, column 797W, on dentistry, if he will place a copy of the full report, or of its recommendations and conclusions, in the Library.
(177806)
97
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many assigned patients were given to each general practitioner on average in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each primary care trust in each year since 1996.
(177821)
98
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions of orlistat were dispensed in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority in each year since 1996.
(177966)
99
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the last review of (a) registration and (b) inspection procedures for privately-run nursing homes took place.
(177817)
100
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new NHS hospital building projects are under way in England and Wales.
(177819)
101
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS hospitals in the Greater London area are able to incinerate their own clinical waste.
(177823)
102
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much financial assistance his Department has provided to hospices in the Greater London area in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(177824)
103
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have died or been injured as a result of errors in medical treatment in NHS hospitals in the Greater London area in each of the last three years.
(177825)
104
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the hospitals in the Greater London area which use mixed-sex wards.
(177826)
105
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the average weekly earnings of a qualified nurse working in a hospital in the Greater London area.
(177827)
106
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds are available in residential care homes in the Greater London area.
(177830)
107
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there are systematic checks on eligibility for free NHS treatment.
(177792)
108
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the level of abuse of the NHS by people who have no right to free treatment.
(177793)
109
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to reduce waiting times for drug rehabilitation in Crosby; what the budget is for the drug action tream in Crosby in 2004-05; and how many people have been seen by the drug action team in each of the last three years.
(177855)
110
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultants there were on average in accident and emergency departments in each hospital in Merseyside in each of the last three years.
(177856)
111
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to (a) support and (b) promote NHS dentistry in Crosby.
(177857)
112
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many acute mental illness beds were available for (a) the elderly, (b) children and (c) other age groups in Sefton in each of the last three years; and how many were secure units.
(177858)
113
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average distance for people to access NHS dentists is in (a) Merseyside and (b) Crosby.
(177859)
114
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the expected benefits to his Department would be of the proposed Identity Card; and what information would need to be recorded on the National Identity Register in order to achieve those benefits.
(177872)
115
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of MRSA were reported in each month over the last two years in each health trust.
(177988)
116
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether every hospital has appointed a director of infection control.
(177989)
117
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the breakdown of expenditure on MRSA research proposed by the Department.
(177990)
118
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on buying private healthcare for NHS patients in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available; and what proportion of the total NHS budget this expenditure represented.
(177915)
119
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he is taking to ensure that people who wish to donate their hearts for transplant are able to do so; and if he will make a statement.
(178092)
120
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what studies indicate that successful lung transplants can be achieved from non-heart beating donors; and if he will make a statement.
(178093)
121
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to publish the National Service Framework for Long Term Conditions; and what input he has received from (a) the National Assembly for Wales and (b) other Welsh organisations in developing the framework for the benefit of those people in Wales who receive neurological services from centres in England.
(178095)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
122
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many stun guns have been seized by the police in 2004.
(177800)
123
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women were on the sex offenders' register on 1st May.
(177815)
124
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time teachers are employed in each London prison.
(177816)
125
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been (a) sought and (b) granted in the Greater London area; and if he will make a statement.
(177818)
126
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were living in the Greater London area on the most recent date for which figures are available.
(177828)
127
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action his Department is taking to extend CCTV schemes in the London Borough of Wandsworth.
(177829)
128
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total of assets seized from convicted drug dealers was in each of the last three years.
(177831)
129
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average number of Metropolitan Police officers per 100,000 of population is within the Greater London area.
(177832)
130
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are being held in each prison in England and Wales.
(177833)
131
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the prison population of each member state of the European Union was on 1st May.
(177834)
132
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what initiatives his Department has put in place to deal with racial conflict in the prison system.
(176556)
133
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons are for the proposals (a) to remove the requirement for an inspector to be in charge of searches under code B of the Police and Criminal Evidence codes and (b) to remove the requirement for the arresting officer presence to justify arrest or detention under code C of the codes.
(177778)
134
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to tackle the problem of terrorism.
(177835)
135
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to combat identity fraud.
(177836)
136
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many employers have been fined for employing illegal immigrants under section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 in each year since 1997.
(177843)
137
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions have arisen from the use of CCTV in (a) South Road, Waterloo and (b) Crosby in each of the last five years.
(177844)
138
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners have escaped from (a) privately and (b) publicly run prisons in each of the last three years.
(177845)
139
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average ratio of prisoners to wardens was in (a) privately and (b) publicly run prisons in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by category.
(177846)
140
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the cost of policing in Merseyside was paid for by (a) central government and (b) local taxes in each of the last eight years.
(177847)
141
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners have been assaulted in (a) privately and (b) publicly run prisons in each of the last three years.
(177848)
142
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful criminal prosecutions were brought for crimes perpetrated in each Merseyside constituency in each of the last three years; and how many criminal charges were pressed for crimes perpetrated in Crosby in each of the last three years.
(177849)
143
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 Immigration and Nationality Directorate in countering illegal working.
(177867)
144
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the results of the pilot schemes on requiring asylum seekers to receive decisions in person.
(177868)
145
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on Project Reflex.
(177869)
146
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 Government in supporting the UNHCR initiative Convention Plus.
(177870)
147
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much public funding has been spent in Crosby from the (a) Criminal Justice Interventions Programme, (b) Adult Drug Treatment Programme, (c) Building Safer Communities Programme, (d) Basic Command Unit Fund, (e) Wardens Scheme and (f) Regional Home Office Directors Fund.
(177873)
148
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the level of funding of the asylum system in this financial year.
(177894)
149
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase the resourcing of the National Asylum Support Service.
(177895)
150
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the (a) training and (b) level of local knowledge of National Asylum Support Service staff.
(177896)
151
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will summarise the evaluation report produced by Oxford University on the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme.
(177898)
152
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress in seeking the implementation of concerted pan-European policies of active assistance to refugees in or near the countries of origin.
(177899)
153
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the private sector will be charged for accessing the National Identity Register.
(177921)
154
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether all employers will need biometric readers to establish whether a potential employee is attempting to work illegally.
(177922)
155
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether making identity cards compulsory is a matter requiring primary legislation.
(177923)
156
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what safeguards are proposed to guard against discrimination against ethnic minorities in the identity card scheme.
(177924)
157
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how clear public acceptance of the identity card scheme will be measured.
(177925)
158
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the UK Passport Service pilot project was postponed; whether an independent assessment of the project's results will be carried out; and what criteria will be used when assessing the project's results.
(177926)
159
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the White Paper on organised crime addressing the issue of a unified frontier force will be published.
(177927)
160
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the programme for introducing a network of induction centres.
(177928)
161
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his response is to QinetiQ's recommendation that identity cards should remain voluntary.
(177929)
162
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Government's liaison and co-operation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
(177930)
163
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what criteria a decision to raise the resettlement quota for asylum seekers would be based.
(177931)
164
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are being introduced to improve the quality of initial asylum decisions.
(177932)
165
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on initial training for immigration officers and caseworkers.
(177933)
166
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what refresher training is in place for experienced immigration caseworkers.
(177934)
167
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) prisoners and (b) people under supervision of the Probation Service have obtained qualifications in basic skills in Merseyside in each year since 1997.
(177935)
168
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether drug testing on charge is in place in Crosby.
(177936)
169
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug treatment and testing orders were made in Crosby in 2003-04.
(177937)
170
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the FRANK communications campaign has benefited the residents of Crosby.
(177938)
171
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how police numbers in Crosby have changed in each year since 1997.
(177947)
172
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment has been made of fear of crime amongst the people of Crosby.
(177948)
173
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the residents of Crosby have benefited from the national strategy to improve services for witnesses and victims of crime.
(177949)
174
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has held with the National Neighbourhood Watch Association regarding funding for Neighbourhood Watch.
(177730)
175
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on discussions he has held with the National Neighbourhood Watch Association regarding the Neighbourhood Watch logo.
(177731)
176
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on Operation Hartley on the bearing down on illegal raves and festivals in the South West; and what action has so far taken place, including the number of arrests.
(177956)
177
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether failed asylum seekers being returned to Somalia are escorted for any part of the journey.
(178087)
178
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation he has had with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees regarding the forced return of failed asylum seekers to Somalia.
(178088)
179
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what route, and with which airlines, failed asylum seekers are returned to Somalia; and who controls the airstrip used in Somalia.
(178089)
180
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Somali nationals are in detention awaiting removal to Somalia.
(178090)
181
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a memorandum of understanding, similar to that signed with the administration in Somaliland, has been signed with any authority in Somalia.
(178091)
182
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Securities Industries Authority about the outcome of the pilot project in Hampshire.
(177279)
183
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received about the preparedness of the Security Industries Agency to license security personnel.
(177280)
184
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what compensation for costs of travel will be available to reportees living in Thurrock consequent on the decision to require them to report at Beckett House, Bermondsey; and if he will make a statement.
(177748)
185
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what purpose police in Thurrock were advised by G. Mehmet of Beckett House Reporting Centre's administration team in a letter of 25th May that all reportees other than those on police bail were in future to report to Beckett House in Bermondsey as part of their reporting restrictions; and if he will make a statement.
(177749)
186
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the recordable offences which he categorises as anti-social behaviour.
(177465)
187
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have been made to the list of recordable offences since 1997.
(177466)
188
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents resulting in (a) fatalities, (b) serious injuries and (c) minor injuries have occurred (i) in miniature rifle ranges exempted from certification or involving weapons linked to such ranges and (ii) on theatrical, film and television productions under present exemptions or involving weapons held under such exemptions in each of the last 10 years.
(177467)
189
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences there were involving shotgun cartridges or components derived from them other than in the circumstance of a crime where a shotgun itself is discharged in each of the last 10 years.
(177468)
190
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total funding of the National Criminal Intelligence Service has been in each year since its inception; and how many (a) directly employed staff, (b) contracted in staff and (c) seconded officers it had in each year.
(177469)
Questions to the Chairman of the Information Committee
191
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee, what further steps are to be taken by the Parliamentary Communications Directorate to limit the amount of spam emails received by honourable Members, Peers, and their staff; and if he will make a statement.
(178005)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
192
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made with the development of micro-enterprises as part of the sustainable livelihoods strategy for Afghanistan.
(178019)
193
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many experts have been seconded by his Department to provincial reconstruction teams to assist development in the regions of Afghanistan; and what the results have been of their work to date.
(178020)
194
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made in strengthening the domestic revenue base of the Afghan Transitional Administration.
(178021)
195
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the size was of the ordinary and recurrent budgets of the Afghan Transitional Administration in 2003-04; and what it is in 2004-05.
(178022)
196
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the financial contribution was of his Department to the ordinary budget of the Afghan Transitional Administration in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05.
(178023)
197
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the performance was of the Afghan Transitional Administration against its benchmarks for reform of public administration in 2003-04.
(178024)
198
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money his Department has spent on translations into local languages in Afghanistan in each of the last two years.
(178025)
199
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps have been taken by his Department to improve the collection of data on development in Afghanistan.
(178026)
200
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been raised in domestic revenue in each of the last two years by the Afghan Transitional Administration.
(178027)
201
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people have been employed under the National Emergency Employment Programme in Afghanistan; and what its cost has been to date.
(178029)
202
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost to date has been of the National Solidarity Programme in Afghanistan; and what its results have been.
(178030)
203
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money has been (a) committed and (b) spent by his Department to support security and the rule of law in Afghanistan.
(178031)
204
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money has been (a) committed and (b) spent by his Department to support governance and public administration in Afghanistan.
(178033)
205
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money has been (a) committed and (b) spent by his Department in each of the last three years in Afghanistan on (i) refugee return, (ii) education and vocational training, (iii) health and nutrition, (iv) livelihood and social protection and (v) cultural heritage, media and sports.
(178034)
206
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money has been (a) committed and (b) spent by his Department in each of the last three years in Afghanistan on (i) transport and communications, (ii) water and sanitation, (iii) energy, (iv) urban development and (v) natural resource management.
(178035)
207
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many ex-combatants in Afghanistan have been demobilised; and what proportion of them have been reintegrated into public life.
(178036)
208
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the consultative group mechanism, leading to the Afghanistan development forum, for the co-ordination of donor assistance.
(178037)
209
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what has been the life expectancy in Afghanistan in each year since 1979.
(178038)
210
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of people in Afghanistan consume less than the minimum daily calorifice requirement.
(178040)
211
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the literacy rate has been in Afghanistan in each year since 1979.
(178041)
212
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his estimate is of the proportion of the population in Afghanistan who live on less than one dollar per day.
(178042)
213
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the latest (a) child and (b) maternal mortality rate in Afghanistan is.
(178043)
214
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department has taken (a) with the Afghan Transitional Administration and (b) with the private sector to support the development of sustainable livelihoods for poor Afghans.
(178044)
215
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with the Afghan Transitional Administration about the effectiveness of humanitarian aid provided by his Department.
(178045)
216
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his most recent estimate is of Afghanistan's annual gross domestic product per capita.
(178046)
217
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the level of private sector investment in Afghanistan was in each of the last three years.
(178053)
218
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money was (a) committed and (b) spent by his Department on the national development framework in Afghanistan in each of the last two years.
(178055)
219
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the nature is of the technical support provided by his Department for the political transition process in Afghanistan.
(178056)
220
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps have been taken by his Department to improve economic and financial management in Afghanistan.
(178057)
221
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps have been taken by his Department to develop public administration in Afghanistan.
(178058)
222
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the work of the Pahar Trust in Nepal.
(178059)
223
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will provide a breakdown of his Department's expenditure on the UK Delivery Plan in support of the Afghan national strategy.
(178060)
224
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will provide a breakdown of his Department's contribution to the National Area-Based Development Programme; and what assessment he has made of the results of the Programme.
(178061)
225
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what targets were set for his Department's work with the Aga Khan Foundation in Badakhshan on Integrated Rural Rehabilitation to improve livelihoods and curb poppy cultivation; and what results have been achieved.
(178062)
226
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the role of his Department has been in implementing the Development of Sustainable Agricultural Livelihoods project in Eastern Hazarajat; and what the results of the project have been.
(178063)
227
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total sum of short-term bridging funding has been by his Department for micro-credit initiatives through BRAC; and what the results have been.
(178064)
228
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total sum of short-term bridging funding has been by his Department for the development of livelihoods monitoring through the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and the Afghan Research and Evaluation Unit; and what the findings of the monitoring have been.
(178065)
229
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the constitutional consultation process in Afghanistan is taking account of the views and interests of women.
(178066)
230
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance has been provided by his Department to the Public Information Unit of the Afghan Transitional Administration to improve communication with the population.
(178067)
231
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which the national education budget of Afghanistan is meeting needs; and what advice has been provided by his Department.
(178068)
232
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which donors to Afghanistan have provided the technical assistance required to establish a sustainable health system.
(178069)
233
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent input has been made by his Department to the development of health policy in Afghanistan.
(178070)
234
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to enable the Afghan Transitional Administration to tackle its capacity constraints.
(178071)
235
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the size is of Afghanistan's current debt to international financial institutions.
(178073)
236
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total financial allocation was of his Department's Asia division to Afghanistan in 2003-04.
(178074)
237
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money from the Global Conflict Prevention Pool was spent in Afghanistan in 2003-04.
(178075)
238
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total amount was of EU Development Assistance to Afghanistan in 2003-04; and if he will give a breakdown of the expenditure.
(178076)
239
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his latest assessment is of progress in the implementation of the Bonn Agreement in relation to Afghanistan.
(178077)
240
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the programme management responsibilities are of his Department's office in Afghanistan.
(178078)
241
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's expenditure was on forestry-related projects in Cameroon in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004; what the projected spending is for (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(177983)
242
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans his Department has to support efforts to (a) combat trade in illegal timber and (b) promote reform of the forestry sector in Cameroon; and if he will make a statement.
(177984)
243
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action the Government is taking to support efforts to (a) combat the trade in illegal timber and (b) reform the forestry sector in Cameroon; and if he will make a statement on his Department's objectives for work in the country.
(177985)
244
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what analysis his Department has undertaken of the state of the forestry sector in Cameroon.
(177986)
245
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's commitments are to funding community development projects in Cameroon; and if he will make a statement.
(177987)
246
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he had during his recent visit to Sudan on (a) ethnic cleansing in Darfur and (b) breaches in the ceasefire; and what access he had to internally displaced persons.
(178008)
247
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether he met Mr Jan Egeland, the UN Emergency Relief Co-ordinator in Darfur during his recent visit; and what assessment he has made of Mr Egeland's recent statements on the possibility of hundreds of thousands of people dying as a result of the situation in Sudan.
(178009)
248
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the health of people in Darfur, Sudan, following his recent visit.
(178010)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
249
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much public funding has been allocated through Northern Ireland departments to the West Belfast Festival in each of the last three years.
(177913)
Questions to the Prime Minister
250
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Prime Minister, whether a Harm Test was carried out by the Openness Team on the policy of citing exemptions 2 and 7 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information in not providing information in answer to Questions 174254 to 174256, 174258 to 174261, 174311 to 174313 and 174315.
(177991)
251
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Prime Minister, what role the British Government will play in helping the Iraqi people to establish security and policing institutions.
(176558)
252
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Prime Minister, how many members of the British Olympic hockey team of 1988 have received honours.
(177726)
Questions to the Solicitor General
253
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on the work to date of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in respect of the Potters Bar Rail accident; and what further work she envisages the CPS undertaking.
(177811)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
254
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the volume of trade was between the United Kingdom and Afghanistan in each year since 1979.
(178032)
255
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions her Department has had with (a) Royal Mail and (b) PostWatch on quality of service.
(176560)
256
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the rate of growth in (a) business activities and (b) financial sectors in Merseyside.
(177917)
257
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average gross weekly pay for (a) managers and (b) senior officials in (i) Merseyside and (ii) the UK was in 2003; and if she will make a statement.
(177918)
258
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures her Department intends to take to increase economic activity in people aged (a) 16 to 19 years and (b) over 50 years in Merseyside.
(177919)
259
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much public funding from industrial development grants has been spent in Crosby.
(177946)
260
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Office of Fair Trading's investigation into the proposed takeover of Alvis plc by General Dynamics Corporation will be complete; and why the proposed takeover of Alvis plc by General Dynamics Corporation was referred to the Office of Fair Trading.
(177779)
261
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans her Department has to provide assistance and support for the extension of the mains gas network to those areas without access, with particular reference to deprived communities.
(178011)
262
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions have been held between her Department and the Treasury to seek funding for the extension of mains gas provision to areas of England not served by the network; and if she will make a statement.
(178012)
263
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which Crown post offices have been transferred to Primeco in each of the last 12 months; and which are the subject of proposals to transfer to Primeco.
(177745)
264
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many staff have been transferred or made redundant from Crown post offices in each of the last 12 months; and of the former how many have been transferred under TUPE.
(177746)
265
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for how long commitments contained in public notices of the proposed transfer of Crown post offices to Primeco that services will not be adversely affected have effect; and what guarantees are written into agreements with Primeco and other companies that services will be unaffected in future years.
(177747)
266
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 12th May, Official Report, column 443W, on radio frequency identifiers, if she will assess the potential change in the number of jobs in the retail sector as a result of the implementation of radio frequency identifier devices technology.
(177810)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
267
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the total number of (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries on the roads of Bury North constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(176699)
268
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the total number of (a) bus lanes and (b) cycle lanes designated on roads in Bury North constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(176700)
269
N
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made in the preparation and design of the Lillyhall to Parton improvement on the A595 in West Cumbria; when comments on the draft orders will be considered; whether the scheme can be amended as a result; and if he will make a statement.
(177100)
270
Tony Cunningham (Workington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what class of driving licence is required by tractor drivers who are (a) contractors or their employees and (b) farm workers.
(178094)
271
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much public funding has been spent in Crosby from the Local Transport Plan.
(177945)
272
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his letter reference MC/015200/03 of 25th September 2003, what his latest assessment is of the value of the Flight Time Limitations Requirements; and if he will make a statement.
(177822)
273
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to make a decision on whether to hold a public inquiry into the Potters Bar train accident; and if he will make a statement on progress to date of the investigation.
(177812)
274
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what survey work has been undertaken to gauge how often the middle lane is used on three-lane roads and motorways when not overtaking a vehicle in the left lane.
(178006)
275
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will run a campaign to educate motorists when using multi-lane roads and motorways to use the left lane and only to use other lanes for overtaking; and if he will make a statement.
(178007)
276
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what grants the Department has given to the research and development of Intelligent Speed Adaption Systems; and if he will make a statement.
(177992)
277
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance he has given to UK airlines on carrying a full medical emergency kit on all flights.
(177993)
278
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to implement the recommendations of the European Civil Aviation Conference Working Group on Air Passenger Health Issues; and if he will make a statement.
(177994)
279
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answers of 12th May, Official Report, columns 399W and 408W, on crime prevention and railway crimes, what method he used to calculate a fall of 32 per cent. in vandalism on the railways in 2002-03.
(178072)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
280
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what uses his Department plans to make of identity cards; and what information would be required through the National Identity database to fulfil these roles.
(177850)
281
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much public funding has been spent from the (a) Objective 1, (b) Objective 2 and (c) Objective 3 programmes in Crosby, since the programmes' inception.
(177866)
282
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects the Health and Safety Executive to conclude its investigations into the Potters Bar rail accident; and if he will make a statement on the HSE's work to date.
(177804)
283
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mobile job centres have been established; in which areas they have operated; how many people have been obliged to attend work-focused interviews as a result; and how many people have found work as a result.
(177900)
284
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unemployed people suffered benefit penalties in each year since 1997, broken down by reason for the penalty.
(177902)
285
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many UK pensioners live in each of the other member states of the European Union; and how much in total is spent on benefit payments to pensioners in each of these countries.
(177905)
286
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of participants left the New Deal for Young People for sustained jobs in each quarter since the start of the programme.
(177906)
287
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) pension units, (b) pensioner couples and (c) single pensioners had incomes below the median pensioner income in the last year for which figures are available; and what proportion this is of total pensioners in each case.
(177907)
288
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the (a) volume and (b) value of underpayments of benefits to pensioners in each year since 1997.
(177908)
289
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many starts there have been on each of the four New Deal options since the introduction of the New Deal for Young People; how many have moved into sustained unsubsidised employment; and what proportion this is of starts on each programme.
(177911)
290
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of pensioners have an income below the mean net income.
(177912)
291
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimates he has made of the number of his Department's staff who act as appointees of applicants for tax credits.
(177954)
292
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average duration of an incapacity benefit claim has been in each year since 1997.
(177957)
293
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the average payment to a recipient of (a) incapacity benefit and (b) income-based job seeker's allowance.
(177965)
294
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many lone parents have been invited to attend a work-focused interview in each year since the start of the programme; how many have attended; how many have not attended; and how many have received a benefits penalty for failure to attend.
(177967)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
295
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Citizen Information Project will cover the whole of the UK.
[Transferred] (177795)
296
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether an independent statutory body will be established to administer the Citizen Information Project.
[Transferred] (177796)
297
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what security measures are planned for the Citizen Information Project.
[Transferred] (177797)
298
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how identity will be verified of individuals wishing to update information held on the Citizen Information Project.
[Transferred] (177798)
299
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether audit trails will be used on the Citizen Information Project as a means of checking security; and who will be responsible for checking this.
[Transferred] (177799)
300
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessments have been made of the (a) size, (b) cost of setting up and (c) the time necessary to set up the Citizen Information Project.
[Transferred] (177840)
301
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what adjustments have been made to the Citizen Information Project since the Cabinet agreement to establish a national identity database.
[Transferred] (177841)
302
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the purpose is of the Citizen Information Project.
[Transferred] (177842)
303
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in London were unemployed in each year since 1997 according to the (a) claimant count and (b) survey definition; and what proportion this was of total unemployment in the UK on each definition.
[Transferred] (177901)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
304
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) successes and (b) failures of the national drugs strategy in Afghanistan.
[Transferred] (178028)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
305
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fines consequent on speed camera evidence have been rescinded for being erroneous in each year since 1998.
[Transferred] (177995)

 
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