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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 10 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.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 10 June 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 10 June 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 10 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 Thursday 10 June of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 10 June see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the occasions when representations have been made to his Department highlighting possible over-implementation of EU legislation, stating in each instance (a) the EU directive, (b) the individual or organisation making the representation and (c) the aspect of over-implementation; and if he will make a statement on the Government's response.
(177735)
2
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178362)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
3
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many professional football clubs have gone into receivership or administration since 1997; and what the average percentage is of the money they owed to the Government that (a) the Inland Revenue and (b) Customs and Excise has agreed the clubs should repay.
(178177)
4
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 27th May, Official Report, column 1725W, on international development, if he will define what constitutes the usual representations.
(178244)
5
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the total gross national insurance contributions by (a) employers, (b) employees and (c) the self-employed as a proportion of GDP for 2007-08.
(177883)
6
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the administration costs per full-time equivalent employee of the core Treasury functions from 1998-99 to 2007-08.
(178110)
7
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department maintains a record of the annual percentage which financial institutions add to their with profits endowments, mortgage annuities and pension financial vehicles for their investors; whether any financial regulatory body keeps such a record; if he will require such a record to be made available in the public domain; what steps he is taking to (a) encourage competition between such financial institutions and the financial vehicles they promote and (b) enable investors to make an informed choice; and if he will make a statement.
(178400)
8
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to improve investment competition by reducing penalties upon investors who wish to opt out of very low paying annual percentage additions to with profits endowments, mortgage annuities and pension financial vehicles; if he will instruct the Financial Services Authority to bring forward proposals to ensure that investors are not effectively locked in to uncompetitive financial vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
(178401)
9
Denzil Davies (Llanelli):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much in total has been paid to external commercial, legal and financial advisers in respect of the STEPS agreement.
(178102)
10
Denzil Davies (Llanelli):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue change to the Treasury arising from the implementation of the EU Savings Directive.
(178130)
11
Denzil Davies (Llanelli):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid by the Department to Mapeley STEPS Contractor Limited in each year to April (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004.
(178131)
12
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many senior citizens in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale qualified for the 10 pence rate of income tax in each year since its introduction; and what percentage were (a) women and (b) of Asian origin.
(178544)
13
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale have received child tax credit; and what percentage were of Asian origin.
(178546)
14
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale have benefited from the 100 per cent. tax exemption for the purchase of computer and internet equipment; and what percentage of those businesses was owned or run by (a) people of Asian origin and (b) women.
(178547)
15
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the level of unemployment was in each year since 1997 in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale, broken down by (a) age, (b) gender and (c) ethnicity.
(178550)
16
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the annual total public sector expenditure in Rochdale was in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2003-04.
(178552)
17
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) change and (b) percentage change was in full-time permanent jobs in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale from 1997 to 31st December 2003.
(178554)
18
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new jobs have been created in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale since 1997.
(178556)
19
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer which would result if the unpaid care provided for older or disabled people by their relatives had to be paid for from public funds; and if he will make a statement.
(178118)
20
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what basis he intends not to extend tax credits for employing nannies providing childcare to parents who use grandparents and other family members to look after their children.
(178356)
21
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate how much extra tax revenue would be generated if the UK tax burden was at the EU average; and if he will make a statement.
(178471)
22
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total revenue raised by means of VAT is for each penny per litre rise in the price of (a) petrol and (b) diesel.
(178284)
23
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue he expects to raise by means of the proposed increase in fuel duty in September in the (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06 financial year.
(178290)
24
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons electricity imported into the United Kingdom via interconnectors is not subject to the Climate Change Levy.
(178352)
25
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178370)
26
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many payments have been made in respect of (a) unnecessary worry and distress and (b) postage and telephone expenses in respect of tax credits in each of the last three years; what the total value of these payments was in each of the last three years; and what proportion of these (i) have been and (ii) will be reclaimed from companies providing services or support to the Inland Revenue where a problem with the services or support necessitated the compensatory or special payment.
(178603)
27
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the latest Eurostat figures for state unemployment rates amongst young people in each EU country are.
(177970)
28
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the percentage change has been in unemployment in (a) St Helens South, (b) St Helens, (c) Merseyside and (d) the North West since 2001.
(178112)
29
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new jobs have been created in (a) St Helens South, (b) St Helens, (c) Merseyside and (d) the North West in each year since 2001.
(178113)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
30
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what estimate he has made of extra costs arising from problems with distribution of ballot papers in regions for which all-postal ballots are being held for elections on 10th June.
(178403)
31
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many people were on the electoral roll in the four regions for which all-postal voting pilots are to be held for elections on 10th June.
(178407)
32
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in areas not subject to all-postal voting pilots who registered to vote by post at the elections to be held on 10th June in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland, (d) Essex and (e) Southend West.
(178408)
33
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what guidelines are issued to magistrates on the consequences of a youth breaking an anti-social behaviour order.
(178470)
34
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what arrangements are available to women who have been the subject of domestic violence and do not wish to have their addresses given on electoral rolls.
(178502)
35
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what his policy is on the compulsory retirement of magistrates; and what plans he has to raise the retirement age.
(178506)
36
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what procedures will be put in place to inform electors who have incorrectly filled in their postal ballot papers of their mistake.
(178175)
37
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what (a) regulations and (b) code of standards govern the opinion polling industry.
(178184)
38
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps the Department is taking to ensure standards of accuracy and integrity in opinion polling.
(178185)
39
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans his Department has to undertake an investigation into the methods used by polling organisations to gather, use and present information.
(178186)
40
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many employees in the Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178361)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
41
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):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 the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale since 1997.
(178531)
42
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many premises have a licence to serve alcohol all night, broken down by local authority.
(178410)
43
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many employees in her Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from, the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in her Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178367)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
44
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many servicemen who served on the Arctic convoys are still alive.
(178434)
45
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral statement of the honourable Member for Doncaster Central, of 11th May, Official Report, column 22WH, how many overseas dentists he expects to start working in the armed services; and if he will make a statement.
(178565)
46
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the letter of the Under-Secretary of State D/05 of S/IC 1295/04/A of 5th April, what his policy is on UK legacy wrecks and related issues of liability; what assessment he has made of their potential to pollute; and if he will make a statement.
(177882)
47
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will furnish a substantive reply to Question reference 170228 tabled by the honourable Member for New Forest East on 28th April.
(177976)
48
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the operation of the concessionary postal service for forces personnel in Iraq.
(178432)
49
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178366)
50
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what bilateral military relations the United Kingdom has with Israel.
(178587)
51
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of defence-related ship building in the United Kingdom.
(178588)
52
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the support given by the armed forces to remembrance and other events at Commonwealth War Graves Commission and similar sites in (a) France and (b) Belgium; and what such events have taken place in the last year.
(178589)
53
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions (a) he, (b) his Department and (c) the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has had with the French authorities regarding low-level tourist overflights of British and Commonwealth military cemeteries and memorials.
(178590)
54
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on psychiatric treatment for current and former service personnel at the Priory Hospital at Bristol; and how many personnel have received such treatment in the last year.
(178014)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
55
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to encourage progress in delivery of social housing on sites where planning permission has been granted but where building has not yet started.
(178357)
56
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list (a) the number of council housing stock option appraisals signed off by the Government to date and (b) the number of these which have involved (i) retention of the stock, (ii) transfer of the stock to a registered social landlord, (iii) delegation to an arm's length management organisation and (iv) mixed solutions, (c) the number of local authorities that have submitted an options appraisal which has not yet been signed off and (d) the number of authorities that have not yet submitted an appraisal to be signed off in (A) London and (B) England.
(178472)
57
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he takes to monitor the (a) availability and (b) standards of public toilet provision by local authorities for (i) disabled people and (ii) the general population.
(178121)
58
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance is given to local authorities on minimum standards of provision of public toilets for (a) disabled people and (b) the general population.
(178122)
59
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what provisions are being made to increase the amount of affordable and quality housing in (a) Leyton and Wanstead, (b) the London Borough of Redbridge and (c) the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
(178194)
60
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what weighting he expects (a) a planning authority and (b) a planning inspector to give to (i) environmental protection of land where this is supported by the local community and (ii) the designated use in an agreed statutory district plan of a piece of land where such use is contrary to an application for speculative housing development; and if he will make a statement.
(178195)
61
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding has been allocated to the Liveability Fund for financial year (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06, broken down by region; and what funding plans are in place to continue the work of the Liveability Fund from financial year 2005-06 onwards.
(178107)
62
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding has been allocated to the Single Regeneration Budget for financial year (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2005-06, broken down by region; and what funding plans are in place to continue the work of the Single Regeneration Budget from 2005-06 onwards.
(178108)
63
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding from (a) his Department and (b) non-departmental public bodies has been allocated to urban regeneration companies for financial year (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07.
(178149)
64
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he last met the executive or representatives of the Fire Brigades Union.
(178464)
65
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will estimate the total cost of the all-postal ballots for the elections to be held on 10th June.
(178279)
66
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will estimate extra costs incurred in preparing for postal ballots for the elections to be held on 10th June, attributable to problems with printing and distribution of ballot papers.
(178283)
67
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with Elevate, the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder, concerning its proposals; and if he will make a statement.
(178257)
68
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much each local authority electoral registration department spent per elector in England in each of the last 10 years, listed in descending order by region.
(178421)
69
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost of providing temporary housing was to each local authority in each of the past 20 years, expressed at today's prices.
(178429)
70
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of planning decisions were delayed by more than eight weeks in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.
(178530)
71
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which planning decisions were overturned by his Department in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003; and which of these concerned development on brownfield sites.
(178532)
72
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178365)
73
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the role of his Office's duty officers is; what criteria are used to decide which incidents the duty officers are notified of by fire services; and what use is made of these notifications.
(178591)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
74
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list, for each of the last five years, for each English local education authority, the total number and percentage of parents lodging an appeal against the allocation of a place for their child in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.
(176702)
75
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list, for each of the last five years, the number and percentage of pupils in fee paying schools in each English local education authority.
(176703)
76
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list, for each of the last five years, the number of pupils in fee paying schools, at the age of (a) five to 10, (b) 11 to 15 and (c) 16 to 19 years, (i) in total and (ii) by gender; and what percentage these figures represent of all pupils in each case.
(176704)
77
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many computers each school in (a) Leyton and Wanstead, (b) the London Borough of Redbridge and (c) the London Borough of Waltham Forest has for the education of pupils; and how many each had in 1997.
(178191)
78
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the main improvements have been at each school in Leyton and Wanstead since 2000.
(178192)
79
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how Leyton schools have benefited from the Excellence in Cities initiative.
(178193)
80
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people joined the teaching profession after university in 2003; and what plans he has to increase the number of people interested in joining the teaching profession.
(176815)
81
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions his Department is holding on learning disabilities in children.
(176817)
82
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Tatton, of 27th May, Official Report, column 1699, if he will list the successful schools that have expanded; and whether these schools were in areas with surplus places.
(177876)
83
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list authorities which have brought in an independent agency to review cases of children taken into care.
(178358)
84
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many care orders have so far been lifted this year as a result of his review into cases of children taken into care on account of expert evidence.
(178359)
85
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to assess the effectiveness of Sure Start programmes.
(178360)
86
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which neighbourhood nursery projects he has funded; and which have subsequently closed.
(178389)
87
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his target is for (a) the number of new neighbourhood nurseries to be set up in the next five years and (b) the number of children they will cater for.
(178390)
88
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment of sustainability is made for new neighbourhood nursery projects before funding is granted.
(178391)
89
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money has been spent on neighbourhood nurseries since their inception, expressed (a) in cash terms and (b) per place created.
(178392)
90
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his plans are for (a) future funding and (b) expansion of the qualifying criteria for neighbourhood nurseries.
(178393)
91
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of schoolchildren are meeting the school sporting target of participating in two hours minimum a week of sport or physical education.
(178443)
92
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which social services departments have declined to re-open cases of children taken into care on the basis of expert evidence since the Minister for Children announced the review into civil cases.
(178444)
93
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which authorities have reviewed cases of children taken into care in compliance with his Department's request; and how many cases have been looked at in each case.
(178445)
94
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children are residing in children's homes in West Sussex.
(178491)
95
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of children's homes in West Sussex were subject to (a) scheduled and (b) unannounced inspections in each of the last three years.
(178492)
96
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what quality standards have to be met for privately-run children's homes to operate and to accommodate children placed by local authorities.
(178493)
97
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether it is his policy to encourage the setting up of single-sex Muslim schools.
(178253)
98
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178364)
99
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many secondary schools have installed CCTV systems.
(176624)
100
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many members of staff are employed by the Implementation Review Unit, broken down by (a) civil servants including grade, (b) advisers and (c) salary.
(177603)
101
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) start-up costs and (b) projected running costs for the next three financial years are of the Implementation Review Unit.
(177604)
102
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the planned (a) full-time equivalent headcount and (b) funding allocations for the Office of Fair Access are in each of the first three years of its existence.
(178205)
103
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the full-time equivalent headcount of the (a) Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, (b) Learning and Teaching Support Network and (c) Higher Education Academy was in each year since 1997; and how much funding was allocated to each body in each year.
(178206)
104
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the full-time equivalent headcount of the (a) Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, (b) Higher Education Statistics Agency, (c) Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, (d) Learning and Skills Council, (e) University for Industry and (f) Learn Direct was in each year since 1997; and how much funding was allocated to each body in each year.
(178207)
105
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding has been allocated for the (a) recruitment, (b) training and (c) employment of teacher recruitment managers not employed directly by schools in each year since 1997; and how many full-time equivalent recruitment managers there were in each year.
(178208)
106
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the full-time equivalent headcount of the (a) Union Learning Fund, (b) Implementation Review Unit, including secondees, (c) National Remodelling Team, (d) Office for Standards in Education, (e) UK Education and Research Networking Association and (f) Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association was in each year since 1997; and how much funding was allocated to each body in each year.
(178209)
107
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the full-time equivalent headcount of the Adult Learning Inspectorate was in each year since 1999-2000; and how much funding was allocated to it in each year.
(178210)
108
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what checks are made by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service to ensure that applications to university are not bogus.
(178211)
109
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of bogus applications from overseas students to universities in each year since 1997.
(178212)
110
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average length of time of study was for overseas students in UK universities in the last period for which figures are available.
(178214)
111
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many applications to university have been made by overseas students in each year since 1997, broken down by country of origin.
(178332)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
112
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on payments for orchards under Common Agricultural Policy reform, with particular reference to the eligibility for payments of different types of orchards.
(178200)
113
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on support available to help the introduction of the recently announced Soil Action Plan for England.
(178201)
114
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support is available to fund the South West Plan for Sustainable Farming and Food.
(178202)
115
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date she expects compensation to former fur farmers to (a) begin and (b) be completed.
(178287)
116
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) start and (b) end dates are for the consultation by the Environment Agency on proposals to revise the Substitute Fuels Protocol for use on cement and lime kilns.
(178291)
117
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list those who have been sent the document in relation to the consultation to revise the Substitute Fuels Protocol for use on cement and lime kilns.
(178292)
118
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to commission research into the environmental impact of the use of radio identifier frequency devices in retail goods.
(178245)
119
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, why she has set stricter carbon dioxide reduction targets for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme than other member states.
(178488)
120
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the bathing water quality statistics were for beaches in the UK in each of the last 20 years, broken down by region.
(178428)
121
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what statistically valid and peer-reviewed studies her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the safety of feeding Chardon LL fodder maize to ruminants.
(178119)
122
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how her Department models the external costs of energy-related activities in the UK.
[R] (178320)
123
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many employees in her Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in her Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178363)
124
N
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the geographical incidence of grey squirrels in England; and what data is held by her Department on the spread of populations of grey squirrels since the species' introduction.
(178082)
125
N
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of grey squirrels on indigenous flora and fauna; and what recent research studies into the ecological effects of grey squirrels her Department has carried out.
(178083)
126
N
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of grey squirrels on the geographical incidence of the indigenous red squirrel population in England.
(178084)
127
N
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to establish control on populations of grey squirrels; what regulations are in place on the permitted methods of despatch by landowners; and if she will make a statement.
(178085)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
128
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the United Nations on preventing crimes against humanity in Sudan.
(176816)
129
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he is making to the Bangladesh Government concerning the security situation in the country with reference to attacks on and harassment of opposition party members; and if he will make a statement.
(178187)
130
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the bomb attack in Bangladesh which injured the United Kingdom High Commissioner.
(178188)
131
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the assassination of Bangladesh member of parliament Ahsanullah Master.
(178189)
132
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the current situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and what discussions he has had with the (a) Democratic Republic of Congo Government and (b) Government of Rwanda on the situation in Bukavu.
(177977)
133
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on attacks upon UN personnel in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement.
(177978)
134
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of abuse of women, including rape and other sexual offences, by UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(177979)
135
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the new Indian Government on the legacy of the Amritsar attacks on the Sikh shrine.
(177980)
136
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the recent shooting of a Serb teenager in Gracanica, Kosovo; and what discussions he has had with the authorities in Kosovo on this incident.
(177981)
137
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what resources are being made available to monitor the elections in Afghanistan.
(178312)
138
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the size of the British monitoring team during the elections in Afghanistan will be.
(178313)
139
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings the British ambassador to UNESCO has attended since 1st January in his official capacity.
(178123)
140
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent on maintaining a British ambassador to UNESCO in each year since 1997.
(178124)
141
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what formal consultations the British ambassador to UNESCO has held with leading British museums, libraries and galleries in relation to the formation of international cultural policy in the last 12 months.
(178125)
142
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures are in place to help protect Iraq's cultural heritage after the planned official handover of power in Iraq on 30th June.
(178126)
143
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what instructions he has issued to the British ambassador to UNESCO in relation to the position of the United States Administration on the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.
(178127)
144
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to meet the (a) Palestinian Authority and (b) Israeli Government to discuss peace in the Middle East.
(178132)
145
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Bangladesh on protecting the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in that country.
(178133)
146
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Turkish Government on protecting cultural sites in Turkish-occupied Cyprus.
(178134)
147
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British citizens have been killed and injured in Iraq since the end of the war.
(178138)
148
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will continue to promote the roadmap as the way forward in the Middle East.
(178190)
149
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the progress of talks with the United States on the 1958 agreement on co-operation on the uses of atomic energy for mutual defence purposes.
(178196)
150
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he is taking to encourage the US Administration to remove its sanctions against Cuba.
(178129)
151
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178377)
152
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to whom the Coalition Provisional Authority is accountable.
(178397)
153
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to whom the Iraq Survey Group is accountable.
(178398)
154
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects the Iraq Survey Group to complete its work; and what criteria will be applied when deciding whether the work of the Iraq Survey Group is complete.
(178399)
155
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what line the United Kingdom recognises as the boundary line between East Timor and Australia.
(178473)
156
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consequences beyond public censure the Government has raised with Israel in respect of alleged breaches of the Geneva conventions.
(178582)
157
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the actions of the Chinese Government in respect of the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
(178583)
158
N
David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to reply to the letter of 5th May from the honourable Member for Walsall North regarding a constituent, ref PO 5158/4.
(177875)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
159
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what complaints he has received from (a) EU countries and (b) non-EU countries about the active recruitment of overseas dentists; and if he will make a statement.
(178409)
160
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much spending has been allocated to the recruitment of overseas dentists for (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; and if he will make a statement on discussions between his Department and the Treasury regarding this spending.
(178411)
161
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 27th May, Official Report, column 1833W, on care homes, how many care homes closed in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(178545)
162
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral statement of the honourable Member for Doncaster Central, of 11th May, Official Report, column 22WH, how many overseas dentists he expects to start working in (a) the community dental service, (b) the general dental service and (c) hospital dental services; and if he will make a statement.
(178566)
163
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there are in the NHS for (a) community-based and (b) palliative care healthcare professionals.
(177877)
164
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he is taking to increase the number of (a) oncologists, (b) respiratory consultants, (c) radiographers, (d) thoracic surgeons and (e) nurses specialising in lung cancer within the NHS.
(177878)
165
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) oncologists, (b) respiratory consultants, (c) radiographers, (d) thoracic surgeons and (e) nurses in the NHS specialise in lung cancer.
(177879)
166
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training is provided for NHS staff on how to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
(177880)
167
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Department has received a written request from the Nappy Alliance seeking a meeting to discuss policy and practice in the use of nappies within NHS facilities.
(178246)
168
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS of waste disposal by (a) landfill and (b) incineration, in England was in each year since 1996, broken down by (i) NHS region and (ii) strategic health authority.
(178247)
169
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the availability of information concerning reusable nappies in maternity units.
(178258)
170
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the validity of criticisms of the Yellow Card scheme published in the International Journal of Risk and Safety of Medicine (2003, 16, 3-17); what account he has taken of the view of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency on the matter; and what steps he has taken (a) to ensure that there has been no significant miscoding and misinterpretation of Yellow Card adverse drug reaction reports for paroxetine and (b) to ensure that there has been effective follow-up of reports relating to suspected paroxetine-induced suicidal behaviour.
(178431)
171
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess possible links between anti-depressant drug consumption and obesity.
(178440)
172
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the review of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related anti-depressants includes an assessment of possible risks that such drugs may induce violent and dangerous behaviour in some users.
(178441)
173
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received expressing dissatisfaction with the performance of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and the Committee on Safety of Medicines in communicating to users the risks of dependence on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related drugs.
(178442)
174
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many calls have been made to NHS Direct in each month since November 2001.
(178455)
175
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the review of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related antidepressant drugs will be (a) completed and (b) published.
(178458)
176
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for delays in completing the review of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related anti-depressants.
(178468)
177
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether mirtazapine and bupropion are included in the review of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related drugs.
(178469)
178
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average number of days taken in sickness absence by (a) doctors and (b) nurses was in each year since 1996.
(178474)
179
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many days were taken in sickness absence by (a) doctors and (b) nurses in each year since 1996.
(178475)
180
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the (a) quality and (b) outcome of the 1998 review of the risk of dependence on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related antidepressants conducted by the Sub Committee on Pharmacovigilance.
(178477)
181
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the average cost of (a) a locum doctor and (b) an agency nurse for one day.
(178478)
182
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the 10 most common reasons for calls to NHS Direct over the last year.
(178479)
183
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished consultant episodes for depression in children and adolescents there were in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority in each year since 1996; and if he will make a statement.
(178480)
184
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to encourage manufacturers of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related drugs now under review to introduce dosage forms of tablets no stronger than one-quarter of the present recommended dose.
(178521)
185
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate was made by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency of the incidence of withdrawal reactions to Seroxat in (a) July 1997 and (b) July 2003.
(178522)
186
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether research indicates that the risk of suicidal behaviour induced by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related drugs is an age-related adverse effect.
(178564)
187
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has received on whether mirtazapine and buproprion carry a risk of inducing suicidal behaviour.
(178567)
188
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the current review of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related antidepressants will examine the risks of drug-induced suicidal behaviour for elderly users.
(178569)
189
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what conclusion the current review of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related antidepressants has reached on whether, irrespective of presumed benefits, the risks of drug-induced suicidal behaviour are different for young adults than for children.
(178570)
190
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the current review of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related antidepressants will examine the risks of drug-induced suicidal behaviour in all representative age groups.
(178571)
191
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people he estimates were illegal drug users in the last year for which figures are available; and what the Government's plans are for reducing the number of people using illegal drugs.
(176813)
192
N
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham & Stamford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioners are practising in the NHS in Lincolnshire; and how many people were practising 10 years ago.
(177036)
193
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on drug rehabilitation in Gloucestershire in each of the last three years; and how much was allocated to local drug action teams.
(178465)
194
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the current waiting time is for drug rehabilitation in Stroud for (a) de-toxification and (b) recovery.
(178466)
195
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the throughput for individuals who have been accepted onto drug rehabilitation schemes in Stroud was in each of the last three years.
(178467)
196
Julia Drown (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a breastfeeding strategy for England will be included in the Children's National Service Framework.
(178289)
197
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on waiting times for heart surgery on the NHS in Rochdale.
(178435)
198
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents in Rochdale awaiting heart surgery have had the option of choosing an alternative hospital for quicker treatment in the last 12 months.
(178436)
199
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the levels of elective admissions to the NHS in Rochdale in 2003-04.
(178437)
200
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many senior citizens in Rochdale parliamentary constituency have access to free eye tests; and what percentage are (a) women and (b) from an ethnic minority.
(178510)
201
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents in Rochdale parliamentary constituency aged over 60 years have benefited from the abolition of charges for eye tests; and what percentage were (a) women and (b) from an ethnic minority.
(178511)
202
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the numbers of NHS (a) doctors and (b) nurses in Rochdale parliamentary constituency in each of the last seven years.
(178512)
203
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS (a) therapists and (b) scientists were located in Rochdale in each of the last seven years.
(178513)
204
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes there have been to NHS waiting list times in the last seven years for the residents of Rochdale.
(178514)
205
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of suspected cancer patients in Rochdale saw an NHS consultant within two weeks in each of the last seven years; and what percentage were (a) women and (b) from an ethnic minority.
(178515)
206
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will encourage manufacturers of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related drugs now under review to introduce dosage forms of tablets no stronger than one-quarter of the present recommended dose.
(178294)
207
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the drugs (a) mirtzapine and (b) bupropion are included in the review of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants and related drugs; and whether either carries a risk of inducing suicidal behaviour comparable with that of the drugs now under review.
(178295)
208
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the current review of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related antidepressants will examine the risks of drug-induced suicidal behaviour for elderly users.
(178296)
209
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what conclusion the current review of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related antidepressants has reached on whether, irrespective of presumed benefits, the risks of drug-induced suicidal behaviour are different for young adults than for children.
(178297)
210
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the current review of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related antidepressants will examine the risks of drug-induced suicidal behaviour in all representative age groups.
(178298)
211
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of whether the risk of suicidal behaviour induced by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related drugs is an age-related adverse effect.
(178299)
212
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the current review of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related antidepressants includes investigation of the risk of such drugs inducing violent and dangerous behaviour in some users.
(178300)
213
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, why Professor A. Breckenridge was asked to leave the room during the Committee on Safety of Medicines discussion of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors safety information at its meeting of 22nd October 1998.
(178301)
214
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will investigate the relationship between obesity and antidepressant drug consumption.
(178302)
215
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the position regarding screening for aneurisms.
(178314)
216
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the letter of 27th May from the Minister of State to the honourable Member for Wycombe, if he will ensure that the Chair of the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority writes to the honourable Member for Wycombe with the information requested by 18th June.
(178096)
217
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines govern the use of percutaneuous endoscopic gastrostomy on patients with (a) cerebral palsy, (b) multiple sclerosis, (c) spina bifida, (d) cystic fibrosis, (e) Huntingdon's disease and (f) acquired brain injury (i) generally and (ii) for patients who are in receipt of residential care and support services provided by public, private or voluntary organisations.
(178097)
218
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many three month vacancies there are for nursing posts in each (a) NHS trust and (b) primary care trust in the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority area; and what the three month vacancy rate is in each case.
(178181)
219
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average sum allocated to primary care trusts in England (a) per unweighted head of population and (b) per weighted head of population was in (i) 2003-04 and (ii) 2004-05.
(178182)
220
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the funding allocations (a) per unweighted head of population and (b) per weighted head of population for 2004-05 for each primary care trust in England.
(178183)
221
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding has been provided to NHS dentists in the Adur, Arun and Worthing primary care trust area in each of the last three years.
(178304)
222
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have access to NHS dentists in the Adur, Arun and Worthing primary care trust area; and what percentage of the potential target group this figure represents.
(178305)
223
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists have (a) started and (b) ceased to take NHS work for adults in the Adur, Arun and Worthing Primary Care Trust area in each of the last seven years.
(178306)
224
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which wards in hospitals in West Sussex are not liable for delayed discharge fines.
(178307)
225
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the amount of money which the Adur, Arun and Worthing Primary Care Trust has saved in each of the last seven years from dental patients being treated privately.
(178308)
226
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the review of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and related antidepressants will examine the risks of drug-induced suicidal behaviour (a) for elderly users and (b) in all age groups; and what assessment it has made of the level of risk of drug-induced suicidal behaviour for young adults.
(178333)
227
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has conducted on whether the risk of suicidal behaviour induced by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and related drugs is an age-related adverse effect.
(178334)
228
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the performance of the (a) Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and (b) Committee on Safety of Medicines in communicating to users the risks of dependence on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and related drugs.
(178335)
229
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the (a) quality and (b) outcome of the 1998 review of the risk of dependence on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and related antidepressants, conducted by the Sub Committee on Pharmacovigilance; and what the relevant qualifications were of each member of the review panel.
(178336)
230
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the review of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and related antidepressants includes investigation of whether such drugs may induce violent and dangerous behaviour in some users.
(178337)
231
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the drugs (a) mirtazapine and (b) bupropion were included in the review of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants and related drugs; and if he will conduct an assessment of whether each drug carries a risk of inducing suicidal behaviour.
(178338)
232
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons were for the differences in the best estimate of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and the Committee on Safety of Medicines of the incidence of withdrawal reactions to Seroxat in July 1997 and July 2003.
(178339)
233
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the results of clinical trials of paroxetine (Seroxat) which showed that patients treated with placebos experienced withdrawal reactions comparable in character and severity to those experienced by patients on the active drug.
(178340)
234
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will encourage manufacturers of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and related drugs now under review to introduce dosage forms of tablets no stronger than one-quarter of the present recommended dose.
(178341)
235
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will investigate a possible relationship between obesity and antidepressant drug consumption.
(178342)
236
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the manufacturers of Seroxat were permitted to market that product in a 30mg tablet size.
(178343)
237
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what campaigns have been launched by his Department and what funding has been granted to warn teenagers about links between cannabis use and mental illness.
(178346)
238
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what gymnasium facilities are available in each mental health hospital in England.
(178347)
239
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mothers smoked during pregnancy in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004.
(178348)
240
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many items of disability equipment issued by the NHS or social services went missing in the last year for which figures are available.
(178349)
241
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has carried out into the possible side-effects of use of contraceptive implants by teenage girls.
(178350)
242
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for a deaf patient to receive a digital hearing aid in (a) Dorset, (b) West Sussex and (c) England.
(178422)
243
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for a digital hearing aid in England in each of the last seven years.
(178423)
244
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what impact the Modernising Hearing Aids programme has had on average waiting list time for digital hearing aids in England.
(178424)
245
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there are for hearing aid technicians in the NHS in England; and how many there were in 2003-04, broken down by region.
(178425)
246
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average period of time from referral of a patient in need of a digital hearing aid to fitting the aid was in (a) 2003-04 and (b) each of the last seven years in England.
(178426)
247
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated cost to the NHS of missed appointments of deaf or hard of hearing patients was in the latest year for which figures are available.
(178427)
248
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting time is for dental treatment in each of the prisons in Sussex.
(178489)
249
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many wheelchairs have been issued through the NHS or social services departments in each of the last seven years.
(178496)
250
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to (a) NHS trusts and (b) social services departments on the expected safe lifetime of electric wheelchairs.
(178497)
251
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to (a) NHS trusts and (b) social services departments about the use of reconditioned motors in electric wheelchairs.
(178498)
252
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Oral Answer from the Minister for Public Health of 8th June and the Written Answer of 19th April, Official Report, column 192W, on infection rates for hepatitis C, if he will clarify how many individuals in England are estimated to be suffering from hepatitis C who are undiagnosed.
(178197)
253
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if on divert is a phrase recommended by his Department to be used by hospitals that are unable to accommodate additional patients; and how often in the last three months hospitals in the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have been on divert.
(178438)
254
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the capacity of (a) the Worcestershire Royal Hospital and (b) the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch to respond to an increase in demand for in-patient treatment.
(178439)
255
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25th March to the honourable Member for Vale of York, Official Report, column 1050W, on general practitioners, what assessment his Department has made in (a) money and (b) manpower terms of the potential impact of the new GP contract on ambulance services providing out-of-hours cover.
(178176)
256
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the NHS dental workforce review will be published; and what the reasons are for the delay in publication.
(178259)
257
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions (a) he and (b) senior civil servants at the Department have had with (i) the Treasury and (ii) the Department for Education and Skills regarding the NHS dental workforce review.
(178260)
258
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representations his Department has received in the last six months from (a) honourable Members, (b) Peers and (c) members of the dental profession regarding the NHS dental workforce review.
(178261)
259
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which English dental schools (a) he or ministerial colleagues and (b) members of the Senior Civil Service have visited in the last six months.
(178262)
260
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of doctors (a) from the UK, (b) from the European Economic Area, (c) from overseas and (d) in total who have registered in the UK in the last year.
(178263)
261
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many recognised hospital training posts were available last year.
(178264)
262
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of clinicians newly registered to practise in the UK who were unable to find a recognised training post more than three months after they had registered to practise in each of the last three years.
(178265)
263
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to increase the number of recognised hospital training posts.
(178266)
264
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors from overseas took the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board test in order to register to practise in the UK in the last 12 months.
(178267)
265
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when discussions with the governments of (a) Poland, (b) Germany, (c) Denmark and (d) Spain on the recruitment of dentists from their countries began.
(178270)
266
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral statement by the honourable Member for Doncaster Central of 11th May, Official Report, column 22WH, on dentists, if he will list the primary care trusts assessed as having the most acute dental access problems.
(178271)
267
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the recruitment agencies used to recruit dentists from (a) Poland, (b) Germany, (c) Denmark and (d) Spain; and what the cost of using them has been to date.
(178272)
268
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times (a) he and (b) senior civil servants have met the (i) British Dental Association and (ii) General Dental Council regarding the recruitment of overseas dentists from EU accession countries in the last six months.
(178273)
269
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the countries with which his Department is in discussion regarding the recruitment of overseas dentists to work in the UK; and how far advanced these discussions are in each case.
(178274)
270
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what incentives overseas dentists are being offered to relocate to the UK.
(178275)
271
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he or ministerial colleagues are planning to meet the British Dental Association to discuss the results of its consultation with the dental profession on the new NHS dental contract.
(178276)
272
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures have been put in place to ensure primary care trusts are ready to implement changes to the way dentistry is organised locally from April 2005.
(178277)
273
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Oral statement by the honourable Member for Doncaster Central of 11th May, Official Report, column 22WH, on dentists, how many dentists he expects to recruit from (a) Poland, (b) Germany, (c) Denmark and (d) Spain this year.
(178278)
274
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the cost (a) per person and (b) in England of screening people in induction centres for (i) TB and (ii) HIV in each year since 1997.
(178280)
275
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of immigrants (a) in induction centres where screening is offered and (b) in England have taken up the offer of screening for (i) TB and (ii) HIV in each year since 1997.
(178281)
276
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the UK induction centres which (a) offer and (b) do not offer asylum seekers (i) voluntary and (ii) routine screening for (A) TB and (B) HIV.
(178282)
277
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much is planned to be spent by the first wave NHS foundation trusts on new corporate governance arrangements, including elections and support for boards of governors; and if he will make a statement.
(178251)
278
N
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his latest estimate is of the date on which work will start on the site for the construction of the new children's hospital in Manchester.
(178081)
279
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation is taking place between the Department and representatives of patients and the public about the current review of arm's length bodies.
(178446)
280
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money his Department has given to charities who offer support and provide information regarding obesity (a) under section 64 grants and (b) through other funding mechanisms in each year since 2001.
(178120)
281
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178378)
282
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to compensate victims of MRSA in NHS hospitals.
(178106)
283
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what payments the NHS received from local authority social services departments under the delayed discharges reimbursement scheme for each month for which figures are available.
(178213)
284
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the change in NHS productivity in each year since 1997; what measures he uses to calculate NHS productivity; and if he will make a statement.
(178215)
285
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis is for the assessment that there has been a 1.5 per cent. annual improvement in NHS productivity.
(178216)
286
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) other Government departments, (b) EU representatives and (c) interested organisations on the introduction of the EU health insurance card in the UK.
(178217)
287
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how he plans to meet the EU requirement for British residents to have an EU health insurance card by December 2005.
(178218)
288
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data must be recorded on the EU health insurance card to meet EU requirements.
(178219)
289
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce the EU health insurance card in the UK; and what format this card will take.
(178220)
290
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost of producing the Modernisation Board annual report for 2004; how many copies have been printed; and how copies are being made available to NHS (a) employees and (b) patients.
(178237)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
291
Colin Burgon (Elmet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the Prison Service uses contract hours rather than ex-gratia payments to cover for staff shortfalls.
(178404)
292
Colin Burgon (Elmet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the contract hours scheme to cover for staff shortfalls in the Prison Service.
(178405)
293
Colin Burgon (Elmet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the relative cost effectiveness and flexibility of ex-gratia payments in covering for staff shortfalls.
(178406)
294
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to return the passports belonging to Mrs Maliheh Sadeghi Boroujerdi and Mr Mohsen Dastmaldi which were sent to the Directorate on 4th July 2003.
(178080)
295
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers, (b) community support officers and (c) administrative support staff for police operations there are in (i) Leyton and Wanstead, (ii) the London Borough of Redbridge and (iii) the London Borough of Waltham Forest; what the figures were in 1997; what the crime clear-up rate (A) is now and (B) was in 1997; what the level of spending on policing and community safety in each area (1) is now and (2) was in 1997; and what the change in spending has been in real terms.
(178178)
296
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the level of crime is in (a) Leyton and Wanstead, (b) the London Borough of Redbridge and (c) the London Borough of Waltham Forest; what the figures were seven years ago; and what further initiatives are being undertaken to reduce crime.
(178179)
297
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action the Government is taking on domestic violence other than imprisonment of offenders.
(176814)
298
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions a Merseyside local authority officer, community support officer or person accredited by the chief constable has issued a fixed penalty notice for minor graffiti and fly-posting offences since the inception of this power.
(178327)
299
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions Merseyside local authorities have issued a graffiti removal notice to a statutory body since the inception of this power.
(178328)
300
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions a person has received a level 4 fine for selling spray paints to someone under the age of 16 years on Merseyside since the inception of this power.
(178329)
301
Denzil Davies (Llanelli):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many days were lost in his Department through sickness absence in each of the three latest years for which figures are available.
(178268)
302
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were (a) sought and (b) achieved in each district council area in Gloucestershire for each year since the introduction of this legislation.
(178462)
303
Julia Drown (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of asylum seekers detained at Campsfield during the last year (a) were detained at ports and airports before going through immigration, (b) were detained when they first applied for asylum, (c) were detained before receiving a response to their claim from the Home Office, (d) were detained before exhausting all their appeal rights, (e) had been given removal directions, (f) were overstayers and (g) were detained for more than (i) one month, (ii) three months and (iii) a year.
(178109)
304
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government expects to publish its next drugs strategy report.
(178288)
305
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage change in (a) overall recorded crime, (b) recorded violent crime, (c) burglaries and (d) vehicle thefts has been in Rochdale since 1997.
(178490)
306
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers preventing racial harassment have been introduced since 1997; and how many times these powers have been used in Rochdale.
(178494)
307
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much public funding has been spent on CCTV security cameras in Rochdale parliamentary constituency since 1997.
(178499)
308
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what public funds were spent on tackling drugs misuse in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2003-04; and what percentage of funding in each case was targeted at the ethnic minority community.
(178500)
309
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale.
(178507)
310
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the consequences of a youth breaking an anti-social behaviour order are.
(178568)
311
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been killed by a parent within the context of domestic violence in each of the last five years for which statistics are available; and what the gender of the (a) child and (b) parent was in each case.
(178353)
312
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women have been killed by (a) intimate partners and (b) family members in incidents in each of the last five years for which statistics are available; and in how many of these cases children were also killed.
(178354)
313
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to allow former Gurkhas to settle permanently in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(178203)
314
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice is given by his Department to police forces in England and Wales about the enforcement of legislation which prohibits cycling on footpaths.
(178309)
315
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are trained to handle digital evidence.
(178503)
316
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are (a) serving with computer crime units and (b) have higher level forensic skills.
(178504)
317
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for a review of the effect of the reclassification of cannabis.
(178505)
318
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Home Office staff are employed in Scotland.
(178100)
319
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the cost of policing the G8 summit in 2005 will be borne by (a) the Home Office and (b) the local police authority.
(178135)
320
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements have been made for the funding of security at the G8 Summit in 2005.
(178136)
321
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Home Office will be responsible for security arrangements at the G8 Summit in 2005.
(178137)
322
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women whose spouses joined them in the UK from Pakistan but have subsequently been abandoned have made representations to him in the last year for which figures are available to have their spouses deported; and if he will make a statement.
(178248)
323
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether women who choose to wear the veil in public are to be required to show their face in photographs in the proposed identity cards.
(178249)
324
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has issued to police authorities and chief constables regarding the type of uniform to be worn in the presence of royalty.
(178254)
325
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many distraction crimes were reported in each of the last 10 years; and how many successful prosecutions followed in each of those years.
(178416)
326
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has conducted on the neighbourhoods that are most likely to suffer from distraction crimes; and if he will make a statement.
(178417)
327
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to prevent distraction crimes; and if he will make a statement.
(178418)
328
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many distraction burglaries there were in each (a) local authority and (b) constituency in each of the last 10 years, listed in descending order and according to region.
(178419)
329
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions his Department has had with other Government departments on combating crime resulting from cold calling.
(178420)
330
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to make it a statutory responsibility for health and fire authorities to be involved in crime and disorder reduction partnerships.
(178430)
331
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which Home Office (a) Ministers and (b) officials had contact with the National Neighbourhood Watch Association over the Association's attempts to use the Neighbourhood Watch logo in connection with private sector sponsorship; and if he will make a statement.
(178412)
332
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will reconsider his decision not to contribute further public funds to the National Neighbourhood Watch Association; and if he will make a statement.
(178413)
333
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178376)
334
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals of new European Union states have registered under the Accession State Worker Registration Scheme since its introduction, broken down by nationality.
(178595)
335
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on processes followed in making senior appointments to the National Offender Management Service.
(177732)
336
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost per square metre of providing office and storage space in Brecon, Powys was for (a) the Powys Probation Service in 2000 and (b) the National Probation Service in Brecon in 2003.
(177733)
337
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost per square metre of providing office and storage space for the National Probation Service in Central London was in 2003.
(177734)
338
N
David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to the letter of 4th May from the honourable Member for Walsall North regarding a constituent, ref 5120/4.
(177874)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
339
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if his Department will (a) increase pledges to and (b) ensure more supplies are delivered and pre-positioned in Darfur, Sudan; and if he will make a statement.
(178238)
340
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations his Department has made (a) bilaterally to the Government of Sudan and (b) through the international community, with particular reference to the EU, to ensure resources are made immediately available for the rapid deployment of the ceasefire monitoring mechanism in Darfur; and if he will make a statement.
(178239)
341
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if his Department will maintain pressure on the Government of Sudan to permit only the voluntary return of displaced people and refugees in relation to Darfur; and if he will make a statement.
(178269)
342
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance is being offered to Indonesia following the evacuation of 20,000 people from villages on Sangihe Island.
(178311)
343
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178375)
344
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance his Department has provided to enable the Palestinian Authority to prepare for elections.
(178594)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
345
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the most recent report of the Local Government Auditor regarding the performance of Castlereagh Borough Council; and when this report was signed off.
(178379)
346
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been taken to ensure adequate disability access to the Public Angling Estate.
(178380)
347
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken by (a) each Government department and (b) the Police Service of Northern Ireland to reduce the number of attacks on the elderly; and if he will make a statement.
(178381)
348
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the mortality rate of elderly people who have been the victims of crime was in the last five years for which figures are available.
(178382)
349
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what counselling provisions exist for elderly people who have been the victims of crime.
(178383)
350
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to ensure the full implementation of anti-social behaviour orders in Northern Ireland; and when the draft Anti-Social Behaviour (Northern Ireland) Order will come into effect.
(178384)
351
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many police officers are involved in the investigation of the murder of Mr Patrick Kelly, at Trillick, Co Tyrone, on 10th August 1974.
(178385)
352
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cattle tested positive for (a) brucellosis and (b) tuberculosis in Northern Ireland in 2003.
[R] (178386)
353
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much compensation was paid to farmers for cattle removed from farms in Northern Ireland due to (a) brucellosis control and (b) tuberculosis control in 2003.
[R] (178387)
354
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average length of time was that cattle remained on farms before being collected following a positive test for (a) brucellosis and (b) tuberculosis in 2003.
[R] (178388)
355
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many responses were received to the consultation paper on the Approved Driving Instructors Review; and if he will outline a timetable for progress.
(178394)
356
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will publish the views expressed in response to the Approved Driving Instructors Review consultation paper.
(178395)
357
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many times (a) he and (b) other Government officials have met representatives of the Northern Ireland Approved Driving Instructors Association regarding the proposals contained in the Approved Driving Instructors Review consultation paper.
(178396)
358
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what flags his Department has directed should be flown from police stations in Northern Ireland; and on what designated days.
(178402)
359
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what financial assistance the Government is providing for the redevelopment of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.
(178476)
360
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the outcome was of the recent feasibility study into a National Stadium for Northern Ireland; whether a potential developer has been identified; and if he will make a statement.
(178519)
361
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funding has been made available for the development of motorsports in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years.
(178520)
362
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the estimated value to the Northern Ireland economy is of the Maiden City Festival; and what level of Government support is provided for it.
(178523)
363
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in relation to the establishment of a new sports ground development programme; and if he will make a statement.
(178524)
364
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what resources were allocated to the Queen's Festival in each of the past five years; and what percentage of the total arts budget this represents.
(178525)
365
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the benefit of the Queen's Festival to the Northern Ireland tourist industry.
(178526)
366
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funding has been allocated to promote the development of ice hockey in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years.
(178527)
367
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent (a) meetings have been held and (b) representations have been made by the Sports Council to promote the development of amateur ice hockey in Northern Ireland.
(178528)
368
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Sports Council recognises the Northern Ireland Ice Hockey Association; and what individuals the Sports Council understands to constitute the Northern Ireland Ice Hockey Association.
(178529)
369
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Government intends to provide financial assistance for the Circuit of Ireland Rally.
(178537)
370
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what criteria are applied by the Sports Council when deciding to recognise a governing body for any sport.
(178538)
371
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what risk assessment was carried out when deciding upon a maximum class size of 20 for music classes; by whom this risk assessment was carried out; and what evidence there is to support the limiting of class sizes to 20 pupils.
(178539)
372
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much public money in capital terms has been allocated for cultural venues (a) in Belfast and (b) outside Belfast in each of the last five years.
(178549)
373
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money has been allocated for cultural venues in Belfast in the current financial year, broken down by venue.
(178551)
374
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when building work will commence on the Arts Venue for the Cathedral Quarter; what the anticipated completion date is; what the estimate cost of the project is; and what additional funding has been identified as necessary to ensure the viability of the project.
(178553)
375
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what resources are made available from (a) the Safety at Sports Grounds Fund and (b) other public funding sources for organisers to carry out essential safety improvements and maintenance for each motorcycle racing event in Northern Ireland.
(178555)
376
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made on the Careers Strategy following the recommendations contained in the Valuing Careers Strategy.
(178240)
377
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of young entrants to higher education in Northern Ireland were from social classes (a) iii, (b) iv and (c) v since 1995-96.
(178241)
378
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the Government income from Northern Ireland-domiciled undergraduates' contributions in tuition fees, student loan repayments and interest on student loans has been since 1995-96.
(178242)
379
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what Government spending on student support in Northern Ireland has been as a proportion of gross domestic product in the last 10 years.
(178243)
380
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his policy is towards the recruitment practice of collective shortlisting without individual notes of assessments being taken and only a score or pass mark being recorded.
(178103)
381
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178374)
382
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assistance the Government provides to (a) the maintenance of the Ulster memorial at Thiepval, (b) the maintenance of the Island of Ireland memorial at Messines and (c) the protection of unmarked burial sites of those killed in action in the areas around those memorials.
(178592)
Questions to the Prime Minister
383
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Prime Minister, when he expects the Iraq Survey Group to complete its search for weapons of mass destruction.
(178250)
384
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Prime Minister, when Saddam Hussein is to be handed over to the Iraqi authorities.
(178252)
385
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to establish civil service-wide guidance on which meetings involving Ministers and civil servants should be minuted.
(178345)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
386
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178373)
Questions to the Solicitor General
387
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask the Solicitor General, what plans she has to issue a Green Paper on the reform of family law; and if she will make a statement.
(178079)
388
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Solicitor General, how many cases of parents prosecuted for causing child deaths have so far been reviewed following the review announced in January.
(178508)
389
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Solicitor General, when she expects the review of cases of parents convicted of causing child deaths to be completed.
(178509)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
390
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the occasions when representations have been made to her Department highlighting possible over-implementation of EU legislation, stating in each instance (a) the EU directive, (b) the individual or organisation making the representation and (c) the aspect of over-implementation; and if she will make a statement on the Government's response.
(177736)
391
Denzil Davies (Llanelli):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total value of surplus or deficit accruing to the European Union from trade with Japan was in each of the three latest years for which figures are available.
(178101)
392
Denzil Davies (Llanelli):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make ex gratia payments to Mr Paul Thomas and Mr David Morgan, former employees of Corus, whose cases have been the subject of correspondence with her Department.
(178114)
393
Denzil Davies (Llanelli):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the value of the surplus or deficit accruing to the European Union from trading with (a) India and (b) China was in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(178128)
394
Denzil Davies (Llanelli):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many days were lost in her Department through sickness absence in the year ending 31st March 2004.
(178344)
395
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the estimated value in sales was of the fur farming industry in the final year of production.
(178285)
396
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the value was in pounds sterling of fur pelts imported into the UK in each year since 1995.
(178286)
397
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many residents of the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale have benefited from a reduction of the working week to 48 hours; and what percentage of those are (a) women and (b) of Asian origin.
(178516)
398
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the benefits to the residents of the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale of the new rights for night-shift workers.
(178517)
399
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many and what percentage of women in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale have taken 26 weeks' maternity leave since 1997; and what percentage of those were of Asian origin.
(178518)
400
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government has taken to help small businesses in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale since 1997.
(178562)
401
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new businesses have started up in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale since 1997; and what percentage are run by (a) women and (b) people of Asian origin.
(178563)
402
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the merits of allowing employment tribunals to test the business case for the refusal of a request for flexible working; and if she will make a statement.
(178115)
403
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many requests for flexible working from (a) women and (b) men were for (i) shorter working hours and (ii) compressed working hours.
(178116)
404
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the effect on women's employment of (a) more flexible hours and (b) better childcare; and if she will make a statement.
(178117)
405
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the percentage of the workforce earning at or within 10 per cent. above the minimum wage in each of the last five years.
(178355)
406
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact which the UK National Allocation Plan will have on the competitiveness of UK industry.
(178483)
407
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will urge the European Commission to delay the start of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme until it has approved the National Allocation Plan of each member state.
(178484)
408
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact on UK competitiveness of the national allocation plans of other EU member states; and if she will make a statement.
(178485)
409
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what level of reliance other EU member states are placing on project credits available from the Kyoto project mechanism to meet their national targets for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
(178486)
410
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to enable UK companies fully to utilise the Joint Implementation and the Clean Development Mechanism components of the Linking Directive.
(178487)
411
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what help, advice and assistance she has given to UK Aerospace to retain the Farnborough Air Show as a shop window for the industry; and if she will make a statement.
(178255)
412
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures she is putting in place to tackle cold calling; and if she will make a statement.
(178414)
413
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the scale of cold calling; and if she will make a statement.
(178415)
414
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the study commissioned by her Department of the actual and potential impact of community benefits schemes on the deployment of renewable energy projects.
(177881)
415
N
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of the negative balance in trade in goods was with the EU (a) in the most recent annual period for which figures are available, (b) in 1994, (c) in 1984 and (d) in 1974.
(177760)
416
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment she has made of the average cost, including commissioning and decommissioning costs, in pence per kilowatt hour, of electricity generated from (a) coal, (b) natural gas, (c) nuclear power, (d) on shore wind, (e) off shore wind, (f) photovoltaic and (g) biomass sources.
[R] (178315)
417
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what duty she has to ensure security of electricity supply; what powers she has to carry out that duty; and what steps she has taken in the last three years in respect of that duty.
[R] (178316)
418
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how the employment rights and benefits of constables in the Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary will change under the provisions of the Energy Bill.
[R] (178317)
419
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many employees of the Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary are members of a trade union.
[R] (178318)
420
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of likely levels of (a) domestic electricity charges and (b) transmission charges under British Electricity Trading and Transmission Arrangements.
[R] (178319)
421
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the proposed decommissioning dates are of each nuclear power station in the UK; and what level of carbon emissions would result if each was replaced by combined cycle gas turbine generation.
[R] (178321)
422
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what level of reserve capacity would be required in order to safeguard continuity of electricity supply from (a) tidal, (b) wave, (c) on shore wind and (d) off shore wind electrical generating capacity.
[R] (178322)
423
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of changes in carbon emissions which would result if all gas fired power stations which have been approved, but are yet to enter service, replaced existing carbon emitting generators.
[R] (178323)
424
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of how much carbon would be emitted if all gas fired power stations which have been approved, but are yet to enter service, entered service.
[R] (178324)
425
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the likely changes in carbon emissions if all renewable electricity generators which have been approved, but are yet to enter service, replaced carbon emitting generators.
[R] (178325)
426
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what basis her Department includes (a) generators subject to transmission constraints and (b) inherently intermittent generators in aggregated totals of generation capacity when comparing levels of installed generation capacity against possible levels of electricity demand.
(178351)
427
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many employees in her Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in her Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178372)
428
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the value of UK imports from Israel was in each of the last five years; what proportion of total imports were defence-related; and what proportion of total imports were from the Occupied Territories.
(178585)
429
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the value of UK exports to Israel was in each of the last five years; what proportion of total exports were defence-related; and what proportion of total exports were destined for the Occupied Territories.
(178586)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
430
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards the implementation of UN/ECE 48 and UN/ECE 104 with regard to conspicuity marking on heavy goods vehicles.
(178456)
431
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the heavy goods vehicle industry on the introduction of conspicuity marking.
(178457)
432
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the percentage change in (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries on roads in Rochdale has been since 1997; and what the percentage change was in each case regarding people of Asian origin.
(178558)
433
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of new cycle lanes have been provided using public funds in Rochdale since 1997.
(178559)
434
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rural bus services in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale are supported by rural bus grants.
(178560)
435
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the effect of investment in railway improvements over the next 10 years upon residents of the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale.
(178561)
436
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice is given by his Department to local authorities about the advisability of cycling on footpaths.
(178310)
437
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what resources will be available to National Air Traffic Services to ensure that it is able to carry out the airspace work in time to meet the Aviation White Paper's timetable for new runways at (a) Stansted, (b) Heathrow and (c) Birmingham; and what reports he has received of difficulties with National Air Traffic Services which might hinder this work.
(178481)
438
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what further steps he will take to ensure the robustness of the air traffic control system in the light of the construction of the new runways envisaged by the Aviation White Paper.
(178482)
439
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178371)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
440
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much money has been spent by the Wales Euro Task Force on preparing Welsh firms for the introduction of the euro; how that money was spent; and what actions the funding facilitated.
(178293)
441
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178369)
Questions to the Minister for Women
442
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Minister for Women, how many women are estimated to be suffering from (a) vibration white finger and (b) carpal tunnel syndrome.
(177775)
443
N
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Minister for Women, what assessment she has made of the effect on the families of women who are imprisoned.
(177770)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
444
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints from Child Support Agency users were received in each year since the establishment of the Agency.
(177971)
445
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many Child Support Agency cases where money has been collected from the absent parent money (a) has not been paid over to the parent with care and (b) has been paid back in error to the absent parent.
(177972)
446
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Support Agency cases there are in which the non-resident parent is in receipt of the child tax credit element of the new tax credit which cannot be progressed to a decision; and if he will make a statement.
(177973)
447
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when those Child Support Agency cases enrolled under the old rules will be converted to the new rules system.
(177974)
448
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases the Child Support Agency has on its files that were enrolled (a) under the old rules and for which the old system operates, (b) under the old rules and for which the new system should operate and (c) under the new rules to which the new system applies.
(177975)
449
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many lone parents in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale have gained work through the New Deal programme.
(178533)
450
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale have benefited from (a) the New Deal for Lone Parents and (b) the New Deal for Partners since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(178534)
451
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mothers in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale have taken up the Sure Start maternity grant; and what percentage of those were of Asian origin.
(178535)
452
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the measures introduced to improve the working conditions of disabled workers in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale over the last seven years.
(178536)
453
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many senior citizens in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale have benefited from the winter fuel allowance since 1997; and what percentage are (a) women and (b) of Asian origin.
(178542)
454
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many grants and how much grant was given to people aged (a) under 65 years and (b) 65 years and over from the Specialised Disability Fund in the last 12 months; and what plans he has to enable people disabled after the age of 65 years to receive money under the fund.
(178460)
455
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the annual additional expenditure if the qualifying period for attendance allowance was reduced from six months to three months; how many successful claimants would be affected per year; what the annual cost would be of extending entitlement to the (a) mobility component and (b) the lowest rate care component of disability living allowance to people who claim after the age of 65; how many people would gain a mobility component; how many people would gain the lowest rate care component; and if he will make a statement.
(178461)
456
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on the future of pension centres; and if he will make a statement.
(178433)
457
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber are eligible for pension credit; and what the take-up rate is.
(177037)
458
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his Department have recorded hours, including any accruing on a flexitime basis, in excess of the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive in the last month for which figures are available.
(178368)
459
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to what date he has instructed his Department to work for the publication of draft regulations for the Financial Assistance Scheme.
(178593)
460
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost would be of increasing carers' allowance to the level of the full basic state pension; and what assessment he has made of the consequent effect upon payments of means-tested benefits.
(178597)
461
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost would be of not offsetting carers' allowance against (a) the basic state pension and (b) other benefits.
(178598)
462
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of working age carers in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland are credited with Class 1 national insurance contributions in respect of their caring commitments.
(178600)
463
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the merits of payments for all carers.
(178601)
464
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many compensatory or special payments have been made by the Child Support Agency in each of the last five years; what the total value of these payments was in each of the last five years; and what proportion of these (a) have been and (b) will be reclaimed from companies providing services or support to the CSA where a problem with the services or support necessitated the compensatory or special payment.
(178602)
465
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have taken up the New Deal 50 plus employment credit in each (a) month, (b) quarter and (c) other period for which figures are collected, since the scheme was introduced.
(177968)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
466
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):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 the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale over the last seven years; and what percentage of long-term (i) adult and (ii) youth employed are (A) women and (B) of Asian origin.
[Transferred] (178540)
467
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):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 of people of ethnic minorities in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale over the last seven years.
[Transferred] (178541)
468
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many job vacancies there were in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.
[Transferred] (178543)
469
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were employed in manufacturing-related jobs in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale (a) on the latest date for which figures are available and (b) in 1997.
[Transferred] (178557)
470
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many redundancies were notified, broken down by nation and region, in each year since 2002; what these figures represent as a percentage of the total work force, broken down by nation and region; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (178013)
471
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many carers of working age are (a) in full-time employment, (b) employed part-time and (c) not in paid work.
[Transferred] (178198)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
472
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in securing the retention of HMS Caroline in Belfast once decommissioned by the Royal Navy.
[Transferred] (178548)
473
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) the Israeli Government and (b) the Palestinian Authority regarding the protection of Commonwealth war graves.
[Transferred] (178584)
474
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the security situation in Iraq.
[Transferred] (178204)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
475
Donald Anderson (Swansea East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy towards upward-only rent reviews in contracts between tenants and pub companies.
[Transferred] (178303)
476
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the causes of the recent major fire on the Staffa Industrial Estate in East London; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (178180)
477
Mr Shaun Woodward (St Helens South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much investment has gone into St Helens from European Structural Funds since 2001.
[Transferred] (178111)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
478
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of establishments registered to provide residential accommodation for children were the subject of (a) scheduled and (b) unannounced inspections in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (178495)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
479
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions Merseyside local authorities have issued a fixed penalty notice for noise disturbance in each year since 1996.
[Transferred] (178326)
480
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions Merseyside local authorities have used their new powers to investigate and tackle fly-tipping since the inception of these powers.
[Transferred] (178330)
481
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on progress by Merseyside local authorities in the adoption of the standard classification system for the reporting of fly-tipping.
[Transferred] (178331)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
482
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what account the Government takes of the changing (a) security and (b) political situation in Saudi Arabia when making decisions on arms export licences; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (178139)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
483
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale are receiving treatment for drug dependency; and what percentage are (a) women, (b) under 20 and (c) from an ethnic minority.
[Transferred] (178501)
484
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of carers of working age who gave up jobs to care for a sick or disabled relative in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (178199)
485
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment has been made of the capacity of local authority environmental health departments to police adequately fast food restaurants and other food outlets; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (178256)
486
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland are carers; and what the estimated cost of paid carers being substituted for the care they provide would be.
[Transferred] (178596)
487
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of carers in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland have access to respite care.
[Transferred] (178599)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
488
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Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on progress made in investigating issues raised by the UN Panel of Experts on the illegal exploitation of the natural resources and other forms of wealth of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
[Question Unstarred] (177752)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
489
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cars receive road tax exemption through the Motability scheme; how much this exemption costs; what the financial value is of the exemption; how many of the exempted cars are registered to people aged 65 years and over; what plans he has to extend the exemptions to adapted cars bought by people disabled after their 65th birthday; and if he will estimate the cost of extending the exemptions.
[Transferred] (178459)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
490
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out the level of council tax benefit for the Stroud District Council area for each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (178463)

 
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