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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 15 June 2004

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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 15 June 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 15 June 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 15 June of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 15 June of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 15 June see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the levels of long-term (a) adult and (b) youth unemployment in Coventry over the last seven years.
(178143)
2
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what stamp duty is payable on large-scale voluntary stock transfer of council housing.
(179112)
3
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many suicides of (a) under 18s and (b) those aged 14 to 18 were recorded in the UK in each year since 1997.
(178941)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
4
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, under what powers the TV Licensing Authority is permitted to demand access to people's homes to check whether or not they possess a television; and if she will make a statement.
(179058)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
5
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what account he took of (a) the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights in Ireland v United Kingdom to outlaw the use of the five techniques of interrogation found to be in breach of Article 3 of the European Convention and (b) the response of the then Government to that judgement in setting the parameters for conduct by British forces in Iraq in respect of individuals held.
(179056)
6
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on progress with the work of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
(178146)
7
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures he has taken to prohibit the possession and distribution of race hate literature in the armed services; and under what regulations disciplinary action may be taken against (a) a commissioned officer and (b) a non-commissioned officer if found in possession of such materials on army facilities.
(179120)
8
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the death of Radi Nu'ma in Iraq.
(179030)
9
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his statement of 8th June, Official Report, columns 4-5WS, on Iraq, what the names are of the individuals whose deaths are among the cases where a decision whether to prosecute is pending.
(179031)
10
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) the names of the individuals and (b) the (i) date and (ii) nature of the incident concerned is in each of the 75 cases of civilian deaths that are subject to investigation in Iraq.
(179052)
11
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information he has examined in relation to civilian deaths allegedly caused by British forces in the city of Amargh between 8th and 10th May.
(179057)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
12
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many children were living in temporary accommodation in each year since 1997, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement.
(178148)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
13
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many officials in his Department have received early release packages in each year since 1997; what the cost of each package was; and what the average amount received is.
(179002)
14
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many of the Connexions partnerships which opted to move to direct delivery in 2003-04 undertook best value assessments of alternative operational models before reaching their decision.
(179003)
15
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the private finance initiative and public private partnership schemes his Department has entered into that have been subject to refinancing deals, indicating in each case how much of the windfall gain has been repaid to the Government.
(179061)
16
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) book value of the stakeholding, (b) onward sale price and (c) arrangements for sharing any windfall gain from subsequent refinancing arrangements are for each of the private finance initiative and public private partnership schemes his Department has entered into where there has been an onward sale of the private sector stakeholding into secondary market.
(179064)
17
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many overseas universities accredited outside the UK were operating in the UK in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(178147)
18
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils are (i) eligible for and (ii) taking up free school meals, broken down by (A) region and (B) gender.
(178453)
19
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will estimate the proportion of (a) primary school age and (b) secondary school age pupils who have home access to computers; and if he will make a statement.
(179089)
20
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research he has commissioned into the link between home computer access and learning; and if he will make a statement.
(179090)
21
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the computer/student ratio is for (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) special schools in England, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement.
(179091)
22
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, why the number of secondary school pupils in Surrey taking free school meals in January 2002 was higher than the number eligible for free school meals; and if he will make a statement.
(179092)
23
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school buildings are used outside of school hours, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement.
(179100)
24
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 26th May, Official Report, column 1690W, on test and examination costs, if he will make a statement on the initial costs of (a) AS, (b) A-level and (c) A2 examinations for all schools for 2002-03.
(179101)
25
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 27th May, Official Report, column 1825W, on bureaucracy, what records he keeps of the information his Department automatically sends to schools.
(179102)
26
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance his Department has issued to (a) schools and (b) local education authorities in relation to the health and safety of pupils on educational visits.
(179103)
27
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the legal obligations and standards of care that apply to teachers participating in an educational visit.
(179104)
28
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance his Department has issued to (a) schools and (b) local education authorities in relation to school sports days.
(179105)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
29
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the then Under-Secretary of State's letter 167650/MM of 26th June 2002, what the latest evaluation is of the work done to establish the relationship between badgers and bovine TB; and if she will make a statement.
(177891)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
30
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what legal assistance was given by his Department to the five Britons arrested in relation to bombing incidents in Saudi Arabia in 2000 during their incarceration in that country; and what the cost of that assistance was.
(178936)
31
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he intends to take to ensure that British nationals held at Guantanamo Bay are subject to a fair trial or are released; and what timescale he has set.
(179053)
32
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Pendle on 26th May, Official Report, column 1634W, on Guantanamo Bay, on how many occasions, and in respect of how many individuals concerns were raised with the US authorities; and on what dates.
(179054)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
33
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the appropriate qualifications and experience required of psychiatrists treating (a) in-patients and (b) out-patients who have an autistic spectrum disorder.
(178955)
34
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the long-term effects of neuroleptic drugs given to people who have been misdiagnosed as schizophrenic.
(178956)
35
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the number of people with Asperger's syndrome who are misdiagnosed as schizophrenic.
(178957)
36
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to publish the guide to good services commissioned by the National Institute for Mental Health in England to address the mental health needs of people with learning disabilities.
(178958)
37
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to educate the public about mental illnesses to tackle the stigma associated with these illnesses.
(178144)
38
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that drug treatments for patients with mental health illnesses are prescribed at the correct dosage; and what measures are taken to monitor patients for harmful side effects.
(178145)
39
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set a date by which the current Review of selective sertonin reuptake inhibitors and related anti-depressant drugs will be completed and published; and what the reasons are for the delay in completing it.
(178235)
40
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the best estimate of (a) the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and (b) the Committee on the Safety of Medicines of the incidence of withdrawal reactions to Seroxat was in (i) July 1997 and (ii) July 2003; and if he will make a statement on the figures.
(178236)
41
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) the cost of setting up and (b) the annual running costs of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence are.
(179068)
42
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training is being provided for health care staff in new information management technology.
(179069)
43
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individuals in England have congenital multiple limb disability.
(179073)
44
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide a multidisciplinary centre for congenital multiple limb disability sufferers incorporating orthopaedic and rehabilitation services.
(179074)
45
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated cost of a full-length active prosthetic arm is within the NHS.
(179077)
46
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on NHS procedures for fitting individuals without arms with active prosthetic arms.
(179078)
47
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many occupational therapists have been specifically trained to work with those with multiple limb disability.
(179079)
48
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many occupational therapists are capable of providing those with multiple limb disability with support and advice on (a) daily living and (b) home adaptations.
(179080)
49
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assistance is available to facilitate medical students who wish to train part-time.
(179083)
50
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what specialist medical facilities exist to support those with congenital multiple limb disability.
(179093)
51
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on NHS multidisciplinary teams trained to work with multiple limb disability.
(179094)
52
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the procedures in the NHS are for referring patients with multiple limb disability to the Ex-Centre in Stockholm for assessment.
(179095)
53
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many UK patients have been referred through the NHS to the Ex-Centre in Stockholm for multiple limb disability.
(179096)
54
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what active upper limb prosthetics are available through the NHS; and how many users there are.
(179097)
55
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of diabetes sufferers received annual retinal screening in the latest year for which figures are available.
(179111)
56
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the benefits of methylsulfonylmethane for arthritis symptoms.
(179113)
57
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what audit and performance evaluation of first wave foundation trusts and their impact on local health services, including neighbouring trusts, will be conducted before (a) foundation status is reaffirmed and (b) the rolling out of further foundation trusts.
(179116)
58
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether, in order to achieve foundation status, hospital trusts will be required (a) to be fully compliant with the (i) European Working Time Directive and (ii) New Deal for Junior Doctors and (b) to allocate protected time and funding for junior doctors' training on the same basis as non-foundation trusts.
(179118)
59
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what Government policy is regarding an enhanced role for the European Union in health care.
(179119)
60
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has commissioned into the causes of depression in those aged under 18.
(178940)
61
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued in relation to the prescription of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
(178960)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
62
N
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to publish a bill on corporate killing.
(178226)
63
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the private finance initiative and public private partnership schemes his Department has entered into that have been subject to refinancing deals, indicating in each case how much of the windfall gain has been repaid to the Government.
(179063)
64
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) book value of the stakeholding, (b) onward sale price and (c) arrangements for sharing any windfall gain from subsequent refinancing arrangements are for each of the private finance initiative and public private partnership schemes his Department has entered into where there has been an onward sale of the private sector stakeholding into secondary market.
(179066)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
65
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what lessons he learned about the operation of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission during his recent visit.
(178577)
66
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what conclusions he has drawn from his trip to South Africa in relation to the suitability of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(178578)
67
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of the Police Fund budget has been spent in support of (a) RUC officers injured and (b) RUC families bereaved through terrorism in each year since its establishment.
(178579)
68
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been taken to improve waiting times for dermatology assessment across the Eastern Board catchment area.
(179070)
69
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) average and (b) current longest waiting times are for a (i) emergency, (ii) urgent and (iii) routine dermatology assessment in each health trust area.
(179071)
70
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many individuals in the Province have congenital multiple limb disability.
(179072)
71
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on progress regarding the centralisation of dermatology services in Northern Ireland.
(179075)
72
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) new consultant dermatologist posts and (b) specialist dermatology clinics have been created in the Province in the past five years.
(179076)
73
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what specialist medical facilities exist to support children and adults with congenital multiple limb disability.
(179081)
74
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funds have been provided by his Department to the Family Planning Association in each of the last five years.
(179084)
75
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which police stations have (a) opened, (b) closed and (c) reduced hours of service in each year since 1980.
(179085)
76
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many 999 emergency calls were made in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years, broken down by emergency service.
(179086)
77
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on decisions to withdraw treatment from hospital patients.
(179087)
78
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the rights of families to seek access to the medical notes of relatives who die in hospital.
(179088)
79
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which hospitals provide joint antenatal diabetic clinics with both diabetologists and obstetricians.
(179107)
80
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many general practitioner practices provide (a) diabetes, (b) asthma, (c) well-woman, (d) well-man, (e) warfarin and (f) lipid clinics.
(179108)
81
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the prevalence of smoking has been among teenagers over the past two decades, broken down by gender.
(179109)
82
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce a formal clinical network for asthma in the Province.
(179110)
83
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to ensure that all multiple sclerosis sufferers who would benefit from beta interferon or glatiramer are receiving that treatment.
(179114)
84
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to ensure that all patients requiring MRI scans are receiving them promptly.
(179115)
85
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on emergency planning arrangements in the event of an attack linked to international terrorism.
(179117)
86
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether public funds have been used to support the Pat Finucane Centre.
(178227)
87
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the hotel occupancy rates were in Northern Ireland in each (a) year and (b) month in the last 20 years.
(178842)
88
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many tourists visited Northern Ireland in each (a) year and (b) month in the last 20 years.
(178843)
Questions to the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission
89
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, whether the Commission has reached a decision on the external audit arrangements for the National Audit Office.
(179098)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
90
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the occasions since 1974 when nuclear material has been found to be unaccounted for, broken down by (a) the material and (b) the location where it had been held.
(179055)
91
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post office contracts Tesco has taken over as a result of its takeover of (a) the T&S Group chain of convenience stores, (b) Adminstore and (c) other stores; and how many Post Office contracts Tesco has given notice of its intention to terminate, broken down by (i) the date the Government was notified and (ii) location.
(178937)
92
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for which of the post offices whose contracts Tesco has given notice of its intention to terminate will be (a) relocated nearby and (b) permanently closed.
(178938)
93
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the cost to Post Office Limited of (a) relocating and (b) permanently closing the post office branches whose contracts have been terminated by Tesco.
(178939)
94
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions the Permanent Secretary of the Department has had concerning Ruth Lea while she was employed by the Institute of Directors; and if she will make a statement.
(179106)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
95
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the private finance initiative/public private partnership schemes his Department has entered into that have been subject to refinancing deals, indicating in each case how much of the windfall gain has been repaid to the Government.
(179062)
96
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) book value of the stakeholding, (b) onward sale price and (c) arrangements for sharing any windfall gain from subsequent refinancing arrangements are for each of the private finance initiative and public private partnership schemes his Department has entered into where there has been an onward sale of the private sector stakeholding into secondary market.
(179065)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
97
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what advertising campaigns his Department has run since 2001 to make eligible parents aware of their child's entitlement to free school meals.
[Transferred] (179060)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
98
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of attempted suicides of adolescent (a) males and (b) females in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (179059)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
99
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are set for doctors and psychiatrists who offer themselves as expert witnesses on autistic spectrum disorders.
[Transferred] (178959)
100
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the requirement for overseas doctors to pay visa renewal fees for employment within the NHS.
[Transferred] (179082)

 
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