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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 17 June 2004

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 17 June 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 17 June 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 17 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 17 June of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 17 June see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the duty imposed on petroleum products (a) is and (b) was in 1997.
(179331)
2
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value of imports of (a) marine products, (b) shrimp and prawns and (c) timber from Burma has been in the past five financial years; and which companies import each type of product.
(179228)
3
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value of imports from Burma was in 2003, broken down by import.
(179231)
4
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential impact on UK corporate taxation of European Court of Justice decisions relating to the profits and losses of UK companies operating in other EU countries.
(179403)
5
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he intends to make specific funding available for security arrangements for the G8 summit in Scotland next year.
(179204)
6
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking towards the cancellation of debt in the world's poorest countries.
(179524)
7
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will fund (a) free old age pensioner travel and (b) free television licences for all old age pensioners at the next budget.
(179525)
8
N
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cheques were encashed from penalty notices incorrectly issued by the Inland Revenue for filing late tax returns in each of the past five years; and what their total value was in each of those years.
(179205)
9
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will made adequate resources available for a programme fully to meet the requirements of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000.
(179294)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
10
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, on how many occasions interim relief has been (a) applied for and (b) granted in cases relating to environmental matters in (i) the High Court, (ii) the Court of Appeal, (iii) the House of Lords and (iv) the Privy Council in each year since 1997.
(179530)
11
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on the powers political parties and individual candidates have to put slogans on the ballot paper; and whether each of these is agreed in advance by (a) the Electoral Commission and (b) the returning officer.
(179304)
12
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what information is requested from those appointed as magistrates concerning their (a) religion and (b) membership of organisations.
(179348)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
13
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent information she has received about important cultural artefacts taken from (a) the Museum of Baghdad and (b) elsewhere in Iraq being discovered (i) in the UK, (ii) in other European Union countries, (iii) in the US and (iv) on the international arts market; and if she will make a statement.
(179338)
14
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects the Museum of Baghdad to reopen; and if she will make a statement.
(179339)
15
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many horses were bred for racing in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.
(179514)
16
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many D-Day veterans benefited from Lottery and Government money to revisit the beaches.
(179515)
17
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many licensed premises serving alcohol in England there were in each year since 1997.
(179432)
18
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to promote Gaelic television and radio broadcasts.
(179466)
19
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many hours of Gaelic programmes were broadcast by (a) BBC1 Scotland, (b) BBC2 and (c) Radio Scotland in each of the last three years.
(179467)
20
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many hours of Gaelic children's programmes were broadcast on television channels in each of the last three years.
(179468)
21
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations she has received from Gaelic groups concerning Gaelic television and radio broadcasting.
(179469)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
22
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on discussions with media organisations on coverage of non-embedded reporting during the Iraq war.
(179439)
23
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about the killing of approximately 30 Iraqi civilians by British soldiers in Amara in May; whether complaints have been received about this; and if he will make a statement.
(179411)
24
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether in any case under investigation by the Royal Military Police in Iraq the Royal Military Police was involved in the activity under investigation; and if he will make a statement.
(179412)
25
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a summary of all cases involving alleged violence to Iraqi individuals by British forces, including (a) the incident complained of, (b) who made the complaint, (c) evidence considered, (d) the detailed findings and conclusions and (e) which have ended in ruling of no case to answer.
(179413)
26
N
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many individuals have served in the UK armed forces in the Second Gulf War.
(179277)
27
N
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of UK armed forces have been killed during the Second Gulf War.
(179278)
28
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to begin the implementation of Fire Study 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(179533)
29
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the programme for the development of Modular Defensive Aids Systems for the Tornado for the current and next two years.
(179534)
30
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what types of (a) ships and (b) aircraft will take part in the 300th anniversary celebrations of British sovereignty of Gibraltar.
(179346)
31
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) Royal Navy ships that call at Gibraltar may then call at Spain and (b) Royal Navy ships that call at Spain may then call at Gibraltar; and whether Royal Navy aircraft may fly over Spain and land at Royal Air Force base Gibraltar.
(179352)
32
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who and which government offices were involved in the recent review of the award of medals to Arctic convoy veterans.
(179543)
33
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the up-to-date position is on the award of medals to the Arctic convoy veterans.
(179554)
34
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will commission a Gibraltar service medal to commemorate the 300 years of British Gibraltar, to be given to armed forces personnel who have served in Gibraltar.
(179555)
35
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has concluded a sale of the whole of the site of former RAF Chilmark; whether work continues on the removal of ordnance; and if he will make a statement.
(179476)
36
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether, if he decides to relocate HQ Land away from Wilton, the Crichel Down rules will apply to the sale of the site.
(179477)
37
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many drivers of military vehicles, by type, have been (a) killed and (b) injured (i) off-road and (ii) on the public highway in each of the past five years.
(179478)
38
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list by vehicle type the number of military vehicles that have (a) been written off, (b) been withdrawn from use pending repair and (c) sustained minor damage in each of the past five years.
(179479)
39
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military vehicle drivers have been stopped by the police for speeding on (a) the A303 and (b) the M3 in the past 12 months.
(179480)
40
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the licence ends for civilian use of Thorney Down waste site at DSTL Porton Down; and if he will make a statement about plans for its future use.
(179481)
41
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timetable is for the replacement of worn-out buildings at the Defence Nuclear Biological and Chemical Centre at Winterbourne Gunner.
(179482)
42
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many prospective purchasers have (a) made initial enquiries and (b) negotiated in respect of the Dean Hill site; when he expects to conclude a sale; and if he will make a statement.
(179483)
43
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military personnel have been (a) killed in action, (b) injured in action, (c) killed in vehicle accidents, (d) injured in vehicle accidents, (e) killed in sporting accidents and (f) murdered in each of the past five years; and how many committed suicide in each of those years.
(179484)
44
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what investigation has been made into the claim by former Chief Petty Officer Derek Barron regarding the sinking of the fishing vessel The Gaul in the Barents Sea in 1974.
(179334)
45
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will reply to the letter dated 15th April from the honourable Member for Banff and Buchan regarding defence establishments and wind farm developments.
(179553)
46
N
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will instruct his Department and other relevant Government departments to offer support and co-operation to the Royal British Legion's inquiry into illnesses suffered by UK troops who served in the 1991 Gulf War.
(179292)
47
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions have taken place with the US on using UK sites for anti-ballistic missile interceptor sites.
(179206)
48
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans have been agreed to allow the US 3rd Air Force and USAFE to take responsibility for the operation of RAF Menwith Hill; and if he will make a statement.
(179207)
49
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has held with the US Air Intelligence Agency about its operation of the RAF Menwith Hill Station.
(179209)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
50
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received on the application by United Utilities and Peel Holdings to erect a windfarm on Scout Moor, between Edenfield and Rochdale, Lancashire; and when he expects to reach a decision on the application.
(179528)
51
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received on the application by Marshalls plc to extend the workings at Scout Moor Quarry, between Edenfield and Rochdale, Lancashire; and when he expects to reach a decision on the application.
(179529)
52
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) the total and (b) his Department's funding was for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust for financial years 2000-01 and 2001-02.
(179305)
53
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) the total and (b) his Department's funding is projected to be for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust for financial year 2005-06.
(179306)
54
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding plans his Department has for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust in financial years (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2009-10.
(179307)
55
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) the total and (b) his Department's funding was for the National Coalfields Programme in financial years 2003-04 and 2005-06.
(179308)
56
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding plans his Department has for the National Coalfields Programme in financial years 2006-07 to 2009-10.
(179309)
57
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) the total and (b) his Department's funding was for the Coalfields Enterprise Fund in each financial year since 1999-2000; and what the projected funding is for 2005-06.
(179310)
58
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding plans his Department has for the Coalfields Enterprise Fund in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2009-10.
(179311)
59
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what part he has played in mediating a settlement between the Fire Brigades Union and the fire authorities.
(179340)
60
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what financial support was given by his Department to each of the areas designated as a priority area for economic regeneration as defined by Regional Planning Guidance 9 in 2003-04.
(179230)
61
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much land is designated for industry in the county plans.
(179510)
62
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what split he recommends for industry and housing on brown field sites.
(179511)
63
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the running costs, including staff salaries, of the Government office of the East Midlands were in each year since 2001; and what the projected costs are for the next three years.
(179427)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
64
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what reasons work to support adult relationships was not included in funding allocations from the Parenting Fund.
(179440)
65
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions his Department has had with the Prince's Trust regarding XL clubs in schools.
(179414)
66
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions his Department has had with the Advisory Committee on Maths Education about improving mathematics education.
(179415)
67
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when his Department will publish a formal response to the Smith Inquiry.
(179416)
68
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the Smith report; and what steps his Department is taking to improve the standard of mathematics education.
(179417)
69
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions his Department has had with employers (a) groups and (b) federations regarding the skills gap.
(179418)
70
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the closure of the Standards and Effectiveness Unit.
(179419)
71
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of families made contact with their local Sure Start programme within the first two months after a birth in the last year for which figures are available.
(179421)
72
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers were investigated for alleged abuse of pupils in each year since 1997; and how many were subsequently (a) prosecuted and (b) found guilty.
(179424)
73
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of university graduates making repayments of nine per cent. of gross income over £10,000 to the Student Loans Company Limited in each year since 2001.
(179445)
74
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many cases of bullying were reported in primary schools in each year since 1990.
(179446)
75
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils left school aged 16 years with no formal qualifications in each year since 1997.
(179447)
76
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will give foster carers official recognition as part of the social care workforce.
(179464)
77
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the case for a national system of allowances for foster carers based on recommended minimum levels.
(179465)
78
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to increase the number of foster carers.
(179470)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
79
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the levels of urban concentrations of ozone for each year since 1997.
(179441)
80
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the withdrawal of the vital villages scheme and its potential impact of the continuation of voluntary shop initiatives in rural areas.
(179295)
81
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding schemes are available for voluntary shops.
(179296)
82
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with British trawlermen who are fishing or who aim to fish off the disputed waters of Western Sahara.
(179297)
83
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she last met representatives of the Village Retail Services Association; and if she will make a statement of what help is now forthcoming to that organisation.
(179321)
84
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many agricultural workers are on the Seasonal Agricultural Workers programme in Lincolnshire.
(179435)
85
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the number of fishermen in the UK in each year since 1990.
(179436)
86
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the impact on fish stocks of the rise in sea water temperature; and if she will make a statement.
(179404)
87
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many live cattle were exported to EU member states in each of the last three years.
(179405)
88
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the water leakage rates were for each water company in England in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures were available.
(179406)
89
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much contaminated land was reclaimed in each of the last three years in (a) England, (b) the Eastern Region and (c) Essex.
(179408)
90
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to change the regulation of animal slaughter in respect of (a) Halal and (b) Shechita practices in order to improve animal welfare.
(179451)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
91
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 26th May, Official Report, column 1637W, on Iraq, to whose private offices the telegram concerned was distributed; and when the telegram was shown by officials in those private offices to Ministers.
(179121)
92
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the policy of the Government is with regard to the invitation by the Edinburgh Military Tattoo to the band of the Chinese People's Liberation Army to play at this year's event; what discussions the Government has had on this invitation; and if he will make a statement.
(179336)
93
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK Government has received a copy of the letter sent to President Bush at the beginning of June by Kurdish leaders Masud Barzani and Jalal Talabani concerning the future autonomy of Iraqi Kurds; and if he will make a statement.
(179409)
94
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 7th June, Official Report, column 63W, on Iraq, if he will place in the Library the minutes of the liaison meeting between the representative of the office of the UK Special Representative for Iraq with the US authorities in Baghdad; if he will list the representations which have been made to the coalition powers on the incident; what arrangements he understands have been put in place for the investigation ordered by the US Commander of the Multinational Force in Iraq; whether it will meet and hear evidence at any stage in public; to what timescale he understands it will operate; who will undertake the investigation, and who they represent; whether the UK offered arrangements or individuals to help undertake the investigation; and if he will make a statement.
(179410)
95
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, with specific reference to action he intends to take at the UN to try to restore order to that region.
(179302)
96
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Banya mulenge, Democratic Republic of Congo, with specific reference to their actions in the Bukavu region; and what discussions he has had with the Rwandan authorities on their support for the Congolese Rally for Democracy in a military situation.
(179303)
97
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with President Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo since the latest attempted coup; and if he will make a statement.
(179322)
98
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the recent deaths of two Saharawis in Moroccan custody in El Ayoun and Goulimine.
(179323)
99
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the recent Amnesty International Report on human rights abuses in Western Sahara and Morocco.
(179324)
100
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make urgent representations to the Government of Spain on its new peace treaty plan, Madrid II, to try to settle the Western Sahara issue, with specific reference to the concerns expressed by (a) the Polisario Front and (b) the Saharawis people.
(179325)
101
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the proposals of the African Union to set up a permanent peace-keeping force.
(179326)
102
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he will make to the Eritrean Government concerning (a) the arrest of Haile Naizgi, Chairman of the Full Gospel Church and Dr Kifle Gebremeskel, Chairman of the Eritrean Evangelical Alliance, (b) the arrest of Pastor Tesfatsion Hagos of the Rema Evangelical Church, (c) the arrest and incarceration of Helen Berhane and (d) the detention of members of minority Christian churches.
(179342)
103
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he will be making to the Sudanese authorities concerning the seizure on 20th May of the guesthouse in Khartoum belonging to the Episcopal Church in Sudan.
(179344)
104
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the proposed Anti-conversion Bill in Sri Lanka constitutes an infringement of religious liberty; and if he will make a statement.
(179345)
105
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to urge European Union partners to strengthen the EU Common Position on Burma, with particular reference to the banning of investment by EU companies in Burma.
(179531)
106
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to urge the Government of Vietnam to allow diplomats from (a) the UK and (b) other EU embassies to visit the Central Highlands in order to investigate the human rights situation with regard to the Degar people.
(179532)
107
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to lobby the UN Security Council for (a) a global embargo on investment in and (b) a ban on arms sales to Burma; and if he will make a statement.
(179536)
108
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the conditions of imprisonment of Pastor Gong Shengliang in China.
(179537)
109
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Indonesia on the imprisonment of Reverend Ribnaldy Damanik; and if he will make it his policy to recognise Reverend Damanik as a prisoner of conscience.
(179538)
110
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what amendments he has tabled to the Draft EU constitution on (a) the UK's competence in relation to borders and asylum, (b) the EU's competence in taxation matters and (c) the UK's competence in relation to foreign policy.
(179485)
111
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 7th June, Official Report, column 55W, on Cyprus, for what reason the status of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus London Representative Office will not be upgraded.
(179522)
112
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 7th June, Official Report, column 55W, on Cyprus, when he expects direct flights between Northern Cyprus and United Kingdom airports to commence; and whether the Government has safety concerns about direct flights of commercial aircraft to Ercan airport.
(179540)
113
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 7th June, Official Report, column 55W, on Cyprus, what steps the Government has taken within the European Union to promote the amendment of legislation restricting trade and communications with Northern Cyprus.
(179541)
114
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 7th June, Official Report, column 55W, on Cyprus, what financial assistance (a) the Government and (b) the European Union is providing to Northern Cyprus; and for what specific purpose.
(179542)
115
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 7th June, Official Report, column 56W, on Northern Cyprus, for what reason HM Government will not take steps to promote the repeal of UN Security Council Resolution 541.
(179557)
116
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 7th June, Official Report, column 56W, on Cyprus, if HM Government will (a) request the President of the UN Security Council to issue an invitation to Turkish Cypriot elected leaders to address the Security Council and (b) support an invitation from the UN Security Council for Turkish Cypriot elected leaders to address the Security Council under Article 32 of the Charter.
(179558)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
117
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 7th June, Official Report, column 160W, on medical instruments, how much of the figure shown for each year was spent on (a) hildebrandt vaginal irrigating tubes, (b) suction curettes diameter 28cm graduated, (i) 4mm, (ii) 6mm, (iii) 8mm, (iv) 10mm, (v) 12mm and (vi) 14mm and (c) hose connections curved, 11mm diameter; and if he will make a statement.
(179298)
118
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for cancer radiotherapy (a) in England and (b) across Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust was during (i) 2001-02, (ii) 2002-03 and (iii) 2003-04.
(179426)
119
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 24th May, Official Report, column 1378W, on emergency planning, how many times the long-standing arrangements between the NHS and the armed forces have been tested; what form these tests took; and when they last occurred.
(179471)
120
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 24th May, Official Report, column 1378W, on emergency planning, when the well-developed major incident plans were last monitored by the Department; what form the tests took; and what steps he will take to satisfy himself that the major incident plans will work in a serious emergency, with particular reference to a terrorist attack.
(179472)
121
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action has been taken on the implications of cannabis smoking for respiratory health since the publication of the British Lung Foundation report, A Smoking Gun.
(179327)
122
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department spends money on helping ME sufferers in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and (c) Chorley.
(179347)
123
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the spending in Chorley on drug treatment was in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) gender and (b) whether the patients were under or over 18.
(179526)
124
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget for drug treatment for Chorley and South Ribble Primary Care Trust is in 2004-05.
(179527)
125
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have received care packages to enable them to stay in their homes in Greater London in each of the last five years.
(179394)
126
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS beds were available in Greater London, broken down by National Health Service Trust, in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(179395)
127
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time midwives are employed in the NHS in Greater London, broken down by National Health Service Trust; and how many were employed (a) five years ago and (b) 10 years ago.
(179396)
128
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients there were per general practitioner within Greater London, broken down by borough (a) on the most recent recorded date and (b) in 1997.
(179397)
129
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many qualified radiographers have been employed in Greater London, broken down by National Health Service trust, in each of the last five years.
(179398)
130
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many assaults there were on members of NHS staff during the last 12 months at hospitals in Greater London, broken down by National Health Service Trust.
(179399)
131
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter dated 2nd April concerning the late Ms R. Forber of Warrington.
(179263)
132
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many expressions of interest have been received for the purchase of the business of PHLS Media Services.
(179384)
133
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the review of PHLS Media Services undertaken by KPMG.
(179385)
134
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is for the future of PHLS Media Services.
(179386)
135
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of agar plates procured by NHS laboratories were supplied by PHLS Media Services in 2003.
(179387)
136
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to consult the staff of PHLS Media Services on its future.
(179388)
137
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost is of agar plates purchased from (a) PHLS Media Services and (b) private sector suppliers.
(179389)
138
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has consulted (a) the Health Protection Agency and (b) the Purchasing and Supply Agency on the future of PHLS Media Services.
(179390)
139
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has consulted UK Resilience on the future of PHLS Media Services.
(179391)
140
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to safeguard the supply of agar plates in the event of a national emergency.
(179392)
141
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether general practitioners who are members of the British Medical Acupuncture Society will be subject to dual registration when the new statutory regulator is in place; whether medical acupuncturists will be recognised in the education and training requirements of the new acupuncture regulator; and if he will make a statement.
(178454)
142
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what studies his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the clinical effectiveness of (i) animal-based insulins and (ii) other insulins; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (179547)
143
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will instruct the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to investigate and compare the clinical effectiveness of beef, pork and synthetic insulins.
[R] (179548)
144
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of insulin dependent diabetics prescribed (a) beef, (b) pork and (c) other insulins in each of the past 10 years for which figures are available.
[R] (179549)
145
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidance is available on the appropriate insulin to prescribe to a newly diagnosed insulin-dependent diabetic.
[R] (179550)
146
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with insulin manufacturers about the continuity of future supply to patients.
[R] (179551)
147
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has responsibility for the continuity of supply (a) all insulins, (b) specific insulins and (c) an insulin; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (179552)
148
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of NHS patients who will receive treatment in private clinics over the next three years.
(179430)
149
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the change in the cost of generic drugs was in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(179407)
150
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it a priority to publish data provided by IMS on the prescription of medicines in hospitals for the treatment of (a) cancer, (b) rheumatological conditions and (c) hepatitis C.
(179448)
151
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to publish the data provided by IMS on the availability and prescription in hospitals of medicines which have received positive National Institute for Clinical Excellence approval.
(179449)
152
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what target dates he has set for ensuring that all primary care trusts have a National Institute for Clinical Excellence facilitator.
(179450)
153
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many National Institute for Clinical Excellence facilitators have been appointed within primary care trusts.
(179452)
154
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of whether all strategic health authorities have robust processes in place to ensure that National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidance is (a) planned for and (b) followed through; and if he will make a statement.
(179453)
155
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the NHS Information Centre to be in a position to provide good quality comparative information on the take-up of National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidance.
(179454)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
156
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his Department's review of quotas for workers in (a) agriculture, (b) hospitality and (c) food processing in the light of EU enlargement.
(179332)
157
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans there are for an awareness campaign to educate young people of the risk of pulmonary infections and respiratory cancer associated with cannabis smoking.
(179328)
158
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans there are to repeat the longitudinal studies of cannabis smoking completed in the 1960s and 1970s to take account of the increased potency of today's cannabis.
(179329)
159
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans there are to conduct further research into the link between cannabis smoking and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
(179330)
160
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will repeal of section 127 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.
(179544)
161
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of section 127 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 on industrial relations in the Prison Service.
(179545)
162
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are planned for the data used by local neighbourhood watch associations held by the National Neighbourhood Watch Association (NNWA) in the event that the NNWA is dissolved.
(179349)
163
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Lancashire Neighbourhood Watch Association about the future of the Association.
(179350)
164
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the (a) National Neighbourhood Watch Association and (b) (i) county and (ii) local associations are to continue to be permitted to use the Neighbourhood Watch logo.
(179351)
165
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the future of (a) Garth and (b) Wymott Prisons in Chorley; and whether these prisons will remain in-house.
(179517)
166
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes in Lancashire have been investigated by (a) the Forensic Science Services and (b) a private company in the last 12 months.
(179518)
167
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were arrested in Lancashire following the England v France football match; and at what capacity cells were used on that evening.
(179519)
168
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the number of instances of stop-and-search under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 has risen in Hampshire between 2001-02 and 2002-03; and how many (a) arrests, (b) charges and (c) convictions have resulted from these in connection with (i) terrorist-related and (ii) non-terrorist-related suspected offences.
(177982)
169
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will introduce free passports for British passport holders over 75 years.
(179393)
170
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role the Government has in setting limits or determining the appropriate charge to be levied by Her Majesty's Coroners upon bereaved relatives and other interested parties in payment for photocopying of documents and statements to be disclosed under Rule 37 of the Coroners Act 1988; when the level of the charge was last reviewed; and what relief is available for individuals on low incomes.
(179513)
171
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated cost is of future market test under the National Offender Management Service.
(179473)
172
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of each market test process in 1997.
(179474)
173
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who the employing body is for prison staff under the National Offender Management Service arrangements.
(179475)
174
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information he has received about (a) attempts to sell former Home Office servers on E-bay and (b) police investigations into these attempts.
(179341)
175
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crime and disorder reduction partnerships there are; and what assessment he has made of their effectiveness in combating crime.
(179431)
176
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were assaulted while on duty in Lincolnshire in each year since 1997.
(179433)
177
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of illegal immigrants in Lincolnshire.
(179434)
178
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the level of budget change for the Centrex Training Centre in Harrogate is for 2004-05; and what proposed changes in staffing and recruitment will result from the changes.
(179208)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
179
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid he is giving to the World Food Programme support to the Saharan refugee camps.
(179299)
180
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with (a) the Government of Sudan, (b) the UN and (c) non-governmental organisation on barriers preventing aid being delivered to Darfur.
(179300)
181
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on aid the UK is sending (a) unilaterally and (b) as part of the EU to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(179301)
182
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the recent statements by the UN that the Sudan Government is stopping aid reaching western Darfur.
(179535)
183
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to promote social and economic development in Sudan.
(179429)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
184
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what methods of restraint are used in controlling young offenders at the Juvenile Justice Centre; and what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of these methods of restraint.
(179488)
185
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many contact hours per week young offenders have with teaching staff in the Juvenile Justice Centre in Bangor, County Down.
(179489)
186
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what management staff are on duty during the night at the Juvenile Justice Centre; and what qualifications they have in (a) social work and (b) management.
(179490)
187
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans the Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice has to inspect the Juvenile Justice Centre; and if he will make a statement.
(179492)
188
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many assaults there have been on staff by young offenders at the Juvenile Justice Centre in each month since its opening.
(179493)
189
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many voters were turned away from polling stations in Northern Ireland at the recent European parliamentary elections for not having valid photographic identification.
(179494)
190
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the maximum period of lock-up imposed on young offenders at the Juvenile Justice Centre has been; how often this maximum has been applied; and to what percentage of offenders it has applied since its opening.
(179495)
Questions to the Prime Minister
191
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Prime Minister, what action he has taken as a result of his meeting with Lockerbie relatives on 24th May; and what next steps he proposes to take.
(179210)
Questions to the Solicitor General
192
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Solicitor General, which solicitors do pro bono work in Leyton and Wanstead; how much they did in 2003; what it covered; and if she will make a statement.
(179335)
193
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Solicitor General, what definition the Government uses of the crime of genocide.
(179539)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
194
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new business start-ups there were in 2003 in (a) Essex and (b) Southend.
(179333)
195
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints have been received by the Office of Fair Trading in relation to (a) business to business and (b) business to consumer scams in each of the last five years.
(179261)
196
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action her Department has taken against rogue businesses that are operating business to business frauds.
(179262)
197
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether Stop Now orders can be used against rogue companies that are operating frauds specifically aimed at other businesses.
(179264)
198
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many Stop Now orders have been issued since their introduction; and how many were issued by each type of enforcer.
(179265)
199
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the running costs, including staff salaries, of the East Midlands Development Agency were in each year since 2001; and what the projected costs for the next three years are.
(179428)
200
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of current consumer protection measures in dealing with e-mail promotion and transaction of frauds; and what steps she will take to ensure that perpetrators of such e-mails receive appropriate penalties.
(179496)
201
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her estimate is of the volume of spam sent to (a) UK business and (b) private citizens by e-mail in each of the last two years.
(179497)
202
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the proportion of fuel poor households in (a) the UK and (b) England that contain an older person.
(179343)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
203
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to provide fast train services from Pendle to Manchester.
(179438)
204
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many regulatory bodies are responsible for railway activity.
(179486)
205
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of road traffic accidents primarily caused by excessive speed in the last year for which figures are available.
(179487)
206
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to expand rail freight.
(179491)
207
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Dunstable Northern bypass from the A5 to the M1 will be built; and what funding has been specifically allocated to build it.
(179442)
208
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) private and (b) commercial liquefied petroleum gas fuelled vehicles there are in the UK.
(179422)
209
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fatal road traffic accidents there have been in each county in England since 1997.
(179423)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
210
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of whether members of the Cheney, Warwick Group and Debenholt and Kalamazoo pension schemes will be considered for assistance under the provisions of the Pensions Bill in respect of employees who have lost pension benefits following the wind-up of occupational pension schemes.
(179444)
211
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the rescue package for the Child Support Agency which EDS is to implement by August of this year.
(179498)
212
Andy King (Rugby & Kenilworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the income thresholds used in paragraph 7 of the reply by the Government to the Second Report of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, Session 2003-04 , Cm 6200 are (a) before housing costs (i) for the relative low income and (ii) for the absolute low income and (b) after housing costs (i) for the relative low income and (ii) for the absolute low income.
(179516)
213
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were prosecuted for fraudulent benefit claims in each year since 1997.
(179437)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
214
N
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received about Equitable Life.
[Question Unstarred] (179131)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
215
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Coalition military operations have damaged the remains of ancient Babylon; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (179337)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
216
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of disadvantaged children live in the 20 per cent. most deprived wards in England.
[Transferred] (179420)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
217
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the most recent rate of teenage pregnancies per thousand population was in (a) Longbridge ward, Birmingham, (b) Birmingham and (c) England; and what action he is taking to monitor efforts to reduce this rate.
[Transferred] (179425)
218
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Secretary of State for Work and Pension's Answer of 15th March, Official Report, column 12, on child poverty, what extra resources the Government is putting into counselling; and what steps it takes to encourage people to resolve relationship difficulties in the interests of their children.
[Transferred] (179443)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
219
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will introduce legislation that will enable the Government to ban investment in countries where investment will have a negative impact and is contrary to British Government advice.
[Transferred] (179229)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
220
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated cost of credit card fraud in the UK was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (179523)

 
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