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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 18 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 Friday 18 June 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 18 June 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Friday 18 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 Friday 18 June of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Friday 18 June see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what mechanisms exist to distinguish between those matters which are his Department's responsibilities and those which are directly those of the Prime Minister.
(179463)
2
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what measures he proposes to take to rectify problems with (a) missing files, (b) management of website structures, (c) the use of illegal characters in web addresses, (d) problems with compliance with the Government's search index system and (e) hosting websites on servers that are not able to manage demand in respect of Government websites.
(179768)
3
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make a statement on the compliance of Government websites with Web Accessibility Initiative guidelines.
(179769)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
4
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much estimated additional tax revenue the Treasury has gained from the higher fuel prices paid by the public in the last month for which figures are available.
(179772)
5
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Greater London constituencies experienced the greatest fall in electorate between (a) 1990 and 2000 and (b) 1997 and 2004 in (i) numerical and (ii) percentage terms, listed in descending order.
(179400)
6
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in Greater London, broken down by borough, are eligible for the child tax credit; and what the take-up rate is.
(179401)
7
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the reasons for the methods of payment of back payments for (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit.
(179774)
8
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether death certificates issued in other EU countries are admissible in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(179571)
9
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 21st April, Official Report, columns 502-3W, on Census statistics, what proportion of the population in the 1991 Census identified themselves as English in (a) England, (b) the UK and (c) each constituency.
(179723)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
10
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many applications for judicial review relating to environmental matters were granted permission to proceed in each year since 1997; and what proportion of the total number of applications this represented in each year.
(179559)
11
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many applications there were for judicial review in the High Court relating to environmental matters in each year since 1997; and what proportion of the total number of applications this represented in each year.
(179560)
12
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many cases relating to environmental matters were granted leave to appeal to the House of Lords in each year since 1997; and what proportion of the total number of cases heard by the legal committee of the House of Lords this represented in each year.
(179561)
13
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many cases relating to environmental matters were granted leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal in each year since 1997; and what proportion of the total number of appeals to the Court of Appeal this represented in each year.
(179562)
14
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment he has made of the training provided to judges in understanding and correctly applying Part 3 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
(179673)
15
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the turnout was as a percentage of eligible voters at the European parliamentary elections (a) this year and (b) in 1999, broken down by region.
(179695)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
16
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her policy is on ensuring that all people in the UK have access to a diverse media.
(179742)
17
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make grants to sports clubs and associations conditional on their use and purchase only of equipment which has not been manufactured using child labour.
(179773)
18
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps within the BBC Charter review process to ensure that BBC World remains part of the BBC.
(179647)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
19
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has authorised the dropping of (a) aluminium powder and (b) barium in UK airspace by (i) UK aeroplanes and (ii) US aeroplanes.
(179456)
20
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Ministry of Defence flights adhere in all respects to the requirements of the Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques.
(179458)
21
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to assist the Royal British Legion with the independent inquiry into Gulf War Syndrome.
(179759)
22
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the countries of origin were of (a) advice, (b) technology and (c) materials discovered by the Iraq Survey Group which contributed towards the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction in that country.
(179760)
23
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the UK has not decommissioned its nuclear weapons.
(179775)
24
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the incident at Ballykinler Barracks on 16th May.
(179793)
25
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates representatives of his Department visited British nationals detained at Guantanamo Bay; whether he has received adverse reports on the welfare of detainees or allegations of ill-treatment; what representations he made on behalf of the prisoners; and what action he took to make his concerns known to relatives or legal representatives of those detained.
(179815)
26
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost of acquiring the (a) hardware and (b) software for (i) the MK98 Mod 5 Fire Control System and (ii) modifications to the Trident system under the SLBM Retargeting System was; and if he will make a statement.
(179684)
27
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Mk 98 Mod 5 Fire Control system for Trident is due to enter service; and if he will make a statement.
(179685)
28
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent per annum since 1993 on modifications to the shore-based target planning system for Trident; and if he will make a statement on the functions of these modifications.
(179686)
29
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has drawn up for the use of satellites for EHF communications with Trident nuclear submarines; which satellites his Department plans to use for EHF communications with Trident nuclear submarines; and if he will make a statement on his Department's assessment of the importance of EHF communications with Trident nuclear submarines.
(179687)
30
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which countries the (a) arming, fusing and firing system components, (b) neutron generators and (c) gas reservoirs of Trident nuclear warheads are manufactured; and if he will make a statement.
(179688)
31
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which country the gas reservoirs for Trident nuclear warheads are filled with tritium; and if he will make a statement.
(179689)
32
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department plans to decommission the Chapelcross Production Plant; and if he will make a statement.
(179690)
33
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the last transfer of nuclear material between the United States and the UK under the Mutual Defence Agreement took place; and if he will make a statement.
(179691)
34
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the functions of the (a) Mk98 Mod 5 Fire Control System and (b) SLBM Retargeting System.
(179692)
35
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for how many empty houses his Department is responsible; and if he will make a statement.
(179354)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
36
N
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what action he intends to take to tackle radon in Cornish homes.
(179461)
37
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the Department's current estimate is of the shortage of houses for affordable rent in each London borough; and if he will make a statement.
(179642)
38
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) council and (b) housing association new dwellings for rent he expects to be completed in the current year in each London borough; and what his expectation is for 2005-06.
(179643)
39
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the turnout was as a percentage of eligible voters at the local elections on (a) 10th June and (b) the previous comparable local election date, broken down by region.
(179694)
40
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department's guidelines for the use of green belt land allows its use for low cost or rent housing in order for local people in villages to remain in the area under section 106 agreements.
(179776)
41
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what research his Department has conducted into the availability of housing in areas of economic expansion in the North West.
(179683)
42
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many housing units were built in 2003-04 in the Pathfinder areas of Merseyside; and how many are expected to be built in 2004-05.
(179729)
43
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what monitoring of building moratoria in the North West is carried out by the Government Office for the North West.
(179771)
44
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of European standards (a) BS EN 1176 and (b) BS EN 1177 on (i) the number of playgrounds in the UK and (ii) the cost of maintaining playgrounds by local authority.
(179665)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
45
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his estimate is of the cost to public funds of (a) the Tomlinson Inquiry and (b) the Adrian Smith inquiry.
(179795)
46
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 6th May, Official Report, column 1760W, on key workers, what evidence he has that (a) school teachers and (b) further education lecturers leave London when they want to start a family.
(179762)
47
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether funding for specialist school status is allocated on a per pupil basis.
(179577)
48
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of regulation in the provision of children's services.
(179761)
49
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many different qualifications could be achieved through study at further education colleges on the latest date for which figures are available.
(179812)
50
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the expenditure of the Cheshire Learning Partnership was in each of the last five financial years for which figures are available.
(179636)
51
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding will be made available to the Cheshire Learning Partnership for the current financial year.
(179637)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
52
N
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will ensure that the UK's response to the European Commission's Cetacean By-catch strategy proposes stricter measures than the EU proposals.
(179459)
53
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the trends have been since 1997 in respect of the concentration of aluminium powder in air.
(179457)
54
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Environment Agency has received representations concerning the storage of waste in self-storage sites; and if she will make a statement.
(179737)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
55
Colin Burgon (Elmet):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to promote conservation of the flora, fauna and mineral resources of Antarctica.
(179582)
56
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the EU arms embargo in relation to China.
(179644)
57
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether all Government papers in relation to the killing of UK individuals by Zionist terrorists in the 1940s and 1950s are now in the public domain; and if he will make a statement.
(179794)
58
Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome was of the General Affairs and External Relations Council held on 14th to 15th June; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.
(179780)
59
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consultations were conducted by his Department before publication of the British Indian Ocean Territory (Immigration) Order 2004 and the British Indian Ocean Territory (Constitution) Order 2004.
(179520)
60
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what arrangements have been made since 2000 for Chagos islanders to be allowed to visit Diego Garcia and the Chagos Islands.
(179521)
61
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the mandate is of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees monitors in Darfur; and how they will spread across Darfur's states.
(179650)
62
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proposals there are to link United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees monitors with the African Union missions to Darfur.
(179651)
63
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role he proposes for the UN in peace talks in Darfur.
(179652)
64
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his (a) US, (b) European and (c) African counterparts with regard to submitting a resolution on Darfur to the UN Security Council; what progress he has made on this; and if he will make a statement.
(179633)
65
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the work done by the National Commission on Political Imprisonment and Torture in Chile; and if he will make a statement.
(179634)
66
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the number of people not able to participate in the work of the National Commission on Political Imprisonment and Torture in Chile owing to insufficient advertisement; and if he will make a statement.
(179635)
67
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance his Department (a) offered and (b) has given to the Government in Chile to facilitate the work of the National Commission on Political Imprisonment and Torture; and if he will make a statement.
(179638)
68
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) UK and (b) Chilean nationals now residing in the UK contacted his Department about (i) information on and (ii) assisting the work of the National Commission on Political Imprisonment and Torture in Chile; and if he will make a statement.
(179639)
69
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) representatives of the Government have had with (i) members and representatives of the Government of Rwanda and (ii) representatives of non-governmental organisations regarding the closing of the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement.
(179640)
70
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the UN special rapporteur on executions' statement of 13th June regarding the extrajudicial and summary executions of civilians in Darfur by members of the Sudanese armed forces, the Popular Defence Forces and members of the Janjaweed; and if he will make a statement.
(179744)
71
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the UN special rapporteur on executions' statement of 13th June regarding the integration of Janjaweed members into the regular armed forces of Sudan and the Popular Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement.
(179745)
72
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what charges his Department makes for issuing death certificates for individuals who die abroad; what plans he has to review these charges; and if he will make a statement.
(179570)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
73
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the population he estimates have mercury-based amalgam fillings; and what quantity of mercury this represents.
(179455)
74
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he gives on the optimal dose for selective seratonin uptake inhibitors and related antidepressant drugs.
(179672)
75
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 19th May, Official Report, column 1005W, on barbeque food, if he will set out the reasons for the comment made in the comment column for 2001.
(179674)
76
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he made of the interests held by Professor Breckenridge when appointing him to the Subcommittee on Pharmacovigilance.
(179675)
77
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason the manufacturers of Seroxat were permitted to market that product in a 30mg tablet size.
(179677)
78
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost of establishing 25 consultants and specialists in public health per million population.
(179678)
79
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare on the decision to cap forum membership at an average of 10 members per forum.
(179679)
80
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 5th May, Official Report, column 1612W, on chlamydia, if he will publish the advice of the National Screening Committee giving the reasons for the phased introduction of nationwide chlamydia screening.
(179680)
81
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists in Morley and Rothwell constituency have taken commitment payments to devote more time to NHS dentistry.
(179682)
82
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists have applied to become NHS dentists since 2000 in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire; how many dentists in (i) England and (ii) Gloucestershire have applied for grants to help them achieve NHS status since 2000; how many of these grants have been paid; and how much is outstanding.
(179770)
83
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time at accident and emergency departments at the (a) Royal Free, (b) North Middlesex, (c) Whittington, (d) Homerton and (e) University College hospitals was at (i) the latest available date and (ii) for each of the past three years.
(179641)
84
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Healthy Start Scheme will address the condition of iron deficiency anaemia in infants; and if he will make a statement.
(179629)
85
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of a possible link between iron deficiency anaemia and socio-economic deprivation.
(179630)
86
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of children were affected by iron deficiency anaemia in the last period for which figures are available.
(179631)
87
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to investigate changes in reported illness rates in Dursley, Gloucestershire in the vicinity of the recently installed Tetra mast.
(179569)
88
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the average (a) amount and (b) proportion of working days spent on scrutiny of new drug applications that is accounted for by examination of raw data from Phase 3 clinical trials.
(179575)
89
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the clinical trials on adult users, whose findings have so far been examined as part of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and Committee on Safety of Medicines review of selective seratonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants, were completed in each of the periods (a) 1985 to 1989, (b) 1990 to 1994, (c) 1995 to 1999 and (d) 2000 to 2004.
(179576)
90
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to promote physical activity as a means of tackling obesity.
(179734)
91
Phil Sawford (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in England suffer from osteoporosis.
(179681)
92
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated cost to the NHS of (a) alcohol-related illness and (b) accidents caused by excessive drinking was in the last year for which figures are available.
(179648)
93
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce charges for those who attend hospital as a result of excessive drinking.
(179649)
94
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action his Department is taking to reduce the impact on the NHS of binge drinking.
(179749)
95
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were hospitalised as a result of accidents caused by excessive drinking in each of the last 10 years.
(179750)
96
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been detained in hospital and given compulsory treatment under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year that it has been in force.
(179667)
97
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what methods and at what intervals his Department will monitor the delivery of the NHS Direct language services contract; and if he will publish future performance assessments.
(179668)
98
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what security arrangements have been made in relation to NHS language provision; and whether all NHS Direct translators and interpreters will be subject in future to a police check by the Criminal Records Bureau.
(179669)
99
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether, following the recent award of the contract to supply interpreting and translation services by NHS Direct (OJEC ref: 2003/S153-139660), all NHS patients will continue to have their interpretation needs met by UK-based interpreters.
(179670)
100
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to support the role that language services play in facilitating access to NHS services.
(179671)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
101
N
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he will take to ensure that the culture and heritage of Cornwall is protected.
(179460)
102
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were returned to (a) Somaliland and (b) Somalia in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement.
(179512)
103
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of (a) self-harm, (b) suicide and (c) attempted suicide have been recorded at HM Prison Holloway in each of the past five years; and what discussions he has held with the governor and staff concerning these figures.
(179693)
104
N
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budgeted cost to be borne by Avon and Somerset Constabulary for policing Bristol Airport in 2004-05 is; and what the direct contribution to be made by the Home Office as security expenditure is.
(179313)
105
N
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the number of day visitors used in the calculation of the Police Grant (England and Wales) 2004-05 for Avon and Somerset Constabulary was.
(179314)
106
N
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many day visitors to Bristol Airport are counted in the number used for the purposes of calculating the Police Grant (England and Wales) 2004-05 for Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
(179315)
107
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken to process applications was for leave to remain for doctors from overseas on work permits wishing to work in the NHS in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(179807)
108
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken to process an application was for permit-free postgraduate training status for overseas doctors in training wishing to work and train in the NHS in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(179808)
109
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reduce the (a) cost to and (b) administrative burden on overseas doctors in training of renewing their permit-free postgraduate training status to enable them to work in the NHS.
(179809)
110
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will grant overseas doctors in training working in the NHS permit-free postgraduate training status for a minimum period of one year, or for the duration of their post, whichever is longer.
(179810)
111
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will reform the immigration procedures for doctors from overseas to enable those who wish to work and train in the UK to do so more quickly.
(179811)
112
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what grants Chorley Council can access for alley gating.
(179777)
113
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many alley gate schemes have gone ahead in (a) Chorley, (b) Lancashire, broken down by district and (c) the North West region, broken down by constituency.
(179778)
114
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many councils have had alley gate schemes rejected in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley.
(179779)
115
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many speeding fines were issued in Greater London, broken down by borough, in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002.
(179355)
116
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many speeding fines were paid by motorists in Greater London, broken down by borough, in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002; and how many speeding offences were detected in Greater London, broken down by borough, in (i) 2001 and (ii) 2002.
(179356)
117
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take into account (a) transparency in the inquest process and (b) access for those with limited means when determining the appropriate charge to be levied by Her Majesty's Coroners upon (i) bereaved relatives and (ii) other interested parties in payment for photocopying of documents and statements to be disclosed under Rule 37 of the Coroners Act 1988.
(179806)
118
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what dates representatives of his Department visited British nationals detained at Guantanamo Bay; whether he has received adverse reports on the welfare of detainees or allegations of ill-treatment; what representations he made on behalf of the prisoners; and what action he took to make his concerns known to relatives or legal representatives of those detained.
(179814)
119
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the question of the honourable Member for Woking, reference 177009.
(179499)
120
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress with the overhaul of the immigration service recently announced by the Prime Minister.
(179500)
121
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department will take steps to make (a) breweries and (b) bars responsible for the cost of damage caused by excessive drinking, with particular reference to (i) street cleaning and (ii) police time.
(179645)
122
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much police (a) time and (b) resources were spent on dealing with problems associated with excessive drinking in the latest year for which figures are available.
(179646)
123
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for how many empty houses his Department is responsible; and if he will make a statement.
(179504)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
124
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, who decided upon the payments from the Development Fund for Iraq to the US Army Corps of Engineers; what it was for; who the principal contractors were; who decided who the principal contractors would be; and if he will make a statement.
(179797)
125
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list those who have had sole-sourced contracts funded by the Development Fund for Iraq; which contracts are of a value of $1,000,000 or more; and if he will make a statement.
(179798)
126
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been purchased under the wheat purchase programme funded by the Development Fund for Iraq; at what cost; who was contracted to supply it; what the world price for wheat was at the time of purchase; over what timescale the wheat is supplied; under which disbursement heading it is included; how it is distributed within Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(179799)
127
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on what dates the Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority Program Review Board has met; which meetings were attended by the representative of the Government of the United Kingdom; what votes were conducted at these meetings; what the result was of each vote; and how the UK representative voted on each occasion.
(179801)
128
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to his Answer of 14th June, Official Report, columns 668-9W, on Iraq, if his Department will obtain a copy of the US Government Agency audits of sole-sourced contracts funded by the Development Fund for Iraq; what provision there is for consideration of the copy audits when the Coalition Provisional Authority no longer exists; who approves contractors for expenditure proposals approved by the Development Fund for Iraq Program Review Board; and if he will make a statement.
(179802)
129
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much (a) aid in kind and (b) monetary aid his Department has (i) pledged and (ii) delivered to (A) the Democratic Republic of the Congo and (B) the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1) in each year since 1997 and (2) in each month since November 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(179751)
130
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions (a) he and (b) members of his Department have had with representatives of non-governmental organisations concerning the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since he was made Secretary of State for International Development; what concerns were raised; and if he will make a statement.
(179752)
131
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations his Department has received from non-governmental organisations concerning access to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and if he will make a statement.
(179753)
132
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian implications of the decision by the Government of Rwanda to close its border to the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement.
(179754)
133
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate his Department has made of the numbers of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo in (a) Burundi, (b) Rwanda, (c) Uganda and (d) other countries; how these numbers have changed over the last six months; and if he will make a statement.
(179755)
134
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian impact of the security situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo; how this assessment has changed over the last six months; and if he will make a statement.
(179756)
135
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate his Department has made of the number of internally displaced people in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo; how this estimate has changed over the last six months; and if he will make a statement.
(179757)
136
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans his Department has (a) drawn up and (b) implemented to help overcome the humanitarian crisis in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement.
(179758)
137
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to implement the recommendations in the World Bank's Extractive Industries Review.
(179578)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
138
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the implementation of the Neighbourhood Renewal strategy will begin; and if he will make a statement.
(179803)
139
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made with the development of a Museum of Sea and Sky in Belfast.
(179804)
140
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has held regarding acquiring the aircraft held by the Langford Lodge aviation museum for the proposed Museum of Sea and Sky in Belfast.
(179805)
141
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what external investigations took place into the two escapes by young offenders from the Juvenile Justice Centre; how many managers were on duty within each unit from which an escape was made; and if he will make a statement on security at the centre.
(179501)
142
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what access the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has had to the Juvenile Justice Centre since its opening; and if he will list (a) the representations received from the NIHRC and (b) the meetings the Centre's Director has had with commissioners.
(179502)
143
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who is responsible for the running of the Juvenile Justice Centre; what the gender mix of management is at (a) weekends and (b) public holidays; and what qualifications they have in (i) social work and (ii) management.
(179503)
144
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who the Victims Commissioner for Northern Ireland is; what his remit is; and if he will make a statement.
(179730)
145
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on progress being made on the development of a primary care strategy framework document.
(179731)
146
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to establish a specialist clinic for myalgic encephalomyelitis sufferers in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(179732)
147
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his latest estimate is of the number of myalgic encephalomyelitis sufferers in Northern Ireland; and what the percentage change has been in each year since 2000.
(179733)
148
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made piloting the NHS Direct concept in Northern Ireland.
(179735)
149
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what support arrangements Government departments provide for foreign nationals coming to Northern Ireland to work.
(178764)
150
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent reports he has received of foreign criminal groups and organisations operating in Northern Ireland, with particular reference to the Triads.
(178765)
151
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the age of females has a bearing on where they are placed on waiting lists for fertility treatment.
(179653)
152
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on age restrictions on types of fertility treatment available on the NHS in Northern Ireland.
(179654)
153
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been taken to ensure the implementation of the recommendations of the June 2003 Crest Guidelines on the Management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Adults.
(179655)
154
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on autism respite provision for those living in the Crumlin and Antrim region.
(179656)
155
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to provide a specialist province-wide centre for autism respite care.
(179657)
156
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what preparations have been made to deal with a potential outbreak of West Nile virus in the Province.
(179658)
157
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding has been provided to the Rainbow Network in each of the last five years.
(179659)
158
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funding has been provided to the sexual health advisory organisation Brook in each of the last five years.
(179660)
159
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) latest average waiting time and (b) current longest waiting time for an initial outpatient appointment for fertility treatment in Northern Ireland is; and how many couples are waiting for such an appointment.
(179661)
160
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the projects funded by the International Fund for Ireland for the Killyleagh area of Down District Council; and what the total amount awarded per project has been.
(179663)
161
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of counselling services offered by victims' groups in the Province; and if he will make a statement.
(179676)
Questions to the Solicitor General
162
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Solicitor General, what the role of the Attorney General is in relation to armed forces investigations and possible prosecutions in respect of allegations of criminal mistreatment of Iraqis or of theft of Iraqi property; and if she will make a statement.
(179796)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
163
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what dates (a) discussions and (b) meetings were held between her Department and MG Rover Group since 2000; and if she will place the minutes of these meetings in the Library.
(179316)
164
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance the Government has provided to MG Rover Group in relation to (a) UK and (b) internationally based activities.
(179317)
165
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what mechanisms have been put in place to monitor the use of public assistance provided to MG Rover Group; and if she will place in the Library all material collated by her Department on the assistance given.
(179318)
166
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much public assistance has been made available to MG Rover Group; how much of this has been drawn down; what (a) grant, (b) support scheme, (c) programme and (d) initiative provided this money; for what purposes the support was provided; and how much support was provided in each instance.
(179319)
167
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what duties have been placed upon MG Rover Group to report on the company's financial performance to the Government.
(179320)
168
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the granting of a licence to Wessex Exploration to survey for oil in the occupied land of the Western Sahara; and what the status is of the UN policy towards such exploitation.
(179312)
169
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received about WHSmith refusing to distribute certain newspapers and magazines.
(179724)
170
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the difficulties experienced by small circulation newspapers and magazines in obtaining display space in newsagents.
(179725)
171
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her assessment is of the likely impact of additional rationalisation of staff in her Department on its ability to deliver its priorities and its statutory responsibilities.
(179402)
172
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with the British manufacturing industry on ensuring that they are able to provide the turbine manufacturing capability for new wind farm developments in the UK.
(179763)
173
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to make the UK economy less dependent on imports from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries; and if she will make a statement.
(179764)
174
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to maximise the untapped oil and gas reserves in the UK continental shelf.
(179765)
175
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to stimulate gas companies to create greater capacity to store gas within the UK.
(179766)
176
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, by what mechanisms she reviews strategic oil and gas reserves held by the Government.
(179767)
177
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal accidents have occurred in British playgrounds in each year since 1984.
(179666)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
178
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the Falmouth Harbour Revision Order 2004.
(179579)
179
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to amend the Falmouth Harbour Revision Order 2004.
(179580)
180
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date he expects a decision to be made on the A30 dualling from Bodmin to Indian Queens.
(179581)
181
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he intends to publish for consultation new guidance on the process for applying for bus quality contracts.
(179813)
182
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of safety barriers on the motorway system have been (a) replaced and (b) renovated in each of the last five years.
(179662)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
183
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people (a) have claimed and (b) are eligible for council tax benefit in Greater London, broken down by borough, in each of the last three years.
(179357)
184
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the range of options available in private sector rented accommodation in the local authority areas in which the new housing benefit rules are being tested.
(179664)
185
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Health and Safety Executive has received representations concerning the storage of hazards in self-storage sites; and if he will make a statement.
(179736)
186
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to reach a decision on the effect on the entitlement to carers' allowance of receipt by carers of supporting people payments.
(179353)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
187
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the UK's involvement is in the currency exchange programme; who is contracted for it; how much they (a) have been paid to date and (b) are contracted to receive; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (179800)
188
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the working age population is economically active; and what the figures have been for the last 30 years for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (179726)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
189
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she will take to meet the requirement in Article 6 (1)(b) of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in relation to decisions on proposed activities which may have a significant effect on the environment; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (179556)
190
N
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what surveys she has undertaken to investigate radon in homes in Cornwall; and what those surveys have concluded.
[Transferred] (179462)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
191
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many businesses he estimates have allowed employees at least one day off for voluntary action in the local community as a result of the Active Communities Challenge launched by the Prime Minister in March 2000.
[Transferred] (179583)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
192
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the Sudanese Government's policy of removing radio equipment from non-governmental organisations' and United Nations' vehicles seeking access to Darfur; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (179632)
193
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the UN Under Secretary-General's statement of 14th June regarding the bureaucratic burden placed on relief agencies trying to reach Darfur in Western Sudan; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (179746)
194
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) representatives of the UK Government in Khartoum have (i) initiated and (ii) had with (A) members and (B) representatives of the Sudanese Government concerning the facilitation of access to Darfur by non-governmental organisations; what specific complaints were raised during those discussions; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (179747)
195
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many complaints his Department has received from representatives of non-governmental organisations relating to access to Darfur in each of the last eight months; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (179748)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
196
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will introduce legislation to ensure that employment tribunals have the power (a) to enforce reinstatement orders and (b) to force companies who do not comply with reinstatement orders to pay compensation in default.
[Transferred] (179727)
197
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many reinstatement orders were issued by employment tribunals in each year since 1997; and how many have been carried out.
[Transferred] (179728)

 
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