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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 21 June 2004

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 21 June 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 21 June 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 21 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 Monday 21 June of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 21 June see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Chairman of the Catering Committee
1
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee, what percentage of (a) fruit and (b) vegetables available for sale within the House are (i) organic and (ii) sourced within the UK.
(179923)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
2
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of progress by Government departments in implementing recommendations of the Office of Government Commerce paper Quick Wins in Greening Government Purchasing and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs/Office of Government Commerce Joint Note on Environmental issues in Purchasing; and if he will make a statement.
(179706)
3
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the long-term (a) adult and (b) youth unemployment rates were in Tamworth constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(179968)
4
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were unemployed in each constituency in the UK, grouped by region, in (a) January 1990 and (b) April 1992.
(180024)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
5
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many and what percentage of fines are uncollected, broken down by magistrate area, in descending order, according to region.
(180033)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
6
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money the New Opportunities Fund was allocated in 2003-04; and whether any of this money has not been committed.
(179942)
7
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the budget for the Arts Council for 2004-05 is; how much of this budget has been committed this year, and to what projects this money has been committed.
(179943)
8
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money has been spent on the digitisation of content in libraries in the constituency of Tamworth since 1997.
(179965)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
9
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the wreckage of Flight ZD576 is located.
(179587)
10
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether UK citizens and companies working in security in Iraq (a) will be subject to Iraqi law following the transfer of sovereignty in that country and (b) will not be eligible for the immunities which will be enjoyed by UK armed forces; and if he will make a statement.
(179868)
11
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what immunities will be enjoyed by UK armed forces operating in Iraq following the transfer of sovereignty in that country; and if he will make a statement.
(179869)
12
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, wheher any private UK citizens or companies who have been working in security in Iraq will be covered by UK armed forces immunities subsequent to the transfer of sovereignty; and if he will make a statement.
(179870)
13
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with security contractors his Department uses for operations in Iraq about them (a) being subject to Iraqi law and (b) being recipients of immunities following the transfer of sovereignty; and if he will make a statement.
(179871)
14
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his Iraqi Coalition partners about (a) the possibility of immunities and (b) the incorporation into their armed forces immunities of the security contractors who are their nationals following the transfer of soverignty in Iraq; whether the impact of the countries' policies upon their nationals working in security in Iraq is different from the impact of UK Government policies upon UK nationals working in security in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(179872)
15
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the codes of practice issued by (a) his Department and (b) other Coalition partner governments in respect of private security contractors working in Iraq; what the significance of such codes of practice is; what effect the codes have on the legal status and immunities of contractors; and if he will make a statement.
(179890)
16
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which UK armed forces are deployed in the British Indian Ocean Territories; and what use they make of the US facilities on Diego Garcia.
(179697)
17
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether irregularities have been discovered among the claims for payment to his Department by BAE Systems under the Al-Yamamah project since 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(180079)
18
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements have been put in place in his Department to verify the authenticity of claims submitted by BAE Systems under the Al-Yamamah programme; and how that process is audited.
(180080)
19
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many claims for payment submitted to his Department by BAE Systems, related to the Al-Yamamah project, have been rejected in each year since 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(180081)
20
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list defence contracts (a) awaiting decision and (b) signed off in the last 12 months.
(180055)
21
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many army regiments are not using Commonwealth troops to fill recruitment shortfalls.
(180056)
22
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel are from the Commonwealth in the (a) Royal Air Force, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Army.
(180057)
23
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers who are on the S type contract have submitted a redress of complaint about their terms of service; and if he will make a statement.
(179709)
24
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, purusant to his Answer of 28th April, Official Report, column 992W, on Army (Redress of Grievances), how many soldiers who submitted a redress since 1997 made complaints of bullying of the 18 cases outstanding since April 2001; how many are complaints involving alleged bullying; and if he will make a statement.
(179876)
25
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) soldiers and (b) officers have been (i) charged and (ii) disciplined for (A) bullying offences and (B) failing to investigate allegations of bullying since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(179877)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
26
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many local authorities in England have introduced fees for pre-planning application consultation; and if he will make a statement.
(179915)
27
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for what reasons the planning guidelines on mobile phone masts laid down by the Government in PPG8 - Telecommunications 2001 state that authorities should respond positively to proposals for telecommunications development, with particular reference to their application to locations usually subject to policies of restraint.
(179865)
28
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for what reasons the planning guidelines on mobile phone masts laid down by the Government in PPG8 - Telecommunications 2001 state that provided a proposal meets the International Commission on Non-ionising Radiation guidelines for public exposure, it should not be necessary for a local planning authority to consider further the health aspects and concerns about them.
(179866)
29
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to publish the Government's response to the Barker Review of Housing Supply in the UK.
(179884)
30
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the progress of the framework being drawn up by the Housing Corporation and the London boroughs for the pooling of nominations for new lettings across London on a sub-regional basis.
(179885)
31
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of (a) newly-arising need for social housing and (b) the backlog of need for social housing.
(179886)
32
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many homeless households in priority need were in temporary accommodation on (a) 1st May 1997 and (b) 1st May 2004, broken down by Government Office Region.
(179944)
33
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the local authorities that failed to submit a P1E return with the number of homeless households in priority need placed in temporary accommodation for the most recent quarterly statistics; and if he will make a statement.
(179945)
34
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average length of time a homeless household in temporary accommodation in each Government Office Region had to wait before being made an offer of a permanent (a) one-bed, (b) two-bed, (c) three-bed and (d) four-bed or more home in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2004.
(179946)
35
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures he has taken to ensure that all local authorities submit a P1E return detailing the number of homeless households in priority need they have placed in temporary accommodation.
(179947)
36
Matthew Green (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the expenditure in 2004-05 arising as a result of the use of temporary accommodation to house homeless households in priority need.
(179948)
37
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether local district councils may build (a) council housing and (b) old age pensioner bungalows for rent.
(180052)
38
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much land is owned by the Government in the Chorley constituency; and what its present use is.
(180053)
39
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will allow small infill houses to be built where there is a building moratorium in place.
(180054)
40
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he will be taking to ensure that the content of leaflets distributed to households in regions due to hold a referendum on an elected regional assembly is objective; whether he will be consulting the Electoral Commission on their content; and whether he will consult the yes and no campaigns in each of the regions.
(179949)
41
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much housing funding has been allocated to Warrington Borough Council in each year since 1997.
(180085)
42
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effects of the (a) Starter Home Initiative and (b) Market Renewal Pathfinders programme on the residents of Manchester Central.
(179214)
43
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of how the change in the level of council funding for housing has affected the residents of Manchester Central.
(179215)
44
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the advisers seconded to North East Lincolnshire are able to (a) accept and (b) propose cuts in spending on education.
(179887)
45
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) large scale voluntary stock transfers of council housing and (b) arm's length management organisations on the provision of low cost housing for key sector workers, with particular reference to the South East.
(180037)
46
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department funded the assistance provided by (a) Councillor Richard Kemp and (b) the Conservative Leader of East Yorkshire Council to North East Lincolnshire.
(180039)
47
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will provide funding for the Labour Group of East Yorkshire Council to provide advice to North East Lincolnshire Council.
(180040)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
48
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in how many cases in the area of (a) Cumbria County Council, (b) Durham County Council, (c) Northumberland County Council, (d) Hartlepool Council, (e) York City Council, (f) Middlesbrough Council, (g) Stockton Council, (h) Sunderland City Council, (i) Gateshead Borough Council, (j) Darlington Unitary Authority, (k) North Yorkshire County Council, (l) Newcastle City Council, (m) North Tyneside Council, (n) South Tyneside Council and (o) Redcar and Cleveland Council a decision has been made to (i) authorise and (ii) encourage contact between birth parents and an adopted child following review after the judgement in R v Cannings.
(179916)
49
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children's cases are actively being reviewed following the Ministerial announcement of a review on 23rd February about the judgement in R v Cannings in the area of the (a) Cumbria County Council, (b) Durham County Council, (c) Stockton Council, (d) York City Council, (e) Hartlepool Council, (f) Middlesbrough Council, (g) Darlington Unitary Authority, (h) Gateshead Borough Council, (i) Sunderland City Council, (j) South Tyneside Council, (k) North Tyneside County Council, (l) Newcastle City Council, (m) North Yorkshire County Council, (n) Northumberland County Council and (o) Redcar and Cleveland Council social services department; and by what date the review of all potentially affected cases in Cumbria is expected to be complete in each case.
(179917)
50
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in how many cases in the area of (a) Cumbria County Council, (b) Durham County Council, (c) Northumberland County Council, (d) Stockton Council, (e) Hartlepool Council, (f) York City Council, (g) Sunderland City Council, (h) Gateshead Borough Council, (i) Middlesbrough Borough Council, (j) Darlington Unitary Authority, (k) North Yorkshire County Council, (l) Redcar and Cleveland Council, (m) Newcastle City Council, (n) North Tyneside Council and (o) South Tyneside Council a decision has been made that a case should be returned to court for reconsideration following the judgement in R v Cannings.
(179918)
51
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in how many cases in the area of (a) Cumbria County Council, (b) Durham County Council, (c) North Yorkshire County Council, (d) Newcastle City Council, (e) North Tyneside Council, (f) South Tyneside Council, (g) Sunderland City Council, (h) Gateshead Borough Council, (i) Middlesbrough Borough Council, (j) Stockton Council, (k) Hartlepool Council, (l) York City Council, (m) Darlington Unitary Authority, (n) Northumberland County Council and (o) Redcar and Cleveland Council a decision towards adoption has been reversed or varied in a case reviewed by the Criminal Cases Review Commission following the judgement in R v Cannings.
(179919)
52
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in how many cases in the area of (a) Cumbria County Council, (b) North Yorkshire County Council, (c) Sunderland City Council, (d) Gateshead Borough Council, (e) Darlington Unitary Authority, (f) Middlesbrough Borough Council, (g) Hartlepool Council, (h) York City Council, (i) South Tyneside Council, (j) Redcar and Cleveland Council and (k) Northumberland County Council a decision has been made to return a child to its birth parents following the judgement in R v Cannings.
(179920)
53
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what consideration is being given in the review of children's cases in the area of the (a) Cumbria County Council, (b) Durham County Council, (c) Northumberland County Council, (d) Sunderland City Council, (e) South Tyneside Council, (f) North Tyneside Council, (g) North Yorkshire County Council, (h) Newcastle City Council, (i) Hartlepool Council, (j) York City Council, (k) Gateshead Borough Council, (l) Darlington Unitary Authority, (m) Middlesbrough Borough Council, (n) Stockton Council and (o) Redcar and Cleveland Council following the judgement in R v Cannings to what a child should be told about why it was removed from its birth parents, in cases where (i) evidence about Munchhausen's syndrome by proxy, (ii) evidence about factitious disorder by proxy and (iii) other evidence from (A) Professor Meadow and (B) Dr Southall may have played a role in the childs removal but the authority's judgement is that the best interests of the child are in the status quo.
(179921)
54
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in how many cases in the area of (a) Cumbria County Council, (b) Durham County Council, (c) North Tyneside Council, (d) South Tyneside Council, (e) Northumberland County Council, (f) Hartlepool Council, (g) York City Council, (h) Sunderland City Council, (i) Gateshead Borough Council, (j) Darlington Unitary Authority, (k) Middlesbrough Borough Council, (l) Stockton Council, (m) Newcastle City Council, (n) North Yorkshire County Council and (o) Redcar and Cleveland Council a birth parent has been notified by the authority that they should consider taking legal advice about the position of their child who is in care or has been adopted in a case reviewed following the judgement in R v Cannings.
(179922)
55
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what sanctions are available against individuals who falsely accuse teachers of sexual abuse.
(180013)
56
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the rate of convictions in cases of allegations of (a) sexual, (b) physical and (c) verbal abuse against teachers since 1991.
(180014)
57
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effects on teacher recruitment of increased rates of false abuse allegations against teachers.
(180016)
58
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June, Official Report, column 785W, on pupil referral units, for what reasons the separate identification of costs of pupil referral units ended in 2002-03; and what the costs of pupil referral units were for (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02 as set out in the s52 returns of local education authorities.
(179588)
59
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what systems are in place to ensure that children with learning difficulties are identified at an early age; and how many were identified in each local authority in the last year for which figures are available, as a proportion of the total school population.
(180038)
60
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his assessment is of unmet need for local authority secure unit beds.
(180028)
61
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will publish the results of the pilot project for the Student Loan Company protocol computer system conducted in 2003, including feedback from local education authorities.
(179589)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
62
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer from the Minister for Public Health of 11th December 2003, Official Report, columns 596-7W, on GM crops, what (a) notice and (b) formal communication the Food Standards Agency gave to her Department of its intention to support the approval of the application of the use of Bt 11 GM maize in food at the EC Standing Committee for the food chain and animal health meeting on 8th December 2003.
(179970)
63
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the average lactations of dairy cows during their productive lifetime for each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(179972)
64
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons the Environment Agency report auditing the refrigerator recycling scheme has been delayed; and when it is now expected.
(179867)
65
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to minimise pollution from fish farms.
(179883)
66
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on a pesticides tax.
(179595)
67
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to (a) farmers and (b) the Government is of the fallen stock disposal scheme; whether the deadline for the scheme has been met; and if she will make a statement.
(179596)
68
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has for the pre-testing of fallen stock; and if she will make a statement.
(179597)
69
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many rod licences were granted, broken down by age category, in each of the last 10 years.
(180025)
70
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total amount of revenue raised by fishing rod licences was for each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement on where the revenue was spent.
(180026)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
71
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the United Nations about Sudan's membership of the UN Commission on Human Rights.
(179934)
72
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Uganda concerning the protection of civilians from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the resettlement of LRA soldiers.
(179892)
73
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what facilities exist on Diego Garcia for holding human beings against their will; and if he will make a statement.
(178580)
74
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many detainees, and how many shipments of detainees, have passed through Diego Garcia, or the territorial waters off it, while in transit between other destinations; whether any detainees have been disembarked at Diego Garcia, and for how long; and if he will make a statement.
(178581)
75
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the latest annual income is from fishing licences in the British Indian Ocean Territories.
(179698)
76
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment is of the timetable for the introduction of monitors for the purpose of peace-keeping in Darfur.
(179701)
77
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the current security situation in the Shilluk Kingdom, Sudan.
(179703)
78
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Burmese Government, citing Common Article 3 of the Geneva conventions, on its treatment of the civilian populations of the Karen, Karenni and Shan peoples.
(180020)
79
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will recognise as genocide the actions of the Burmese Government against the Karen, Karenni and Shan peoples.
(180021)
80
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what talks have taken place with EU officials on (a) cruise ships and (b) Gibraltar; when; where; and with whom.
(180091)
81
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 7th June, Official Report, column 64W, on leaflet production (costs), what the purpose of the leaflets was; and by what means they were distributed.
(180073)
82
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of Israeli civilians killed since the beginning of the intifada in September 2000; and how many were under the age of 18.
(180074)
83
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what dates he has met the Israeli Ambassador since September 2000.
(180075)
84
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times he has met representatives of the Palestinian Authority since September 2000; and when those meetings were.
(180086)
85
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what sanctions the Government has applied to (a) the state of Israel and (b) Palestine for breaches of international law since September 2000.
(180087)
86
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much aid the Government has given (a) directly and (b) through non-governmental organisations to Palestine in each year since 1997.
(180088)
87
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of Palestinian civilians killed since September 2000; and how many were under 18.
(180090)
88
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many United Nations Resolutions of (a) the Security Council and (b) the General Assembly condemning the actions of the state of Israel the Government has voted against since 1974; and in what year each vote was.
(180092)
89
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his meeting with the Indian Foreign Minister.
(179905)
90
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to to visit Cyprus.
(179906)
91
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visa refusals he has overturned in the last 12 months.
(179907)
92
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the current staffing level of the Public Diplomacy Unit is.
(179908)
93
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visas were granted in (a) Romania and (b) Bulgaria in each month in 2003.
(179909)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
94
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with diabetes require animal insulin; and if he will make a statement.
(180049)
95
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has evaluated on the suitability of synthetic insulin for all diabetics in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(180050)
96
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients he estimates are more suited to animal insulin and have experienced problems with synthetic insulin; and if he will make a statement.
(180051)
97
N
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will respond to the issues raised by the honourable Member for Erith and Thamesmead in his letters of 17th March and meeting with the Minister of State on 8th March; and if he will make a statement.
(179563)
98
N
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will agree to a meeting with representatives of Queen Mary's Hospital NHS Trust, Oxleas NHS Trust, Bexley Care Trust and the Strategic Health Authority.
(179568)
99
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many chargeable days NHS trusts in England have reported since liability for delayed discharge charging came into effect; and what the total charging liability since this date is.
(179590)
100
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has routinely to publish rates of emergency readmissions to hospital within 28 days of discharge for patients aged 75 years or over.
(179591)
101
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated cost to an NHS trust is of developing an application for foundation trust status.
(179592)
102
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trusts are developing, but have not yet submitted, preliminary applications for the establishment of NHS foundation trusts.
(179593)
103
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of preliminary applications for NHS foundation trust status have been successful in passing through to the preparatory phase.
(179594)
104
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June, Official Report, columns 680-1W, on dentistry, when the British Dental Association and other dental organisations will receive the draft new base contract for NHS dentists with the proposed contract values.
[R] (179783)
105
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June, Official Report, columns 680-1W, on dentistry, what methods are under consideration to enable NHS dentists to know for which patients they have responsibility for NHS treatment.
[R] (179784)
106
N
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from the Royal College of Radiologists about waiting times for radiotherapy.
(179211)
107
N
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patients needing (a) radical radiotherapy, (b) palliative radiotheraphy for cancer and (c) radiotherapy after surgery have waited for treatment for longer than the recommended maximum.
(179212)
108
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11th December 2003, Official Report, column 596W, on GM crops, what (a) notice and (b) formal communication the Food Standards Agency gave to his Department of its intention to support the approval of the application of the use of Bt 11 GM maize in food at the EC Standing Committee for the food chain and animal health meeting on 8th December 2003.
(179971)
109
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the total number of recommendations contained in the Acheson Report on inequalities in health have been acted upon; in what way the recommendations have been acted upon; and if he will make a statement.
(179873)
110
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the Chorley and South Ribble Primary Care Trust have been treated for alcohol-related illness in each of the last five years.
(180058)
111
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been treated for alcohol-related accidents or illnesses at Chorley Hospital in each of the last five years.
(180059)
112
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS of treating (a) illnesses attributable to smoking, (b) illnesses attributable to obesity, (c) diabetes and (d) diabetes in children was in the last year for which figures are available.
(179956)
113
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many senior citizens from the Tamworth constituency have taken up free eye tests.
(179957)
114
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS of treating (a) those injured in road traffic accidents and (b) head injuries received in cycling accidents is in the last year for which figures are available.
(179958)
115
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS of treating the symptoms of (a) alcohol, (b) cannabis, (c) heroin, (d) cocaine and crack and (e) ecstasy abuse was in the last year for which figures are available.
(179959)
116
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) capital and (b) revenue funding has been allocated to the NHS in Warrington in each year since 1997.
(180083)
117
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pensioners in Warrington North have benefited from free eye tests since their introduction.
(180084)
118
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of funding for mental health services is for the current financial year; and how much it was in 1997-98.
(177742)
119
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS (a) therapists and (b) scientists were located in Manchester Central in each year since 1997.
(179213)
120
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents in Manchester Central aged over 60 years have benefited from the abolition of charges for eye tests.
(179216)
121
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many senior citizens in Manchester Central have access to free eye tests.
(179217)
122
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to encourage (a) primary care trusts and (b) hospital trusts to work together to establish stroke pathways.
(180035)
123
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nursing and (b) midwifery training places there were in each year since 1990; and what the projected number of training places is for each of the next five years.
(180022)
124
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what NHS spending was (a) in real terms and (b) at present prices in each region in each of the last 25 years; and what the projected spending levels will be for the next five years.
(180023)
125
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists per 10,000 head of population there have been in each of the past 25 years; and what the projection is for the next five years.
(180032)
126
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many digital hearing aids were fitted in each of the past seven years in each region of England.
(180034)
127
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the status is of (a) raloxifene and (b) teriparatide in the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's review of pharmacological treatments for osteoporosis.
(179875)
128
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received in the last six months from the National Osteoporosis Society on the review of pharmaceutical treatments for osteoporosis being conducted by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.
(179882)
129
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last met the Chair of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health.
(179927)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
130
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ask Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to rate police performance by basic command unit area.
(180047)
131
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the projects being funded under the Crime Reduction Programme.
(179710)
132
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will request interim statements from projects funded under the Crime Reduction Programme concerned with the effectiveness of support measures for victims of domestic violence in time for the findings of these projects to be considered during the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill (a) committee and (b) report and third reading stages.
(179711)
133
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which projects being funded under the Crime Reduction Programme are focussed on assessing the effectiveness of advocacy, outreach and support measures for victims of domestic violence.
(179712)
134
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date he expects to (a) receive and (b) publish the concluding assessments of the effectiveness of each project funded under the Crime Reduction Programme.
(179713)
135
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the recent change in the proportion of asylum seekers who claim asylum in this country.
(179928)
136
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of successful asylum applications were made in this country in 2003; and what proportion of those were denied asylum support under section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.
(179929)
137
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 on asylum seekers who have (a) been trafficked to the UK, (b) been smuggled into the UK and (c) suffered rape or torture or other serious traumatic experiences before arrival in the UK; and what written documents he expects such asylum seekers to produce as evidence of their circumstances.
(179930)
138
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of asylum seekers denied support under section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 in the first quarter of 2004 who claimed asylum within (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four days of their arrival in the UK.
(179931)
139
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of asylum seekers who were denied access to asylum support under section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 in the first quarter of 2004.
(179932)
140
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the proportion of asylum seekers subject to section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 decision who were granted access to asylum support in (a) the third quarter of 2003, (b) the last quarter of 2003 and (c) the first quarter of 2004.
(179933)
141
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the number of sexual abuse cases against teachers that reach court with flawed evidence on the part of the complainant.
(180001)
142
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether sexual abuse allegations against teachers remain on file when allegations are proved to be false.
(180002)
143
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications of allowing teachers accused of sex abuse anonymity until conviction.
(180003)
144
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the new unit established by the Metropolitan Police to deal with gang crime in the Asian community.
(180017)
145
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the rule 39 order made by the European Court of Human Rights to suspend removals from the Netherlands to Somalia pending determination of a challenge to such removals in application 15243/04; and if he will review his decision to commence removals of failed asylum seekers to Somalia.
(179910)
146
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether individuals removed from the UK with the intention of returning them to Somalia (a) have reached Somalia and (b) are being held in transit in (i) Dubai and (ii) elsewhere.
(179911)
147
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reports he has received regarding the fate of Maxamed Yahye Ahmed following his removal to Mogadishu by the Danish authorities.
(179912)
148
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research will begin its operations.
(180078)
149
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of air guns which should have been licensed by 30th April but for which no application has been received.
(179584)
150
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discretion is available to the police to grant a licence to an individual who possessed an airgun prior to 30th April and subsequently makes an application; and in what circumstances that discretion may be exercised.
(179585)
151
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many late applications the police have received for air gun licences; and in how many cases (a) a licence has been granted and (b) the gun has been confiscated by the police and destroyed.
(179586)
152
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many doctors work at Wymott and Garth prisons (a) full-time and (b) part-time (i) contracted to the Prison Service and (ii) work as locums; how many other medical staff work at Garth and Wymott prisons (A) part-time and (B) full-time and to whom they are contracted to.
(180076)
153
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in the constituency of Tamworth.
(179963)
154
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what public funds were spent on tackling drugs misuse in the constituency of Tamworth in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2003-04.
(179967)
155
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has evaluated on the completion rates on probation-accredited programmes where case management and programme work is integrated.
(178798)
156
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the evidential basis was for the decision to separate probation case management and accredited programme work within the National Offender Management Service structure.
(178799)
157
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether approval for enhanced community punishment accredited programmes was given on the basis that case management and programme work were integrated.
(178800)
158
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to publish the business case for the establishment of the National Offender Management Service.
(178801)
159
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how disputes between recognised trade unions and the National Offender Management Service will be resolved.
(178802)
160
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will grant asylum applicants from Zimbabwe the right to work while they remain in the United Kingdom.
(179998)
161
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unsuccessful asylum applicants from Zimbabwe, residing in Northern Ireland, have exhausted all appeal rights but have not been returned to Zimbabwe.
(180004)
162
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long on average current applicants have had to wait to receive their papers after an asylum application has been granted at (a) initial stage and (b) after appeal.
(180005)
163
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the latest average time is for an asylum application to be processed.
(180008)
164
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what length of time assessors allow for the scrutiny of an application for asylum.
(180009)
165
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what qualifications immigration officers assessing initial asylum applications have; and what training is provided to assessing officers.
(180010)
166
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used in assessing asylum applications.
(180012)
167
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in the Humberside Force were disciplined on charges of (a) assault and (b) false imprisonment in the last year for which figures are available.
(180036)
168
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what he estimates the (a) cost of implementing and (b) number of masts in implementing the Airwave scheme nationwide will be.
(179738)
169
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Airwave has video technology; and whether it is utilised by police forces.
(179739)
170
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Airwave; and whether the scheme is on course to deliver the technology promised at its conception.
(179740)
171
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice he has received regarding (a) the extent of injury sustained by a person wearing body armour to specification (i) HGIA and (ii) HGI when hit by standard ammunition fired by short-barreled hand guns and (b) the likely period of disablement and inability to work consequent on such injury.
(179781)
172
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he has taken with or on behalf of police forces to obtain compensation for forces provided with body armour to specification HGIA instead of HGI as ordered.
(179782)
173
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to process Mrs Everim Ciftci's application, reference 21004974, for leave to remain in the United Kingdom.
(179573)
174
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the crime levels were for each category of crime in (a) May 1993 and (b) May 1997.
(180027)
175
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many licensed premises were closed down by (a) police and (b) local authorities in each of the past 10 years.
(180029)
176
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the registered social landlords who have implemented anti-social behaviour orders; and how many anti-social behaviour orders each has issued.
(180030)
177
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of those who broke anti-social behaviour orders received a custodial sentence in each year since introduction of the orders.
(180031)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
178
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the percentage change in the rate of HIV infection among young people aged 15 to 24 since June 2001 in (a) Asia and (b) Africa.
(179935)
179
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people employed by his Department have worked on harm reduction programmes (a) for and (b) in the Russian Federation.
(179936)
180
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the impact on harm reduction programmes supported by his Department in the Russian Federation of the (a) 1995 Federal Law on the Prevention of Dissemination in the Russian Federation of Disease Caused by Human Immunodeficiency Virus and (b) the 1998 Federal Law on Narcotic Means and Psychotropic Substances.
(179937)
181
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what account has been taken by (a) his Department and (b) the European Union of Article 15 (4) of the 1993 Constitution of the Russian Federation in support for harm reduction programmes in the federation.
(179938)
182
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the HIV/Aids projects in the Russian Federation that received financial support from his Department in 2003-04.
(179939)
183
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the harm reduction projects in the Russian Federation that received financial support from his Department in each of the last seven years.
(179940)
184
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the percentage of young people aged between 15 to 24 years in (a) the United States, (b) the Russian Federation and (c) Africa who have access to information, education and services to reduce their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS.
(179950)
185
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much (a) his Department and (b) the EU are spending in 2004-05 to counter HIV/AIDS in the Russian Federation.
(179951)
186
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to encourage internally displaced people to return to their homes in Darfur; and what discussions he has had with the UN to this effect.
(179702)
187
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will intervene to influence the Government of the Sudan to extend the issuing of visas within 48 hours for aid agencies attempting to gain access to the displaced people in the Shilluk Kingdom, Sudan.
(179704)
188
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his latest assessment is of the numbers of people suffering serious food shortages in Darfur.
(179705)
189
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what provision is made at his Department headquarters for cycle parking for visitors; and how accessible it is.
(179878)
190
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance his Department is giving to the Eastern Province of Zambia; and what future funding plans are.
(179696)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
191
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the level of support for retaining academic selection in replies to the Household Response Form.
(179785)
192
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what percentage of pupils left school in Northern Ireland with no formal qualifications in each of the last 10 years; and what the figures are for the UK.
(179787)
193
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to restore Loughbrickland Lake as a prime location for brown trout and rainbow trout fishing.
(179924)
194
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 27th May, Official Report, column 1850W, on sexual offences, on what date the Government expects to conclude its consideration of the need for a review of the sexual offences legislation in Northern Ireland.
(179993)
195
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which sections of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 do not apply to Northern Ireland; and what steps he is taking to bring the law in line with that in England and Wales.
(179994)
196
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will require cross-border bodies to publish the minutes of their meetings on their websites.
(180006)
197
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce compensation for owners of commercial property who have been forced to close their business as a result of intimidation or threats.
(180007)
198
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much public funding has been given to the Andersonstown Newspaper Group; from which departments it originated; and how much each has contributed.
(179708)
199
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment has been made of the merits of instituting a ban on smoking in public places in Northern Ireland; and what reports he has received of the effects of the ban on smoking in public places in the Republic of Ireland.
(179816)
200
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to promote physical activity as a means of tackling obesity in Northern Ireland.
(179859)
201
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) fatalities, (b) serious injuries and (c) other collisions there have been on the (i) A2 Bangor to Belfast Road and (ii) Bangor Ring Road, County Down in each of the last 10 years.
(179952)
202
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) mobile traffic police units and (b) permanent speed cameras there are in each district command unit in Northern Ireland.
(179953)
203
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what volume of traffic used the (a) A2 Bangor to Belfast Road and (b) Bangor Ring Road, County Down (i) in the last period for which figures are available and (ii) in each of the last five years.
(179954)
204
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the infraction proceedings pending against the Government arising from Northern Ireland's failure to comply with the EU environmental directives.
(179997)
205
The Reverend Ian Paisley (North Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many incidents of bullying of children were reported in the last three years (a) at primary schools and (b) in post-primary education in Northern Ireland, broken down by (i) board area and (ii) category of bullying; and whether the incident took place on public transport to or from school in each case.
(179914)
206
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the Department of the Environment will ensure that someone with a medical background is involved in determining planning applications concerning health issues; and if he will make a statement.
(179881)
207
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions Jarvis has failed to meet its contractual obligations with regard to the completion of education public-private partnerships.
(179888)
208
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the South Eastern Education and Library Board has completed a preliminary inquiry in order to establish the need for an equality impact assessment with regard to the public-private partnership scheme to provide new accommodation at Comber High School and Bangor Academy.
(179889)
Questions to the Prime Minister
209
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the work of the Minister without Portfolio.
(179817)
210
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the (a) powers and (b) duties of his Chief Advisor on Delivery.
(179819)
211
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Prime Minister, when the Government first received reports of the activities of (a) Osama Bin Laden and (b) Al Qaeda; what the nature of the reports was in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(179891)
212
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions took place in his recent meetings with the US President concerning US military activities on Diego Garcia and the Chagos Islands; and if he will make a statement.
(179699)
Questions to the Solicitor General
213
N
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Solicitor General, if she will list members of the Bexley Criminal Justice Board; if she will list the (a) dates and (b) attendees of meetings held in the past 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
(179564)
214
N
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Solicitor General, what representations she has received for the transfer of responsibility for Bexley from the Croydon Prosecution Service Office to the City Office; and if she will make a statement.
(179565)
215
N
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Solicitor General, what assessment she has made of the discharge committals, discontinuance and ineffective trial rates in (a) Bexley and (b) London; and if she will make a statement.
(179566)
216
N
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Solicitor General, if she will visit Bexley Magistrates' Court and Bexley Division of the Metropolitan Police to discuss the role and performance of the Crown Prosecution Service.
(179567)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
217
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what changes there have been in consumer knowledge and access to information since the launch of the website The Consumer Gateway.
(179822)
218
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the latest percentage figures are for the number of women in (a) science, engineering and technology industries and (b) other major sectors; and what the figures were in 1996.
(180063)
219
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of (a) females and (b) males are studying science, engineering and technology based degrees; and if she will make a statement on government initiatives to increase the number of female graduates.
(180064)
220
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures her Department has put in place to (a) provide advice and (b) share best practice with employers with respect to increasing the number of women in science, engineering and technology.
(180065)
221
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures her Department has taken to raise the profile of women in science, engineering and technology.
(180066)
222
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to encourage employers to provide support for women in the science, engineering and technology sector.
(180067)
223
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects the new resource centre to promote women in science, engineering and technology to begin its work.
(180068)
224
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures her Department has taken to ensure that women in science, engineering and technology are able to return to work after a career break.
(180069)
225
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the effects of measures aimed at encouraging women to pursue careers in information technology.
(180070)
226
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures the Department has put in place to ensure the promotion of science, engineering and technology as a career to women in educational establishments; and what indicators are used to measure the success of these schemes.
(180071)
227
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the work of the Promoting Science, Engineering and Technology for Women Unit in encouraging implementation of the Government's stategy on increasing female participation in science, engineering and technology.
(180072)
228
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the future of UK steel production and US tariffs on UK steel.
(180060)
229
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what help her Department will give to (a) tidal and (b) wave powered electricity; and what help it will give to assist UK manufacturing to provide the equipment.
(180061)
230
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government has taken to help small businesses in the constituency of Tamworth since 1997.
(179960)
231
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new businesses have started up in the parliamentary constituency of Tamworth since 1997.
(179962)
232
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many claims for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger have been submitted by (i) Richmonds of Worksop and (ii) Richmonds of Doncaster.
(179913)
233
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what dates this year Ministers and officials have met the Law Society to discuss the coal claims handling agreement.
(180062)
234
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 16th June, Official Report, column 959W, on deregulation, what formal assessment her Department has made of the negative economic impact of obsolete EU regulation.
(179969)
235
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints against (a) employment agencies and (b) businesses required investigation by the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate in 2002-03.
(180041)
236
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many convictions there were of (a) employment agencies and (b) businesses by the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate in 2002-03; and how many resulted in fines.
(180042)
237
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) entertainment and (b) model agencies were investigated by the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate in 2002-03; how many convictions resulted; and in how many cases fines were imposed.
(180043)
238
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications to prevent (a) employment agencies and (b) businesses trading were made by the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate in 2003.
(180044)
239
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what targets she has set for the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate in relation to visiting (a) employment agencies and (b) businesses.
(180045)
240
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what performance targets have been set for the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate; and whether she plans to publish an annual report on the Inspectorate's activities.
(180046)
241
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with companies regarding power dialing; and if she will make a statement.
(179572)
242
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total value of (a) imports from and (b) exports to Israel under the Israel/EU Association Agreement has been.
(180089)
243
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether (a) the Export Credits Guarantee Department and (b) her Department were informed by BP, BTC Co. or members of BTC Co. of allegations of fraud in the procurement of the coating regarding the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline.
(179980)
244
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment has been made into the use of SPC 2888 by major pipelines other than the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline where the pipeline is coated with a three layer, high density, polyethylene coating; and how many of the pipes coated with SPC 2888 (i) have been backfilled in Azerbaijan and Georgia and (ii) are waiting in trenches for backfill in Azerbaijan and Georgia.
(179981)
245
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of the unburied pipes in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline coated with SPC 2888 have developed cracks in (a) Azerbaijan and (b) Georgia.
(179982)
246
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the SPC 2888 coating was subject to a full field test in simulated weather conditions before approval for use on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline.
(179983)
247
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what documentation she made available to Parsons Energy & Chemicals review of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline.
(179984)
248
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures were taken by the Export Credits Guarantee Department to check the specifications of the coating supplied by SPC for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline.
(179985)
249
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the results of BTC Co.'s internal investigations into fraud allegations regarding the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline were conveyed to the Export Credits Guarantee Department.
(179986)
250
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Department was informed about the discovery of cracks in joints coated with SPC 2888 prior to the decision (a) to fund part of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline project and (b) to disburse funds approved for the project; and what action was taken by her Department.
(179987)
251
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Export Credits Guarantee Department was informed by (a) BP and (b) BTC Co. of the costs involved in rectifying the use of faulty coating in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline project.
(179988)
252
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact of construction delays resulting from having to rectify the faulty pipeline coating on the short-term financial viability of the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline project.
(179989)
253
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Export Credits Guarantee Department was informed by (a) BP, (b) BTC Co. and (c) members of BTC Co. about the discovery of cracks in joints coated with SPC 2888 on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline; and what action was taken.
(179990)
254
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the field joint coating specification used in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline included post-application heat induction.
(179991)
255
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Parsons Review into the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline was made available to the Export Credits Guarantee Department.
(179992)
256
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the future of the State Aid Programme.
(179941)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
257
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the revenue raised from speed cameras in Essex has been (a) allocated to road safety projects and (b) returned to Exchequer funds.
(180048)
258
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the relative (a) cost-effectiveness, (b) value for money and (c) regeneration effect of the building of Crossrail with and without the Canary Wharf link to Abbey Wood via The Royals; when he expects to make a decision; and if he will make a statement.
(179874)
259
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to educate the public about the environmental consequences of increased emissions from aircraft.
(179925)
260
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the emission levels of pollutants from the haulage sector were in each year since 1997, broken down by pollutant.
(179926)
261
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money was received by central government in 2003 in fines paid by motorists who were prosecuted for speeding as a result of the evidence of fixed cameras.
(179818)
262
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries there were on the roads of Tamworth constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(179961)
263
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much Government funding has been allocated for transport improvements in Warrington in each of the past five years.
(180082)
264
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer to Question 178952, whether it is a requirement in the UK that Irish-registered vehicles display up-to-date Irish road tax; and whether there have been prosecutions in the UK for not displaying Irish road tax on an Irish-registered vehicle.
(179995)
265
N
Mrs Gillian Shephard (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the closing date is for his consultation on the UK target for biofuels; and when he proposes to submit the UK target to the EU.
(179707)
266
N
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers the proposed elected regional assemblies will have (a) to (i) modify and (ii) block congestion charging schemes agreed by a local authority and (b) to introduce congestion charging schemes.
(179574)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
267
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the proposals by Petroplus to upgrade the liquefied natural gas handling facility at Milford Haven on the wider Haven area, in terms of (a) commercial and (b) private development; and if he will make a statement.
(179860)
268
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the availability of equipment and personnel from the emergency services in the event of a major disaster at the proposed liquefied natural gas handling facility at Milford Haven; and if he will make a statement.
(179861)
269
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what provision he has made for the development of an emergency disaster plan for the proposed liquefied natural gas handling facility at Milford Haven; and if he will make a statement.
(179862)
270
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions his Department has had with the Milford Haven Port Authority in connection with the proposed development of the liquefied natural gas handling facilities within the port by Petroplus; what discussions his Department has had on safety matters with the Port Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(179863)
271
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the proposed upgrade on the liquefied natural gas handling facility at Milton Haven's vulnerability to terrorist attack; what steps his Department has taken to develop an appropriate anti-terrorism strategy to help protect the new facility; and if he will make a statement.
(179864)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
272
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been through the New Deal for Lone Parents more than once (a) in total and (b) broken down by parliamentary constituency.
(179786)
273
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women in the Tamworth constituency have benefited from (a) the New Deal for Lone Parents and (b) the New Deal for Partners since 1997.
(179955)
274
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many senior citizens in Tamworth have benefited from the winter fuel allowance since 1997.
(179964)
275
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mothers in Tamworth have taken up the Sure Start maternity grant.
(179966)
276
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many senior citizens in Manchester Central have benefited from the winter fuel allowance since 1997.
(177739)
277
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women in Manchester Central have benefited from (a) the New Deal for Lone Parents and (b) the New Deal for Partners since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(177740)
278
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the measures introduced to improve the working conditions of disabled workers in Manchester Central over the last seven years.
(177741)
279
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mothers in Manchester Central have taken up the Sure Start maternity grant.
(177743)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
280
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether teachers found innocent of sexual abuse allegations are able to sue the complainant for damages.
[Transferred] (179999)
281
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the change in the number of sexual abuse allegations against teachers.
[Transferred] (180000)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
282
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been received from the US concerning the de-population of the civilian population of Diego Garcia and the Chagos Islands that lie within the British Indian Ocean Territories.
[Transferred] (179700)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
283
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to ensure that teachers accused of sexual abuse are told the nature of the accusation at the start of the investigation.
[Transferred] (180015)
284
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what policy is in place in respect of returning to Zimbabwe persons residing in Northern Ireland who have had their application for asylum refused, or who otherwise fall outside the criteria for protection under the immigration legislation.
[Transferred] (179996)
285
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ensure that no persons seeking asylum in Northern Ireland from Zimbabwe will be returned to Zimbabwe against their will.
[Transferred] (180011)
286
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Zimbabwean nationals are residing in Northern Ireland; how many Zimbabwean asylum seekers have been successful on their initial application for asylum; how many cases are under appeal to the Immigration Appellate Authority, the Immigration Appeal Tribunal or higher courts; and how many Zimbabwean asylum seekers who were initially refused have been subsequently successful after exhausting appeal rights.
[Transferred] (180018)

 
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