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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 22 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 Tuesday 22 June 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 22 June 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 22 June of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 22 June of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 22 June see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 18th May, Official Report, column 822, on e-Government, if he will break down by department the £1 billion provided to improve take-up of Government online services.
(179788)
2
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in his Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside the M25, (b) to the West Midlands and (c) to Staffordshire.
(180178)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
3
N
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will establish (a) new performance indicators and (b) a table of performance rankings for (i) departments and (ii) Ministers.
(179605)
4
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in his Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside the M25, (b) to the West Midlands and (c) to Staffordshire.
(180171)
5
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff are employed by HM Treasury to work towards meeting the target under (a) Objective 3 and (b) Objective 10 in the 2004 Departmental Review; what the expected salary cost of employing those staff in 2004-05 is in each case; and what the total expected costs of working towards each target are for 2004-05.
(180201)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
6
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in his Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside the M25, (b) to the West Midlands and (c) to Staffordshire.
(180179)
7
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, in how many anti-social behaviour order cases magistrates' clerks have advised that hearsay evidence is inadmissible.
(180107)
8
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment he has made of the speed of anti-social behaviour order convictions in (a) West Lancashire, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England.
(180108)
9
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what training programmes have taken place for staff in his Department in (a) substance misuse and (b) drugs treatment in the last 12 months.
(180165)
10
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many appeals were determined by (a) the Immigration Appellate Authority and (b) the Immigration Appeals Tribunal in each year since 1997; and at what cost.
(180113)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
11
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in her Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside the M25, (b) to the West Midlands and (c) to Staffordshire.
(180180)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
12
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the Defence Export Services Organisation's income related to (a) fees charged to defence companies and (b) sales of surplus equipment in the last three years.
(180140)
13
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the budget for the Defence Export Services Organisation is for the financial years (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(180141)
14
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much providing UK equipment and armed forces for demonstrations for the purpose of promoting UK exports has cost over the last three years.
(180142)
15
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what financial support has been given to defence sales through the Defence Assistance Fund over the last three years.
(180143)
16
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the receipts from the commercial exploitation levy on defence exports have been in the past three years.
(180144)
17
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the proportion of defence attaches' time spent (a) promoting and (b) monitoring the end-use of UK arms exports in each of the last three years.
(180150)
18
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in his Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside the M25, (b) to the West Midlands and (c) to Staffordshire.
(180181)
19
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his latest estimate is of the total number of people entitled to the Canal Zone clasp to the General Service Medal; how many have been dispatched to date; what the backlog awaiting dispatch is; and if he will make a statement.
(179714)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
20
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his official visit to India.
(180152)
21
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in his Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside the M25, (b) to the West Midlands and (c) to Staffordshire.
(180182)
22
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many local authorities in England have chosen (a) stock transfer, (b) arm's length management and (c) private finance initiative.
(180185)
23
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received from local authorities in England seeking direct government investment options to improve standards in their housing stock.
(180187)
24
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the number of empty homes in each local authority in England in the last year for which figures are available.
(180193)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
25
N
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total Government funding for (a) higher and (b) further education has been in each financial year since 1997-98.
(179269)
26
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the work of West Midlands in Europe.
(179600)
27
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in his Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside the M25, (b) to the West Midlands and (c) to Staffordshire.
(180183)
28
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he will inform Wirral Metropolitan College of its budget allocation for 2004-05.
(179896)
29
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the correlation between value added measures of school performance and absolute measures of school performance, with particular reference to GCSE/GNVQ results.
(179899)
30
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the effect is of a city technology college becoming a city academy, with particular reference to the impact on (a) funding and (b) the institution's relationship with (i) the local education authority and (ii) his Department.
(179900)
31
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with city technology colleges about becoming city academies.
(179901)
32
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of its special educational needs budget in 2003-04 Brent Council allocated to meet the transport requirements of children with special educational needs.
(180098)
33
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money each London local education authority allocated to special educational needs in 2003-04.
(180099)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
34
N
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what terrawatt hour savings she estimates would accrue from the first phase of the Energy Efficiency Commitment (2002-05) if the prevailing test discount rate were to be 3.5 per cent.
(179879)
35
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in her Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside the M25, (b) to the West Midlands and (c) to Staffordshire.
(180184)
36
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much public funding has been supplied to the (a) Assured Food Standards, (b) Food Chain Centre, (c) English Farming and Food Partnerships, (d) Red Meat Industry Forum, (e) Food from Britain, (f) Cereals Industry Forum, (g) CST Recorded Ram Marketing Group Ltd, (h) Farmcare, (i) First 4 Farming, (j) IGD, (k) Meadow Quality, (l) Plunkett Foundation, (m) Rural Energy and (n) UK Sire Services Ltd to support project work recommended by the Curry Commission Report; what goals were set for each project; and what outcomes were achieved.
(179978)
37
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department plans to (a) commence and (b) report on the proposed consultation on co-existence and liability of GM crops.
(179979)
38
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of agricultural subsidy was paid to tenant farmers in the last year for which figures are available.
(180105)
39
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many traffic regulation orders have been taken out on bridleways and other footpaths in the last three years.
(180106)
40
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the maximum agricultural subsidy paid to one farming concern was in 2003-04.
(180125)
41
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures the Government will bring forward to encourage domestic water conservation.
(180186)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
42
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the steps his Department has taken in the past year to facilitate the return of Zimbabwe to the Councils of the Commonwealth.
(180134)
43
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy with regard to Zimbabwe's membership of the (a) International Monetary Fund, (b) World Bank and (c) African Development Bank.
(180138)
44
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's response to the raids of 21st May on the offices of the British Council in Russia; what requests the Government has received from the Russian authorities in relation to the (a) current and (b) future operations of the British Council in Russia; and what documentation the Government (i) has submitted and (ii) will be submitting to the Russian authorities.
(180077)
45
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what Iraqi oil (a) production and (b) exports have been in each month since December 2003; what the average price paid for Iraqi oil exports was in each month; and if he will make a statement.
(178942)
46
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much Iraqi oil has been sold domestically in Iraq in each month since May 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(178943)
47
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he will be making to the Government of Vietnam concerning the arrest of Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang in Ho Chi Minh City on 8th June.
(180139)
48
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in his Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside the M25, (b) to the West Midlands and (c) to Staffordshire.
(180177)
49
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with members of the Quartet on sanctions against Israel to encourage compliance with the road map.
(180197)
50
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Israel regarding the plans it recently announced to build more homes in West Bank settlements to house people evacuated from the Gaza Strip.
(180198)
51
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning targetted assassinations of Palestinians in Ariel and Nablus.
(180199)
52
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Israel concerning the construction of the security wall east of Ariel in the Occupied Territories since the USA and UK agreed to the plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip.
(180200)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
53
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Chief Executive of the East Lancashire Healthcare Trust to return to normal duties.
(180194)
54
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost of a primary hip replacement, undertaken on the NHS as an elective inpatient planned admission by an NHS trust, has been in each year since 1998.
(179880)
55
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the amount spent by each primary care trust (PCT) in Devon on mental health services (a) by percentage of total budget and (b) in cash terms for each year that the PCTs have been operational.
(179823)
56
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many in-patient deaths there were in each of the mental health hospital trusts in each of the past five years.
(179824)
57
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in his Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside the M25, (b) to the West Midlands and (c) to Staffordshire.
(180176)
58
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he has taken following the meeting held between the Parliamentary Under Secretary and the honourable Member for Warrington North to discuss the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service (MRAS); and what disucssions have been held with (a) the MRAS and (b) Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority on the matter since then.
(180097)
59
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of calls to NHS Direct in 2003-04 (a) in total and (b) to the Stafford call centre were about NHS dentistry.
(180189)
60
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much on average was paid per dentist for NHS dental services in each year since 1992.
(180191)
61
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received about the impact of the recommendations of the Royal College of Physicians on domiciliary oxygen services on cluster headache sufferers; and if he will make a statement.
(179598)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
62
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total budget of the Assets Recovery Agency has been since January 2003; and how many staff have been employed.
(179893)
63
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money has been recovered by the Assets Recovery Agency since January 2003 through civil recovery orders.
(179894)
64
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civil recovery orders have been successfully prosecuted by the Assets Recovery Agency since January 2003.
(179895)
65
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons have been (a) arrested and (b) convicted for bribing foreign officials under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.
(180147)
66
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional resources have been made available to the security and police services for enforcement of the provisions on bribing foreign officials under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.
(180148)
67
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what enforcement measures are available under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 to prevent UK citizens bribing foreign officials.
(180149)
68
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to ensure that animal experiments taking place at universities are legal and ethical.
(179599)
69
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civil servants have contacted his Department's Whistleblowers' hotline since its inception.
(180104)
70
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to prevent cyber terrorist attacks on mobile telephony systems; and if he will make a statement.
(180103)
71
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in his Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside the M25, (b) to the West Midlands and (c) to Staffordshire.
(180175)
72
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) medical and (b) policy advice his Department gave to HM Inspector of Prisons in advance of her statement on drugs treatment in UK prisons.
(180109)
73
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings have taken place between the Chief Inspector of Prisons and the National Treatment Agency to discuss drugs treatment in prison.
(180110)
74
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings have taken place between the Chief Inspector of Prisons and the Royal College of General Practitioners to discuss drugs treatment.
(180111)
75
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings have taken place between the Chief Inspector of Prisons and the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.
(180112)
76
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal workers have been reported through the Working in the UK website; and what action was taken as a result.
(180115)
77
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff are employed at the Police Standards Unit.
(180116)
78
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to repeat the 'Diary of a Police Officer' research published in Police Research Series paper 149, to reflect changes to police paperwork; and if he will make a statement.
(180117)
79
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which decisions by his Department were challenged by judicial review in the session (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02; and in how many cases the (i) Department's decision was upheld by the court, (ii) court found for the applicant, (iii) Department submitted to the judgement and (iv) Department appealed successfully against the decision.
(180118)
80
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions in each of the last three years the interception of a prisoner's communications has been authorised under Prison Rule 35A.
(180126)
81
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of prisoners at HMP Kingston (a) aged under 65 and (b) aged over 65 are (i) employed and (ii) unemployed.
(180127)
82
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civil cases against the Prison Service relating to (a) deaths in custody, (b) medical negligence, (c) assaults and (d) prison discipline charges reached the courts in each of the last five years; and in how many cases the Prison Service (i) won, (ii) lost and (iii) settled out of court.
(180128)
83
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK passports were recorded as lost or stolen in (a) 2003, (b) the first quarter of 2004 and (c) since the introduction of secure delivery.
(180129)
84
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners in England and Wales have been detained beyond the expiration of their sentence in each of the last five years; and for what length of time in each case.
(180130)
85
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what quantifiable progress the National Criminal Intelligence Service has made against its performance targets in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(180131)
86
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the National Criminal Intelligence Service intends to publish annual reports for (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.
(180132)
87
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13th May, Official Report, column 568W, on entry clearance standards, on what date each reporting mechanism was established; how many individuals have contacted the (a) hotline and (b) website to date; and how many contacts have resulted in action being taken.
(180135)
88
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8th June, Official Report, column 326W, on motoring offences, if he will list the non-notifiable offences included under offence code 825/90; and how many non-notifiable offences were counted towards the offences brought to justice target in 2003-04.
(180136)
89
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19th April, Official Report, column 326W, on prisons, if he will provide the figures excluding remand prisoners.
(180137)
90
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of passports in circulation which are (a) forged and (b) modified in order to serve as false identification.
(180164)
91
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his response is to the recent Commission for Racial Equality report on racism in the Metropolitan Police.
(180100)
92
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government measures to tackle racism; and if he will make a statement.
(180101)
93
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of (a) the response of Metropolitan Police officers to the race training that they have been offered and (b) the effects of the training on perceptions of institutional racism in the force.
(180102)
94
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will announce proposals on the entry of (a) priests and (b) imams to the UK.
(180167)
95
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to advance the judicial agenda of the EU.
(180168)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
96
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the assistance his Department has offered to the Moroccan government for the victims of the 24th February earthquake in the Rif region.
(180133)
97
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in his Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside the M25, (b) to the West Midlands and (c) to Staffordshire.
(180174)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
98
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reason the Department for Education has yet to reach a decision on whether or not to approve the commencement of building the new Kilmaine Primary School in Bangor, County Down.
(179897)
99
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many administrative staff are available within the office of the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland Headquarters specifically to deal with correspondence.
(179898)
100
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who is responsible for deciding which posts are reserved in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
(180119)
101
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he, his Ministers and Officials have had in 2004 with the Northern Ireland Civil Service Commissioners regarding (a) recruitment competition SC/18/03 and (b) nationality requirements.
(180120)
102
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been ruled ineligible in 2004 for advertised posts in the Northern Ireland Civil Service on the grounds that they (a) are not UK nationals and (b) are Irish nationals.
(180121)
103
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many advertised posts have been reserved in the Northern Ireland Civil Service in 2004.
(180122)
104
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his estimate is of the cost of running Civil Service competition SC/18/03, including the time spent by officials and others on this competition; and what the costs were in respect of posts for which appointments were not made.
(180123)
105
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what appointments have been made in the Civil Service competition SC/18/03; and in the cases where appointments have not been made, why that is the case.
(180124)
106
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many posts have been advertised by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in each of the last five years; how many of the reserved posts which fall within the remit of (a) the Northern Ireland Civil Service Commissioners and (b) the Great Britain Civil Service Commissioners, broken down by grade.
(180166)
107
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Newry and Armagh, Official Report, column 421W, on the Northern Ireland Court Service, how many (a) reserved and (b) non-reserved posts were advertised by the Northern Ireland Civil Service in each of the last five years in grades equivalent to those for which posts were reserved in the Northern Ireland Court Service.
(180195)
Questions to the Prime Minister
108
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the environmental objectives he has set for the UK, in terms of tackling climate change, for the UK presidencies of (a) the EU and (b) the G8.
(179976)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
109
N
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she next expects to meet representatives of the small firms sector to discuss ways of assisting small businesses to access information provided by Government online services.
(179608)
110
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether Export Credits Guarantee Department cover was (a) requested and (b) offered for the export of Hawk aircraft to India.
(180145)
111
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the evidential basis was for the comments by the Minister for Energy, on 15th June, on removing vulnerable households from fuel poverty by 2010; and if she will make a statement.
(180146)
112
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was spent promoting defence exports by British Trade International in each of the last three years.
(180151)
113
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June, Official Report, column 720W, on EU legislation, where the information sought is held.
(180188)
114
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in her Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside the M25, (b) to the West Midlands and (c) to Staffordshire.
(180173)
115
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the incidence of predatory below-cost pricing of groceries by retailers; and what assessment she has made of the effect of such pricing on (a) food producers and (b) competition in the retail groceries sector.
(180190)
116
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps have been taken to recover public money where solicitors and others have been paid in full through the coal claims handling agreement, but have charged the claimant a success fee.
(180093)
117
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many claims under the coal claims handling agreement have been subject to the Schedule 56 disputes procedures; and how many of these have had their costs paid in full.
(180094)
118
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether it was specifically agreed by her Department under the claims handling agreement with the Union of Democratic Mineworkers that a limited liability company was an appropriate body to represent claimants.
(180095)
119
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Union of Democratic Mineworkers is treated in the same way as a firm of solicitors in representing claimants under the claims handling agreement.
(180096)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
120
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to (a) the Prime Minister's statement to the honourable Member for Lewes on 14th June, Official Report, column 530 and (b) his Oral Answer to the Right honourable Member for Ross, Skye and Inverness West, on 16th June, Official Report, column 769, what he assesses to be the maximum reduction that can be achieved in average aircraft emissions by 2020 from technological advances.
(179973)
121
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy to secure an EU agreement on aircraft emissions trading before the end of the UK presidency of the EU.
(179974)
122
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the steps he has taken since the publication of the White Paper on aviation (a) to make progress on an emissions trading scheme and (b) to seek agreement within the EU for a tax on aviation fuel.
(179975)
123
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16th June, Official Report, columns 936-7W, on travel costs, if he will provide analogous data for air travel costs between 1974 and 2003.
(180019)
124
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to ensure the safety of (a) workers and (b) drivers in areas of extensive road works in the Midlands this year.
(179825)
125
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Oral Answer of 18th May, Official Report, column 809, on the rail safety regulator, what steps he is taking towards a more streamlined system of responsibility in relation to health and safety on the railways.
(179789)
126
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in his Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside the M25, (b) to the West Midlands and (c) to Staffordshire.
(180172)
127
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will require all vehicles carrying fare-paying passengers to be fitted with air conditioning.
(179358)
128
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with EU partners in the last 12 months on the subject of harmonisation; and if he will make a statement.
(179715)
129
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last discussed transport issues with his EU counterparts; and what subjects were discussed.
(179716)
130
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how long it has taken on average for the DVLA to (a) update its register following notification of a change of address and (b) issue a new document following notification of change of address in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(180114)
131
N
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16th June to Question 179048, when he replied to Mrs Bingham's letter, addressed to the Minister for Roads by name, of 20th March.
(179977)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
132
Mrs Liz Blackman (Erewash):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will publish his response to the Injuries Advisory Council Report on Prescribed Disease A11.
(180196)
133
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in his Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside the M25, (b) to the West Midlands and (c) to Staffordshire.
(180170)
134
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures he is taking to settle the industrial dispute affecting the Health and Safety Executive and its staff.
(179741)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
135
N
Linda Perham (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to improve rail transport in London.
[Question Unstarred] (179618)

 
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