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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 13 September 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 13 September 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 13 September 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 13 September 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 13 September of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 13 September see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will make a statement on her Department's authority over the Government's public shareholder interests.
(189074)
2
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list the date of the most recent annual general meeting of each non departmental public body held in accordance with Cabinet Office guidelines.
(188811)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
3
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals have used the Honesty Hotline installed by HM Customs at Newhaven Port to report occasions where they may have exceeded the duty limit in each month since its installation.
(188086)
4
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) the value and (b) the interest paid on the national debt has been in each year since 1990.
(188953)
5
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the staffing costs for the Crown Estate's Communication Department were in each year since 1997.
(188445)
6
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in which neighbourhoods in Newcastle exemptions and remissions of stamp duty apply; what the value of the exemptions and remissions so far granted has been; and whether the boundaries of the neighbourhoods will be revised in the light of the new index of multiple deprivation.
(188711)
7
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the zero rating of VAT to all purchases by mountain rescue teams to other items.
(188092)
8
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce an across the board exemption from vehicle tax for dedicated rescue vehicles used by mountain rescue teams.
(188093)
9
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who are eligible to claim compensation for the mis-selling of endowment mortgages; and what proportion of those who have claimed have been successful.
(188662)
10
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action is being taken to ensure that the Inland Revenue's computer system is able to cope with the complexity of tax credit claims and payments; how many overpayments of tax credit have been made in the current financial year; what the value of those overpayments is; and how many overpayments are subject to recovery.
(188897)
11
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new claims for tax credits have been received but not yet processed.
(188898)
12
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to public funds was of the Inland Revenue's Customer Service Survey conducted by BMRB International in 2004.
(188614)
13
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales prior to his announcement in the Spending Review of job cuts affecting National Assembly employees; and when these discussions took place.
(188979)
14
N
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue implication of restructuring stamp duty on residential property sales to charge marginal rates of (a) 0 per cent. on property sales of £120,000 or less, 3 per cent. on sales between £120,000 and £249,999, 4 per cent. on sales between £250,000 and £499,999 and 8 per cent on sales of £500,000 and above, (b) 0 per cent. on property sales upto £100,000, 3 per cent. on sales between £100,000 and £249,999, 5 per cent. on sales between £250,000 and £499,999 and 8 per cent. on sales of £500,000 and above, (c) 0 per cent. on property sales upto £100,000, 2 per cent. on sales between £100,000 and £249,999, 5 per cent. on sales between £250,000 and £499,999 and 8 per cent. on sales of £500,000 or above, (d) 0 per cent. on property sales upto £110,000, 3 per cent. on sales between £110,000 and £249,999, 5 per cent. on sales between £250,000 and £499,999 and 8 per cent. on sales of £500,000 and (e) 0 per cent. sales up to £110,000, 2 per cent. on sales between £110,000 and £249,999, 5 per cent. on sales between £249,999 and £499,999, 8 per cent. on sales of £500,000 or above.
(188011)
15
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 7th September, ref 187239, what responsibility (a) the Paymaster General and (b) the Economic Secretary will have with regard to the proposed HM Revenue and Customs Department.
(188465)
16
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the VAT rate on allergy relief products was in each year between 1974 and 1996; and if he will make a statement.
(188933)
17
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if he will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy.
(188687)
18
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his projection is of the percentage of gross domestic product the UK will pay to the European Union budget under the post-2006 financial settlement.
(188798)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
19
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many claims have been made in UK courts citing breach of the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 in each year since passage of that Act.
(188601)
20
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many court judgements have found a breach of the claimant's rights under the Human Rights Act 1998 in each year since passage of that Act.
(188602)
21
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many Community Legal Service franchises have been granted in Wales to firms undertaking (a) criminal work and (b) family work; and if he will make a statement.
(188977)
22
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many district judges are employed in the criminal jurisdiction of England and Wales; and how many there were in 1997.
(188981)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
23
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance she gives to Ofcom relating to regional programming by broadcasting companies.
(187901)
24
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the level of Government grant in aid was to each regional tourist board in England in each year since 1997 (a) per head of population and (b) in real terms; and what the proportion was of (i) overseas and (ii) domestic tourists in England in each regional tourist board area in the same period.
(188666)
25
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the level of Government grant-in-aid was to the English Tourism Council in each year since 2000.
(188742)
26
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding has been allocated for the 2012 Olympic bid.
(189052)
27
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what TV Licensing's policy is on the number of times a household which has declared that it does not hold a TV licence because it has no television is re-contacted to verify that declaration; how much such re-contacting cost in the latest year for which figures are available; how many households fell within this category in the most recent year for which figures are available, expressed (a) in numerical terms and (b) as a proportion of UK households; and if she will make representations to TV Licensing to make these procedures less burdensome on householders.
(189036)
28
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much Lottery money has been granted to Healthy Living centres, breaking down funding by (a) distribution body and (b) region, when the grants were made; and if she will make a statement.
(188748)
29
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times her Department has consulted members of the academic community with regard to (a) physical activity, (b) gambling and (c) alcohol since January; and if she will make a statement.
(188749)
30
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to undertake a review of fixed odd betting terminals; and if she will make a statement.
(188857)
31
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the CSV Lending Time project to develop volunteer involvement in the library services of six local authorities.
(187834)
32
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of how the lessons learned from the CSV Lending Time pilot projects can be transferred to and adopted by other local authorities.
(187835)
33
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has requested reports on the CSV Lending Time pilot schemes from the local authorities involved.
(187836)
34
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to ensure long-term support for the CSV Lending Time pilot projects.
(187837)
35
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects digital terrestrial broadcasting to be available in Pendle; and if she will make a statement.
(188567)
36
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many requests in the last three years for which figures are available were (a) made and (b) granted for the spot listing of buildings of historic or architectural interest threatened with imminent demolition; and of these how many related to industrial premises.
(188773)
37
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications to build on sites of Scheduled Ancient Monuments have been approved in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(188774)
38
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if she will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy.
(188697)
39
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what living accommodation at St James's Palace was allotted to members of the Royal Family prior to the move by HRH Prince Charles to Clarence House; to which members; and what the current disposition of that accommodation is.
(188563)
40
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what residential accommodation at Buckingham Palace was allocated to members of the Royal Family, and to which members, (a) in 1999 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.
(188564)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
41
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will give the expected date of completion of the upgrading of RAF Fylingdales for the US Missile Defence System.
(188741)
42
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons UK forces at RAF Croughton, are not allowed access to Commissary and BX services run by the US.
(188752)
43
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provision comparable to the Commissary and BX service available to US forces at RAF Croughton, exists for UK forces.
(188753)
44
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) regular military personnel, (b) Territorial Army and other part-time military personnel and (c) civilian personnel have been employed by his Department in (i) total, (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber, (iii) North Yorkshire and (iv) City of York in each year since 1979.
(188952)
45
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will break down the additional aerospace equipment exports listed in UK Defence Statistics by country, for each year since 1997.
(188917)
46
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the activities of the Defence Diversification Agency are; who the senior employee is; how much it spent in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04; and what its budget is for 2004-05.
(188918)
47
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the members of the Defence Diversification Council; and how frequently it meets.
(188919)
48
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what income has been received from the equity stake in Qinetiq Ltd; who exercises the rights of the controlling equity stake on behalf of the Government; and who approved the higher leveraged equity scheme in Qinetiq for senior managers on behalf of the Government.
(188713)
49
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British troops have been injured in (a) combat and (b) non-combat duties in Iraq.
(188718)
50
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British troops serving in Iraq have subsequently been invalided out of the Armed Forces.
(188778)
51
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British troops have been repatriated from Iraq to the UK because of physical or mental illness.
(188779)
52
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many payments under the ex gratia compensation scheme for former Far East prisoners of the Japanese have been made to former Gurkhas.
(188576)
53
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the case for extending the life of the C130K Hercules fleet beyond 2012.
(188460)
54
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the expressions of interest in HMS Daedalus that he has received.
(188144)
55
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many hours the lease contract provided for the Royal Air Force to operate fleet of C17s in each year; and how many flying hours the fleet flew in each six monthly period since it entered service with the Royal Air Force.
(188462)
56
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of (a) Royal Navy and Royal Marines, (b) Army and (c) Royal Air Force trained strength was deployed on operations and other military tasks for (i) the final quarter of financial year 2003-04 and (ii) the first two quarters of financial year 2004-05.
(188463)
57
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost, including the lease, support, manpower and fuel, of operating the fleet of leased C17s was for each six monthly period since it entered service with the Royal Air Force; and what the budgeted cost of each six monthly period was when the lease contract was agreed.
(188466)
58
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to announce the preferred bidder for the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) contract.
(188264)
59
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the consequences for jobs and skills in North West England of decisions he may take on the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) contract.
(188265)
60
N
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the relocation of Defence Science and Technology Laboratories facilities and personnel to Porton Down; and if he will make a statement.
(186357)
61
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made in the investigation of the death of Trooper David Clarke; what communications he has had with the family of Trooper David Clarke about the progress of the investigation; and if he will make the results of the investigation public.
(188585)
62
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to introduce mess services common to all ranks; and if he will make a statement.
(188570)
63
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many former Far East prisoners of war in Pendle received an ex gratia award of £10,000.
(188571)
64
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a British officer was responsible for supervising Lieutenant-Colonel Steven Jordan during his time at Abu Ghraib in 2003 and 2004.
(188302)
65
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Colonels Campbell James and Chris Terrington were part of a joint reporting or command chain with the US Army during their time in Iraq.
(188303)
66
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Colonel Chris Terrington made representations to his superiors about detainee mistreatment at Abu Ghraib.
(188304)
67
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of HM forces have lost their lives in Iraq since 1st July 2003.
(188828)
68
N
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his Danish counterpart on strategic missile defence; and if he will make a statement.
(188089)
69
N
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's policy is on stationing strategic missile defence sites on the UK mainland; and if he will make a statement.
(188090)
70
N
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received from his US counterpart on the proposal for strategic missile defence stations to be situated in Central Europe.
(188091)
71
N
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether at any stage during June, July or August he imposed a ban on press access to or news coverage of British forces serving in the Iraq theatre of operations.
(188594)
72
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were recruited to (a) the Cheshire Regiment and (b) the Queen's Lancashire Regiment in the last 10 years.
(188595)
73
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if he will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy.
(188694)
74
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many servicemen and women act as drivers to members of the Royal Family; to which members; and from what source they receive remuneration for their service as drivers.
(188565)
75
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the operating structures of the (a) Queen's & Light Division and (b) Prince of Wales & King's Division.
(188782)
76
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the (a) total budget and (b) budget timetable for the Future Rapid Effect System programme.
(188783)
77
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which other countries will be part of the Future Rapid Effects System programme; and whether it will be compatible with the equivalent US system.
(188784)
78
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which present and future vehicles will carry the Future Rapid Effects System.
(188785)
79
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Future Rapid Effects System will be operational without other countries providing spares or holding necessary hardware.
(188786)
80
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Future Rapid Effects System will be operational by 2010.
(188787)
81
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what international peacekeeping and stability roles the Future Rapid Effects System will have; and what role it will have in post conflict reconstruction.
(188788)
82
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the projected cost is of each Future Rapid Effects System unit.
(188789)
83
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what limitations there are on equipment usage for each type of operation.
(188790)
84
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) schedule and (b) operations of the three Parachute battalions has been over the last three years.
(188791)
85
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what forward level of (a) manpower and (b) financial commitment has been assigned to the European Rapid Defence Force.
(188792)
86
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expected financial saving will be from the reduction of infantry battalions; and who will take the decision on which infantry battalions are to be disbanded.
(188793)
87
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what financial commitments are involved in the Eurofighter contract.
(188794)
88
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on how much (a) manpower and (b) finance of the UK's national defence will be tied into the European defence policy.
(188795)
89
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Army Board first consulted the colonels of the 19 regiments over impending changes.
(188796)
90
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the recruiting levels were for the regiments in the (a) Queen's, (b) King's, (c) Prince of Wales and (d) Light Divisions over the past three years for (i) officers and (ii) other ranks.
(188797)
91
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what level of escorts the two proposed aircraft carriers will require.
(188799)
92
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will propose a plan of renewal for Royal Navy fishery protection vessels.
(188800)
93
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what pension provision is made for Territorial Army personnel who are away from their civilian work for periods of six months or longer.
(188801)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
94
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department has had discussions with Rossendale Borough Council about the possible sale of the site of the former civic hall in Whitworth.
(188492)
95
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list requirements made by his Department of Rossendale Borough Council in respect of asset sales.
(188493)
96
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will publish the guidelines he is making available to the Inspector who will consider the reconvened public inquiry into the application for a football stadium for Brighton and Hove Albion.
(188087)
97
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his recent announcement reopening the public inquiry into the planning application for a football stadium for Brighton and Hove Albion, whether he has accepted that there is a national need for such a stadium.
(188088)
98
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) pensioners and (b) other people have received help to insulate their homes in York in each year since 1997.
(188947)
99
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many new (a) social rented and (b) affordable homes have been provided in York in each year since 1997.
(188948)
100
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will implement the recommendations of the Stewart Report, section 1:36 within planning policy guidance note 8.
(188588)
101
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the level of Supporting People programme grants are for each London borough.
(188589)
102
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will investigate the process by which Bexley Council proposes to dispose of the North Cray school site in Sidcup to London and Quadrant.
(188590)
103
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received from local planning authorities on the recommendations of the Stewart Report on permitted development of masts at 15 metres or below.
(188591)
104
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average Standard Spending Assessment/Formula Spending Share funding per head has been for highways maintenance in (a) England and (b) North Somerset in each year since 1997.
(188657)
105
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average Standard Spending Assessment/formula spending share funding per head has been for all services in (a) England and (b) North Somerset in each year since 1997; and if he will estimate the sums that would be available for services in North Somerset if the average SSA/FSS funding per head were the same as the English average.
(188658)
106
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) score and (b) rank are for each of the wards in Weston-super-Mare according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2004 for each of (i) the seven domain indices, (b) the sub-domains and (c) the two supplementary indices.
(188670)
107
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the changes have been in non domestic rateable values in each English region, indicating the net change in rateable values by region; and what percentage of properties in each region will be (a) above the caps and (b) below the reduction limits in the proposed transitional scheme.
(188709)
108
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proposals he has (a) to protect the interests of staff over the age of 40 and (b) for a transitional scheme, in changes to the local government pension scheme.
(188722)
109
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what considerations guided him in proposing the change from an 80 to an 85 age/years of service formula in the local government pension scheme; and when he proposes to implement this change.
(188723)
110
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs prior to the publication of Planning Policy Statement 22 about its Energy Crops Grant scheme under the England Rural Development Programme.
(188464)
111
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to amend planning guidance to local authorities on the development of residential homes for adults with learning difficulties in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.
(188451)
112
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what rules regulate the fitting of windows into houses, with particular reference to Fensa certificates; and if he will make a statement.
(188908)
113
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assistance can be given under the Local Government Pension scheme to employees of the Essex Careers and Business Partnership Limited, owned jointly by Essex, Southend and Thurrock Councils, now in liquidation; and if he will make a statement.
(188821)
114
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will enquire into the decision of Essex, Southend and Thurrock Councils to place the Essex Careers and Business Partnership Limited into liquidation from 31st March; and if he will make a statement.
(188822)
115
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the cost of bringing hard to heat homes in the current housing stock up to standards described in his programme for decent homes.
(188613)
116
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if he will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy.
(188686)
117
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to require all park home sites to provide individual fire protection for each residence rather than communal fire points.
(188728)
118
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what regulations there are regarding fire protection on park home sites; and what plans he has to amend these.
(188729)
119
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the councils and fire authorities which require individual fire extinguishers for park home residences rather than fire points within 30 metres of each residence; and if he will make a statement.
(188730)
120
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the proposed (a) question and (b) preamble on the ballot paper for the referendum on a regional assembly in the North East of England; and what assessment he has made of the Electoral Commission's statement on the proposed referendum question.
(188804)
121
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for what reason a preamble is to be included on the proposed ballot paper for the referendum on a regional assembly in the North East of England.
(188805)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
122
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations he has received in favour of commissioning research into the possible relationship between back pain and school furniture as the part of its plan to refurbish every secondary school in the next 15 years; and what plans he has to commission such research.
(188669)
123
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the capital investment in schools in the City of York has been in each year since the formation of the City of York unitary council.
(188944)
124
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many free books have been provided for pre-school children in York.
(188945)
125
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent on facilitation of inter-country adoption in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(188974)
126
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to facilitate inter-country adoption from Bolivia to the UK.
(188975)
127
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children have been adopted from overseas to the UK in the last five years, broken down by country of origin.
(189032)
128
N
Andy Burnham (Leigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to encourage schools to take part in competitive sports fixtures.
(187907)
129
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations he has received on changes in the academic standard of (a) GCSE and (b) A levels; and what research he has commissioned into changes in the academic standard of each.
(188812)
130
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what support from university bursary schemes has been proposed for students from families with joint incomes above (a) £22,500 and (b) £33,533; which universities offer such support; and if he will estimate (i) the number of students likely to be helped and (ii) the total value of such help in the next three years.
(189078)
131
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average Standard Spending Assessment/formula spending share funding per head has been for all services in (a) England and (b) North Somerset in each year since 1997; and if he will estimate the sums that would be available for services in North Somerset if the average SSA/FSS funding per head were the same as the English average.
(188659)
132
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average class size was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) England and (ii) the North Somerset Local Education Authority in each year since 1997.
(188660)
133
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 26th April, Official Report, column 798W, on education finance, if he will break down the total education funding per child in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) England and (ii) North Somerset; and if he will estimate the sums that would be available for education in North Somerset if the average funding per pupil for primary and secondary schools in North Somerset were the same as for England.
(188685)
134
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students (a) were admitted to and (b) graduated from medical training in the UK in each of the past 10 years.
(189003)
135
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to increase the opportunities for older people to take educational courses which do not lead to a qualification.
(188548)
136
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether he plans to retain archaeology as a GCSE examination subject.
(188549)
137
N
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to open up schools sports facilities to the wider community out-of-hours.
(187904)
138
N
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the Government's strategy for music in schools.
(187894)
139
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils in England obtained (a) fewer than five GCSEs at A*-C grades and (b) no GCSEs at A*-C grade in each year since 1990.
(188574)
140
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if he will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy.
(188698)
141
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will issue guidance that pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties should not be sent to moderate learning difficulties special schools.
(189049)
142
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children are on the roll at each (a) severe learning difficulties and (b) moderate learning difficulties special school in Essex.
(189050)
143
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many moderate learning difficulty special schools there are in each local education authority.
(189051)
144
N
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) schools and (b) school pupils are not participating in a school sports partnership.
(187910)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
145
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many primates, broken down by species, have been imported into the UK in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.
(188716)
146
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) rhesus macaques and (b) long-tailed macaques of (i) wild-caught origin, (ii) first generation captive bred and (iii) second generation or more captive bred have been imported into the UK in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.
(188717)
147
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons the Hazardous Waste Forum meeting, due for 3rd September, was cancelled; and on what date the meeting will now take place.
(188755)
148
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is her policy to ensure co-existence measures between GM and non-GM crops are in place before supporting the addition to Europe's common catalogue of seeds varieties of GM maize.
(188756)
149
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether a second wave of expressions of interest in voluntary exit from the Rural Payments Agency will be offered on similar terms to the first wave; and how many staff in each location took advantage of the first wave terms.
(188712)
150
N
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the postponement of the meeting of the Hazardous Waste Forum that was due to take place on 3rd September.
(188094)
151
N
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hazardous waste dumping incidents were reported to the Environment Agency in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by region.
(188095)
152
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discretion the Government has not to implement a GM seed directive that has been added to the European common catalogue.
(188621)
153
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what extra powers, duties and responsibilities will be available to the RSPCA as a result of her agreement that they should become approved prosecutors under section 1(3)(e) of the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 2000.
(188458)
154
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether Planning Policy Statement 22 was subject to rural proofing by her Department.
(188461)
155
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cattle tested positive for tuberculosis in the last 12 months.
(188489)
156
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many positive reactor cattle subsequently proved to be free of tuberculosis; how their carcass was subsequently disposed of; and how many of them entered the human food chain.
(188490)
157
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many abattoirs in the UK are licensed to kill over 30 month old cattle.
(188491)
158
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether cattle over 30 months may be transported to slaughter in the same lorry as those under 30 months.
(188494)
159
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether a distinction is made in the transport regulations of tuberculosis positive tested cattle between those over and under 30 months of age.
(188495)
160
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to abolish the over 30 month scheme.
(188500)
161
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effects of magpies on the populations of song-birds in urban areas and the fringes of urban areas.
(188547)
162
N
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress she has made on implementing the Water Framework Directive; and if she will make a statement.
(186356)
163
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress she has made in bringing to a conclusion (a) the review of marine nature conservation, (b) the marine fisheries and environment enforcement review, (c) the review of coastal and marine consent and (d) the development of the EU marine strategy; and if she will make a statement.
(188447)
164
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the difficulties facing arable farmers in the UK following the poor weather this summer.
(188560)
165
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will compensate arable farmers badly affected by this summer's bad weather.
(188561)
166
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to question 176951, tabled on 7th June, on surveys of public perceptions of her role.
(188899)
167
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many registered holdings there are for European subsidy purposes; how many there were in 1994; and if she will make a statement.
(188991)
168
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how she proposes to implement £300 million of efficiency gains on waste services as set out in the Gershon Review.
(188593)
169
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 5th July, Official Report, column 443W, on refrigerator recycling, why the deadline for the publication of the Environment Agency's report auditing the refrigerator recycling scheme has been missed; and when she expects the report to be published.
(188750)
170
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether under Council Regulation (EC) No 1954/2003 - Western Waters, UK shellfishermen could be prevented from fishing by the end of 2004.
(188890)
171
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures her Department is undertaking to assess (a) historical shellfish landings as the basis of any management plan and (b) current shellfish landings.
(188891)
172
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether under Article 12 of Council Regulation (EC) N 1954/2003 - Western Waters, Spanish fishermen will be permitted to fish for crab stocks in UK waters; and what her policy is on that provision.
(188892)
173
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will implement a management plan for scallops, crabs and lobsters in the Western Channel.
(188893)
174
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the status of Council Regulation (EC) No 1954/2003 - Western Waters.
(188894)
175
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to improve the monitoring of UK fisheries to prevent (a) illegal incursions from foreign fishing fleets, (b) criminal behaviour directed by animal rights groups against lobster fishermen and (c) the theft of clams from Poole Harbour.
(188896)
176
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what public protection guidance her Department has offered local authorities with regard to the use of Tordon 22K to combat Japanese knotweed.
(188467)
177
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what rules govern hunted trophy imports into (a) the UK and (b) the EU; and if she will make a statement.
(188934)
178
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the population of cormorants; what assessment she has made of trends in the change in population over recent years; and if she will make a statement.
(188960)
179
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the inclusion of cormorants in the issue of licences to kill.
(188961)
180
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent research has been conducted on the number of vehicles being abandoned; and if she will make a statement.
(188724)
181
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the farms in Essex which are predominantly (a) dairy and (b) cattle and sheep.
(188726)
182
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many fur farms are licensed in England.
(188727)
183
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff she estimates will be employed by the proposed European Chemicals Agency under the REACH proposals.
(189033)
184
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the latest estimate is of the cost of REACH to industry in (a) its phasing-in period and (b) the first 30 years.
(189034)
185
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what further impact assessment is being carried out on the REACH proposals; and when this will be published.
(189035)
186
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the adoption of private sewers following her consultation on the recommendations contained in the W.S. Atkins Report.
(188085)
187
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken (a) to assess and (b) to deal with problems created by combined sewer overflows since 1997; and what plans she has for further action.
(188901)
188
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government continues to estimate that between 300-500 MWe of Micro-CHP capacity will be operational by 2010, as stated in its CHP strategy.
(188678)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
189
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost was of chartering an aeroplane for his recent trip to Sudan.
(188456)
190
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost was of printing his Department's pamphlet, Inclusive Government: Mainstreaming Gender into Foreign Policy; and how many pamphlets were printed.
(188457)
191
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what issues on Zimbabwe the Government is considering taking to the United Nations General Assembly; and what progress has been made.
(188620)
192
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the persecution of the Falun Gong in China; and what action the Government is taking to draw attention to this.
(188634)
193
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of Syrian policy towards terrorism in the Middle East; and what representations he has made to the Syrian Government about the presence of Hamas in Syria.
(188813)
194
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Oral Answer from the Minister for the Armed Forces of 7th September, Official Report, column 612, on Iraq, what discussions he has had with the Government of Iraq about the banning of al-Jazeera.
(188481)
195
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd August, Official Report, column 683W, on Iraq, whether honourable Members other than Ministers had an input into the preparation of the September 2002 Dossier, Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction.
(188758)
196
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 20th July from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms. Ruma Begum Churi.
(188856)
197
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Zimbabwean Government on its raid on the MDC offices in Bulawayo.
(188877)
198
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make urgent representations to the Zimbabwean Government on the arrest of MDC member Mr Nelson Chamisa.
(188878)
199
N
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what percentage of the aid package for the Sudan announced in July has been spent; and if he will make a statement.
(186358)
200
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the National Assembly for Wales will be consulted by the Government before the EU Commission publishes proposals relevant to its powers; and if he will make a statement.
(188976)
201
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans there are for the devolved administrations of the United Kingdom to have representation (a) on relevant United Kingdom delegations in the EU Council of Ministers and (b) in preparatory meetings of COREPER; and if he will make a statement.
(188980)
202
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on UK relations with Colombia.
(188583)
203
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on (a) the killing of the trade unionists Leonel Goyeneche, Hector Alirio Martinez and Jorge Prieto Chamucero in Arauca, Colombia this year and (b) the implications for human rights in that country.
(188584)
204
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the goals of the Government are for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in 2005.
(188604)
205
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the rules are regarding British intelligence workers being asked to assist in the prosecution of someone abroad who may face the death penalty if convicted; and if he will make a statement.
(188937)
206
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the process by which voters will be registered for the parliamentary elections in Iraq.
(189075)
207
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many voters are registered in Iraq.
(189076)
208
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which body will be in charge of the voter registration process in Iraq.
(189077)
209
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if he will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy.
(188688)
210
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Israeli Government that it should ensure that the route of the security wall does not become the border of the Israeli state.
(188498)
211
N
David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 29th July on behalf of a constituent reference 316919/04.
(188010)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
212
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 6th July, Official Report, column 617W, on podiatry, what the whole time equivalent is of the number of chiropodists and podiatrists employed by the NHS in each year since 1997.
(188610)
213
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for the differences between the system of monitoring foot operations carried out by orthopaedic surgeons and that for monitoring operations carried out by podiatric surgeons; and what plans he has to standardise such monitoring systems.
(188665)
214
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on the NHS in (a) Yorkshire, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) York at current prices in each year since 1979.
(188957)
215
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) other clinical staff have been employed by (i) York District Hospital, (ii) all hospitals in York and (iii) hospitals and the community in York in each year since 1997.
(188958)
216
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished consultant episodes have been completed (a) in Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) at York District Hospital in each year since 1997.
(188959)
217
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on Government support provided to those diagnosed with myasthenia gravis.
(188628)
218
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on hospital waiting times for patients diagnosed with myasthenia gravis.
(188629)
219
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to increase the numbers of consultants and doctors qualified to diagnose myasthenia gravis.
(188630)
220
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to increase the number of nurses qualified to care for patients diagnosed with myasthenia gravis.
(188631)
221
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to increase awareness of the condition myasthenia gravis amongst the medical profession.
(188632)
222
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on support provided by Government to the families of people who are diagnosed with myasthenia gravis.
(188743)
223
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to make available to people who have had laryngectomies on prescription the base plate for the hands free valve.
(188888)
224
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the difficulties in communication faced by people who have had laryngectomies.
(188889)
225
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list (a) the present length of wait and (b) the number of patients waiting for digital hearing aids in each London hospital.
(188765)
226
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average Standard Spending Assessment/Formula Spending Share funding per head has been for personal social services in (a) England and (b) North Somerset in each year since 1997.
(188661)
227
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the delayed discharge figures are for (a) the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority and (b) the Weston Primary Care Trust for each of the last five years, including (i) the number and proportion of patients of all ages occupying an acute hospital bed whose discharge was delayed, (ii) the number and proportion of patients aged 75 years and over occupying an acute hospital bed whose discharge was delayed, (iii) the main reasons for delay and the numbers and proportion of patients of all ages who are delayed for each of the reasons and (iv) the numbers and proportions of patients who have been delayed (A) one to eight days, (B) eight to 14 days, (C) 14 to 28 days and (D) over 28 days.
(188751)
228
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes are proposed to the NHS pension scheme; and how many existing contributing members to the scheme there are in each (a) region and (b) county.
(188719)
229
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women undergoing an abortion in England and Wales in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003 had had (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three, (iv) four and (v) five or more previous abortions.
(189000)
230
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the 2003 abortion statistics do not specify the nature of the disabilities giving rise to abortion under ground E, risk that the child would be born handicapped.
(189040)
231
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has paid towards nursing costs for those in residential care in the past 12 months; and what proportion this represents of the total amount spent on residential care from all sources.
(189002)
232
Julia Drown (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will raise with (a) Cow & Gate and (b) Milupa Department of Health guidance on breastfeeding to prevent encouragement of weaning before six months.
(188455)
233
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of teriparatide for the treatment of osteoporosis.
(189045)
234
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance is given to local health trusts and local health boards about the availability of teriparatide on the NHS.
(189046)
235
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much financial support (a) adult and (b) children's hospices have received in the past three financial years from social services departments.
(188572)
236
N
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 1st September to question reference 185185, on temporary clerical and administration staff, if he will list the benefits to hospital and primary care trusts of using the National Framework agreement when hiring temporary clerical and administration staff.
(188005)
237
N
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) budget and (b) spending outcome on private sector capital grants was in each of the last 10 years in (i) England, (ii) Somerset and (iii) Dorset.
(188006)
238
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Exchequer funding has been received by Healthy Living centres since 1999, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement.
(188744)
239
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Healthy Living centres have (a) opened, (b) closed and (c) have discussed the possibility of closure with his Department since 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(188745)
240
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times his Department has consulted members of the academic community with regard to health consequences of (a) smoking, (b) alcohol and (c) physical inactivity since January; and if he will make a statement.
(188746)
241
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the (a) technical and financial contracts, (b) technical consultants used on a call-off basis and (c) financial consultants used on a call-off basis, with regard to Healthy Living centres, giving the (i) cost and (ii) start date of employment; and if he will make a statement.
(188747)
242
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what regulation requires the display of No Smoking signs on a farm's milking parlours.
(188545)
243
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on the proposal to close the Mary Rose Birthing Centre in Portsmouth.
(188615)
244
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has given the Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust following the report to the Department of Health Children Taskforce from the Maternity and Neonatal Workforce Group on the proposal by the Trust to close the Mary Rose Birthing Centre.
(188616)
245
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment his Department has made of the proposal to close the community midwife-led maternity service at St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth and transfer the maternity services to Queen Alexandra Hospital; what research has been conducted on the effect on expectant mothers; and if he will make a statement.
(188617)
246
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to use his powers to ensure that the midwife-led maternity unit at St Mary's Hospital Portsmouth is retained; and if he will make a statement.
(188618)
247
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list, for each NHS organisation providing maternity services, the latest available figures for (a) vacancies for midwifery grades (i) in numerical terms and (ii) expressed as a percentage of total number of posts at those grades and (b) numbers of (i) home births and (ii) caesarian sections performed, expressed in each case (A) in numerical terms and (B) as percentages of total births.
(188905)
248
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentistry practices in England are accepting NHS patients; how many on average accepted NHS patients in 1994; and how many individual dentists this represents in each case.
(188978)
249
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has conducted since 1997 into mental health in-patients' perception of their safety in NHS accommodation; and whether there is evidence of changes in perceptions of safety.
(188860)
250
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents of (a) sexual assault on and (b) sexual harassment of mental health in-patients have been reported in each of the last 10 years; and how many of these incidents resulted in criminal or civil proceedings.
(188861)
251
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the types of bodies through which mental health service users are able to influence the development and delivery of mental health services; and in which trusts such bodies operate.
(188862)
252
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are in place (a) to measure mental health in-patients' satisfaction with the services they receive while in hospital, (b) to eradicate poor practice and (c) to disseminate good practice.
(188863)
253
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of Mind's Ward Watch report; and if he will make a statement.
(188864)
254
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he is taking to ensure that service users are involved in the planning and delivery of mental health hospital services.
(188865)
255
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on access for mental health patients to (a) fresh air, (b) exercise and (c) meaningful recreation; and what measures he has put in place to achieve this.
(188866)
256
N
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget for Ashworth Hospital has been for each of the last five years.
(186831)
257
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what budget he has set for 2005-06 on silicone cosmesis.
[R] (188825)
258
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the £4 million allocation made towards silicone cosmesis has been spent by NHS trusts over the last three years.
[R] (188826)
259
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds there were at the Pontefract General Infirmary in each of the past five years.
(188829)
260
N
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter dated 20th July, from the honourable Member for North Shropshire, regarding the ESBL outbreak at the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.
(188262)
261
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of calls to each NHS Direct call centre in England in the last 12 months related to dental problems.
(188566)
262
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dental practices in East Lancashire have (a) wholly private, (b) wholly NHS and (c) mixed lists.
(188568)
263
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects of military low flying on (a) hearing and (b) other long-term health issues.
(188582)
264
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the contents of the revised guidance for health professionals on the provision of contraceptive services for those under the age of 16.
(188906)
265
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the rules are for the prescribing of contraceptives services for people under the age of 16; and if he will make a statement.
(188907)
266
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what increases in salaries have been awarded for NHS (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) scientific staff, (d) administrative staff and (e) managerial staff in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(188909)
267
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to counter MRSA in hospitals; and if he will make a statement.
(188911)
268
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the practice of allowing terminally ill cancer patients to choose to die at home.
(188962)
269
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources he is making available to treat terminally ill cancer patients who wish to die at home.
(188963)
270
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what improvements he is making to information available to (a) carers, (b) healthcare professionals and (c) patients about the process of allowing terminally ill cancer patients to choose to die at home.
(188964)
271
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of means other than family doctors for the verification of absence from work through sickness.
(188655)
272
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women from Northern Ireland had terminations in England or Wales in each of the past five years.
(188672)
273
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Health Service will fund intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatment as part of the availability of IVF.
(188931)
274
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there are medical conditions which the National Health Service will not treat if the patient has previously paid for the same treatment in the private sector.
(188932)
275
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has given to primary care trusts on access to IVF treatment.
(188935)
276
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when universal availability of IVF treatment will be introduced; whether a limit will be placed on the number of cycles of treatment available; and if he will make a statement.
(188936)
277
Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the practice guidelines for assessing the ability of people with Asperger's syndrome to live independently.
(188883)
278
Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the reasons a low percentage of adults with Asperger's syndrome are living fully independent lives.
(188884)
279
Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the assistance people with Asperger's syndrome need to live fully independent lives.
(188885)
280
Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason people with Asperger's syndrome are referred to as presenting a low risk to independence in the Department's publication Fair Access to Care 2003.
(188886)
281
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if he will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy.
(188692)
282
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP appointments were missed in (a) the Castle Point and Rochford Primary Care Trust and (b) England in the last year for which figures are available.
(189069)
283
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in providing the latest digital hearing aids in Essex; and if he will make a statement.
(189071)
284
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what further assistance and sources of advice he intends to provide for carers; and if he will make a statement.
(189072)
285
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his latest estimate is of the cost of a missed general practitioner appointment; and if he will make a statement.
(189073)
286
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidences of (a) hospital-acquired infection and (b) methicillin resistent staphylococcus aureus at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth have been notified to his Department in each of the last five years.
(188446)
287
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to commission an independent inquiry into the operation of the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service.
(188806)
288
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources his Department provides to regional ambulance services; and what assessment he has made of current levels of demand on regional ambulance services.
(188807)
289
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the (a) performance and (b) emergency response provision of the Merseyside Regional Ambulance Service.
(188808)
290
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made by the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service in achieving national performance targets; and if he will make a statement.
(188809)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
291
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many primates have been involved in projects regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 over the last 10 years (a) unclassified, (b) mild, (c) moderate and (d) substantial; in classifications of severity of suffering and if he will make a statement.
(188715)
292
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) community support officers were employed in North Yorkshire in (i) May 1979 and (ii) each May since then.
(188949)
293
N
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will publish the National Rehabilitation Action Plan.
(188084)
294
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police stations have (a) opened and (b) closed in Avon and Somerset in each year since 1979.
(188667)
295
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have (a) been recruited to and (b) left the Avon and Somerset police force in each year since 1997.
(188668)
296
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the work the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse has undertaken in Weston-super-Mare since its creation; and how many drug treatment centres it has inspected in the town.
(188671)
297
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) nature and (b) values are of his Department's consultancy contracts for, and in relation to, the identity card scheme.
(188703)
298
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the performance milestones in the contract for the design and structure of an identity card.
(188704)
299
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21st April, Official Report, column 524W, on departmental officials, whether the secondee from Deloitte & Touche contributed to the specification of the basis on which tenders were invited for the identity card project; and whether the secondment was arranged after a competitive process.
(188705)
300
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the recommendations were of the Sentencing Advisory Panel set out in Spring 2003; and what his proposals are regarding implementation of each recommendation.
(188707)
301
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the progress of the European Weapons Directive; and what the position of the UK Government is on each of its principal recommendations.
(188708)
302
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies and other services placed with (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG, (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers and (v) PA Consulting since 2000-01 by the Department and its agencies.
(188714)
303
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the tender document for drug rehabilitation services in the Prison Service reference ST04589/659/1; and for what reason it was changed.
(188607)
304
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation he has undertaken with those who have provided drugs services in prisons on the new tender process.
(188608)
305
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the operation of banning orders for football supporters whose club has been relegated from the Football League who try to attend the grounds of other clubs in the Conference League which at the time that the banning order was put in place were (a) in and (b) not in the Football League.
(188619)
306
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the responses to the consultation document Reducing Crime - Changing Lives favoured a regional model for the National Offender Management Service.
(188537)
307
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to (a) privatise and (b) open to contestability a (i) probation area and (ii) National Offender Management Service region.
(188538)
308
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how he expects contestability in the National Offender Management Service to achieve more effective service delivery.
(188539)
309
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how probation boards under the National Offender Management Service structure will extend their commissioning functions.
(188540)
310
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how regional offender managers with the National Offender Management Service will achieve greater innovation within the prison and probation services.
(188541)
311
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to promote schemes which help prevent distraction burglaries, with particular reference to the British Gas Password Scheme.
(188854)
312
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent consultations have been carried out by his Department with representatives of faith communities; and if he will make a statement.
(188596)
313
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests of (a) police officers and (b) civilians have been made in response to investigations carried out by the office of the Police Complaints Commission for England and Wales in each of the last four years.
(188643)
314
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigations carried out by the Police Complaints Commission for England and Wales have resulted in (a) successful prosecutions and (b) disciplinary charges being brought in each of the last four years.
(188644)
315
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost of the office of the Police Complaints Commission for England and Wales has been in each of the last three years.
(188649)
316
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff are employed (a) part-time and (b) full-time in the office of the Police Complaints Commission for England and Wales.
(188650)
317
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost of (a) salaries and (b) travel expenses for those employed in the office of the Police Complaints Commission for England and Wales has been in each of the last three years.
(188651)
318
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) complaints have been received and (b) investigations were carried out by the office of the Police Complaints Commission for England and Wales in each of the last four years.
(188652)
319
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has made a formal expression of interest in HMS Daedalus to the Ministry of Defence on behalf of (a) the Prison Service, (b) another agency of his Department and (c) Hampshire Constabulary.
(188145)
320
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been made in (a) Essex and (b) Braintree district.
(188558)
321
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 26th July from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Farag Elkailani.
(188855)
322
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 8th June from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regards to Mr and Mrs T. Mahmood.
(188872)
323
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what rationale underlay the decision to permit prisoners serving life sentences to buy National Lottery tickets; and if he will make a statement.
(188575)
324
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisons have been inspected under the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations in each of the last five years; and how many were found to be fully compliant.
(188586)
325
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison inspections under the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations are planned for 2004-05.
(188587)
326
N
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to ensure journalists are able to protect their sources.
(186756)
327
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evidence he possesses to support the statement by the Minister for Crime Reduction, Policing and Community Safety that the Neighbourhood Watch name and logos are Crown copyright; and why this evidence was not made available before the National Neighbourhood Watch Association registered the name and logo in its name.
(188656)
328
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on Government discussions with trade unions concerning the future of the Forensic Science Service.
(188473)
329
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the Government's outline business case for the future working of the Forensic Science Service.
(188474)
330
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which Government department is responsible for altering the terms of a seasonal agricultural worker's visa issued at the British Embassy in Bulgaria.
(188449)
331
N
Mr Richard Shepherd (Aldridge - Brownhills):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) occupancy rates and (b) running costs for each bail hostel in the West Midlands in each of the past five years.
(188007)
332
N
Mr Richard Shepherd (Aldridge - Brownhills):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether all sex offenders in the bail hostel in Aldridge will be included in the West Midlands tagging trial.
(188008)
333
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if he will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy.
(188689)
334
N
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19th April, Official Report, column 324W, on Gurkhas, when he expects to announce the findings of the review of immigration laws as applied to Gurkhas; and if he will make a statement.
(188251)
335
N
David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 10th August on behalf of a constituent, reference PO9259/4.
(188009)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
336
N
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the Commission has made of the marginal cost of the House sitting this September; and if he will make a statement.
(186359)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
337
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his responsibilities in relation to CDC/Actis Capital have changed with regard to the reorganisation of public shareholder interests under the Shareholder Executive.
(188850)
338
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reserved rights he retains in CDC/Actis Capital with regard to the reorganisation of public shareholder interests under the Shareholder Executive.
(188851)
339
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he has received regarding the Higaturu Oil Palms plantation's effect on (a) public health, (b) water quality, (c) indigenous sacred sites, (d) tribal property rights, (e) labour rights, (f) rainforest sustainability and deforestation and (g) species habitat; and if he will make a statement.
(188852)
340
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he has received on the conditions of smallholders employed by Pacific Rim Palm Oil.
(188853)
341
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has made to review CDC/Actis Capital investee (a) accountability standards and (b) compliance procedures.
(188966)
342
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether a formal environmental impact assessment was carried out regarding CDC's Higaturu Oil Palms investment.
(188967)
343
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether external consultants have advised CDC/Actis Capital on the Higaturu Oil Palms investment since 1999; and whether the deal team identified specific areas of concern regarding impact on (a) the environment, (b) indigenous cultures and (c) employed smallholders.
(188968)
344
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the environmental concerns relating to CDC/Actis Capital's Higaturu Oil Palms investment that arose (a) in the biannual Investment Valuation Review and (b) via the Business Principles Unit; and if he will list the action plans developed in response.
(188969)
345
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he has received regarding investee environmental regulation exemption requests in Papua New Guineau.
(188970)
346
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the monitoring visits at Higaturu Oil Palms since 1999 that CDC/Actis Capital has (a) directly performed and (b) independently contracted.
(188971)
347
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the criteria for deciding whether CDC/Actis Capital investments are considered of (a) high, (b) medium and (c) low environmental risk; and who performs environmental studies of (i) high, (ii) medium and (iii) low risks.
(188972)
348
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many CDC/Actis Capital investment projects have been terminated on grounds of (a) environmental risk and (b) labour conditions.
(188973)
349
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the institutional investors in CDC/Actis Capital by contribution (a) amount and (b) proportion.
(189053)
350
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what CDC/Actis Capital's policy is towards initial public offerings as a method of attracting private capital, broken down by sector.
(189054)
351
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list CDC investment programmes aside from Actis Capital.
(189055)
352
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list by (a) country, (b) sector, (c) amount and (d) proportion CDC/Actis Capital investments in (i) SME firms and (ii) funds that invest in SME firms.
(189056)
353
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he has received regarding CDC/Actis Capital investment in Iraq.
(189057)
354
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what resources CDC/Actis Capital (a) has directed and (b) will direct to small and medium enterprises in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(189058)
355
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list CDC/Actis Capital's expenditure on (a) corporate executive and (b) department staff development and team building exercises in each year since 2002.
(189059)
356
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he has received from Rwandan officials regarding the transfer of its equity interest in the Commercial Bank of Rwanda to CDC/Actis Capital.
(189060)
357
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether CDC investments qualify as bilateral aid.
(189061)
358
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list CDC/Actis Capital holdings in funds (a) solely managed, (b) joint managed and (c) not managed by CDC/Actis Capital; and how much capital has been in each fund since 2002.
(189062)
359
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the status is of CDC/Actis Capital's Aureos investment; and what its returns have been since 2001.
(189063)
360
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the status of CDC/Actis Capital's partnership with CGU in China is; and if he will list its (a) holdings, (b) projects and (c) quarterly returns since 1997.
(189064)
361
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what debt is owed to CDC/Actis Capital.
(189065)
362
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list CDC/Actis Capital public relations consultant expenditure since 1997, broken down by project.
(189066)
363
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to assist poor countries to protect their farmers and traders against unfair international competition; and if he will make a statement.
(188556)
364
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if he will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy.
(188701)
Questions to the Leader of the House
365
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Leader of the House, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of his Office's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if he will make a statement on his Office's recycling policy.
(188699)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
366
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what percentage of police stations' security is carried out by (a) independent security firms and (b) Police Service of Northern Ireland full-time reserve members in the Province; and what the cost was in each case in each month of the last year for which figures are available.
(188140)
367
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many police stations are externally guarded by unarmed independent security firms in the Province.
(188141)
368
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether discussions took place between representatives of the Housing Executive and local political parties over the future of the Protestant families who moved from the Torrens area of North Belfast in August.
(188142)
369
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost was of policing and security for the visit of former President Clinton to the Province in August.
(188143)
370
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many attacks there have been on (a) army and (b) police installations in Northern Ireland over the last five years.
(188731)
371
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many passengers travelled on (a) Ulsterbus, (b) Citybus and (c) Northern Ireland Railways in each of the last five years.
(188732)
372
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects to make an announcement regarding the construction of a new national sports stadium for Northern Ireland.
(188733)
373
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many days each Northern Ireland Minister was on duty in the Province in each of the last six months.
(188734)
374
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the take-up has been of the Warm Homes scheme in each Northern Ireland constituency for 2003, broken down by (a) numbers of installations and (b) total cost of work involved.
(188735)
375
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the religious breakdown is of the employees of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland.
(188736)
376
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the religious breakdown is of the employees of the Child Support Agency for Northern Ireland.
(188737)
377
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what emergency plans are in operation for dealing with flooding in Northern Ireland.
(188738)
378
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total costs were of (a) staffing and (b) all other overheads for (i) the Human Rights Commission in Northern Ireland, (ii) the Parades Commission in Northern Ireland and (iii) the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland in 2003.
(188739)
379
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what resources were allocated to the training of operating department practitioners within the Health Service in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available.
(188849)
380
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many driving tests have been performed in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.
(188879)
381
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average waiting time is in Northern Ireland for people applying to take a driving test.
(188880)
382
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many racially motivated attacks have taken place in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Belfast in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004 to date.
(188881)
383
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was allocated by Northern Ireland Departments to fund festivals in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997; and how much was allocated in each year to groups from (a) a Nationalist background and (b) a Unionist background.
(188913)
384
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are employed in carrying out MOT tests in Northern Ireland.
(188914)
385
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average waiting time for an MOT test in Northern Ireland is from the time of application to the test being carried out.
(188915)
386
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money is allocated to running each MOT centre in Northern Ireland in the current year.
(188916)
387
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many arrests of (a) police officers and (b) civilians have been made in response to investigations carried out by the office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland in each year since its creation.
(188641)
388
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many investigations carried out by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland have resulted in (a) successful prosecutions and (b) disciplinary charges being brought in each year of its operation.
(188642)
389
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost of the office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has been in each year since its establishment.
(188645)
390
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff are employed (a) part-time and (b) full-time in the office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.
(188646)
391
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost of (a) salaries and (b) travel expenses for those employed in the office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has been in each year since its establishment.
(188647)
392
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) complaints have been received and (b) investigations have been carried out by the office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland since its establishment.
(188648)
393
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of the part-time RUC Reserve were awarded the RUC Reserve Long Service Medal based (a) solely on service within the Reserve and (b) on other police service; and if he will make a statement.
(189047)
394
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average length of service was of members of the part-time RUC Reserve since 1973.
(189048)
395
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) controlled grammar, (b) voluntary grammar, (c) Catholic maintained grammar, (d) controlled secondary, (e) Catholic maintained secondary, (f) grant maintained integrated, (g) controlled integrated and (h) independent schools in Northern Ireland provide post-primary education between the ages of 11 and 16 years; and how many pupils are educated in each.
(188759)
396
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of pupils educated in grammar schools in Northern Ireland gained five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C in each of the last five academic years.
(188760)
397
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of pupils from Northern Ireland gained five or more GCSEs at Grade A*-C in each of the last five academic years; and what the figures were for England and Wales.
(188761)
398
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of pupils from Northern Ireland gained two or more A levels at Grade A*-E in each of the last five academic years; and what the figures were for England and Wales.
(188762)
399
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of pupils from Northern Ireland left school with no formal academic qualifications in each of the last five academic years; and what the figures were for England and Wales.
(188763)
400
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of scheduled offences in Northern Ireland in each of the past six years.
(188764)
401
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department has spent on (a) hospitality and (b) taxi costs in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) the lastest year for which figures are available.
(188766)
402
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost has been of refurbishments to the fabric of Northern Ireland office owned buildings since May 1997.
(188767)
403
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost was of printing departmental headed notepaper in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.
(188768)
404
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of running the Northern Ireland office's canteen facilities was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.
(188769)
405
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department has spent on (a) headhunters and recruitment consultants and (b) management consultants in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available.
(188770)
406
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) public relations consultants in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available.
(188771)
407
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department spent on press officers, broken down by grade, in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.
(188772)
408
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what advice he has given to (a) businesses and (b) individuals in Northern Ireland about the disposal of hazardous waste as defined by the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 and the Landfill Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003.
(189067)
409
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the (a) categories and (b) volumes of waste defined as hazardous waste under the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 and the Landfill Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 that may not be accepted as special waste under the Special Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(189068)
410
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to combat risks to patient safety arising from parallel trade in medicines in Northern Ireland.
(188497)
411
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients were detained on mental health grounds in Northern Ireland hospitals in each of the last 10 years.
(188499)
412
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans there are to increase the number of specialist stroke units in the Province.
(188526)
413
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment has been made of alternative methods for verifying absence from work through sickness.
(188527)
414
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the number of extra consultants which would be required if the consultant contract was accepted in the Province's hospitals.
(188528)
415
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on how the £12 million reallocated to health in August will be used.
(188529)
416
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the costs resulting from domestic violence in each of the last five years in Northern Ireland.
(188530)
417
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many deaths there were in Northern Ireland in 2003 from (a) suicide, (b) drowning, (c) house fires, (d) other domestic accidents, (e) road traffic accidents, (f) murder and (g) manslaughter; and what percentage were (i) alcohol and (ii) drug-related in each case.
(188531)
418
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate has been made of the number of people in Northern Ireland who would benefit from a digital hearing aid who do not yet have one; and what plans there are to increase the number of patients using digital hearing aids.
(188532)
419
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients have been provided with digital hearing aids in each of the last 12 months.
(188533)
420
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many rheumatoid arthritis sufferers are receiving treatment with (a) Embrel and (b) Remicade in Northern Ireland.
(188534)
421
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many rheumatoid arthritis sufferers commenced treatment with (a) Embrel and (b) Remicade in each of the last 12 months in Northern Ireland.
(188535)
422
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many rheumatoid arthritis sufferers are waiting to commence anti-TNF medications in the Province.
(188536)
423
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment has been made of the need for a second medical school in the Province.
(188542)
424
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost to public funds in the Province was in each of the last five years of (a) care provision, (b) absence from work, (c) legal actions against employers and (d) premature deaths in relation to mental health.
(188543)
425
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which estate agent was appointed to facilitate the sale of the former TK-ECC plant in Dundonald; when the agent was appointed; when the successful offer was received; how many parties had expressed interest in the site by the date on which the deal was signed; how much the plant was sold for; and whether the buyer subsequently sold the site.
(188544)
426
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to illegal actions by polling agents in Omagh during the European Parliamentary Elections on 10th June, what the nature of incidents involved was; how many polling stations were involved; what actions have been taken against the offenders; and what changes will be introduced to prevent future abuse.
(188581)
427
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on tuberculosis prevention in the Province.
(188603)
428
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he last reviewed the regulations for setting up pharmacies in Northern Ireland; and what the result was of that review.
(188653)
429
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he plans to take to lessen traffic congestion on Windsor Avenue, Malone Road, Belfast, particularly when children are going to and from local schools.
(188654)
430
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assistance is given to overseas nurses seeking accommodation in the Province while working there, with particular reference to those from outside the European Union.
(188673)
431
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what public consultation process will occur following departmental recommendations from the review of public health functions in the Province.
(188674)
432
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many episodes of self-harm there were in each health trust area in each of the last three years.
(188675)
433
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) conclusions he has drawn and (b) actions he has taken following the publication of the second cancer statistics report of the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry.
(188676)
434
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he to increase the number of critical care beds at Altnagelvin Hospital.
(188677)
435
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the letter to the honourable Member for Strangford from Dr D M McKibben, Chief Executive of DRD Roads Service, dated 17th August, what the nature is of the unavoidable delay in the introduction of road safety measures at the junction of Lansdown Road and Comber Road in Newtownards.
(188824)
436
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many teenagers who require some form of specialist residential care and treatment are in unsuitable accommodation; and what steps the health and social service boards are taking to provide suitable residential provision for such children.
(188468)
437
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the Children Matter Task Force report.
(188469)
438
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to reduce waiting times for people with hearing problems.
(188470)
439
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reason there was no capital allocation for IT equipment acquisitions for general practitioner practices in the current financial year.
(188471)
440
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if he will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy.
(188693)
Questions to the Prime Minister
441
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to paragraph 404 of the Butler Report, on what (a) operational, (b) security and (c) other basis the Government decided against favouring sources regarded as reliable by the intelligence services that tended to present a less worrying view of Iraqi chemical and biological weapons capability.
(188622)
442
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, at what point he was informed that two-thirds of the total amount of intelligence about Iraqi deception and concealment activities came from a single source.
(188623)
443
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, at what point he was informed that over four-fifths of the intelligence about Iraqi deception and concealment activities came from two sources.
(188624)
444
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, at what point he was informed that human intelligence sources regarding the evidence of Saddam Hussein on weapons of mass destruction were not extensive.
(188625)
445
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he had been informed prior to September 2002 of the reliability of the sub-sources who provided the information that Iraq could use chemical and biological weapons of some sort within 45 minutes.
(188635)
446
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, on which parts of the Joint Intelligence Committee assessments from or prior to March 2002 his statement on 3rd March 2002 that Iraq was trying to accumulate weapons of mass destruction was based.
(188636)
447
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, on which parts of the Joint Intelligence Committee assessments from or prior to March 2002 his statement on 11th March 2002 that there was a threat from Saddam Hussein was based.
(188637)
448
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, on which parts of the Joint Intelligence Committee assessments from or prior to March 2002 his statement on 11th March 2002 that there was no doubt at all that Saddam Hussein had acquired weapons of mass destruction was based.
(188638)
449
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, on which parts of the Joint Intelligence Committee assessments from or prior to April 2002 his statement on 3rd April 2002 that Iraq had stockpiles of major amounts of chemical and biological weapons was based.
(188639)
450
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, whether Joint Intelligence Committee assessments from March and April 2002 made definitive claims on the (a) existence of stockpiles of weapons and (b) development of weapons with regard to Iraq.
(188640)
451
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he authorised British military personnel to commence meetings with US personnel to plan an invasion of Iraq in mid 2002.
(188706)
452
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, what assessments were provided to him before or during March 2003 from UNMOVIC which suggested that Iraq had far-reaching plans to weaponise VX after 1991.
(188846)
453
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, what intelligence assessment was available to him on (a) 30th May 2003 and (b) 2nd June 2003 which indicated that trailers found in Iraq were used for the production of biological weapons.
(188847)
454
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when he was informed of the content of the overall summary provided by the Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC to the Security Council on 7th March 2003 regarding the extent of Iraq's co-operation with the UN inspectors.
(188848)
455
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when he was informed that UNMOVIC had been able to obtain information on Iraq's past mycotoxin programme.
(188858)
456
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, whether the UNMOVIC Clusters document of March 2003 suggested that Iraq had far-reaching plans to weaponise VX in any period after 1991.
(188859)
457
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment was made of the possibility that stocks of growth media which UNSCOM had reported as still unaccounted for in its final substantive report of January 1999 still existed.
(188867)
458
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, at what point he became aware (a) that the Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC had told the Security Council that Iraqi scientists had agreed to be interviewed in private and (b) that the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency had been successful in conducting interviews with Iraqi scientists in private.
(188868)
459
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when he became aware of the contents of the Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC's briefing to the Security Council of 14th February 2003 which stated that the Government of Iraq had encouraged interviewees not to request the presence of Iraqi officials nor to require interviews to be taped.
(188869)
460
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when he became aware that UN weapons inspectors had confirmed that evidence had been provided for the prior destruction of chemical and biological warfare agents in (a) November 2002, (b) December 2002 and (c) February 2003.
(188870)
461
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, which parts of the Joint Intelligence Committee intelligence assessments led him to state on 10th April 2002, Official Report, column 11, that Iraq posed a threat to the wider world.
(188871)
462
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when British intelligence experts investigated the two trailers found in Iraq.
(188873)
463
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when intelligence findings were circulated regarding the two trailers found in Iraq.
(188874)
464
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when weapons inspectors found live anthrax in Iraq as referred to in his article in the Independent on Sunday of 2nd March 2003; and what evidence he had to confirm that discovery.
(188875)
465
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when he was informed that the factory at which anthrax had been produced before 1991 to which he refers in his article in the Independent on Sunday of 2nd March 2003 had been under UN monitoring since October 1991.
(188876)
466
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, whether, prior to the war, Iraq's intention to use nuclear, biological and chemical weapons outside its borders, either by the Iraqi armed forces or through the supply of such weapons to non-state actors, prior to any military attack, had been investigated by the British intelligence service.
(188902)
467
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he made of whether to inform Parliament prior to March 2003 of Hans Blix's report to the Security Council of 14th February 2003, on access to Iraqi sites.
(188938)
468
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when he became aware of Hans Blix's report to the UN Security Council on 14th February 2003 on access to Iraqi sites.
(188939)
469
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to paragraph 405 of the Butler Report, when he became aware that in July 2003 the Special Intelligence Service had withdrawn two reports from a new source on trial because the source had by then been discredited.
(188940)
470
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when he became aware of UNMOVIC's conclusions on (a) the fate of the castor oil extraction plant at Fallujah III in 1998 and (b) the extent of production of castor oil in July 2001.
(188965)
471
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when he became aware of UNMOVIC's conclusions on the operability of the chlorine plant at Fallujah II, following visits between 9th December 2002 and 2nd March 2003.
(188989)
472
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when he became aware of the extent to which UNMOVIC has visited the Fallujah II plant between 9th December 2002 and 2nd March 2003.
(188990)
473
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, what intelligence material was available to him to cast doubt upon Dr Blix's statement on the usefulness of the Iraqi declaration of 8th December 2002.
(188998)
474
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, how many days it took the Defence Intelligence Staff to complete their initial assessment of the 12,000 page Iraqi declaration of 8th December 2002.
(188999)
475
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he was aware that drafted statements which conveyed that Iraq would only be likely to use chemical and biological weapons during an invasion were removed from the September 2002 dossier.
(189001)
476
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, on what evidence he based his claims in the September dossier that the production of nitric acid in the al-Sharqat complex was being used for the purification of uranium.
(189004)
477
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he made of the report by the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency to the Security Council on 7th March 2003 on whether there was an indication of resumed nuclear activity in Iraq.
(189005)
478
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when he became aware of the views of the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency on the level of nuclear activity in any of the sites inspected as passed to the Security Council on 7th March 2003.
(189006)
479
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when he was made aware that the statements in the September dossier on Iraq about mobile biological laboratories were based upon evidence from one defector.
(189007)
480
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when he became aware of the results of the findings by UNMOVIC following examination of the sites named in the September dossier, with regard to nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programmes.
(189008)
481
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to paragraph 403 of the Butler Report, when he became aware that the Secret Intelligence Service had raised serious doubts about the reliability of reporting of the sub-source who provided information about Iraqi chemical and biological programmes and intentions.
(189009)
482
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, on what evidence he based his statement on 2nd June 2003 that he stood by the evidence presented to the public on Iraq's weapons programme.
(189010)
483
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, on what grounds he based his statement to the Liaison Committee on 8th July 2003 that he stood by the evidence put forward in the September dossier.
(189011)
484
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, on what evidence he based his views, expressed to journalists in his monthly press conference on 30th July 2003, that he believed the intelligence he had received prior to the war regarding Iraq was correct.
(189012)
485
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he was aware on 25th January that MI6 had withdrawn key reports on Iraq's weapons.
(189013)
486
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, on what evidence he based his statement in an interview with The Observer on 25th January that he believed that the intelligence regarding Iraq was correct.
(189014)
487
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when he became aware that Hussein Kamel had claimed in 1995 that there were no remaining stockpiles of agents in Iraq.
(189015)
488
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, at what point he became aware that the interim report of the Iraqi Survey Group published on 2nd October 2003 had not come to a conclusion regarding the purpose of the clandestine laboratories and safehouses within the Iraqi Intelligence Service.
(189016)
489
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when he became aware that an e-mail had been sent from the then chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee to the head of the Iraq Survey Group (ISG), with suggestions for the ISG report.
(189017)
490
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to Joint Intelligence Committee assessments, when he became aware that British Intelligence assessments prior to March 2003 stated that a collapse of the Iraqi regime would increase the risk of chemical and biological warfare technology or agents finding their way into the hands of terrorists.
(189018)
491
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, whether there was an assessment of the validity of the material in the dossier of September 2002 between November 2002 and March 2003.
(189019)
492
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the inter-departmental advice available to Ministers in early March 2002, what intelligence assessments were available to him in (a) April 2002 and (b) September 2002 that showed that Iraq posed a threat not just to its neighbours but to the wider world.
(189020)
493
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, whether intelligence assessments relating to Iraq in 2002 and 2003 made reference to an intention by Iraq to use nuclear, biological and chemical weapons outside its borders (a) by the Iraqi armed forces and (b) through the supply of such weapons to non-state actors even if Iraq itself was not attacked.
(189021)
494
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, whether, prior to the war on Iraq, intelligence assessments confirming Iraq's intention to use nuclear, biological and chemical weapons existed that did not relate to Iraq's likely response if it were invaded.
(189022)
495
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, whether any Joint Intelligence Committee assessments prior to March 2003 asserted that Iraq had the intention to use nuclear, biological and chemical weapons outside its borders, with the exception of the circumstance of a US-led attack.
(189023)
496
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, prior to March 2003 and pursuant to the Joint Intelligence Committee assessment of 9th September 2002, what assessment the British intelligence service made of the possibility of Iraq threatening to use weapons of mass destruction against other states other than in the context of a US-led invasion.
(189024)
497
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, what assessments were made by the British intelligence services of whether Iraq sought nuclear, biological and chemical weapons for the purpose of external aggression.
(189025)
498
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his statement at the TUC conference on 10th September 2002, whether assessments had been made of the possibility that stocks of growth media that UNSCOM had reported as still unaccounted for in its final substantive report of January 1999 no longer existed in usable form.
(189026)
499
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his speech at the Azores summit on 16th March 2003, when he was informed that UN weapons inspectors had confirmed that evidence had been provided for the prior destruction of chemical and biological warfare agents in (a) November 2002, (b) December 2002, (c) February 2003 and (d) March 2003.
(189027)
500
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when he was informed that assessments were available before March 2003 which demonstrated that there was a distinction between the materials that UNMOVIC found to be unaccounted for and what was known to exist in Iraq.
(189028)
501
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, what part of the Joint Intelligence Committee intelligence assessments led him to state on 3rd September 2002 that Iraq posed a threat to the security of the world.
(189029)
502
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, on what evidence it was stated in the September dossier that Iraq was conducting an illicit chemical weapons programme at the Fallujah II plant.
(189030)
503
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his statement of 18th March 2003, Official Report, columns 760-74, on Iraq, with particular reference to the Iraqi declaration of 8th December 2002, whether he made an assessment of the merits of requesting that Defence Intelligence staff make a full assessment on the Iraqi declaration before making further comment upon it.
(189041)
504
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Prime Minister, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of his Office's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if he will make a statement on his Office's recycling policy.
(188702)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
505
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the percentage of (a) females and (b) males was amongst (i) initial applicants and (ii) successful candidates in each of the promotion and recruitment exercises for posts in the Senior Civil Service and in Band C (formerly Grade 7) in the Scotland Office and the Scottish Office since 1st January 1994.
(188679)
506
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if he will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy.
(188691)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
507
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what steps the Committee is taking to determine whether the Electoral Commission is assessing the integrity of the postal ballot in an efficient and effective manner.
(187912)
508
N
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will make a statement on the recent report by the Electoral Commission on all-postal ballots.
(187913)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
509
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money from the Government's science budget had been spent (a) in total, (b) in Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) in City of York in each year since 1997.
(188951)
510
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support she will give to local trading standards authorities seeking to protect the public from mass marketing scams.
(188450)
511
N
Ann Coffey (Stockport):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to deregulate Sunday trading.
(188757)
512
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints have been made under the terms of the Unsolicited Goods and Services Act 1971 (a) since the introduction of the Act and (b) in each of the last five years.
(188663)
513
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many prosecutions there have been under the Unsolicited Goods and Services Act 1971 (a) since the introduction of the Act and (b) in each of the last five years.
(188664)
514
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) employers and (b) staff in each Tyne and Wear district have been assisted by the Tyne and Wear Employer Training Pilot since it began.
(188710)
515
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received following the cross cutting review of government services for small business about (a) lack of consumer focus and (b) inefficiency charged to recipients of government grants through expensive collateral costs, including consultants' and accountants' fees; and if she will make a statement.
(188814)
516
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money has been paid into court pursuant to the provision of section 430 (11) of the Companies Act 1985 in each of the last 10 years.
(188600)
517
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will carry out an investigation into the reliability of warranties for mobile telephones.
(188605)
518
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what revised guidance has been issued to post offices on the marketing of Post Office Card Accounts during the last three months.
(188452)
519
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment has been made of the number of independent newsagents that have closed during the last 12 months.
(188453)
520
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on Government policy on BT's proposed withdrawal of rural phone boxes.
(188454)
521
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive on the future of nuclear energy generation in Scotland.
(188680)
522
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on her policy towards locational pricing structures for electricity transmission.
(188681)
523
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the cost to businesses of (a) extra staffing costs incurred by working on bank holidays and (b) additional costs incurred through closing on bank holidays.
(188827)
524
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received on the use of iTrips and similar such devices; and if she will make a statement.
(188626)
525
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will estimate the proportion of Research Council grants that will go to staff costs when research councils move to funding the full economic costs of research.
(189031)
526
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she has taken to tackle improper premium rate charges for telephone calls being added to telephone bills through internet connections; and if she will make a statement.
(188546)
527
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the consequences for (a) employment opportunities and (b) skills in the North West of the award of the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) contract to each of the current bidders.
(188263)
528
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many consumer codes are awaiting approval by (a) her Department and (b) the Office of Fair Trading.
[R] (188823)
529
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on (a) the fraudulent mis-use of premium rate numbers on the internet and (b) Government efforts to solve the problem.
(188475)
530
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consideration has been given to banning premium rate internet lines as a means of tackling fraudulent mis-use of premium rate numbers.
(188476)
531
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what investment is being made in carbon sequestration technologies.
(188477)
532
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the estimated amount in cubic metres of marine aggregates needed for domestic British construction purposes in each of the next 10 years.
(188479)
533
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the amount of marine aggregates in cubic metres dredged off the British coast in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(188480)
534
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent investigations have been carried out into the competitive nature of cross channel ferries; and if she will make a statement.
(188910)
535
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether she has established a timetable to review the prospects for new building of nuclear power plants.
(188611)
536
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will place in the Library a copy of the communication, dated 3rd September, from the European Commission in respect of the difficulties faced by the Commission nuclear inspectors in applying Euratom safeguards to the B-30 nuclear waste storage silo at Sellafield; and what response Her Majesty's Government has made to the communication.
(188612)
537
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if she will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy.
(188696)
538
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will review her Department's policy on the economic position of nuclear power in the light of the recent increase in the wholesale price of gas.
(189042)
539
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what impact the recent increase in the wholesale price of gas has had on predictions for the costs of various forms of electricity generation as laid out in the Energy White Paper.
(189043)
540
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will review her Department's position that nuclear power is uneconomic in the light of the recent report by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
(189044)
541
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, under what regulations Welsh Water is barred from generating electricity.
(188941)
542
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what structures exists within the Elan Valley that could be adapted for hydro-electric generation and storage.
(188942)
543
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much (a) energy and (b) carbon credit the operation at Dinorwic has saved in each of the last three years.
(188943)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
544
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) research he has commissioned and (b) steps he has initiated to facilitate the incorporation of aviation in the EU Emissions Trading System.
(188754)
545
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Government has provided to City of York Council in grants and other funding for public transport in each year since the unitary council was formed.
(188950)
546
N
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money has been allocated in his Departmental budget for the Crossrail project for (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07.
(188083)
547
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the entitlement of those diagnosed with myasthenia gravis to disabled parking provision.
(188627)
548
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is regarding proposals to license individual airstrips; and what measures he will put in place to help those airline charities which would be affected by increased charges.
(188606)
549
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his review of speed limits will be published; when he commissioned his review of speed limits; and how long he originally expected that his review of speed limits would take.
(188459)
550
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his recent consultation paper, Driving at Work, is available in paper as well as electronic versions; how many pages long it is when printed out; and if he will issue a printer friendly version of this and other electronic consultation papers.
(188496)
551
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to announce proposals for the improvement of the A120 road east of Braintree.
(188557)
552
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of accidents which were due to motorists failing to comply with recommended stopping distances in each of the last five years.
(188559)
553
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the final report of the Advisory Group on Motorcycling; and if he will make a statement in response to its recommendations.
(188448)
554
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money, has been raised in gross by the Humberside Safety Camera Partnership in each year since its inception.
(188573)
555
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many persons were employed by the Humberside Safety Camera Partnership at its inception.
(188740)
556
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many dismantled railway lines in the UK have been (a) re-instated and (b) safeguarded since 1990; and what the cost of re-instated lines was in each case.
(188569)
557
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the percentage contribution of transport related emissions to overall UK greenhouse gas emissions.
(188478)
558
Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to prevent the implementation of the reduction in the Cannon Street service from Medway to London proposed by the Strategic Rail Authority.
(188882)
559
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if he will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy.
(188690)
560
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Highways Agency's four-stage complaints procedure; and what plans he has to review its structure and operation.
(188802)
561
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on his Department's process of Type Approval; and what assessment he has made of the recent EU judgement on its operation.
(188803)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
562
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many employees of the Wales Office speak Welsh.
(188992)
563
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if he will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy.
(188700)
564
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will propose to the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales that he make a comparable assessment of the appointment systems for the Head of Public Sector Audit in Wales and the Comptroller and Auditor General in England, with particular reference to safeguards for the independence of the incumbent.
(188562)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
565
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of (a) men, (b) women and (c) men and women were (i) unemployed and claiming benefits, (ii) long-term unemployed, (iii) youths unemployed and (iv) claiming incapacity benefit or predecessor invalidity benefits in (A) the UK, (B) England, (C) Yorkshire and the Humber, (D) City of York Council area and (E) City of York and York parliamentary constituency in each year since 1979.
(188955)
566
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of unemployment benefits has been (a) at current prices and (b) as a percentage of gross domestic product in each year since 1979.
(188956)
567
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on benefit entitlement for those diagnosed with myasthenia gravis.
(188633)
568
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to review the classification of disabled people who have had laryngectomies.
(188887)
569
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) capital limits and (b) earnings disregards are for each income related benefit; and on what date each of the limits and disregards was first set.
(188720)
570
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the linking rules are for the return on unchanged terms to each category of benefit; and on what date those linking rules were introduced.
(188721)
571
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the sum required to produce an annuity of the same size as the minimum income guarantee/pension guarantee credit for pensioners with pension inflation protection in each year of the MIG pension guarantee credit scheme.
(188810)
572
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many local pension centres there are; and how many staff are employed in each.
(188982)
573
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff were employed in the Department in each of the last three years; and how many were employed on short-term contracts in each year.
(188983)
574
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the turnover rate of staff in the Department and each of its agencies was in the last year for which figures are available.
(188984)
575
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the (a) location of and (b) numbers of staff employed in each benefit processing centre.
(188985)
576
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) locations and (b) performance indicators are of each of the incapacity benefit employment pilots.
(188986)
577
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many incapacity benefit claimants there are in each (a) county, (b) metropolitan authority, (c) London Borough and (d) unitary authority in England.
(188987)
578
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on home visits to pensioners; and how many home visits were carried out in each quarter since the introduction of pension credit.
(188988)
579
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process pension payments through the use of the Post Office card account is.
(188609)
580
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he proposes to update assessed average rental values used in the calculation of entitlement to housing benefit.
(188682)
581
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many enquiries have been received by the pension credit application line in each calendar month since creation.
(188683)
582
Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of residents of Dumfries and Galloway are in receipt of pension credit.
(188684)
583
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost of benefits paid was in (a) 1997-98 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(188592)
584
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether organisations who have contracts to help deliver the New Deal for Disabled People will be paid for getting unemployed disabled people into work above the targets which those organisations have been set for so doing.
(188597)
585
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of (a) the take-up of stakeholder pensions, (b) the number of employers who offer access to a stakeholder pension and (c) the proportion of employer-designated schemes that have no members; and if he will make a statement on the future development of stakeholder pensions.
(188472)
586
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to allow people to claim disability living allowance if they become ill after the age of 65; and if he will make a statement.
(188903)
587
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the upper age limit is for claiming disability living allowance; for what reason (a) there is an upper age limit and (b) the limit is set at that age; and if he will make a statement.
(188904)
588
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost is of carrying out the Destination of Benefit Leavers Survey; what information he expects to obtain from it; and if he will make a statement.
(188912)
589
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements are being made to ensure that carers with an existing power of attorney may continue to withdraw pensions from the Post Office.
(188004)
590
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if he will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy.
(188695)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
591
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) men and (b) women were in work in (i) City of York parliamentary constituency, (ii) City of York Council area and (iii) Yorkshire and the Humber in (A) May 1997 and (B) each May since then.
[Transferred] (188954)
592
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the accommodation formerly occupied by the late HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in Windsor Great Park consists of.
[Transferred] (188550)
593
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans have been made for the future use of the cottage previously occupied by the late HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in Windsor Great Park; and what, other than accommodation, is included in the lease for the cottage in Windsor Great Park.
[Transferred] (188551)
594
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors determined the length of the lease for the cottage in Windsor Great Park previously occupied by the late HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
[Transferred] (188552)
595
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the basis of valuation of the lease for the cottage in Windsor Great Park previously occupied by the late HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was; and who carried out the valuation.
[Transferred] (188553)
596
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the current value of the lease for the cottage in Windsor Great Park previously occupied by the late HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother is, using Treasury discounting figures.
[Transferred] (188554)
597
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what financial basis the cottage in Windsor Great Park previously occupied by the late HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother had previously been occupied.
[Transferred] (188555)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
598
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will set out the distribution of the New Opportunities Fund over the next three years broken down by main heading, including the Children's Hospice Service.
[Transferred] (189070)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
599
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many childcare places there have been in (a) City of York and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (188946)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
600
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will reconsider his rejection of the recommendation in paragraph 36 of the First Report of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, Session 2003-04, HC59, on cultural objects: developments since 2000, to introduce a performance objective for the theft of cultural objects; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (188900)
601
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is considering to protect smaller organisations and businesses from criminal damage committed by (a) the Lobster Liberation Front and (b) other animal rights protesters.
[Transferred] (188895)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
602
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made in implementing the End of Life Vehicle Directive; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (188725)

 
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