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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 14 September 2004

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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 14 September 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 14 September 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 14 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 Tuesday 14 September of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 14 September see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken by regional enterprise departments and agencies (a) to develop employee ownership and (b) to meet the intention of doubling the number of UK companies with employee financial participation.
(189123)
2
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the distribution of share incentive plans (SIPs) is in (a) listed companies, (b) small and medium enterprises, (c) companies whose schemes were their first move into employee financial participation and (d) companies who introduced SIP as a replacement for older schemes.
(189124)
3
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) companies and (b) employees are covered by share incentive plans (i) in total, (ii) as a percentage of the workforce involved and (iii) as a percentage of the total UK workforce.
(189125)
4
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employee ownership schemes there are in which employees hold a majority stake, broken down by geographical distribution.
(189126)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
5
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the application forms for local authorities to apply for funding for next year's Second World War celebrations will be available.
(189101)
6
N
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in equipping (a) RNAS Yeovilton, (b) RAF Marham and (c) RAF St Mawgan to support quick reaction alert aircraft since his statement of 18th July 2002.
(189079)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
7
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 7th September, Official Report, column 1172W, on the Supporting People programme, what (a) monitoring and (b) research he has conducted on the operation of the Supporting People programme in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(189118)
8
N
Mr Richard Shepherd (Aldridge - Brownhills):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether, in the light of the recent statement by Sir William Stewart, Chairman of the Health Protection Agency and the National Radiation Protection Board on whether Tetra had any harmful effects, he plans to remove the permitted development rights granted to licensed telecommunications operators under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (Part 24 of Schedule 2).
(188819)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
9
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance is in place to facilitate provision for dyslexic schoolchildren and students; and if he will make a statement on the implications for this provision of the introduction of disability legislation.
(189096)
10
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of students in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 achieved Grade C or above in GCSE (a) mathematics, (b) science and (c) English.
(188830)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
11
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the Milk Development Council Report, Dairy Supply Chain Margins 2003-04; and whether she has accepted the key findings in respect of farmgate and retail price movements and differentials.
(189080)
12
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons London Economics was commissioned to produce a report on the impact of supermarkets on farm gate prices; and how much this report cost her Department.
(189081)
13
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate how many cattle have been killed because the British Cattle Movement Service has rejected a passport application or notification in each of the last five years for which records are available.
(189082)
14
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cattle passport (a) applications and (b) movement notifications were (i) received late, (ii) received late but accepted on compassionate or other grounds and (iii) received late and rejected in each of the last five years for which records are available.
(189083)
15
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will set out the latest water leakage figures, broken down by water company.
(188267)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
16
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the comments made by the Secretary of State for Defence during the Gibraltar Tercentenary celebrations in August that the enlargement of the European Union would have implications for Gibraltar, if he will make a statement on what those implications are.
(188483)
17
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with Spanish counterparts concerning the re-opening of discussions on sovereignty-sharing over Gibraltar; when these discussions took place; and which country initiated the talks.
(188484)
18
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress was made in discussions at the end of July between Iran, France, the UK and Germany concerning Iran's nuclear programme; what future talks are planned; and if he will make a statement.
(188485)
19
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions concerning the situation in Darfur his Department has had with officials from (a) the Sudanese Embassy in London and (b) Sudanese Government officials in Khartoum between 22nd July and 7th September; and on what dates, and where, these discussions took place.
(188486)
20
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with (a) UK investors in the South African mining industry and (b) the South African Government on the implications of the South African Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 2002 on the 1994 agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the Promotion and Protection of Investments, which came into force in 1994; when these discussions took place; and what mechanisms exist for settlement of claims UK investors may have against the South African Government resulting from the expropriation of privately-owned common law mineral rights under the 2002 Act.
(189091)
21
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations concerning Iran's nuclear programme the Government will make to the International Atomic Energy Agency in its September meetings; and if he will make a statement.
(189092)
22
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has received since February from human rights organisations operating in Iran; and if he will list the human rights violations those organisations reported.
(189093)
23
N
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on (a) the Government's assessment of whether the atrocities committed in Darfur constitute genocide and (b) the implications of Secretary of State Powell's comments on genocide in Darfur to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 9th September.
(188995)
24
N
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date the Government last undertook a cost-benefit analysis of United Kingdom membership of the European Union, including (a) indirect costs and benefits and (b) direct costs and benefits.
(188781)
25
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Laos concerning the arrest of four Christians in Kasy District in Vientiane province on 2nd August.
(187838)
26
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Laos concerning the intimidation of Christians by the authorities in parts of Laos in recent months, including in Nam Thuam village, Vieng Samay village and Hua Muang village; and if he will make a statement.
(187839)
27
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, by what methods the British Government monitors abuses of religious freedom in Laos; and if he will make a statement.
(187840)
28
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) United Kingdom passport holders and (b) individuals granted British citizenship are permitted to retain this status if they become head of government of a foreign state.
(189103)
29
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representrations he has received in respect of compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by (a) Iran, (b) North Korea, (c) South Korea and (d) the United Kingdom, with particular reference to provisions under articles one and six of the treaty.
(189104)
30
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proposals the United Kingdom plans to put to the conference on the global threat reduction initiative at the International Atomic Energy Agency meeting in Vienna on 18th to 19th September; and whether non-governmental organisations will be given (a) access and (b) accreditation to the conference.
(189110)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
31
N
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on making magnifying equipment more easily available to people who are registered visually impaired with age related macular degeneration; and if he will make a statement.
(189038)
32
N
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines are issued to doctors about informing the parents of girls who are 16 years or under who wish to have an abortion; and if he will make a statement.
(189039)
33
N
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the University Hospital of Hartlepool is compliant with the European Working Time Directive; and what steps are being taken to ensure it is compliant.
(188815)
34
N
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has (a) received and (b) reconsidered the draft consultation document on the future of North Tees and Hartlepool Hospital Services produced by the Tees Services Review.
(188816)
35
N
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the University Hospital of Hartlepool at Holdforth Road will continue to provide (a) in-patient paediatrics, (b) consultant-led obstetric deliveries, (c) emergency surgery and (d) accident and emergency services for trauma and major injuries after the implementation of the Tees Services Review.
(188817)
36
N
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what terms of reference he has issued to Professor Dargi regarding the planned review of hospital services by the Tees Health Services Review.
(188818)
37
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are employed in Haringey social services department, broken down by grade; and what the vacancy rate is.
(188926)
38
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of training a dentist was in each of the last five years; how many dentists were trained in each year; what the total amount spent on training dentists was in each year; and how many of the dentists trained in each year now work for the NHS.
(189037)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
39
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the decision of the United Kingdom to accept limited participation in the European Borders Agency, without Gibraltar; and for what reason the United Kingdom's full participation was rejected by the EU.
(188482)
40
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the policy of police authorities in England and Wales is on suspending a police officer against whom serious allegations of misconduct have been made by a member of the public pending inquiries into the allegations; and if he will make a statement.
(189100)
41
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's future funding plans are for Victim Support Services.
(188487)
42
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the evidential basis is for the statement in paragraph 5.12.3 of the Home Office Chief Inspector's June 2001 Compliance Review, that a moratorium was voluntarily proposed and implemented by Imutran management in 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(189112)
43
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he was informed (a) of the death of three primates en route to Huntingdon in 1998 and (b) that the crates in which they were carried broke International Air Transport Association regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(189113)
44
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to change the age limit for (a) sponsors and (b) applicants for entry to the UK from outside the EU for the purpose of marriage; and if he will make a statement.
(189114)
45
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, from what date he intends to make passports for people over 75 years free of charge.
(189115)
46
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) have been made in each year since their introduction; how many of these were issued to children and young people; and how many and what percentage of those charged with breach of an ASBO have subsequently been sent to young offenders institutes.
(189095)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
47
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd July, Official Report, columns 383-4W, on disaster-prone regions, if he will set a date for the implementation of a disaster reduction strategy.
(189111)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
48
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 7th September, Official Report, column 1135W, on parades, what the police estimate is from written reports and CCTV records of the number of additional bands participating in the 1st July Parade organised by the Ballymacarrett Loyal Orange Lodge District No 6; and what steps were made by the police to verify this list.
(189094)
Questions to the Prime Minister
49
N
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what the place of residence, at the time of their elevation, was of each Peer created since 1st May 1997, broken down by (a) nation within the UK and (b) region of England, for Peers resident in England at the time of elevation.
(188266)
Questions to the Solicitor General
50
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Solicitor General, if the Attorney General will make it his policy to adopt the legal opinion of Rabinder Singh QC and Professor Christine Chinkin regarding the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in relation to the Mutual Defence Agreement; and if she will make a statement.
(189117)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
51
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which (a) five countries and (b) industries accounted for the greatest amount of foreign direct investment in the United Kingdom in each of the past five years.
(188921)
52
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which 10 foreign companies invested the greatest amount directly in the United Kingdom in each of the past five years.
(188993)
53
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the revised proposed legislative texts produced by the European Commission on the safety of nuclear installations and radioactive waste management, released on 8th September; what evaluation has been made of the differences between the new texts and those in the proposed council directives Com 2003/32, released in January 2003; and what comments on these proposals were made by the United Kingdom to the Commission.
(189102)
54
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proposals the United Kingdom ambassador to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plans to make to the next annual general conference of the IAEA; whether the United Kingdom will be participating in the scientific forum being held as part of the IAEA general conference, on 21st to 22nd September; and who the members of the UK delegation to the conference will be.
(189109)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
55
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applications for Powershift grants for the Toyota Prius were (a) submitted and (b) approved in (i) 2002-03, (ii) 2003-04 and (iii) 2004-05 to date; and how many of the approvals were for (A) new and (B) demonstrator vehicles.
(188996)
56
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the outstanding UK deep sea container terminal development applications (a) which have been referred to his Department prior to formal planning applications being submitted in the form of HRO, HEO, TWAO or a standard planning application, (b) which have been subject to a scoping study and are awaiting or in the process of a public inquiry and (c) for which he has received the Inspector's report following a public inquiry; and in each case when he (i) received the report and (ii) expects to announce his decision.
(189097)
57
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he expects the proposals for major container port developments at Hunterston and Scapa Flow to be taken through the decision process by the autumn 2005 deadline set out in paragraph 7.28 of the Government's White Paper entitled the Future of Transport: A network for 2030.
(189098)
58
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department intends to conclude the updating of The Project Appraisal Framework for Ports, published in 2003.
(189099)
59
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's interpretation is of the alternative test required by the Habitats Directive when assessing environmental damage that may be created by a deep sea container terminal development proposal.
(189105)
60
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the Autumn 2005 review date for a response to the global growth in shipping traffic and new port capacity.
(189106)
61
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Farnborough Airfield will be included in his strategy for dealing with the future needs of airport capacity in the UK.
(189116)
62
N
Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ensure that the siting of noise abatement fencing along the M20 between junctions 4 and 5 takes appropriate account of the approval of additional housing in the area.
(188920)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
63
N
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what dates since 1st July the customer service computer was not working in the Cardiff Office of the Appeals Service for Disability Living Allowance.
(188820)
64
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made by (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department of the research published by the TUC in June on pension take-up, with particular reference to Wales.
(189107)
65
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research has been commissioned by his Department on the effects on the health of men over 65 years in the 10 most deprived local authorities in the United Kingdom of raising the retirement age to 70 years.
(189108)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
66
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to extend the funding which was available for the purchase of capital equipment for looked after children and care leavers in 2002-03 and 2003-04 to future years; and what plans there are for alternative funding.
[Transferred] (188994)
67
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his policy is on local authorities employing (a) social workers and (b) others working with children who have criminal records.
[Transferred] (188922)
68
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance he has issued to social services departments regarding the employment of people after a Criminal Records Bureau check has revealed a conviction.
[Transferred] (188923)
69
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has had with Haringey Social Services Department about the employment of people with criminal records.
[Transferred] (188924)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
70
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people on whom Criminal Records Bureau checks have revealed convictions are employed in social services departments.
[Transferred] (188925)

 
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