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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 11 October 2004

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 11 October 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 11 October 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 11 October 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 11 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 11 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee
1
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee, how many (a) tests and (b) triggers of the fire alarms in 1 Parliament Street there have been in each of the last 12 months.
(190452)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
2
N
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many widows and widowers of civil servants who are beneficiaries of the Classic Civil Service pension scheme have remarried or decided to cohabit with a new partner and consequently lost their pension rights in the last 10 years.
(190070)
3
N
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much it is estimated it would cost to restore pensions rights to the widows or widowers of civil servants who have remarried or decided to cohabit with a new partner in the last 10 years.
(190071)
4
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many widows or widowers of civil servants who have remarried or decided to cohabit with a new partner and consequently lost their civil service pensions have subsequently had their pensions restored on compassionate grounds in the last year.
(190072)
5
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the ministerial salary total for her Department was in the financial year 2003-04; and what it is expected to be in the financial year 2004-05.
(189701)
6
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list the additional functions (a) taken on and (b) anticipated to be taken on by her Department in 2004-05 in comparison with 2003-04.
(189702)
7
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which of the functions listed on page 6 of the Cabinet Office Departmental Report 2004 as having been exercised by the honourable Member for Paisley South, when Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, will in future be exercised (a) by her and (b) by the Right honourable Member for Darlington.
(189713)
8
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much overall her Department has budgeted to meet the additional overall cost of appointing a separate Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster; into what principal categories this budget is broken down; and what the anticipated extra cost is of each such category.
(189714)
9
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment her Department has made of the extent to which it has (a) succeeded and (b) failed in its first objective of supporting the Prime Minister in leading the Government.
(189715)
10
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, in which areas of (a) policy and (b) operations her Department has (i) achieved and (ii) failed to achieve its second objective of achieving co-ordination across Government in each year since 2001.
(189716)
11
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants her Department has employed in each main grade for each year since 1997.
(189717)
12
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list (a) the numbers, (b) the names and (c) the salaries and ancillary costs of all special advisors employed by her Department in each year since 1997.
(189718)
13
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment she has made of the extent to which each Department's (a) informational and (b) interactive websites are used by members of the public, in comparison with other methods of communication.
(189986)
14
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many special adviser posts which carry executive responsibilities are (a) filled and (b) unfilled; and whether it is intended to fill vacant posts.
(189987)
15
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who the members of (a) the Strategy Unit were for each year since June 2002 and (b) the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit were for each year since June 2001; what their (i) titles and (ii) salaries were in each case; and what the overall costs of each were in each year.
(189988)
16
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will make a statement on the methodology employed by her Department in co-ordinating policy development for (a) Iraq, (b) Zimbabwe and (c) the Middle East peace process.
(189989)
17
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what revenues were generated by her Department's disposal of (a) the bunker at Carmarthen and (b) the Civil Service Sports Council, Chadwick Street, referred to in paragraph 1.10 of the Cabinet Office Departmental Report 2004.
(189990)
18
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will publish an executive summary of the output of (a) the Strategy Unit for each year since June 2002 and (b) the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit for each year since 2001.
(189991)
19
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many secondees from (a) small and medium enterprises and (b) businesses as a whole have worked in the Regulatory Impact Unit for each year since 2001.
(189999)
20
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to her Answer of 15th September, Official Report, column 1591W, on non-departmental public bodies, if the Office will issue further guidance to non-departmental public bodies listed in the publication, Public Bodies, as not holding annual open meetings to encourage them to comply with the Code of Practice.
(189769)
21
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what arrangements have been made for delivery of the booklet Preparing for Emergencies (a) to houses in multiple occupation and (b) to houses converted into flats.
(189722)
22
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many copies of the booklet Preparing for Emergencies have been (a) printed and (b) delivered to addresses in the United Kingdom.
(189723)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
23
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of self-employed taxpayers in the Leeds West constituency.
(189946)
24
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the number of registered small businesses in the Leeds West constituency.
(189947)
25
N
Mr John Burnett (Torridge & West Devon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the capital liabilities in respect of private finance initiative contracts were in each year since 1990-91, broken down by department.
(189830)
26
N
Mr John Burnett (Torridge & West Devon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the annual revenue or recurring liabilities in respect of private finance initiative contracts were in each year since 1990-91, broken down by department.
(189831)
27
N
Mr John Burnett (Torridge & West Devon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what professional and other costs were incurred in respect of private finance initiative contracts in each year since 1990-91, broken down by department.
(189832)
28
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the Inland Revenue to adjust the levels of repayment for individuals who have been overpaid tax credits.
(189724)
29
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact on the economy of reduced tobacco consumption.
(189822)
30
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what evidence he has collated on whether holders of gilts have been used as a front by money launderers; and what safeguards are in place to prevent the information provided by gilt-holders (a) breaching human rights legislation and (b) falling into the wrong hands.
(189653)
31
Anne Picking (East Lothian):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many jobs have been created in East Lothian constituency since 1997.
(190145)
32
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the state of the economy.
(190155)
33
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Civil Service jobs will be lost in the (a) Huddersfield area, (b) Kirklees area, (c) West Yorkshire area and (d) Yorkshire and Humber Region as a result of the cuts announced in the 2004 Spending Review.
(190297)
34
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many overpayments of tax credits have been made in Scotland in this financial year; what the value of those overpayments is; and how many of these overpayments are subject to recovery.
(190163)
35
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new claims for tax credits have been received but not yet processed, broken down by region.
(190164)
36
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recipients of tax credits were found to have been overpaid in each year since 2001, broken down by (a) type of credit and (b) bands of overpayments.
(189743)
37
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recipients of tax credit overpaid in each year since 2001 have been (a) subject to attempts at recovery of overpayment, (b) subject to no such attempts and (c) subject to such attempts which have now been abandoned, broken down by type of credit.
(189744)
38
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much tax credit overpaid was or is anticipated to be recovered in each year since 2001, broken down by type of credit.
(189745)
39
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value is of tax credit overpaid in each year since 2001 which have been (a) subject to attempts at recovery of overpayment, (b) subject to no such attempts and (c) subject to such attempts which have now been abandoned, broken down by type of credit.
(189746)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
40
N
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what proportion of (a) his time and (b) the time of his officials is spent on fulfilling his ministerial responsibilities.
(189389)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
41
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether he has received a formal notice from Commissioner Bolkestein about the conformity of the Data Protection Act 1998 with the European Data Protection Directive.
(190101)
42
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when (a) Jersey and (b) Guernsey will apply (i) the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and (ii) the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women; what consultations he has had with the island authorities; what undertakings he has been given on the formulation and enactment of legislation; and whether he has power to extend the conventions to the islands in the way they were extended to the Isle of Man.
(189721)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
43
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding (a) has been committed and (b) will be made available through the Renaissance in the Regions programme to (i) Armley Mills and (ii) other museums in Leeds.
(190004)
44
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action she is taking in conjunction with other public agencies to strengthen protection of intellectual property in the creative arts.
(189775)
45
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in what circumstances (a) a person aged 75 years or over and (b) any other person allowed a concessionary television licence may take out such a licence additionally for a second or further property occupied by them; and what conditions (i) of residence or (ii) otherwise are required.
(190018)
46
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many cases of computer misuse there were in (a) her Department and (b) Ofcom this year to date; how many of those cases resulted in disciplinary action; and what measures are in place to (i) discourage and (ii) monitor computer misuse.
(190262)
47
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many households there are in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland; and how many are in possession of a television licence.
(189764)
48
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many households have been visited in each Northern Ireland parliamentary constituency in the past 12 months by staff investigating those who do not hold a current television licence.
(189765)
49
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the impact on the construction of the new Wembley Stadium of the sacking of engineering construction workers by Fastrack Site Services; and what discussions Ministers have had with the Football Association on this.
(189686)
50
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people are in receipt of a free television licence in the United Kingdom over the age of 75 years.
(190259)
51
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what rights the television licensing authorities have to make pre-emptive calls upon the residents of newly built properties when there is no clarity as to whether they yet own a television; and if she will investigate correspondence issued by the Authority with regard to this practice.
(190210)
52
Anne Picking (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many care homes in the UK are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of block television reception licences for sheltered housing.
(190149)
53
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to support the Renaissance in the Regions programme in Yorkshire.
(190450)
54
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding from the Renaissance in the Regions programme (a) has been allocated and (b) will be allocated to Yorkshire.
(190451)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
55
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what principles govern the grounding of Ministry of Defence aircraft.
(189370)
56
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is providing military support to the BNFL ships due to transport weapons grade plutonium from Charleston to Cherbourg; and if he will make a statement.
(190097)
57
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the Government of operations in Afghanistan has been to date; and if he will make a statement.
(190245)
58
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British military personnel were stationed in Afghanistan on 1st October.
(190246)
59
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total amount was paid in each of the past three years to farmers and other landowners for the use of their land by his Department.
(190278)
60
Mr George Foulkes (Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance his Department has offered to islands affected by Hurricane Ivan in the Caribbean; and what plans he has for providing further assistance.
(190273)
61
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will end UK military aid to Colombia; and if he will make a statement.
(189751)
62
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what British military assistance has been received by the Colombian Army 2nd Division.
(189752)
63
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has (a) to remove Harpoon from type-22 and type-23 frigates and (b) to develop a successor to Harpoon; and if he will make a statement.
(189753)
64
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to develop a successor to the Sea Skua missile.
(189754)
65
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has held with (a) the US Administration and (b) others concerning the placing of US interceptor batteries in (i) the UK and (ii) Europe; and if he will make a statement.
(190184)
66
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on missile defence in each of the last three years; and what the spending plans are for future years.
(190185)
67
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to brief Parliament on decisions by NATO to move forward on missile defence architecture; and if he will make a statement.
(190186)
68
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to replace (a) HMS Diligence when she is decommissioned in 2006 and (b) HMS Sir Belvedere in 2011.
(190187)
69
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to replace the (a) Rover, (b) Leaf, (c) Fort Grange and (d) Fort Victoria classes of tankers and replenishment vessels; and if he will make a statement.
(190188)
70
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to send HMS Victorious to a location other than Plymouth for its refit; and if he will make a statement.
(190189)
71
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what decisions were taken on integration of EU member states' civil and military satellite navigation resources at the meeting of the Council of the European Union's politico-military group on 8th September; and what action has been taken as a result.
(190053)
72
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the EU White Paper, New Frontier for an Expanding Union; and what effect he expects the action plan for implementing the European Space Policy will have on UK defence policy.
(190055)
73
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average annual operating cost is per (a) Tornado GR, (b) Jaguar GR1/A/3/3A, (c) Jaguar T2A/T4 and (d) Tornado F3; and what the estimated average operating cost is per Eurofighter.
(190056)
74
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average annual support cost is per (a) Tornado GR, (b) Jaguar GR1/A/3/3A, (c) Jaguar T2A/T4 and (d) Tornado F3; and what the estimated average support cost is per Eurofighter.
(190057)
75
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role he expects Galileo to play in providing the Future Rapid Effects System requirements with optimum battlespace awareness.
(190058)
76
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Future Rapid Effects System requirement includes a requirement for a multi-feed processing system and a real time intelligence capability similar to that envisaged as part of the US FCS programme.
(190059)
77
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consultation the Government has had with European Governments about the Future Rapid Effect System requirement and about the possibility of collaboration to meet this requirement.
(190074)
78
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what implications the EU White Paper New Frontier for an Expanding Union published in June has on the European Security and Defence Policy.
(190076)
79
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has a residual interest in the former Royal Air Force station at Bentwaters, Suffolk.
(190077)
80
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF personnel are employed at Chequers; and in what capacity.
(190078)
81
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the incident involving HMS Grimsby in the Thames, close to Tilbury on 29th September when a rating fell overboard as the vessel collided with other craft.
(190239)
82
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the Whitley Committee Minutes of the Ministry of Defence Gibraltar Services Police for the past three years.
(190364)
83
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the establishment of the Ministry of Defence Gibraltar Services Police is at each rank.
(190365)
84
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the governance and accountability mechanisms are for the Gibraltar Services Police; what arrangements allow for a statutory Police Federation; and if he will make a statement.
(190366)
85
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will investigate the complaint made by Marrache and Co Solicitors, on behalf of the representative body of constables and sergeants of the Gibraltar Services Police set out in their letter of 20th August to Northwood Headquarters; and if he will make a statement.
(190367)
86
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who is responsible for negotiating pay and conditions of service for the Gibraltar Services Police; and if he will make a statement.
(190368)
87
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when a Minister last met the representative body of the Ministry of Defence Gibraltar Police constables and sergeants; and if he will make a statement on when he next intends to meet them.
(190369)
88
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recommendations were made by the Army Board of Inquiry held into the death of Cheryl James at Deepcut Barracks.
(190197)
89
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how and when each recommendation made in the Board of Inquiry into the death of Cheryl James was implemented; what procedures and rules were altered as a result and what assessment the Army has made of each implementation; and if he will make a statement.
(190198)
90
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recommendations were made by the Army Board of Inquiry held into the death of Sean Benton at Deepcut Barracks.
(190199)
91
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how and when each recommendation made in the Board of Inquiry into the death of Sean Benton was implemented; what procedures and rules were altered as a result; what assessment the Army has made of each implementation; and if he will make a statement.
(190200)
92
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what rules govern the attendance of (a) independent observers, (b) family and legal representatives of the deceased and (c) accredited members of the press at Army boards of inquiry into a death; and what the boundaries of their participation are before, during and after each inquiry.
(190201)
93
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many independent observers have attended an Army Board of Inquiry into the circumstances of a fatal incident in each of the past five years.
(190202)
94
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in those instances where independent observers have attended an Army Board of Inquiry into the circumstances of a fatal incident, (a) at what rank the invitation was issued, (b) what reason was given for the invitation and (c) what the nature of their participation was.
(190204)
95
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in what circumstances an independent observer to an Army Board of Inquiry into the circumstances of a fatal incident may be asked to comment on (a) procedural and (b) evidential matters.
(190205)
96
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under what circumstances the Army is obliged to delay holding a board of inquiry into a fatal incident; what his estimate is of the number of boards of inquiries that are pending; and if he will (a) list those instances in Great Britain where the delay has exceeded five years and (b) set out the reason for the delay in each case.
(190263)
97
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Queen's Regulations for army boards of inquiry are; and what regulations govern (a) the purpose of a board of inquiry, (b) the circumstances in which a board of inquiry may be established, (c) who is eligible to serve on a board of inquiry and what ranks the members may hold and (d) the time limit between the events which give rise to a board being established and its establishment.
(190264)
98
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what obstacles remain to the establishment of a board of inquiry into the death of Private Geoff Gray at Deepcut Barracks on 17th September 2001.
(190265)
99
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what obstacles remain to the establishment of a board of inquiry into the death of Private Allan Sharples at Catterick Barracks on 30th April 2000.
(190266)
100
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many army boards of inquiry into non-combat deaths have been held in each of the past five years.
(190267)
101
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average period of time between circumstances that required the establishment of an army board of inquiry and that inquiry being set up is in the past two years.
(190268)
102
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in how many instances army boards of inquiry have been delayed by (a) ongoing police investigations, (b) civil legal proceedings, (c) criminal legal proceedings and (d) other circumstances in the past five years.
(190269)
103
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his reply of 14th September, Official Report, column 1542W, whether the United Kingdom officer participated in the drafting of Combined Joint Task Force 7's counter-resistance and interrogation policy.
(189797)
104
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his reply of 14th September, Official Report, column 1543W, whether Colonel Terrington and Colonel Campbell-James were second in command to Major General Barbara Fast.
(189798)
105
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) Colonel Chris Terrington and (b) Colonel Campbell-James embedded within US military intelligence saw Interrogation and Counter-Resistance Policy documents produced by Combined Joint Task Force 7 (i) before and (ii) after it was issued.
(189799)
106
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when British service personnel first became aware of allegations of mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib.
(189801)
107
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any British officer or official has been interviewed as part of the Taguba or Fay inquiries into detainee abuse.
(189802)
108
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 14th September, Official Report, column 1542W, on Iraq, what specific tasks the United Kingdom officer referred to undertook as part of Colonel Warren's team.
(189872)
109
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 14th September, Official Report, column 1542W, on Iraq, for how long the UK officer worked with Colonel Warren.
(189875)
110
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 14th September, Official Report, column 1542W, on Iraq, if he will give the name and rank of the UK officer who worked with Colonel Warren.
(189877)
111
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of HM Armed Forces competed in the 2004 Olympic Games.
(190044)
112
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his United States counterpart on the use of depleted uranium munitions by US forces against Iraqis in urban areas.
(189756)
113
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what screening tests have been established for (a) British troops, (b) British medical auxillaries and (c) Iraqi civilians to assess the degree of inhalation and ingestion of depleted uranium dust during the military action in Iraq in (i) the Gulf war in 1991 and (ii) Operation Telic in Iraq in 2003; what resources have been committed to this testing; and if he will make a statement.
(190206)
114
N
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress that the NATO Training Implementation Mission in Iraq has made in the training of Iraqi security forces (a) inside and (b) outside Iraq.
(189375)
115
N
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department takes to ensure the compatibility of equipment held by the Falkland Islands Defence Force with that held by British troops stationed on the islands.
(189376)
116
N
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the population centres and districts in Iraq where coalition forces do not operate on the ground owing to force protection concerns.
(189377)
117
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the UK armed forces full-time strength (a) numbers and (b) requirements are for each of the three forces.
(189803)
118
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) the total strength of the Territorial Army, (b) the number of mobilised reservists and (c) the current Territorial Army deployment figures are.
(189804)
119
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British service personnel are (a) deployed and (b) stationed in (i) Germany, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) Bosnia-Herzegovina, (iv) Croatia, (v) Kosovo, (vi) Albania, (vii) the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, (viii) Sierra Leone, (ix) the Gulf Region, (x) Turkey, (xi) Gibraltar, (xii) Belize, (xiii) Kenya, (xiv) Canada, (xv) the Falkland Islands, (xvi) Cyprus, (xvii) Brunei and (xviii) Afghanistan.
(189805)
120
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many regiments are (a) at full strength and (b) over strength.
(189709)
121
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many regiments will be based in Wales following the review of the infantry.
(189710)
122
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many regiments have remained unamalgamated throughout their history.
(189711)
123
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government takes account of a regiment's history when deciding which regiments to amalgamate.
(189762)
124
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department started using the Harley Dingle site for (a) the training of personnel and (b) the testing of weapons; and when each activity ceased.
(190226)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
125
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his latest estimate is of the number of people homeless in Leeds.
(189943)
126
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding is available for work with perpetrators of domestic violence in Leeds.
(189970)
127
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 31st March, Official Report, column 1501W, on gypsies/travellers, whether his Department's review of gypsy and traveller policy has been completed; and if he will make a statement.
(190027)
128
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what changes he plans to make to the level of advice produced on house fire safety.
(189979)
129
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost of employing consultants to deal with elements of work currently undertaken by staff in relation to fire safety (a) has been in this financial year and (b) is expected to be in 2005-06.
(189980)
130
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many deaths in fires there have been in residential properties in the Greater London area in each of the last three years.
(190252)
131
Tony Cunningham (Workington):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the companion guide to the Planning Policy Statement 22 on Renewable Energy will be published.
(190122)
132
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 7th September, Official Report, column 1164W, on non-domestic rates, how local authorities contribute to the decision-making process for distributions from the non-domestic rate pool.
(189962)
133
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to add water companies to the list of statutory consultees for new housing developments.
(189995)
134
Jim Knight (South Dorset):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the timetable for the remaining stages of the procurement and roll-out of the Firelink communications system.
(190222)
135
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what information is available (a) in printed brochures and other publicity and (b) on the Internet and at what email address on the (i) function, (ii) membership and (iii) plans and proposals for Thurrock of the Thurrock Urban Development Corporation; and if he will make a statement.
(190414)
136
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) arrangements and (b) timetable are for the full funding of the Thurrock Urban Development Corporation; and if he will make a statement.
(190415)
137
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects the Thurrock Urban Development Corporation to have (a) a postal address and (b) an office open to the public in Thurrock.
(190416)
138
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cause for the delay in announcing the Chief Executive of the Thurrock Urban Development Corporation is; and when an announcement can be expected.
(190417)
139
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to lay before Parliament the draft Statutory Instrument vesting planning powers in Thurrock Urban Development Corporation; and if he will make a statement.
(190418)
140
N
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many council-owned dwellings under arm's length management organisation supervision have been brought up to the decent homes standard; and what the average cost is of such work in each region.
(189651)
141
N
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, by what date all council-owned dwellings will meet the decent homes standard if the current rate of progress is maintained.
(189652)
142
N
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, by what date he expects all council housing departments to reach the 2 star rating needed to qualify for additional borrowing powers.
(189670)
143
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will meet the Royal Institute of British Architects to discuss the standards and quality of new buildings in historic areas, with particular reference to the City of London.
(190157)
144
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will meet representatives of the construction industry to discuss their responsibilities for quality building in historic areas, with particular reference to the City of London.
(190158)
145
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to ensure the quality of new building in historic parts of the City of London.
(190159)
146
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will initiate an inquiry into the planning permission granted to 12 Smithfield Street, Smithfield in the City of London.
(190160)
147
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will initiate an inquiry into the planning policies and procedures of the Corporation of London.
(190161)
148
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will assess the merits of establishing a commission to advise him on the preservation of a quality environment in areas of historic national importance.
(190162)
149
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will evaluate the quality of the advice given to his Department by English Heritage.
(190165)
150
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to achieve a cross-departmental approach to combat crime and unscrupulous trading associated with doorstep cold calling.
(190130)
151
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what action his Department is taking to combat doorstep crime; and if he will make a statement.
(190131)
152
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what strategy his Department has set in place for companies not currently within the Fire Service Procurement Association to be included in Firebuy.
(189915)
153
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place an obligation on landlords to fit smoke alarms to their properties.
(189870)
154
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place an obligation on those selling houses to ensure that smoke alarms are fitted.
(189871)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
155
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many decisions taken by schools in Buckinghamshire permanently to exclude pupils were reversed by independent appeals panels in each year since 2000-01.
(189842)
156
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many special needs status (a) primary and (b) secondary school children there were (i) in England and (ii) in the Buckingham constituency in (A) 2002-03 and (B) 2003-04.
(189843)
157
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding has been made available to schools in Buckinghamshire from the special educational needs standard fund in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05.
(189844)
158
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many cases concerning schools in Buckinghamshire were heard by the Special Educational Needs Tribunal in each year since 2001-02, indicating in how many cases the Tribunal ruled that additional support should be provided for children with special needs.
(189845)
159
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much National Grid for Learning funding has been granted to schools in Buckinghamshire in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05.
(189846)
160
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the amount is (a) in total and (b) per pupil spent on information and communication technology in maintained schools since 2001-02, broken down by local education authority in England.
(189847)
161
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the amount is (a) in total and (b) per pupil spent on information and communication technology in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in England since 2001-02.
(189848)
162
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teaching posts were (a) vacant and (b) filled by supply, temporary and agency teachers in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in the Buckinghamshire local education authority in January (A) 2002, (B) 2003 and (C) 2004.
(189849)
163
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of school pupils achieved level 4 at key stage 2 in (a) English and (b) Maths (i) in England and (ii) from schools based in the Buckingham constituency in (A) 2002 and (B) 2003.
(189850)
164
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of students achieved (a) 1 and (b) 1-3 A-E grades at A Level (i) in England and (ii) at schools and colleges based in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 2001-02; and if he will provide breakdowns of those figures between (A) independent schools and colleges (B) and state schools and colleges.
(189851)
165
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the Sure Start programmes in Buckinghamshire.
(189852)
166
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the (a) pupil referral units and (b) learning support units operating in Buckinghamshire; and how many (i) staff and (ii) places there are in each.
(189961)
167
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of students in relation to the Higher Education Act 2004.
(189658)
168
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans his Department has in place to ensure that the progress of special educational needs pupils in mainstream schools is monitored effectively; and by what criteria success will be measured.
(189725)
169
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether teachers and support staff will be trained to a nationally agreed level to ensure that special educational needs pupils in mainstream schools receive a similar level of expertise in assessment and teaching to that which they would receive in a special school setting with specialist staff.
(189728)
170
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how his Department will ensure that other agencies are able to deliver their services to special educational needs pupils across a range of mainstream schools in a cost-and-time-effective manner, with particular reference to health and social services.
(189729)
171
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will monitor the (a) academic progress, (b) development of social and life skills and (c) development of self-confidence and self-esteem of special educational needs pupils in mainstream schools.
(189730)
172
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what procedures must be followed by a local education authority before it can close a non-selective single-sex school where no similar alternative schools exist nearby; and what opportunities are available to parents of pupils at such a school who wish to make representations against proposed closure.
(189738)
173
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what advice his Department has issued to (a) local education authorities and (b) schools on the weight to be given to the separate addresses of divorced parents seeking access to a school on the basis of geographical proximity.
(190420)
174
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many level 2 NVQs in plumbing have been achieved in each year since 1997.
(190012)
175
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether providers of NVQ2 in plumbing are able to supply sufficient numbers of qualified assessors for students to be able to continue with their qualifications; and if he will make a statement on the requirement for workplace assessment.
(190013)
176
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the ratio is of qualified assessors to students with regard to the NVQ2 in plumbing, broken down by each institution that offers this qualification.
(190014)
177
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to increase the number of qualified assessors in plumbing.
(190015)
178
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many providers are no longer able to offer NVQ2 for plumbing in the current academic year due to not being able to meet its required rates of qualified assessors to students.
(190016)
179
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the age bar for children who are not 16 in the requisite time period for the eligibility for education maintenance allowance; what leniency in determining awards is allowed; and what plans he has to change existing arrangements.
(190211)
180
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, why educational maintenance allowance eligibility is based on the previous tax year; and if he will make a statement.
(190212)
181
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of (a) the cost of the strategic area reviews of further education colleges and (b) the effect of the five-year plan on the progress of the reviews.
(190079)
182
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the companies who received funds from the Learning and Skills Council for participating in the Modern Apprentices Scheme in each year for which figures are available, broken down by amounts received.
(190080)
183
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent by the Learning and Skills Council promoting modern apprenticeships in each year for which figures are available.
(190081)
184
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what process was followed for the appointment of the Chair of the Learning and Skills Council.
(190082)
185
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much he plans to spend on (a) higher education and (b) further education in each of the three years covered by the recent Spending Review.
(190083)
186
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of students who received (a) maximum student loans and (b) student grants from the Government were from families where the parents are divorced in the last year for which figures are available.
(190084)
187
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the amount raised by higher education institutions from fees paid by part-time students in the last year for which figures are available.
(190085)
188
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the amount contributed to further education colleges by fee-paying students in the last year for which figures are available.
(190086)
189
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the errors made by AQA in marking key stage 2 English SATS tests at St Martin's Junior School in Epsom; how many other schools have experienced similar levels of errors in marking; what steps he is taking to ensure that AQA improves its processes; and what steps he is taking to ensure that AQA compensate schools for additional administrative costs incurred as a result of the errors in marking.
(190376)
190
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he plans to publish the Green Paper on young people provisionally entitled Things to Do and Places to Go; what proposals are likely to be included; and who will be consulted.
(189826)
191
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the Audit Commssion's findings at paragraphs 28, 29 and 30 on page 11 of its report Education Funding 2004.
(189749)
192
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether permission for local authorities to amend their formulae for distributing funds to schools will depend on the progress they are able to make in reducing surplus places following the abolition of the surplus places rules.
(189750)
193
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what procedures are open to an individual teacher to seek independent re-examination of an Ofsted report; and if he will make a statement.
(190031)
194
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what financial help his Department offers mature students wishing to study for a degree.
(190261)
195
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action his Department is taking to encourage mature students to study at university.
(190293)
196
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which variant of the education maintenance allowances pilot schemes was selected for implementation in England.
(190371)
197
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what financial assistance is available to students in sixth form education whose birth date falls before 1st September 1987.
(190419)
198
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects to fill the post of coordinator for the Sustainable Development Action Plan; and if he will make a statement.
(190220)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
199
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on the proposal by Australia at the next Convention on Trade in Endangered Species Conference of the Parties to list the great white shark on Appendix II with zero quota.
(189688)
200
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the salaries of the Chief Executive of each agency which falls under her Department.
(189614)
201
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that the percentage of Questions tabled for a named day reply answered by that day increases.
(189615)
202
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions in 2003-04 decisions were taken by the Rural Payments Agency to recover wrongfully made payments to farmers; and if she will list the 20 greatest sums involved.
(189616)
203
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many complaints were received from farmers by the Rural Payments Agency in 2003-04; and of those, how many (a) complained about the time taken to process claims and (b) elicited the response that claims by farmers had not been received.
(189617)
204
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what factors underlay the decision to set the salary for the Chief Executive of the Rural Payments Agency at its present level.
(189618)
205
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's estimate is of the number of cars in the UK scrapped each week; and if she will make a statement.
(189923)
206
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's latest estimate is of the future capacity of waste recycling facilities in Leeds; and if she will make a statement.
(189953)
207
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the waste disposal and waste recycling sites in Leeds by (a) address, (b) type and (c) capacity.
(189954)
208
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has made to other EU member states concerning animal welfare standards in live animal transport; and if she will make a statement.
(190005)
209
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers in the Buckingham constituency have received agrimonetary compensation since 2002; and what the total amount is that has been paid out.
(189853)
210
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people in the Buckingham constituency have received funding from the (a) rural enterprise scheme, (b) processing and marketing grants scheme and (c) vocational training scheme since their introduction, indicating the level of funding received from each scheme.
(189854)
211
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers in the Business Link region of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire have received free consultancy advice from the Farm Business Advice Service.
(189855)
212
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on recent trends in farm incomes in the Buckingham constituency.
(189856)
213
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, between what ranges she estimates the fox population has fluctuated in the last five years; what estimate she has made of how many foxes died in each of those years, broken down by cause; and what estimate she has made of those figures in future years if hunting with hounds is ended.
(189814)
214
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on progress on the mapping exercise under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) England.
(189654)
215
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the procedures are under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 for the operation of the mapping exercise in relation to (a) the original maps, (b) subsequent recommendations on access by members of the public and (c) appeals against such recommendations by land owners, with particular reference to (i) access to information and (ii) timescales.
(189655)
216
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the reasons were for allowing recommendations made by members of the general public to the original mapping exercise undertaken under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to be submitted anonymously; and what the arrangements were for land owners to respond to these.
(189656)
217
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish publications and reports (a) undertaken by, (b) commissioned by and (c) undertaken in collaboration with her Department flooding over the last five years.
(189893)
218
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for the ending of bovine support schemes.
(189917)
219
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the recent Milk Development Council report on the situation prevailing in the milk industry.
(189918)
220
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on this year's Agricultural Wages Board announcement.
(189919)
221
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will support Kenya's proposal at the thirteenth conference of the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to ensure that the conditions of the one-off ivory stockpile sales from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa are strictly defined to prevent any detrimental impact on elephants before any trade in ivory resumes.
(190192)
222
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to sign the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals; and if she will make a statement.
(190461)
223
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the (a) number, (b) frequency and (c) extent of non-UK fishing activity within the UK 12 mile zone during each year since satellite transponder or other tracking and recording methods were introduced.
(189526)
224
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of coverage of public telephone kiosks in rural areas; and what discussions she has had with British Telecommunications and other telephone suppliers on this matter.
(190063)
225
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of (a) future demand for organic food in the UK and (b) the capacity of UK organic farms to supply that demand.
(190087)
226
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of (a) the potential of the organic farming industry in the UK and (b) the support needed from Government to fulfil its potential.
(190088)
227
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent on the promotion of organic crops and foods in the United Kingdom in each of the past 10 years.
(190089)
228
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent on independent research into organic crops and food in each year since 1994.
(190090)
229
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has made to the European Commission about the GM maize Monsanto 810.
(190091)
230
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of Monsanto GM maize 810 in terms of its impact on (a) human health, (b) the environment and (c) agronomics; and what plans she has to place it on the UK seed list.
(190092)
231
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent on independent research into genetically-modified crops in each year since 1994; and what proportion has been spent on research into crops specifically aimed to be grown in developing countries.
(190093)
232
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of (a) the advantages and (b) the disadvantages of genetically-modified crops to developing countries.
(190094)
233
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has for the future management of the (a) six and (b) 12-mile fishing zones around the UK coast; and whether regulation will impact upon UK and non-UK vessels uniformly.
(190105)
234
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to meet (a) her French Government counterparts and (b) the EU Fisheries Commissioner to discuss (i) cetacean strandings in the English Channel and (ii) the future of pair trawling for bass.
(190106)
235
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of incidence of bovine tuberculosis in deer; and how much her Department has spent on research into this in each of the past 10 years.
(190107)
236
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent on the implementation of recommendations of the Curry Report.
(190108)
237
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what licences are needed by farmers producing biodiesel by processing used cooking oil.
(190109)
238
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial or other assistance will be offered by the Government to the owners of greyhounds affected by an immediate ban on hare coursing in England and Wales under the Hunting Bill.
(189748)
239
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether footage of the video taken by Northumberland Trading Standards on 23rd February 2001 of the conditions on Burnside Farm was submitted to the Anderson Lessons Learned Inquiry.
(190218)
240
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action her Department is taking (a) to secure the future of breeding conditions for lions existing in the wild and (b) to preserve the lion from extinction.
(189895)
241
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will support the proposed ban under the convention on International Trade in Endangered Species on the international trade in lion trophies and skins.
(189896)
242
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will examine ways of protecting lions in West and Central Africa.
(189897)
243
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with sugar beet farmers from the Vale of York on the reform of the EU Sugar regime.
(190373)
244
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the start date is for single farm payments.
(190374)
245
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hazardous waste recycling sites were (a) licensed and (b) operating in the United Kingdom on 11th October (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004.
(190375)
246
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many new waste facilities she estimates will be required in the UK to fulfill the requirements of the EU Landfill Directive.
(190377)
247
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures her Department has taken in 2004 to encourage take-up of combined heat and power.
(190378)
248
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the future of sugar beet farming in (a) the Vale of York and (b) England.
(190379)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
249
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the situation concerning Nagorno-Karabakh in the Republic of Azerbaijan; what recent representations he has made regarding the presence of Russian forces; what plans there are for (a) mediation and (b) the provision of (i) observers and (ii) peacekeeping forces by international organisations; and if he will make a statement.
(189873)
250
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the situation concerning South Ossetia in the Republic of Georgia; what recent representations he has made regarding the presence of Russian forces; what plans there are for (a) mediation and (b) the provision of (i) observers and (ii) peacekeeping forces by international organisations; and if he will make a statement.
(189874)
251
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what Her Majesty's Government's policy is on the situation concerning Abkhazia in the Republic of Georgia; whether he has made any recent representations regarding the presence of Russian forces; whether there are any plans for mediation and the provision of observers and peacekeeping forces on the part of international organisations; and if he will make a statement.
(189913)
252
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome was of the International Atomic Energy Agency's board meeting held on 13th September with respect to Iran's nuclear programme; and if he will make a statement.
(189940)
253
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Chinese authorities about the death sentence of Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche.
(190002)
254
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of remarks by the UN Secretary-General's former personal envoy to the Western Sahara on the policy of Morocco regarding a settlement in Western Sahara; and if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on progress towards a settlement.
(190003)
255
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Zimbabwe about the voter registration process in Zimbabwe.
(189860)
256
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Maldivian Democratic Party.
(189861)
257
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what amendments his Department has proposed to the Convention for the Supression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation 1988.
(189862)
258
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the feasibility of opening a consulate in Erbil, Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(189368)
259
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on border traffic between Turkey and Iraq.
(189369)
260
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of Arabs being forced from their homes in Kirkuk and the surrounding area; who has been responsible for making them homeless; what his estimate is of the number of such displaced people residing in camps in north-central Iraq; what (a) position and (b) action the UK Government has taken on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
(190228)
261
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date his Department (a) completed its analysis of Iraq's declaration to the United Nations of December 2002 and (b) communicated to the UN its view that there were omissions in the declaration; what omissions were indicated; whether such omissions are considered to be the case now; and if he will make a statement.
(190229)
262
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in which establishments prisoners are kept in Afghanistan; how many prisoners are in each one; what assessment he has made of compliance with the Geneva Convetions in respect of such prisoners; which of the establishments the International Committee of the Red Cross are not allowed to visit; what the Government's position on access to such establishments by the International Committee of the Red Cross is; what representations have been made about such access; and if he will make a statement.
(190230)
263
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with warlords in Afghanistan to establish their views on holding elections in Afghanistan.
(190247)
264
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the intention is that the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan will take place in all parts of the country; and if he will make a statement.
(190248)
265
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate has been made of the number of warlords who control areas of Afghanistan; what discussions are taking place with these people; and if he will make a statement.
(190249)
266
Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of UK legislation emanated from the European Union (a) between 1992 and 1997 and (b) since 1997.
(190051)
267
Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of European legislation has lapsed during the last (a) year and (b) seven years.
(190052)
268
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the impact of Hurricane Ivan on (a) Grenada, (b) Jamaica and (c) Cuba giving (i) the estimated number of (A) fatalities and (B) serious injuries and (ii) the levels of homlessness in each case; and what help was forthcoming in each case.
(189905)
269
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports of looting and lawlessness were reported in (a) Grenada, (b) Jamaica and (c) Cuba in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan.
(189906)
270
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement of the ability of the High Commission in Grenada to respond to the level of need in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan for (a) British citizens, (b) Grenadian nationals and (c) others.
(189907)
271
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK holiday makers and UK citizens resident in (a) Grenada, (b) Jamaica and (c) Cuba were airlifted out of those countries (i) in advance of and (ii) subsequent to Hurricane Ivan.
(189908)
272
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information sources and communication vehicles have been put in place to help UK residents contact family and friends who have been affected by Hurricane Ivan.
(189909)
273
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his European counterparts concerning a demarche to the government of Vietnam on the imprisoned human rights activist Reverend Nguyen Hong Quang; and what discussions he has had with the EU Commissioner for External Affairs concerning the case of Reverend Quang.
(190193)
274
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Colombian government regarding the safety of (a) human rights defenders and (b) other members of civil society since the discovery of Operation Dragon.
(190195)
275
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether British volunteers were among the members of the Christian Peacemaker Team who were attacked and seriously injured near the Israeli settlement of Maon in the South Hebron Hills on 30th September; and if he will ask the Israeli government to take steps to ensure the safety of British members of the team engaging in peacemaking activities.
(190196)
276
Mr George Foulkes (Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance is being provided by his Department to governments of islands affected by Hurricane Ivan.
(190274)
277
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli Government about the treatment of Palestinian prisoners.
(189694)
278
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Guatemala about the scale of violence against women in that country.
(190190)
279
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15th September, Official Report, column 1617, on the People's Mujahedin Organisation, what information has been passed to the UK Government about the status of the residents of Camp Ashraf, with particular reference to the activities of the People's Mujahedin Organisation of Iran personnel; whether this information has been passed to the Secretary of State for the Home Department; and if he will make a statement.
(190302)
280
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Gibraltar government in order to ensure that it follows its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights as expressed in the judgment of 9th January 2003 of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of L and V v. Austria concerning the homosexual and heterosexual ages of consent; and if he will mkae a statement.
(190166)
281
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 1438W, on UK Mission (bugging), what progress has been made by the Belgian authorities in identifying who had bugged the UK Mission in the Justus Lipsius Council of Ministers building in 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(190296)
282
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request a full report from the US Government on the alleged attack by US helicopters on unarmed Iraqi civilians on Sunday 12th September in Haifa Street, Baghdad.
(189741)
283
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request the Iraqi Interim Government to conduct an enquiry into the alleged attack by US helicopters on unarmed Iraqi civilians on Sunday 12th September in Haifa Street, Baghdad.
(189742)
284
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 13th September, Official Report, column 1450W, if he will specify the year of the dates given; which Government Ministers were informed; what communications there were between the Foreign Office and the Prime Minister's Office; and when these communications took place.
(190073)
285
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter to him dated 20th July from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr M. Abbass.
(189708)
286
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when British officials first became aware of allegations of mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib.
(189800)
287
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 1st September, Official Report, column 683W, on Iraq, with which British officials Abdel Basit Turki raised aspects of Coalition detention practices; and what specific action was taken as a result.
(189891)
288
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14th September, Official Report, column 1548W, how the money is to be spent.
(190232)
289
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of East Timor.
(189679)
290
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Governments of (a) Nigeria and (b) Cameroon on the handover of the Bakassi peninsula.
(189680)
291
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the interim Government of Haiti regarding the security situation in Port au Prince.
(189681)
292
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has engaged in with the Government of Brazil regarding computer hacking.
(189883)
293
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on women's rights and dowry payments in Afghanistan.
(189884)
294
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the forthcoming elections in Kosovo on 23rd October.
(189885)
295
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British tourists were murdered in each year since 1995, broken down by country.
(189886)
296
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the security situation in Herat in Afghanistan following the recent violence directed towards UN buildings and staff.
(189887)
297
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with the Governments of (a) Afghanistan and (b) Burma regarding (i) poppy cultivation and (ii) progress in controlling the cultivation of poppies since the removal of the Taliban.
(189888)
298
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with the Governments of (a) Thailand, (b) Vietnam, (c) Indonesia, (d) Cambodia and (e) Malaysia regarding the safety of British travellers.
(189889)
299
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had on the security measures put in place ahead of the Afghan elections on 9th October.
(189892)
300
N
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to submit a resolution to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to implement a comprehensive arms embargo on Sudan in addition to the measures established in UNSC Resolution 1556.
(189757)
301
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak of 13th September, Official Report, column 1454W, who authorised UNMOVIC and the International Atomic Energy Agency to excise parts of the Iraqi declaration of December 2002; which categories of information were removed; how many pages the excised sections comprise; and whether it was accepted by all UN Security Council non-permanent members that they should receive only an excised version of the Iraqi declaration.
(189770)
302
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Iran over the public hanging of Atefe Rajab in Neka in Nazandaran province on 15th August.
(190194)
303
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has been informed that the perpetrators of the 21st August bombings in Bangladesh have been identified.
(189689)
304
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the United Kingdom Government's policy is on the proposal to create a European Human Security Response Force.
(190299)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
305
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to improve practical support to carers of family members at home; and if he will make a statement.
(189920)
306
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many serious brain injuries caused by road traffic accidents were recorded in (a) 1975, (b) 1980, (c) 1990, (d) 2000 and (e) 2003.
(189931)
307
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the availability of drug rehabilitation services in Leeds.
(189951)
308
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of children under 11 receiving the medication Ritalin; and if he will make a statement.
(189982)
309
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes in waiting times for drug addiction treatment there have been since 1997 in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Leeds and (c) Leeds West Primary Care Trust area; and if he will make a statement.
(190006)
310
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether epilepsy is included in the definition of mental disorder in the Draft Mental Health Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(190007)
311
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent NHS (a) consultants and (b) other hospital doctors there were in each specialty in hospitals in the greater York area in (i) 1994 and (ii) each year since then.
(189759)
312
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent NHS (a) nurses and (b) staff in each of the other professions allied to medicine were working in hospitals in the greater York area in (i) 1994 and (ii) each year since then.
(189760)
313
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent NHS (a) general practitioners, (b) nurses in general practitioner practices, (c) other NHS community nurses and (d) community-based NHS staff in each of the other professions allied to medicine there were in the greater York area in (i) 1994 and (ii) each year since then.
(189761)
314
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual revenue liabilities are of all private finance initiative health contracts.
(189840)
315
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 14th September, Official Report, column 1498W, on eating disorders, what information he collates on waiting times for inpatient and outpatient treatment for eating disorders.
(189841)
316
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 9th September, Official Report, column 1354W, on life expectancy, what the baseline is for progress against the detailed target for life expectancy; and what progress has been made towards meeting the target.
(189879)
317
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 13th September, Official Report, columns 1470-1W, on health public bodies, when decisions will be taken on how the savings from the Departmental review of arm's length bodies will be spent.
(189890)
318
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses left the NHS in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(190032)
319
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on offering continuing care from a single midwife for each pregnant woman throughout the course of the pregnancy, labour and post-natal care.
(190237)
320
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will develop and implement the NHS Community Midwifery Model
(190238)
321
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has commissioned to evaluate the economic effects on businesses of making workplaces smoke-free.
(189823)
322
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence is held by the Government on the economic effects on the hospitality trade of making their premises smoke-free.
(189824)
323
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has received on the effects of smoke-free workplaces on (a) productivity, (b) absenteeism and (c) fire damage.
(189825)
324
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what instructions his Department has given to hospital trusts to ensure that the monitoring and detection of MRSA is done on a consistent basis.
(189813)
325
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of online self management treatments for (a) depression and (b) other mental health problems.
(190227)
326
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether all general practitioners have been made aware of the warning issued by the European Medicines Agency in July regarding the safety of SSRI drugs; and on what dates such information was issued.
(190279)
327
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the ban on prescribing the drug Seroxat to children under the age of 18 is being enforced and monitored.
(190280)
328
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to require pharmaceutical companies to publish all trials of medicines.
(190281)
329
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29th March, Official Report, column 1218W, on the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, whether a replacement lay member has been appointed to the Committee for the Safety of Medicines' investigation of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
(190295)
330
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he gives to primary care trusts concerning the length of time a patient should wait between regular chiropody appointments.
(190138)
331
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15th September, Official Report, column 1646, on free school fruit, how many children will benefit from the school fruit and vegetable scheme in those parts of the Romsey constituency that do not have a Romsey post code.
(190300)
332
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide funds to improve access to general practitioner surgeries for disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(189996)
333
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what he envisages the role of patient and public involvement forums will be in future, with regard to particular renewed efforts to control MRSA bloodstream infections and increasing hospital hygiene inspections; and if he will make a statement.
(190029)
334
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on encouraging businesses to invest in occupational health services for employees who develop occupational asthma; and if he will make a statement.
(189869)
335
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that additional funds for primary care dentistry will be channelled towards dentists who have continued to maintain NHS care provision in preference to those who have reduced their commitment to the NHS.
(189833)
336
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of the additional dentists to be working in the primary dental services by 2011 as anticipated in the Primary Care Dental Workforce Review.
(189834)
337
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to Government departments of providing training places for the additional dentists anticipated in the Primary Care Dental Workforce Review.
(189835)
338
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of expenditure on dental nurses to assist the additional dentists needed by 2011 in the primary dental services sector, as anticipated in the Primary Care Dental Workforce Review.
(189836)
339
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of additional (a) dental equipment and (b) surgeries required to support the projected increase in NHS dentists; and what mechanisms will be used to ensure that such resources will be allocated to those areas in greatest need.
(189837)
340
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account was taken in the Primary Care Dental Workforce Review, when estimating the number of additional dentists required by 2011, of the views of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on appropriate dental recall intervals.
(189838)
341
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps will be taken to ensure that dentists to be recruited from (a) Poland, (b) Spain and (c) India by primary care trusts are retained in the NHS.
(189839)
342
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time between application, interview and recruitment of members to Patient and Public Involvement Forums has been in (a) Greater London and (b) England.
(189704)
343
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who will be responsible for recruiting members to Patient and Public Involvement Forums when the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health is abolished.
(189705)
344
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patient and public involvement forums have had fewer than seven members for (a) three months, (b) six months and (c) 12 months in (i) Greater London and (ii) England.
(189720)
345
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of members of patient and public involvement forums are from ethnic minority communities in (a) Greater London and (b) England.
(189735)
346
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patient and public involvement forums have the minimum number of seven members in (a) Greater London and (b) England.
(189736)
347
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) community hospitals and (b) disabled units in England and Wales have closed since 1997.
(190216)
348
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will break down the costs of the Committee Examining Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters between (a) the costs of the secretariat, (b) the three-day workshop, (c) members' travel and subsidance and (d) other specified costs.
(190207)
349
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to make a statement on the future of wheelchair services and equipment loan stores.
[R] (190037)
350
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of auctions for contracting work in the NHS have been cancelled owing to lack of significant bidders.
[R] (190038)
351
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the use of auctions for contracting work in the NHS.
(190039)
352
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many e-auctions have been undertaken in the NHS in each of the last two years.
[R] (190040)
353
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to verify the accuracy of estimates of the percentage of the population with hepatitis C.
(189817)
354
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what comparisons his Department has made of the prevalence of hepatitis C in the UK with that of other EU members states; and what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for differences.
(189818)
355
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what comparisons his Department has made of the prevalence of hepatitis C in Scotland with that in the remainder of the UK.
(189819)
356
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to assess the prevalence of hepatitis C in the UK population.
(189820)
357
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to deal with sexually transmitted diseases, with particular reference to young people; and if he will make a statement.
(189779)
358
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many sexually transmitted diseases were recorded in the Redbridge, Havering and Barking NHS Trust area in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001 and (d) 2002.
(189780)
359
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has given to the Mid-Anglia Cancer Network to publish an overall plan for the provision of cancer services and specialist treatments based in hospitals at Chelmsford, Colchester and Ipswich; and if he will make a statement.
(190042)
360
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Torbay of 26th August regarding NHS work permits.
(189650)
361
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the meetings he held with representatives of (a) the food industry and (b) the advertising industry between 1st February and 1st May.
(189687)
362
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients received funding from the NHS for haemodialysis treatment in Jersey in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2002-03.
(189778)
363
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment (a) his Department and (b) the NHS have made of the possible health benefits to individuals of the regular consumption of grapefruits and grapefruit juice.
(190017)
364
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how air ambulance services used by the NHS are funded in (a) the East Midlands and (b) England; and if he will make a statement.
(190244)
365
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29th March, Official Report, column 1218W, on the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, who has been appointed to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's expert working group on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors as a new lay member.
(190301)
366
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential role of health and social care workers in promoting awareness among vulnerable citizens of the threats associated with doorstep cold calling.
(189731)
367
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the remit of the National Programme for IT for the NHS entails.
(190168)
368
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost is (a) nationally and (b) to individual general practitioner practices for implementing the National Programme for IT.
(190169)
369
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what investigation has been made into the case of the process for transferring data from the current primary care computer system to the National Programme for IT.
(190170)
370
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advantages the National Programme for IT has that the current system is not providing.
(190171)
371
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Programme for IT has been subject to testing and user feedback to ensure that it will work as efficiently as the current system.
(190172)
372
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were born at under 24 weeks gestation in the last two years for which figures are available; how many were still alive one year later; how many were handicapped; and from what handicaps they suffered.
(190167)
373
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to provide further funding to the North West Surrey Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust to support the retention of respite care beds at Kingscroft, Staines.
(189776)
374
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to block the proposals of the North West Surrey Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust to close respite care beds for sufferers with learning difficulties and mental health problems at Kingscroft, Staines.
(189777)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
375
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in the Borough of Hackney; and if he will make a statement.
(190129)
376
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) fixed penalty notices, (b) proceedings at magistrates' courts and (c) written warnings for not wearing seat belts there were in England and Wales in 2003 and for each of the previous three years.
(190025)
377
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many failed asylum seekers receiving section 4 support have received a warning for failing to participate in activities for the benefit of the community.
(189928)
378
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what kinds of activity for the benefit of the community failed asylum seekers receiving section 4 support are engaged in; and if he will make a statement.
(189929)
379
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many failed asylum seekers receiving section 4 support are engaged in activities for the benefit of the community; and if he will make a statement.
(189930)
380
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been served in the Leeds City Council area since they were introduced.
(189942)
381
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his latest estimate is of the percentage of prisoners in Armley Prison with (a) drug-related problems, (b) alcohol-related problems and (c) mental illness.
(189944)
382
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many failed asylum seekers are receiving sector 4 support; and if he will make a statement.
(189958)
383
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his latest estimate is of the number of asylum applicants who have been refused section 4 support; and if he will make a statement.
(189981)
384
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been charged with using mobile telephones while driving since the law was introduced; and if he will make a statement.
(189997)
385
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) anti-social behaviour orders and (b) curfew orders have been made in the Buckingham constituency since the commencement of the schemes.
(189857)
386
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many breathalyser tests were carried out in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 2000; and what percentage resulted in convictions.
(189858)
387
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many youths under the age of 18 from the Buckingham constituency have been held in young offenders rehabilitation centres in each year since 2001.
(189859)
388
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes there have been in (a) vehicle-related crime and (b) criminal damage in the area covered by round 2 of the CCTV challenge competition in Buckingham.
(189968)
389
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in the Thames Valley Police Force home area were dealt with for supply offences involving Class A drugs in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002.
(189969)
390
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have been made to the (a) management, (b) welfare and (c) deployment of special constables in the Thames Valley area since January 2002.
(189972)
391
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) violent crimes and (b) burglaries were (i) reported to and (ii) detected by the Aylesbury Vale Basic Command Unit in (A) 2001-02, (B) 2002-03 and (C) 2003-04.
(189976)
392
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in the Thames Valley area were convicted of or cautioned for drug offences in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002; and what proportion this represented of persons convicted of or cautioned for all indictable offences in the Thames Valley in each year.
(189977)
393
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the Government has (a) re-imbursed the travel costs and (b) paid for the next visit of a traveller denied entry to the United Kingdom.
(190182)
394
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are employed (a) directly and (b) indirectly, by (i) the Police Complaints Commission for England and Wales and (ii) HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for England and Wales.
(189664)
395
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what fire safety advice is made available to prisons; and whether there are regional variations in the advice made available.
(189682)
396
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the outcome was of the recent independent management review of Prison Service fire safety advisors; and if he will make a statement on its implementation, with particular reference to costs.
(189683)
397
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of the independent management review of Prison Service fire safety advisors.
(189684)
398
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what apparatus is available to members of the Prison Service to deal with fires.
(189685)
399
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average per capita spending on the Metropolitan Police force is in the current financial year.
(190253)
400
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women are registered on the sex offenders register.
(190254)
401
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women police officers in the Metropolitan Police force come from a minority ethnic background.
(190255)
402
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the education budget for prisons in England and Wales was in each of the last three years.
(190256)
403
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to ensure that police forces that choose not to employ community support officers do not lose out in the distribution of the Neighbourhood Policing Fund.
(190305)
404
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how he intends to distribute the £50 million Neighbourhood Policing Fund.
(190306)
405
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has set a target for the maximum and average times to access drug treatment for a prisoner leaving prison when they have been receiving drug treatment in prison; and if he will make a statement.
(190307)
406
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken for a prisoner on the CARATS or other drug programmes to access drug treatment on leaving prison is.
(190308)
407
N
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances police community safety officers are (a) issued with batons and (b) allowed to use them.
(189828)
408
N
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police community safety officers were issued with batons in Parliament Square on the afternoon of 15th September.
(189829)
409
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases involving equal pay claims against the Prison Service have been taken to an employment tribunal since 1997.
(189863)
410
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the Prison Service has spent defending equal pay employment tribunal cases in each year since 1997.
(189864)
411
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many employment tribunals have found against the Prison Service in equal pay claims in each of the last five years; and what the financial implications of those decisions have been.
(189865)
412
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what appeals the Prison Service has made against decisions of employment tribunals in equal pay cases in 2004; and what the cost of those appeals has been.
(189866)
413
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the pay scales are for (a) administrative officers in the Prison Service and (b) prison officers; and what job evaluation exercises have been carried out by the Prison Service in respect of administrative posts in the past five years.
(189867)
414
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many self-inflicted deaths there have been in each prison in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(190110)
415
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suicides there have been in each month of 2004; and what the figures were each month in the last two years.
(190111)
416
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what conclusions and recommendations have been made in the final report of the Prison Service's Safer Locals research project being conducted by Alison Liebling from Cambridge University; if he will make a statement; and if he will place a copy of the report in the Library.
(190112)
417
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigations are being conducted by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman into self-inflicted deaths in prisons in England and Wales; how many staff are involved in conducting these investigations; and of those staff how many have been appointed from outside the Prison Service.
(190113)
418
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the role will be of the regional offender managers in the National Offender Management Service structure.
(190114)
419
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how regional offender managers in the National Offender Management Service structure will hold probation areas to account for their performance.
(190115)
420
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budgets regional offender managers will have for (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(190116)
421
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons are for the introduction of the concept of contestability within the National Offender Management Service.
(190117)
422
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people will be employed by each regional offender manager during (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; and what the overall cost of those staff will be.
(190118)
423
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in which prisons prisoners can undertake (a) vocational training courses and (b) construction industry training courses.
(190119)
424
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners, on average, attended the prison chapel in each prison per week in the last 12 months.
(190120)
425
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners declared themselves to be of a particular religion when they entered prison in the last 12 months; and which religions these were.
(190121)
426
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14th September, Official Report, column 1560W, on transsexual people, if he will make it his policy to record the number of incidents reported to the police in which hatred of transsexual individuals is involved.
(190298)
427
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter to him dated 8th June from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr T. Mahmood.
(189706)
428
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter to him dated 21st July from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Farag Elkailani.
(189707)
429
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been paid out in compensation in respect of injuries sustained during staff training sessions in physical restraint techniques at each of the secure training centres in the last five years.
(190223)
430
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff injuries sustained during training in physical restraint techniques at secure training centres have been recorded in the last five years.
(190224)
431
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff training sessions in physical restraint techniques have included training in distraction techniques in each of the secure training centres in each of the last five years.
(190225)
432
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions young people have been admitted to hospital from secure training centres in each of the last three years.
(190310)
433
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to outsource the management of young offenders' institutions; and if he will make a statement.
(190421)
434
Jim Knight (South Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect on the resilience of the critical national infrastructure of a second independent national emergency service communications network operating in parallel to Airwave.
(190221)
435
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes were committed in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) England and Wales in 2003; and what percentage resulted in (i) an arrest, (ii) an individual being charged, (iii) a conviction and (iv) a custodial sentence in each case.
(190448)
436
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of policing the Great Gorilla Run in London on 19th September was.
(190449)
437
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on Chechen separatist organisations operating within the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(190240)
438
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether conditions relating to political activity are imposed on Akhmad Zakaev whilst residing in the United Kingdom.
(190241)
439
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd March, Official Report, column 820W, what further compensation payments have been made to meet claims arising from HMP Wormwood Scrubs.
(190234)
440
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he has taken to prevent further violent incidents at HMP Wormwood Scrubs; and if he will make a statement on the merits of initiating a public inquiry.
(190235)
441
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have called Crimestoppers in connection with the Name that Tag campaign; what the duration of the campaign was; how many tags were published over the course of the campaign; how many police investigations are under way as a result; and what the total cost of the campaign was.
(190046)
442
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 8th June, Official Report, column 333W, what final figure for the cost of lockouts is in 2003-04, and what the (a) total cost and (b) number of lockouts was in each area in each of the last five years.
(190060)
443
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer 187060 of 7th September, Official Report, column 965W, home many (a) female and (b) male young offenders aged 18 to 21 years were held (i) over 50 miles and (ii) over 100 miles from their committal court town.
(190061)
444
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his definition is of a prolific priority offender.
(190062)
445
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Torbay of 26th August regarding NHS work permits.
(189649)
446
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women in England and Wales have been sentenced to immediate custody for breach of a community sentence in (i) each of the last 24 months and (ii) each year since 1992.
(190142)
447
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) juveniles, (b) young offenders and (c) adults in England and Wales have been sentenced to immediate custody for breach of an anti-social behaviour order in each of the last 24 months.
(190143)
448
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders have been returned to custody for non-compliance with licence conditions (a) in each of the last 24 months and (b) in each year since 1992.
(190144)
449
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders have been returned to custody for non-compliance with home detention curfew conditions in each of the last 24 months.
(190203)
450
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department will be responding to the Department for Trade and Industry consultation on doorstep selling and cold calling.
(189712)
451
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to achieve a cross-departmental approach to combat crime and unscrupulous trading associated with doorstep cold calling.
(189737)
452
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to combat doorstep crime; and if he will make a statement.
(189740)
453
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people work at the Managed Migration Department.
(189932)
454
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the reasons for the delay in responding to the honourable Member for Leicester East's letter of 17th May.
(189933)
455
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the appointment date was of Paula Higson; and what her current civil service grade is.
(189934)
456
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to improve the service provided by the Managed Migration Directorate.
(189935)
457
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the backlog of correspondence at the Managed Migration Directorate is.
(189936)
458
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many events the Home Office has organised for public organisations on immigration and asylum since 2003.
(189978)
459
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's strategy is further to improve integration and boost multiculturalism among young British citizens.
(190134)
460
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to undertake an inquiry into the attitudes and opinions on race and ethnicity of those between the ages of 20 and 30.
(190135)
461
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government is doing to improve trust of the police among black people.
(190136)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
462
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the (a) budget and (b) cost of the Parliamentary Data and Video Network was in each of the last five years; and how many users had access to the systems in each of those years (i) on the Parliamentary estate and (ii) as remote users.
(189971)
463
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate he has made of the cost of the summer works programme in 2004; and what estimate he has made of what the cost would have been had the House not been sitting in September.
(190008)
464
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost of the summer works programme in 2003 was; and what estimate he has made of what the cost would have been had the House not sat in September 2003.
(190009)
465
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what quantity of (a) glass, (b) paper, (c) cardboard, (d) plastic, (e) metal and (f) other materials have been (i) recovered and (ii) recycled from the waste stream of the parliamentary estate in each of the last three years; what percentage this represents of total waste in each case; what plans there are to increase the amount recycled; and if he will make a statement.
(189755)
Questions to the Chairman of the Information Committee
466
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee, what evaluation has been carried out of the effectiveness of the work undertaken by the Parliamentary Data and Video Network from a system based around Citrix to one using broadband for remote users.
(189973)
467
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee, how many (a) complaints and (b) positive comments he has received since the system of connection to the Parliamentary Data and Video Network moved from Citrix to broadband for remote users, with particular reference to (i) access problems, (ii) speed and (iii) protection from spam.
(189974)
468
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee, how many honourable Members (a) use and (b) do not use the Parliamentary Data and Video Network.
(189975)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
469
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance his Department plans (a) to provide to and (b) to request from the European Union for (i) the Cayman Islands, (ii) Jamaica, (iii) Grenada and (iv) other affected parts of the Caribbean following the passage of Hurricane Ivan.
(189791)
470
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on his Department's support programmes for alternative livelihoods in Afghanistan.
(189941)
471
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the Government is giving to East Timor; and if he will make a statement.
(189949)
472
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the reports on audits of sole-sourced contracts that have already been undertaken by various US agencies requested by the International Advisory and Monitoring Board have been handed over; and if he will make a statement.
(190231)
473
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what expenditure is being made available to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan to (a) Grenada, (b) Jamaica and (c) Cuba; and if he will break down the assistance including (i) immediate humanitarian help and (ii) grant aid given to start re-building and restoring basic service provision.
(189894)
474
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the status of the Baku-T'blisi-Ceyhan pipe line; and what diplomatic discussions he has had with those countries involved on the likely outcome of this project.
(190213)
475
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding the Government has made available to the Baku-T'blisi-Ceyhan pipe line.
(190214)
476
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries have expressed opposition to the Baku-T'blisi-Ceyhan pipe line; what discussions he has had with the (a) World Bank and (b) European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the British position regarding the pipe line; and if he will make a statement.
(190215)
477
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many Cayman Island citizens are estimated to have been (a) killed and (b) made homeless as a direct consequence of Hurricane Ivan.
(189957)
478
Mr George Foulkes (Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance is being provided by the UK Government for the consequences of Hurricane Ivan in the Cayman Islands.
(190275)
479
Mr George Foulkes (Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much additional resources have been made available to (a) Grenada, (b) the Cayman Islands and (c) the Caribbean region as a result of Hurricane Ivan.
(190276)
480
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of (a) the advantages and (b) the disadvantages of genetically-modified crops to developing countries.
(190095)
481
Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews (Medway):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government proposes to assist in the relief of (a) Grenada and (b) the Cayman Islands following the effects of Hurricane Ivan.
(190191)
482
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the aid budget for Latin America was in the years (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2002-03 and (d) 2003-04; and what it is for 2004-05.
(190303)
483
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the Department's aims, objectives and activities in Latin America.
(190304)
Questions to the Leader of the House
484
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Leader of the House, for how many (a) hours and (b) days the House has sat in each month during session 2003-04.
(190010)
485
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Leader of the House, what proposals he has to increase public knowledge of the dates of sitting and subject of inquiries by select committees; and what proposals he has to facilitate public access to select committee hearings.
(190141)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
486
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the cost of the duplication of public services in Northern Ireland provided separately for Catholics and Protestants.
(190026)
487
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment the Government has made of the operation of the School Travel Plan Pilot; and what plans there are to extend its scope.
(189671)
488
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what arrangements are in place to monitor the financial position of Northern Ireland's universities.
(189672)
489
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what costs were incurred by each of the three departments involved in establishing the Northern Ireland Business Education Partnership.
(189674)
490
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of running the Northern Ireland Business Education Partnership was in each of the last three years; and what the estimated cost of closing it is.
(189675)
491
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases were recorded of people on housing benefits attempting to defraud the Housing Executive when purchasing houses from it in each of the last three years, with particular reference to (a) organised criminal gangs and (b) paramilitary organisations.
(189676)
492
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list schemes the Housing Executive has approved for the next 12 months which grant funding to housing associations for new build locations, broken down by amount of funding involved; and if he will make a statement on applications from housing associations for new build locations which have been refused because the Housing Executive disagreed with the needs assessment carried out by a housing association.
(189677)
493
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will extend the scope of asbestos industrial injury benefit to include family members of asbestosis sufferers.
(189678)
494
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 20th May, Official Report, column 1216W, on teachers' sick-leave, when he intends to write to the honourable Member for East Antrim.
(189695)
495
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which (a) department and (b) organisation will be responsible for carrying out the work of the Northern Ireland Business Education Partnership.
(189700)
496
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what provision is being made to increase sports facilities in Northern Ireland prior to 2012.
(189747)
497
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the title and purpose was of the parade organised by the No. 6 District Loyal Orange Lodge in East Belfast on or about 1st July.
(189489)
498
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the estimated number was of (a) participants and (b) spectators at the parade organised by the No. 6 District Loyal Orange Lodge in East Belfast on 1st July; and what the estimated benefit to the local economy from this parade was.
(189490)
499
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what requirements the organisers of the parade organised by the No. 6 District Loyal Orange Lodge in East Belfast on 1st July are required to meet.
(189491)
500
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what requirements the organisers of a protest or counter-demonstration to the annual parade by the No. 6 District Loyal Orange Lodge in East Belfast on 1st July were required to meet; and what steps are taken to ensure that video recordings taken by protestors are not used for illegal purposes.
(189492)
501
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many calls were made to the (a) police, (b) fire brigade and (c) ambulance services from the Short Strand area of East Belfast (i) in the seven days before, (ii) in the seven days after and (iii) during this year's parade by the No. 6 District LOL in East Belfast on 1st July.
(189493)
502
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many attacks on (a) pedestrians and (b) motorists which took place on the section of road between Belfast Central Station and Mountpottinger Corner, Belfast, have been reported to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last three years; and how many of the attacks are attributed to (i) Republican and (ii) Loyalist terrorist groups.
(189662)
503
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the projected budget and staffing provision of the office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland is for the next five years.
(189663)
504
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in implementing the Fund to Develop Post Offices in Deprived Urban Areas.
(190380)
505
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what independent assessment has been made of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's promotion boards for scientific officers.
(190381)
506
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what criteria are used by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's promotion boards for scientific officer positions to assess applications from persons (a) with a non-scientific background and (b) not currently working for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
(190382)
507
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what relative weighting is given by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's promotion boards for scientific officer positions to applicants who have previous scientific experience.
(190383)
508
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of participants on the Job Skills programme moved into full-time employment in each of the last five years.
(190422)
509
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment has a 10-year target for the total level of (a) private and (b) public expenditure.
(190423)
510
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what resources are being made available by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to monitor the observance of the 48 hour limit on weekly hours set by the European Working Time Directive.
(190424)
511
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what targets are in place for the progressive reduction of child poverty in Northern Ireland.
(190425)
512
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been prosecuted in Northern Ireland for operating vehicles not licensed for hire or reward in the last five years.
(189732)
513
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many homes were sold to tenants by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in each of the five years to the end of 2003.
(189733)
514
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many homes were in the ownership of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive at the end of 2003.
(189734)
515
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the latest position on the proposed offshore windfarm at Tunes Plateau.
(189766)
516
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the proposed Review of Public Administration in Northern Ireland on the local government elections scheduled to be held in May 2005.
(189767)
517
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assistance is being offered to companies in Northern Ireland that are adversely affected by higher electricity charges than are charged in other parts of the United Kingdom.
(189768)
518
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases have been formally referred by Northern Ireland Government departments to the Advisory Committee for Business Appointments in each of the last eight years.
(189876)
519
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the cases in the last five years in which senior civil servants of grade three and above have sought permission to accept private sector work post-retirement; what procedures were used to assess these applications; and what restrictions were placed on the private sector work.
(189880)
520
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many divisional planning managers within the Department of the Environment have been granted permission to become private sector planning consultants in the last five years.
(189881)
521
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been convicted of public order offences arising out of disturbances in North Belfast on (a) 12th July 2003 and (b) 12th July 2004.
(189665)
522
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meetings of the Parades Commission were held between 7th and 13th July; who was in attendance; and how long the meetings lasted.
(189901)
523
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what criteria determine whether salt boxes are provided on streets and roads in Northern Ireland.
(189902)
524
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many salt boxes have been provided for the use of residents in (a) North Belfast and (b) Northern Ireland in each year since 2001.
(189903)
525
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of the provision of salt boxes on streets and roads in Northern Ireland has been in each year since 2001.
(189904)
526
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many fixed penalty notices for speeding have been issued in each district command unit area in Northern Ireland in each year since 2001.
(189963)
527
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) burglaries, (b) assaults, (c) armed robberies and (d) car thefts were notified to police in (i) Northern Ireland and (ii) North Belfast in each year since 2001.
(189964)
528
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total amount of illegal drugs seized by the authorities in Northern Ireland was in each year since 2001; and what the estimated street value was.
(189965)
529
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what resources are provided to support cancer patients making the choice to die at home.
(189966)
530
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures are in place to facilitate joint working between service providers of home care in Northern Ireland.
(189967)
531
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will provide a salt box for the use of residents in the Northwood Drive area of North Belfast.
(190064)
532
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average waiting time is for people in Northern Ireland to be supplied with a hearing aid in Northern Ireland hospitals.
(190065)
533
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the waiting list is for the supply of hearing aids to patients in each Northern Ireland hospital.
(190066)
534
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meetings of the Northern Ireland Policing Board have taken place in each year since its formation.
(190067)
535
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the attendance record is of each member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board at full board meetings in each year since the Board's formation.
(190068)
536
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meetings of the Northern Ireland Grand Committee have been held in each year since 1997; where the meetings were held; and what the subject matter of debate at each committee meeting was.
(190102)
537
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money has been spent in Northern Ireland since 2001 on preparations for (a) the introduction of the euro and (b) a referendum on the European Constitution.
(190103)
538
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce equal access for fathers in Northern Ireland in cases where custody of children is being decided in courts in Northern Ireland.
(190104)
539
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to initiate an inquiry into child abuse at the Macedon Children's Home in Newtownabbey; and if he will make a statement.
(190427)
540
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the involvement of members of the British security forces (a) before and (b) after the murder of Pat Finucane.
(190023)
541
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will hold a public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the murder of Pat Finucane.
(190024)
542
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which Government Department is responsible for the funding of (a) building, (b) maintenance and (c) refurbishment of Police Service of Northern Ireland property.
(189771)
543
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether legislation covering the flying of flags on Government buildings extends to police stations.
(189772)
544
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the funding provision for the maintenance and upgrading of Police Service of Northern Ireland police stations is for 2004-05.
(189773)
545
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether each Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) police station is in receipt of a PSNI service flag; and on how many occasions it is flown at each police station.
(189774)
546
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the contractual hourly rate paid to domicilliary care providers in Northern Ireland is, broken down by health trust area.
(190019)
547
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average contractual hourly rate paid to domicilliary carers in Northern Ireland is by health trust area.
(190020)
548
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to clear the backlog of subsidy payments to farmers in the South Down area.
(190021)
549
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether it is Government policy not to allow the growing of GM crops in Northern Ireland.
(190022)
550
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent in the parliamentary constituencies of (a) North, (b) South, (c) East and (d) West Belfast on each investment project sponsored by the Industrial Development Board and Invest NI in the years 1990 to 2004; what the estimate was of the number of jobs that would be created by each project; how many jobs were created by each project; and how many of these jobs have subsequently been lost.
(190180)
551
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) target and (b) average processing time is from receipt of application to delivery of notification for persons applying for a national insurance number where the applicant holds a passport that is (i) British, (ii) Irish, (iii) other EU and (iv) non-EU; and how many complaints about delays he has received in the past 12 months.
(190181)
552
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment has had with Castlereagh College on training requirements for future industrial development in the Castlereagh area.
(189659)
553
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to encourage maximum use of the former TK-ECC site in Dundonald, following its recent sale.
(189660)
554
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the Department of Regional Development's review of its policy on signing of churches will be carried out; and if he will make a statement.
(189661)
555
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average waiting time to hear an industrial tribunal case in Northern Ireland was in the last year for which figures are available.
(189696)
556
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many industrial tribunal cases in Northern Ireland are waiting to be heard; and what action he is taking to reduce waiting times.
(189697)
557
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money has been paid to the company PWS Ireland in each year since January 2001 in return for work completed in fulfilling government tender work in relation to the provision of road traffic signs and associated equipment, including the hire of equipment; how much money has been paid in total in each year since January 2001 in return for the completion of government tenders in relation to the provision of road traffic signs and associated equipment; and if he will make a statement.
(190132)
558
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much grant aid has been awarded to the company PWS Ireland in each year for the past 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(190133)
559
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the recording of telephone conversations between the general public and staff at Lagan Doc Service commenced at Down, Lisburn Trust as a matter of course; and if he will make a statement.
(190152)
560
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the public inquiry into the Draft Ards and Down Area Plan will begin.
(190175)
561
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what efforts the Department of Environment has made to resolve the objections received in response to the publication of the Draft Ards and Down Area Plan; and how many of those objections were resolved by the Department.
(190176)
562
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) men and (b) women in Northern Ireland over state retirement age are caring for elderly parents or relatives.
(190177)
563
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what benefits are available for people reaching state pension age who still care for elderly parents or relatives in their retirement.
(190178)
564
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how domestic rates in Northern Ireland are calculated; and what this revenue is used for.
(190179)
565
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will replicate the framework for heart diseases in England in Northern Ireland.
(190311)
566
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce measures of outcomes in the treatment of heart disease.
(190312)
567
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects the Royal Hospital Trust to achieve the target of cardiac surgical operations set in 1992.
(190313)
568
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many rapid access chest pain clinics are operational in Northern Ireland; and if he will make disabled children a priority area for 2005-06.
(190463)
Questions to the Prime Minister
569
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, how much has been spent on ministerial residences and the residences within them in each year since 1st May 1997; and how much in each case for each year of the sums spent was spent on (a) kitchens, (b) bathrooms, (c) vehicle-related facilities and (d) leisure facilities.
(189781)
570
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, what the total cost to public funds has been in each year since 1st May 1997 in respect of (a) entertainment and (b) staff costs for (i) Chequers and (ii) Chevening.
(189782)
571
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will name individuals other than officials who have helped draft parliamentary answers for him in the past year.
(189827)
572
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Prime Minister, what actions he will require of Sinn Fein/IRA for them to rejoin a devolved administration.
(189815)
573
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the charitable donations he has made when provided with hospitality overseas since 1997.
(189960)
574
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Prime Minister, for what reason the work of his Department has been divided between the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office and a separate Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
(189673)
575
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Prime Minister, when he will fulfill the undertaking he gave in the House on 20th July, Official Report, column 204, to write to the honourable Member for New Forest East stating (a) the reason for the lack of substantive mention of GCHQ in the Butler Report, (b) whether signals intelligence relevant to the Iraq crisis was received and (c) why such intelligence was not included in the Report.
(189719)
576
Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews (Medway):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr of 21st July, Official Report, column 285W, on Iraq, on what date and at which stage during the Butler Report he was informed of the withdrawal of the Iraq Intelligence Reports to which paragraph 405 of Lord Butler's Report refers.
(190426)
577
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, when he was informed that British officers Colonel Terrington and Colonel Campbell-James had been embedded within the military intelligence division of the US Combined Joint Task Force 7.
(189878)
578
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, what information he has been given about the work of the British Colonels Terrington and Campbell-James within the intelligence division of US Combined Joint Task Force 7.
(189882)
579
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, what steps he has taken to offset the carbon dioxide emissions from the use of (a) aircraft and (b) motor cars in carrying out his official business.
(190139)
580
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will instruct the Attorney General to evaluate the statement made by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on 15th September that the invasion of Iraq was illegal and contrary to the Charter of the United Nations.
(190140)
581
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer of 15th September to the honourable Member for the Isle of Wight, if he will make a further statement on the Government's (a) policy on and (b) progress with reducing food miles.
(189691)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
582
Mr George Foulkes (Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many windfarms have received planning consent in Scotland in 2004.
(190277)
Questions to the Solicitor General
583
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Solicitor General, on what date the Attorney General (a) gave his advice to the Prime Minister about the legality of the war with Iraq and (b) officially examined Iraq's declaration of December 2002; what he considered to be material breaches in the declaration; on what date he made his opinion on these specific breaches known; whether he first expressed the opinion that there was material breach before he examined Iraq's declaration; and if she will make a statement.
(190233)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
584
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the definition of a registered customer for the UK Trade and Investment website services includes an individual or company that (a) has derived measurable benefit from this service and (b) has supplied registration details only on the website.
(189371)
585
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many of the UK Trade and Investment website's registered customers have reported a measurable increase in business improvement through their use of UKT&I services; and whether UKT&I is on track to increase the number of registered customers by 50 per cent. by 2006.
(189372)
586
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new exporters were developed with the assistance of UK Trade and Investment in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 to date; and how many were small and medium enterprises in each case.
(189373)
587
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether her plans for restructuring the Export Credits Guarantee Department include job cuts in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007.
(189374)
588
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what Government aid and assistance is available to producers of each kind of renewable energy source.
(189924)
589
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what practical support the Government gives to the microgeneration of energy; and if she will make a statement.
(189925)
590
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what practical support Business Links will be giving to the proposed community interest companies.
(189945)
591
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 14th September, Official Report, column 1541W, on wind energy, what assessment she has made of the (a) impartiality and (b) objectivity of the study commissioned by the British Wind Energy Association.
(189692)
592
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 14th September, Official Report, column 1541W, on wind energy, what part of the energy used in wind farm manufacture gives rise to carbon dioxide; and in what amounts.
(189693)
593
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the BNFL ships contracted to transport weapons grade plutonium from Charleston to Cherbourg (a) leave Charleston and (b) arrive at Cherbourg; and if she will make a statement.
(190096)
594
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will reduce the length of time a parent must have been employed by a company before he or she becomes entitled to parental leave.
(189739)
595
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will give a breakdown of the beneficiaries of the recently announced marine development fund for renewable generation.
(189910)
596
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to encourage greater use of renewable obligation certificates; and if she will make a statement on how the changes introduced in the Energy Act 2004 will work in practice in relation to the new mutualisation power.
(189911)
597
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will break down how shortfalls in the Renewable Obligation Certificates Fund were made up in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.
(189912)
598
Jim Knight (South Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are being taken to ensure that vulnerable people do not become victims of postal scams.
(189955)
599
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will place in the Library a copy of the Department's Staff Survey 2003.
(189807)
600
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many of the reductions in core Civil Service posts in her Department by 2007-08 proposed in Sir Peter Gershon's review of public sector efficiency will be relocated to sponsored agencies in the regions.
(189808)
601
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her assessment is of the likely effect of the new Arbitration, Conciliation and Advisory Service codes extending to the employee a right of appeal against any disciplinary, grievance or dismissal decision made by their employer on (a) the volume of applications to employment tribunals and (b) small- and medium-sized enterprises.
(189809)
602
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what changes have been made in her Department's position on the Temporary Agency Workers Directive since July this year.
(189810)
603
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her Department's position is on the proposal for a six week qualifying period for full employment rights in the Temporary Agency Workers Directive.
(189811)
604
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether all regional venture capital funds are operational; and on what dates they were launched.
(189812)
605
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the number of days required to start a business in the UK in each year since 1994.
(189998)
606
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many reviews of the working and impact of major pieces of regulation affecting business put forward by (a) her Department and (b) regulatory agencies sponsored by her Department since 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(190000)
607
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions her Department has sponsored time-limited regulations on business since 2001.
(190001)
608
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her latest estimate is of the cost of the investigation by the Office of Fair Trading into British horseracing.
(189816)
609
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she will take to discourage discriminatory health check requirements by mortgage providers on same-sex couples.
(190208)
610
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what regulatory impact assessments (a) have been and (b) will be made for those EU directives which will come into force in the next 12 months.
(190156)
611
N
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on (a) the future of the Land Rover plant at Lode Lane, Solihull and (b) the future of the Jaguar plant at Browns Lane, Coventry.
(189703)
612
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the implications of (a) converting coal mine methane to energy and (b) venting coal mine methane; and if she will make a statement on support for coal mine methane-related technology.
(190236)
613
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact of the recent increase in the wholesale price of gas on large industrial users; and if she will make a statement.
(189657)
614
Mr Brian Wilson (Cunninghame North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many miners dismissed during the 1984-85 miners' strike applied for restoration of pension rights under the scheme launched in 2002-03; how many applications were successful (a) in the first instance and (b) on appeal; and how many cases are still under consideration.
(190151)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
615
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what initiatives have been undertaken to reduce the number of uninsured drivers on UK roads; and what funding has been allocated for this purpose.
(190372)
616
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's policy is on new urban underground schemes as a practical solution to future transport management.
(189921)
617
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's estimate is of the line capacity of the heavy rail links into Leeds City Station.
(189922)
618
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many current UK driving licences were in circulation in (a) 1975, (b) 1985, (c) 1995 and (d) 2003.
(189927)
619
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of road traffic accident deaths were non-car owners or drivers in (a) 1975, (b) 1980, (c) 1990, (d) 2000 and (e) 2003.
(189937)
620
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated number of cars licensed in Britain was in (a) 1975, (b) 1985, (c) 1995 and (d) 2004.
(189938)
621
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to introduce (a) congestion charges and (b) road pricing on roads in West Leeds; and if he will make a statement.
(189952)
622
N
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the quality bus contracts which have been agreed to date, giving the value, length and date signed in each case.
(190069)
623
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people have been killed in motorcycle accidents in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.
(190250)
624
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people have been (a) injured and (b) killed in road traffic accidents within the Greater London area in each of the last three years.
(190257)
625
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons it is not possible to use a credit card to pay the toll for the Severn Crossings; and what plans he has to introduce this facility.
(190460)
626
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the vehicle identity check scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(189993)
627
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to set up a review of the vehicle identity check scheme.
(189994)
628
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance he has given to First Great Western Link on the proposed reclassification of the Henley-Twyford branch line as a community railway.
(190217)
629
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the budget for the Access for All Fund is, broken down by rail region; and if he will list the criteria for prioritising its distribution.
(190219)
630
Mr Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a comparative assessment of (a) the effect on the safety of road users and (b) the level of pollutants emitted when a road vehicle performs (i) a u-turn and (ii) a three-point turn.
(189821)
631
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what improvements have been made to rolling stock on the Wharfedale Line since 1997; what contribution to those improvements came from public funds; what plans there are for further improvements; and whether Strategic Rail Authority resources previously earmarked for future increases in capacity are still available.
(189727)
632
N
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) budget and (b) staffing figures for the Highways Agency has been in each year since 1997; and how many new Highways Agency roads were constructed in each of those years.
(190174)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
633
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many meetings of the Welsh Grand Committee there have been in each year since 1997; where the meetings were held; and what the subject matter of debate for each Committee meeting was.
(189916)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
634
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many redundancies he expects from the closure of JobCentre Plus, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea; and if he will make a statement.
(190033)
635
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations his Department has received on the closure of JobCentre Plus, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea; and if he will make a statement.
(190034)
636
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans there are to deploy those affected by the closure of JobCentre Plus, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea to other areas within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(190035)
637
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what factors underlay the decision to close JobCentre Plus, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea; and if he will make a statement.
(190036)
638
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's latest estimate is of (a) the number of pensioners, (b) the number entitled to pension credit and (b) the number taking up pension credit in Leeds West.
(189948)
639
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what factors contribute to delays to the reinstatement of attendance allowance, where that allowance has been suspended following a stay in hospital.
(190028)
640
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women have been awarded industrial injuries benefits as a result of contracting asbestos-related diseases in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(190258)
641
Tony Cunningham (Workington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will disregard borough councillor allowances as income for the purposes of benefit calculation.
(190100)
642
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the state earnings related pension scheme element of the state pension is annually uprated at the same rate as the basic element of the state pension; and if he will make a statement.
(190309)
643
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to change the provision of mortgage assistance under pension credit.
(189726)
644
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Exceptions Service is expected to be set up for those who cannot be part of the Government's new pensions payments arrangements.
(189898)
645
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints he has received from pensioners who have asked to use the Exceptions Service and have been referred to other options with regard to pensioners payments.
(189899)
646
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the figures, by constituency up to the last date for which figures are known, for (a) those who have been contacted about the new pensions payment arrangements, (b) those who have agreed to new arrangements of payment method, (c) those who have asked about the Exceptions Service and (d) those who have yet to reply.
(189900)
647
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to change the way in which the winter fuel payments scheme is publicised to men aged between 60 and 64 years; and if he will make a statement.
(189992)
648
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed industrial injuries disablement benefit for occupational asthma in (a) the UK and (b) England in each of the last five years.
(189868)
649
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Northampton are in receipt of the state second pension.
(189956)
650
Anne Picking (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average minimum income guarantee payment is to pensioners in East Lothian constituency.
(190146)
651
Anne Picking (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of pension credit in East Lothian constituency.
(190147)
652
Anne Picking (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners were in receipt of minimum income guarantee in East Lothian constituency at the last date on which it was paid.
(190148)
653
Anne Picking (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time is before gaining employment for which claimants were in receipt of jobseeker's allowance in (a) East Lothian constituency and (b) the rest of the UK in the latest period for which figures are available.
(190150)
654
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what deadlines have been set regarding the conversion to direct payment; and if he will make a statement on the progress made so far.
(190154)
655
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Support Agency enforcement cases against self employed non-resident parents there have been in the last three years; and what percentage have been successful in recovering payment.
(190270)
656
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total amount is of maintenance arrears outstanding in respect of self-employed non-resident parents who are subject to or awaiting CSA enforcement action.
(190271)
657
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how long the longest CSA enforcement case in respect of a self-employed non-resident parent has been outstanding.
(190272)
658
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Support Agency enforcement cases in respect of self-employed non-resident parents are outstanding.
(190453)
659
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many requests for traces the Child Support Agency have made to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in the last three years under the Service Level Agreement.
(190454)
660
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency traces carried out for the Child Support Agency were successful; and how many led to further enforcement action.
(190455)
661
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidelines his Department has issued to call-centre operatives to ensure objective information is provided to pensioners on whether to opt for a bank account or a post office account; and if he will make a statement.
(190456)
662
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost is of making a weekly pension payment through (a) a Giro cheque payment and (b) a pension payment book.
(190457)
663
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pension and benefit recipients failed to respond to direct payment form requests and are being paid through weekly Giro payments.
(190458)
664
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the Department of transferring all pension and benefit accounts to direct payments.
(190459)
665
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will introduce measures so that British citizens living in dependent territories and formerly domiciled in the UK can have their state retirement pension increased in line with pensions in the UK.
(190030)
666
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list those countries where UK citizens living in retirement can obtain the UK state pension; and in which countries the pension is frozen at the figure when the citizen left the UK to live abroad.
(190041)
667
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether UK state pensions paid to British citizens living in dependent territories, formerly domiciled in the UK, are increased in line with pensions in the UK.
(190043)
668
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what review of the application process for receipt of the pension credit has been undertaken since the scheme was introduced.
(190370)
669
N
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made on the consultation on Clauses 35, 36, 39 and 40 of the Pensions Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(189763)
670
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what Welsh language services are provided by Job Centre Plus Direct.
(189959)
671
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to safeguard JobCentre Plus services delivered through the medium of Welsh during the closure and centralisation programme in Wales.
(190011)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
672
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list the (a) public and (b) private reports the Strategy Unit produced in each of the last two years.
[Transferred] (190242)
673
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the Strategy Unit's budget was spent on (a) public and (b) private reports in each of the last two years.
[Transferred] (190243)
674
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 28th September, ref 187545, who financed the Strategy Unit report on drug supply.
[Transferred] (190294)
675
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will make it her policy to amend the pre-2002 Civil Service Pension Scheme to allow widows and widowers of civil servants who remarry or cohabit to retain their pension rights; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (190183)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
676
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the number of trips abroad by UK residents made in (a) 1975, (b) 1980, (c) 1990, (d) 2000 and (e) 2003.
[Transferred] (189926)
677
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to improve regulation of the insurance industry; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (189950)
678
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time workers are in employment in the Greater London area.
[Transferred] (190260)
679
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are employed working on the project to introduce lorry road user charging; and what their budget is.
[Transferred] (190173)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
680
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the preparedness of Government departments to fulfill the demands made on them for access to information after the Freedom of Information legislation comes fully into effect in respect of (a) speed and (b) comprehensiveness of reply.
[Transferred] (189985)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
681
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which departmental ministers have responsibility for discussions with West Sussex County Council about the costs of looking after Chagos islanders arriving at Gatwick.
[Transferred] (190153)
682
N
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to review, in conjunction with other departments, the operation of the disabled facilities grant.
[Question Unstarred][Transferred] (190391)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
683
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to encourage the food industry to use the Vegan Society's sunflower logo on food products complying with vegan standards; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (190137)
684
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, why New Zealand goats milk is being prevented from reaching EU markets; under what procedures this restriction is being enacted; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (190209)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
685
N
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were fined following criminal convictions in each of the last 15 years.
[Transferred] (190047)
686
N
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of fines imposed after a criminal conviction were fully paid in each of the last two financial years.
[Transferred] (190048)
687
N
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total amount was of fines imposed after criminal conviction outstanding in each of the last five financial years in England and Wales.
[Transferred] (190049)
688
N
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in England and Wales who were fined following a criminal conviction have fines arrears (a) in excess of £1,000, (b) in excess of £2,000, (c) in excess of £3,000, (d) in excess of £4,000, (e) in excess of £5,000 and (f) in excess of £10,000.
[Transferred] (190050)
689
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the possible effects of (a) forward facing and (b) rear facing speed camera flash on a driver driving at night.
[Transferred] (190098)
690
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has been made of the health and safety implications of speed cameras.
[Transferred] (190099)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
691
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many European Union states have a ban on the use of animal testing for cosmetics; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (190251)
692
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many small businesses Early Growth invested in between its inception and March 2003; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (189806)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
693
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many deaths in road traffic accidents there were in (a) 1975, (b) 1980, (c) 1990, (d) 2000 and (e) 2003.
[Transferred] (189939)
694
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the military implications for Galileo arising from the EU White Paper, New Frontier for an Expanding Union published in June.
[Transferred] (190054)
695
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the military implications for Galileo arising from the meeting of the Council of the European Union's politico-military group on 8th September.
[Transferred] (190075)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
696
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of women's pension provision; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (189690)

 
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