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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 12 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 12 October 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 12 October 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 12 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 Tuesday 12 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 12 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many citizens in this financial year to date have been sent a letter by the National Insurance Contributions Office announcing a shortfall in contributions to state pensions; how many of those letters have been shown to be wrong; and how much of this is due to lost records.
(189699)
2
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many adjustments have been made to payments in respect of tax credit claim 2004/08 001519 as a result of errors in his Department; and if he will list the stages in determining payment under this claim, showing the calculations at each stage.
(190282)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
3
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what records are (a) open to public inspection and (b) withheld concerning meetings between Anthony Blunt and the late King George V; and if he will make a statement.
(190430)
4
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what records are retained that are (a) open to and (b) withheld from public inspection as to (i) the facilities that were extended by the Government to Anthony Blunt in order that he could fulfill his mission to Germany in 1945 at the request of HM King George VI and (ii) the purpose of that visit as understood by Her Majesty's Government at that time; and if he will make a statement.
(190431)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
5
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the proposed plans for alterations to the Flodden Battlefield site.
(190527)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
6
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is implementing the full terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
(189788)
7
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the airworthiness review of the Chinook HC1 helicopter was conducted; and if he will place a copy in the Library.
(189789)
8
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which rights and benefits enjoyed by UK and Commonwealth Forces under the treaty relating to the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus do not extend to non-Commonwealth Forces operating on the bases; and if he will make a statement.
(190429)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
9
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many planning appeals relating to the Leeds Metropolitan District area have been (a) submitted, (b) upheld and (c) rejected in the last five years for which figures are available.
(190503)
10
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many planning appeals have been (a) submitted, (b) upheld and (c) rejected in the last five years for which figures are available.
(190504)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
11
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to bring forward legislation to improve the welfare of broiler chickens, with particular regard to (a) lower stocking densities, (b) longer periods of darkness to allow for rest and (c) environmental enrichment to allow for natural behaviour; and if she will make a statement.
(190485)
12
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the level of incineration in the UK was in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002 and (d) 2003.
(190531)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
13
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Asia and Europe meeting in Hanoi.
(190496)
14
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on bilateral relations with Vietnam.
(190497)
15
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the treatment of ethnic minorities in Vietnam.
(190513)
16
N
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 14th September, Official Report, columns 1551-2W, what evidence the Government would need in order to determine that the atrocities carried out in Darfur constituted genocide; and if he will set out the direct consequences of defining a situation as genocide.
(189796)
17
Sir Patrick Cormack (South Staffordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met the President of Zimbabwe; what matters were discussed; and if he will make a statement.
(190532)
18
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the United Kingdom will oppose (a) the allocation of EU funds to and (b) the use of EU funds in Cyprus where such funds may be allocated to projects that involve, or pertain to, property of displaced persons who have not received compensation; and if he will make a statement.
(190433)
19
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the compatibility of the Annan V Plan provisions on property with obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949; and if he will make a statement.
(190434)
20
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the compatibility of the Annan V Plan with the Law of the Sea Convention as it relates to the Republic of Cyprus's sovereign rights over Cyprus's territorial waters; and if he will make a statement.
(190435)
21
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received the European Commission's proposals for spending structural funds in Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(190436)
22
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons United Kingdom representatives urged the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to delay pressing Turkey into ending property violations in Cyprus found by the European Court of Human Rights in the case Cyprus v. Turkey in May 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(190437)
23
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will oppose initiatives in the UN for international recognition of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(190438)
24
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will make it its policy to require a timetable for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Cyprus to be agreed as a precondition for the opening of negotiations on Turkey's accession to the EU; and if he will make a statement.
(190439)
25
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the suggestion in paragraph 93 of the report of the UN Secretary General on his Mission of Good Offices in Cyprus concerning Security Council members giving a lead to states to co-operate to eliminate unnecessary restrictions and barriers that have the effect of isolating Turkish Cypriots; and if he will make a statement.
(190440)
26
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action (a) the Government and (b) the EU may take against non-EU countries who refuse access to their ports by the commercial fleet of an EU member state; and if he will make a statement.
(190441)
27
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the Government has taken to further the call by the UN Security Council to lift restrictions imposed by Turkey on the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(190442)
28
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps need to be taken to permit Cyprus to become a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; what steps the Government has taken to further Cyprus's application; and if he will make a statement.
(190443)
29
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government concluded that the aide-memoire of the Republic of Cyprus handed to the UN on 20th April during the deliberations on the British-USA draft resolution constituted sufficient proposals for security within Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(190444)
30
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government deemed the paper published by the Republic of Cyprus on 15th March to contain acceptable proposals for security in Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(190445)
31
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consideration was given to whether to ask the European Commission to consider the final Annan Plan for Cyprus in relation to its compatibility with the acquis communautaire; and if he will make a statement.
(190446)
32
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the occasions on which the Government has cautioned UK citizens about the possible liabilities and consequences of purchasing land and property in the northern occupied part of Cyprus, with particular reference to the success of negotiations towards a united Republic of Cyprus; what method was used in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(190447)
33
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether a representative of the UK Government discussed with (a) Kofi Annan and (b) Alvaro de Soto the documents of (i) 15th March and (ii) 20th April submitted by the Republic of Cyprus on security; and if he will make a statement.
(190464)
34
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government supported the provision in the Annan Plan to extend EU citizenship to Turkish citizens resident in Northern Cyprus; by what method it was proposed to identify those who would have so qualified; and if he will make a statement.
(190465)
35
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Turkish citizens who settled in occupied Northern Cyprus would be eligible for EU citizenship under the final Annan Plan for Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(190466)
36
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy was on the element of the Annan Plan for Cyprus that would have provided for a Turkish immigration quota allowing for further settlement from Turkey in a reunited Cyprus; what assessment he made of the (a) numbers and (b) timescale proposed; whether EU ciitizenship was to be extended to such settlers; and if he will make a statement.
(190467)
37
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his estimate is of the number of Turkish settlers who are not de jure citizens of the Republic of Cyprus but who were included in the electoral roll used by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus when it conducted its referendum on the Annan Plan for Cyprus in April; what proportion in percentage terms this group constitutes as a share of total register; and if he will make a statement.
(190468)
38
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the decision not to incorporate the recommendations of the Technical Committee on Economic and Financial Aspects of Implementation into the fifth and final Annan Plan for a settlement in Cyprus; what representations the United Kingdom made in relation to the matter; and if he will make a statement.
(190469)
39
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions were held at Bürgenstock on possible derogations from (a) EU and (b) other legislation relating to (i) human rights and (ii) property rights within Cyprus; what policy was adopted by United Kingdom representatives in relation to these topics; and if he will make a statement.
(190470)
40
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the documents distributed by British representatives at Bürgenstock meetings on Cyprus entitled (a) the UN Secretary General's Plan for a Cyprus settlement and (b) Cyprus: Bürgenstock: The Final Day (31st March), summary; for what purposes these memoranda were distributed; and to whom.
(190471)
41
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the European Council has been advised that the sovereign Republic of Cyprus shall be competent to define points of entry and exit of EU goods and people in the island of Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(190472)
42
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is towards the proposal set out by President Papadopoulos of Cyprus to the European Commission on 23rd August that Varosha should be returned to the jurisdiction of the Republic of Cyprus and that the management of the port of Famagusta should be vested in a body representative of both communities and chaired by a nominee of the European Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(190473)
43
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will urge the European Commission to examine the legality of entry by merchant shipping of an EU state into part of an EU member state's territory where it is not possible to enforce the acquis communautaire; and if he will make a statement.
(190480)
44
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if Dr Ali-al Shamarani is still a diplomat accredited to the Saudi Arabian embassy in London; and if he will make a statement.
(190494)
45
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations were made to the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia about the soliciting of official information by a Saudi intelligence officer, from Mr Ghazi Kassim; and if he will make a statement.
(190495)
46
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will provide a breakdown of the staff at the British Embassy in Baghdad by (a) rank, (b) gender and (c) nationality.
(189914)
47
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the implications for the justice system in the UK of the clause on page 32 of the proposed European Constitutional Treaty, Cm 6289, which requires that the severity of sentences should not be disproportionate to the offence; and to which penalties this principle will apply.
(190520)
48
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the implications for the UK of the obligation on page 15 of the proposed European Constitutional Treaty, Cm 6289, to co-ordinate economic, employment and social policies.
(190521)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
49
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Healthy Living Blueprint will promote healthier lifestyles for children.
(189666)
50
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people suffering from colorectal cancer are receiving treatment.
(189667)
51
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent to date on setting up the Commission for Patient & Public Involvement in Health.
(189668)
52
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what strategies his Department uses to involve members of the public in decision making in local health services.
(189669)
53
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's advice not to use risperidone and olanzapine to treat behavioural problems in older patients with dementia; and when new guidelines will be published in managing dementia.
(190489)
54
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the independence of the Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
(190498)
55
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to make the Yellow Card scheme a compulsory component of clinical training of medical students.
(190500)
56
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase awareness of the Yellow Card scheme amongst (a) health professionals and (b) patients.
(190501)
57
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he has taken in response to the findings of the Report of an Independent Review of Access to the Yellow Card scheme.
(190502)
58
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total value of outstanding invoices over 90 days old owed by NHS Professionals to private recruitment agencies has been in each quarter since its inception.
(190486)
59
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many placements for (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) corporate staff have been filled by NHS Professionals with (i) NHS Professionals staff and (ii) staff sourced from private recruitment agenices; and what the total value of placements was in each case.
(190487)
60
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget for NHS Professionals has been in each year since its inception.
(190488)
61
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each primary care trust (PCT) in London in each year since 1997; and what the average was for PCTs in England and Wales.
(190476)
62
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were sectioned under sections (a) 2, (b) 3, (c) 4, (d) 135 and (e) 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each primary care trust in London in each year since 1997; and what the average was for primary care trusts in England and Wales in each case.
(190477)
63
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of diagnosed sexually transmitted diseases there were in each primary care trust in London in each year since 1997.
(190478)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
64
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received concerning the standard of immigration checks at Manchester Airport.
(190499)
65
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what legislative changes would be required, with regard to forfeiture of the instrumentalities of crime, to enable the UK to comply with Article 55 of the UN Convention Against Corruption.
(190482)
66
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what timescale he has for introducing the (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation that is required in order for the UK to be able to ratify the UN Convention Against Corruption.
(190483)
67
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many training sessions in physical restraint techniques for staff have been carried out in each secure training centre in each of the last five years.
(190479)
68
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether citizens of Cyprus whose only passport or documentation is that issued by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus are afforded full status within the UK as European Union citizens in relation to the free mobility of labour provisions of the acquis communautaire; and if he will make a statement.
(190474)
69
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the Home Office distinguishes between persons who are de jure citizens of Cyprus and non-EU Turkish citizens who reside in the occupied Northern Cyprus, for the purpose of permitting entry to the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(190475)
70
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the implications for (a) security and (b) police management following the conviction of Mr Ghazi Kassim.
(190519)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
71
N
Sir John Butterfill (Bournemouth West):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment he has made of the health and safety implications for (a) Members, (b) Members' staff, (c) staff of the House and (d) the general public of allowing access to areas in which work was continuing as part of the summer works programme, with particular reference to risks arising from storage of timber and flammable liquids in the Committee Corridor.
(189983)
72
N
Sir John Butterfill (Bournemouth West):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his Answer of 9th September, Official Report, column 1330W, on September sittings, if he will estimate the cost of the summer works programme had the September sitting of the House not taken place; and what the actual cost will be.
(189984)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
73
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd March, Official Report, column 916W, on CDC, what proportion of CDC-funded travel involved an overnight stay in each year since 1999.
(190514)
74
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list CDC/Actis Capital funded agribusiness (a) new investments and (b) disposals since June 2003 broken down by (i) country, (ii) investment fund and (iii) investment size.
(190515)
75
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list non-CDC third-party capital under Actis Capital's management broken down by (a) investor, (b) country, (c) investment fund and (d) amount.
(190516)
76
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list investors in CDC's Aureos fund broken down by (a) amount and (b) proportion.
(190517)
77
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether there are plans to develop CDC/Actis Capital funds strictly devoted to the agribusiness sector.
(190518)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
78
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost was of (a) awards against Northern Ireland departments decided by tribunals and (b) settlements outside tribunals in respect of claims of employment discrimination in the past five years.
(190505)
79
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what central mechanisms apply within Northern Ireland departments in relation to evaluating the cost to public funds of defending or settling claims of employment discrimination.
(190506)
80
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases alleging employment discrimination were brought by individuals against each of the Northern Ireland departments in the past three years; how many of these were challenged at tribunals; and how many of these were settled out of court.
(190507)
81
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much Central Government funding was allocated to each local authority district in Northern Ireland for (a) urban regeneration and (b) economic development in each of the past five years.
(190508)
82
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd September, Official Report, column 1481W, on farm payments, whether 96.14 per cent. of the total subsidy scheme expenditure had been paid before 30th September.
(190533)
83
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what value of subsidy payments to farmers in the South Down area are outstanding.
(190534)
84
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Housing Executive grant assessments are outstanding in the South Down Area.
(190535)
85
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the use of alternative agencies to verify cases of intimidation for purposes of housing re-location.
(190536)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
86
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the evidential basis was for the forecast increase in staff numbers at the Insolvency Service (a) to 1,600 in 2003-04 and (b) to 1,625 in 2004-05.
(189785)
87
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the change of the Export Credits Guarantee Department to a statutory trading fund.
(189786)
88
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate her Department has made of the likely volume of new business from the establishment of the Export Credits Guarantee Department (a) Pilot Trading Fund in April 2005 and (b) Statutory Trading Fund in April 2007.
(189787)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
89
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received concerning the proposed changes to the South West Trains timetables from 12th December.
(190481)
90
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what amendments the Strategic Rail Authority has granted to the South West Trains Public Service Requirement to allow them to operate a new timetable from 12th December.
(190490)
91
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many departures from the terms of the South West Trains (SWT) Public Service Requirement will take place when the proposed new SWT timetable commences on 12th December.
(190491)
92
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultation South West Trains has undertaken with (a) the Strategic Rail Authority and (b) his Department concerning the proposed departures from the Public Service Requirement.
(190492)
93
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on allowing train operating companies to (a) depart from obligations contained within the Passenger Service Requirement (PSR), (b) depart from the PSR obligation without prior approval from the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) and (c) depart from the PSR obligations prior to the SRA being able to underake a full stakeholder and public consultation process; and if he will make a statement.
(190493)
94
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he (a) has recently had and (b) intends to have with the Strategic Rail Authority about future compliance by South West Trains with its public service requirement.
(190509)
95
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers the Strategic Rail Authority has to issue a derogation to extend maximum journey times specified within a public service requirement without consultation with (a) stakeholders and (b) the general public.
(190510)
96
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Strategic Rail Authority has to (a) consult (i) stakeholders and (ii) the general public about amendments or derogations to the South West Trains' public service requirement and (b) publish proposed changes to South West Trains' public service requirement.
(190511)
97
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which bodies the Strategic Rail Authority recently consulted about the changes required to public service requirements (PSR) in order to allow the proposed new South West Trains timetable to conform to the terms of the PSR.
(190512)
98
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of converting the toll system on the Humber Bridge so that tolls can be mainly collected automatically without the need for employing attendants.
(189783)
99
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost was of employing persons to collect toll money on the Humber Bridge in each of the past four years for which figures are available.
(189784)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
100
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what decisions he has reached on extending the period for which pension credit customers are allowed to go abroad without it affecting their entitlement.
(189698)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
101
N
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment is of North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.
[Question Unstarred] (190326)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
102
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the (a) average and (b) maximum time taken to process (i) a Criminal Records Bureau check, (ii) a full protection of vulnerable adults check (POVA) and (iii) a POVA first check.
[Transferred] (190528)
103
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on delays by the Criminal Records Bureau in processing protection of vulnerable adults first checks.
[Transferred] (190529)
104
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what targets the Criminal Records Bureau has been set for processing protection of vulnerable adults first checks; and in what percentage of cases this target has been met.
[Transferred] (190530)
105
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to press for a European Convention which improves international standards to protect the human rights of victims of trafficking; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (190484)
106
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage apportionments of costs were between the United Kingdom and (a) Australia, (b) Canada and (c) New Zealand for providing security on the occasion of the most recent visit, in each case, by (i) Her Majesty the Queen and (ii) other members of the Royal Family; whether different arrangements and costings apply when the visit is (A) official and (B) private; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (190428)
107
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what protocols and agreements exist with (a) Canada, (b) Australia, (c) New Zealand and (d) other Commonwealth countries where Her Majesty is Head of State as to the responsibility of their police forces to provide security for Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family (i) on official visits and (ii) private visits; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (190432)

 
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