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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 14 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 Thursday 14 October 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 14 October 2004


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

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


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) City of York in 1997 and the latest year for which figures are available.
(191820)
2
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidelines are in place regarding the attendance of (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers at political party conferences in the course of their employment; whether payment is made from public funds to political parties for the attendance of special advisers at party conferences; how many special advisers attended the 2004 Labour Party conference; and what the cost was to public funds of their attendance.
(191504)
3
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will make a statement on (a) the implementation of the Government's proposal to raise the pension age in the Civil Service and (b) proposals for the future of sick pay in the Civil Service.
(191356)
4
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list the contracts awarded by her Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case (a) the name of the consulting company, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if she will make a statement.
(191726)
5
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in her Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191377)
6
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191400)
7
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what her estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191412)
8
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in her Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191441)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
9
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in (a) York, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber were in receipt of each of the tax credits or predecessor benefits (i) at the latest date for which figures are available and (ii) in each year since 1995; and how much on average each of the tax credits was worth to its recipients in each year.
(191225)
10
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much on average tax credits add to the income of a family with two children on a wage of (a) £10,000 and (b) £15,000 a year.
(191226)
11
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) City of York pay income tax at the basic or higher rate.
(191227)
12
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Gross Domestic Product for (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) City of York was in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191228)
13
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average (a) rate of inflation, (b) Bank of England base interest rate and (c) mortgage interest rate was (i) between 1979 and 1997 and (ii) since 1997.
(191229)
14
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of household income was paid in national taxes by a household on average income where the household was a (a) single person of working age, (b) single pensioner, (c) childless couple of working age, (d) pensioner couple, (e) single parent with (i) one and (ii) two or more children and (f) couple with (A) one and (B) two or more children in (1) 1997 and (2) 2003-04.
(191239)
15
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) the City of York in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191853)
16
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the annual revenue from inheritance tax if the rates for levying the tax were as follows, showing the revenue separately for each band, (a) 20 per cent. on estates valued at £100,000 and above, (b) 40 per cent. on estates valued at £200,000 and above, (c) 60 per cent. on estates valued at £750,000 and above, (d) 20 per cent. on estates valued at £150,000 and above, (e) 30 per cent. on estates valued at £200,000 and above, (f) 40 per cent. on estates valued at £250,000 and above, (g) 50 per cent. on estates valued at £750,000 and above, (h) 60 per cent. on estates valued at £1,250,000 and above, (i) 20 per cent. on estates valued at £75,000 and above, (j) 30 per cent. on estates valued at £150,000 and above, (k) 40 per cent. on estates valued at £300,000 and above and (l) 50 per cent. on estates valued at £600,000 and above.
(191510)
17
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which funding streams have been allocated by his Department using a funding formula which includes rankings or scores on the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000; and if he will list the amount of funding allocated in such a way (a) nationally by the Department and (b) to all Government sponsored bodies reporting to the Department.
(191534)
18
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the annual revenue from capital gains tax if the exemption of owner occupied housing were removed.
(191570)
19
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much income the airport duty tax has raised in each year since it was introduced; and what its anticipated income will be in financial years (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07.
(191141)
20
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the Exchequer would be of raising the minimum level at which income tax is payable by pensioners aged over 75 years to £20,000.
(191361)
21
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent changes have been authorised in relation to the publication of statistics concerning marriage in the Office of National Statistics neighourhood statistics; and if he will make a statement.
(191714)
22
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost in 2004-05 would have been of giving couples the option of transferring to a partner any unused part of the basic personal allowance of £4,745 if relief were restricted to a maximum of 22 per cent. and the option was restricted to (a) married couples with a child aged four years or under, (b) married couples with a child aged 14 years or under, (c) married or cohabiting couples, living together as husband and wife, with a child aged four years or under and (d) married or cohabiting couples, living together as husband and wife, with a child aged 14 years and under.
(191716)
23
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Yeovil constituency were (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid tax credits in (i) 2002-03, (ii) 2003-04 and (iii) 2004-05 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(191316)
24
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the number of overpayments of (a) Working Tax Credit and (b) Child Tax Credit in (i) 2001-02, (ii) 2002-03, (iii) 2003-04 and (iv) 2004-05 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(191774)
25
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the number of compensation payments due to errors and delays in the Inland Revenue Tax Credit departments, for each quarter from April 2001 to August 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(191775)
26
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the tax credit (a) underpayments and (b) overpayments for each year from 2001-02 to 2004-05; and what proportion of underpayments for (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2003-04 have now been paid in full to those entitled.
(191778)
27
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to allow tax credit claimants to make in-year adjustments to their expected annual employment income, for changes in income of less than £500 per year; and if he will make a statement.
(191779)
28
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit renewal forms were received back for the 2004-05 year by 30th September; and if he will make a statement.
(191780)
29
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit awards had been stopped as at 30th September due to claimants' failure to supply income data by the 30th September deadline; and if he will make a statement.
(191781)
30
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are receiving tax credits in Yeovil constituency; and if he will make a statement.
(191782)
31
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the numbers of families who were entitled to the child tax credit but did not receive it in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(191783)
32
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the number of overpayments of tax credits exceeding (a) £250 per year, (b) £500 per year, (c) £1,000 per year, (d) £2,000 per year and (e) £5,000 per year for (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(191785)
33
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his assessment is of the reasons for the overpayment of tax credits in 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(191786)
34
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the tax credit system provides for no minimum protected level of tax credit payment, where overpayments from previous years have to be recovered; and if he will make a statement.
(191787)
35
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the number of tax credit awards made since 2002 which have contained errors due to the misreading of the completed claims forms by Inland Revenue computers; and if he will make a statement.
(191788)
36
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the number of Inland Revenue errors leading to inaccurate tax credit awards for 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(191789)
37
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the error rate for tax credit awards for (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(191790)
38
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to waive the first £1,000 of overpayments of tax credits for 2003-04 and 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(191791)
39
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the total costs of (a) overpayments and (b) underpayments of tax credits for each year from 2001-02 to 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(191792)
40
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households received (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit in (i) 2002, (ii) 2003 and (iii) 2004.
(191804)
41
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit claim forms TC846 have been (a) printed and (b) distributed in (i) 2003-04 and (ii) 2004-05 to date; whether shortages of these forms have arisen; and if he will make a statement.
(191805)
42
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the revenue implications for the Government of (a) the EU and (b) UK emissions trade schemes.
(191542)
43
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the contracts awarded by his Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case (a) the name of the consulting company, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if he will make a statement.
(191729)
44
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families living in the Maidenhead constituency are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of (i) working tax credit, (ii) the childcare element of working tax credit and (iii) child tax credit.
(191338)
45
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with other EU Finance Ministers on the proposed Competitiveness Test for EU regulation.
(191605)
46
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with other EU Finance Ministers on the retrospective usage of the proposed EU Competitiveness Test.
(191606)
47
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with other EU Finance Ministers on whether (a) benefits must outweigh costs or (b) benefits must justify costs under the proposed Competitiveness Test.
(191607)
48
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191388)
49
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191408)
50
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191425)
51
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191444)
52
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total number of staff is with responsibility for tax policy, development and maintenance in Her Majesty's Treasury.
(191490)
53
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total administration cost was for the development and maintenance of tax policy in Her Majesty's Treasury in 2003-04.
(191491)
54
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total employment costs were for personnel involved in the development and maintenance of tax policy in Her Majesty's Treasury in 2003-04.
(191492)
55
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the population is of each London Borough.
(191695)
56
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of working tax credit overpayments.
(191295)
57
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he is taking to deal with the backlog in working tax credit overpayment referrals; and if he will make a statement.
(191297)
58
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to improve the working tax credit administrative system to reduce the number of overpayments.
(191298)
59
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the proposed functions of the Lorry Road-User Charge Management Authority are.
(190646)
60
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the proposed total costs are for setting up the Lorry Road-User Charge Management Authority in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08.
(190651)
61
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent in the last 10 years on refurbishment of the property in Windsor Great Park recently leased by HRH the Duke of York; and from what sources.
(191343)
62
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his reply of 11th October to Question 188554, what the cost of the lease is; and whether it is paid (a) in advance and (b) on an instalment basis.
(191344)
63
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the current estimate is of the cost of the refurbishment required in the first two years of the lease granted to HRH the Duke of York relating to property in Windsor Great Park.
(191345)
64
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who bears the cost of maintenance of property and land in Windsor Great Park covered by the recently agreed lease granted to HRH the Duke of York.
(191346)
65
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the property and land recently granted by lease to HRH the Duke of York in Windsor Great Park qualifies for (a) UK and (b) EU (i) agricultural and (ii) environmental grants.
(191347)
66
Sir George Young (North West Hampshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what difference he expects in his projection of revenue received by the Treasury in this financial year as a consequence of the rise in oil prices.
(191372)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
67
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what kinds of case will be tried in the proposed weekend courts.
(191030)
68
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what proposals the Secretary of State has for weekend courts in (a) district judge jurisdiction and (b) the Crown Court.
(191031)
69
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what childcare provision is made available for primary carers who are district judges.
(191032)
70
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment has been made of the effects of the practice of advertising vacancies for district judges (crime) on the number of women applicants with families.
(191033)
71
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what provision will be made to take account of lawyers' family responsibilities in the proposed arrangements for weekend courts.
(191218)
72
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) the City of York in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191838)
73
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what action his Department is taking to strengthen its capacity to (a) monitor, (b) handle and (c) advise other Government departments and agencies on developments in international private law.
(191143)
74
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which funding streams have been allocated by the Department using a funding formula which includes rankings or scores on the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000; and if he will list the amount of funding allocated in such a way (a) nationally by the Department or (b) to all Government sponsored bodies reporting to the Department.
(191532)
75
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what percentage of fines were unpaid (a) fully and (b) partially in each of the last 15 years following a criminal conviction in England and Wales.
(191799)
76
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many fines imposed following a criminal conviction were (a) fully and (b) partially written off in each of the last 15 years.
(191800)
77
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many fines were collected as a result of enforcement procedures in each of the last five years.
(191801)
78
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many fine enforcement staff were employed by (a) courts in England and Wales and (b) the private sector at the latest date available.
(191802)
79
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cost was of collecting each £1 of unpaid fines following the use of enforcement procedures at the latest date available.
(191803)
80
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will list the contracts awarded by his Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case (a) the name of the consulting company, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if he will make a statement.
(191727)
81
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191384)
82
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191394)
83
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191419)
84
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191435)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
85
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) the City of York in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191840)
86
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which funding streams have been allocated by her Department using a funding formula which includes rankings or scores on the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000; and if she will list the amount of funding allocated in such a way (a) nationally by the Department or (b) to all Government sponsored bodies reporting to the Department.
(191531)
87
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to respond to the report Getting Serious about Play: A Review of Children's Play published by the committee chaired by the Right honourable Member for Holborn and St Pancras.
(191333)
88
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has made for distribution of the £200 million of National Lottery funding earmarked for new and improved children's play facilities.
(191355)
89
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the contracts awarded by her Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case (a) the name of the consulting company, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if she will make a statement.
(191741)
90
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money from the New Opportunities Fund has been allocated to Carlisle in each year since 1997.
(191571)
91
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in her Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191381)
92
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191402)
93
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191416)
94
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in her Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191432)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
95
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the customers of the Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency; and what the funded and agreed customer taskings set for the financial year 2004-05 are.
(191669)
96
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) the City of York in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191848)
97
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what systems have been put in place to cope with a failure in the planned Windows 2000 operating system in the Type 45 Destroyers.
(191620)
98
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there has been an external review of the Windows 2000 Combat Management System Type 45 Destroyer Project.
(191621)
99
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the proposed cost was of implementing Unix as the operating system for the Combat Management System in the Type 45 Destroyers.
(191622)
100
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of implementing Windows 2000 as the operating system for the Combat Management System in the Type 45 Destroyers.
(191623)
101
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to ensure that the Windows 2000 Combat Management System in the new Type 45 Destroyers is reliable.
(191643)
102
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) civil servants and (b) military personnel requested an impact assessment of the effect of weapons of mass destruction on (i) the physical well-being of allied troops and (ii) the morale of British troops.
(191151)
103
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11th October, Official Report, column 65W, on Provigil, what the conclusions of the research were, with particular reference to using these pharmaceutical agents during times of hostilities; and if he will make a statement.
(191147)
104
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to allow the US to base interceptor batteries in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(191348)
105
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who (a) the printer of the camouflage fabric and (b) the company making up the garments are for the Cut & Sew Tender DC4 BESL/1002.
(190857)
106
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many garments have been delivered for the Op-telic Tender DC2 ESL/3122.
(190858)
107
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has been made of whether the fabric supplied for the Op-telic tender DC2 ESL/3122 meets the specification.
(190859)
108
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he made of the cost to his Department of (a) granting to Cookson and Clegg Category One of the contract for the Cut and Sew Tender DC4 BESL/1002 and granting the other four categories to E Walters and (b) placing the contract with Cooneen Watts and Stone.
(191588)
109
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has (a) seen and (b) tested camouflage fabric intended to be produced under the Cut and Sew DC4 BESL/1002 contract; and what assessment he has made of the ability of the Chinese company concerned to supply fabric to the correct specification.
(191589)
110
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his latest estimate is of the cost to the UK of the third tranche of Eurofighter aircraft; and if he will make a statement.
(191315)
111
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what efforts the UK is making to persuade the US forces in Iraq not to impede water supplies to civilians.
(191479)
112
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether British forces in Iraq have cut off water supplies to civilians.
(191480)
113
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government pays fees for (a) schooling and (b) board and lodging for children of servicemen and servicewomen serving outside the UK.
(191215)
114
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the contracts awarded by his Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case (a) the name of the consulting company, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if he will make a statement.
(191739)
115
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191378)
116
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191401)
117
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191411)
118
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191442)
119
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which media were informed, and when, about an impending announcement concerning the airfield review and RAF Kinloss prior to the letter sent to the honourable Member for Moray on 12th October.
(191358)
120
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, why the honourable Member for Moray was not informed of the impending announcement concerning the airfield review and RAF Kinloss prior to the release of a press statement.
(191359)
121
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are for the national celebration of the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar in 2005.
(191646)
122
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Combined Armed Forces Federation UK's pension claims for service personnel who were demobbed before 1975.
(191650)
123
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the role of the UK armed forces in helping survivors of Hurricane Ivan.
(191659)
124
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on Operation Fresco Zulu 2.
(191660)
125
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the number of adult volunteers to the Sea Cadet Corps.
(191661)
126
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Public Accounts Committee's report on the quality and supply of kit for British forces in Iraq.
(191662)
127
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the recruiting figures for the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy have been for each of the past 10 years.
(191663)
128
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in how many different combat zones British forces are deployed.
(191664)
129
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the pay scales of each armed service.
(191735)
130
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on planned procurement for the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy.
(191742)
131
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the proposed Astute Class attack submarines.
(191744)
132
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) his United States counterpart and (b) the Chief of British Defence Forces in Iraq in respect of the need (i) to protect Iraqi nuclear sites from looters and (b) to stop components from Iraqi nuclear sites being removed illegally from Iraq.
(191665)
133
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list his Department's (a) Grade I listed buildings, (b) Grade II* listed buildings, (c) Grade II listed buildings and (d) scheduled monuments; and under which top level budget they fall.
(191743)
134
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4th October, Official Report, column 1874W, on the FRES Programme, if he will outline the procurement procedure for the family of medium weight armoured vehicles.
(191858)
135
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual financial commitment is to the Future Rapid Effects System under the 2004 Spending Review.
(191859)
136
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4th October, Official Report, column 1876W, on Infantry Battalions, what the expected financial savings will be in pounds sterling from the reduction of four infantry battalions.
(191860)
137
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) manpower and (b) financial commitment has been assigned to Eurocorps.
(191861)
138
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expected maximum percentage of troops offered by the UK under the Helsinki Headline Goal will be infantry.
(191862)
139
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which components of the UK's commitment to the Helsinki Headline Goal comprise an (a) armed mechanical brigade and (b) amphibious brigade.
(191863)
140
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether other sections of the Army are expected to be deployed to undertake roles usually undertaken by the infantry.
(191867)
141
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Future Rapid Effects System is expected to be fully operational.
(191868)
142
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4th October, Official Report, column 1882W, on military operating structures, what differences exist between the operating structures of the (a) Queen's and Light Division and (b) Prince of Wales' and King's Division.
(191869)
143
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of the existing English regiments have never been amalgamated.
(191870)
144
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the present interval between tours of overseas duty is for the light infantry.
(191871)
145
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether UK military personnel will be participating in the SFOR mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina at the end of 2004 under an EU operation; and if he will make a statement on the composition of the UK contribution.
(191872)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
146
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much City of York Council received in government grant in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each year since it was established as a unitary council; and by how much in real terms its government grant changed in each of those years.
(191235)
147
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many social rented homes there were in York in each year since the unitary council was established.
(191236)
148
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much the Government and local authority invested in social housing in York in each year since it became a unitary council.
(191237)
149
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much has been spent on assisting rough sleepers in York in each year since 1997; and how many rough sleepers this has (a) helped and (b) moved on to permanent accommodation.
(191238)
150
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much public money has been invested in energy efficiency measures in (a) council, (b) housing association and (c) private homes in York in each year since 1997.
(191247)
151
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) the City of York in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191854)
152
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the sources of funding for the Yorkshire Regional Assembly.
(191286)
153
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many social housing (a) starts and (b) completions there were in (i) England and (ii) each local authority area in England in each year from 1984; and if he will make a statement.
(191279)
154
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people were (a) homeless and (b) on the waiting list for social housing in (i) England and (ii) each local authority in England in each year from 1994; and if he will make a statement.
(191280)
155
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the 10 local authorities in the South West of England which have the highest waiting lists for social housing; and if he will make a statement.
(191282)
156
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what action he is taking to improve the availability of affordable accommodation in South Somerset; and if he will make a statement.
(191283)
157
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the contracts awarded by his Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case (a) the name of the consulting company, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if he will make a statement.
(191728)
158
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the number of unfit private sector dwellings in (a) Pendle and (b) Burnley.
(191856)
159
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191380)
160
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191403)
161
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191415)
162
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191431)
163
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on reform of local government since 1997; and what the costs of that reform have been.
(191165)
164
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total cost of administering local government has been in each year since 1990.
(191248)
165
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of tax collected in 2002-03 was spent on regional assemblies.
(191249)
166
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the need for regional government in England.
(191250)
167
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the rates of council tax were for each band in each London borough in each year since 1990.
(191251)
168
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what procedures he has put in place to prevent corruption in local government.
(191252)
169
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much central government funding was given to each borough council in London in each of the last 10 years.
(191253)
170
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what initiatives he has promoted to local authorities to reduce wastage of financial resources.
(191254)
171
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when corporate capital strategies and asset management plans will be implemented; how far implementation will extend; and what the cost of implementation will be to public funds.
(191257)
172
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Capital Finance-Prudential Regime evaluation will be implemented; how far implementation will extend; and what the cost of implementation will be to public funds.
(191258)
173
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Freedoms in Relation to Council Tax Discounts and Exemptions Impact Evaluation of the Beacon Council Scheme will be implemented; how far implementation will extend; and what the cost of implementation will be to public funds.
(191259)
174
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Evaluation of Community Strategies and Plan Rationalisation will be implemented; how far implementation will extend; and what the cost of implementation will be to public funds.
(191260)
175
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Overarching Evaluation of the Local Government Modernisation Agenda will be implemented; how far implementation will extend; and what the cost of implementation will be to public funds.
(191261)
176
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many times he has visited each of the regional assemblies over the last three years.
(191262)
177
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement regarding the financing of regional assemblies, with specific reference to capital building programmes.
(191263)
178
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress he has made towards working with other government departments to raise the levels of (a) social inclusion, (b) neighbourhood renewal and (c) regional prosperity.
(191264)
179
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress he has made towards providing for effective devolved decision-making within a framework of national targets and policies.
(191265)
180
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the case for central government funding for local parks.
(191454)
181
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if his Department will establish a programme to improve local parklands.
(191455)
182
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, by how much the level of council tax charged by each London borough changed in each of the last three years.
(191476)
183
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures the Government has in place to ensure that local authorities spend the money allocated to them by central government in an appropriate way.
(191488)
184
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much central Government money was given to the Greater London Assembly in this financial year.
(191550)
185
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the performance of the London Borough of Havering.
(191553)
186
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much central Government money will be given to the Greater London Assembly in each of the next five years.
(191554)
187
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the funding of local government.
(191555)
188
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much central Government money each London borough will receive in each of the next three years.
(191693)
189
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will estimate the number of additional allotments in the area needed as a consequence of the Government's current growth plan for an additional 120,000 houses to be built betwen 2003 and 2016 in the Thames Gateway.
(191507)
190
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many additional (a) acute hospital beds and (b) medical staff, including general practitioners, will be required under the Government's current growth plan for an additional 120,000 houses to be built between 2003 and 2016 in the Thames Gateway.
(191516)
191
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many additional (a) nurseries and (b) playschools will be required under the Government's current growth plan for an additional 120,000 houses to be built between 2003 and 2016 in the Thames Gateway.
(191517)
192
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many additional (a) fire stations and (b) firemen and women will be required under the Government's current growth plan for an additional 120,000 houses to be built between 2003 and 2016 in the Thames Gateway.
(191518)
193
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many additional libraries will be required under the Government's current growth plan for an additional 120,000 houses to be built between 2003 and 2016 in the Thames Gateway.
(191519)
194
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many additional leisure centres will be required under the Government's current growth plan for an additional 120,000 houses to be built between 2003 and 2016 in the Thames Gateway.
(191520)
195
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress he has made on reduction of the neighbour nuisance caused by high hedges; and if he will make a statement.
(191145)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
196
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent to date on Sure Start in York; and how many parents have been helped.
(191160)
197
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) three and (b) four year olds in York attended nursery classes in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2003.
(191162)
198
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many full-time equivalent (a) teachers and (b) non-teaching assistants there were in local education authority schools in (i) Yorkshire and Humber and (ii) City of York in (A) 1997 and (B) 2004.
(191163)
199
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the school absence rate was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) York, (ii) Yorkshire and Humber and (iii) England (A) in 1997 and (B) at the most recent date for which figures are available.
(191164)
200
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the budget for (a) York College and (b) York Sixth Form College was in (i) cash and (ii) real terms in (A) 1997 and (B) each year since.
(191242)
201
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of City of York (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were connected to the internet in (i) 1997 and (ii) October.
(191243)
202
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) the City of York in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191837)
203
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which funding streams have been allocated by his Department using a funding formula which includes rankings or scores on the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000; and if he will list the amount of funding allocated in such a way (a) nationally by the Department or (b) to all Government sponsored bodies reporting to the Department.
(191536)
204
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to promote spelling with imagery as a method for improving the teaching of spelling in schools.
(191360)
205
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students studying first degrees dropped out of their studies (a) at university and (b) in the first year of their studies at university in each year since 1997.
(191496)
206
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) drop-out rate and (b) number of students dropping out in the (i) first, (ii) second and (iii) third year of study at each university was in each year since 1997.
(191497)
207
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to improve course completion rates for first degrees at universities.
(191503)
208
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what changes in the methodology for the compiling of data for the non-completion rate for full-time students starting first degree courses were made between 2001-02 and 2002-03; and what the effect of those changes was.
(191505)
209
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average cost was of an undergraduate degree in each of the universities in the UK in the last year for which figures are available.
(191506)
210
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will extend targeted support to those learners wishing to attain the equivalent of two good A-levels.
(191367)
211
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what advice he has given to universities about employing university teachers beyond the statutory retirement age.
(191794)
212
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils have been excluded from (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Somerset in each year since 1997.
(191159)
213
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what reason he decided to introduce voluntary registration for private language schools; and if he will make a statement.
(191811)
214
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Written Ministerial Statement of 16th September, Official Report, columns 153-4WS, on Resources for Children and Learners, at what level he expects the gap between per-pupil funding for 16 to 19 year olds in schools and those in colleges to be in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-7 and (c) 2007-08.
(191812)
215
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Written Ministerial Statement of 16th September, Official Report, columns 153-4WS, on Resources for Children and Learners, what funding has been set aside to close the per-pupil funding gap between 16 to 18 year olds in school sixth forms and further education colleges; and if he will make a statement.
(191813)
216
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people in (a) the North East and (b) the South East have taken up the entitlement of free tuition for a first Level 2 qualification in 2003-04; what each figure is as a proportion of the eligible population; what qualifications have been achieved; and into what age range successful applicants fall.
(191814)
217
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 16th September, Official Report, columns 153-4WS, on Resources for Children and Learners what extra funding will be provided to the Increased Flexibility Programme in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(191815)
218
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 16th September, Official Report, columns 153-4WS, on Resources for Children and Learners what proportion of the extra funding announced for the next spending review period has been allocated to (a) early years, (b) primary schools, (c) secondary schools, (d) school sixth forms, (e) further education and (f) higher education.
(191816)
219
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what evidence his Department has evaluated which demonstrates public support for new school sixth forms as proposed in the Five Year Plan issued in July; and if he will make a statement.
(191817)
220
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what preparations are being made, and what funding will be provided, to give every adult skills up to Level 2 free of charge as announced by the Prime Minister in his speech of 28th September; and if he will make a statement.
(191818)
221
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding streams are available to local education authority schools (a) directly from government and (b) through local education authorities which are not available to city technology colleges and city academies.
(190909)
222
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the capital funding available to schools for (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04, (d) 2004-05, (e) 2005-06 and (f) 2006-07, broken down by (i) devolved capital expenditure, (ii) Building Schools for the Future funding and (iii) specific capital programmes.
(190910)
223
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total fee income from (a) tuition fees and (b) top up tuition fees was in (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(191307)
224
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of each age cohort entered higher education in each year from 1985-86 to 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(191308)
225
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the contracts awarded by his Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case (a) the name of the consulting company, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if he will make a statement.
(191738)
226
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many childcare places have been created in Carlisle since 1997.
(191572)
227
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of 15 and 16 year olds in (a) Carlisle, (b) Cumbria and (c) England achieved five or more GCSEs at grade A*-C in each of the last seven years.
(191573)
228
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of 11-year old pupils in Carlisle reached level 4 in (a) mathematics and (b) English in each of the last seven years.
(191598)
229
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191390)
230
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191406)
231
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191427)
232
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191429)
233
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which schools in the West Suffolk constituency run out of school clubs as part of the 4Children scheme.
(191174)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
234
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce a system for controlling greenhouse gas emissions similar to the STEK system operating in the Netherlands; and whether she has made an assessment of the cost to public funds of introducing such a system.
(190862)
235
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research published in EU member states on links between fluoridised greenhouse gases and climate protection her Department has (a) received and (b) studied; and what conclusions she has drawn for UK greenhouse gas policy.
(190863)
236
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what comparison she has made between measures taken to reduce hydrofluorocarbon emissions in the UK and those taken by other EU member states; and if she will make a statement.
(190864)
237
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16th September to the honourable Member for Guildford, Official Report, column 1676W, on refrigerators, what measures she has taken to prevent the loss of ozone depleting susbstances from refrigerators during their working life.
(190869)
238
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government supported the proposal at the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species meeting in Bangkok to allow Nambia and South Africa to resume trade in black rhino products.
(191136)
239
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to protect ocean-bed corals, with particular reference to bottom-trawling.
(191137)
240
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions has been in percentage terms in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) City of York since 1997.
(191299)
241
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money has been spent on flood protection measures in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) City of York in each of the last 10 years.
(191300)
242
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much government money has been provided to City of York council since 1997 to help pay for waste recycling.
(191301)
243
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) the City of York in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191850)
244
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which funding streams have been allocated by her Department using a funding formula which includes rankings or scores on the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000; and if she will list the amount of funding allocated in such a way (a) nationally by the Department or (b) to all Government sponsored bodies reporting to the Department.
(191529)
245
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she intends to designate (a) Bolton Fell Moss and (b) Solway Moss as candidate special areas of conservation; and what the results were of the public consultation on this matter.
(191357)
246
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the prevalence of catching urban foxes and transporting and releasing them into rural areas; and if she will make a statement.
(191138)
247
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) financial and (b) other incentives are available to farmers to protect sites of archaeological interest.
(191149)
248
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what protection is afforded to sites of archaeological interest from being (a) built on and (b) farmed inappropriately.
(191150)
249
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the UK complies with the European Commission's Water Framework Directive.
(191806)
250
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to transpose the EU's Water Framework Directive into UK law.
(191807)
251
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, by how much she estimates carbon dioxide emissions have increased this year; what assessment she has made of the impact on the environment of this increase; what steps her Department is implementing to reverse this trend; and to what factors she attributes the increase.
(191484)
252
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the contracts awarded by her Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case (a) the name of the consulting company, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if she will make a statement.
(191737)
253
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in her Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191385)
254
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191395)
255
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191420)
256
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in her Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191436)
257
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the European Commission's recovery plan to save cod from extinction in the North Sea and other fishing grounds around the UK.
(191579)
258
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the change in the level of greenhouse gas emissions from the European Union in 2001.
(191597)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
259
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) the City of York in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191839)
260
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral statement on Iraq of 12th October, Official Report, columns 151-55, what evidence caused him to accept reports in July 2000 in the Iraq Ba'ath party newspaper Al Thawrak that claimed victory over UN sanctions.
(191784)
261
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral statement on Iraq of 12th October, Official Report, columns 151-55, what the information was upon which he and the Prime Minister based their judgements and which he now accepts was wrong.
(191796)
262
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral statement on Iraq of 12th October, Official Report, columns 151-55, what evidence caused him to accept the claim in August 2001 by the then Iraqi Foreign Minister that UN sanctions efforts had collapsed.
(191798)
263
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral statement of 12th October on Iraq, Official Report, columns 151-55, on what date the intelligence relating to the claim that chemical and biological weapons could be deployed within 45 minutes was officially withdrawn.
(191667)
264
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when appeal number LAG/488597 relating to Musilimot Adelodun Seriki-Rogers will be heard.
(191216)
265
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact on free movement within the European Union of the recent enlargement; and if he will make a statement.
(191547)
266
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the contracts awarded by his Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case (a) the name of the consulting company, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if he will make a statement.
(191730)
267
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191387)
268
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191407)
269
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191424)
270
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191443)
271
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives in Vienna have had with officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency concerning the alleged removal of dual use material and equipment from Iraq; when these discussions took place; and if he will make a statement.
(191575)
272
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives in Washington DC have had with officials of the US Administration concerning the removal of dual use material and equipment from Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(191576)
273
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the process of authorisation is for the removal of dual use material and equipment from Iraq; what communication with the (a) UK Government and (b) US Administration this process requires; and if he will make a statement.
(191577)
274
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives in Baghdad have had with officials of the Iraqi Administration concerning the removal of dual use material and equipment from Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(191578)
275
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives in Pakistan have had with officials of the Pakistan government, concerning the reported testing of a HatfV type Ghauri missile on 12th October; and if he will make a statement.
(191610)
276
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives in India have had with officials of the Indian Government, concerning the reported testing by Pakistan of a HatfV type Ghauri missile on 12th October; and if he will make a statement.
(191611)
277
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many countries have instigated their own inquiries into alleged corruption at the UN during the Oil for Food Programme.
(190921)
278
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the list published in the Iraqi newspaper al-Moda of those accused of corruption at the UN during the Oil for Food Programme in Iraq.
(190922)
279
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the initial report of the Volcker Inquiry into alleged corruption at the UN during the Oil for Food Programme in Iraq.
(190923)
280
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the findings of the Iraq Survey Group in relation to allegations of corruption at the UN during the Oil for Food Programme in Iraq.
(190924)
281
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total population of (a) the Turks and Caicos Islands, (b) Anguilla, (c) Akrotiri and Dhekelia Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus, (d) Bermuda, (e) the British Indian Ocean Territory, (f) the British Virgin Islands, (g) the Cayman Islands, (h) the Falkland Islands, (i) Guernsey, (j) Gibraltar, (k) the Isle of Man, (l) Jersey, (m) Montserrat, (n) Pitcairn Island, (o) the British Antarctic Territory and (p) South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands is; what the total number entitled to vote is in each case; what the date of the most recent parliamentary or assembly election was in each case; what the turnout at that election was in each case; and what the results were in each case.
(191181)
282
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which days of the year in (a) the Turks and Caicos Islands, (b) Anguilla, (c) Bermuda, (d) the British Indian Ocean Territory, (e) the Caymen Islands, (f) the Falkland Islands, (g) Guernsey, (h) Gibraltar, (i) the Isle of Man, (j) Montserrat, (k) Pitcairn Island, (l) British Antarctic Territory, (m) St Helena, Tristan da Cunha and Ascension Island, (n) the Akrotiri and Dhekelia Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus, (o) Jersey and (p) South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands are designated (i) public holidays, (ii) national days and (iii) ceremonial days; and what representation from the UK there is at ceremonies held to mark each such day.
(191266)
283
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the case for a honourable Member representing Gibraltar.
(191373)
284
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he intends to continue negotiations with the Spanish Government concerning Gibraltar's sovereignty.
(191447)
285
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with which Nordic countries the United Kingdom is in discussion over (a) co-operation and (b) bilateral meetings.
(191511)
286
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the last time was that he was in contact with the Government of the Faroe Islands; and what the purpose of this contact was.
(191512)
287
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to visit Norway.
(191513)
288
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Norwegian counterpart during the past year.
(191543)
289
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to launch bi-lateral agreements with Nordic countries.
(191567)
290
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Iceland during the last year; and for what reasons.
(191568)
291
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the European Environment Agency regarding greenhouse gas emissions.
(191574)
292
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions the Minister for Europe has had with the EU Fisheries Commissioner.
(191580)
293
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions the Minister for Europe has had with the Chief Minister of Gibraltar.
(191581)
294
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the governments of the EU applicant countries regarding their accession to the European Union.
(191583)
295
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Minister for Europe next plans to visit Spain.
(191584)
296
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans there are for official visits to the UK by the Government of (a) Iceland, (b) Norway and (c) Denmark.
(191585)
297
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what bi-lateral agreements the UK Government (a) has and (b) has had in the last 30 years with Nordic countries.
(191586)
298
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his United States counterpart in respect of charging or releasing the senior members of Saddam Hussein's former Government detained without charge or trial by the United States.
(191666)
299
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information was provided by the United Kingdom to United Nations Security Council members on Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction prior to the vote on UNSC Resolution 1441 on 8th November 2002; what steps were taken to test the reliability of this information prior to passing it on to other UNSC members; and what steps he has taken to correct inaccuracies in this information following the publication of the Iraq Survey Group report.
(191732)
300
Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the conduct of the elections in the Ukraine.
(191349)
301
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Police Force in Prague and (b) Interpol following the disappearance of Ms Nina Jones of Kingsbridge, Devon; and if he will make a statement.
(190289)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
302
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of (a) macular degeneration and (b) visual disease in general amongst (i) the public and (ii) health professionals.
(190911)
303
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the population (a) over 75, (b) over 60 and (c) over 50 are affected by age-related macular degeneration.
(190912)
304
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the population suffering from age-related macular degeneration he estimates are in contact with health services.
(190913)
305
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS sight tests have been taken by individuals over 60 years in each year since 1999.
(190914)
306
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial support the Government is providing to voluntary organisations to develop low-vision services.
(190915)
307
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what new clinical services have been provided at York District Hospital since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(191154)
308
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been treated at the NHS walk-in centre in York in each year since it opened.
(191155)
309
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and Humber and (c) City of York have contacted NHS Direct in each year since it was established.
(191156)
310
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) hip replacements, (b) cataract removals, (c) heart bypass operations and (d) cancer operations were carried out in (i) Yorkshire and Humber and (ii) York in (A) 1997 and (B) 2003.
(191157)
311
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses have completed (a) basic and (b) advanced training courses at York nursing school in each year since 1997.
(191158)
312
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of pensioners in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) City of York received (i) free NHS flu inoculation and (ii) health checks in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191176)
313
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people on average were on NHS waiting lists for treatment at York District Hospital (a) in 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available; and what the (i) maximum and (ii) average waiting time was in each case.
(191177)
314
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much capital has been invested in York District Hospital in each of the last 20 years.
(191178)
315
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average NHS expenditure per household in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) York was (i) in cash terms and (ii) at current prices in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191179)
316
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of women diagnosed with breast cancer were treated within 31 days in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.
(191241)
317
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) the City of York in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191849)
318
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many places for heroin addiction for people aged (a) under 18 and (b) over 18 are provided by the Devon NHS Partnership Trust.
(190867)
319
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for mental health patients referred by general practitioners to community health teams is in the Devon NHS Partnership Trust area.
(190868)
320
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much he plans to spend on the Hepatitis C awareness campaign in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.
(190290)
321
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the adequacy of influenza vaccine supplies.
(190810)
322
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of general practitioner clinics which (a) have had to and (b) will have to cancel immunisation clinics due to the shortage of influenza supplies; and if he will make a statement.
(190811)
323
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many influenza vaccines which were intended to be administered by early November he estimates will be delayed.
(190812)
324
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he was informed of the problem with influenza vaccines at Chiron; and if he will make a statement.
(190813)
325
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to ensure adequate influenza vaccine supplies in all areas of the country this autumn and winter; and what support he is giving to (a) vaccination clinics and (b) general practitioner surgeries to assist them in finding new sources from which to acquire vaccines.
(190814)
326
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the average general practitioner list size for (a) each strategic health authority and (b) each primary care trust.
(191477)
327
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost of introducing 3,000 community matrons in the NHS.
(191478)
328
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many older people are in receipt of long-term care in England; and how many have been in receipt of long-term care for over three years.
(191481)
329
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the average number of years older people who need long-term care are in receipt of such care.
(191482)
330
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he or a member of his ministerial team was informed of the National Audit Office's planned publication date for the report on healthcare acquired infections.
(191483)
331
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the percentage of school age children with some degree of learning disorder, broken down by type of disorder.
(191493)
332
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of workers who die each year as a result of second-hand smoke in the workplace.
(191494)
333
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of people who die each year as a result of second-hand smoke.
(191495)
334
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the NHS has sufficient stocks of the MMR vaccine to cope with additional demand in the event of an outbreak of measles or mumps; and if he will make a statement.
(191498)
335
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been carried out by his Department into the risks of additional (a) cases and (b) deaths from influenza because of delays in the influenza vaccination programme due to the problems with the safety of the Chiron vaccines.
(191499)
336
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the areas affected by the withdrawal of supply of Chiron influenza vaccines.
(191500)
337
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what delays will occur in the influenza vaccination programme as a consequence of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency announcement on the Chiron vaccines.
(191501)
338
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there will be sufficient stocks of influenza vaccine in England to carry out the full vaccination programme this winter for (a) over 65s and (b) other at risk groups.
(191502)
339
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13th September, Official Report, column 1470-1W, on public health bodies, what the expected timetable is for the budget allocation process.
(191699)
340
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on requiring primary care trusts to offer patients the choice of an independent sector provider at the point of referral.
(191720)
341
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the guidance given to primary care trusts on the implementation of his Department's policy to offer a choice of four or five providers to patients at the point of referral.
(191721)
342
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what budget his Department has allocated to introducing community matrons in each of the next three years.
(191722)
343
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total administration budget of primary care trusts is in real terms in each of the next three years.
(191749)
344
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21st September, Official Report, column 1995W, on primary care centres, what the timetable is for each centre in development, including the expected opening date.
(191772)
345
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd September, Official Report, columns 1959-61W, on dentistry, how many dental practices were shown on the nhs.uk website on 8th September.
(191773)
346
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd September, Official Report, column 1983W, on carers, what monitoring has been undertaken on the implementation of standard six of the National Service Framework on mental health to ensure that all carers are receiving care plans.
(191777)
347
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated costs are of the capital works which would be necessary to fluoridate domestic water supplies in the West Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority area; and what the annual revenue costs are estimated to be.
(191140)
348
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department gives health authorities on the procedure that must be followed before an individual who has been committed to hospital under section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983 can subsequently be released from that hospital; and what changes have been made to this guidance since 1996.
(191369)
349
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost is of a variation certificate from the Commission for Social Care Inspection for a nursing home with (a) five beds increasing to six, (b) 10 beds increasing to 11, (c) 20 beds increasing to 22, (d) 40 beds increasing to 49 and (e) 50 beds increasing to 100; and what the equivalent costs were in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2002.
(191148)
350
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what a variation certificate from the Commission for Social Care Inspection for a nursing home covers, that is not the responsibility of a local authority's planning and building control officer.
(191167)
351
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the longest period is that may elapse between inspections of a nursing home by the Commission for Social Care Inspection.
(191180)
352
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce measures routinely to permit autopsies of people who die before the age of 45 years to include tests that would establish whether they were unknowingly carrying the human form of BSE.
(191335)
353
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to (a) monitor and (b) reduce exposure to (i) biocumulative chemicals and (ii) hormone and endocrine disrupting chemicals.
(191336)
354
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many proposals for the reconfiguration of maternity and children's services were withdrawn after consultation with the public in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.
(191717)
355
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the Unrelated Live Transplant Regulatory Authority regarding live unrelated (a) altruistic and (b) paired donations for transplantation.
(191713)
356
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications have been received by the Unrelated Live Transplant Regulatory Authority since its creation for (a) live unrelated altruistic donations and (b) live unrelated paired donations.
(191715)
357
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will amend the relevant legislation to place registered pharmacies in the absence of the pharmacist on the same basis as other retail outlets in relation to the sale of General Sales List items.
(191644)
358
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the transmission to honourable Members by the trust concerned of reports by the Royal College of Surgeons on the future of services at their local hospital.
(191587)
359
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many trauma cases which would previously have been treated at Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital went directly to Royal Preston Hospital in each of the last three years; and how many went to Preston via Chorley.
(191590)
360
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what ambulance cover is available when ambulances are taking trauma patients from Chorley constituency to Preston.
(191591)
361
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what agreements have been reached between the Ambulance Service and the NHS Trust concerned on plans to treat all emergency medical surgery at Preston; and what funding arrangements are in place.
(191655)
362
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the minutes of meetings between the Royal College of Surgeons and the Chief Executive and Chair of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust.
(191656)
363
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library copies of the letters sent from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust to the local district and town and parish councils.
(191657)
364
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many honourable Members were consulted over changes in provision of services at Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital.
(191658)
365
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much extra ambulance time has been taken transporting patients from Chorley to Preston for trauma cases who would have previously been treated at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital.
(194647)
366
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of how many extra ambulance hours per month will be used transferring patients previously treated at Chorley from Chorley and South Ribble to Preston under proposals to treat emergency medical operations at Preston.
(194648)
367
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what extra ambulance cover will operate in the Chorley and South Ribble catchment area under plans to treat emergency medical surgery at Preston.
(194649)
368
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Chlamydia Screening Programme covers the South Birmingham area.
(191846)
369
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the contracts awarded by his Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case (a) the name of the consulting company, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if he will make a statement.
(191733)
370
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average annual payment made by the NHS to a dentist working full-time and with a wholly NHS patient list was in the last year for which figures are available.
(191761)
371
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many surgical procedures to remove unwanted tattoos on (a) women and (b) men have been carried out by the NHS in each year since 2000.
(191762)
372
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191389)
373
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191405)
374
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191426)
375
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191428)
376
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he will take to ensure that supermarkets and food manufacturers reduce the salt content of processed food products.
(191130)
377
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the major supermarkets on salt in food since the 18th September deadline for supermarkets to improve their salt reduction action plans.
(191131)
378
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals in the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority area have the equipment that can carry out a duel energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan; and which hospitals in the area have machines which can measure the density of the wrist or heel.
(191175)
379
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the treatment provided for Mr and Mrs Walker by Derriford Hospital in Plymouth on 3rd September; and if he will make a statement.
(190648)
380
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost was to the NHS of transporting Mrs Paula Walker of Plympton from Derriford Hospital, Plymouth to Merthyr Tydfil Hospital and then on to Winchester Hospital, in September.
(190649)
381
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about proposed changes to the provision of cardiac rehabilitation services in south west Hampshire.
(190754)
382
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who determines the categories of voters to be included in elections relating to foundation hospitals.
(191302)
383
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether prospective patients on a foundation hospital's waiting list are automatically included in its electorate.
(191303)
384
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether prospective patients referred to a foundation hospital by a general practitioner but not yet on the appointment list for a doctor at that hospital are automatically included in the electorate for that hospital.
(191304)
385
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role the Department plays in ensuring consistency between foundation hospitals in compiling the categories that make up their electorates.
(191305)
386
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what monitoring takes place and by whom to ensure consistency between foundation hospitals in compiling the categories that make up their electorates.
(191306)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
387
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria he has set on deciding whether a new police station should be built; and what the criteria are for consultation with (a) the public and (b) the local honourable Member.
(191133)
388
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of the police force in Southend was in each of the last five years; and what the performance indicators are for the force.
(191134)
389
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letters from the Right honourable Member for North East Hampshire of 26th May, 1st July and 12th August, regarding a constituent Mrs Babur.
(190865)
390
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons it is his policy to grant licences under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 to test the effects of tobacco smoke.
(191135)
391
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) crimes, (b) burglaries, (c) thefts and (d) vehicle-related crimes were reported to the police in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber, (ii) North Yorkshire and (iii) City of York in (A) 1979, (B) 1997 and (C) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(191230)
392
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of crimes reported to the police were cleared up in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) City of York in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(191231)
393
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued to people in York.
(191232)
394
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent on CCTV in York since 1997.
(191233)
395
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken from arrest to trial for young offenders was in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) York in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2003-04.
(191234)
396
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average period of time between arrest for a drugs-related offence in York and referral to a drug treatment agency was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003-04.
(191244)
397
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of drug treatment and testing orders in reducing re-offending in York.
(191245)
398
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what quantity of illegal drugs were seized by the police in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(191246)
399
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) the City of York in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191852)
400
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which funding streams have been allocated by his Department using a funding formula which includes rankings or scores on the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000; and if he will list the amount of funding allocated in such a way (a) nationally by the Department or (b) to all Government sponsored bodies reporting to the Department.
(191528)
401
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated costs are of introducing a national identity card, broken down by (a) installing computer systems and software, (b) issuing cards and (c) running costs.
(191139)
402
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti social behaviour orders (ASBOs) have been breached (a) once, (b) twice and (c) on three or more occasions since the inception of ASBOs; and in how many cases breaches have been dealt with by way of (i) conditional discharge and (ii) a custodial sentence.
(191514)
403
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many breaches in antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) on (a) a second occasion and (b) a third or later occasion have been dealt with by way of (i) a conditional discharge, (ii) a community sentence other than a conditional discharge and (iii) a custodial sentence in each year since the inception of ASBOs.
(191515)
404
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action the Government (a) has taken and (b) will take to tackle violence against retail staff.
(191508)
405
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action the Government is taking on retail crime.
(191509)
406
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance is given to retailers to help tackle retail crime; and how retailers can receive such assistance.
(191527)
407
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the police reform scheme being piloted in Bath and Wiltshire.
(191287)
408
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police forces have case custody computer systems; and what steps are being taken to increase this number.
(191288)
409
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on crime detection rates in the North of England.
(191289)
410
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the fall in the crime detection rates in (a) Durham and (b) Northumbria.
(191290)
411
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what links the Criminal Cases Review Commission has with other agencies; and how it uses these links to commission work which provides an understanding of the issues involved in historical sex abuse cases.
(191291)
412
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the Criminal Cases Review Commission has commissioned research on historical sex abuse cases from other agencies.
(191292)
413
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the changes to the operation instructions on disclosure in sex abuses cases.
(191293)
414
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the video recording of witnesses under section 17 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 is at the discretion of the individual.
(191294)
415
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received regarding the use of police powers under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
(191319)
416
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a race impact assessment was carried out for the (a) Terrorism Act 2000 and (b) Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.
(191320)
417
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has been made of the systems of authorization used in relation to powers under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
(191321)
418
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Association of Chief Police Officers has (a) reviewed and (b) revised its guidelines on stop and search procedures.
(191322)
419
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans there are to change police training in stop and search encounter procedures.
(191323)
420
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been served by local authorities in (a) Sefton and (b) England since this measure was introduced.
(191324)
421
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions a person has received a level 4 fine for selling spray paints to someone under the age of 16 years on Merseyside.
(191326)
422
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the results of the UK Passport Service's trial into biometric identifiers will be made available.
(191328)
423
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions prisons have used video-link equipment in each of the last five years; and which prisons have video-link facilities.
(191330)
424
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether prison video-link equipment has been used for the recording of an interview between a police officer and a prisoner.
(191331)
425
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of (a) male and (b) female prisoners have (i) self-harmed, (ii) attempted suicide and (iii) committed suicide while in prison in each of the last five years.
(191332)
426
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have been made to the Association of Chief Police Officers' guidelines on safeguards for those subject to accusations of sex abuse before they are charged.
(191522)
427
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the terms of reference are for the interdepartmental ministerial group on sex offending.
(191523)
428
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information is contained on his Department's court proceedings database.
(191524)
429
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recommendations have been made by the interdepartmental ministerial group on sex offending as a result of their monitoring of the Press Complaints Commission regulations.
(191525)
430
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the outcome has been of the meetings of the Sentencing Guidelines Council.
(191526)
431
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the ethnic breakdown of individuals subject to stop and search under the Terrorism Act 2000.
(191537)
432
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions an individual has been held in detention for 14 days under the Terrorism Act 2000.
(191538)
433
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his recent meetings with the Muslim Council.
(191539)
434
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with which groups he has had discussions regarding stop and search and arrest and detention powers.
(191540)
435
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the number of prosecutions resulting from arrests under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
(191541)
436
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
(191544)
437
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many confirmations he has authorised regarding the use of section 44 powers under the Terrorism Act 2000.
(191545)
438
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of non-custodial sentences.
(191683)
439
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has been made of the criteria used by magistrates and judges when deciding between a custodial or community penalty.
(191684)
440
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has been made of the reasons why convicted sex offenders choose not to participate in the Sex Offender Treatment Programme.
(191685)
441
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans there are to build new prisons in the next two years.
(191686)
442
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of (a) parents aged between 18 and 25 years and (b) all other individuals convicted of crimes were sentenced to a custodial sentence in each of the last five years.
(191687)
443
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of prisons have a visitors' centre.
(191688)
444
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to publish policing performance radars for Basic Command Units.
(191217)
445
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many juveniles held in custody are receiving education and training.
(191368)
446
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centres have closed in (a) each of the last three years and (b) this year.
(191878)
447
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his plans are for setting up the National Rape Crisis Helpline.
(191879)
448
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ensure that abuse survivor groups and sexual abuse support centres are in place to provide counselling to clients referred to them by the National Rape Crisis Helpline.
(191880)
449
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with colleagues in the Department of Health on the problems and needs of survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
(191881)
450
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the planned National Rape Crisis Helpline will be available to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
(191882)
451
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what investigations he has made into possible links between adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and the victims of rape.
(191883)
452
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many `D' notices prohibiting the publication of sensitive news stories about the situation in Iraq have been issued in each month sinch March 2003.
(191152)
453
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals he has (a) to expand the Full Sutton prison site in East Yorkshire and (b) to develop land adjoining this site; and if he will make a statement.
(190920)
454
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued in each local authority area in England in each quarter from 2000-01 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(191309)
455
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the level of (a) burglary, (b) violent crime and (c) car crime was in (i) East Somerset District and (ii) Avon and Somerset in each year from 1992-93; and if he will make a statement.
(191310)
456
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his latest estimate is of the proportion of overall crime committed by the core group of repeat offenders; and if he will make a statement.
(191311)
457
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in (a) Avon and Somerset and (b) East Somerset District in each quarter from 1992-93 to 30th September; and if he will make a statement.
(191312)
458
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken was at the latest available date for cases received by the Immigration and Nationality Department's Appeals Processing Centre, to be processed and sent to the Independent Appellate Authority.
(191370)
459
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department will reply to the letters from the honourable Member for Manchester Central dated (a) 6th May, regarding Mr. OKA, ref PO5195/4, (b) 2nd July, regarding Mr. AO, ref PO7752/4, (c) 19th July, regarding Mr. AT, ref T1078617 and (d) 3rd August, regarding Ms. FOH, ref PO8969/4.
(191371)
460
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty notices for shop-lifting a repeat offender receives before being taken to court.
(190704)
461
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether all fixed penalty notices for retail theft are made available to retail establishments when recruiting new personnel.
(190705)
462
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what circumstances a repeat offender for shop-lifting receiving two or more fixed penalty notices is neither fingerprinted nor photographed.
(190706)
463
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department has issued about the proposed move to fixed penalty notices for shop-lifting with regard to repeat offenders.
(190707)
464
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the contracts awarded by his Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case (a) the name of the consulting company, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if he will make a statement.
(191731)
465
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which areas of government spending relate to resilience issues and homeland security, broken down by department; what the current levels of spending are; what the projected changes in funding are over the next (a) two and (b) five years; and if he will make a statement.
(190860)
466
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he is planning to enhance UK resilience and homeland security over the next (a) two and (b) five years.
(190861)
467
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191386)
468
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191409)
469
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191410)
470
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191445)
471
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of immigration controls at John Lennon Airport, Liverpool.
(191485)
472
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Department has made of the effectiveness of anti-binge drinking campaigns.
(191549)
473
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have used the Channel Tunnel illegally to gain access to the United Kingdom to seek asylum.
(191255)
474
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the pay scales for immigration officers are.
(191267)
475
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the numbers of illegal entries to the UK by (a) rail, (b) sea and (c) air in each of the last three years.
(191268)
476
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his plans to cut the levels of illegal immigration to the UK.
(191269)
477
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures he has in place to keep track of people waiting for asylum applications to be processed.
(191270)
478
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of those who have been granted asylum in England and Wales received criminal convictions in 2003; and what proportion of the population of England and Wales received criminal convictions in 2003.
(191271)
479
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to visit other countries to assess their immigration and asylum procedures.
(191272)
480
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the principal countries of origin were of (a) legal and (b) illegal immigrants to the UK in each of the last 25 years.
(191273)
481
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who have successfully claimed asylum in the last three years are paying national insurance contributions.
(191296)
482
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum this year have been unsuccessful; and how many unsuccessful applicants have been deported.
(191449)
483
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum there were per month in each of the last 10 years.
(191450)
484
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigration officers were recruited in each of the last 10 years.
(191451)
485
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are held in each asylum detention centre.
(191452)
486
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with his French counterparts on limiting illegal immigration to this country.
(191453)
487
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what comparative assessment he has made of levels of (a) immigration and (b) asylum claims in the UK and the rest of the EU.
(191466)
488
N
David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Walsall North of 7th September regarding a constituent, reference PO10001/4.
(190647)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
489
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) City of York in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191821)
490
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the contracts awarded by his Department to consultants in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) the name of the consulting company, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if he will make a statement.
(190753)
491
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's development expenditure on each African country was in each year from 1990-91; what the estimate is for each year to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(191278)
492
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on his Department's progress in helping Ethiopia to improve (a) access to clean water, (b) access to food resources and (c) access to primary education; and if he will make a statement.
(191281)
493
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what submission the British Government has made to the Sutherland Commission.
(191865)
494
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he has received on the delivery of humanitarian aid to Darfur.
(191548)
495
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191382)
496
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191392)
497
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191417)
498
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191433)
499
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission regarding aid to Iraq.
(191582)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
500
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to extend the new rules governing the sale of school playing fields in England to Northern Ireland.
(191285)
501
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) republican and (b) loyalist terrorists have been investigated by the Assets Recovery Agency in Northern Ireland; and how many people have been convicted in the courts following investigation.
(190866)
502
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which countries have a ban on imports of meat or poultry products from the province; and what representations he has made to have each ban lifted.
(190919)
503
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) Protestant, (b) Roman Catholic and (c) Non-determined appointees there have been to (i) the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland, (ii) general service grades of the Civil Service in Northern Ireland and (iii) the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in the last 12 months; and what percentage of appointees this represents in each case.
(190816)
504
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will announce his response to the request from the City Council in Londonderry regarding financial assistance to develop Londonderry Airport.
(190817)
505
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will announce the commencement date for the building of the new Ebrington Primary School in Londonderry.
(190818)
506
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average number of vehicles per day using the A2 through the village of Dungiven, County Londonderry was in each of the last five years.
(191884)
507
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average number of vehicles per day using the A6 through the village of Ballykelly, County Londonderry, was in each of the last five years.
(191885)
508
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) Protestants, (b) Roman Catholics and (c) others have applied for posts and been assessed as being suitably qualified with the Police in Northern Ireland since the 50/50 recruitment rule was introduced.
(191886)
509
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) Protestants, (b) Roman Catholics and (c) others have been successful in their applications to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland since the introduction of the 50/50 recruitment rule.
(191887)
510
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) Protestants, (b) Roman Catholics and (c) others have been unsuccessful in their applications to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland despite being assessed as suitably qualified since the introduction of the 50/50 recruitment rule.
(191888)
511
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been prosecuted for engaging in business involving vehicles not licensed for hire or reward over the last five years.
(191889)
512
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to bring legislation in Northern Ireland into line with sections 1 to 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003; and what the timetable is for bringing forward such legislation.
(191363)
513
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to review the law on trespass to tackle the occupation of business and residential property by large groups of travellers.
(191364)
514
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether a Police Service of Northern Ireland officer holds the post of wildlife officer.
(191824)
515
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his estimate is of the amount of (a) gasoline and (b) diesel fuel illegally imported into Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available.
(191825)
516
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which paramilitary organisations are (a) known to be and (b) suspected by the Government of being involved in the illegal importation of gasoline and diesel fuel into Northern Ireland.
(191826)
517
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the uptake was of houses allocated through the Northern Ireland Housing Executive's integrated pilot scheme in Belfast, broken down by perceived religious affiliation in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(191827)
518
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to combat anti-social behaviour associated with the use of fireworks in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(191828)
519
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to promote small business in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(191829)
520
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many NHS dentists there were in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years; what the percentage change was in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(191830)
521
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate the Government has made of the amount of (a) gasoline and (b) diesel fuel that is being illegally laundered in Northern Ireland; and what the figures were for the illegal importation and laundering of (i) gasoline and (ii) diesel fuel in Northern Ireland over the last five years.
(191835)
522
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the revenues earned by individual paramilitary organisations from the illegal importation and laundering of (a) gasoline and (b) diesel fuel in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(191836)
523
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment the Government has made of the level of Triad activity in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(191841)
524
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what convictions there have been over the last six months for serious crime involving members of the (a) UDA, (b) UVF, (c) LVF, (d) PIRA, (e) RIRA and (f) CIRA.
(191842)
525
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funding has been made available to the Sure Start programme since its introduction in Northern Ireland; and what plans he has to extend the Sure Start programme throughout Northern Ireland.
(191844)
526
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his policy is on the introduction of an identity card scheme in Northern Ireland.
(190702)
527
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what further progress has been made towards the (a) preparation, (b) development and (c) publication of a Rural White Paper; and if he will make a statement.
(191864)
528
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the contracts awarded by his Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case the (a) name of the consulting company, (b) value of the contract and (c) purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if he will make a statement.
(191740)
529
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of publicly owned ambulances in Northern Ireland are Mercedes Sprinters; and if he will make a statement.
(191797)
530
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191376)
531
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191399)
532
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191413)
533
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191440)
534
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees of Queen's University Belfast Students' Union are (i) Protestants and (ii) Roman Catholics.
(191275)
535
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will encourage local government departments to terminate their Irish language policies.
(191276)
536
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps INVEST Northern Ireland are taking to encourage the new owners of the old TK-ECC premises in Dundonald to attract employment opportunities to the area.
(191284)
Questions to the Prime Minister
537
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with representatives of the churches on their launch of Operation Noah to draw attention to the threat posed by climate change.
(190908)
538
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Prime Minister, whether the Joint Cabinet Consultative Committee with the Liberal Democrats has been wound up; and if he will make a statement.
(191764)
539
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, what steps he took to validate the claims made by Hussein Kamel in 1995, under questioning by the United Kingdom's secret intelligence services and the intelligence services of the United States, that Saddam Hussein had already destroyed his weapons of mass destruction.
(191668)
540
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, what comparative assessment he has made of the findings of the Iraq Survey Group's report and his dossier entitled Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction, dated September 2002; and what steps he has taken to establish the reasons for the significant differences between the conclusions.
(191670)
541
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list each occasion recorded in the Official Report where he claimed Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction; and if he will publish a correction of each statement in the Official Report.
(191671)
542
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will request from British Airways a carbon audit of his recent visit to Ethiopia, including the cost incurred in providing inflight meals.
(191682)
543
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his reply to the honourable Member for Carmarthen West and Dinefwr, of 16th September, Official Report, column 1776W, on Iraq, if he will identify in respect of each question the particular part of the Butler Review and the other unnamed inquiries and statements to which he refers that provide the answer in each case.
(191810)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
544
Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow Cathcart):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what consultation there has been with Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority and Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive in connection with the draft statutory instrument, The Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2004, laid before the House on 9th September, insofar as it relates to the ability of Scottish Ministers to transfer the powers of those bodies, in relation to the provision and regulation of railways, to themselves.
(191521)
545
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects to lay the conclusions on the new Scottish parliamentary constituency boundaries before Parliament; and if he will make a statement.
(191334)
546
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191374)
547
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191397)
548
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191422)
549
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191438)
Questions to the Solicitor General
550
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Solicitor General, how many full-time equivalent jobs the Law Officers' Departments had in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) City of York in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191822)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
551
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much investment Yorkshire Forward has received; and how many jobs it has created in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the City of York.
(191168)
552
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much foreign investment was received in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the City of York in each year since 1997; and what estimate she has made of the number of jobs generated from it.
(191169)
553
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many small businesses there were in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the City of York (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(191170)
554
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people were members of a trade union in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the City of York (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(191171)
555
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time workers there were in the City of York (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(191172)
556
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many women received paid maternity leave in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the City of York in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available; and how much on average was paid in each year.
(191173)
557
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what average gross (a) male and (b) female average earnings were (i) in May 1997 and (ii) at the most recent date available in (A) City of York local authority and (B) Yorkshire and the Humber.
(191339)
558
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) men and (b) women are estimated to benefit from the national minimum wage in (i) England, (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber and (iii) City of York.
(191340)
559
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) the City of York in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191843)
560
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 28th April, Official Report, column 1150W, on BT, if she will make a statement on the progress of the review of the rating system; whether she has received its initial findings; and when she expects the report to be published.
(190703)
561
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which funding streams have been allocated by her Department using a funding formula which includes rankings or scores on the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000; and if she will list the amount of funding allocated in such a way (a) nationally by the Department or (b) to all Government sponsored bodies reporting to the Department.
(191533)
562
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the budget is for the Post Office Reinvention Programme; and how much has been spent to date.
(191718)
563
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her estimate is of the number of people in (a) Yeovil constituency, (b) South Somerset and (c) Somerset in work who are earning less than (i) the minimum wage, (ii) £5 per hour, (iii) £5.50 per hour, (iv) £6 per hour, (v) £6.50 per hour, (vi) £7.50 per hour and (vii) £10 per hour; and if she will make a statement.
(191313)
564
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the contracts awarded by her Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case (a) the name of the consulting company, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if she will make a statement.
(191725)
565
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many workers in Carlisle have benefited from the national minimum wage.
(191604)
566
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what prospective changes to UK employment legislation she expects as a result of Government understandings with trade unions.
(191569)
567
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost of the recent reprinting by her Department of guidelines for businesses outlining the new statutory dismissal procedure was; and what the reason for the reprinting was.
(191608)
568
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received from (a) trade unions and (b) small businesses on the new statutory dismissal procedure to be introduced on 1st October.
(191609)
569
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her written statement of 11th October, Official Report, columns 6-8WS, on the Women and Work Commission, what the proposed (a) resource budget and (b) departmental staff numbers to support the Women and Work Commission are; and if she will make a statement.
(191855)
570
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 12th May, Official Report, column 438W, on the Insolvency Service, what measures she is taking to improve (a) the ratio of calls made from members of the public to the Insolvency Service's Enforcement Hotline regarding disqualified directors and (b) the number of cases accepted by the Legal Services Directorate for full investigation.
(191857)
571
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in her Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191383)
572
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191393)
573
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191418)
574
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in her Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191434)
575
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the Greek Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on protection against dumped imports met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(191592)
576
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the Greek Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on protection against subsidised imports met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(191593)
577
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the Greek Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on common rules for exports of products met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(191594)
578
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the Greek Presidency of the EU the Quota Administration Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(191595)
579
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the Greek Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on common rules for imports of products from third countries met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(191596)
580
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the Greek Presidency of the EU the Committee on the implementation of projects promoting co-operation and commercial relations between the European Union and the industrialised countries in North America, the Far East and Australasia met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(191600)
581
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the Greek Presidency of the EU the Committee for the management of generalised preference met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(191601)
582
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the Greek Presidency of the EU the Committee for the harmonisation of credit insurance provisions for transactions with medium and long-term cover met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(191602)
583
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the Greek Presidency of the EU the Co-ordinating Group for the community regime for the control of exports of dual-use goods met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(191603)
584
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the Greek Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on common rules for imports from certain third world countries met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(191612)
585
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the Greek Presidency of the EU the Committee on defence against obstacles to trade which affect the market of the Community or a non-member country met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(191613)
586
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the Greek Presidency of the EU the Textile Committee (conventional regime) met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(191614)
587
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the Greek Presidency of the EU the Committee on common rules for imports of textile products from certain third world countries (autonomous regime) met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(191615)
588
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the Greek Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee for implementation of the Community market-access strategy met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(191616)
589
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many cases are waiting to be heard at industrial tribunal; what the average waiting time is; and what steps the Government is taking to reduce waiting times.
(191274)
590
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the implications for the UK chemicals industry of the EU Commission's Draft Regulation on Chemicals Policy; and if she will make a statement.
(191561)
591
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received about the EU Commission's Draft Regulation on Chemicals Policy.
(191562)
592
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the effect the EU Commission's Draft Regulation on Chemicals Policy will have on the competitiveness of the UK chemicals industry.
(191563)
593
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the effect the EU Commission's Draft Regulation on Chemicals Policy will have on the manufacture and processing of polyurethane.
(191564)
594
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the future of the UK chemicals industry.
(191565)
595
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she has taken to reduce regulation in the chemicals industry.
(191566)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
596
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) the City of York in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191851)
597
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which funding streams have been allocated by his Department using a funding formula which includes rankings or scores on the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000; and if he will list the amount of funding allocated in such a way (a) nationally by the Department and (b) to all Government sponsored bodies reporting to the Department.
(191535)
598
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many local authorities have introduced 20mph zones on roads around schools where this is practicable.
(191329)
599
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the traffic information signs between junctions 8 and 12 of the M27 were due to be in operation; when it is expected that this will occur; and if he will make a statement.
(190819)
600
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received concerning the proposed Rotherwas access road; and if he will make a statement.
(191365)
601
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact on the viability of the Rotherwas Industrial Estate if the proposed access road is built; and if he will make a statement.
(191366)
602
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on progress on the Salisbury Transportation Package.
(191758)
603
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy that car parking should be restricted at provincial railway stations in order to discourage long-distance commuting.
(191759)
604
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) planned and (b) actual completion dates were of the works at Skew Bridge on the A36(T) west of Salisbury; what the (i) estimated and (ii) out-turn costs were; and if he will make a statement.
(191760)
605
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the speed limit on the A36(T) between Salisbury and Wilton has been reduced to 40mph.
(191763)
606
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the causes were of the delay to the completion of the Skew Bridge project on the A36(T) west of Salisbury.
(191765)
607
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library a copy of the regulations and criteria that must be followed by highway authorities when considering construction of roundabouts on A roads.
(191766)
608
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when Broken Cross railway bridge on the Salisbury to Waterloo line at Ford, east of Salisbury, will be upgraded; and if he will make a statement.
(191767)
609
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the 40 mph speed limit on the A36(T) west of the Wiltshire county boundary has not been extended in a similar way to the speed limit on the Hampshire side of the boundary.
(191769)
610
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to construct a bypass for the village of Chicklade on the A303(T) in Wiltshire.
(191770)
611
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions in the past year National Air Traffic Services and the Ministry of Defence Airfield at Boscombe Down communicated in respect of incidents relating to airspace under Boscombe Down surveillance; and if he will make a statement.
(191771)
612
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the contracts awarded by his Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case (a) the name of the consulting company, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if he will make a statement.
(191734)
613
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure British holiday-makers travelling abroad are covered by the Air Traffic Organisers Licence scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(191557)
614
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice he offers to British holiday-makers who are stranded abroad when an airline fails and their holiday booking does not include Air Traffic Organisers Licence protection; and if he will make a statement.
(191558)
615
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will give effect to the recommendations of the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure that the Air Traffic Organisers Licence scheme applies to cover direct purchase flights; and if he will make a statement.
(191559)
616
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of British holiday-makers who will be protected by the Air Traffic Organisers Licence scheme in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement.
(191560)
617
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the Milford Haven Port Authority in respect of the proposed development by Petroplus of a liquefied natural gas storage facility; and if he will make a statement.
(191645)
618
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his officials have had with Milford Haven Port Authority in respect to the drawing up of a risk assessment for the proposed Petroplus liquefied natural gas storage facility; and if he will make a statement.
(191651)
619
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the International Maritime Organisation in respect to the proposed Petroplus liquefied natural gas storage facility; and if he will make a statement.
(191652)
620
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the offshore risks posed by the proposed Petroplus liquefied natural gas storage facility; and if he will make a statement.
(191653)
621
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to raise the proposed Petroplus liquefied natural gas storage facility with (a) the Health and Safety Executive, (b) the Environment Agency, (c) the Countryside Council for Wales and (d) TRANSEC; and if he will make a statement.
(191654)
622
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of publicly-owned ambulances in England are Mercedes Sprinters; and if he will make a statement.
(191793)
623
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191379)
624
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191396)
625
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191421)
626
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191437)
627
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the proposed tram network in Leeds.
(191448)
628
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the condition of (a) Romford and (b) Gidea Park railway stations.
(191456)
629
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on congestion charging in cities other than London.
(191457)
630
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to improve facilities at (a) Romford and (b) Gidea Park railway station.
(191458)
631
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the safety of the railways.
(191459)
632
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money the Government has invested in the rail network since 1st May 1997.
(191460)
633
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is on the improvement of railway stations.
(191461)
634
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the punctuality of railway service providers.
(191462)
635
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what he expects the total cost of the Crossrail project to be; what percentage will be provided by (a) the Government and (b) private finance; and what form the private finance will take.
(191463)
636
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money the Government expects to spend in improvements to the rail network over the next five years.
(191464)
637
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding the Government plans to give to the Crossrail project over the next five years.
(191465)
638
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria will be set for the compulsory purchase of land for the Crossrail scheme.
(191467)
639
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much land which is not part of the rail network he expects Crossrail to need to acquire in order to complete the project.
(191468)
640
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Government plans to invest in improving the safety of railways over the next five years.
(191469)
641
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much it will cost to maintain the current standard of safety on railways over the next five years.
(191470)
642
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much central government money will be invested in the London Underground over the next five years.
(191486)
643
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to introduce tram networks in cities which have poor public transport systems.
(191487)
644
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much central Government money was invested in the London Underground in each year between 1999 and its transfer to the Mayor of London.
(191551)
645
N
Mrs Gillian Shephard (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he intends to introduce a renewable transport fuels obligation under the Energy Act 2004.
(190815)
646
Ian Stewart (Eccles):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much central government subsidy was paid directly to the five largest bus companies in Great Britain in the form of bus service operators' grant in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04, broken down by area.
(191708)
647
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress against national targets has been made by local authorities on increasing cycling.
(191866)
648
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has evaluated the work of the English Regions Cycling Development Team; and if he will make a statement.
(191874)
649
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how his Department will (a) assist and (b) assess progress after May 2005 of local authorities in (i) developing cycling, (ii) setting local targets for cycling and (iii) preparing the cycling element of local transport plans.
(191877)
650
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will commission a study by the Civil Aviation Authority and the Health and Safety Executive into the prevalence of Organophosphorus Ester-Induced Chronic Neurotoxicity induced by low-level inhalation of organophosphates present in lubricating oils and hydraulic fluids in aircraft.
(191552)
651
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27th April, Official Report, column 888W, on aviation, whether he has received a report from the Aviation Health Unit on the presence of organophosphate fumes in aircraft cabins and their effect on passengers and crews.
(191768)
652
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what negotiations have taken place between his Department and Her Majesty's Customs and Excise about lorry road user charging; and what the outcome was of those discussions.
(191489)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
653
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191375)
654
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191398)
655
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191423)
656
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191439)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
657
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unfilled job vacancies there are at York Jobcentre; and how many there were at the same date in each year since 1996.
(191219)
658
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children have been taken out of poverty since 1997 in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and Humber and (c) the City of York.
(191221)
659
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Yorkshire and Humber and (b) the City of York receive the disability income guarantee; and what its value is.
(191222)
660
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the carer premium in income support was in (a) 1997 and (b) October.
(191223)
661
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average weekly income of (a) a pensioner couple and (b) a single pensioner was in (i) real and (ii) cash terms in (A) 1997 and (B) October in (1) the UK, (2) Yorkshire and Humber and (3) the City of York.
(191224)
662
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in (a) Yorkshire and Humber and (b) City of York received (i) winter fuel payments and (ii) free television licences in 2003-04.
(191240)
663
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many 18-24 year olds have (a) enrolled on and (b) found work through the New Deal in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) City of York since 1997.
(191341)
664
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) City of York have found work through the New Deal for (i) lone parents, (ii) disabled people and (iii) people aged over 24 years.
(191342)
665
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) the City of York in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available.
(191845)
666
Andrew Bennett (Denton & Reddish):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made with his Department's project to review housing benefit rules for gypsy and traveller sites; and when it will report.
(191142)
667
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether telephone enquiries relating to the direct payment of benefits and pensions are handled by staff other than those employed by his Department.
(190650)
668
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which funding streams have been allocated by his Department using a funding formula which includes rankings or scores on the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000; and if he will list the amount of funding allocated in such a way (a) nationally by the Department and (b) to all Government sponsored bodies reporting to the Department.
(191530)
669
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd March, Official Report, column 741W, on employers' liability compulsory insurance, what progress the Health and Safety Executive has made with the final validation of a Health and Safety Management Index for (a) large and (b) small businesses.
(191776)
670
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Taunton have found long term employment of more than six months through the New Deal.
(191153)
671
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people aged (a) under 25, (b) 25 to 40, (c) 40 to 49, (d) 50 to 59 and (e) over 60 years have claimed incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance in each year since 1997, broken down by region.
(191672)
672
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have made a new claim for incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) age and (b) region.
(191673)
673
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of new claimants of incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance in each year since 1997 have been in receipt of incapacity benefit at some point (a) during the previous two years, (b) during the previous five years and (c) since the introduction of incapacity benefit, broken down by (i) age and (ii) region.
(191674)
674
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance were rejected in each year since 1997; and what percentage this was of all applications for each benefit, broken down by (a) age and (b) region.
(191675)
675
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what categories of reasons are given for the rejection of applications for incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance; and how many applications for incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance were rejected for each of these reasons in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) age and (b) region.
(191676)
676
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful appeals were made against the rejection of applications for incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance, broken down by (i) age and (ii) region.
(191677)
677
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claiming incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance in each year since 1997 had their claims terminated as a result of assessments made by doctors employed by or under contract to the Department, broken down by (a) age and (b) region.
(191678)
678
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost was of administering the appeal system for incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance in each year since 1997.
(191679)
679
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost was per appellant of each hearing of an appeal against the withdrawal or denial of incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance in each year since 1997.
(191680)
680
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance who entered paid employment in 2002-03 registered for the 52 week linking rule; and how many of them reclaimed benefit under the terms of the rule in the following 52 weeks, broken down by (a) age and (b) region.
(191681)
681
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are employed by the appeals system in relation to incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance.
(191689)
682
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants who relinquished incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowances in each year from 1997 (a) entered training and employment programmes other than Access to Work, Work Preparation and Workstep, (b) moved on to other benefits and (c) reached pensionable age.
(191690)
683
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance claimed other benefits simultaneously in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) the benefit claimed, (b) age and (c) region.
(191691)
684
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance recipients claimed (a) statutory sick pay, (b) jobseeker's allowance income support and (c) other benefits before receiving incapacity benefit in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) age and (ii) region.
(191692)
685
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time was before new incapacity benefit claimants saw doctors employed by or contracted to the Department for a medical assessment in relation to the receipt of incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance in each year since 1997.
(191694)
686
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what previous employment new incapacity benefit claimants had before making their claims in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) age and (b) region.
(191696)
687
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of those going on to incapacity benefit in each year since 1997 had a claim for incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance rejected in the previous two years, broken down by (a) age and (b) region.
(191697)
688
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost was of (a) incapacity benefit and (b) severe disablement allowance in each year since 1997.
(191698)
689
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost per person of getting a person who has entered (a) an Access to Work programme, (b) a Work Preparation Programme and (c) Workstep into sustained employment; and if he will make a statement.
(191700)
690
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have entered (a) an Access to Work programme, (b) a Work Preparation programme and (c) Workstep in each year since 2001 have re-entered those programmes or other employment and training programmes later, broken down by (i) age and (ii) region.
(191701)
691
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have entered (a) an Access to Work programme, (b) a Work Preparation programme and (c) Workstep in each year since 2001 have gone on to enter sustained employment, broken down by (i) age and (ii) region.
(191702)
692
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on the New Deal for Disabled People in each year since 2001, broken down by region.
(191703)
693
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have entered a New Deal for Disabled People programme in each year since 2001, broken down by (a) region and (b) age.
(191704)
694
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average cost per person who has entered a New Deal for Disabled People programme since 2001.
(191705)
695
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost per person of getting a person who has entered a New Deal for Disabled People programme into sustained employment; and if he will make a statement.
(191706)
696
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have entered a New Deal for Disabled People programme in each year since 2001 have gone on to enter sustained employment, broken down by (a) age and (b) region.
(191707)
697
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have entered a New Deal for Disabled People programme in each year since 2001 have re-entered the programme later, broken down by (a) age and (b) region.
(191709)
698
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on (a) Access to Work, (b) Work Preparation and (c) Workstep in each year since 2001, broken down by region.
(191710)
699
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have entered (a) an Access to Work programme, (b) a Work Preparation programme and (c) Workstep in each year since 2001, broken down by (i) region and (ii) age.
(191711)
700
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average cost per person who has entered (a) an Access to Work programme, (b) a Work Preparation programme and (c) Workstep since 2001.
(191712)
701
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have had their claims for incapacity benefit terminated because their claims were found to be fraudulent in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) region and (b) age.
(191719)
702
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to promote the continued manufacture of Palantype speech to text reporting machines; and if he will make a statement.
(191146)
703
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Yeovil constituency had an annual income of less than £5,000 in 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(191314)
704
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of reductions in the limited price indexation of pensions on incentives to provide for retirement.
(191546)
705
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the contracts awarded by his Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case (a) the name of the consulting company, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if he will make a statement.
(191736)
706
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many senior citizens in Carlisle have benefited from the winter fuel allowance since 1997.
(191599)
707
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in the Maidenhead constituency are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of pension credit.
(191337)
708
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997.
(191391)
709
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997.
(191404)
710
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.
(191414)
711
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; and what their cost was.
(191430)
712
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to extend asbestos industrial injury benefit to sufferers who have come into contact with asbestos via a family member working in an industrial environment; and if he will make a statement.
(191795)
713
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals over state pension age are aged over 75.
(190643)
714
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many over-75s are claiming the guarantee credit element of the pension credit.
(190644)
715
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many letters he has sent to occupational pension schemes in wind-up, in connection with his Financial Assistance Scheme, asking them to supply scheme data by 12th November; and if he will estimate the average cost to each scheme of providing the information requested.
(190645)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
716
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children in (a) Yorkshire and Humber and (b) the City of York received child benefit (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for which figures are available; and what the weekly value of child benefit was in (A) 1997 and (B) October.
[Transferred] (191220)
717
N
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress is being made with the International Finance Facility.
[Question Unstarred] (190554)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
718
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to make the 1992 National Audit Office Report into Al Yamamah publicly available; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (191166)
719
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy vessels have used the Gibraltar station in each of the last three years; and what repairs were carried out on them.
[Transferred] (191446)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
720
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions Merseyside local authorities have issued a fixed penalty notice for noise disturbance since June.
[Transferred] (191325)
721
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions a Merseyside (a) local authority officer, (b) community support officer and (c) person accredited by the Chief Constable has issued a fixed penalty notice for minor graffiti and fly-posting offences.
[Transferred] (191327)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
722
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the UK is reserving the right not to implement Council of Europe Recommendation No. Rec (2004) 10 concerning the protection of the human rights and dignity of persons with mental disorder; and which sections of the Recommendation it objects to.
[Transferred] (191847)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
723
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made in reducing the impact of traffic signs and street furniture in areas of high environmental value; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (191144)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
724
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mothers in (a) Yorkshire and Humber and (b) City of York received Sure Start maternity grants in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (191161)
725
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have successfully claimed asylum claimed jobseeker's allowance in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (191256)

 
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