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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 15 October 2004

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Friday 15 October 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 15 October 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Friday 15 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 Friday 15 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Friday 15 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will estimate the total cost of amending the Civil Service pension regulations so as to provide full widows' pensions to all widows and widowers who married the scheme member post-retirement.
(192122)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
2
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) statutory demands, (b) bankruptcy petitions and (c) winding-up petitions raised in accordance with the provisions of the Insolvency Act 1986 by the Inland Revenue or HM Customs and Excise, which include estimated assessments contrary to section 267 of the Act, have been issued since 1986.
(192256)
3
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of parents in (a) London and (b) the UK are (i) eligible for and (ii) receiving the childcare element of the working tax credit.
(192091)
4
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department's 10-year childcare funding strategy will take into account the higher costs of providing childcare in certain parts of the country.
(192094)
5
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department's 10-year childcare funding strategy will ensure ongoing revenue funding for childcare.
(192095)
6
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will amend the childcare component of the working tax credit to take account of higher housing and childcare costs in London.
(192116)
7
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether arrangements in place for avoiding hardship in recovering tax credit overpayments dating back two years or more will continue.
(192184)
8
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(191915)
9
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Department spent on outside information technology and communication specialist consultants and engineers in the 2003-04 financial year.
(191911)
10
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the total number of residential property purchases in each year from 1990 to 2004; what his estimate is of the number of purchases in each year which were exempt from paying stamp duty as a consequence of the stamp duty threshold; and if he will make a statement.
(192123)
11
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the number of estates on which inheritance tax was paid which were valued at (a) £250,000 to £300,000, (b) 300,000 to £400,000, (c) 400,000 to £500,000, (d) £500,000 to £750,000, (e) £750,000 to £1 million, (f) £1 million to £2 million, (g) £2 million to £5 million and (h) more than £5 million in each of the last three years.
(192136)
12
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the total number of estates (a) paying inheritance tax and (b) not paying inheritance tax in each year from 1984-85 to 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(192137)
13
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the total cost of raising the inheritance tax-exempt threshold to (a) £500,000 and (b) £1 million; and if he will make a statement.
(192138)
14
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the total amount of unpaid tax, broken down by each available category, in each year from 1996-97 to 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(192143)
15
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of total government spending on preparations for the euro in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02, (d) 2002-03, (e) 2003-04 and (f) 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(192144)
16
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the number of pensioners paying income tax in each year from 1995 to 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(192145)
17
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were prosecuted in the last 12 months for offences relating to the import through airports of banned organic materials.
(192200)
18
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the change in the number of people employed in manufacturing industry in Shrewsbury and Atcham has been since 1997.
(192292)
19
N
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in Carlisle have received child tax credit.
(191350)
20
N
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new jobs have been created in Carlisle since 1997.
(191352)
21
N
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the level of unemployment was in Carlisle in each year since 1996.
(191353)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
22
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many district judges sitting in a county court are presiding over appeals against High Court orders.
(192257)
23
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(191929)
24
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many sitting lay magistrates there were in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.
(192199)
25
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many and what percentage of practising barristers are Queen's Counsel.
(192201)
26
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many solicitor firms in England and Wales offered publicly funded (a) criminal and (b) civil legal advice, assistance and representation in 1994; and how many offered each service at the latest date for which figures are available.
(192212)
27
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many Welsh-speaking criminal district judges there are on the Wales and Chester circuit.
(192213)
28
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many magistrates' court trial centres there were in England and Wales (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(192215)
29
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many appeals against closures of magistrates' courts were lodged in each of the last five years; how many of those were successful; and what percentage this was of appeals in each year.
(192220)
30
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which public authorities the Secretary of State intends to designate for the purpose of section 53(1) (a) (iii) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and which public authorities have been the subject of consultation under section 53(5) of that Act.
(191947)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
31
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will estimate the percentage of households in each of Northern Ireland's constituencies in possession of a valid television licence.
(191628)
32
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the allocated spending for the 2012 Olympics will be used on (a) construction costs and (b) promotional costs.
(191901)
33
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of her Department; and if she will make a statement.
(191920)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
34
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether, in reviewing the decision of the Board of Inquiry in relation to the crash of Flight ZD 576 the reviewing air marshals consulted any third party before coming to their conclusions.
(191633)
35
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) total energy use and (b) total cost has been of heating his Department's headquarters in Whitehall in each year since 1990.
(192244)
36
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to cut heat loss in his Department's headquarters in Whitehall; and if he will make a statement.
(192245)
37
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he takes to ensure that the buildings comprising his Department's headquarters in Whitehall are heated according to occupancy and climatic conditions rather than a standard date and time.
(192246)
38
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost of providing lighting for his Department's headquarters in Whitehall has been for each year since 1990.
(192247)
39
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his policy that lights within his Department's headquarters in Whitehall should remain on, irrespective of room occupancy.
(192248)
40
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much used military (a) clothing, (b) footwear and (c) other personal equipment was reissued to serving personnel in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(191968)
41
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(191925)
42
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with Virgin Atlantic about further usage of RAF Lyneham.
(192173)
43
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will ask the Health Protection Agency to provide continuing monitoring of health risks arising from radar installations at RAF Fylingdales early warning station.
(192108)
44
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will answer the question from the honourable Member dated 16th July, Ref 185178.
(192168)
45
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what facilities there are for medical testing of UK military personnel returning from Iraq; and whether results of such tests will be made public.
(192281)
46
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether British forces have cut off water supplies to civilians (a) during the recent war and (b) since the end of the conflict in Iraq.
(192086)
47
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the US Administration on cutting off civilian water supplies in Iraq.
(192087)
48
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions UK defence personnel have had with coalition partners on cutting off civilian water supplies in Iraq.
(192089)
49
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions UK defence personnel had with coalition partners before the decision to cut off water supplies in the Iraqi city of Tall Ajar in September.
(192090)
50
N
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date HMCS Chicoutimi was handed over to the Royal Canadian Navy; and whether problems were identified on the sea trials before docking at Campbell Town on 25th September.
(191618)
51
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral statement by the Minister for Veterans, on 15th September, Official Report, column 467WH, regarding Mrs Crowton, when he will write to the honourable Member for New Forest West.
(192109)
52
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) establishment, (b) funded liability and (c) actual strength was for the army in each year since 1997; what it is in 2004-05; and what it is expected to be in 2005-06.
(192160)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
53
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list grants his Department has made for housing in Southend in each of the last three years.
(192277)
54
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to undertake a public consultation exercise on the Companion Guide accompanying Planning Policy Statement 22.
(192253)
55
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average price of a house in England was in (a) 1980, (b) 1990 and (c) 2000; and if he will estimate (i) the current price of the same dwelling if its value had risen at the rate of the retail price index and (ii) the current price of the same dwelling if its valuation had risen at the same average level as house prices over that period.
(192030)
56
N
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will publish the guidance to local authorities on how to implement the legislation concerning high hedges contained in the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.
(191617)
57
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much money from the New Deal for Communities programme has been spent (a) in Warrington North and (b) in Warrington as a whole.
(191902)
58
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the current average delay is at the Planning Inspectorate in dealing with appeals; what action is being taken to reduce the backlog of cases; and if he will make a statement.
(190931)
59
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to increase the supply of affordable homes in Somerset; and if he will make a statement.
(192068)
60
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will rank the counties of England by level of council tax rises, for the periods (a) 1997-2001, (b) 2001-05, (c) 1997-2005; and if he will make a statement.
(192072)
61
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his estimate is of the change in the local authority grant to Somerset County Council which would result in 2005-06 if the 2001 Census data were used; and if he will make a statement.
(192073)
62
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he plans to issue the advice from the Standards Board for England in relation to declarations of prejudicial interests for local authority councillors.
(191934)
63
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he plans to shortlist only private bidders for the proposed South West regional rescue control centre; when he will announce the shortlist; and on what criteria he will base his decision as to who will gain a place on the shortlist.
(192028)
64
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent submissions he has received on the effect on building standards of the introduction of competition into building control; and if he will make a statement.
(192289)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
65
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list grants his Department has made for education provision in Southend in each of the last three years.
(192279)
66
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the average cost of setting up a nursery in (a) London and (b) England.
(192097)
67
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average cost of providing a childcare place is in (a) London and (b) England.
(192098)
68
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many new full day care places he expects will be created in children's centres in London by (a) April 2005 and (b) April 2006.
(192099)
69
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to monitor local authority funding of nursery education; and whether he plans to collate and publish that information.
(192100)
70
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of qualified childcare workers in (a) London and (b) England.
(192101)
71
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the average salary of childcare workers in (a) London and (b) England.
(192102)
72
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to improve career progression for childcare workers.
(192103)
73
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the ratio of childcare places to children of pre-school age is in (a) London and (b) England.
(192104)
74
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the projected non-completion rate for full-time first degree students reported by the Higher Education Statistics Agency which is accounted for by students transferring to different courses at the same institution.
(191979)
75
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether he was consulted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency on the university performance indicators it produced in September; whether these indicators were subject to his approval; when he or his ministers were first informed what the performance indicators were; and what assessment he has made of the impact on university admissions of the indicators relating to state school intake.
(191980)
76
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the differences in funding regimes for (a) local authority and (b) voluntary aided schools; and what plans he has to try to reduce funding differences.
(191747)
77
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the application by Cam Hopton School, in Stroud, for a boiler repair; and for what reason it is being asked to make a contribution.
(191748)
78
N
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the advice to schools on the teachernet website of 20th July regarding use of wireless technologies for pupil data registration and registering of licences is mandatory; and whether liability rests with (a) the Department and (b) schools.
[R] (190291)
79
N
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the purpose was of the action against Frontline Technologies Limited (European patent UK No. 0664061); what the cost to the Government was of the case; how much of this was borne by the Department; and what the outcome of the case was.
[R] (190292)
80
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(191927)
81
N
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he will make an announcement on the future training and role of educational psychologists.
(191630)
82
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what strategic role he intends (a) the Open University and (b) adult residential colleges to perform in the delivery of lifelong learning.
(191971)
83
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of students taking (a) GCSE mathematics, (b) GCSE history, (c) GCSE English, (d) GCSE French and (e) GCSE physics received an (i) A grade, (ii) C grade and (iii) pass or better in each year from 1989 to 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(192133)
84
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his estimate is of class sizes in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Somerset, (ii) Yeovil constituency and (iii) England in 1992-93 to 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(192134)
85
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the lowest mark needed to obtain (a) GCSE mathematics, (b) GCSE English and (c) GCSE physics at (i) A grade, (ii) C grade and (iii) pass has been in each year from 1995 to 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(192135)
86
N
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in Carlisle were taught in classes of more than 30 on the latest date for which figures are available.
(191354)
87
N
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students applied for loans from the Student Loan Company for the current academic year prior to July.
(191624)
88
N
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students who applied for loans from the Student Loan Company prior to July are yet to receive their loans for the current academic year.
(191625)
89
N
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students who have applied for loans from the Student Loan Company are yet to receive their loans for the current academic year.
(191626)
90
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures his Department is taking with other departments, to identify skill shortages and train up workers in those skills, with particular reference to (a) the Department of Trade and Industry and (b) the Home Office.
(192018)
91
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures his Department is taking in conjunction with the Department of Trade and Industry to improve on-the-job training.
(192022)
92
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the anticipated total cost is of the arrangements for the voluntary early release of 350 staff from the Department; and if he will list the (a) grade and (b) geographic location of the staff who will be given voluntary early release.
(191903)
93
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to extend the Sure Start programme by expanding the number of children's centres beyond the current provision for disadvantaged wards.
(191904)
94
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will publish an assessment of the implications for traffic levels arising from the implementation of the Five Year Strategy for Children and Learners.
(192230)
95
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Mid Dorset and Poole North, 6th February, Official Report, column 1118W, on school milk, if he will list those education authorities in England which make use of the EU subsidy to provide school milk.
(192117)
96
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many male primary school teachers there are in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each local education authority; and how many of those are head teachers with no scheduled classroom time.
(192118)
97
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools were without a permanent head teacher for any period in the past 12 months.
(192119)
98
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the pupil teacher ratio figures were in each local education authority at (a) key stage 1, (b) key stage 2 and (c) key stage 3 at the latest date for which figures are available.
(192120)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
99
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list grants her Department has made to improve the environment in Southend in each of the last three years.
(192280)
100
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff the Environment Agency has, broken down by (a) function and (b) region.
(192300)
101
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many leaflets have been produced and sent this year relating to the Warm Front programme; and what the cost of this exercise has been.
(192301)
102
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria were used in deciding to which addresses leaflets relating to the Warm Front programme grants should be sent.
(192302)
103
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many leaflets relating to the Warm Front programme she estimates have been delivered to addresses which (a) do and (b) do not qualify for grant status in 2004.
(192303)
104
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the UK (a) fly, (b) mosquito and (c) cockroach population; and what the predicted numbers are in the event of a (i) one per cent., (ii) two per cent. and (iii) three per cent. increase on current average temperatures due to climate changes.
(192304)
105
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the EU legislation her Department has had responsibility for implementing since its inception; and what the (a) EU deadline for implementation and (b) date of final UK implementation was in each case.
(192305)
106
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to (a) reduce the UK fly population and (b) prevent increases predicted to take place from the impact of future climate change scenarios.
(192306)
107
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information she collects regarding complaints received by environmental health officers relating to (a) domestic premises, (b) road works and construction, (c) industrial and commercial premises, (d) road traffic and (e) aircraft.
(192307)
108
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the number of disused petrol stations which do not meet the requirements of the Public Health Act 1961; how many improvement notices have been issued under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974; and what further steps are planned to deal with the potential detrimental effects to the environment of disused petrol stations.
(192308)
109
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the emissions of (a) carbon dioxide, (b) nitrogen oxide, (c) sulphur dioxide and (d) particulates produced by (i) lawnmowers, (ii) chainsaws, (iii) strimmers and (iv) other small petrol engines in each of the last five years.
(192309)
110
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list facilities capable of recycling batteries other than vehicle batteries, broken down by (a) location and (b) battery type.
(192311)
111
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of batteries other than vehicle batteries have been recycled in the UK in each year since 1997.
(192312)
112
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of batteries other than vehicle batteries have been sent to other countries for recycling in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) country and (b) battery type.
(192313)
113
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many lithium batteries were incinerated in the UK in each year since 1997.
(192314)
114
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the impediments which preclude the provision of battery collection points in (a) schools and (b) retail locations.
(192315)
115
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) prosecutions, (b) cautions and (c) enforcement notices there have been in each year since 1999 for offences related to (i) process industry regulations, (ii) radioactive substances regulation, (iii) waste, (iv) water quality, (v) water resources, (vi) flood defences, (vii) fisheries and (viii) navigation as recorded in the National Enforcement Database (A) in total and (B) broken down by region.
(192316)
116
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions resulted in (a) convictions and (b) custodial sentences in each year since 1999 for offences related to (i) water resources (ii) flood defences, (iii) fisheries, (iv) navigation, (v) process industry regulation, (vi) radioactive substances, (vii) waste and (viii) water quality as recorded in the National Enforcement Database; and what the average fines were where custodial sentences were awarded (A) in total and (B) broken down by region.
(192317)
117
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) prosecutions, (b) cautions and (c) enforcement notices there have been in each year since 1995 brought by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (i) in total and (ii) broken down by region.
(192318)
118
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions brought by the Drinking Water Inspectorate resulted in (a) convictions and (b) custodial sentences in each year since 1995; and what the average fines were where custodial sentences were awarded (i) in total and (ii) broken down by region.
(192319)
119
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made as to whether the River Thames is compliant with the Urban Waste Water Directive.
(192321)
120
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the (a) sewage disposal treatment works, (b) sewage mechanisms and (c) works related to sewage in London are compliant with the Urban Waste Water Directive.
(192322)
121
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the capacity of London's sewage treatment works to handle future increases in storm overflow incidence, with particular reference to compliance with the Urban Waste Water Directive.
(192323)
122
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the Thames is classified for purposes of the the Urban Waste Water Directive, broken down by stretch of river.
(192324)
123
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to ensure that inspection maps used by the Rural Payments Agency correspond with the rural land maps under preparation by the Rural Land Registry.
(192224)
124
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what species are covered by the term herbaceous forage in defining categories for set-aside.
(192225)
125
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cormorants will be licensed to be killed each of the first five years under the amendments to the licensing system for the control of the cormorant population announced by the Parliamentary Secretary for Nature Conservation and Fisheries on 16th September; what procedure will be used to judge what alternatives are available to the culling of cormorants; and what evidence will be used to authorise the culling of cormorants where damage to fish stocks has not occurred but is likely to occur.
(191472)
126
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what account was taken of the Government research on bird predation published in 1999 when the amendments to the licensing system for the control of the cormorant population announced by the Parliamentary Secretary for Nature Conservation and Fisheries on 16th September were being drawn up.
(191473)
127
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department is making in promoting British beef exports into the countries of the European Union; and if she will make a statement.
(191960)
128
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of her Department; and if she will make a statement.
(191918)
129
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local authorities contain internal drainage boards within their boundaries.
(191932)
130
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the welfare of fish and other aquatic animals in public aquaria; and if she will make a statement.
(192164)
131
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her estimate is of the total (a) number farms and (b) area of farmland in (i) Somerset, (ii) South Somerset and (iii) Yeovil constituency; and if she will make a statement.
(192124)
132
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial incentives are available to farmers who wish to plant trees; and if she will make a statement.
(192202)
133
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many registered agricultural buildings there were on 10th October (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.
(192204)
134
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many sea fishing boats were registered in England and Wales (a) in 1992 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(192205)
135
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the last survey of the population of (a) stone curlews, (b) curlews and (c) lapwings in England and Wales was published; and when it is intended to undertake a further survey.
(192206)
136
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research is being undertaken on the population of ground-laying birds in moorlands and heaths; and if she will make a statement.
(192207)
137
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when it is expected that the subsidy provided for farmers to dispose of fallen stock will be discontinued; and if she will make a statement.
(192210)
138
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list public bodies who will be responsible for enforcing the GM Food and Feed Regulation (EC) No.1830/2003 in the UK; and what estimate has been made of the cost to each body of the enforcement role.
(192233)
139
N
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many doses of foot and mouth vaccine are immediately available for the type O virus which occurred in 2001.
(191745)
140
N
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Chief Scientific Adviser to her Department last met his counterpart at the Department of Defense in Washington DC; and what was discussed.
(191746)
141
N
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research she has evaluated on onsite polymerase chain reaction real time technology for diagnosis of animal and plant disease.
(191755)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
142
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Turkish government officially to recognise the state of the Republic of Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(191966)
143
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the issues that involve the whole island of Cyprus on which he expects co-operation from the Turkish government; and if he will make a statement.
(191967)
144
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Turkish Government about the local authority in Seljuk taking planning action against the Ephesus Protestant Church there.
(192175)
145
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(191916)
146
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome was of the General Affairs and External Relations Council held on 11th October; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.
(192039)
147
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much the Department spent on outside information technology and communication specialist consultants and engineers in the 2003-04 financial year.
(191913)
148
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11th October, Official Report, column 31W, on the EU-Israel Association Agreement, what the reasons are for his decision.
(192282)
149
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last raised human rights concerns with the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
(192162)
150
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what dates the contracts were exchanged for (a) the sale of the Consul-General's former residence in New York and (b) the purchase of the new residence in New York.
(192170)
151
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will support the according to Turkey of EU applicant status at the next EU summit; and if he will make a statement.
(192171)
152
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to how many further cases of concern since the publication of the FCO Human Rights Report 2003 raised by the Government with the government of the People's Republic of China the Chinese government has responded.
(192172)
153
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with counterparts in the US Administration on cutting off water supplies in Iraq.
(192088)
154
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has made for the eventuality of a no vote in the proposed referendum on the European Constitution.
(191893)
155
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to announce the timetable for a referendum on the European Constitution.
(191894)
156
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action his Department has taken since 2000 in relation to section 21 of the European Parliament Resolution (2000/2025 (INI)) on the participation of women in peaceful conflict resolution.
(192231)
157
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions have taken place with the Governor of the Falkland Islands regarding the administration of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
(192041)
158
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with the interim government in Guinea-Bissau on the security situation.
(192042)
159
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with the government of Eritrea following the expulsion of BBC correspondent Jonah Fisher.
(192043)
160
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the border dispute between Surinam and Guyana.
(192044)
161
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the security situation in (a) the Solomon Islands and (b) Fiji.
(192045)
162
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions have taken place with the government of Mauritania on the alleged coup to overthrow President Maaouiya Sid'Ahmed Ould Taya.
(192046)
163
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of Italy's proposals to lift the EU Arms Embargo on Libya.
(192047)
164
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much Government funding was provided to the British Council in each year since 1997.
(192048)
165
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with the governments of (a) Rwanda and (b) Uganda on the political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and what steps have been taken by the Government to foster security and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo and its neighbouring countries.
(192049)
166
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place on the lifting of the arms embargo on China with the governments of (a) France, (b) the USA, (c) the EU and (d) China; and what assessment has been made of the likely impact on the security situation in the South China seas.
(192050)
167
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations were made by the government at the fifth Asia-Europe summit in Hanoi on the government of Burma's record of human rights abuses.
(192051)
168
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with the government of Sudan regarding the possibility of regional autonomy for the south of the country.
(192052)
169
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with the governments of (a) Kyrgyzstan, (b) Tajikistan, (c) Uzbekistan and (d) Turkmenistan on illegal trade of radioactive materials produced by the former Soviet Union.
(192055)
170
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with the governments of (a) Turkmenistan, (b) Tajikistan and (c) Uzbekistan on the smuggling of opium across its borders with Afghanistan; and what steps the Government have taken to assist these countries in securing their borders with Afghanistan.
(192056)
171
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with the government of Cambodia regarding King Sihanouk's abdication.
(192057)
172
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with the government of Brazil on its dispute with the International Atomic Energy Agency over inspections of uranium enrichment facilities.
(192058)
173
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with the government of Brazil on the effects of inflation rates in the country on (a) economic recovery and (b) political stability.
(192059)
174
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with the government of Chad on the influx of Sudanese refugees fleeing Janjaweed militia.
(192060)
175
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
(192061)
176
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the UN resolution on possible oil sanctions against Sudan; and whether he expects a time table to be set for the Sudanese government to comply with demands outlined in the resolution.
(192062)
177
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the implications of violence in the Niger Delta for the security of British nationals working for British oil companies there.
(192063)
178
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with the government of Niger on Islamic militants.
(192064)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
179
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of whether there is a risk to children of illness due to living close to petrol filling stations.
(192320)
180
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide financial assistance for continued research at the Southern Eye Research Centre, Southampton General Hospital, into age-related macular degeneration.
(191750)
181
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with macular disease have been provided with low vision aids on the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(191751)
182
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by National Health Service trusts in England on external contract staffing and consultancy in each year since 1997.
(191752)
183
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the prevalence of chlamydia in younger people.
(191753)
184
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to reduce the number of primary care trusts.
(191754)
185
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the minimum requirements for out-of-hours mental health services to be provided by NHS trusts delivering mental health services; and if he will make a statement.
(191756)
186
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been given to the Devon NHS Partnership Trust in identifying core and non-core services.
(191757)
187
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are to increase the provision of childcare places for NHS staff in London.
(192096)
188
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he will take to ensure that all patients in West Oxfordshire have the choice of treatment by an NHS dentist.
(191931)
189
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will increase funding for healthcare for children suffering from epilepsy.
(192159)
190
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dental practices operated in Sunderland in each year since 1999; what percentage of Sunderland (a) adults and (b) children were registered with NHS dental practices in each year, and how many community and school dental services sessions were held in the city in each year.
(192274)
191
N
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding was given to each primary care trust in each of the last three years; and what the funding level was per capita.
(191873)
192
N
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the population attached to each primary care trust is.
(191875)
193
N
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding was allocated to each hospital trust in each of the last three years.
(191876)
194
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list, by primary care trust, the percentage of patients waiting more than six months for elective surgery; and what the national average is.
(192038)
195
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(191923)
196
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation process he requires to be followed when services are moved between hospitals under one hospital trust.
(192283)
197
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings have taken place between ambulance services and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust on the proposed shift in emergency medical surgery to the Royal Preston Hospital.
(192284)
198
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the public meetings held by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust and primary care trusts regarding the proposed transfer of emergency medical surgery to Royal Preston Hospital.
(192285)
199
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of the Strategic Health Authority in Lancashire.
(192286)
200
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how a decision is made on what constitutes substantial change in hospital services; and who makes this decision.
(192287)
201
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are in place to ensure that evidence given by a hospital trust is accurate; and what action he can take against hospital trusts who submit inaccurate and misleading information.
(192288)
202
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Department spent on outside information technology and communication specialist consultants and engineers in the 2003-04 financial year.
(191912)
203
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were waiting over 13 weeks for an outpatient appointment in (a) Somerset, (b) South Somerset and (c) Yeovil constituency in each reporting period from 1995 to 2004.
(192129)
204
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of (a) total NHS spending and (b) total NHS capital spending in (i) Somerset and (ii) South Somerset in each year from 1990-91 to 2004-05, in real terms; and if he will make a statement.
(192130)
205
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the population of (a) Somerset, (b) South Somerset and (c) Yeovil constituency was registered with an NHS dentist in each year from 1988-89 to 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(192131)
206
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were waiting more than (a) three months and (b) six months for inpatient appointments in (i) Somerset, (ii) South Somerset and (iii) Yeovil constituency for each reporting period from 1995 to 2004.
(192132)
207
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dental practices were offering full NHS dental treatment (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(192203)
208
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last met interested groups to discuss core funding for hospices for children; and if he will make a statement.
(192221)
209
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in each year since 1997 have received electro-convulsive therapy treatment without having given their agreement.
(192290)
210
N
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make Malavane available on the NHS as an anti-malaria treatment; and if he will make a statement.
(191351)
211
Mr George Mudie (Leeds East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the members of the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust who reside in the Leeds Metropolitan District.
(192255)
212
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dental registrations he expects to be available within two years in (a) Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Primary Care Trust area and (b) East Lancashire.
(192163)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
213
N
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with US law enforcement agencies concerning the seizure of material from UK-based internet hosting providers; and if he will make a statement.
(191627)
214
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many defendants have been proceeded against at magistrates courts in each year since 1997 under (a) section 1, (b) section 5, (c) section 6, (d) section 7 and (e) any section of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
(192325)
215
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many defendants have been proceeded against at magistrates courts in each year since 1997 under (a) section 60, (b) section 61, (c) section 62, (d) section 93 and (e) any section of the Control of Pollution Act 1974.
(192326)
216
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many defendants have been proceeded against at magistrates courts in each year since 1997 under (a) section 110(2)(a), (b) section 110(2)(b), (c) section 110(2)(c), (d) section 110(4)(a), (e) section 110(4)(b) and (f) any section of the Environment Act 1995.
(192327)
217
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many defendants have been proceeded against at magistrates courts in each year since 1997 under the Clean Air Act 1993.
(192328)
218
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what qualifications suffice for the purposes of establishing a sufficient knowledge of English for the purposes of an application for naturalisation.
(191362)
219
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when it will be possible for applicants for naturalisation to obtain a certificate from a designated person to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of English; and when he intends to publish the list of designated persons.
(191471)
220
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when older pensioners will be able to apply for free passports.
(191474)
221
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) violent crimes, (b) thefts from vehicles, (c) burglaries and (d) drug offences were recorded by the Metropolitan Police force for the last year for which figures are available.
(191954)
222
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women are chief constables in each of the policing divisions.
(191955)
223
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are living in each borough in the Greater London area.
(191956)
224
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to stop bullying and violence amongst inmates in young offender institutions; and if he will make a statement.
(191957)
225
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued to young (a) men and (b) women in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(191963)
226
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he intends to review the working of anti-social behaviour order legislation following the High Court decision in the case involving the press road crew; and if he will make a statement.
(191964)
227
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to encourage local authorities and the police to name young people convicted of offences under anti-social behaviour legislation; and if he will make a statement.
(191965)
228
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time for a reply to be sent to an honourable Member from a Minister in the Home Office was in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(191969)
229
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is the policy of his Department to send acknowledgement cards to honourable Members who have written to his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(191970)
230
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his Department's consultation on money laundering and accountants' obligations to report money laundering.
(191981)
231
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the identity card scheme will be covered by the Data Protection Act 1988.
(191891)
232
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what safeguards will be put in place to ensure that legislation to provide for identity cards will give primacy to the privacy provisions of the Gender Recognition Bill.
(191892)
233
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what educational assessments are carried out on each young offender entering each young offenders institution.
(191895)
234
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hours, on average, young offenders spend in education each week.
(191896)
235
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the progress of the graffiti removal notice pilots.
(191897)
236
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what improvements have been made in procedures for investigations of racial incidents and complaints in prison.
(191898)
237
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation he has undertaken regarding the right of privacy in relation to the identity card scheme.
(191946)
238
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of the recent changes in central funding for (a) survivor organisations and (b) rape and sexual abuse support centres on their ability to continue to provide services.
(191977)
239
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the final costs of policing anti-war protests at RAF Fairford in 2003 were.
(192158)
240
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has commissioned into the links between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and domestic violence.
(192254)
241
N
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of policing independently owned airports in the UK was in the last year for which figures are available; and what contribution to this cost was made by airport owners.
(191317)
242
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(191917)
243
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will answer the question from the honourable Member dated 28th June, ref 181105.
(192167)
244
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many custody suites were available in each police authority area in England and Wales in each year from 1993 to 2004.
(192146)
245
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the Department spent on outside information technology and communication specialist consultants and engineers in the 2003-04 financial year.
(191906)
246
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter to him dated 13th September from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Alphonse Ngolo.
(192040)
247
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what grounds it has been proposed to privatise Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institution at Wetherby; what consultation with the (a) governors, (b) staff and (c) Board of Visitors (i) there has been and (ii) is proposed for this proposal; and if he will make a statement.
(192232)
248
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drivers convicted of driving when under the influence of alcohol or drugs over the past 10 years had previous convictions for the same offence (a) in total and (b) broken down by police authority.
(192179)
249
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions for drink-driving resulted in custodial sentences in each year since 1997 (a) in total and (b) broken down by police authority.
(192180)
250
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many breath tests were carried out by police officers in each year since 1997 (a) in total and (b) broken down by police authority; and what proportion were found to be positive in each case.
(192181)
251
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many breath tests were conducted on male drivers aged between (a) 17 and 20 years and (b) 20 and 29 years in each year since 1999; how many of these tested positive; and how many were convicted of driving when under the influence of alcohol.
(192182)
252
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many traffic police there have been in each police authority area in each year since 2000.
(192183)
253
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made on the Tampere agenda; and what assessment he has made of its effectiveness.
(192139)
254
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on the future of the Tampere agenda.
(192140)
255
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on how the EU can further develop its policy to fight illegal immigration.
(192141)
256
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what use the UK makes of the secure web-based platform set up by the EU Commission to assist member states' migration management and to exchange strategic, tactical and operational information concerning illegal migration.
(192142)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
257
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many televsion sets are operationally available on the Parliamentary Estate; what hours they are preset to turn on and off for each day of the week (a) when the House is sitting and (b) during parliamentary recesses; what measures have been taken to conserve the energy that they use; and what energy consumption he estimates results each year from televisions being left in stand-by mode.
(191185)
258
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the total cost of heating the buildings on the parliamentary estate has been for each year since 1990.
(192249)
259
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the House has taken to cut heat loss in buildings on the parliamentary estate; and if he will make a statement.
(192250)
260
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the estimated amount of heat lost in each building on the parliamentary estate was in each year since 1990.
(192251)
261
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps he takes to ensure that buildings on the parliamentary estate are heated according to occupancy and climatic conditions rather than a standard date and time.
(192252)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
262
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(191930)
263
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Department spent on outside information technology and communication specialist consultants and engineers in the 2003-04 financial year.
(191907)
264
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the 20 countries with the lowest GDP per capita; how much the international development assistance per capita was made available by the UK in each case in the latest year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.
(192071)
265
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list projects financed through the Know How Fund in the past 12 months, broken down by type of project.
(192218)
266
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects his Department is supporting in the Kayezi region of Malawi.
(192291)
267
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of progress in meeting his Department's goals of achieving economic and political reform through constructive engagement with the Republic of Uzbekistan.
(192169)
268
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions have taken place with the government of Angola regarding food aid.
(192053)
269
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to discourage deforestation in poor countries prone to flooding; and if he will make a statement.
(192054)
Questions to the Leader of the House
270
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Leader of the House, what progress he has made in his assessment of options for representation of minority parties on departmental select committees; and if he will make a statement.
(192219)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
271
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the publicly funded museums in Northern Ireland; how many visitors there were to each in the last year for which figures are available; and what the net cost of each facility was in 2003-04.
(191629)
272
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the procedures for dealing with persons applying or the enhanced or accelerated pension administered by the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers Superannuation Committee have been revised in the past five years.
(191634)
273
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(191924)
274
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases in Northern Ireland.
(191905)
275
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of (a) drug and (b) alcohol abuse in Northern Ireland's prisons.
(191942)
276
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to promote renewable energy in Northern Ireland.
(191949)
277
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment he has made of the impact in Northern Ireland of the reclassification of cannabis from a class B to a class C drug.
(191950)
278
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much hazardous waste was disposed of (a) illegally and (b) at landfill sites in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years.
(191951)
279
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what facilities are available in Northern Ireland for the disposal of refrigerators; and how many refrigerators were disposed of in Northern Ireland in each year since 2000.
(191952)
280
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the landfill sites in Northern Ireland; and which of them are able to accept hazardous waste.
(191953)
281
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pupils in each Education and Library Board area in Northern Ireland have been permanently excluded in each of the past five years.
(191972)
282
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress is being made in relation to the introduction of water charging in Northern Ireland.
(191973)
283
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether all Government buildings in Northern Ireland are fully accessible to disabled people.
(191974)
284
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many nurses left the NHS in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.
(191975)
285
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with what frequency hygiene inspections are carried out in hospitals in Northern Ireland; and what steps he is taking to improve hygiene in Northern Ireland's hospitals.
(191976)
286
Mr John Hume (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many full-time undergraduate university students normally domiciled in Northern Ireland he estimates will be at university in 2005-06.
(192074)
287
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much the Department spent on outside information technology and communication specialist consultants and engineers in the 2003-04 financial year.
(191908)
288
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many women are being HER2 tested for breast cancer; how long they have to wait for test results; what guidelines are followed for this type of testing; and if he will make a statement.
(192032)
Questions to the Prime Minister
289
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, what rules govern the public provision of security support for relatives of ministers when such persons are abroad on personal trips.
(191184)
290
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he proposes to amend the Ministerial Code to refer to the procedure that should be followed by ministers before issuing a certificate under section 53 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
(191948)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
291
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(191922)
292
Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow Cathcart):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, why no regulatory impact assessment has been prepared for the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2004, laid before the House on 9th September.
(192106)
293
Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow Cathcart):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether primary legislation will be required to devolve responsibilities in connection with the Scottish Passenger Rail Franchise to Ministers of the Scottish Executive.
(192107)
Questions to the Solicitor General
294
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Solicitor General, how many United Kingdom cases are awaiting hearing before the European Court of Human Rights.
(191958)
295
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Solicitor General, how much fell due to the state bona vacantia in the last year for which figures are available; how much of this was released under her discretionary powers; what plans she has to reform the law and practice relating to the application of bona vacantia; and if she will make a statement.
(192083)
296
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):To ask the Solicitor General, when she will issue the strategic plan and guidance for the Crown Prosecution Service's resources as a result of successful confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
(191933)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
297
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government is taking to ensure basic energy research is being carried out in the UK; and how much her Department spent on such research in each of the last three years.
(191182)
298
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the practical possibilities offered by carbon sequestration, in terms of tackling climate change.
(191183)
299
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date the Office of Fair Trading first invited industry bodies to apply under the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme; which sector bodies have applied to date; and at what stage each application is.
(191631)
300
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, under what powers her Department closed down companies for operating data protection scams and other such practices last year.
(191632)
301
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of her Department; and if she will make a statement.
(191919)
302
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what criteria are being developed for the administration of the new Marine Development Fund.
(191982)
303
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the suitability of sites in the Bristol Channel for the award of funding for the development of marine energy extraction projects.
(191983)
304
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the date planned for allocation of the new Marine Development Fund.
(191984)
305
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will place a copy of the Marine Currents Energy Extraction: Resource Assessment, Final Report, EU-Joule contract JOU2-CT93-00355 (1994-95) in the Library.
(191987)
306
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much the Department spent on outside information technology and communication specialist consultants and engineers in and 2003-04 financial year.
(191909)
307
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the recent rise in the cost of wholesale gas.
[R] (192240)
308
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures her Department is taking in conjunction with other Departments to encourage more women to return to work, with particular reference to those over 50 years old; and if she will make a statement.
(192019)
309
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures her Department is taking in conjunction with the Department for Work and Pensions and other Departments to encourage and enable the economically inactive to return to work through social enterprises; and if she will make a statement.
(192020)
310
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Minister for Construction, Small Business and Enterprise will reply to the letter dated 18th August from the honourable Member for Banff and Buchan regarding constituent, Mr A Keys of Peterhead.
(192084)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
311
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list grants his Department has made for transport services in Southend in each of the last three years.
(192278)
312
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what position the Government took at the recent meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organisation in respect of (a) the taxing of aviation fuel on planes, (b) the taxing of aviation fuel held in storage at airports, (c) the introduction of en route emissions charges and (d) the proposal that no use of new market mechanisms should take place until at least 2007.
(192242)
313
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy to proceed with the introduction of market mechanisms to reflect the contribution of aviation to global warming if such measures are opposed by the United States.
(192243)
314
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 11th October, Official Report, column 6W, on ship inspections, for what reason it is his Department's policy not to comment on details of (a) the number of ships his Department inspects and (b) how many ships have been denied entry, expelled or detained at UK ports.
(192121)
315
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of cycle lanes there are in the Greater London area.
(191959)
316
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what charge he expects will be made for advance driving instructors taking Hazard Perception Test re-tests.
(192174)
317
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the research being undertaken by Lancashire Police on the impact of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder on driving standards.
(192273)
318
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(191921)
319
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Department spent on outside information technology and communication specialist consultants and engineers in the 2003-04 financial year.
(191910)
320
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what arrangements he has made for additional road traffic policing to enforce the greater lane discipline on motorways announced on 11th October.
(192075)
321
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what average daily volume of traffic passed (a) between junctions 11 and 20 of the M6 motorway, (b) along similar lengths of the M6 motorway either side of junctions 11 to 20 and (c) along other comparable parts of the motorway network in the last period for which figures are available.
(192076)
322
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what arrangements he has put in place to collect data on the overall time gained or lost by motorists passing through the West Midlands as a result of the operation of the M6 Toll road.
(192077)
323
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the effects on time costs for motorists travelling (a) on the M42 between junctions 3 and 9, (b) on the M6 in Warwickshire between the M1 and the M6 toll road and (c) on the M6 in Staffordshire between junctions 11A and 13 as a result of the changes in traffic levels arising from the opening of the M6 toll road.
(192078)
324
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of competition in the provision of operating services for toll roads in the UK.
(192079)
325
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the suitability of the operating contract for the M6 toll road as a model for future toll road operations.
(192080)
326
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which elements of the M6 toll road scheme have incurred public cost, broken down by amount.
(192081)
327
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish his updated assessment of the operation of the M6 toll road and its effects on traffic volumes on the M6 motorway.
(192082)
328
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy that the new computer system intended to be used for MOT testing is not introduced nationwide until he is satisfied that no delays will be caused by the use of the new technology.
(191186)
329
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many MOT testing stations in the UK are trialling a new computer system; which stations are involved; what reports he has received about delays being caused by the new equipment; and if he will make a statement.
(191187)
330
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the Driving Standards Agency requires certain applicants to pre-nominate the vehicle before a test takes place; why the agency does not take advance bookings for tests without details of the vehicle; and if he will make a statement.
(191188)
331
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the current average time taken in processing test applicants by the Driving Standards Agency is; and what action he is taking to reduce this time.
(191189)
332
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to make a statement on the Government's plans to upgrade the A358 road in Somerset; and if he will make a statement.
(192125)
333
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to twin-track the rail line from London Waterloo to Exeter; and if he will make a statement.
(192126)
334
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his estimate is of total spending on highways repair and maintenance in Somerset from 1988-89 to 2004-05, in real terms; and if he will make a statement.
(192127)
335
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to reduce journey times on the Exeter to London Waterloo line; and if he will make a statement.
(192128)
336
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rail freight miles were travelled in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.
(192211)
337
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the financial implications are of transferring more responsibility for railways in Scotland to the Scottish Executive; and if he will make a statement.
(191900)
338
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents were caused by drink driving in each year since 1997 (a) in total and (b) broken down by local authority area.
(192189)
339
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) car drivers and (b) passengers died in drink driving related accidents in (i) December and (ii) January of each year since 1997 (A) in total and (B) broken down by local authority area.
(192190)
340
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rural bus services are supported by rural bus grants, broken down by local authority area.
(192191)
341
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the level of bus patronage has been in each year since 1997 (a) in total and (b) broken down by region.
(192192)
342
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many bus lanes have been created since 2000 (a) in total and (b) broken down by region; and what the total length was in each case.
(192193)
343
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many new bus services have been created using funding from the bus service operators grant in each year since 2000; and how many of these ceased to operate in each of these years (a) in total, (b) broken down by region and (c) broken down by local authority area.
(192194)
344
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent to date on the Integrated Kent Franchise.
(192195)
345
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on progress with his review of the Northern Ticket Hall phase of the redevelopment project at King's Cross.
(192196)
346
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 19th April, Official Report, column 311W, on navigational aids, what further progress has been made on ensuring that the Irish Government meets the full cost of navigational aids in territorial waters; and if he will list the (a) meetings he has had and (b) representations he has received on the subsidy for Irish navigation since April.
(192197)
347
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he asked the promoters of the Central Railway project for a guarantee that they would not seek financial assistance from the Government at any stage of the project.
(192198)
348
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidents of people riding on the outside of moving trains were reported to the British Transport Police in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003; what measures are being taken to prevent train surfing; and if he will make a statement.
(192226)
349
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost has been to the Strategic Rail Authority of transferring the South Eastern Trains franchise from Connex.
(192227)
350
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total subsidy was from the Strategic Rail Authority to Connex for the South Eastern franchise in each year of operation.
(192228)
351
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent by the Strategic Rail Authority on running the South Eastern franchise; and how much expenditure is projected for future years.
(192229)
352
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, against what criteria proposals for private transport infrastructure projects are assessed by his Department.
(192236)
353
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to bring forward proposals to amend the Transport and Works Act 1992.
(192237)
354
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the future of the (a) rail passenger partnership, (b) rail performance fund, (c) incremental output statement, (d) rail freight grant and (e) freight small schemes fund.
(192238)
355
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the rail passenger partnership schemes put forward to the Strategic Rail Authority (a) which have not been given funding approval and (b) in which construction has not taken place, broken down by (i) year of submission and (ii) cost of scheme.
(192239)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
356
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(191928)
357
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he last visited the constituency of Meirionnydd Nant Conwy; and what the purpose was of that visit.
(192214)
358
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many letters he has received from honourable Members in the last four months; and if he will make a statement.
(192216)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
359
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the relationship between child poverty, unemployment and the availability of affordable childcare provision in London.
(192092)
360
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the relationship between the costs of childcare in London and the number of workless households in London; and if he will make a statement.
(192093)
361
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appeals were made in relation to benefit assessments in the last 12 months.
(191961)
362
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in the London Borough of Wandsworth are in receipt of a state retirement pension.
(191962)
363
Mr Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings & Rye):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Jobcentre Plus flexible service delivery sites are based in higher education institutions.
(191978)
364
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(191926)
365
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether providers of the New Deal for Disabled People have been asked to change their timetable for job-placing activities under the scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(192157)
366
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to add endometriosis to the list of conditions taken into account when considering eligibility for disability living allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(192178)
367
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer from the Secretary of State for Home Department dated 29th June, ref 173275, when he will respond to the Question asked by the honourable Member dated 29th January, ref 152147; and if he will explain the reasons for the delay.
(192166)
368
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Department spent on outside information technology and communication specialist consultants and engineers in the 2003-04 financial year.
(191914)
369
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed incapacity benefit in Yeovil constituency in each year from 1985-86 to 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(192066)
370
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) children and (b) pensioners were estimated to be living in poverty in Yeovil constituency in each year from 1995-96; and if he will make a statement.
(192067)
371
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he intends to consult the PCS union in Wales on the proposed closure of benefit processing centres in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(192208)
372
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he last met the First Minister of the National Assembly of Wales to discuss the possible effects on social exclusion of the closure of benefit processing offices in Wales.
(192209)
373
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many incapacity benefit claimants there are in Wrexham, broken down by (a) ward and (b) sex.
(192105)
374
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number of eligible pensioners in the Forest of Dean who have not taken up pension credit; and how many are women.
(192029)
375
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there is an agreed maximum time that Citibank may take to process (a) state pension payments and (b) other benefit payments; on how many occasions the agreed time has been breached; and if he will make a statement.
(192016)
376
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many outstanding (a) state pension payments and (b) other benefits are awaiting processing by Citibank.
(192017)
377
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how long on average Citibank are taking to process (a) pension payments and (b) other benefits; and what the average length of time taken was in the five years prior to the awarding of the contract for payments to Citibank.
(192021)
378
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Minister of State for Work will reply to the letter dated 6th July from the honourable Member for Banff and Buchan regarding maximum working temperatures.
(192085)
379
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many reconsiderations for disability living allowance and attendance allowance there were in each year since 2000 in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland; and how many reconsiderations resulted in a change to the initial decision
(192161)
380
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to his Department was of employing (a) solicitors, (b) debt collectors and (c) other outside agencies to recover benefits overpaid or paid as a result of fraudulent claims from claimants in each of the last five years.
(192176)
381
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much is provided for in his Department's accounts for overpaid benefits unrecovered from claimants.
(192177)
382
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what provision the Department has made in its accounts for non-repayment of social fund loans in the next financial year.
(192275)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
383
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of all households in England were sharing the use of a WC according to the (a) 1981, (b) 1991 and (c) 2001 census.
[Transferred] (192031)
384
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of all households in England were sharing the use of a bathroom according to the (a) 1981, (b) 1991 and (c) 2001 census.
[Transferred] (192033)
385
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of all households in England were living at a density of (a) more than two persons per room, (b) one and a half persons per room and (c) one person per room according to the (i) 1981, (ii) 1991 and (iii) 2001 census.
[Transferred] (192034)
386
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of all households in England were lacking the use of a bathroom according to the (a) 1981, (b) 1991 and (c) 2001 census.
[Transferred] (192035)
387
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of all households in England had the use of central heating in their dwelling according to the (a) 1981, (b) 1991 and (c) 2001 census.
[Transferred] (192036)
388
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of all households were lacking the use of a hot water supply according to the (a) 1981, (b) 1991 and (c) 2001 census.
[Transferred] (192037)
389
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the economic activity rate was in Yeovil constituency in each year from 1985-86 to 2004-05.
[Transferred] (192065)
390
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what amounts of National Savings remained unclaimed in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (192276)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
391
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans he has for a campaign to encourage people to turn out to vote in the referendum on the European Constitution.
[Transferred] (191890)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
392
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what advice he gives to social services departments on how to deal with families who have individuals suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
[Transferred] (192241)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
393
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the operation of the protection of vulnerable adults list.
[Transferred] (191899)
394
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the waiting time between assessment and prescribing for people wanting help to avoid reliance on illegal drugs in Yeovil constituency; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (192069)
395
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of progress in reducing waiting times for drug rehabilitation assistance in (a) South Somerset and (b) Somerset; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (192070)
396
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what allocation of funds has been made for enforcing GM labelling requirements in the Food Labelling (Amendment) Regulations 1999 to each of the public bodies involved in the current financial year.
[Transferred] (192234)
397
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the public bodies responsible for enforcement of the GM labelling requirements under the Food Labelling (Amendment) Regulations 1999.
[Transferred] (192235)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
398
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps are planned to reduce emissions from small petrol engines, including lawnmowers.
[Transferred] (192310)
399
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had on the location of fixed speed cameras; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (192217)
400
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much revenue his Department received from the four Welsh police forces from speeding fines levied by them in the last year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (192222)
401
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average revenue received from police forces in England from speeding fines imposed by them was in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (192223)

 
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