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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 18 October 2004

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 18 October 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 18 October 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 18 October of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 18 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 18 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the employment status is of the secretary in her Office recently arrested on suspicion of the theft of documents; and if she will make a statement.
(192265)
2
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 11th October, Official Report, column 59W, on departmental responsibilities, what sum has been earmarked from within the existing Cabinet Office budget to meet the cost of appointing a separate Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
(191819)
3
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list the responses (a) made and (b) not yet made to reports on matters within her Department's responsibility by the Public Administration Select Committee since June 2001.
(191935)
4
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 11th October, Official Report, column 59W, on departmental responsibilities, if she will provide the page references in the departmental report, autumn performance report and the annual report and resource accounts where the substantive information requested is contained.
(192262)
5
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 11th October, Official Report, column 59W, to question 189702, on departmental responsibilities, if she will list the paragraphs of the public service agreements which set out additions to the functions for the Cabinet Office for (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2003-04.
(192263)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
6
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many self employed people there were in (a) Wales and (b) Scotland on (i) 31st December 1998 and (ii) 31st December 2003.
(192151)
7
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what future levels of expenditure the Crown Estate plans to spend on marine stewardship programmes.
(192711)
8
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people classed as disabled have claimed working tax credit in (a) Morley and Rothwell and (b) England; and what the average claim was in each case.
(192515)
9
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths have been caused in the Greater London area as a result of people using class A drugs in the last year for which figures are available.
(192617)
10
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money was allocated to the London Borough of Wandsworth from the European Structural Fund in each of the last three years.
(192676)
11
N
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the application of the decision of the Special Commissioners of Income Tax in the Jones and Garnet case to (a) circumstances where one director only has the power to declare dividends and (b) other husband and wife owned businesses.
(191132)
12
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was generated from the VAT levy on condoms in the last year for which figures are available.
(192367)
13
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the funding of improvements to teaching infrastructure in the university sector.
(192506)
14
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of parents in Blackpool North and Fleetwood are (a) eligible for and (b) receiving the childcare element of the working tax credit.
(192508)
15
Jim Sheridan (West Renfrewshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the data collated from the 46 ACU forms that are returned to the Inland Revenue Agricultural Compliance Unit by those using the services of a gangmaster or employment agency will be made available to the Gangmasters Licensing Authority that is to be established under the provisions of the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004.
(192582)
16
Jim Sheridan (West Renfrewshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was (a) the total number of 46 ACU forms returned to the Inland Revenue Agricultural Compliance Unit during the last three financial years, (b) the total number of ACU 2 forms returned to the Inland Revenue Agricultural Compliance Unit during the last three full financial years, (c) the total amount of payments made to gangmasters and employment agencies as declared by the users of gang labour and employment agency labour on their returned 46 ACU forms for each of the last three financial years and (d) the (i) estimated amount of tax and national insurance contributions that should have been paid and (ii) the actual amount of tax and national insurance contributions paid by the gangmasters and employment agencies detailed in the 46 ACU forms and the ACU2 forms returned to the Inland Revenue Agricultural Compliance Unit during the last three financial years.
(192583)
17
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many single parent households headed by (a) mothers and (b) fathers there are, broken down by ethnic group.
(192638)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
18
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many human rights cases have been pursued in UK courts since the European Convention on Human Rights was incorporated into UK law.
(192407)
19
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many disclosures of information he estimates have been made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
(192408)
20
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many convictions for criminal offences were determined by (a) magistrates and (b) other courts in York in each year since 1997.
(192409)
21
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what training is provided for magistrates in dealing with breaches of anti-social behaviour orders.
(192386)
22
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what monitoring takes place of the penalties imposed in respect of breaches of anti-social behaviour orders.
(192387)
23
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what guidelines are issued to magistrates in relation to dealing with breaches of anti-social behaviour orders.
(192388)
24
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many cases of breaches of anti-social behaviour orders have been heard by (a) Brighton and (b) Hove magistrates courts in each month since January 2003.
(192389)
25
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued in the Brighton and Hove City Council area in each month since January 2003.
(192390)
26
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what discussions the Lord Chancellor has had with the Isle of Man in his official capacity in the last 12 months.
(192650)
27
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many lay magistrates have been recruited in (a) the London Borough of Havering, (b) Greater London and (c) England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.
(192651)
28
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many letters he has received from members of the judiciary opposing plans for a supreme court; and if he will make a statement.
(192652)
29
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what consultations he has had with the lay magistracy in each of the past 12 months.
(192653)
30
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what consultations the Lord Chancellor has had with Her Majesty the Queen in each of the past 12 months.
(192654)
31
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what consultations the Secretary of State has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department in each of the past 12 months.
(192655)
32
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what his Department has done in the last 12 months to fulfil its role as a Department improving the quality of and people's confidence in public services.
(192656)
33
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on his Department's role in managing and maintaining the successful operation of the relationships between the UK Government and the devolved administrations.
(192657)
34
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the total expenditure was on district judges' salaries and expenses in each of the last 10 years.
(192687)
35
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the total amount paid in expenses to magistrates was in each of the last 10 years.
(192688)
36
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many official visits he has made to magistrates' courts in the last 12 months.
(192694)
37
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department with regard to effective sentencing procedures for youth courts.
(192695)
38
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what Government policy is on the position of Lord Chancellor; and what the timetable is for proposals for change.
(192696)
39
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans he has for the retention of the Queen's Counsel distinction for barristers.
(192697)
40
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what official meetings the Lord Chancellor has had with the Lord Chief Justice during the past six months.
(192698)
41
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much was spent on information technology in his Department in 2003.
(192699)
42
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what discussions the Lord Chancellor has had with the Channel Islands in his official capacity in the last 12 months.
(192700)
43
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on his proposals to attract more (a) women, (b) ethnic minorities and (c) disabled people to the judiciary.
(192706)
44
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what Government policy is on reform of the House of Lords; and what the timescale is for its reform.
(192709)
45
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what percentage of contact order applications by separated fathers were refused in the last period for which figures are available.
(192633)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
46
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Government has invested in sport in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the City of York in each year since 1997.
(192424)
47
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what services Sport Direct provides in (a) York and (b) Yorkshire.
(192425)
48
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) visitors from abroad and (b) UK tourists visited (i) York and (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1997; and how much they spent.
(192426)
49
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government has taken to enhance staff skills in the tourist industry; and how many tourism employees have been trained on courses receiving public funding in (a) York and (b) Yorkshire since 1997.
(192427)
50
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much Government funding the Yorkshire Tourism Bureau received in each year since 1994.
(192428)
51
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which organisations in the City of York have received lottery grants since 1997; and what the value was of each grant dispersed.
(192433)
52
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the arts in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the City of York have received in Government grants in each year since 1997.
(192434)
53
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much national museums in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the City of York have received in Government grants in each year since 1997.
(192435)
54
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people visited each of the national museums in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1997; and on what date charges were waived for each category of visitor at each museum.
(192436)
55
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assistance Supporters Direct gave to the creation of York City FC Supporters Trust.
(192437)
56
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost to public funds has been of overseas education programmes at historic sites in England in each of the last five years.
(192614)
57
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what definition her Department uses of British culture.
(192615)
58
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has for modernisation of libraries.
(192641)
59
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many tourists visited the Royal Palaces in each of the last five years.
(192642)
60
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the transfer of licensing powers from the judiciary to local councils.
(192649)
61
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the benefits to Romford of holding the 2012 Olympics in London.
(192658)
62
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many historic environment champions have been appointed.
(192665)
63
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will conduct a review of the way libraries are funded.
(192667)
64
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many libraries she will visit in her official capacity in each of the next 12 months.
(192668)
65
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department plans to spend on modernisation of community libraries in each of the next 10 years.
(192669)
66
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent by her Department on the modernisation of community libraries in each year since 1997.
(192670)
67
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many libraries she has visited in her official capacity since 2001.
(192672)
68
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funds her Department made available to the British Museum in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04.
(192347)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
69
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the overseas offices of the Defence Export Services Organisation are situated; when each office was established; how many staff are employed; and what the cost of each was for (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.
(192685)
70
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at which overseas exhibitions the Defence Export Services Organisation is organising a UK presence during 2004; and what the cost is in each case.
(192686)
71
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what studies are being undertaken into the effect of depleted uranium weapons on the population of Iraq.
(192707)
72
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects British military personnel to be withdrawn from Iraq.
(192708)
73
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to renew the Mutual Defence Agreement with the USA.
(192718)
74
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many depleted uranium tipped shells have been used in Iraq since March 2003; and what the total weight is of depleted uranium so used.
(192722)
75
Mike Gapes (Ilford South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to provide assistance for the training of the Angolan armed forces.
[R] (192608)
76
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent UK military aid has been given to (a) the 1st Division of the Colombian Army and (b) the brigades and battalions that comprise that division; and which programmes this aid is funding.
(192524)
77
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in establishing a system of asset tracking for Defence logistics.
(192369)
78
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the letter of 12th October from the Lord Bach to the honourable Member for Aldershot, how many jobs will be created in the United Kingdom by the award of the Defence Support Vehicle Preferred Bidder Status to MAN ERF UK Limited; and how many jobs would have been created under each of the other bids.
(192370)
79
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Defence Support Vehicle offered by MAN ERF UK Limited will be compatible in joint operations with US forces.
(192371)
80
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much it has cost to (a) maintain and (b) refurbish each of the four submarines sold to the Canadian Government since they were taken out of Royal Navy service; and how much the Canadian Government paid for the submarines.
(192432)
81
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the last continuous attitude surveys in each service were (a) conducted and (b) completed; if he will place the questions asked in the Library; when he expects the next continuous attitude surveys in each service to be conducted; what plans he has to publish the armed forces continuous attitude surveys; and if he will make a statement.
(192152)
82
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the operating cost of each defence base in Scotland was in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(192445)
83
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what quantities of (a) intermediate and (b) low level nuclear waste are stored at (i) HMNB Clyde Faslane and (ii) the Rosyth Royal Naval Base.
(192713)
84
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his Department's decision to purchase combat clothing from China.
(192619)
85
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the financial benefits are of securing combat clothing from China.
(192620)
86
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department has issued one contract for the purchase of all combat clothing.
(192621)
87
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will take steps to ensure that the capacity of British manufacturers to supply combat clothing is maintained.
(192622)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
88
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance his Department gives to local authorities about the participation of elected members of local authorities in decisions on (a) asset management and (b) staff redeployment.
(192520)
89
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how the victims' fund set up by the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill will be administered.
(192631)
90
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what stage has been reached in his Department's acquisition of the Runwell Hospital site from the Department of Health; which officials in (a) his Department and (b) English Heritage will now be responsible for administering the future of the site; and if he will make a statement.
(191941)
91
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to abolish means testing for disabled facilities grant for parents of disabled children in England and Wales.
(191986)
92
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for what reasons his Department will not use the 2001 Census data for the calculation of the local government finance settlement; and if he will make a statement.
(192345)
93
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the decisions of (a) the East of England Development Agency and (b) the Thames Gateway, in respect of further industrial and residential development on Canvey Island.
(192348)
94
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on what basis he proposes using general inflation to determine the annual increase in the maximum pitch fee for park homes.
(192350)
95
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his plans to consult electors in the South East Region on the draft Regional Assemblies Bill.
(192298)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
96
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average full-time equivalent gross pay of teachers in York schools was in each year since 1997 (a) in cash terms and (b) at current prices.
(192438)
97
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the impact of changes in the number of people arriving from outside the UK on student visas in 2003 on the resources available to the higher education sector.
(192396)
98
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the impact of recent changes in the rejection rate for student visa applications on academic disciplines in the higher education sector.
(192397)
99
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations he has made to the Foreign Secretary on the predicted impact of charges for applications and extensions to student visas on the number of overseas students attending higher education institutions in the UK.
(192398)
100
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has for the continuity of funding for small local voluntary schemes, when the local network fund ends in March 2006; and what the relationship with children's trusts will be.
(192293)
101
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what role there will be for social strategic partnerships in any proposal for grant-giving to small local voluntary groups when the local network fund ends.
(192294)
102
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what role there will be for community foundations in any proposal for grant giving to small local voluntary groups when the local network fund ceases to exist.
(192295)
103
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the local education authorities where the Secretary of State has had to determine whether a ranked or equal preference co-ordinated admissions scheme should be used.
(191943)
104
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the local education authorities that have adopted a ranked preference scheme for co-ordinated admissions policies.
(191944)
105
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the teaching infrastructure of UK universities; and what plans he has for changes to the infrastructure.
(192507)
106
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of the £58 million announced in 2000 as part of the Excellence in Cities programme has been used to enhance pupils' access to the internet in the London Borough of Hounslow.
(192584)
107
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent in (a) nursery, (b) primary and (c) secondary education in the London Borough of Hounslow since 1997.
(192585)
108
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many new buildings have been built in Hounslow schools since 2001.
(192586)
109
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding has been given for the provision of new information technology facilities and equipment to schools in the London Borough of Hounslow since 2001.
(192587)
110
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent on the (a) repair and (b) modernisation of school buildings in the London Borough of Hounslow in each of the past five years.
(192588)
111
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the impact of the Excellence in Cities programme since its introduction.
(192589)
112
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Stratford-upon-Avon, dated 14th July, concerning the funding of grammar schools.
(192381)
113
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funds will be available to open supervised contact centres for the rest of this financial year.
(192528)
114
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding has been available from the Joint Investment Fund for (a) contact centres and (b) supervised contact centres in each of the last three years.
(192529)
115
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many contact centres are in operation in England; and how many of these are supervised contact centres.
(192530)
116
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teaching assistants there were in Leicestershire on 1st September (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004.
(192382)
117
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) capital and (b) recurring cost is to public funds of (i) Cross Keys, (ii) Edutainment and (iii) the ICT Academy in Ryde, Isle of Wight; how many courses are provided by each at public expense; and what qualification each course leads to.
(192330)
118
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Government is planning action to give separated fathers greater access to their children.
(192634)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
119
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of animal cruelty have been prosecuted in the courts (a) in England and Wales, (b) in Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) in the City of York in each year since 1994.
(192421)
120
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been paid to farmers in Yorkshire and the Humber to convert to organic farming since 1997.
(192422)
121
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many acres of land were farmed organically in Yorkshire and the Humber in 1997; and how many are now.
(192423)
122
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of refrigerators that have been dumped in each of the last three years.
(192677)
123
N
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many requests she received in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 under section 118 of the Highways Act 1980 to close rights of way; how many rights of way were closed as a result of designation orders in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004; and if she will make a statement.
(192329)
124
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the numbers of eels in England; and what assessment she has made of the impact of recent changes in numbers on (a) rivers and (b) the Severn, with specific reference to elvering.
(192331)
125
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on nature conservation in urban areas.
(192332)
126
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she is having with house builders on the provision of better environmental landscapes for urban developments; and what evidence she has collated that good practice is evolving.
(192333)
127
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times the Thames Barrier has been closed in each year since its construction.
(192334)
128
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the net sustainability percentage for the ability in each local authority area to provide drinking water for the local population.
(192335)
129
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what encouragement the Department is giving to local authorities to develop use of reed bed technology in (a) urban and (b) rural areas.
(192336)
130
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice she has sought from scientific bodies regarding toxic emissions from the incineration of fallen stock.
(192503)
131
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the outcome was of the Environment Council on 14th October; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting records; and if she will make a statement.
(192659)
132
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Joint Nature Conservancy Council has produced recommendations for (a) the protection and (b) the re-establishment of the red squirrel.
(192511)
133
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action her Department intends to take to control the grey squirrel.
(192512)
134
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost of the destruction of trees in (a) community forests and (b) other planting schemes by the grey squirrel.
(192516)
135
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to ensure that the red squirrel will be included in Annex IV of the EU Habitats Directive.
(192518)
136
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) net deficit and (b) change in capital and reserves from Forest Enterprise was in (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 1998-99; and what the projected sums are for (A) 2003-04 and (B) 2004-05.
(190916)
137
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what sum was awarded in grants to private woodland owners by the Forestry Commission in (a) 1998-99 and (b) 2002-03; and what proportion was funded from EU sources.
(190917)
138
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the total area of commercial woodland and forestry in England that is owned (a) by Forest Enterprise and (b) by private landowners and public limited companies.
(190918)
139
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the cash flow implications for farmers of the change in payment date between integrated administration and control system payments and the single farm payment.
(191475)
140
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance regarding entitlement to the single farm payment she will give to farmers and growers who lease land (a) to and (b) from other farmers for growing a specific crop for a fixed sum of money for which some husbandry is provided.
(191639)
141
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what target dates she has set for payment of integrated administration and control system entitlements for the 2003-04 capping year; and what date she has set for completion of payment of the first entitlement to the single farm payment.
(191640)
142
Jim Sheridan (West Renfrewshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will break down the information submitted on the ACU1 forms returned to the Inland Revenue Agricultural Compliance Unit in each of the last three financial years by (a) the number of gangmasters and employment agencies engaged for the first time by those using the services of a gangmaster or an employment agency and (b) the company name of each gangmaster or employment agency engaged for the first time by those using the services of a gangmaster or employment agency.
(192579)
143
Jim Sheridan (West Renfrewshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will break down the information submitted on the ACU 2 forms returned to the Inland Revenue Agricultural Compliance Unit in each of the last three financial years by (a) the (i) number and (ii) company name of gangmasters and employment agencies engaged by those using the services of a gangmaster or employment agency and (b) the total number of workers for whom the details required by the ACU 2 form were provided.
(192580)
144
Jim Sheridan (West Renfrewshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the data collated from the ACU1 and ACU2 forms returned to the Inland Revenue Agricultural Compliance Unit by those using the services of a gangmaster or employment agency will be made available to the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to be established under the provisions of the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004.
(192581)
145
N
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to publish the report of the epidemiological study of organophospate victims by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine commissioned by her Department; and if she will make a statement.
(191318)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
146
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which countries have provided (a) military, (b) political or diplomatic and (c) logistical support to the occupation and post-war reconstruction of (i) Kosovo, (ii) Afghanistan and (iii) Iraq.
(192404)
147
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions he has requested the Israeli Government to dismantle the separation barrier where it has been built in occupied territory.
(192383)
148
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the ruling of the International Court of Justice of 9th July, concerning Israel's separation barrier.
(192384)
149
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the refusal rate for (a) student visas and (b) tourist visas in 2002-03.
(192395)
150
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on changes in the number of people arriving from outside the UK on student visas between 2002 and 2003.
(192399)
151
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the number of refusals of student visa applications between 2001-02 and 2002-03.
(192400)
152
N
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the arrest of Paul Cleasly of Windermere, Cumbria on 27th September in Antalya, Turkey and his subsequent imprisonment; what representations he has made to the Turkish government on this matter; and what advice and support the Government will provide to Mr Cleasly and his family.
(192023)
153
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding (a) has been and (b) is planned to be disbursed by the occupying powers in Iraq to (i) the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions and (ii) other trade union bodies; and if he will make a statement.
(192715)
154
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been made to the Iraqi Interim Authority concerning rights of Trade Union membership and activity in the public sector; and if he will make a statement.
(192716)
155
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information he has collated on the living standards of British Indian Ocean Territory citizens normally resident in (a) Mauritius, (b) the Seychelles and (c) UK; and if he will make a statement.
(192719)
156
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the ministerial meetings concerning the British Indian Ocean Territories which have been held with (a) representatives of the Chagos Islanders and (b) honourable Members in the last five years.
(192720)
157
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the UK abstention at the UN Security Council concerning Israeli military action in Northern Gaza.
(192721)
158
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of Israel's unilateral disengagement plan from Gaza.
(190652)
159
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Iranian Government on terrorism.
(190653)
160
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in the Palestinian territories.
(190656)
161
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on Government policy on the embargo on arms exports to the People's Republic of China.
(192635)
162
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to raise human rights concerns with Chinese representatives at the EU-China Summit on 8th December; and if he will make a statement.
(192636)
163
N
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take immediate steps to enable Mr Najib Muhammed Tahir to enter the UK following the representations made to him, reference GV100/91329/NMJ Post Ref 643719.
(192259)
164
Mike Gapes (Ilford South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's relations with Angola.
[R] (192605)
165
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is with regard to a place for India on the UN Security Council; and if he will make a statement.
(192185)
166
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether post-war validation of the source of the UK Government's claim that Iraq sought to procure uranium from Africa after 1998 has taken place.
(192517)
167
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Oral Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 304, if he will publish the intelligence which has not yet been made public pending the completion of the Iraq Survey Group's work.
(192637)
168
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter to him dated 14th September from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Sundus Salman.
(192537)
169
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter to him dated 6th September from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Ilyas.
(192540)
170
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter to him dated 1st September from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Abdul Rauf.
(192541)
171
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter to him dated 23rd August from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms Saira Asif.
(192542)
172
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the Committee for protection against the effects of the extra-territorial application of legislation adopted by a third country, and actions based thereon or resulting therefrom (anti-boycott) met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present at each meeting; what issues were discussed; which of those were brought to the Committee's attention by the UK Government expert; what recommendations were made by the Committee; what actions were (a) proposed and (b) taken by the EU as a result of the Committee's recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(192492)
173
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the Committee on the arrangements for implementing Europe agreements with the countries of central and eastern Europe and free-trade agreements with the Baltic States met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present at each meeting; and if he will make a statement.
(192493)
174
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the main (a) logistical and (b) institutional obstacles to the implementation of (i) Europe agreements with the countries of central and eastern Europe and (ii) free-trade agreements with the Baltic States addressed by the Committee on the arrangements for implementing Europe agreements with the countries of central and eastern Europe and free-trade agreements with the Baltic States during the Greek presidency of the EU; which of these were brought to the attention of the Committee by the UK Government expert present; what recommendations the Committee made for each; and if he will make a statement.
(192494)
175
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the Committee on financial and technical co-operation between the Community and Mediterranean non-member countries met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present at each meeting; what (a) technical and (b) financial issues were raised by the UK Government expert at each meeting; what recommendations the Committee produced during that period; what actions were (i) proposed and (ii) taken by the EU as a result of the Committee's recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(192495)
176
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the Committee on financial and technical assistance and economic co-operation with developing countries in Asia and Latin America met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present at each meeting; what (a) technical and (b) financial issues were raised by the UK Government expert at each meeting; what recommendations the Committee produced during that period; what actions were (i) proposed and (ii) taken by the (A) EU and (B) UK as a result of the Committee's recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(192496)
177
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the Committee on the development and consolidation of democracy and the rule of law and on the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present at each meeting; what issues were raised by the UK Government expert at each meeting; what recommendations the Committee made; what action was (a) proposed and (b) undertaken by (i) the EU and (ii) the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(192497)
178
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the five main (a) issues and (b) countries discussed by the Committee on the development and consolidation of democracy and the rule of law and on the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms during the Greek presidency of the EU; and if he will make a statement.
(192498)
179
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Spanish counterparts concerning the actions of Spanish border guards in respect of the carriage of tobacco products from Gibraltar to Spain.
(192561)
180
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the potential (a) military and (b) economic strategic nature of Gibraltar.
(192575)
181
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to visit the Cayman Islands in the next three years.
(192603)
182
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on civil disobedience in the Cayman Islands after Hurricane Ivan.
(192610)
183
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the executive body of the Cayman Islands relating to illicit drug trafficking.
(192611)
184
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the legislative body of the Cayman Islands in the last six months; and if he will make a statement.
(192613)
185
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the political effects of Hurricane Ivan on the Cayman Islands.
(192623)
186
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representation the UK Government will be sending to the Cayman Islands Tourism Conference.
(192639)
187
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Iraqi Interim Administration regarding materials that could be used to make nuclear weapons that have disappeared from Iraq.
(192701)
188
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the New Agenda Coalition countries about working towards a nuclear-free world.
(192702)
189
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what instructions he has given to the British officials attending the current session of the United Nations General Assembly regarding the draft resolution entitled, Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: Accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments.
(192703)
190
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Pakistani authorities regarding their recent testing of a medium-range nuclear-capable missile.
(192704)
191
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the renewal negotiations concerning the 1958 UK/USA Mutual Defence Agreement.
(192705)
192
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter of 14th July from the honourable Member for West Worcestershire to the Minister of State.
(192115)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
193
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what Government funding has been provided for research into mesothelioma in the last 10 years; and what funding is available over the next five.
(192681)
194
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) carers and (b) young carers of school age there are in the City of York; what support is given to carers and young carers of school age; and if he will make a statement.
(192402)
195
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average full-time equivalent gross pay of NHS (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) professions allied to medicine, (d) administrative and clerical staff and (e) ancilliary staff in York was in each year since 1997.
(192430)
196
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pensioners in York have had free eye tests since they were reintroduced.
(192431)
197
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many inpatients in Worthing had to wait more than (a) three, (b) six, (c) nine and (d) 12 months for treatment in each year since 1997; and what the percentage change was in each case.
(192689)
198
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes there have been to NHS waiting list times for residents of Worthing in the past seven years.
(192690)
199
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in how many primary care trusts and in what proportions (a) there were higher numbers of patients waiting for in-patient treatment for (i) between six and nine months and (ii) between nine and 12 months and (b) the (iii) mean and (iv) median waiting times were higher.
(192691)
200
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent (a) psychiatrists and (b) community psychiatric nurses are employed in each of the primary care trust areas in Devon.
(192260)
201
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the gross expenditure on mental health services by each primary care trust in Devon was in each year since 1997-98.
(192266)
202
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for the merger of two or more primary care trusts in Essex; and if he will make a statement.
(191940)
203
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the interval between podiatry appointments; and what the average interval was in each of the last four years.
(192361)
204
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the waiting lists for podiatry services.
(192362)
205
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the over 60s have accessed podiatry services in England in each of the last six years.
(192363)
206
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the number of patients accessing podiatry services provided by the private sector in the last 12 months.
(192364)
207
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in England received podiatry services in each of the last six years.
(192365)
208
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in each primary care trust received podiatry treatment in each of the last three years.
(192366)
209
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to implement the recommendation of the Independent Advisory Group for Sexual Health and HIV to abolish the VAT levy on condoms.
(192368)
210
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people accessed accident and emergency services at Southampton General Hospital in each month from January to September in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.
(192552)
211
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent guidance his Department has issued to primary care services with regard to out-of-hours services; and if he will make a statement.
(192553)
212
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many recorded in-patient episodes of glycogen storage disease type one there have been in each year since 1989, broken down by primary care trust.
(192663)
213
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what work his Department carries out for the rural proofing of NHS targets.
(192355)
214
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that the transport needs of patients living in rural areas will be addressed within the Health and Social Care Standards and Planning Framework including in individual National Service frameworks.
(192356)
215
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department gives to primary care trusts on the commissioning of transport to healthcare for patients who live in rural areas.
(192357)
216
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the transport needs of NHS patients living in rural areas and ways of meeting those needs.
(192358)
217
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost savings to the NHS of different arrangements for transport to healthcare in rural areas.
(192359)
218
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to agree the new NHS dental contract.
(192510)
219
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to block further cuts in beds in (a) Basildon and (b) Southend hospitals.
(192346)
220
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Derriford Hospital, Plymouth has maximum staffing levels for (a) doctors and (b) nurses.
(191937)
221
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of nurses at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth are agency nurses.
(191938)
222
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the negotiations between his officials, the North Surrey Primary Care Trust, the Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust and Capio on the establishment of a privately run treatment centre at Ashford Hospital (Middlesex).
(192297)
223
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for speech and language therapy services of Agenda for Change.
(192394)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
224
N
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which UK law enforcement agencies were involved in the seizure of computer disks containing material published by Indymedia from the London offices of Rackspace.
(192111)
225
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures the Government is taking to tackle domestic violence in North Yorkshire; and how many convictions for domestic violence there have been in each year since 1997.
(192403)
226
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will arrange for British citizens living in Northern Ireland, holding a driving licence issued in Northern Ireland, to be able to pay fixed penalty fines for driving offences occurring in Great Britain without having to appear in court in Great Britain for prosecution.
(192533)
227
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department recognises British South Asians who have their roots in the Dalit caste as an ethnic minority in their own right.
(192594)
228
N
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received about police paperwork; and if he will make a statement.
(191205)
229
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women are detained under the Anti-terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001.
(192618)
230
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many strip searches have taken place in prisons in England and Wales during the last 12 months.
(192673)
231
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there were of drivers within the Greater London area who did not have a current MOT certificate for the motor vehicle they were driving in each of the last three years.
(192674)
232
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the extra £90 million for counter-terrorism measures announced on 29th September will be made available to the Metropolitan Police Service; and when the breakdown of allocations will be announced.
(192534)
233
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the initial roll-out of the Metropolitan Police Service's Safer Neighbourhoods Programme.
(192535)
234
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what account the maximum funded cost for a community support officer takes of higher police pay in London.
(192536)
235
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 13th October, Official Report, column 283W, on speed cameras, where the specifications for speed camera reliability and safety are set out; and what the other sources of flash when driving at night are.
(192555)
236
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to use High Wycombe as a care shelter as part of Operation Sasson.
(192186)
237
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to change the regulations and legislation in relation to the licensing and monitoring of animal experiments.
(192521)
238
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are taken to ensure that licensed animal experiments in the UK are not being unnecessarily duplicated in other countries.
(192522)
239
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to enable the disclosure of information about animal testing by the repeal of section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; and if he will make a statement.
(192523)
240
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he plans to take to eradicate redundancy in animal experiments.
(192560)
241
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 6th September from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms J Lloyd.
(192539)
242
N
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total spending by Warwickshire Police (a) was in each of the last seven years and (b) is expected to be in 2004-05; how much in each case was spent by the force on pensions; and how much of the total expenditure in each case was funded from (i) central government and (ii) council tax.
(191985)
243
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violent attacks perpetrated against Sikhs have been recorded in each of the last five years; and in how many of these attacks race or religion was deemed to be a factor.
(192502)
244
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training police officers are given on the use of the long baton; and what instructions they are given regarding striking people on the head.
(192692)
245
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what circumstances it would constitute a disciplinary offence for a police officer to strike an individual on the head with a long baton.
(192693)
246
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many community support officers have been recruited from ethnic backgrounds.
(192643)
247
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers have been allocated to community support officers.
(192644)
248
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are employed in (a) Havering and (b) other London boroughs.
(192645)
249
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many community support officers have been recruited from each London borough.
(192646)
250
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the recruitment requirements are for community support officers.
(192647)
251
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what salary police officers receive in (a) Havering and (b) Greater London on average.
(192648)
252
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that honourable Members receive notification of a release of a dangerous offender before the release takes place.
(192509)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
253
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what monitoring will take place to measure Dalit children's access to free schooling provided using his Department's recently announced grant to India.
(192630)
254
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been contributed by each (a) OECD or Development Assistance Committee country and (b) multilateral aid donor in Official Development Assistance to (i) Kosovo, (ii) Afghanistan and (iii) Iraq since the start of allied military action in each country.
(192406)
255
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what records his Department keeps of staff members' caste origins; and whether caste inequalities are monitored.
(192590)
256
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which castes his South Asian members of departmental and agency staff, employed in South Asia belong to.
(192591)
257
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department funds Dalit (a) development and (b) empowerment programmes in South Asia.
(192592)
258
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department has systems in place to monitor the extent to which Dalits are included in aid funding.
(192593)
259
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what training programmes conducted within his Department in (a) South Asia and (b) the UK include Dalit issues.
(192595)
260
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what studies are being undertaken as to the methods of dealing with the threat of hurricanes in each country affected by Hurricane Ivan.
(192717)
261
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance his Department provides to countries seeking to clear landmines within their borders; and in which countries de-mining programmes financially supported by his Department are operating.
(192675)
262
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress is being made in reducing poverty in the Palestinian territories.
(190654)
263
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures his Department is taking to encourage transparency and accountability in (a) European and (b) international funding to the Palestinian Authority.
(190655)
264
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the governments of developing countries on education for blind children; and what measures his Department is planning to tackle preventable diseases that lead to blindness in least developed countries.
(192710)
265
Mike Gapes (Ilford South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support his Department is giving to development projects in Angola.
[R] (192604)
266
Mike Gapes (Ilford South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the Government's support for development of solar energy projects in Angola.
[R] (192606)
267
Mike Gapes (Ilford South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to increase support for development of solar energy projects in Angola.
[R] (192607)
268
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to support programmes in Eastern Europe aimed at the initiation and implementation of the development of child protection legislation and policies; and if he will make a statement.
(192525)
269
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent support he has given to projects in the Russian Federation aimed at improving facilities for (a) street children, (b) orphans and (c) children with disabilities; what his plans are in this area; and if he will make a statement.
(192526)
270
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the Committee on economic aid to the countries of central and eastern Europe and for the co-ordination of aid to the candidate countries under the pre-accession strategy met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present at each meeting; what recommendations the Committee made during the Greek presidency; whether an opinion was sought by his Department of the UK Government expert present at the relevant meeting concerning the recommendations; and if he will make a statement.
(192499)
271
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the Committee on aid for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present at each meeting; what recommendations the Committee made during the Greek presidency; and if he will make a statement.
(192500)
272
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the Committee on implementation of the programme of assistance to promote the transition to a market economy and to strengthen democracy and the rule of law in the partner states of eastern Europe and central Asia met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present at each meeting; what recommendations the Committee made during the Greek presidency; and if he will make a statement.
(192501)
273
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the percentage change in gross domestic product per capita of the Cayman Islands has been in each of the last 10 years.
(192612)
274
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the socio-economic effects of Hurricane Ivan on the Cayman Islands.
(192624)
275
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of coastal erosion on Grand Cayman.
(192640)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
276
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether (a) English, (b) Scottish, (c) Irish and (d) Welsh driving licence holders can pay fixed penalty notices for traffic offences committed in Northern Ireland without having to be present in court.
(192531)
277
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the estimated additional cost is of processing a fixed penalty notice through the courts as compared with the cost of accepting payment of fixed penalty fines without court proceedings.
(192532)
278
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of Northern Ireland's rate charge is made up of a charge for water use.
(192543)
279
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he intends to introduce an aid package for electricity consumers in Northern Ireland; who the main beneficiaries of the package will be; whether the European Union has approved a package for electricity consumers in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(192544)
280
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce residential-only parking areas in Northern Ireland.
(192545)
281
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the original target date was for completion of the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan; if he will list subsequent target dates; what the current target completion date is; and if he will make a statement on the principal reasons for delays.
(192546)
282
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what comparative bids were submitted by individual departmental ministers for consideration in the negotiations which preceeded the Northern Ireland draft Priority Spending Budget; what reductions were made by the Treasury against these bids; and whether any Priority Spending Budget, agreed and implemented by direct rule ministers, will be binding on a newly appointed Northern Ireland Executive.
(192547)
283
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many towns and cities in Northern Ireland have CCTV schemes in operation; and how many cameras are deployed in each scheme.
(192548)
284
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects Northern Ireland district policing partnerships to have their budgets confirmed for the current financial year ; and if he will make a statement.
(192549)
285
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of the proposed increase in the regional rate will be allocated to water charges.
(192556)
286
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the core costs for a new water services body for Northern Ireland in each of the next five years.
(192557)
287
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people with criminal records have been granted security passes to Parliament Building at Stormont since the establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
(192558)
288
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what changes have been made to the security vetting procedures at Stormont since the last suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly; and whether security measures in Northern Ireland have been brought into line with the new security arrangements at the Palace of Westminster.
(192559)
289
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his assessment is of the present terrorist threat from (a) the PIRA, (b) Continuity IRA, (c) the Real IRA, (d) the INLA, (e) the UVF and (f) the UDA.
(192258)
290
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent on (a) maintenance and (b) improvements to each rail station in the Belfast area in each of the last five years.
(192148)
291
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects to publish the Regulatory Impact Assessment being carried out into the possible effects of a change in regulations regarding seating and seatbelts for children travelling to school in buses.
(192149)
292
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many homes were in the ownership of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive at the end of 1998.
(192150)
293
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to tackle educational disadvantage in (a) North Belfast and (b) Greater Shankill.
(192372)
294
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will set up a task force to examine and report on under-achievement in education in inner city areas in Northern Ireland.
(192373)
295
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what financial support he is giving to support parents in Northern Ireland to access educational opportunities for (a) themselves and (b) their children.
(192374)
296
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to fund full-time nursery places for children in (a) North Belfast and (b) Greater Shankill.
(192375)
297
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures are being taken to tackle the overspend in the budget of the Belfast Education and Library Board.
(192376)
298
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make it his policy that the proposals to deal with the overspend in the budget of the Belfast Education and Library Board will not result in cuts to funding for education in (a) North Belfast and (b) Greater Shankill.
(192377)
299
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the new computer system for the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland was installed; and what the cost was.
(192378)
300
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the current back-log of cases being processed by the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland is.
(192379)
301
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases have been processed manually by the special group set up within the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland to deal with the current backlog.
(192380)
302
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what outbreaks of MRSA there have been in Northern Ireland's hospitals in each of the past five years; how many patients were affected in each case; and what steps he is taking to reduce outbreaks.
(191823)
303
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) mobile and (b) fixed speed cameras in reducing speeding on Northern Ireland's roads.
(191831)
304
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many special educational needs pupils there are in each Education and Library Board area in Northern Ireland; how many of these are educated in mainstream schools; and if he will make a statement.
(191832)
305
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what Government incentives are available to encourage airline route development in Northern Ireland; how much funding was allocated, and to what airlines, for this purpose in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement.
(191833)
306
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when his Department's consultation on nuisance high hedges in Northern Ireland commenced; when it is expected to be completed; which parties have been consulted; what steps he has taken to publicise this consultation; and if he will make a statement.
(191834)
307
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the policy is of each Northern Ireland Education Board regarding members of staff using Board IT equipment for personal use during office hours.
(190657)
308
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases brought by the Equal Opportunities Commission have been overturned by the courts in the last two years; and what the resulting cost to public funding was in each case.
(192112)
309
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many claims brought to the Equal Opportunities Commission have been settled by the accused employer paying a token sum to the plaintiff in the last two years.
(192113)
310
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many women from (a) Africa and (b) Asia presented at the Royal Victoria Maternity Hospital for emergency obstetric care in the two years to 31st September.
(192114)
311
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what proportion of the deaths reported in hospitals within the Sperrin Lakeland Health and Social Care Trust in 2001-02 were in the (a) Erne Hospital and (b) Tyrone County Hospital.
(192337)
312
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what proportion of the clinical negligence cases which were pending within the Sperrin Lakeland Health and Social Care Trust in January 2004, were in the (a) Erne Hospital and (b) Tyrone County Hospital.
(192338)
313
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what housing needs assessments have been conducted in the Blackstaff Ward of South Belfast.
(192439)
314
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the extent to which lead piping is being used in (a) private and (b) Housing Executive housing in the Blackstaff Ward.
(192440)
315
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Housing Executive sold any of its empty houses in the Blackstaff Ward to private purchases.
(192441)
316
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what comparative data he has collated on the findings of inspections of the quality of contractors' work in each of the Housing Executive areas in Belfast.
(192442)
317
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the finance to improve soccer facilities will be released.
(192446)
Questions to the Prime Minister
318
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish a list of all matters in the Iraq September dossier that were untrue, inaccurate or otherwise misleading; and if he will make a statement.
(192110)
319
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will request that the US Administration (a) furnish him with full details of how they intend to protect mass grave sites in Iraq from possible contamination of forensic evidence and (b) institute an inquiry into their failure to protect the site at Hatra.
(192660)
320
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his reply of 13th October, Official Report, column 277, to the Right honourable Member for Folkstone and Hythe, if he will list (a) the information that has turned out to be wrong and (b) the dates when such errors were brought to his attention.
(192661)
321
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his reply to the honourable Member for Liverpool, West Derby, of 13th October, Official Report, column 283, when he first received the report to which he refers; and if he will place a copy in the Library.
(192662)
322
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 11th October, Official Report, column 53W, on Iraq, in reply to the honourable Member for New Forest East, if he will list the reasons for his belief, that dividing the work of his Department between the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office and a separate Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster best meets the needs of this Government; and why he made this change at this time.
(191936)
323
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Prime Minister, what his assessment is of the terrorist threat in the UK.
(192444)
Questions to the Solicitor General
324
N
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):To ask the Solicitor General, whether the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has established the national team of CPS anti-social behaviour prosecutors as described in the Home Office Action Plan, Together Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour, published in 2003; how many specialist prosecutors are working full-time in the national team; how many are working in the county of Nottinghamshire; and how many prosecutions have so far been brought by the national team (a) in England and (b) in Nottinghamshire.
(191619)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
325
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the level of broadband access is in the Rossendale Valley area covered by Rossendale Borough Council.
(192519)
326
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total value was of imports into the European Union from the least developed countries in each year from 2000 to 2003, broken down by type of import.
(192632)
327
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many businesses in York (a) there were in 1997, (b) there are now, (c) started trading between 1997 and now, and (d) ceased trading between 1997 and now.
(192405)
328
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many jobs in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) York she estimates are dependent on exports to or investment from other EU states.
(192429)
329
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will break down the Export Credits Guarantee Department's unrecovered claims on a debtor-by-debtor basis on guarantees issued since 1991.
(192385)
330
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) central and (b) local mechanisms are in place to ensure that (i) British manufactured and (ii) imported consumer products are legally safe.
(192391)
331
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what resources are available for the carrying out of test purchases of products on the market to ensure they satisfy consumer protection legislation.
(192392)
332
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the closure of the Consumer Safety Unit.
(192393)
333
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many consumer products have been checked under section 28 of the Consumer Protection Act 1987, broken down by (a) product type and (b) result.
(192401)
334
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 19th May, Official Report, column 986W, on product safety, if she will make a statement on the (a) consultation on the draft regulations implementing the General Product Safety Directive and (b) the progress made towards implementing the regulations.
(192550)
335
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will place in the Library the response by the Deputy Minister for Women and Equality to the report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights referred on 12th October, Official Report, column 179.
(192261)
336
Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the level of internet access in the UK; what plans she has for universal access; and if she will make a statement.
(192505)
337
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what studies she has initiated of the effect on main post offices of sub post office closures; and if she will make a statement.
(192714)
338
Mike Gapes (Ilford South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her assessment is of the potential development of energy supplies from sub-Saharan Africa.
[R] (192609)
339
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the transfer of pension rights and benefits under TUPE for members of the Mineworkers Pension Scheme into the Industry-Wide Mineworkers Pension Scheme complied fully with Article 3 of the EU Acquired Rights Directive; and if she will make a statement.
(192554)
340
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the position of the UK Government is in determining the European Union's policy regarding whether to include drinking water in the World Trade Organisation's negotiations on global trade.
(192360)
341
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much it cost to set up the Post Office Card Account scheme.
(192574)
342
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many telephone calls have been made by her Department to benefit recipients encouraging them to receive their benefits through bank accounts; and how much these calls have cost.
(192576)
343
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been spent on consultants involved in setting up the Post Office Card Account scheme.
(192577)
344
N
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much inward investment into the UK there was from European Union member states in real terms in each year since 2001 (a) in total and (b) broken down by English region.
(192267)
345
N
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of investment between European Union countries other than investment by the UK came to the United Kingdom in each year since 2001.
(192268)
346
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what quantities of (a) intermediate and (b) low level nuclear waste are stored at (i) Dounreay and (ii) the Chapelcross Tritium Processing Plant.
(192712)
347
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people she expects to hold Post Office card accounts in October 2006.
(192491)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
348
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much government grant the City of York has received for transport schemes in each year since the unitary authority was established.
(192410)
349
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much GNER has invested in York station in each year since its franchise began.
(192411)
350
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers GNER has carried in each year since its franchise began.
(192412)
351
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many trains per weekday on average GNER has run out of York in each year since its franchise began.
(192413)
352
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been invested in East Coast Main Line infrastructure in each year since 1990.
(192414)
353
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been invested in railway infrastructure in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1990.
(192415)
354
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how bus usage in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber, (c) the City of York and (d) London has changed in percentage terms since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(192416)
355
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) fatal and (b) serious travel-related accidents there were in (i) the City of York and (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1992.
(192417)
356
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many vehicles in York reduced vehicle excise duty is paid because they have smaller engines; and how many are exempt from VED because they are old vehicles.
(192419)
357
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of journeys in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the City of York were taken by (i) walking, (ii) bicycle, (iii) private vehicle, (iv) bus, (v) other public road vehicle, (vi) rail and (vii) other means at the latest date for which figures are available.
(192420)
358
N
Tony Cunningham (Workington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Department has to build a road across Curwen Park in Workington at the western end of the A66.
(191939)
359
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take action against those drivers who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder who do not take medicine which alleviates the symptoms.
(192664)
360
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 on (a) bus, (b) coach and (c) rail services in England; and if he will make a statement.
(192264)
361
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of (a) levels of passenger numbers and (b) volume of freight carriage required to sustain the airports servicing the Yorkshire and Humber region following the opening of the Robin Hood airport in South Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement.
(192504)
362
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement regarding improvements to the rail network since Network Rail assumed responsibility.
(192666)
363
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans there are to ensure that London is able to cope with the increased transport needs that a 2012 Olympics would bring.
(192671)
364
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is regarding (a) the accumulation and (b) uses of an operating surplus from the Dartford Crossing.
(192351)
365
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the change in the average time for the journey by train from Benfleet Station to Fenchurch Street.
(192352)
366
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the length of time a commuter should regularly have to stand on a train.
(192353)
367
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the daily cost of the operations of the Strategic Rail Authority is (a) in total and (b) excluding subsidies to train operating companies.
(192597)
368
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff (a) have transferred and (b) will be transferring from the Strategic Rail Authority to the Department of Transport railway divisions.
(192598)
369
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much he expects to save annually through the proposed abolition of the Strategic Rail Authority.
(192599)
370
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether all functions of the Strategic Rail Authority are due to transfer to the Department of Transport under the proposals outlined in the Future of Rail White Paper.
(192600)
371
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when decisions will be made on the awarding of the (a) East Coast Mainline and (b) Integrated Kent Franchises; and whether these decisions will be made by the (i) Strategic Rail Authority and (ii) Department for Transport.
(192601)
372
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is undertaking work which had previously been conducted by the Strategic Rail Authority.
(192602)
373
N
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken, since 1997, to ensure that health risks arising from contaminated cabin air in BAE 146 aircraft are fully and independently investigated.
(191635)
374
N
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the EU Ideal Cabin Environment project, due to start in 2005, will examine the issue of contaminated aircraft cabin air; and if he will make a statement.
(191636)
375
N
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has investigated the issues raised by the British Airline Pilots Association in relation to the Civil Aviation Authority Cabin Air Quality paper of 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(191637)
376
N
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to investigate the differences between Civil Aviation Authority mandatory occurrence reports and British Airline Pilots Association survey results concerning contaminated cabin air quality incidents in UK aircraft.
(191638)
377
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information the Aviation Health Unit has collated on symptoms from acute exposure to decomposition products in confined spaces.
(192443)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
378
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Leeds West are receiving the savings element of the pension credit.
(192680)
379
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Morley and Rothwell and (b) England have claimed Back to Work bonuses; and what the average amount claimed was in each case.
(192513)
380
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Morley and Rothwell and (b) England have taken up the New Deal for the Disabled.
(192514)
381
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the revision of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 will affect businesses.
(191809)
382
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost of automatic eligibility for pension credit to those pensioners aged (a) over 85, (b) 80 to 85, (c) 75 to 79 and (d) 70 to 75; and how many (i) male and (ii) female headed households in each age group would benefit from such a policy.
(192147)
383
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when existing child support cases will be transferred to the new arrangements.
(192551)
384
Jim Sheridan (West Renfrewshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has access to the data collated from the ACU1 forms, ACU2 forms and 46ACU forms that are returned to the Inland Revenue Agricultural Compliance Unit by those using the services of a gangmaster or employment agency.
(192596)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
385
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the duty is on a litre of (a) diesel, (b) leaded and (c) unleaded petrol; and how much it would have been if the fuel price escalator had not been abolished.
[Transferred] (192418)
386
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new jobs have been created within the Greater London area during the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (192678)
387
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are claiming benefit relating to unemployment in the Greater London area.
[Transferred] (192679)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
388
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the teenage pregnancy rate in each local authority in the Greater London area was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003-04.
[Transferred] (192527)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
389
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what legislation governs the inspection of pet shops in the United Kingdom; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (192616)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
390
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action is being taken following the announcement by the Health Protection Agency and Food Standards Agency that there continue to be significant numbers of salmonella outbreaks linked to imported Spanish eggs used in the catering trade.
[Transferred] (192578)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
391
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how regional development agencies will be accountable to elected regional assemblies in England.
[Transferred] (192296)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
392
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he supports the proposals to harmonise drink-drive limits in EU countries; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (192349)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
393
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will reply to the letter to him dated 7th September from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr M Gibbons.
[Transferred] (192538)

 
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