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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 2 November 2004

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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 2 November 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 2 November 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 2 November of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 2 November of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

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


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many press officers the Department has employed in each of the past five years.
(195675)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
2
N
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many residential properties sold in England and Wales during 2003 attracted stamp duty at (a) 0 per cent., (b) one per cent., (c) three per cent. and (d) four per cent.; and what the average price paid for a house during 2003 was in each of those stamp duty bands.
(194327)
3
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on management consultants employed in connection with the Gershon Review.
(195835)
4
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value was of financial concessions to the UK shipping industry through the tonnage tax scheme in financial year 2003-04.
(194052)
5
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on (a) income to the Treasury and (b) the number of taxpayers in each band, (i) assuming no other changes and (ii) assuming consequential savings in benefits of tax credits, of (A) raising the single person's allowance to (1) £10,000, (2) £15,000 and (3) £20,000, and (B) raising other allowances and thresholds proportionately.
(195105)
6
N
David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will instruct the office of Mr J. Harra, Director, Inland Revenue, Tax Credit Office, Preston (a) to acknowlege without delay letters sent by honourable Members to him on behalf of their constituents and (b) to ensure that substantive replies are sent within 14 days.
(195501)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
7
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list his public engagements carried out in the week from 25th October.
(195673)
8
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 25th October, Official Report, column 1053W, on engagements, what public engagements he fulfilled in the week beginning 18th October, in addition to the general ministerial responsibilities referred to in his Answer to the honourable Member for Harborough of 20th October, Official Report, column 720W.
(195674)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
9
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what checks are undertaken by the Court of Protection on an individual who has applied to be a receiver.
(195233)
10
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what checks are undertaken by the Court of Protection to ascertain whether the person for whom there is an application for receivership lacks the capacity to manage his or her financial affairs.
(195234)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
11
N
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether HM Government plans to designate of HMS Royal Oak as a war grave.
(194805)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
12
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 25th October, Official Report, column 1075W, on beach safety, who is responsible for beach safety in a given local authority area.
(194997)
13
N
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has for new legislation on illegally encamped traveller sites in England; and if he will make a statement.
(195497)
14
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 28th October, Official Report, column 1323W, on the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme, if he will list the range of measures in place to support local authorities with above average population growth in meeting the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme targets; and which local authorities are involved in meetings with officials from his Department and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme.
(195830)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
15
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 5th July, Official Report, column 460W, on adoption cases, when the Association of Directors of Social Services survey on past family cases concerning children and expert medical evidence will be placed in the Library.
(194996)
16
N
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 27th October, Official Report, columns 1265-6W, on home education, what assessment he has made of the reasons underlying the one-year fall in the number of pupils not in school in Somerset Local Education Authority in 2003.
(195498)
17
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what reason the Right honourable Member for Barking will not meet Mr T. Perry, a constituent of the honourable Member for Chesham and Amersham.
(195804)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
18
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her latest estimate is of total UK tonnage of carbon dioxide emissions; what proportion is produced by (a) aircraft transport, (b) road and rail transport and shipping in territorial waters, (c) coal burned in power stations, (d) oil burned in (i) power stations, (ii) domestic heating and (iii) industrial heating, (e) gas burned in (A) power stations, (B) domestic heating and (C) industrial heating, (f) orimulsion/shale oil burned in power stations and (g) industry, broken down by sector.
(195672)
19
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Department for Trade and Industry on its target for greenhouse gas emissions; and which is the lead Department in setting those targets.
(195343)
20
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with waste disposal authorities on the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme; and what contingency plans she has put in place if local authorities fail to reduce landfill by their targets.
(195344)
21
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to review the level of fines to be levied as a result of the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme Regulations 2004.
(195345)
22
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that wood otherwise destined for landfill is used in co-fired and non-coal burning power stations.
(195799)
23
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the amount of wood going into landfill; and what action she plans to take to reduce this amount.
(195800)
24
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Renewables Obligation Review in 2005 will take account of the impact of the obligation on industry.
(195801)
25
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the conclusions of the Atkins report into the construction of the Jubilee River; and if she will make a statement.
(195683)
26
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research has been undertaken to assess the effect of a ban on the hunting of foxes on the predation of ground nesting birds; and if she will make a statement.
(195775)
27
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been paid out under set aside in each county in England in 2003-04; and if she will make a statement.
(194815)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
28
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British citizens are serving custodial sentences in foreign jails, broken down by country.
(195802)
29
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to ensure that Ethiopia (a) accepts the 2002 World Court ruling regarding its border dispute with Eritrea and (b) withdraws from the occupied town of Badme.
(195825)
30
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the governments involved in the Eritrean-Ethiopian border dispute.
(195826)
31
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the (a) UN, (b) EU and (c) African Union regarding the Eritrea-Ethiopia border dispute.
(195827)
32
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the EU Savings Directive on the (a) British Virgin Islands, (b) Cayman Islands and (c) other dependent territories.
(195828)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
33
N
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Department has to introduce national guidance on diet and lifestyle to combat heart disease.
(195499)
34
N
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to change the guidance issued on the number of recommended visits by NHS patients to their dentists; and if he will make a statement.
(195502)
35
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the provision of spinal surgery for people living in the Poole and Bournemouth area.
(194549)
36
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision of spinal surgery is available for people living in the Poole and Bournemouth area.
(194550)
37
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the general practitioner vacancy rates were for each primary care trust in England at (a) 31st March 2003, (b) 30th September 2003, (c) 31st March 2004 and (d) 30th September 2004.
(195806)
38
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are in the Tier 2 system.
(195807)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
39
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals were held in prisons in England and Wales on 28th October, broken down by nationality; and how many are held in each prison.
(195803)
40
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what correspondence his Department had with foreign agencies prior to the seizure of web servers from the office of Rackspace; from which agencies correspondence was received; and what authorisations were granted to these foreign agencies.
(195833)
41
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether foreign agencies are entitled to raid UK premises (a) with and (b) without his Department's authorisation.
(195834)
42
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to modify the language requirement for citizenship applications for people from countries where English is either an official language or is the sole official language.
(195473)
43
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for West Lancashire of (a) 20th April and (b) 18th May concerning Louise-Ann Nel (Home Office Refs E1000813/N1012865)
(194806)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
44
N
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans the Government has to encourage the World Trade Organisation to change the TRIPS rules on antiretroviral drugs; and if he will make a statement.
(195500)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
45
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many, and what value of farm payments that were due to be paid by 30th June have not yet been paid, broken down by category of farm payment.
(195831)
Questions to the Prime Minister
46
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Prime Minister, which Ministers were provided with official residences in financial years (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04.
(195774)
47
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer of 27th October to the Right honourable Member for Folkestone and Hythe, what the evidential basis is for his assertion that millions of jobs depend on UK membership of the EU; and how many millions of jobs so depend.
(195235)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
48
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 16th September, Official Report, column 1724W on Export Support, on what date she raised the PSA indicator to 40 per cent.; and whether this announcement appears in the 2004 Spending Review.
(195797)
49
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 16th September, Official Report, column 1724W on Export Support, what level of trade development resources is focused on new-to-export firms.
(195798)
50
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list European legislation passed under the Social Chapter since 1997; and what assessment the Government has made of the cost to business in the United Kingdom of meeting the requirements of the legislation.
(195829)
51
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much orimulsion/shale oil was used in UK power stations in the last year for which figures are available.
(195671)
52
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department has taken to investigate the activities of Better Health Global Limited and the BHG Group of companies; and if she will make a statement.
(195678)
53
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate her Department has made of the total losses incurred by investors and creditors as a result of the liquidation of Better Health Global Limited (BHG); what estimate has been made of the cost to the Department of grants to companies used to fund BHG; and if she will make a statement.
(195679)
54
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when her Department was first informed of alleged malpractice by the directors of Better Health Global Limited, and the BHG group of companies; and if she will make a statement.
(195680)
55
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Official Receiver (a) has taken and (b) is planning to take to investigate the circumstances surrounding the liquidation of Better Health Global Limited; and if she will make a statement.
(195681)
56
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received about alleged malpractice by the directors of Better Health Global Limited and the BHG Group of companies; and if she will make a statement.
(195682)
57
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much gas (a) was exported from the UK to Europe and (b) was imported from Europe to the UK in each year from 1999 to the latest year for which figures are available.
(195805)
58
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which regional development agencies in England have spent money on radio advertising in the last five years for which figures are available; and how much each agency has spent.
(194496)
59
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much the East Midlands Development Agency is spending on a radio competition to find the Greatest East Midlander of All Time; and under which of the Agency's aims and objectives the competition is being organised.
(194497)
60
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with the Post Office about the continuance of the free postal service for people who are blind; and if she will make a statement.
(195504)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
61
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the draft Single European Sky Implementing Rule on a Common Charging Scheme for air navigation services from (a) regional airlines and representative bodies and (b) the general aviation industry and representative bodies; and what assessment he has made of the economic impact of the proposals on the (i) regional airline and (ii) general aviation industry.
(195824)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
62
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list by police area in Wales the number of anti-social behaviour orders in force; and if he will make a statement.
(195776)
63
N
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many police officers there were in Wales in each year since 1996.
(195677)
64
N
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been breached in Wales in each year since their introduction.
(195697)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
65
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of people making a fresh claim for incapacity benefit in each year since 2000 had been in receipt of incapacity benefit during the previous 12 months.
(195808)
66
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of change requests made by Ministers in relation to the CS2 computer system on the operations of the Child Support Agency.
(195809)
67
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new incapacity benefit claimants in each year since 1997 were (a) claiming statutory sick pay, (b) claiming unemployment benefits and (c) were self-employed.
(195810)
68
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what contingency plans he has prepared in relation to computer systems used by the Child Support Agency.
(195811)
69
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints the Child Support Agency has received from members of the public in relation to the computer systems used by the agency since their introduction.
(195812)
70
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how much money available for pension credit has not been claimed because of non-take up by pensioners.
(195813)
71
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints the Child Support Agency has received from members of the public in relation to the telephone systems used by the Child Support Agency since their introduction.
(195814)
72
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average number of Child Support Agency staff who deal with each case brought to the Agency by parents with care.
(195815)
73
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the backlog of new claims held by the Child Support Agency.
(195816)
74
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the average time it takes the Child Support Agency to bring cases from first application to assessment.
(195817)
75
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many stuck cases were held by the Child Support Agency during the last calendar year, broken down by month.
(195818)
76
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of eligible parents received their first payment from the Child Support Agency within the time limit of six weeks during the last calendar year, broken down by month.
(195819)
77
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many change requests have been made by Ministers in relation to the CS2 computer system; and on what dates those change requests were issued.
(195820)
78
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) absence rates due to sickness and (b) turnover rates for Child Support Agency staff were for each month of the last calendar year.
(195821)
79
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the reasons were for each change request made by Ministers in relation to the CS2 computer system.
(195822)
80
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the overall expenditure on incapacity benefits including severe disablement allowance and income support on the grounds of incapacity (a) on the grounds of mental and behavioural disorders and (b) in total were in each year since 1997.
(195823)
81
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many cases the staff in his Department have referred to a medical practitioner to establish whether a claimant lacked the capacity to manage his or her benefits in the last year for which figures are available.
(195230)
82
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what checks are undertaken by staff in his Department to ensure that the benefits paid to an appointee are used on behalf of the claimant.
(195231)
83
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what actions are taken by his Department when a complaint is made about an appointee misusing the benefit income of the claimant.
(195232)
84
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what provision is made at Job Centres for people who have (a) poor literacy standards and (b) no information technology skills with respect to helping them find jobs; and if he will make a statement.
(195503)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
85
N
Mr John Burnett (Torridge & West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's estimate is of the average cost of motoring per mile including depreciation, fuel and servicing; what sources were used to make the estimate; what factors are included in the estimate; and when the estimate was last revised.
[Transferred] (195676)

 
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