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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 8 November 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 8 November 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 8 November 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 8 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 Monday 8 November of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 8 November see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, column 153W, on Customs and Excise, how long the contracts in place for IT consultants contracted to work for Her Majesty's Customs and Excise at Alexander House, Southend-on-Sea are; how much the IT consultants are paid; and if he will make a statement.
(196919)
2
N
Mr Tony Banks (West Ham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many illegally imported primates were seized by HM Customs and Excise in the last five years, broken down by species.
(197044)
3
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what timetable he has set for the extension of (a) child benefit and (b) child tax credit to the parents of children aged 16 to 19 years undertaking unwaged training.
(196849)
4
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy to ensure that hospitality within his Department is sourced from fair trade producers wherever possible within the boundaries set by the public procurement rules.
(197057)
5
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's most recent estimate is of the cost of the British occupation of Iraq in each month since the start of the conflict, broken down by (a) military and (b) reconstruction costs.
(197247)
6
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on recovery policy regarding overpayment of tax credits.
(197215)
7
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many electors were on the electoral roll in each constituency in the London Borough of Wandsworth in each year since 1997.
(196729)
8
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax records have been lost by the Inland Revenue due to recent computer errors; what estimate he has made of the amount of tax which will be lost to the Exchequer as a consequence; and if he will make a statement.
(197046)
9
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what commodities have been subject to changes in the rate of VAT since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(197216)
10
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197290)
11
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of gross domestic product was comprised of the manufacturing sector in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.
(197006)
12
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many jobs have been created in the Pendle constituency since (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.
(197035)
13
N
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 16th September, Official Report, column 1661W, on tax credit, if he will investigate the handling of the tax credit case of a constituent of Onslow Crescent in Solihull whose name has been communicated to him.
(196936)
14
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the levels of Gross Value Added per employee in the (a) manufacturing sector and (b) private services sector were for each year from 1997 to 2003 in Great Britain.
(196865)
15
Claire Ward (Watford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from Hertfordshire Police Authority on funding of services; and if he will make a statement on the funding of (a) Hertfordshire and (b) other shire counties.
(197139)
16
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money his Department received in VAT on fuel in each of the last 12 months.
(196911)
17
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he plans to implement to protect (a) fishermen and fisheries and (b) farmers from rising fuel bills; and if he will make a statement.
(196912)
18
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he plans to put in place to restrict the increase in the price of industrial diesel; and if he will make a statement.
(196913)
19
N
David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, column, 153W, on correspondence, if he will instruct the Director, Inland Revenue, Tax Credit Office to reply personally to letters from honourable Members on behalf of constituents; and what percentage of substantive replies sent to honourable Members in the last 12 months were sent within 14 days.
(196527)
20
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with (a) his Department and (b) executive agencies for which he is responsible in each of the past three years.
(196905)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
21
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Romford of 20th October, Official Report, column 772W, on district judges' salaries, what factors underlie the size of the annual increases from 1998-99 to 2003-04; and what the projected figure for 2004-05 is.
(196827)
22
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether it is his policy to ensure that hospitality within his Department is sourced from fair trade producers wherever possible within the boundaries set by the public procurement rules.
(197066)
23
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197304)
24
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when the United Nations Convention (a) on the Rights of the Child and (b) on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women will be extended to (i) Jersey and (ii) Guernsey; what commitments the authorities in the Islands have given to implement the necessary legislation; and by what date.
(197182)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
25
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost to public funds will be of the provision of two hydro-powered turbines at Windsor Castle.
(196835)
26
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when her Department expects to receive from the Broadcast Committee on Advertising Practices a draft of the interpretative guidance for the Advertising Standards Authority's final amendment to the Advertising Standards Code; and if she will make a statement.
(196765)
27
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what advice she has received from the Office of Fair Trading regarding advice for local authorities on minimum pricing schemes in licensed premises; and if she will make a statement.
(196767)
28
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to appoint (a) a regulator to oversee the operation of the Football Association and (b) an independent adviser to oversee constitutional change at the Football Association; and if she will make a statement.
(196769)
29
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for her Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197302)
30
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many households in Pendle receive the free television licence for the over 75s.
(197034)
31
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many swimming pools have been constructed with Lottery grants in each of the last 10 years.
(197117)
32
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the constituencies which have received Lottery grants for the construction of swimming pools in the last 10 years.
(197118)
33
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when digital terrestrial television will be available throughout Totnes constituency, with particular reference to (a) Blackawton and (b) Halwell.
(196947)
34
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the increased rate of voluntary payments from bookmakers to the British Greyhound Racing Fund will (a) enable all retired greyhounds to be re-homed and (b) guarantee adequate funding for greyhound rescue centres.
(196983)
35
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she will respond to the Dobson review of children's play; and if she will make a statement.
(196363)
36
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will establish a cross-departmental governmental group to consider the impact of policy proposals on churches and places of worship; and if she will make a statement.
(196924)
37
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to survey the state of church building stock; and what assessment she has made of church building stock's future repair needs.
(196925)
38
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on the importance of places of worship in planning decisions.
(196926)
39
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the operation of the Listed Places of Worship Scheme.
(196927)
40
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the level of public funding for historic church buildings; and if she will make a statement.
(196928)
41
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will assess the merits of establishing a designated lottery fund for the maintenance of war memorials.
(197269)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
42
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will investigate the whereabouts of the research conducted by Professor Huda Ammash, Dean of Baghdad University, and other scientists, into the contamination of Iraq from depleted uranium.
(196761)
43
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the purpose is of the expansion and upgrade of RAF Menwith Hill.
(196862)
44
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his policy to ensure that hospitality within his Department is sourced from fair trade producers wherever possible within the boundaries set by the public procurement rules.
(197065)
45
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff are employed in the Army Medal Office; whether they are working overtime to clear the backlog of cases; and what the standard of service laid down for applicants is.
(197051)
46
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications have been received for General Service Medals in each of the last 12 months; and how long it is taking to process them on average.
(197052)
47
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when Mr A. Fairclough of Verwood, Dorset will receive the General Service Medal for his service in the Suez Canal Zone; and if he will make a statement.
(197054)
48
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Gurkha soldiers are serving in the British Army.
(196724)
49
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) British service personnel and (b) ships will take part in the 60th anniversary celebration of the liberation of the Channel Islands in May 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(196727)
50
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many fishery protection vessels are in service; and if he will list the areas in which these vessels are being used.
(196728)
51
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving personnel there are in the Royal Navy; and what the corresponding figures were in each of the last three years.
(197126)
52
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the testing of the Bowman radios being used by the Royal Anglian Regiment; and what action he is taking to ensure the radios are compatible with other equipment used by the armed forces.
(196733)
53
N
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under what circumstances military personnel (a) are and (b) may in future work with children; and if the Government will ensure criminal records checks are made on members of the armed forces who interact with children.
(196440)
54
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of Human Rights Watch reports that British forces failed to secure containers filled with weapons near to the old airport in Basra in May 2003.
(196585)
55
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the numbers and condition of conventional and improvised weaponry held by insurrectionist forces in Iraq.
(196586)
56
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what action he is taking to ensure that the armed forces serving abroad are able to vote in a general election.
(196736)
57
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197298)
58
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions units have received lists of names for manning control point reviews in the last 18 months.
(197082)
59
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to conduct manning control point reviews in the next 12 months.
(197083)
60
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to conduct discharges at manning control point reviews in the next 12 months.
(197084)
61
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions (a) battalions and (b) regiments have provided supplementary manning assistance to other battalions or regiments in the last six years; and in each case (i) when the assistance was provided, (ii) which battalions or regiments were involved, (iii) how many personnel were provided and (iv) for what period of time the assistance was provided.
(197085)
62
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers have been employed in the last six months on an S-Type contract that was signed within a week of the termination of an open engagement contract relating to the same soldier.
(197218)
63
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the conformity of the practice of administrative discharge through manning controls with (a) European Union legislation, (b) the European Convention on Human Rights and (c) the Employment Rights Act 1966.
(197219)
64
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, column 223W, on temporary staff, how many agency temporary staff have been working for his Department in its central headquarters buildings in each of the last five years.
(196615)
65
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the policy of allowing members of the (a) Royal Navy and (b) armed forces to register their religion as Satanist.
[R] (196739)
66
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) he and (b) his Ministerial colleagues have been invited to give evidence to the inquiry into the fire on board HMCS Chicoutimi set up by the Canadian House of Commons.
(196868)
67
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Territorial Army soldiers deployed in Iraq since March 2003 have accidentally discharged weapons.
(196880)
68
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has received notifications of concern from military units deployed in Iraq about inadequate training in personal weapons by members of the Territorial Army who had been passed as average by the Reserve Training and Mobilisation Centre.
(196881)
69
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Territorial Army soldiers deployed to Iraq since March 2003 arrived with notes cautioning the receiving unit that they were a high safety risk due to having been passed as average by the Reserve Training and Mobilisation Centre.
(196882)
70
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has been notified of concerns by the staff at the Reserve Training and Mobilisation Centre about the deployment of reservists to Iraq since March 2003 who had been graded average in their weapons test.
(196884)
71
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Territorial Army soldiers deployed to Iraq were required to achieve a skilled grade in their weapon test.
(196885)
72
N
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel are registered to vote.
(196096)
73
N
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to promote registration to vote amongst service personnel.
(196097)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
74
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many planning applications put to local authorities in England and Wales for (a) amusement arcades and (b) casinos which have been (i) objected to by (A) local residents and (B) local elected councillors and (ii) opposed by the local authority planning committee have been approved in the last year; and if he will make a statement.
(196731)
75
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on the problems associated with the (a) geographical concentration and (b) accommodation of higher education students.
(196859)
76
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether it is his policy to ensure that hospitality within his Department is sourced from fair trade producers wherever possible within the boundaries set by the public procurement rules.
(197064)
77
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what reports he has received of sites designated as green belt wedge within a unitary development plan being redeveloped for community sports and recreation uses.
(197236)
78
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the legal constraints are on developing sites within an area designated as a green belt wedge within a unitary development plan for community and recreational uses; and what the process is for seeking to revise planning consents for such an initiative.
(197237)
79
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance has been circulated to local authorities in England concerning the issue of compulsory purchase orders where ownership of a particular site is in dispute or unknown.
(197239)
80
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on projected capital investment in housing renewal in Birmingham Hodge Hill in each of the next four years.
(197244)
81
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the funding streams from which Birmingham City Council might access capital investment for housing renewal over the next four years; and through which organisational options such funding might be delivered.
(197245)
82
N
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the responses to the consultation on a separate use class order for casinos from each of the planning authorities in Tyne and Wear.
(196362)
83
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many affordable homes have been built in the London borough of Wandsworth in each of the last five years by (a) Wandsworth Council, (b) The Housing Corporation and (c) housing associations; and if he will make a statement.
(196725)
84
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of the 10,000 social rented homes to be provided annually by 2007-08 will be funded from (a) the additional £430 million in Approved Development Programme funding and (b) efficiency savings.
(196836)
85
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will break down by Government Office Region the location of the 10,000 social rented homes to be provided annually by 2007-08.
(196837)
86
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to require social rented and shared ownership housing to be built on the same sites as his Department's proposed 60,000 homes for first time buyers.
(196838)
87
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he plans to limit access to his Department's proposed 60,000 homes for first time buyers to people in social rented housing or on housing waiting lists in that area.
(196839)
88
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 19th July, Official Report, columns 10-11W, on key workers (housing), if he will make a statement on the progress of his discussions with employers and other Government departments about additional land contributions and access to accommodation.
(196840)
89
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to publish his Department's Five-Year Strategic Plan.
(196841)
90
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what advice he has received from the Office of Fair Trading regarding guidance for local authorities on minimum pricing schemes in licensed premises; and if he will make a statement.
(196766)
91
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197289)
92
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the implications for planning policy of the preliminary findings of the study by the Childhood Cancer Research Group at Oxford University into possible links between power lines and increased rates of childhood leukaemia.
(197003)
93
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the Housing Corporation requires housing associations bidding for Approved Development Programme funding for new low cost home ownership schemes to provide information on the (a) ethnicity, (b) type of needs met and (c) size of household of people being housed.
(196714)
94
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will break down the 569 low cost home ownership units planned for Tower Hamlets in the Housing Corporation's 2004-06 Approved Development Programme by (a) one-bed, (b) two-bed, (c) three-bed and (d) four-bed or more.
(196715)
95
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will break down the 569 low cost home ownership units planned for Tower Hamlets in the Housing Corporation's 2004-06 Approved Development Programme by (a) commercial-shared ownership, (b) do-it-yourself shared ownership, (c) Homebuy and (d) other forms of low cost home ownership.
(196716)
96
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 5th July, Official Report, columns 450-1W, on affordable housing, what the affordability criteria for the new shared ownership properties are in each London borough.
(196823)
97
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department monitors the number of shared ownership properties built in each London borough that are more expensive than the stated affordability criteria for that area.
(196824)
98
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects the Housing Corporation to begin publication of the new Shared Ownership Performance Indicators; and if he will make a statement.
(196825)
99
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many shared ownership properties were sold in Tower Hamlets in each year since 1997; and how many of those properties were purchased by (a) a person in social housing in that area, (b) a person on the single housing register in that area and (c) a key worker.
(196826)
100
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the effect of council tax revaluation and regional banding on Harrogate District.
(196740)
101
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding has been provided to the Wilf Ward Family Trust through a Supporting People grant in 2003-04.
(196753)
102
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding has been allocated to the Wilf Ward Family Trust through a Supporting People grant for 2005-06.
(196754)
103
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Local Government Finance Settlement will include updated census data.
(197039)
104
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the inclusion of updated census data in the Local Government Financial Settlement.
(197040)
105
N
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to review the funding under the Decent Homes Standard for local authorities whose tenants choose to remain owned and managed by the local authority.
(195705)
106
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much funding in grants has been paid to local authorities that have surrendered their housing stock.
(197091)
107
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what changes the Government has made to right to buy (a) discounts and (b) eligibility in England since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(197086)
108
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average purchase price of a right to buy (a) flat and (b) house in England was in (i) 1997 and (ii) the last year for which figures are available.
(197087)
109
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average discount applied to a right to buy (a) flat and (b) house in England was in (i) 1997 and (ii) the last year for which figures are available.
(197088)
110
N
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate the 1996 English House Condition Survey made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of houses in multiple occupation that have three or more storeys.
(196986)
111
N
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to publish an analysis of houses in multiple occupation in the private rented sector from the information contained in the 2001 English House Condition Survey.
(196990)
112
Claire Ward (Watford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received from (a) Hertfordshire Police Authority and (b) other authorities within Hertfordshire on the capping of council tax; and if he will make a statement.
(197138)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
113
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in the City of Manchester receive free transport to school provided by Manchester City Council.
(196908)
114
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether it is his policy to ensure that hospitality within his Department is sourced from fair trade producers wherever possible within the boundaries set by the public procurement rules.
(197063)
115
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether he has (a) received and (b) been notified of proposals to sell school playing fields since the publication of new guidance on the matter.
(197238)
116
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the role to be played by schools in tackling graffiti; and if he will list examples of best practice in this area.
(197243)
117
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the reply of 3rd November, Official Report, column 290W, on university admissions, what his timescale is for consideration of the benchmarks on university admissions; and whether he plans to announce the outcome of this consideration.
(197050)
118
N
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in North Somerset receive free transport to school provided by the local authority.
(196616)
119
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many Ofsted inspections of schools in (a) the Greater London area and (b) London Borough of Wandsworth there have been in each of the last three years.
(196726)
120
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many Ministers from his Department have visited the London Borough of Wandsworth in each of the last five years; and what the purpose was of each visit.
(197123)
121
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the School Transport Bill will allow local authorities to introduce free or concessionary fares for pupils over 16 years old remaining in full-time education.
(196966)
122
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the period of delay was in allocating public law cases in the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service in each of the last three financial years.
(197072)
123
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service is making in preparing guidelines on contact; and when they will be published.
(197073)
124
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many guardians are employed by the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service; and what their principal responsibilities are.
(197074)
125
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many weeks it was taking to complete private law cases in each CAFCASS region on 31st July (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004.
(197135)
126
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff were employed in each CAFCASS region on 1st April (i) 2001, (ii) 2002, (iii) 2003 and (iv) 2004.
(197136)
127
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total costs for the running of CAFCASS were in each financial year for which figures are available since 2000.
(197137)
128
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197301)
129
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many venues responsible for the delivery of Learndirect have closed in (a) England and (b) each county in each month in the past year; and if he will make a statement.
(196976)
130
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many young people in Bath and North East Somerset are on apprenticeship schemes.
(196759)
131
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Wansdyke and (ii) Bath and North East Somerset are equipped with (A) interactive whiteboards and (B) broadband technology.
(196760)
132
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research has been commissioned to establish the proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary teachers who were confident about using ICT in each year since 1997.
(196762)
133
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much ring-fenced money for classroom building projects has been given to schools in (a) Wansdyke, (b) Bath and North East Somerset and (c) South Gloucestershire in each year since 1997.
(196763)
134
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the computer to pupil ratio was in Bath and North East Somerset in each year since 1997.
(196764)
135
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much on average per child was contributed from public funds to the education of (a) primary school children and (b) secondary school children in (i) Wansdyke, (ii) Bath and North East Somerset and (iii) South Gloucestershire in each year since 1997 for which figures are available.
(196770)
136
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) three and (b) four year olds in Pendle attended nursery classes in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2003.
(197032)
137
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many childcare places there have been in Pendle in each year since 1997.
(197033)
138
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will reduce the inspection requirements on schools with a good inspection track record.
(197184)
139
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will introduce random unannounced inspections of nurseries.
(197317)
140
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the constituency of Bolsover were connected to the internet at the latest available date.
(197096)
141
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to require (a) specialist schools, (b) voluntary aided schools, (c) city technology colleges, (d) academies and (e) foundation schools to accept (i) looked after children, (ii) permanently excluded children and (iii) children with statements of special educational needs as part of their overall admission policies; and if he will make a statement.
(196943)
142
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he has taken to monitor the (a) number and (b) effectiveness of managed moves of children between institutions.
(196944)
143
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many local education authorities in England have a policy of using managed moves as an alternative to permanent exclusion.
(196945)
144
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his policy is on managed moves for children threatened with permanent exclusion.
(196946)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
145
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species import permits have been granted for (a) wild-caught and (b) captive-bred primates from outside the EU in the last five years, broken down by (i) species and (ii) purpose of import.
(196811)
146
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether organic material derived from the mechanical biological treatment of compost qualifies as suitable for composting for the purposes of local authority targets.
(196812)
147
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria are used to determine whether material produced for composting constitutes controllable waste.
(196813)
148
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the estimated volume of emissions of hydrofluorocarbons has been in each year since 1990; and what projections she has made for future years.
(196817)
149
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on the phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons.
(196818)
150
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to discourage the fitting of hydrofluorocarbons in (a) domestic refrigeration and (b) air conditioning.
(196819)
151
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to minimise the number of experiments that will need to be conducted on animals following the introduction of the EU Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals Directive.
(196821)
152
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate how many extra experiments will need to be conducted upon animals in each of the next five years as a result of the UK's implementation of the EU Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals Directive.
(196822)
153
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent to date by the Environment Agency on its plans to alter the nature of the Cuckmere Valley; what the budget for the preparatory stage of this project is; and if she will make a statement.
(196834)
154
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what mechanisms are in place to ensure policies she assesses as vital for environmental protection purposes cannot be overruled by (a) the Department for Trade and Industry and (b) the Department for Transport.
(196846)
155
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the top 20 consultancy firms by contract value used by her Department in each of the last five years.
(196883)
156
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the storage of chocolate radioactively contaminated following the 1957 Windscale fire.
(196981)
157
N
Mr Tony Banks (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many premises in the UK are (a) registered and (b) approved under the Balai Directive 92/65/EEC.
(197042)
158
N
Mr Tony Banks (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what safeguards there are to ensure that primates imported into the UK under Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species regulations are kept by people who have sufficient knowledge to care for and house the animals.
(197043)
159
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the planned timetable is for the introduction of the Animal Welfare Bill.
(197053)
160
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many live horses have been exported for meat consumption into Europe in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.
(196723)
161
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the landfill sites in the Greater London area which are able to accept hazardous waste.
(197128)
162
N
Mr David Curry (Skipton & Ripon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the tonnage of disposable nappies used in England in each of the last five years; and whether disposable nappies will be eligible to be disposed of in landfill sites when EU restrictions on landfill use are introduced.
(196967)
163
Mr David Curry (Skipton & Ripon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to consult the beekeeping industry on her proposals concerning future levels of support for the industry.
(196970)
164
Mr David Curry (Skipton & Ripon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the incidence of European foulbrood in the bee population in England and Wales.
(196971)
165
Mr David Curry (Skipton & Ripon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what programme of inspection of bee colonies for (a) European foulbrood and (b) American foulbrood is planned following the proposed removal of statutory control on European foulbrood.
(196972)
166
Mr David Curry (Skipton & Ripon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money has been allocated to the proposed Central Science Laboratory Training Scheme on identification of bee diseases.
(196973)
167
Mr David Curry (Skipton & Ripon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will commission an independent assessment of the effectiveness of (a) shock swarming as a means of controlling foulbrood and (b) the proposed test kits for the diagnosis of European foulbrood.
(196974)
168
Mr David Curry (Skipton & Ripon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of measures to combat European foulbrood since the change in the policy of compulsory destruction to one of treatment with antibiotics.
(197181)
169
N
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the safety of burning hazardous waste in cement kilns.
(196437)
170
N
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list hazardous wastes that will newly qualify as substitute fuels for use in cement kilns following the changes to the Substitute Fuels Protocol approved by the board of the Environment Agency on 13th October; and if she will list for each emissions level whether the listed wastes were disposed of in (a) cement kilns and (b) high temperature incinerators designed for hazardous waste disposal.
(196438)
171
N
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the application of recent European Court of Justice judgements on trans-frontier shipment of wastes and criteria for waste recovery with regard to minimum calorific values for wastes that are incinerated as substitute fuels.
(196439)
172
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what areas of common land classified as sites of special scientific interest in England are in unfavourable condition; and what assessment she has made of the need for changes to regulations to ensure favourable condition of such common land is achieved.
(196287)
173
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) farmed and (b) park deer herds have tested positive for bovine TB in each of the last five years; and how many of those were confirmed by culture or post mortem examination.
(197318)
174
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many comparative intra-dermal TB tests were carried out on (a) farmed and (b) park deer herds under the Deer Health Scheme in the last five years.
(197319)
175
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) farmed and (b) park deer herds were (i) registered and (ii) not registered in the Deer Health Scheme in each of the last five years for which records are available.
(197320)
176
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has commissioned into the effectiveness of the examination of deer at abattoirs in identifying cases of bovine TB infection in venison intended for human consumption.
(197321)
177
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) farmed and (b) park deer were slaughtered at abattoirs in the last five years.
(197322)
178
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which authority in the UK is responsible for maintaining a register of (a) farmed deer herds and (b) park or estate deer.
(197323)
179
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what regulations apply to the import into the UK of cervine embryos in relation to bovine TB; and what enforcement measures her Department has put in place.
(197324)
180
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cervine embryos were (a) exported by and (b) imported to the UK in each of the past five years; and what the value was of the cervine embryo export industry in each of those years.
(197325)
181
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many incidents of bovine TB in (a) farmed and (b) park deer have been notified as a result of identification at abattoirs in each of the past five years.
(197326)
182
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the proportion of bovine TB infection in (a) farmed, (b) park and (c) wild deer entering the human food chain that remains undetected by the current statutory reporting procedures.
(197327)
183
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had regarding bovine TB in deer with her counterparts in the devolved administrations.
(197328)
184
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the report, Current and future deer management options, published in December 2003.
(197329)
185
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what prevalence of bovine TB has been detected in culled deer in studies undertaken during the last 20 years.
(197330)
186
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) farmed, (b) park and (c) wild deer entered the human food chain in the UK in each of the past five years; and what percentage of the carcasses were subject to inspection by the Meat Hygiene Service.
(197331)
187
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the risk posed to human health by the consumption of deer in relation to bovine TB; and what discussions she has had with the Food Standards Agency on this issue.
(197332)
188
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dangerous wild animal licences have been granted for primates in the last five years, broken down by species.
(197185)
189
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Article 10 certificates have been granted for primates in the last five years, broken down by (a) species and (b) purpose of import.
(197186)
190
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for her Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197293)
191
N
Mr David Heyes (Ashton under Lyne):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will replace current arrangements for assisting water customers who have difficulty paying their bills with payments through the benefits and tax credit system.
(195108)
192
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the emission levels permitted under Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control regulations are for newly constructed glass factories.
(197005)
193
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the cost to the glass container industry of new emission limits applicable from January 2005.
(197037)
194
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the increased cost of energy to the glass container industry as a consequence of new emissions limits.
(197038)
195
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Department takes to ensure that pesticide residue levels on fruits are within (a) UK and (b) EU standards.
(196907)
196
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department will issue the (a) consultation document for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Permitting, (b) revised refrigerator guidance and (c) Environment Agency audit report; and if she will make representations to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to extend the deadline for responses to the consultation beyond 29th October.
(197004)
197
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department maintains a list of the number of (a) private sector consultants and (b) professional advisers employed by her Department (i) at present and (ii) in the past.
(197187)
198
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) maximum rate per day paid to private sector consultants and professional advisers employed within her Department, (b) average rate per day paid to consultants and professional advisers employed within her Department and (c) average rate per day paid to civil servants employed by her Department is in 2004-05.
(197188)
199
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of her Department's annual budget was spent on the payment of external environmental specialists in each year since June 2001.
(197189)
200
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of the Environment Agency's annual budget was spent on (a) international conferences, (b) summits and (c) fact-finding missions outside the UK in each year since June 2001.
(197190)
201
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many households in England are eligible for assistance under the (a) Warm Front and (b) Warm Front Plus programmes; how many additional households become eligible for Warm Front Plus as a result of pension credit being added to the range of qualifying benefits; and if she will make a statement.
(196953)
202
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to improve management of industrial fisheries within UK waters.
(197209)
203
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to support a reduction in the use of fish meal and oil in aquaculture and agriculture; and what steps are being taken to promote the development of vegetable substitutes for these products.
(197210)
204
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what regulations apply to the disposal of sodium azid present in airbags when cars are scrapped.
(196720)
205
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who is responsible for recovering abandoned vehicles left out on the sands of Morecambe Bay.
(196499)
206
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on whether anglers should be required to hold licences for the right to fish at sea.
(196949)
207
N
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on progress on her policies and measures for reducing HFC emissions as outlined in paragraphs 72-76, section two, chapter four of Climate Change - the UK Programme (November 2000).
(196288)
208
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her Department's support for dairy farmers.
(196852)
209
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department gives to local authorities regarding the implementation of effective penalties against individuals whose dogs foul public highways, pavements and parks.
(196855)
210
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department gives to local authorities regarding the provision of dog waste bins.
(196856)
211
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what initiatives her Department is promoting to local authorities for combating dog fouling on public highways, pavements and parks.
(196857)
212
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons the regulations for greyhound racing in the draft Animal Welfare Bill are not proposed to be brought in until 2010.
(196984)
213
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been paid out under the Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme in each county in England in 2003-04; and if she will make a statement.
(196198)
214
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her letter of 10th October (her ref: 203663/JF) regarding peat bogs, when she expects the consultation on the designation of (a) Bolton Fell Moss and (b) Solway Moss as special areas of conservation to be concluded.
(197081)
215
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of her annual Departmental budget was spent on the payment of professional advisers and private sector consultants in each year since June 2001.
(197223)
216
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of the private sector consultants and professional advisers employed by the Department since June 2001 are former civil servants; and, of those, how many were previously employed by her Department and its predecessor.
(197224)
217
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of her annual departmental budget was spent on international conferences, summits or fact-finding missions outside the UK in each year since June 2001.
(197225)
218
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the use of private sector consultants and professional advisers employed by her Department are subject to external audit.
(197227)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
219
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) forensic and (b) other assistance is being provided by the UK for the (i) uncovering and (ii) investigation of mass graves in Iraq.
(196860)
220
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether there will be an independent review of the handling of the state of emergency in the Cayman Islands; and if he will make a statement.
(197310)
221
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria he applies to the use of Ditchley Park by outside organisations for conferences, seminars and meetings concerned with international issues.
(196721)
222
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is his policy to ensure that hospitality within his Department is sourced from fair trade producers wherever possible within the boundaries set by the public procurement rules.
(197062)
223
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the level of economic growth in China in the last 10 years.
(196768)
224
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the value is of contracts agreed with Aegis Defence Services by the (a) UK, (b) Coalition and (c) Iraqi administration; what the contracts are for; what other contracts the UK Government has awarded to the company; in what countries; and if he will make a statement.
(197041)
225
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received concerning the denial of access to detainees at Drapchi Prison, Lhasa, to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; and if he will make a statement.
(197048)
226
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he is taking to ensure that British High Commissions are providing information for British citizens on how to vote in any forthcoming general election.
(196737)
227
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd November to Question 195121, Official Report, column 225W, on the G8 Summit, what contracts for the supply of services at the G8 Summit the office plans to award; when he expects the contract award procedures to commence; how the contract award procedures will be publicised; and what estimate he has made of the monetary value of the contracts.
(196529)
228
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Bangladesh on (a) the burning of the Ahmadiyya Mosque in Brahmanbaria and (b) harassment of the Ahmadiyya community in that country; and if he will make a statement.
(197180)
229
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197291)
230
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome was of the General Affairs and External Relations Council held on 2nd to 3rd November; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.
(196923)
231
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what methods are being used to examine the report in The Lancet on Iraqi civilian deaths; which personnel have been assigned to conduct the examination; and when the examination began.
(197211)
232
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 20th October, Official Report, column 756W, on the Iraq Survey Group, if he will list the source references for the material now made public to which the Prime Minister referred on 28th January, Offical Report, column 304, as unpublished pending the Iraq Survey Group report.
(197045)
233
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage movement towards a settlement in Cyprus.
[R] (196875)
234
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on EU-US relations on Iraq since the elections in the US.
(197076)
235
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to correspondence from the honourable Member for Hull North regarding Mr Ken Bigley.
(197129)
236
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the running costs of each British High Commission and Embassy in the latest year for which figures are available.
(196866)
237
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether ambassadors are expected to learn the official language of the country of their posting; and if he will make a statement.
(196867)
238
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to encourage Armenia to withdraw from Azerbaijani territories in accordance with 1993 UN Security Council Resolutions 822, 853 and 874.
(197089)
239
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement regarding the changes in the demographic make-up of the Nagorny-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.
(197090)
240
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage Nigeria to cede sovereignty of the Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon, as required under the October 2002 ruling by the International Court of Justice.
(197130)
241
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment has been made of (a) the extent of Islamic fundamentalism in southern Thailand, (b) the threat that Islamic fundamentalism may pose to the security and stability of Thailand and (c) the possible implications of Thai instability for British interests in the wider region.
(197131)
242
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions have taken place between the Government and Thailand regarding instability in the provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala.
(197132)
243
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost of production of the Guide to the European Union was; how many copies have been printed; how many imprints and downloads in respect of the documents have been made on his Department's website; and what steps are being taken to distribute the document.
(197207)
244
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the first round of the presidential elections in the Ukraine; and whether he has assessed this as a free and fair campaign and vote.
(197220)
245
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by his Department from (a) May 2001 to April 2002, (b) May 2002 to April 2003, (c) May 2003 to April 2004 and (d) May 2004 to the latest date for which information is available, indicating in each case (i) the values of the contracts and (ii) the companies with which the contracts were placed.
(196920)
246
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations which previously held contracts with his Department (a) won new contracts at the culmination of the existing contracts and (b) won new contracts after a period of inactivity with his Department in each of the past four years.
(196921)
247
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with (a) his Department and (b) executive agencies for which he is responsible in each of the past three years.
(196922)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
248
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the provision of transport for individuals needing to access hospitals some distance away, with specific reference to rural areas.
(196820)
249
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prosecutions the Counter Fraud and Security Management Service and its predecessor the NHS Counter Fraud Service brought against bank and agency nursing staff for timesheet fraud since September 1998.
(196435)
250
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency spent on energy in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04; and what estimate he has made of the likely expenditure in 2004-05.
(196987)
251
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of NHS Direct; and if he will make a statement.
(196988)
252
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of (a) whether NHS Direct is providing advice to people who would not have otherwise sought medical attention and (b) the extent to which NHS Direct is diverting people away from their general practitioners.
(196989)
253
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his policy to ensure that hospitality within his Department is sourced from fair trade producers wherever possible within the boundaries set by the public procurement rules.
(197061)
254
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) total budget and (b) administration budget was for each (i) NHS region in each year from 1997 to 2002 and (ii) strategic health authority in each year since they were established.
(197273)
255
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) expected change in the NHS drugs bill in England, (b) expected change in the Government allowance to the pharmaceutical industry for research and development and (c) net change in Government spending resulting from the new Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme in each of the next five years.
(197274)
256
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average number of prescriptions dispensed per person in the NHS was in England in the last year for which figures are available.
(197275)
257
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of patients paying prescription charges who had chronic diseases in the last year for which figures are available.
(197276)
258
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the criteria are for eligibility for a prescription charge pre-payment certificate.
(197277)
259
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people had prescription charge pre-payment certificates in each year since 1997.
(197278)
260
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) professions allied to medicine he expects there will be in the NHS in England in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-7, (iii) 2007-08, (iv) 2008-09 and (v) 2009-10.
(197279)
261
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support the development of voluntary sector support networks for patients.
(197280)
262
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision there will be for the care record system to be shared with private sector providers undertaking NHS work.
(197281)
263
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards will be put in place by the National Programme for IT to ensure information cannot be shared with organisations outside the NHS.
(197282)
264
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a patient's right to opt out of having personal information on the care record system will include all information on the care record.
(197283)
265
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to notify individual patients of their right to opt out of having personal information on their care record shared within the NHS.
(197284)
266
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made by his Department of the costs to the NHS of (a) general practitioner time and (b) advocacy support to implement the patient choice initiative.
(197285)
267
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision has been made by his Department for advocacy support for patients under the new proposals for patient choice.
(197286)
268
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate has been made by his Department of the time needed per general practitioner consultation to make a choose and book referral.
(197287)
269
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contaminated medical devices were submitted to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency without having been suitably cleaned prior to decontamination in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(197288)
270
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the progress of capital investment in primary care facilities in Hodge Hill; and what future capital investments will be made in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007.
(197235)
271
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the National Institute for Clinical Excellence has made of the current trials of the use of Aimspro for multiple sclerosis sufferers; and if he will make a statement.
(195107)
272
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of the new community pharmacy contract to pharmacists who wish to expand their practices.
(195920)
273
N
Mr David Curry (Skipton & Ripon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the environmental (a) benefits and (b) disbenefit of the use of (i) disposable and (ii) re-usable nappies in NHS hospitals.
(196968)
274
N
Mr David Curry (Skipton & Ripon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to NHS Trusts on the use of disposable nappies in maternity units.
(196969)
275
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the future of the Tilley Bus service between Edgware and Barnet hospitals.
(196361)
276
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the Question tabled by the honourable Member for Bath on 22nd July, ref 187176; and if he will make a statement.
(197309)
277
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when (a) Broughton, (b) Stockbridge, (c) Wallop, (d) Wherwell and (e) Barton Stacey schools will have access to the free fruit in school scheme.
(196918)
278
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197295)
279
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the report on research by the Childhood Cancer Research Group at Oxford University into possible links between power lines and childhood leukaemia.
(197002)
280
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4th October, Official Report, column 1965W, on disabled people, if he will renew central government funding for disability charities.
(196722)
281
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will publish the report on the health effects of electricity pylons.
(196748)
282
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the health effects of electricity pylons.
(196749)
283
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research he has evaluated on the health effects of electricity pylons.
(196750)
284
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with National Grid Transco on the health effects of electricity pylons.
(196751)
285
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the health effects of overhead electricity lines and pylons, with particular reference to children's health.
(196752)
286
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on out-of-hours services for general practitioners in North Yorkshire.
(197079)
287
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision has been made to ensure that there is sufficient funding to cover new out-of-hours doctors' services.
(197306)
288
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been allocated to the provision of transport to healthcare facilities in North Yorkshire in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(197307)
289
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to secure funding additional to that already allocated for improvements to transport links to healthcare facilities in North Yorkshire.
(197308)
290
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Department of Health's Press Release dated 3rd November, if he will make a statement on the extent to which (a) products provided to the NHS free by Microsoft will be customised and (b) users have been consulted in drawing up plans with Microsoft; and what assessment has been made of the benefits to Microsoft from the arrangement.
(196965)
291
N
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library copies of the minutes of meetings of the Board of the National Programme for IT in the NHS.
(196985)
292
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of dentists in each county in England undertake NHS work.
(197031)
293
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the change in waiting lists for hospitals covering the constituency of Bolsover has been since 1997.
(197093)
294
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations for cancer were carried out in hospitals covering the constituency of Bolsover in (a) 1997, (b) 2000 and (c) 2003.
(197094)
295
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total amount of Government funding for research on Alzheimer's disease was in (a) 1997, (b) 2000 and (c) 2003.
(197097)
296
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding was given to stem cell research in the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are available.
(197098)
297
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the target response time by telephone is for the NHS Students Grant Unit in Blackpool.
(196980)
298
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what actions his Department has taken to improve the early diagnosis of cancer since the publication by the National Audit Office of its report,Tackling cancer in England: saving more lives, HC 364, Session 2003-04.
(197217)
299
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much additional funding was given to the Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust to enable them to implement their 2002 Franchise Plan.
(196522)
300
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) brought forward debt at the start of the year, (b) overspending during the year before the provision of any special funding to help balance the books, (c) carried forward debt at the end of the year and (d) amount of special funding provided by the NHS Bank to address the debt was for the Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust in each of the last five financial years.
(196523)
301
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the projected overspend is for 2004-05 before the deduction of the £13 million special grant for the Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust.
(196524)
302
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much additional funding was made available to Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust for implementing the new consultants' contracts; and what percentage of the total cost this figure represents.
(196525)
303
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date the Accident and Emergency Department at Ashford (Middlesex) Hospital was closed and replaced by an emergency department; and what the difference is between the two facilities.
(196526)
304
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to make anti-dementia drugs freely available on the NHS for all Alzheimer's disease sufferers; and if he will make a statement.
(196929)
305
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that guidance is issued on the uniform prescribing of anti-dementia drugs; and if he will make a statement.
(196930)
306
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the clinical effectiveness of anti-dementia drugs.
(196931)
307
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to complete its review of drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease.
(196932)
308
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last met representatives of the Alzheimer's Society; and what issues were discussed.
(196933)
309
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve the treatment and care of Alzheimer's patients; and what steps his Department is taking to support Alzheimer's patients' carers.
(196934)
310
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase public awareness of dementia; and if he will make a statement.
(196935)
311
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by his Department from (a) May 2001 to April 2002, (b) May 2002 to April 2003, (c) May 2003 to April 2004 and (d) May 2004 to the latest date for which information is available, indicating in each case (i) the values of the contracts and (ii) the companies with which the contracts were placed.
(196896)
312
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations which previously held contracts with his Department (a) won new contracts at the culmination of the existing contracts and (b) won new contracts after a period of inactivity with his Department in each of the past four years.
(196897)
313
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with (a) his Department and (b) executive agencies for which he is responsible in each of the past three years.
(196898)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
314
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce a new tiered emergency services call line; and if he will make a statement.
(196732)
315
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, columns 191-2W, on crime, how many (a) crimes, (b) burglaries, (c) thefts and (d) vehicle related crimes were reported to the police (i) in Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) in North Yorkshire in each year since 1999.
(197272)
316
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the alcohol industry on financial contributions the industry may make towards the costs of policing alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.
(196848)
317
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is his policy to ensure that hospitality within his Department is sourced from fair trade producers wherever possible within the boundaries set by the public procurement rules.
(197055)
318
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out the terms under which police authorities may access additional resources to fund police community safety wardens; and what the timetable is for implementation of the process.
(197234)
319
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many graffiti removal notices have been served under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.
(197240)
320
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of graffiti removal notices.
(197241)
321
N
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the draft Charities Bill; and when the Government plans to introduce the Charities Bill.
(196301)
322
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of drug abuse in prisons in the Greater London area.
(197127)
323
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the implementation of the National Intelligence Model
(197174)
324
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the operations which have been introduced in areas with high levels of gun crime.
(197175)
325
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, into how many languages the leaflets produced for migrant workers, resulting from recommendations from the Operation Gangmaster, have been translated.
(196757)
326
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the National Association of Citizen Advice Bureaux on the issuing of advice to migrant workers.
(196758)
327
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the draft Bill on Corporate Manslaughter will extend to Scotland.
(196393)
328
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from the Government of Equatorial Guinea for co-operation in the investigation of alleged conspiracy to carry out a coup d'état in that country; and if he will make a statement.
(196434)
329
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197292)
330
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to implement the National Probation Service Pay and Reward Review.
(196997)
331
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce regional pay scales for the Probation Service; and whether he intends to consult the relevant trade unions on the issue.
(196998)
332
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the 2004 pay offer to Probation Service staff includes (a) pay progression and (b) increments; and whether (i) pay progression and (ii) increments have been included in previous annual pay settlements.
(196999)
333
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long it took the Workload Measurement Tool Working Group for the Probation Service to be established.
(197000)
334
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) role, (b) function and (c) salaries of regional offender managers in the National Offender Management Service will be.
(197001)
335
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 14th September from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Hanif Attiya.
(197213)
336
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 22nd September from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs R. Faiz.
(197214)
337
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Business Case on the creation of the National Offender Management Service will be published.
(194741)
338
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there has been a Gateway Zero Review in respect of the National Offender Management Service.
(194742)
339
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many responses to the National Offender Management Service consultation documents issued in (a) January and (b) May favour the concept of contestability.
(194743)
340
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he will take to increase the (a) confidence and (b) morale of (i) Probation and (ii) Prison staff in the National Offender Management Service.
(194744)
341
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what risk assessment has been carried out on the consequences of (a) workers from across the Home Office, Prison and Probation Services and (b) stakeholders, with particular reference to (i) unions and (ii) honourable Members not being fully engaged and committed to the implementation of the National Offender Management Service; and what the results were.
(197170)
342
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what risk assessment has been carried out on (a) the possibility of staff numbers and competencies falling below acceptable levels in front line services in the National Offender Management Service, (b) the complexity and scale and scope of the overall change programme of the National Offender Management Service and (c) the possibility of a high profile incident or industrial action in the National Offender Management Service; and what the results were in each case.
(197171)
343
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of asylum seekers arriving at UK ports did not have an immigration document establishing identity and nationality or citizenship since section 2 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004 came into force; how many such people have been prosecuted; how many of those (a) pleaded guilty, (b) were convicted after pleading not guilty, (c) were legally represented and (d) were given a custodial sentence; how many received a custodial sentence in excess of three months; and what estimate he has made of the average cost to public funds per month per person of keeping them in custody.
(196858)
344
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ask the director of Ofcom to reply to the letters of 28th June and 11th September from the honourable Member for Normanton relating to correspondence with the Home Secretary.
(196964)
345
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions have been brought against people who have assaulted members of a mountain rescue team sent out to rescue them in the last five years.
(196872)
346
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money has been allocated to the treatment of drug abuse amongst offenders in each of the last five years.
(196805)
347
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been allocated to police funding in each year since 2001.
(196814)
348
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been recruited in England and Wales in each year since 2001.
(196815)
349
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on Government funding for initiatives to reduce re-offending by individuals in custody.
(196874)
350
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list local authority net current expenditure on asylum seekers for each local authority in England in each year since 1991-92.
(197246)
351
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by his Department from (a) May 2001 to April 2002, (b) May 2002 to April 2003, (c) May 2003 to April 2004 and (d) May 2004 to the latest date for which information is available, indicating in each case (i) the values of the contracts and (ii) the companies with which the contracts were placed.
(196893)
352
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations which previously held contracts with his Department (a) won new contracts at the culmination of the existing contracts and (b) won new contracts after a period of inactivity with his Department in each of the past four years.
(196894)
353
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with (a) his Department and (b) executive agencies for which he is responsible in each of the past three years.
(196895)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
354
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans he has to introduce a green travel plan for the parliamentary estate to include honourable Members.
(196982)
355
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what facilities an ex-Member of the House of Commons who holds an ex-Member's pass is able to use within the Palace of Westminster; and if he will make a statement.
(196730)
356
Dame Marion Roe (Broxbourne):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his Answer of 19th October, Official Report, column 566W, if he will make a further statement on the appointment of a Parliamentary Security Co-ordinator.
(197193)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
357
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether it is his policy to ensure that hospitality within his Department is sourced from fair trade producers wherever possible within the boundaries set by the public procurement rules.
(197060)
358
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his policy is on water utility companies seeking prepayment for water supplies in developing countries.
(195918)
359
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Government has spent on funding to the Adam Smith Institute for research into utilities in developing countries in 2004.
(195919)
360
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197305)
361
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of the UK's GNP has been spent on the international aid budget in each year since 1997 for which figures are available.
(196816)
362
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the Commission for Africa.
(197191)
Questions to the Leader of the House
363
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Leader of the House, if he will bring forward proposals to allow the tabling of written questions during periods when the House is in recess for answer on a named day during the recess.
(196392)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
364
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he last met (a) members of the Brigade staff of (i) the UDA, (ii) the UVF and (iii) the INLA and (b) members of the Army Council of the Provisional IRA; and what he discussed on each occasion.
(196500)
365
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his estimate is of the (a) size, (b) scale and (c) range of criminal activities being carried out by (i) the UDA, (ii) the UVF, (iii) PIRA and (iv) INLA; and what action is being taken to stop such activities.
(196501)
366
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether it is his policy to ensure that hospitality within his Department is sourced from fair trade producers wherever possible within the boundaries set by the public procurement rules.
(197059)
367
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, columns 242-3W, on public appointments, what action is being taken regarding the levels of appointments from the Protestant community to temporary positions in the general service grades of the (a) Northern Ireland Civil Service and (b) Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
(196888)
368
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assistance is being offered to those engaged in the (a) growing and (b) distribution of organic foodstuffs in Northern Ireland.
(196914)
369
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) facilities and (b) assistance are available at properties under the control of the Environmental Heritage Service in Northern Ireland for the admission of visitors with mental and physical disabilities.
(196915)
370
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many properties owned by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in 2003 took three months or more to repair and refurbish after the departure of the previous tenant.
(196916)
371
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many responses have been received relating to the review of pre-school education.
(197099)
372
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures he is taking to provide help to parents in (a) Greater Shankhill and (b) North Belfast to return to full-time education.
(197100)
373
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the timetable is for the introduction of education action zones; and for what reasons the previously published schedule for their introduction has not been met.
(197101)
374
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the reasons are for the rejection of the proposals to the Integrated Development Fund relating to education in Greater Shankill.
(197102)
375
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to produce proposals to tackle under-achievement in education in (a) Greater Shankill and (b) North Belfast.
(197103)
376
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his policy is on a neutral working environment for Northern Ireland Government departments.
(197104)
377
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many complaints have been made about breaches of a neutral working environment in Government departments in each year since 1997.
(197105)
378
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he has taken in response to complaints against the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency in relation to a breach of his Department's policy on wearing Gaelic Athletic Association sports clothing.
(197106)
379
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he is taking to tackle the backlog of cases in the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland.
(197107)
380
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what money has been ringfenced for the purpose of training classroom assistants and teachers dealing with children with autism in the Belfast Education and Library Board area.
(197108)
381
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures he is taking to prepare teachers and classroom assistants for the task of including children with disabilities in mainstream schools.
(197109)
382
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how full-time nursery education in the pre-school year will be implemented for children in (a) Greater Shankill and (b) North Belfast.
(197110)
383
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will provide sufficient funding to ensure all children in nursery education benefit from having a teacher fully qualified in nursery education.
(197111)
384
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he intends to publish the outcome of the review of pre-school education.
(197112)
385
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, in which areas of the curriculum the Schools Improvement Programme has targeted under-achievement in socially deprived inner city areas in Northern Ireland.
(197113)
386
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what timetable he has set for the Belfast Education and Library Board to produce a recovery plan.
(197114)
387
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many parking tickets have been issued in each district command unit area in Northern Ireland in each year since 2000.
(197115)
388
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures he is taking to reduce waiting times for specialist consultations for people with allergies in Northern Ireland.
(197116)
389
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much of the budget for the Department of Education has remained unspent in each year from 2000 to date.
(196528)
390
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197297)
391
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he plans to amend Civil Service pension arrangements to allow members of the pre-October 2002 Civil Service Pension Scheme a pension for life.
(197008)
392
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made by Invest Northern Ireland towards meeting its job creation target for the current financial year.
(197009)
393
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the most recent risk assessment data available to the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland was regarding the appropriateness of removing protective measures from police stations in Northern Ireland.
(197010)
394
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many schools designated as polling stations have purpose-built wheelchair access; and if he will make a statement on progress made to facilitate disabled voters since the Assembly election a year ago.
(197011)
395
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what qualifications the managers on duty during the two escapes by young offenders from the Juvenile Justice Centre had; whether those managers were on the premises at the time; and if he will make a statement.
(197012)
396
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the current (a) status and (b) role of the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
(197014)
397
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether a Special Adviser is assigned to the office of Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
(197015)
398
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what risk assessment exercises have been conducted to establish the appropriateness of removing fortifications from police stations in Northern Ireland.
(197016)
399
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which police stations in Northern Ireland are due to have fortifications removed in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(197017)
400
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with (a) the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and (b) local District Command Unit Commanders in relation to the removal of fortifications from police stations in Northern Ireland.
(197018)
401
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many children with Down's Syndrome in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland were educated in (a) mainstream and (b) special schools in each of the past five years.
(197019)
402
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his assessment is of progress with each of Northern Ireland's area plans; and what steps are being taken to ensure that the timetables for the plans are being adhered to.
(197020)
403
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what advice the Northern Ireland Office has given the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Chief Constable regarding the flying of the PSNI flag at police stations on official flag days.
(197021)
404
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to meet locally elected representatives to discuss the problems facing victims of terrorism.
(197022)
405
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, at what times during the week young offenders have contact with teaching staff at the Juvenile Justice Centre.
(197023)
406
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recommendations were made for improving security at the Juvenile Justice Centre following the escapes by young offenders; and whether they have been carried out.
(197024)
407
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the required notice period is for Commissioners of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to visit the Juvenile Justice Centre; whether they are allowed (a) unrestricted and (b) private access to young people at the Centre; and if he will make a statement.
(197025)
408
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Juvenile Justice Centre in the absence of the Director of Custody; and what (a) qualifications and (b) training each person has to enable them to carry out this role.
(197026)
409
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what qualifications the on-call managers at the Juvenile Justice Centre are required to have; and by whom these qualifications are assessed.
(197027)
410
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what post-assault support is available to staff at the Juvenile Justice Centre; what records are kept; and if he will make a statement.
(197028)
411
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who has ultimate responsibility to impose lock-up on young offenders at the Juvenile Justice Centre; what records are kept; and if he will make a statement.
(197029)
412
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) pre-job and (b) on-the-job management training is available to staff at the Juvenile Justice Centre.
(197030)
413
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the provision of education for (a) adults and (b) children with Down's Syndrome in Northern Ireland.
(197036)
414
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the final report of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure working group on British and Irish Sign Languages will be published; and what the proposed timescale is for implementation of the recommendations of that report.
(196886)
415
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list local authority net current expenditure on asylum seekers for each local authority in Northern Ireland in each year since 1991-92.
(197232)
416
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what procedures are in place to assess the progress Strategy 2010 is making towards meeting its 10-year targets; what progress has been made since 1999; and if he will make a statement on the relationship between Strategy 2010 and the draft Economic Vision published in October.
(196861)
417
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether a recent review of the reliability of GDP and Gross Value Added (GVA) output figures for Northern Ireland has been made by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and Northern Ireland Statistics Research Agency; and what discussions he has had with the (a) Chancellor of the Exchequer, (b) Secretary of State for Scotland and (c) Secretary of State for Wales regarding the reliability of the GDP and GVA output date for other regions of the United Kingdom.
(196863)
418
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the level of Gross Value Added per employee in the (a) manufacturing sector and (b) private services sector was in each year from 1997 to 2003 in Northern Ireland.
(196864)
419
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by his Department from (a) May 2001 to April 2002, (b) May 2002 to April 2003, (c) May 2003 to April 2004 and (d) May 2004 to the latest date for which information is available, indicating in each case (i) the values of the contracts and (ii) the companies with which the contracts were placed.
(196890)
420
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations which previously held contracts with his Department (a) won new contracts at the culmination of the existing contracts and (b) won new contracts after a period of inactivity with his Department in each of the past four years.
(196891)
421
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with (a) his Department and (b) executive agencies for which he is responsible in each of the past three years.
(196892)
Questions to the Prime Minister
422
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, what role he played in the decision announced by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that the UK should apply to the EU for an increase in permissible carbon emissions under the EU Emissions Trading Schemes.
(196847)
423
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Prime Minister, when he intends to collect his congressional gold medal; and if he will make a statement.
(197205)
424
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer to the honourable Member for Newry and Armagh of 3rd November, Official Report, column 301, if he will request the Iraqi Ministry of Health to furnish him with the number of civilian deaths in the six months from November 2003 to April 2004, broken down by (a) gender, (b) age, (c) location and (d) cause.
(197270)
425
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer to the honourable Member for Newry and Armagh of 3rd November, Official Report, column 301, if he will request the Iraqi Ministry of Health to furnish him with a break down of the 3,000 deaths by (a) gender, (b) age, (c) location and (d) cause.
(197271)
426
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to Lord Butler's evidence to the Select Committee on Public Administration on 21st October, what assessment he has made of Lord Butler's statement on the number of Cabinet meetings which take place in the absence of tabled papers.
(196771)
427
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by his Office between (a) May 2001 and April 2002, (b) May 2002 and April 2003, (c) May 2003 and April 2004 and (d) May 2004 and the latest date for which figures are available, indicating in each case (i) the values of the contracts and (ii) the companies with which the contracts were placed.
(196940)
428
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Prime Minister, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations which had previously held contracts with his Office (a) won new contracts at the culmination of the existing contracts and (b) won new contracts after a period of inactivity with his Office in each of the past four years.
(196941)
429
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Prime Minister, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with his Department in each of the past three years.
(196942)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
430
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197296)
431
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list local authority net current expenditure on asylum seekers for each local authority in Scotland in each year since 1991-92.
(197230)
432
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on how local authorities in Scotland have been compensated for expenditure on asylum since 1998.
(197231)
433
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by his Department from (a) May 2001 to April 2002, (b) May 2002 to April 2003, (c) May 2003 to April 2004 and (d) May 2004 to the latest date for which information is available, indicating in each case (i) the values of the contracts and (ii) the companies with which the contracts were placed.
(196950)
434
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations which previously held contracts with his Department won new contracts (a) at the culmination of the existing contracts and (b) after a period of inactivity with his Department in each of the past four years.
(196951)
435
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with his Department in each of the past three years.
(196952)
Questions to the Solicitor General
436
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Solicitor General, how many overseas jurisdictions the Serious Fraud Office is assisting with overseas corruption cases; and if she will list the jurisdictions.
(197172)
437
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Solicitor General, how many cases of overseas corruption the Serious Fraud Office is (a) investigating and (b) vetting; and if she will make a statement.
(197173)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
438
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what estimate the Electoral Commission has made of the number of people (a) living in the US for 15 years or less and (b) living abroad who will be eligible to vote in a UK general election.
(196734)
439
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what action the Electoral Commission is taking to ensure that all British citizens who are living abroad are able to vote in any forthcoming general election.
(196735)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
440
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total value of imports from Burma was in the first six months of 2004; and if she will break down the items imported by value.
(196719)
441
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the role of her Department is in respect of the EU Emissions Trading scheme.
(196845)
442
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which companies have made representations to her Department regarding the anti-corruption procedures brought into force by the Export Credits Guarantee Department on 1st May; and if she will place these representations in the Library.
(195936)
443
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which companies (a) she, (b) her Ministers, (c) her Department's staff and (d) Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) staff have met since January to discuss the anti-corruption procedures brought into force by the ECGD on 1st May; and on how many occasions meetings have been held in each case.
(195937)
444
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 27th October, Official Report, column 1240W, on corruption, if she will make a statement on the issues surrounding the details and practical application of anti-corruption procedures which she will be seeking to resolve.
(195961)
445
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 27th October, Official Report, column 1242W, on The Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD), if she will place a copy of the interim arrangements which the ECGD agreed with Airbus on anti-corruption procedures in the Library.
(195962)
446
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 19th October, Official Report, column 644W, on product safety, what the issues are which have given rise to the delay in the transposition of the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC.
(197119)
447
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the recent rise in the cost of wholesale gas on the competitiveness of British companies; and what steps she plans to take to minimise this impact.
(197177)
448
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her policy is on a European Commission investigation into the impact of a liberalised gas market.
(197178)
449
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what reports she has (a) requested and (b) received from the Shareholder Executive regarding the privatisation of Royal Mail Holdings plc.
(197179)
450
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made of the price differential between the gas markets in the UK and continental Europe; and if she will make a statement.
(197192)
451
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what provision has been made for funding the business support products of (a) Access to Best Business Practice and (b) Support to Implement Best Business Practice in the current financial year.
(197248)
452
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what provision has been made for funding the business support products of (a) Knowledge Transfer Networks, (b) Collaborative Research and Development, (c) Grants for Investigating an Innovative Idea, (d) Grants for Research and Development and (e) Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in the current financial year.
(197249)
453
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, through which business support products her Department provides subsidised consultancy.
(197250)
454
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the default rate was on Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme loans broken down by numbers of loans made, in each year since 1990; and what the cost to her Department was in each year since 1990.
(197251)
455
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many loans have been guaranteed through the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme in each year since 1997; what the value of these loans was (a) in total and (b) by sector; and what proportion was made to start-ups.
(197252)
456
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many and what value of loans were made through the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme in each year since 1997.
(197253)
457
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what financial provision her Department has made in respect of the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme in each year since 1997.
(197254)
458
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will break down spending on (a) business support products and (b) administration related to Small Business Service Investment in each year since 1997.
(197255)
459
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list spending on (a) business support products and (b) administration by (i) the Small Business Service, (ii) other departmental support for small business and (iii) innovation within the departmental activity of commercial best practice and enterprise in each year since 1997.
(197256)
460
Sir John Butterfill (Bournemouth West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the likely impact on (a) the general public and (b) businesses of the proposal by the Post Office to close a number of Crown post offices; and if she will make a statement.
(196850)
461
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures she plans to take to ensure that the people who need to upgrade their IT skills, referred to in the E-Skills UK research published on 1st November, receive the training they require.
(197047)
462
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures she proposes to take to ensure that the number of students who graduate from information technology courses reaches the levels that are needed by the IT industry as stated by the E-Skills UK and Gartner Consulting research published on 1st November.
(197049)
463
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for her Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197300)
464
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received regarding cost increases to the glass container industry as a consequence of new emissions limits.
(197007)
465
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the security of electricity supply in the Vale of York.
(196741)
466
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new electricity pylons are planned to be constructed in (a) the Vale of York and (b) North Yorkshire in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2006.
(196742)
467
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the potential to construct new electricity cables in the Vale of York underground.
(196743)
468
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the health effects of electricity pylons.
(196744)
469
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent research she has evaluated on the health effects of electricity pylons.
(196745)
470
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with National Grid Transco on the health effects of electricity pylons.
(196746)
471
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what means will be used to connect wind farms constructed in North Yorkshire to the National Grid.
(196747)
472
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many claims for (a) chronic bronchitis and emphysema and (b) vibration white finger were concluded for the constituency of Bolsover in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001, (iii) 2002 and (iv) 2003.
(197092)
473
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the polluter pays policy has been applied to the Luneside East development in Lancashire.
(196432)
474
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made with the bid for funding for the Midland Hotel, Morecambe.
(196433)
475
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent initiatives she has taken in respect of co-operation on nuclear clean-up with the Russian Federation Atomic Energy Agency; and what resources have been committed to this collaboration.
(197206)
476
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information she has received from the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management in respect of its work in compiling a national inventory of radioactive waste.
(197208)
477
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints about unsolicited silent calls by commercial power diallers have been referred to (a) Ofcom and (b) the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Telephone Information Services by consumers in the past 12 months.
(196948)
478
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by her Department from (a) May 2001 to April 2002, (b) May 2002 to April 2003, (c) May 2003 to April 2004 and (d) May 2004 to the latest date for which information is available, indicating in each case (i) the values of the contracts and (ii) the companies with which the contracts were placed.
(196899)
479
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations which previously held contracts with her Department (a) won new contracts at the culmination of the existing contracts and (b) won new contracts after a period of inactivity with her Department in each of the past four years.
(196900)
480
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with (a) her Department and (b) executive agencies for which she is responsible in each of the past three years.
(196901)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
481
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data local authorities are required to collect on carbon dioxide emissions; and whether this includes emissions from road traffic.
(196806)
482
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the processes involved in the collection of data on carbon dioxide emissions from road traffic.
(196807)
483
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the level of carbon dioxide emissions from road traffic was in each local authority area in the last year for which figures are available.
(196808)
484
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from road traffic.
(196809)
485
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of carbon dioxide emissions from road traffic in (a) 1990, (b) 1997, (c) 2003, (d) 2010, (e) 2015 and (f) 2020.
(196810)
486
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential for tackling climate change from the introduction of zero emission fuel cell powered light trams; and if he will make a statement.
(196828)
487
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage change from the 2003 base he anticipates for (a) rail passenger mileage and (b) rail freight mileage by (i) 2008, (ii) 2013, (iii) 2018 and (iv) 2023.
(196829)
488
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy to constrain demand for rail passenger travel by allowing an increase in travel costs above the rate of inflation.
(196830)
489
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to prevent train operating companies setting artificially late arrival times at London terminals in order to avoid incurring penalties for late arrivals.
(196831)
490
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) maximum and (b) average speeds of vehicles along the A27 Lewes bypass were in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(196832)
491
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average cost per mile is of resurfacing a standard dual carriageway with the new quieter surface.
(196833)
492
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the level of carbon emissions from rail haulage in each year since 1990.
(196844)
493
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the Birmingham Northfield Relief Road project in relation to (a) transport movements in the area and (b) regeneration of South West Birmingham.
(196718)
494
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy to ensure that hospitality within his Department is sourced from fair trade producers wherever possible within the boundaries set by the public procurement rules.
(197058)
495
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles are licensed in each of the vehicle excise duty bands; and what the total revenue from each band was in the last period for which figures are available.
(195346)
496
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents were caused by drink driving in the Greater London area in each of the last three years.
(197120)
497
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department has given to Transport for London in each of the last three years.
(197121)
498
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many bus lanes have been created within the Greater London area in each of the last three years.
(197122)
499
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he will take to ensure the public gets value for money from the future operators of the South East Trains franchise.
(196869)
500
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with South East Trains about the future of its franchise.
(196870)
501
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the performance against each target set for South East Trains for each month since it took over from Connex; what the performance figures were for the same periods in the previous five years; and if he will make a statement.
(196871)
502
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures he will put in place to ensure that train services do not deteriorate if the South East Trains franchise is put back into the private sector.
(196873)
503
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197294)
504
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library the Civil Aviation Authority Consumer Protection Group's July advice to Government on Financial Protection for Air Travellers and Package Holidaymakers; and if he will make a statement.
(197183)
505
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will make an announcement on the priorities within the Targeted Programme of Trunk Road Improvement.
(197176)
506
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funds are available to his Department for noise mitigation on motorways; whether these funds are dedicated to noise mitigation measures; whether they are ring-fenced for acoustic barriers and quieter surfaces; and if he will make a statement.
(196717)
507
N
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers he can seek to exercise with EU agreement to prevent the transportation of commercial cargos within the territorial waters of EU member states.
(196431)
508
N
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the main causes of delay caused to bus services by (a) traffic congestion, (b) in-service mechanical failure and (c) fleet management.
(196289)
509
N
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has (a) to issue additional guidance and (b) to amend the Guidelines for the implementation of quality contracts document following the 2004 Transport White Paper.
(196290)
510
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by his Department between (a) May 2001 and April 2002, (b) May 2002 and April 2003, (c) May 2003 and April 2004 and (d) May 2004 and the latest date for which figures are available, indicating in each case (i) the values of the contracts and (ii) the companies with which the contracts were placed.
(196902)
511
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations which previously held contracts with his Department (a) won new contracts at the culmination of the existing contracts and (b) won new contracts after a period of inactivity with his Department in each of the past four years.
(196903)
512
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with (a) his Department and (b) executive agencies for which he is responsible in each of the past three years.
(196904)
513
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions have taken place between his Department and Transport for London about transfer of further powers to Transport for London.
(197212)
514
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been given in bus subsidy since 1997.
(197221)
515
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government is on course to meet its target for an increase in bus usage by 10 per cent. by 2010.
(197222)
516
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to change the powers of London borough councils in relation to transport.
(197226)
517
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to encourage bus use outside of London.
(197233)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
518
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197303)
519
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the National Assembly regarding the delivery of health services in rural areas in Wales.
(197077)
520
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what changes in expenditure led to the changes in the total cost of the Wales Office between April 1999 and April 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(196842)
521
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff were employed in the Wales Office in April (a) 1999 and (b) 2004; which jobs have been (i) created and (ii) removed; and if he will make a statement.
(196843)
522
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list local authority net current expenditure on asylum seekers for each local authority in Wales in each year since 1991-92.
(197228)
523
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on how local authorities in Wales are compensated for expenditure on asylum.
(197229)
524
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by his Department between (a) May 2001 and April 2002, (b) May 2002 and April 2003, (c) May 2003 and April 2004, (d) May 2004, and the latest date for which figures are available, indicating in each case (i) the values of the contracts and (ii) the companies with which the contracts were placed.
(196937)
525
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations which previously held contracts with his Department (a) won new contracts at the culmination of the existing contracts and (b) won new contracts after a period of inactivity with his Department in each of the past four years.
(196938)
526
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with his Department in each of the past three years.
(196939)
Questions to the Minister for Women
527
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Minister for Women, what representations she has received from women's organisations on equal pay for equal work.
(197078)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
528
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the differences between the number of women pensioners in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) England and Wales in receipt of the full basic state pension.
(197075)
529
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are claiming incapacity benefit in (a) the City of Manchester and (b) Manchester, Withington constituency.
(196909)
530
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of pension credit in the Manchester, Withington constituency.
(196910)
531
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is his policy to ensure that hospitality within his Department is sourced from fair trade producers wherever possible within the boundaries set by the public procurement rules.
(197056)
532
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in the London Borough of Wandsworth have claimed incapacity benefit in each of the last three years.
(197124)
533
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners were living in poverty in the London Borough of Wandsworth in each of the last three years.
(197125)
534
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will reply to the questions from the honourable Member for Birkenhead (a) references 194278 and 194277 tabled on 25th October and (b) reference 193907 tabled on 22nd October.
(196889)
535
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by contractor.
(197299)
536
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the reasons for differences in the percentages of women pensioners entitled to a full basic state pension in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland.
(197013)
537
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1st November, Official Report, column 124W, on jobseeker's allowance, when figures will be available for 2003-04.
(196975)
538
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of Jobcentres proposed for closure have been kept open following consultation.
(196977)
539
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of (a) operating and (b) advertising the Benefit Fraud Hotline was in 2003; and how many people have been successfully prosecuted for fraud as a result of evidence from the Hotline since its inception.
(196851)
540
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1st November, Official Report, column 113W, on agency staff, how many agency temporary staff were working for his Department in its central headquarters buildings in as many of the last five years as may be calculated without incurring disproportionate cost.
(196617)
541
Linda Perham (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with colleagues at the (a) Department of Trade and Industry, (b) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and (c) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on the case for the welfare benefits system to assist fuel-poor households who cannot be removed from fuel poverty by energy efficiency improvements; and if he will make a statement.
(196772)
542
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to end the treatment of carers allowance as earnings in the assessment of claimants of Income Support; and if he will make a statement.
(196906)
543
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial support is available to people who are unable to work (a) full-time and (b) part-time because of caring responsibilities; and if he will make a statement.
(196917)
544
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what change there has been in youth unemployment in the constituency of Bolsover since 1997.
(197095)
545
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans there are to include (a) British and (b) Irish Sign Language in the European Charter of Minority Languages.
(196887)
546
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what requirements are placed on the (a) owners and (b) operators of holiday caravan parks to ensure that ponds or lakes do not pose a safety hazard to children.
(196853)
547
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children (a) died and (b) suffered injury as a result of accidents at holiday caravan parks in each of the last five years.
(196854)
548
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his future spending projections on principal benefits are net of projected savings from his Department's targets to reduce fraud and error in income support, jobseeker's allowance and housing benefit.
(197080)
549
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to move state second pension to a flat rate.
(196436)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
550
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what action he is taking to ensure that electoral registration officers are proactive in registering overseas voters.
[Transferred] (196738)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
551
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what duties are incumbent on local authorities to remove graffiti from local authority owned premises and facilities; and what steps local communities can take to enforce such action.
[Transferred] (197242)

 
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