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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 9 November 2004

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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 9 November 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 9 November 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 9 November of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 9 November of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 9 November see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many UK Civil Service jobs are located in Scotland, broken down by (a) constituency and (b) local authority area; and what percentage of the total number of Civil Service jobs those located in Scotland represent.
(196954)
2
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd November, Official Report, columns 268-9W, on departmental responsibilities, what decision has been made on the sum to be earmarked from the existing Cabinet Office budget to meet the cost of appointing a separate Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
(197333)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
3
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people claimed the new deal for 50-plus employment credit between April 2002 and March 2003; and how many people claimed the working tax credit 50-plus element between April 2003 and March 2004.
(197381)
4
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many drug-related deaths were recorded in England in the last five years.
(196443)
5
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths due to bowel cancer have occurred in England in the last five years.
(196444)
6
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average level of physical activity (a) including and (b) excluding walking was in each region for each year in which the General Household Survey has been published since 1990; and if he will make a statement.
(197365)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
7
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list each of his public engagements for the week beginning 1st November.
(197311)
8
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the Cabinet Committees of which he is a member.
(197312)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
9
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the number of children under the age of 18 who (a) play rugby, (b) play football, (c) play cricket and (d) take part in boxing.
(197370)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
10
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements will be put in place to protect refugees from the Fallujah area in the event of conflict there; how civilians will be distinguished from insurgents; what the role of the Black Watch will be in respect of (a) civilian refugees and (b) escaping insurgents; and if he will make a statement.
(197378)
11
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Coalition Forces plan to keep a count of casualties arising from the possible conflict in the Fallujah area of Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(197383)
12
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mechanisms the Army has in place to calculate the numbers of (a) civilian and (b) enemy dead in a prolonged conflict situation.
(197366)
13
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his plans to strengthen the frontline of the Royal Navy in the next 10 years.
(197372)
14
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expected decommissioning dates are of the (a) destroyers, (b) frigates, (c) submarines and (d) minehunters identified in Delivering Security; when the (i) Chief of the Naval Staff and (ii) Commander in Chief Fleet agreed these decommissionings; and if he will make a statement.
(197373)
15
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much had been spent on the RAFT project at the date of its cancellation; whether an environmental assessment was carried out prior to commencement of the project; and if he will make a statement.
(197382)
16
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what definition of cause is used in assessing whether deaths and injuries of Iraqi civilians are caused by UK service personnel.
(197345)
17
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures his Department is taking to rectify the failures in training for reservists identified at the court martial of Lance-Corporal Ian Blaymire.
(197194)
18
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who within his Department was responsible for the failures identified at the Reserve Training and Mobilisation Centre in the trial of Lance-Corporal Ian Blaymire.
(197195)
19
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date and for what reasons the Defence Crisis Management Organisation ruled that mobilisation of forces for Iraq could not begin before the political process had run its course.
(197196)
20
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who the members were of the Defence Crisis Management Organisation in the lead up to the conflict in Iraq in 2003.
(197197)
21
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the allegation by Mr Paul Camp, Assistance Judge Advocate, that the Army had lied in an attempt to prevent the exposure of the very poor training and very poor leadership to which reservists who had been sent to Iraq received.
(197198)
22
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's expenditure on naval navigational aids was in each of the last 10 years for (a) Northern Ireland, (b) England and Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) each military port in the UK.
(197349)
23
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to review the provision of navigational aids at naval installations in UK waters.
(197350)
24
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research he has commissioned into the provision of naval navigational aids for (a) military ports and (b) other Ministry of Defence maritime installations in the UK.
(197351)
25
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) other departments and (b) Trinity House on the provision of naval navigational aids by providers other than his Department.
(197352)
26
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) public and (b) private sector bodies on the provision of navigational aids for military ports by providers outside the UK.
(197353)
27
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the outcome was of the Assessment Phase undertaken for a long-term public/private partnership or private finance initiative acquisition programme for the future provision of marine services.
(197354)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
28
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he will take to implement the EU Energy Performance in Buildings Directive requirement in relation to (a) combined heat and power and (b) district heating or cooling.
(197348)
29
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the timetable for a referendum on regional government in the North West.
(197376)
30
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what changes there were in central government grant allocated to (a) Hereford and Worcester County Council for each year between 1992 and 1998 and (b) Worcestershire County Council since 1998.
(197379)
31
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he plans to proceed with referendums on regional government in the (a) North West and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber.
(197377)
32
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the terms of the tender for the regional fire control centre for the South West were; how many bids were received; how many were shortlisted; and what shortlisting process was used for the tenders.
(197356)
33
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether existing fire control room staff will be employed in the new fire control centre for the South West; and whether the centre will be located outside the South West.
(197357)
34
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department sought advice from (a) the Strathclyde Fire Control Centre and (b) the London Fire Control Centre in developing its proposals for regional fire control rooms.
(197358)
35
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, in what percentage of calls from (a) land line phones and (b) mobile phones the location of the call can be identified in fire control rooms.
(197359)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
36
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been paid out under (a) Countryside Stewardship, (b) Organic Conversion Scheme, (c) Environmentally Sensitive Areas Scheme, (d) Woodland Scheme and (e) Moorland and Habitat Scheme in each county in England in 2004; and if she will make a statement.
(196302)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
37
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what costs were incurred in the publication and distribution of the Guide to the European Union.
(196394)
38
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with (a) opposition parties and (b) the No campaign to ensure that the Guide to the European Union published by his Department presents a balanced assessment of the proposed EU Constitution.
(196395)
39
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with the Electoral Commission prior to publication of the Guide to the European Union to ensure compliance with the rules governing referendums.
(196396)
40
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how frequently on average members of the United Kingdom Diplomatic Staff visited British citizens detained by the United States Administration in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(197360)
41
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many United Kingdom citizens are detained by the United States authorities (a) in the United States and (b) in another country; and if he will make a statement.
(197361)
42
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many United Kingdom citizens detained by the United States authorities in each of the last five years have subsequently been released from custody.
(197362)
43
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what strategy his Department plans to use to tackle opium in Afghanistan.
(196445)
44
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Iran on the treatment of the Ba'hai community; and if he will make a statement.
(197368)
45
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when UK Visas will reply to the letter of 7th July from the honourable Member for Aylesbury about the case of Mr S J of Pakistan, husband of Mrs S H of Aylesbury (ref. GU100/86120/MJG; post 861093); and if he will make a statement.
(197313)
46
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the honourable Member for Birmingham, Ladywood will receive a substantive reply to her letter of 23rd August on behalf of a constituent Mrs Shamila Shaheen Sia concerning her husband, Mr Raja Rashad Majeed Khan (reference: GV100/98911/NMJ).
(197344)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
47
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the current waiting times are for patients in Bury North for each of the 10 most frequent surgical procedures in elective admissions; and if he will make a statement.
(195347)
48
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many suspected cancer patients in the Bury North constituency were seen by an NHS consultant within two weeks of referral in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(195348)
49
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to publish a delivery plan on physical activity in relation to the Public Health White Paper.
(197363)
50
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report his Department commissioned on Promoting Physical Activity - Selected International Activity.
(197364)
51
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in the Portsmouth area who are unable to access an NHS dentist.
(197367)
52
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been allocated to each NHS trust in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to improve access to dentistry in the last five years; and what criteria are used in allocating such funding.
(197369)
53
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on (i) dental decay and (ii) requirement for dental services in each of the NHS trust areas in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight; and if he will make a statement.
(197371)
54
N
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of health inequalities between socio-economic groups in terms of cancer (a) treatments and (b) outcomes; and if he will make a statement.
(197257)
55
N
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made since the publications by the National Audit Office of its report, Tackling cancer in England: saving more lives, HC364, Session 2003-04, in improving (a) five year survival rates and (b) mortality rates.
(197259)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
56
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will investigate the activities of (a) the Muslim Association of Britain and (b) Dr Azam Tamimi, spokesperson for the Association in relation to recent broadcast comments on incitement to UK citizens to become suicide bombers.
(197133)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
57
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the South Eastern Education and Library Board has employed a public relations company to deal with public and media enquiries concerning the Laurelhill School dispute and the Boards deficit; and if he will make a statement.
(196876)
58
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what guidance he has issued regarding whether staff can administer (a) midazolam and (b) oxygen therapy at schools for children with special needs in the Province.
(196955)
59
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, where in the Province autism early intervention teams (a) are operating and (b) will be introduced within the next 12 months.
(196956)
60
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the impact of increases in fuel prices on the viability of the Northern Ireland fishing fleet.
(197336)
Questions to the Prime Minister
61
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 list the sources other than the figures provided by the Iraqi Minister of Health which caused him not to accept figures of civilian deaths reported by The Lancet.
(197334)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
62
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will develop a heat efficiency strategy for (a) residential, (b) public and (c) commercial sector buildings.
(197347)
63
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what public funds Jaguar has received in each year since 1989; and for what purpose.
(196442)
64
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action is being taken to ensure that Ford's transfer pricing policies do not distort the financial position of Jaguar, with particular reference to the Browns Lane plant.
(196498)
65
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many letters have been received by her Department since 5th March which oppose implementing the Civil Partnership Bill in Northern Ireland.
(196441)
66
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with Post Office Ltd concerning its review of directly managed post offices.
(196773)
67
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had in respect of the future round of EU Regional Development Aid.
(196787)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
68
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent contracts for maintenance work the (a) Trinity House Lighthouse Service, (b) Northern Lighthouse Board and (c) Commissioners for Irish Lights have obtained from other bodies; and if he will list contracts (i) entered into and (ii) pending, broken down by financial value.
(197335)
69
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce a compulsory scheme of six months' notice of intention before withdrawal of flights serving remote regional airports.
(197341)
70
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research he has commissioned on the role frequency of flights plays in the (a) economic and (b) social wellbeing of remote rural areas.
(197342)
71
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were employed by (a) the Northern Lighthouse Board, (b) Trinity House and (c) the Commissioners of Irish Lights in each of the last 10 financial years; what the (i) role and (ii) terms of reference of each body are; and what the expenditure of each body was in each year.
(197346)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
72
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people eligible for support under the Pathways to Work pilots are aged (a) 16 to 49 and (b) over 50 years; and how many people who have found work under the Pathways to Work pilots are aged (i) 16 to 49 and (ii) over 50 years.
(197380)
73
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Written Statement of 28th October, Official Report, columns 55-57WS, on the New Child Support Scheme: Progress Report, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the fall in the number of applications for child maintenance received by the Child Support Agency in the second quarter of 2004.
(197355)
74
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Health and Safety Executive (a) regulatory contacts and (b) investigations were carried out in Scotland in each of the last seven years.
(197337)
75
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many health and safety inspectors there are in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales; and how many there were in each year since 1998.
(197338)
76
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of information being laid by the Health and Safety Executive to support a prosecution there have been in each of the last seven years, broken down by region.
(197339)
77
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) enforcement notices have been served and (b) prosecutions have been initiated by health and safety inspectors under Health and Safety at Work legislation in Scotland in each of the last 12 months.
(197340)
78
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of people in Scotland who need to make a claim to receive the 2004-05 winter fuel payment; and how many claims were received on or before 24th September.
(197343)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
79
N
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the latest five year survival rate is for (a) prostate cancer and (b) breast cancer in (i) the Hemsworth constituency, (ii) the Wakefield area and (iii) England are; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (197258)

 
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