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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 10 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Wednesday 10 November 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 10 November 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 10 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 Wednesday 10 November of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 10 November see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the budget for the (a) Delivery Unit, (b) Office of Public Sector Reform, (c) Charter Mark Unit, (d) Beacon Unit, (e) Media Monitoring Team, (f) Corporate Communications Team and (g) Strategy Unit (i) was for each year since 1997-98, (ii) is for 2004-05 and (iii) will be for 2005-06; and if she will make a statement.
(197645)
2
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will make a statement on the role of the EU Civil Protection Monitoring and Information Centre; how many requests for assistance the UK (a) has made and (b) has responded to; and what UK assets have been made available to the centre's database.
(197570)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
3
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost would be to the Treasury in a year of a reduction in VAT on all home repair maintenance and improvement works to (a) 12 per cent., (b) 10 per cent. and (c) five per cent.
(197450)
4
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the impact on public services resulting from the proposals to reduce the number of civil service jobs.
(197418)
5
Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether all publicly regulated funding schemes are required to apply the Spending Review 2002 principle of fully supporting the relevant overhead costs of the voluntary sector.
(197423)
6
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of the £3.8 billion in special reserve to cover the cost of operations in Iraq has been spent to date; when he expects it to be fully expended; what plans he has to increase the sum; for what period he plans to allocate further funds; whether it will be maintained and accounted for under budget heads which will enable the extra costs incurred to be clearly discernible; and if he will make a statement.
(197618)
7
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) total cost to date and (b) cost in each year since the start of the war to the Exchequer has been of the war and subsequent activity in Iraq, separately identifying costs which would have been expended on other purposes but have been redirected to purposes in connection with Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(197620)
8
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of income tax evasion.
(196778)
9
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of interest rates on the constituency of Eltham over the last 15 years; and if he will make a statement.
(197628)
10
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were overpaid tax credits in the most recent year for which awards have been finalised; what proportion of these were due to error by the Inland Revenue; and in what proportion of the cases the Inland Revenue has attempted to recover overpayments.
(197545)
11
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received about the VAT liabilities of national governing bodies of sports; and if he will make a statement.
(197432)
12
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has been made of the number of days lost from work as the result of chronic pain in each of the last 10 years.
(197611)
13
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of deaths in which alcohol was a contributory factor in each of the last 10 years.
(197613)
14
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of Government policy on (a) personal and (b) retirement saving.
(197486)
15
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on cross-border cooperation (a) within the EU and (b) with states outside the EU to tackle (i) VAT fraud and (ii) fraud arising from manipulation of transfer pricing.
(197574)
16
N
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that increases to Inland Revenue mileage allowances for social service volunteer drivers reflect fuel price increases; and if he will make a statement.
(196291)
17
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many drug-related deaths there have been in Wales in each year since 1996.
(197409)
18
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the gross domestic product of (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) the UK was in 2003.
(197411)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
19
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the meetings with (a) individuals and (b) organisations external to the Government that he has attended in his official capacity as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster since his appointment to the post, broken down by (i) date and (ii) subject of the meeting.
(197530)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
20
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the total cost of legal aid was in each of the last 10 years.
(197648)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
21
N
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what information she has collated on the number of problem gamblers in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) each region of England.
(197199)
22
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the location of each gaming casino in Scotland is.
(197647)
23
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to assist the modernisation of national governing bodies for sports; and if she will make a statement.
(197425)
24
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the likely impact on community and amateur sports clubs of the licensing charges announced on 4th November; and if she will make a statement.
(197449)
25
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will reply to e-mail correspondence from the Romford Crossrail Action Group regarding the impact of the proposed Crossrail depot on local playing fields.
(197489)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
26
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) individuals and (b) organisations from Cornwall relating to the continuing use of RAF St Mawgan for civilian aviation use.
(197469)
27
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will undertake a public consultation exercise into the effect upon the local population of work being undertaken at RAF Menwith Hill.
(197414)
28
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mechanisms are used to ensure that known human rights abusers do not receive military training or assistance from the UK Government.
(197630)
29
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Colombian army units have received military (a) training and (b) assistance in each of the last five years; and what the financial value of each was in each year.
(197631)
30
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many D notices have been issued to the press requesting restriction of reporting on matters relating to Iraq in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(197514)
31
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value of defence (a) exports from the UK to the United States of America and (b) imports from the United States was in each of the last five years.
(197651)
32
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procedures are in place for reviewing contracts with a sole supplier for fabric and garments; and if he will make a statement.
(197660)
33
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under what criteria his Department's recent tender process for the provision of cloth, fabric and garments was decided; for what reason past experience of contracting with his Department was eliminated as a criteria from the tender process; and if he will make a statement.
(197661)
34
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he had with (a) trade union representatives, (b) honourable Members and (c) others relating to the recently completed tender process for single procurement of fabric and garments (i) relating specifically to the tender which Cookson & Clegg were part of and (ii) relating to the tender process in general; and if he will make a statement.
(197662)
35
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) UK-based and (b) overseas companies his Department contract with for the production of (i) combat, (ii) operational and (iii) other clothing; how many it contracted with (A) five, (B) 10 and (c) 20 years ago; and if he will make a statement.
(197663)
36
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received (a) in the last 18 months and (b) since his Department's implementation of smart procurement from UK-based companies with which his Ministry has contracted for the provision of garments and clothing; and if he will make a statement.
(197664)
37
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the number of UK-based companies contracted by his Department to provide garments and clothing in the last 10 years whose primary source of contractual work is with his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(197665)
38
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with (a) interested parties and (b) other Departments on the allocation of contracts for clothing and other garments; and if he will make a statement.
(197666)
39
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many days each of the four Upholder class submarines spent (a) in service and (b) at sea with the Royal Navy before their decommissioning.
(197480)
40
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which 10 (a) ships and (b) submarines have spent the shortest period of time in service since 1974 with the Royal Navy before decommissioning.
(197481)
41
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what additional duties have been placed upon UK forces serving (a) with the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus and (b) along the border between the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Eastern Sovereign Base Area as a result of changes to the treatment of the Green Line caused by the accession of Cyprus to the EU.
(197585)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
42
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received on the draft consultation on the guidance to local authorities on best practice in the organisation and delivery of a housing adaptations service for disabled people.
(197587)
43
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has for legislation to simplify the way in which grant aid for disabled adaptations are managed.
(197588)
44
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has for legislation to end means testing as an instrument to assess applications for grant aid for disabled adaptations.
(197589)
45
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much was spent on disabled facilities grants in each of the last 10 years.
(197590)
46
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average waiting time between assessment and completion has been in each local authority for people requesting disabled adaptations in their homes in the last 10 years.
(197591)
47
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to transfer (a) power, (b) responsibility and (c) resources to a regional assembly from West Sussex County Council.
(197659)
48
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the post office branches that have benefited from grants from the Urban Deprived Fund, broken down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area, giving the amount of grant awarded in each case.
(197482)
49
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, by what criteria applications from Post Office branches for grant funding from the Urban Deprived Fund are assessed.
(197483)
50
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what studies he has made of the extent to which the minimum standards for the conservation of fuel and power required under the building regulations are adhered to.
(197540)
51
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 8th November, Official Report, column 455W, on sub post offices, whether Neighbourhood Renewal areas (a) are included in his Department's definition of the most deprived urban areas and (b) meet the criteria for the Most Deprived Urban Post Office Fund.
(197627)
52
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list those consulted regarding Commercial Property Leases: options for determining or outlawing the use of upward-only rent review clauses; and if he will place copies of the responses in the Library.
(197487)
53
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford & North Hykeham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he takes to reflect the cost of providing local authority services in rural areas of England in central government funding; and if he will make a statement.
(197493)
54
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford & North Hykeham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will use up to date population figures in the formula grant calculations made by his Department for the support of local authority services; and if he will make a statement.
(197494)
55
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford & North Hykeham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will increase the Area Cost Adjustment; and if he will make a statement.
(197495)
56
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford & North Hykeham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the per capita external grant support from his Department to (a) Lincolnshire County Council, (b) Lincolnshire Police Authority, (c) Boston Borough Council, (d) East Lindsey District Council, (e) City of Lincoln Council, (f) North Kesteven District Council, (g) South Holland District Council, (h) South Kesteven District Council and (i) West Lindsey District Council was in 2004-05.
(197496)
57
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford & North Hykeham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average per capita external grant support for all local authority services was in 2004-05 in (a) England, (b) inner London, (c) outer London and (d) Lincolnshire.
(197497)
58
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford & North Hykeham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will give local authorities more flexibility on how they spend grant support.
(197498)
59
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford & North Hykeham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will change the rules which limit the gains local authorities may make in grant settlements as a result of formula changes; and if he will make a statement.
(197499)
60
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has for a regional fire control centre for Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.
(197421)
61
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to remove rescue tenders from the fire and rescue stations in (a) Retford and (b) Newark.
(197422)
62
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many staff were employed by the West Midlands Regional Chamber in each of the last two years; and what the total staff costs were in each year.
(197531)
63
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many unelected representatives there are in the West Midlands Regional Chamber; and who appointed each unelected representative.
(197532)
64
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the budget of the West Midlands Regional Chamber was in each of the last two years; and what its source was.
(197533)
65
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many members the West Midlands Regional Chamber has; and how much members are paid, including expenses.
(197534)
66
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much inward investment to the region the West Midlands Regional Chamber has secured in each of the last two years, broken down by project.
(197535)
67
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the candidate spending limits will be for the 2005 local elections in England; and if he will make a statement.
(197439)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
68
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what rights of appeal a school governor has against suspension.
(197657)
69
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what process a school governing body has to undertake to remove a governor.
(197677)
70
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in Hendon (a) had outside toilets, (b) did not have computer suites and (c) did not have inter-active whiteboards (i) at 1st May 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(197597)
71
Jim Knight (South Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he will issue guidance on fire safety in schools.
[R] (197633)
72
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will reply to the e-mail correspondence from the Romford Crossrail Action Group regarding the impact of the proposed Crossrail depot on local schools.
(197490)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
73
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made, in relation to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, of the effect on tiger and leopard populations of the trade in animal skins between India, Nepal, Tibet and China; if she will make representations to the authorities in those countries on the matter; and if she will make a statement.
(197506)
74
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the economic impact of the Single Farm Payment on National Parks (a) individually and (b) collectively.
(197416)
75
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress is being made in increasing protection for endangered species internationally.
(197603)
76
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much it cost to fund the Chewing Gum Action Group chewing gum segmentation survey.
(197654)
77
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she is planning to tackle the problem of people dropping chewing gum.
(197655)
78
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will penalise those councils who fail to implement the powers they have to clean up chewing gum.
(197656)
79
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers she plans to give to local authorities to tackle the problem of chewing gum.
(197681)
80
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her Department's preparations to meet the requirements of the EU Landfill Directive.
(197682)
81
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many new waste disposal facilities will be required in the UK by 2010 to fulfil the requirements of the EU Landfill Directive.
(197683)
82
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent in support of organic farming in each of the last three years.
(197644)
83
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the likely changes in United Kingdom fisheries management which will result from the introduction of the Community Fisheries Control Agency.
(197576)
84
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the current EURATOM discussions on methods of disposal of radioactive waste in respect of its implications for the work of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management.
(197577)
85
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) reported cases of and (b) successful prosecutions for breaches of maximum residue levels from pesticides there have been in each of the last five years.
(197581)
86
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what definition her Department uses of (a) fair standard of living and (b) agricultural community in respect of the aims of the Common Agricultural Policy.
(197582)
87
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department will confirm the definition of orchards.
(197451)
88
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether a committee has been set up to determine the appropriate definition of a traditional orchard.
(197452)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
89
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether equal status will be awarded to the (a) UK Parliament, (b) Scottish Parliament and (c) National Assembly for Wales in the consultation process for proposed legislation stipulated in the EU constitution.
(197484)
90
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the reasons for the continued detention of Amir Hamudi Hasan Al Sadi by Coalition Forces in Iraq; what the conditions of his detention are; what access (a) the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and (b) his family has to him; what views the ICRC has expressed on his detention; and whether a date has been set for his trial.
(197537)
91
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next expects to publish figures for the poppy harvest in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(197619)
92
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on discussions with G8 members on a strategy to fight terrorism.
(196775)
93
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote the peace process in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.
(197599)
94
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will assess the threat posed to the security of Rwanda by the presence of Ex-FAR/Interahamwe in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo; and whether the level of threat has altered since 1994.
(197433)
95
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the areas of European Union legislation, together with their current relevant bases in constitutional treaties in force, for which the coming into force of the proposed constitutional Treaty will change the requirement for unanimity.
(197539)
96
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of human rights in Venezuela since the recall referendum in August.
(197474)
97
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with Mr Wim Kok in connection with his progress report on the Lisbon Agenda.
(197475)
98
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to monitor the Presidential election in Ukraine.
(197476)
99
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Lisbon Agenda.
(197477)
100
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Foreign Minister of Romania in connection with that country's application for EU membership.
(197478)
101
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on Anguilla's draft constitution.
(197492)
102
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proposals to strengthen nuclear non-proliferation were put by the United Kingdom to the most recent session of the United Nations General Assembly's (UNGA) Committee on Disarmament; which proposals on non-proliferation put forward by other states the UK (a) supported and (b) abstained on; if he will list the resolutions debated during this session of the Committee; what the reasons were for the way the United Kingdom voted in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(197616)
103
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, at what point in the EU decision-making process it is the policy of the UK to refer disputes over subsidiarity to the European Court of Justice.
(197564)
104
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what further expansion of the EU he supports; and what the largest geographical extent of the EU is that the UK would support.
(197565)
105
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) additional scrutiny safeguards are applied and (b) minimum negotiating positions are strengthened by the UK Government in respect of EU proposals where UK primary legislation relating to a proposal has been passed in the last three years.
(197567)
106
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what monitoring of (a) imports and (b) immigration to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is being carried out following the EU decision to treat the Green Line as not being a border of the EU for importation and immigration purposes.
(197586)
107
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans there are for future EU arms embargoes to include provisions to turn off or degrade the Galileo positioning system signal to those subject to the embargo if the signal is used for military purposes.
(197592)
108
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether provision of Galileo positioning signals by the EU to a warring party would constitute a breach of neutrality in that armed conflict.
(197593)
109
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list cases which the UK has referred to the European Court of Justice in relation to (a) legal base and (b) the principle of subsidiarity in each of the last five years; and what the outcome was in each case.
(197635)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
110
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the financial position of Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust.
(197513)
111
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects on (a) costs and (b) services of the merger of Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals; and if he will make a statement.
(197515)
112
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nurses, (b) junior doctors, (c) registrars, (d) consultants and (e) managers were employed at Barnet Hospital on (i) 1st May 1997 and (ii) the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(197516)
113
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients from Barnet had (a) elective surgery, (b) emergency surgery and (c) out-patient appointments in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(197518)
114
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients from Barnet had NHS operations and other treatment (a) overseas and (b) outside London in each of the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(197519)
115
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for accident and emergency treatment for Barnet patients was (a) at 1st May 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available; how many people were waiting for (i) elective orthopaedic treatment, (ii) elective cataract treatment and (iii) elective heart surgery at each date; what the (A) longest and (B) average waiting times were in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(197622)
116
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on rates of MRSA at (a) Barnet, (b) Chase Farm, (c) Northwick Park, (d) Royal Free and (e) Edgware Hospitals in each of the last three years.
(197629)
117
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on maintaining the General Practitioner Service in England in 2003-04.
(197507)
118
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Department has budgeted for the general practitioners out-of-hours service in England in 2004-05.
(197553)
119
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for health spending of the Government's proposals for housing growth in the South Midlands and Milton Keynes area.
(197608)
120
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total population is from which public and patient membership can be drawn for each of the foundation hospitals where ballots have been held; how many were registered to vote; and how many voted.
(197417)
121
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the extent of the use of locum doctors for out-of-hours general practitioner services in North Yorkshire.
(197485)
122
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of children under 15 years of age who (a) died and (b) suffered from leukaemia in each of the last three years who lived (i) within 100 metres of and (ii) over 100 metres away from high voltage power lines.
(197550)
123
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on research conducted by his Department on possible links between high voltage power lines and incidence of leukaemia in children under 15 years old.
(197551)
124
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when general practitioners will be paid for Choose and Book work.
(197509)
125
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether health checks, as proposed in the forthcoming Health White Paper, will be (a) enhanced and (b) additional services under the new general practitioner contract; and what payments he plans for the service.
(197510)
126
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he has made in ending mixed sex wards in Leicestershire; and if he will make a statement.
(197426)
127
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding Charnwood and North West Leicestershire Primary Care Trust has received in each year since 2001.
(197428)
128
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioners there are per head of population in England.
(197609)
129
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average list size is of a general practitioner in England.
(197610)
130
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of spending on health and personal social services in each of the last five years was spent on mental health.
(197614)
131
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of how the proposed EU health access card might be integrated with other proposed UK entitlement and identity cards.
(197568)
132
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether IT contracts for the provision of electronic patient records in England and Wales will ensure integration with systems to be adopted in (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland and (c) the EU under the eHealth initiative.
(197569)
133
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria are used in selecting locations for National Institute for Clinical Excellence meetings.
(197636)
134
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact on patient confidentiality in relation to NHS records of the transfer of optical and dental patients from Boots Opticians laser eye clinics and Boots dental clinics to Optical Express; and if he will make a statement.
(197374)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
135
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for changes in charges to international students for visa extensions; and what data he collects on comparable charges in other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.
(197615)
136
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the waiting time for consideration of (a) urgent and (b) non-urgent cases by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) was in the last period for which figures are available; what estimate he has made of the budget the CCRC would require to have the same capacity in 2005-06 as in 2004-05; and what estimate he has made of the resources the CCRC would require to consider (i) priority cases urgently and (ii) non-priority cases within a year.
(197658)
137
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the value was of assets (a) seized and (b) frozen under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in (i) 2002 and (ii) 2003, broken down by region.
(197625)
138
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the value of assets (a) seized and (b) frozen under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in (i) the West Midlands, (ii) Birmingham and (iii) Hodge Hill was in (A) 2002, (B) 2003 and (C) 2004.
(197626)
139
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to include Hamas in the Home Office list of terrorist organisations.
(197621)
140
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received about the need for a full rehearing at circuit court level when an anti-social behaviour order is made in the magistrates court; and if he will make a statement.
(197558)
141
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the new joint Home Office-Foreign Office Forced Marriage Unit plans to implement its strategy.
(196777)
142
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent Senior Investigations Officers' Handbook.
(197434)
143
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance is available to the police on appropriate interviewing methods for (a) prisoners who are witnesses in historical sex abuse cases and (b) vulnerable or intimidated witnesses.
(197435)
144
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has conducted an audit of police compliance with guidelines for the interviewing of prisoners in historical sex abuse cases.
(197436)
145
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms are in place to monitor the revised guidance issued by the (a) Press Complaints Commission and (b) Association of Chief Police Officers' guidelines on anonymity for individuals who are under investigation but have not been charged.
(197437)
146
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of transferring the prison health service to the National Health Service on prisoners reporting historical sex abuse.
(197438)
147
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of prisoners interviewed by the police in relation to historical sex abuse cases were taken to (a) an external location and (b) a specially equipped suite for their interview in each of the last five years.
(197440)
148
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the use of similar fact evidence.
(197441)
149
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines are in place to regulate trawling by the police in historical sex abuse investigations.
(197442)
150
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether prisoners acting as witnesses in an institutional abuse case are eligible to have their evidence video recorded and given as their evidence-in-chief under the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.
(197445)
151
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has been made of the implications of offering anonymity to teachers accused of sexual abuse until a decision has been made by the court.
(197446)
152
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research has been conducted on the public's perception of the level of sex abuse against children.
(197447)
153
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the findings of the pilots on suspect interviews.
(197448)
154
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last reviewed the proscription of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam under anti-terrorism legislation; when he next expects to review that proscription; and if he will make a statement.
(197598)
155
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in encouraging the Prison Service and Probation Service to share data relating to the Offenders Assessment System needs assessment.
(197678)
156
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact on police funding of the Government's proposals for housing growth in the South Midlands and Milton Keynes area.
(197604)
157
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received about pension payments for Leicestershire Police Authority for the year 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(197427)
158
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding has been given to the Charnwood Community Cohesion Pathfinder project in each of the last three years; and what plans he has for future funding.
(197430)
159
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the Charnwood Community Cohesion Pathfinder project; and if he will make a statement.
(197431)
160
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the change in number of citizens from EU accession countries travelling to Northern Ireland since the expansion of the European Union in May.
(197612)
161
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK and EU passports have been (a) applied for and (b) obtained by Anguillan citizens in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement on levels of immigration from Anguilla.
(197491)
162
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether prison regulations permit visits by the visually impaired to be accompanied by guide dogs.
(197508)
163
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce further penalties for individuals and organisations who fail to comply with Security Industry Authority requirements for the licensing of door staff.
(196991)
164
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) organisations and (b) individuals have had action taken against them for failure to comply with Security Industry Authority requirements for the licensing of door staff.
(196992)
165
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is in respect of EU proposals to harmonise criminal penalties.
(197601)
166
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidences of gun crime there were in Wales in 2003; and how many have been reported so far in 2004.
(197412)
167
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the latest figures are for (a) capacity and (b) unused capacity in each prison in Wales.
(197413)
168
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers there are in Wales, broken down by local authority area.
(197420)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
169
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of aid programmes involving the supply of animals and the infrastructure to support them for transport and trading produce purposes in remote areas of the developing world; what support the Department is giving to such programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(197555)
170
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of aid programmes involving providing goats to women and families in the developing world; what support the Department is giving to such programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(197556)
171
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much development aid to Sri Lanka has been channelled through (a) the Sri Lanka Government and (b) non-governmental organisations in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(197594)
172
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are taken to ensure that development aid in Sri Lanka is not diverted to illegal or corrupt purposes.
(197595)
173
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much UK bilateral aid has been allocated to Sri Lanka in each of the last three years; how much is projected for the next two years; how much has been spent in the Tamil areas of Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.
(197596)
174
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his policy is in respect of the use of funds from the ACP-EU Water Facility to fund or support the (a) privatisation of water facilities and (b) private sector water projects.
(197571)
175
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proposals are being (a) assessed and (b) discussed in respect of spending funds remaining in the ACP-EU Water Facility budget.
(197573)
176
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken to co-ordinate his Department's Water Action Plan with the ACP-EU Water Facility.
(197575)
177
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the untying of EU development aid.
(197583)
178
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment has been made of the response of (a) recipients and (b) other donors to the EU decision to untie its development aid.
(197584)
179
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on EU FLEX financial support to the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions to smooth export earnings.
(197632)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
180
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people were (a) charged with public order offences, (b) arrested and (c) convicted arising out of disorder in the Ardoyne area on 12th July in each of the last three years.
(197470)
181
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in developing an aviation strategy for Northern Ireland.
(197067)
182
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the sites in Northern Ireland where (a) asbestos and (b) asbestos products can be legally disposed of; and what safety measures are in place at these locations to protect members of the public.
(197068)
183
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the methods of restraint used in controlling young offenders at the Juvenile Justice Centre have recently been reviewed.
(197070)
184
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answers of 27th October, Official Report, columns 1261-2W, on hazardous waste, what assessment has been made of the sources of illegal special waste being dumped in Northern Ireland; if he will list the nature of the special waste being dumped; and what action is being taken to prevent future incidences of the illegal dumping of special waste.
(197071)
185
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons new members of the part-time reserve are allowed to serve beyond the age of 62 years; what plans he has to amend this policy; and if he will make a statement.
(197261)
186
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many breaches of the late night flight curfew at Belfast City Airport there have been in each of the past five years; and which airlines were involved in each case.
(197314)
187
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what enforcement action has been taken against (a) airlines and (b) the operators of Belfast City Airport for breaches of the late-night flight curfew (i) in each of the last four years and (ii) to date in 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(197315)
188
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the financial situation of (a) the South East Education and Library Board and (b) the Belfast Education and Library Board.
(195511)
189
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) the budgeted expenditure and (b) the actual expenditure out-turn was for each education and library board in each of the last four years.
(195512)
190
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what weight he gives to experience of and skills in financial management when considering candidates for appointment to education and library boards.
(195513)
191
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what arrangements he has put in place to ensure good quality financial controls at education and library boards.
(195514)
192
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what stage of implementation the Masterplan for the North Coast and Glens has reached; what the reasons are for the delay in the design competition for the Visitors Centre at the Causeway; and what the timetable is for the new build visitor facilities at the Giants Causeway.
(197424)
Questions to the Prime Minister
193
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer from the Solicitor General of 26th October, Official Report, columns 1104-5W, on Iraq, what sources he used to make his assessment of whether Iraq (a) made false statements or omissions in its declarations and (b) complied with and co-operated with the terms of UN Resolution 1441; which omissions and false statements in Iraq's declaration of December 2002 which he considered to be fact at the time (i) have been confirmed and (ii) have not been confirmed subsequently as fact; and if he will make a statement.
(197544)
194
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has held with the Russian Government on (a) terrorism and (b) Chechnya.
(196774)
195
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister of New Zealand on the possibility of sharing diplomatic premises on the Pacific Islands; and if he will make a statement.
(197652)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
196
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether the distribution of welfare baby milk foods in Scotland is a reserved responsibility.
(197646)
Questions to the Solicitor General
197
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):To ask the Solicitor General, if she will list bodies other than the police, but including Government departments and agencies, which have authority to prosecute criminal offences; and which (a) are required to interact with the Crown Prosecution Service and (b) are subject to the operation of the Victims Charter.
(197560)
198
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on the Crown Prosecution Service's role in (a) collecting, (b) reviewing and (c) analysing data on which they bring prosecutions; and what measures are in place to ensure that the Crown Prosecution Service fulfils this role.
(197444)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
199
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how her Department interprets the value for money criterion in terms of connecting communities to the mains gas network; what estimates her Department has made of the number of communities and households not connected to the network for whom cost-effective connection is possible; what sources of funding are available to extend the gas network; and what contribution her Department makes to this investment.
(197069)
200
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received about the amendment of competition legislation to allow binge drinking to be curbed by the imposition of minimum alcohol prices.
(197559)
201
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what criteria are used to distribute grants for research and development to help (a) individuals and (b) small and medium-sized businesses to research and develop technologically innovative products and processes.
(196776)
202
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the cost to businesses of adapting or purchasing new franking machines to cope with the proposals of the Royal Mail to move to size-based pricing.
(197520)
203
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to inform consumers of the likely impact of the move to size-based pricing proposed by the Royal Mail.
(197521)
204
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact on the greetings card industry of the Royal Mail's proposals to move to size-based pricing.
(197522)
205
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the cost to Royal Mail business customers of adapting to size-based pricing; and if she will make a statement.
(197523)
206
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of how many people are employed (a) permanently and (b) seasonally in the mail order photofinishing industry.
(197524)
207
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will assess the compliance of the Royal Mail's proposals for size-based pricing with paragraph 13, condition 19 of the Royal Mail's licence, with particular reference to the requirement that any alteration in pricing avoids unreasonable changes for users of the service; and if she will make a statement.
(197525)
208
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with Royal Mail concerning its proposals for size-based pricing; and if she will make a statement.
(197526)
209
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Royal Mail's proposals for size-based pricing on the mail order photofinishing industry.
(197527)
210
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received concerning the Royal Mail's proposal to move to size-based pricing; and if she will make a statement.
(197528)
211
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the Crown post offices in Northern Ireland which have been earmarked for closure; and if she will make a statement.
(197260)
212
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Government will require corporations to publish details of transfer pricing policies under its proposals requiring publication of an Operating and Financial Review (OFR); and what the proposed criteria for exemption from production of an OFR are.
(197580)
213
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to develop regional Business Links.
(197605)
214
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will give a commitment to maintain Business Links organisations at local levels.
(197606)
215
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the future of Business Links.
(197607)
216
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the risk of power cuts in the UK this winter; what measures are in place to ensure such risk is kept to a minimum; and if she will make a statement.
(196958)
217
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if her Department will require public-listed companies to publish annual non-financial reports.
(197471)
218
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department is taking to tackle counterfeiting in the pharmaceutical industry.
(197472)
219
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate her Department has made of the changes in (a) labour and (b) multi-factor productivity in British industry in the course of (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2003-04.
(197473)
220
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with the US Administration in connection with reductions in tariffs and other trade barriers.
(197479)
221
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate her Department has made of the financial benefits to the UK of outsourcing (a) manufacturing and (b) service sector jobs overseas.
(197557)
222
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices were recommended for closure under the reinvention programme in the South West region; how many were opposed by Postwatch; and for how many the recommendation for closure was dropped.
(197511)
223
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which Crown Post Offices in Essex have been selected for possible closure.
(197634)
224
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the role that the EU-sponsored trans-European energy network might play in providing energy security for the UK.
(197561)
225
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the benefits to the UK of the EU eContent programme have been.
(197562)
226
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the opportunities for (a) the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and (b) UK companies to be involved in the decommissioning of EU Joint Research Centre nuclear installations.
[R] (197563)
227
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to encourage nanotechnology research and development in the UK; and how such steps relate to EU support for nanotechnology research and development within the EU.
(197566)
228
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on (a) trends in public sector energy usage over the last five years and (b) proposed trends in public sector energy usage over the next (i) five and (ii) 10 years.
(197579)
229
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of changes in UK productivity as a result of increased (a) dial-up and (b) broadband internet access.
(197600)
230
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment is made of the EU state aid scoreboards in decisions about the making of grants of aid to UK industry; and whether the scoreboards are regularly monitored to assess grounds for disputing state aid awards by other member states.
(197602)
231
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the number of jobs which (a) moved abroad from the UK and (b) were created in the UK in 2004.
(197578)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
232
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, columns 155-6W, on data protection, if he will make a statement on the conviction of Barry Dickinson, formerly employed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
(197453)
233
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the surplus from user charges for the Dartford Crossing was spent in transport projects in Essex and Kent in 2003-04.
(197543)
234
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Department has made of the recent judgement in the High Court in the case of Mr Keith Rhodes, concerning wheelchair access at rail stations.
(197415)
235
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many persons were employed by Safety Camera Partnerships in England and Wales at the latest date for which figures are available; and how many were employed by Safety Camera Partnerships at their inception.
(196957)
236
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons Victoria Embankment was closed to traffic on the evening of 19th September; and for what reasons diversion notices were not put in place.
(197679)
237
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to improve (a) maintenance, (b) signage and (c) markings on (i) trunk roads and (ii) motorways; and if he will make a statement.
(197649)
238
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much compensation has been paid to each train operating company in each of the last five years.
(197650)
239
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received about the location of the EU Galileo Project in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(197429)
240
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on funding of the Crossrail project.
(197488)
241
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidents on the M1 have resulted in the A5 through (a) Dunstable and (b) Hockliffe being used as a relief road in the last three years, broken down by type of incident.
(197454)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
242
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will extend eligibility for winter fuel payments to non-pensioner households who qualify for social fund cold weather payments; what estimate he has made of the likely cost of this policy; and if he will make a statement.
(197538)
243
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the number of civil service jobs that will be lost in his Department in (a) Yorkshire, (b) Leeds and (c) Leeds North West as a result of his Department's reorganisation.
(197419)
244
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Hendon are in receipt of (a) pension credit and (b) pension savings credit; what he estimates the take-up rate of each benefit in Hendon to be; what the (i) highest and (ii) average amount awarded is; and if he will make a statement.
(197512)
245
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Hendon aged 18 to 25 years had been unemployed for six months or longer (a) in May 1997 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available; how many people living in Hendon have benefitted from the New Deal for Young People since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(197517)
246
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Pension Service can refuse direct payment at certain post office branches when a pensioner has designated that branch as their preferred account; and if he will make a statement.
(197443)
247
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the Department's estimate is of the number of pensioners in the UK.
(197536)
248
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the Department's estimate is of the amount paid in council tax benefit to pensioners in 2003-04.
(197542)
249
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid in means-tested benefits to pensioners in each year since 1999.
(197552)
250
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at what age (a) men and (b) women become eligible to receive an old age pension in each of the European Union states.
(197653)
251
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Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of extending the winter fuel allowance to disabled people aged below 60 years who are in receipt of (a) middle or higher rate care and (b) the higher mobility component of disability living allowance.
(196779)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
252
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the teenage pregnancy rates in (a) Wales and (b) England were in each year since 1996.
[Transferred] (197410)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
253
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what condolences he has offered to the surviving family members of Iraqi civilians killed as a result of military action taken by British forces in Iraq since 19th March 2003; what estimate has been made of the number of orphans created by civilian adults killed by British forces in Iraq; and what economic assistance has been offered by the United Kingdom to Iraqi families who have suffered the (a) loss of their main income earner and (b) long-term disablement of the main income earner as a result of United Kingdom military action in Iraq.
[Transferred] (197617)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
254
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of the consequences for the Royal Navy's (a) search and rescue and (b) coastal patrol roles of the creation of a European Coastguard.
[Transferred] (197572)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
255
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to reduce unemployment in the constituency of Eltham since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (197643)
256
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the Department's estimate is of the amount paid in rent rebate to pensioners in 2003-04.
[Transferred] (197541)

 
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