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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 16 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 16 November 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 16 November 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 16 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 16 November of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 16 November see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will make a statement on the methodology used to determine whether civil servants are classified as frontline.
(198939)
2
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment she has made of the likely costs to her Department in the first quarter of 2005 of compliance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if she will make a statement.
(198766)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
3
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in the City of Edinburgh local authority area are in receipt of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit.
(198924)
4
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the national percentage take-up of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit.
(198925)
5
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how his Department plans to promote UK competitiveness in the EU.
(197822)
6
N
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, column 154W, on stamp duty, how many residential property transactions between £60,000 and £150,000 have qualified for disadvantaged area relief in each year since the relief was introduced.
(198614)
7
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on proposed job cuts in the Civil Service.
(198125)
8
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average time between HM Inland Revenue receiving and responding to an appeal against a notice of decision on (a) child tax credit, (b) working tax credit and (c) pension tax credit has been in 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(198084)
9
N
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much unrebated fuel duty was paid on fuel sold in each of the islands within the United Kingdom during the latest year for which figures are available.
(198767)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
10
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether he receives copies of departmental attitude surveys in connection with his responsibilities for co-ordination of Government policy.
(198762)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
11
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on plans to merge bodies that manage, fund and police the protection of listed buildings and sites.
(198420)
12
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her plans are for long-term funding for English Heritage.
(198421)
13
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many successful prosecutions have been made since 1997 under the Video Recordings Act 1984 regarding video and computer games.
(198422)
14
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proposals she has for restricting the availability to minors of video and computer games containing gross violence towards humans.
(198423)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
15
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a senior officer of the Black Watch expressed his concern in advance about the recent deployment of the regiment; and if he will make a statement.
(198940)
16
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many departmental Green Ministers there have been since 1997.
(197837)
17
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mechanisms are employed by the Defence Scientific and Technology Laboratory for consulting the Defence Scientific Advisory Council and its subsidiary boards.
(198929)
18
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mechanisms are in place in the Defence Procurement Agency for the passing of information and expertise between support groups and the integrated projects teams responsible for equipment procurement.
(198930)
19
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the likely costs to his Department in the first quarter of 2005 of compliance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(198764)
20
N
Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his policy that the Royal Navy should continue to provide the fishery protection service in the waters around England and Wales once the Department's existing agreement with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs comes to an end.
(198430)
21
N
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of infantry recruits from Scotland failed to complete their training courses in (a) each of the last five years during which Scottish infantry recruits were trained at Glencorse and (b) each year since their training has been carried out at Catterick.
(198515)
22
N
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Scottish infantry recruits committed suicide during their training (a) during the last 20 years during which their training was carried out at Glencorse and (b) during each year since their training has been carried out at Catterick.
(198621)
23
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library the minutes of the meetings of the Defence Crisis Management Organisation.
(198425)
24
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who the members of the Defence Crisis Management Organisation are; and what positions they hold in the Organisation.
(198426)
25
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the armed forces first sought authority from the Defence Crisis Management Organisation to initiate mobilisation measures for deployment to Iraq.
(198427)
26
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the armed forces first sought authority to initiate training for reservists for deployment to Iraq.
(198428)
27
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which media outlets are attached to the Black Watch battlegroup in Iraq; and what security arrangements have been made for them.
(198429)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
28
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many shared ownership properties were sold in Islington in each year since 1997; and how many of those properties were purchased by a person (a) already in social housing in that area, (b) on the single housing register in that area and (c) a key worker.
(198618)
29
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will break down the low cost home ownership units planned for Islington in the Housing Corporation's 2004-06 Approved Development Programme by (a) conventional shared ownership, (b) Do-It-Yourself shared ownership and (c) Homebuy.
(198619)
30
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will break down the low cost home ownership units planned for Islington in the Housing Corporation's 2004-06 Approved Development Programme by (a) one-bed, (b) two-bed, (c) three-bed and (d) four-bed or more units.
(198620)
31
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his Department's proposed redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.
(198950)
32
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to publish a revised Circular 1/94.
(198464)
33
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the likely costs to his Department in the first quarter of 2005 of compliance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(198765)
34
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, under what circumstances a house can be compulsorily purchased; and whether compensation is paid.
(198861)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
35
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children living in the London Borough of Wandsworth were entitled to free school meals during the last 12 months.
(198883)
36
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many young people have been excluded by each local education authority in Greater London in each of the last three years.
(198884)
37
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the changes in the numbers of students taking up science courses at (a) university and (b) A level in the last 10 years; and what steps the Government is taking to increase the number of students studying science.
(198931)
38
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many 16 year olds in full-time education in Tower Hamlets are eligible for an education maintenance allowance.
(198866)
39
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of young people starting post-16 education in Tower Hamlets in 2004 have been awarded education maintenance allowance; and what percentage of those have received a (a) £30, (b) £20 and (c) £10 award.
(198867)
40
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list institutions with students aged 16 to 18 years who are in receipt of an education maintenance allowance, broken down by number of students.
(197505)
41
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will require the Learning and Skills Council to make payments to higher education colleges to cover the costs of interest and bank charges arising from late payments of Learning and Skills Council funds.
(198516)
42
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assurance he has sought from the Learning and Skills Council that higher education college funding will be allocated on time for financial year 2005-06.
(198517)
43
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many Modern Apprenticeships have been (a) started and (b) finished since their inception, broken down by trade.
(198856)
44
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of skilled technicians entering the motor servicing industry in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(198857)
45
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many fully qualified motor mechanics there have been in each of the last 30 years.
(198859)
46
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what provision is in place to train motor mechanics in new computerised automated motor vehicle technologies.
(198860)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
47
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many homes in Bury Metropolitan Borough Council area have benefited from the home energy efficiency scheme in each of the last three years.
(198322)
48
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Dutch Government on the publication of national proposals for GM co-measures; and what discussions she has had with the IFOAMEU Group on the proposals.
(198478)
49
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) discussions she has had and (b) agreements she has reached with her colleagues in the (i) Department for Trade and Industry and (ii) Department for International Development in respect of the UK position on the future of the EU Sugar Regime.
(198760)
50
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what decisions the Government has taken in respect of European Council negotiations on the future of the EU Sugar Regime.
(198761)
51
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how different types of tenanted farms are to be treated in respect of their eligibility for National Reserve payments under the proposed Single Farm Payment system.
(198820)
52
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether tenancies secured under the provisions of the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1986 will be treated as entitled to payments from the National Reserve under the proposed Single Farm Payment system.
(198821)
53
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of (a) the timetable for (i) future negotiations and (ii) decisions and (b) future entitlement to quota ownership in respect of the EU Sugar Regime.
(198827)
54
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she plans to undertake in response to the report from the Energy Saving Trust and the UK Climate Impact Programme, Forecasting the Future.
(198944)
55
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultations she has undertaken in the last 12 months and with whom, concerning flood control and prevention measures, with particular reference to the recent flooding of Boscastle.
(198945)
56
N
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether samples were taken from feed destined for consumption by pigs at Burnside Farm, Heddon on the Wall in 2001 and subjected to a compositional analysis.
(198822)
57
N
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether samples or parts of samples taken from feed destined for consumption by pigs at Burnside Farm, Heddon on the Wall in 2001 have been retained.
(198823)
58
N
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether there was an internal inquiry conducted by her Department and its predecessor into the conduct of Senior Veterinary Officer, Mr Jim Dring, with regard to inspections at Burnside Farm, Heddon on the Wall, prior to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(198824)
59
N
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether samples were taken from feed destined for consumption by pigs at Burnside Farm, Heddon on the Wall in 2001 and tested for the presence of (a) animal proteins that had not been modified by heat and (b) sheep proteins.
(198825)
60
N
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on which farms which were registered swill feeders animals succumbed to the 2001 epidemic of foot and mouth disease.
(198826)
61
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th November, Official Report, column 576W, on bees, how much funding the National Bee Unit will receive for the next financial year.
(198519)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
62
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what decisions have been made as to which regiments will be sent to Iraq when the Black Watch forces return to the UK in December.
(197819)
63
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what precautions are in place to protect journalists reporting on the front line with troops in Falluja.
(197820)
64
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Palestinian authorities regarding the condition of Chairman Arafat.
(197821)
65
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8th November, Official Report, column 523W, on Turkey (Penal Code), whether the introductory paper to the new Turkish penal codes refers to the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Cyprus and the Armenian Genocide in its explanatory notes on Article 305; and if he will make a statement.
(198617)
66
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of France on bringing about (a) an immediate cease-fire in and (b) an early withdrawal of French troops from the Ivory Coast.
(198317)
67
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what monitoring he is undertaking of the situation in the Ivory Coast, with particular reference to (a) civilian casualties and (b) the role of French troops.
(198318)
68
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the date was of the last meeting between the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Electoral Commission to discuss the registration of overseas voters.
(198864)
69
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely costs to his Department in the first quarter of 2005 of compliance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(198763)
70
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many United Kingdom minors are held in foreign prisons.
(198915)
71
N
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 9th November, Official Report, column 631W, on Equatorial Guinea, from what source his Department learned of the attempted coup plot in Equatorial Guinea; to which foreign security agencies this information was passed, and when; and whether his Department informed authorities in Zimbabwe about the plot.
(198323)
72
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what provisions for verification are contained in the draft agreement between the Governments of the USA, France, Germany and the United Kingdom with the Government of Iran.
(197952)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
73
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the standardisation of the monitoring of foot operations carried out by orphopaedic surgeons and podiatric surgeons.
(198615)
74
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to standardise the monitoring of foot operations carried out by orthopaedic surgeons and podiatric surgeons.
(198616)
75
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the benefits of liquid cytology testing for cervical cancer since the roll-out of the technique started.
(198917)
76
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many departmental Green Ministers there have been since 1997.
(197835)
77
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients contracted MRSA last year following a visit to a NHS hospital; and what plans he has to combat the spread of this disease.
(198932)
78
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people accessing residential drug treatment do so (a) as part of a community order, (b) through the criminal justice system and (c) voluntarily.
(198933)
79
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residential drug treatment centres are specifically for young people; and if he will make a statement on what steps his Department is taking to tackle young people misusing drugs, with particular reference to those in contact with the criminal justice system.
(198934)
80
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people in residential drug treatment are funded (a) privately, (b) by primary care trusts and (c) with a combination of private funds and primary care trust funds.
(198935)
81
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been made available in each primary care trust area for upgrading or rebuilding general practitioner surgeries in each of the last five years.
(198419)
82
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will respond to the Food Standards Agency's recommendation of 10th July 2003 that it would be acceptable on public health grounds to replace in two stages the over-30 month scheme with BSE testing of cattle older than 30 months; and if he will make a statement.
(198916)
83
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total budget is for the delivery of mental health services in Plymouth for this financial year, including relevant primary care trust, acute hospital trust and social services provision.
(197948)
84
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many secure units there are for mental health patients in Plymouth; and if he will make a statement.
(197949)
85
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many bed spaces for mental health patients there are in Plymouth.
(197950)
86
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who is primarily responsible for the delivery of mental health services in Plymouth.
(197951)
87
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list Public Interest reports issued by NHS trust auditors under the provisions of section (a) 8 and (b) 19 of the Audit Commission Act 1998, broken down by (i) trust, (ii) the date of report and (iii) the issue giving rise to the report; and what the name of the auditors was in each case.
(198472)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
88
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he makes of the percentage of animals bred for possible experimentation purposes which are subsequently not used for these purposes.
(197888)
89
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether an applicant for British citizenship serving abroad in the United Kingdom armed forces may be disqualified in their application on the grounds of absence from the United Kingdom.
(198882)
90
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many appeals against refusal of political asylum were waiting to be heard on 1st October.
(198885)
91
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many racially aggravated offences have taken place in the Greater London area in each of the last three years.
(198886)
92
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list prison refurbishment projects by establishment that have been undertaken since April 2000; and what the (a) date of completion or projected completion date, (b) cost of the refurbishment and (c) number of places added was in each case.
(198473)
93
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library (a) the job specification and (b) the selection criteria that were used for the recently appointed regional offender managers.
(198474)
94
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a copy of the risk assessment that has been carried out in respect of the implementation of National Offender Management Service.
(198475)
95
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what risk assessment he has carried out on (a) prison capacity and (b) workload at the National Offender Management Service; and what the outcome was.
(198476)
96
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list (a) the running costs for each establishment in the prison service and (b) the average number of prisoners held at that establishment in each of the last three financial years for which figures are available.
(198477)
97
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many dispersal orders have been used in the last year.
(198937)
98
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11th November, Official Report, column 892W, on Indymedia, under what legal provisions seizure of private property in the UK by foreign law enforcement agencies without authorisation from UK law enforcement can be carried out.
(198941)
99
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the likely costs to his Department in the first quarter of 2005 of compliance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(198768)
100
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department has received from the Cabinet Office on the timing of business case assessments in respect of major projects.
(198870)
101
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the regional offender manager job descriptions will be made public.
(198871)
102
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the business case in respect of the National Offender Management Service will be published.
(198873)
103
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department has received from the Office of Government Commerce on the timing of Gateway Zero consultations.
(198874)
104
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Gateway Zero inquiry into the National Offender Management Service will be completed.
(198875)
105
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ensure that probation hostel resources are targeted at (a) very high risk and (b) high risk offenders.
(198876)
106
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places were available in probation hostels in England and Wales on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many were occupied by high risk offenders.
(198877)
107
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of (a) fixed penalties and (b) fines imposed by the courts were collected in full in England and Wales in (i) 2001-02, (ii) 2002-03 and (iii) 2003-04.
(198878)
108
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the duties are of the regional offender managers in the National Offender Management Service for each region in England and Wales.
(198899)
109
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, through which stages of the Office of Government Commerce's Gateway process the identity cards project has passed.
(198900)
110
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the unit cost of a biometric identity card reader.
(198901)
111
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the potential savings in identity fraud costs that may be consequent on development of the identity card scheme.
(198902)
112
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost was of enforcing section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 in each year since 1997.
(198903)
113
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has commissioned into the effects of identity cards in reducing terrorism.
(198904)
114
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) employers and (b) interested groups are being consulted about the design of the identity card verification service.
(198905)
115
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the conclusions of his Department's Science and Technology Reference Group's examination of the identity card programme.
(198906)
116
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals were (a) arrested and (b) removed from the country as a result of enforcement operations conducted by the Immigration Service in 2003-04.
(198907)
117
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in securing voluntary contributions towards the cost of policing disorder from the alcohol industry.
(198909)
118
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money was spent on policing per head of population in each police force in England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(198910)
119
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in rolling out the OASys offender assessment tool in (a) prisons and (b) probation; how many prisons have access to the system; when roll-out will be complete; and if he will make a statement.
(198911)
120
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of prisoners who were given detoxification in the last 12 months for which figures are available entered one of the Prison Service's drug rehabilitation programmes.
(198912)
121
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of prisoners who entered drug rehabilitation programmes in the last 12 months for which figures are available went on to complete those programmes; and what proportion failed to complete.
(198913)
122
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 13th September, Official Report, column 1408W, on immigration, if he will make it his policy to collect data on the ethnic background of those who are (a) stopped and (b) arrested under joint multi-agency street crime operations.
(198914)
123
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been allocated under his Department's budget for central services in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06 for (i) private offices, (ii) the central Secretariat providing support to Ministers and the Permanent Secretary, (iii) the Corporate Resources Directorate, (iv) the Planning and Finance Directorate, (v) the Communications Directorate, (vi) Legal Advisers Branch, (vii) the Prisons Ombudsman's Office and (viii) HM Inspectorate of Prisons; and if he will make a statement.
(198943)
124
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the cost estimates for identity card readers which have been incorporated into work with stakeholders on benefits.
(198946)
125
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of whether cost savings are associated with the issue of a free-standing identity card compared to a combined passport and identity card.
(198947)
126
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the five most common nationalities of individuals found to be working illegally in the UK were in the last period for which figures are available.
(198948)
127
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the annual cost of the identity card scheme announced by his Department on 2nd November includes the cost of adding visual verification features to the face of the card; and what visual verification options are under consideration.
(198949)
128
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with (a) police and (b) local authorities regarding people carrying knives.
(198889)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
129
N
Mike Gapes (Ilford South):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many computer workstations for staff there were in the Serjeant at Arms Department in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(198758)
130
N
Mike Gapes (Ilford South):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff were employed in the Finance and Administration Department and its predecessor in (a) 1974, (b) 2000 and (c) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(198759)
131
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether an assessment has been made of the potential for hot desking in the Finance and Administration Department.
(198868)
132
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff were employed in the Serjeant at Arms Department (a) in 1974, (b) in 2000 and (c) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(198869)
133
N
Dame Marion Roe (Broxbourne):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many and what proportion of staff in the Clerk's Department work from home.
(198424)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
134
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the condition of refugees from Sudan, resident in Chad, with particular reference to (a) security and (b) access to water and sanitation.
(198319)
135
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contribution the UK is making to the humanitarian needs of the people of the Ivory Coast.
(198320)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
136
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans the Government has to carry out an Equality Impact Assessment on the Department of Education's Circular 1996/41 Home to School Transport.
(198928)
137
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the religious composition is of the technical staff in the Western Regional Office of the Rivers Agency.
(198510)
138
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many internal transfers have taken place in the Western Regional Area of the Rivers Agency involving (a) industrial staff and (b) technical staff in each year since 2000.
(198511)
139
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many departmental Green Ministers there have been since 1997.
(197836)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
140
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department is taking to improve protection for consumers from doorstep selling.
(198918)
141
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department is taking in conjunction with the Home Office to tackle rogue doorstep selling.
(198919)
142
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many mobile post offices there are in the United Kingdom; and what areas they serve.
(198865)
143
N
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects to answer the Questions (a) 195698 and (b) 195704 tabled by the honourable Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme for named day Answer on 4th November.
(198514)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
144
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many persons (a) died and (b) were seriously injured in road traffic accidents on 6th November.
(197889)
145
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many level crossings are in operation; and at how many, and at what percentage of these collisions occurred between rail and road traffic in each year from 1975 to date.
(197890)
146
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with airport operators since the publication of the Future of Air Transport White Paper regarding compensation packages for properties close to expanding airports.
(198920)
147
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding the mitigation of damage to local environments around expanding UK airports.
(198921)
148
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the (a) noise levels and (b) other environmental effects around Edinburgh Airport that would be consequent on the expansion of the airport as set out in the Future of Air Transport White Paper.
(198922)
149
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received regarding the suitability of the compensation packages provided by airport operators for properties close to expanding UK airports; and if he will make a statement.
(198923)
150
N
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made in evaluating the A555 submission documents received by his Department earlier this year; and when he expects to report his findings.
(197891)
151
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on road safety in Wirral South.
(198938)
152
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many departmental Green Ministers there have been since 1997.
(197839)
153
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has held with stakeholders in the car servicing industry on improving standards.
(198858)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
154
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many senior citizens in Bury North were in receipt of the winter fuel allowance in each of the last seven years.
(198321)
155
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many licensed asbestos removal companies are operating within the United Kingdom.
(198888)
156
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) lowest and (b) highest weekly levels paid of the state retirement pension are; and if he will make a statement.
(198926)
157
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many departmental Green Ministers there have been since 1997.
(197838)
158
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) timescale and (b) anticipated publication date is for the feasibility study being undertaken by his Department to establish the full impact, costs and benefits of the introduction of identity cards.
(198908)
159
N
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his plans are for each of the Jobcentre Plus offices in the Argyll and Bute constituency.
(198518)
160
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when Mrs Elizabeth Langmead of Galmpton, Devon, will be refunded the sum in retirement pension owed to her by the Pension Service; and if he will make a statement.
(198520)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
161
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people living in the London Borough of Wandsworth were unemployed in each of the last three years; how many were (a) long-term unemployed and (b) youth unemployed; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (198887)
162
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are suffering from cancer in (a) Chorley and (b) the North West.
[Transferred] (198936)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
163
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time soldiers are serving with each of the home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment.
[Transferred] (198512)
164
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers, excluding the Royal Irish Regiment, are serving in Northern Ireland.
[Transferred] (198513)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
165
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is between someone requesting residential drug treatment and (a) funding becoming available and (b) a bed becoming available if the treatment is privately funded was in the latest period for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (198942)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
166
N
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures the Government will put in place to ensure that high standards are maintained by companies charged with running yellow school buses.
[Question Unstarred] (198109)
167
N
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of improvements to accessibility to bus services for disabled people in the last 12 months.
[Question Unstarred] (198111)

 
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