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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 18 November 2004

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 18 November 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 18 November 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 18 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 Thursday 18 November of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 18 November see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether all government buildings in his Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(199320)
2
N
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide additional training for Inland Revenue staff in respect of capital gains tax; and if he will make an assessment of the need to improve the clarity of information available to members of the public in respect of capital gains tax.
(199111)
3
N
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will replace the system of reliefs offered to those liable for capital gains tax with a sliding scale based upon the length of time that an asset has been owned.
(199112)
4
N
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many different leaflets are published by Inland Revenue to explain the capital gains tax system.
(199113)
5
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate the Treasury has made of the number of households with negative equity in their homes; and if he will make a statement.
(199283)
6
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects a reply to be made to the letters of (a) 17th August to Sir Nicholas Montagu KCB and (b) 15th September to Mr David Varney of the Board of the Inland Revenue from the honourable Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.
(199332)
7
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths were attributed to cold weather and lack of adequate heating in homes in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear and (d) the UK in each year since 1997; and what the average age of death was in each case in each year.
(199225)
8
N
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will reply to the letter to him of 11th October from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Silu Meah.
(199095)
9
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to reform stamp duty to help first-time buyers.
(199335)
10
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children have been born to mothers resident in each constituency in the UK since 1st September 2002.
(199294)
11
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the number of overpayments that have been made to families in receipt of working tax credit.
(199287)
12
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action will be taken to ensure that the overpayment of working tax credit is reduced in future years.
(199288)
13
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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.
(199074)
14
N
David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in what circumstances the Inland Revenue does not request repayment of overpayments of child and working tax credit where it accepts responsibility for the error leading to the overpayment occurring.
(199048)
15
N
David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in how many cases in (a) 2002-03 and (b) the current financial year to date repayments have been requested for overpayment of child and working tax credit where the Inland Revenue has accepted responsibility for the error which led to overpayment.
(199049)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
16
N
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional 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.
(199082)
17
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether all government buildings in his Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(199307)
18
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when the consultation period ends for the Department's consultation paper from June entitled Making Simple Conditional Fee Arrangements a Reality; and when his Department expects to provide a report on the conclusions of the consultation.
(199057)
19
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans the Department has to undertake research into the viability of a salaried civil legal office comparable to the Public Defender Scheme.
(199058)
20
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the conclusions of the Constitutional Affairs Committee's report of Session 2003-04 on civil legal aid, what action the Department is taking to combat advice deserts within the Community Legal Service.
(199059)
21
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans the Department has to reduce the overspend on legal aid for asylum seekers.
(199060)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
22
N
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 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.
(199083)
23
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether all government buildings in her Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if she will make a statement.
(199310)
24
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many departmental Green Ministers there have been since 1997.
(198312)
25
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has received any representations to extend the life of the Horserace Betting Levy Board.
(199050)
26
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the British Horseracing Board about the recent European Court of Justice decision concerning modernisation of British horseracing; and what the conclusions were.
(199051)
27
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact the recent European Court of Justice ruling will have on the implementation of the Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Act 2004.
(199052)
28
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of the recent European Court of Justice ruling on the modernisation of British horseracing.
(199053)
29
Mr Chris Smith (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact on children's broadcasting funded wholly or partly through advertising of the proposals set out in the Government's Public Health White Paper.
[R] (199235)
30
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th October, Official Report, column 328W, on Lottery grants, what monitoring has been carried out to ensure that timber used in Lottery-funded projects is from legal and sustainable sources; and what sanctions can be applied where this is found not to be the case.
(199221)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
31
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether all government buildings in his Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(199313)
32
N
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where (a) battalion headquarters, (b) A, B and C Companies, (c) Support Company and (d) Headquarters Company of Second Battalion of The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment will be located on (i) 18th November and (ii) 30th November.
(199046)
33
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what roles Iraqi troops are undertaking in Iraq.
(199330)
34
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the maximum possible blast radius is of bombs available for use by United Kingdom troops in Iraq.
(199088)
35
N
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance was given to cadet units in the South East of England on carrying firearms on Remembrance Sunday; what role Ministers had in issuing guidance; and if he will make a statement.
(199019)
36
N
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of (a) an armoured infantry (warrior) battalion, (b) an air-portable infantry battalion, (c) a parachute regiment battalion and (d) a Gurkha regiment battalion was in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (i) personnel and (ii) equipment and maintenance.
(199160)
37
N
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the projected costs per annum of the proposed new (a) heavy (warrior) battalion with high-tech upgrade, (b) medium (future rapid effect system) battalion with heavy-lift aircraft capability and (c) light (air-portable) battalion with high-tech network capable upgrade; and what estimate the Department has made of possible savings to be made from the proposed restructuring process.
(199161)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
38
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will establish an independent review into the future of regional fire control centres.
(199333)
39
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many representations (a) for and (b) against a regional fire control centre he has received from Gloucestershire residents.
(199334)
40
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether all government buildings in his Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(199321)
41
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will (a) remove and (b) limit the liability of sheriffs for damages claims in the event of improper enforcement of compulsory purchase orders.
(199248)
42
N
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to implement reform of the Use Classes Order.
(199063)
43
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will break down the low cost home ownership units planned for (a) Enfield and (b) Greater London in the Housing Corporation's 2004 to 2006 approved development programme by (i) conventional shared ownership, (ii) key worker shared ownership, (iii) homebuy and (iv) other forms of low cost home ownership.
(199222)
44
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will break down the low cost home ownership units planned for (a) Enfield and (b) Greater London in the Housing Corporation's 2004 to 2006 approved development programme by (i) one-bed, (ii) two-bed, (iii) three-bed and (iv) four-bed and more.
(199223)
45
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many shared ownership properties were sold in (a) Enfield and (b) Greater London in each year since 1997; and how many of those properties were purchased by someone (i) already in social housing in that area, (ii) on the single housing register in that area and (iii) a key worker.
(199226)
46
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many applications for mobile telephone masts he (a) rejected and (b) approved in each year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(199300)
47
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidelines are in place to encourage siting of mobile telephone masts away from areas of population when there is no bearing on the quality of reception; and if he will make a statement.
(199302)
48
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the risks posed by mobile telephone masts located in petrol stations; and if he will make a statement.
(199303)
49
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, who is responsible for the payment of the costs of (a) eviction and (b) clearing sites following illegal encampments of travellers on private land.
(199295)
50
N
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment his Department has made of the extent to which paragraph (a) 11 and (b) 13 of PPG8 relating to consultation with schools about transmission masts erected nearby is followed by telecommunication companies.
(199027)
51
N
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received from the Local Government Association in the last 24 months on changing the planning laws that relate to transmission masts.
(199028)
52
N
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many representations he has received from honourable Members in the last 12 months on changing the planning laws that relate to transmission masts.
(199029)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
53
N
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will ensure that the sparsity factor in local education authority grant funding for 2005-06 will take account of (a) the costs to schools of the workforce reform agenda, (b) the number of small schools in a local education authority, (c) broadband connection costs and (d) the cost of school transport.
(199120)
54
N
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects to reply to correspondence from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Withington, dated 21st June, 29th July and 26th August, on behalf of a constituent, Mrs Rebecca Clark, of Chorlton, Manchester.
(199126)
55
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether it remains his policy that secondary schools should be given no notification of the ranking awarded to the school by parents applying for a school place, as set out by the Minister for School Standards in the 8th Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation on 12th March 2003, column 15.
(199087)
56
N
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether, under new guidance restricting the sale of school playing fields, 100 per cent. of the proceeds from such land sales must be spent in the local community; and what definition of local community he uses in such guidance.
(197268)
57
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average A level points score was for (a) school sixth forms, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) general further education colleges in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(197267)
58
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many entrants to higher education there were from (a) sixth form colleges and (b) further education colleges in each of the last 10 years.
(197823)
59
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) individual students were awarded level three qualifications and (b) level three qualifications were awarded in English further education colleges in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(197824)
60
N
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, 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.
(199084)
61
N
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether Building Schools for the Future investment in Newcastle-upon-Tyne depends upon the acceptance of a city academy proposal.
(199032)
62
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether all government buildings in his Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(199309)
63
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on progress of the West Hendon Surestart scheme.
(199249)
64
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the Barnet pilot scheme for personalised learning.
(199250)
65
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether schools which (a) have already gained specialist status and (b) are involved in private finance initiative projects may apply for academy status.
(199164)
66
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the outcome was of the Education, Youth and Culture Council held on 15th and 16th November; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.
(199336)
67
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many departmental Green Ministers there have been since 1997.
(198311)
68
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what support his Department gave to National School Meals week; and if he will make a statement.
(199055)
69
N
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he intends to bring in the commencement of those parts of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 not yet commenced, with particular reference to section 112.
(199092)
70
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidelines he issues to pre-school settings to ensure that pupils are ready to be taught in English in year R.
(199162)
71
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of pupils in each local education authority are not able to be taught in English in year R.
(199163)
72
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the end to end review of careers education and guidance.
(199215)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
73
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to improve collection and recycling rates for nickel-cadmium batteries.
(199281)
74
N
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 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.
(199085)
75
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether all government buildings in her Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if she will make a statement.
(199316)
76
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the total value in (a) sterling and (b) euros of UK fish quota entitlements held by (i) fishing licence holders, (ii) fish producer organisations and (iii) others, broken down by (A) species and (B) fishing sector areas, in each of the last five years for which records are available.
(199214)
77
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to avoid a repetition of the flooding of the River Thames with raw sewage in August; and if she will make a statement.
(199155)
78
N
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department last met representatives of the League Against Cruel Sports; and if she will make a statement.
(199190)
79
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to measure the contribution of home composting towards recycling targets.
(199054)
80
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce a licensing system for cockling (a) in Morecambe Bay and (b) elsewhere.
(199151)
81
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the tonnage of cockles exported from England in the past 12 months; and what estimate she has made of the number of cocklers operating in Morecambe Bay.
(199152)
82
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assistance is being offered by her Department to the Lancashire and Cumbria police in their efforts to police organised cockling in Morecambe Bay.
(199154)
83
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures her Department has put in place to prevent further deaths of cocklers in Morecambe Bay.
(199169)
84
Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough & Whitby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to promote increased use of (a) by-products and trimmings from the commercial fish-processing sector and (b) discarded by-catch in the manufacture of fish meal and oil.
(199228)
85
Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough & Whitby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the advice by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea recommending a reduction in fishing for North Sea sand eels; and if she will support lower catch limits for industrial feed fisheries within EU waters at the next EU Fisheries Council.
(199229)
86
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce legislation to (a) stop animal abuse and (b) improve the conditions in which animals are transported.
(199245)
87
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to publish details of the new set-aside rules.
(199298)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
88
N
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which (a) British nationals and (b) former British residents are detained by the US Administration in Guantanamo Bay; where each was first taken into custody by US forces; how long each has been detained; what efforts the Government has made to obtain visitation rights for the detainees' families; how many letters each has been allowed to send in the last 12 months; and whether detainees had been tortured.
(198863)
89
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether all government buildings in his Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(199318)
90
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th November by the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Official Report, column 696, on rebel attacks in Darfur on civilians and aid convoys, what the evidential basis is for the statement that the rebels are making more such attacks.
(199216)
91
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what commitments were entered into by the Government of the United Kingdom in respect of the Solemn Declaration on European Union of 1983; by whom the declaration was signed on behalf of the Government; and which of those commitments (a) have already been fulfilled or discharged by existing treaties, and by which treaty provisions in each case, (b) will be implemented by the proposed European Constitution as published by the Government as CM 6289 and (c) remain for future action.
(199284)
92
N
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with members of the Malaysian Government concerning its policy on illegal immigrants and the impact of that policy on the Rohingya refugees; and if he will make a statement.
(199165)
93
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the (a) Egyptian government and (b) Palestinian Authority concerning freedom of religion in Gaza after the Israeli withdrawal; and if he will make a statement.
(199106)
94
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the (a) Egyptian government and (b) Palestinian Authority concerning women's rights in Gaza after the Israeli withdrawal; and if he will make a statement.
(199107)
95
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations have been made by Her Majesty's Government to the Government of France regarding the preservation of Loos battlefield; and if he will make a statement.
(198532)
96
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whose control the main hospital in Fallujah is under.
(199089)
97
N
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make enhanced intergovernmental contracts with Cuba contingent upon an improvement in human rights in that country.
(199119)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
98
N
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people he estimates (a) reside and (b) are registered with a general practitioner in the area served by Nottingham Primary Care Trust.
(199047)
99
N
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Manchester, Withington were receiving treatment for drug misuse on the latest date for which figures are available.
(199125)
100
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the acute NHS trusts in England that do not have a designated place of safety as defined by the Mental Health Act 1983.
(199062)
101
N
Andy Burnham (Leigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total spending on (a) general dental services and (b) secondary dental services was in each strategic health authority area in each of the last five years.
(199166)
102
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total operating budget is of each air ambulance service in England; and what proportion of these budgets is grant-aided by the National Health Service.
(199252)
103
N
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, 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.
(199086)
104
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether all government buildings in his Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(199314)
105
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in the appointment of an official within the Maldon and South Chelmsford Primary Care Trust with responsibility for co-ordinating healthcare policy in South Woodham Ferrers.
(199121)
106
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the new hospital planned for Maldon will open; what the estimated cost of the project is; and if he will make a statement.
(199122)
107
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the public relations budget of the Maldon and South Chelmsford Primary Care Trust was in the first six months of the current financial year.
(199123)
108
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the standard notice period is for the chief executive of an NHS primary care trust.
(199124)
109
N
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost is in this financial year of mental health services provided by the Salisbury NHS mental health team; how many mental health patients from (a) Devizes, (b) West Wiltshire, (c) the New Forest and (d) elsewhere outside Salisbury have been treated by the team in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(197825)
110
N
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the construction cost was of the Grovely inpatient ward at the Fountain Way facility of the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust in Salisbury; what the running costs have been in each of the last five years; and what the options are for the use of the Grovely facility if the decision is taken to close it.
(197826)
111
N
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many elderly inpatient and acute beds at the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust's Salisbury facility are blocked; how many have been blocked for (a) three months or more, (b) six months or more and (c) one year or more; and what the length of stay is of the patient who has been at the hospital for the longest time.
(197827)
112
N
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons it is proposed to cut funding for mental health services in Salisbury by £2.5 million; and if he will make a statement.
(197828)
113
N
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust proposes to close Grovely House; what alternative facilities will be available to patients if this facility closes; whether it is proposed to disband the local outreach team; whether additional funds will be made available to (a) general practitioners and (b) Wiltshire County Council to provide alternative care in the event that the trust reduces inpatient facilities in Salisbury; and if he will make a statement.
(197829)
114
N
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the siting of rehabilitation facilities for offenders with learning difficulties; and what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the location of such facilities.
(199097)
115
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether those who currently pay membership of private health clubs will qualify for a fitness trainer on the National Health Service.
(199256)
116
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department makes up the shortfall where there is a deficit in (a) ambulance service and (b) primary care trusts' budgets.
(199257)
117
Mr Chris Smith (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with broadcasters in preparing the proposals set out in his Public Health White Paper on restrictions on broadcast advertising.
[R] (199236)
118
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what bulk discounts the National Health Service receives from drug companies.
(199289)
119
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of the closure of the Harbour Drug and Alcohol Service in Plymouth to new clients until April 2005 on the treatment of patients with addiction problems.
(199108)
120
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting time is in Plymouth for a person suffering from drug or alcohol addiction to receive treatment; and if he will make a statement.
(199109)
121
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Chief Medical Officer on (a) the clinical definition of and (b) the available treatments for sufferers of myalgic encephalitis.
(199290)
122
N
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make additional resources available to primary care trusts for anti-TNF prescribing for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (a) in Solihull and (b) elsewhere; and if he will make a statement.
(199093)
123
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects of Agenda for Change on the (a) remuneration and (b) working hours of radiographers in the NHS.
(199326)
124
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of professional groups on increasing the number of radiographers available to the NHS.
(199327)
125
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there are in the NHS for (a) radiographers and (b) radiotherapy technicians.
(199328)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
126
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to ensure that each police division has access to a designated place of safety as defined by the Mental Health Act 1983.
(199061)
127
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) recorded crimes, (b) violent crimes, (c) burglaries and (d) vehicle thefts there were in each of the last 10 years in the Bury Division of the Greater Manchester Police.
(197265)
128
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether all government buildings in his Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(199317)
129
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were issued with a fixed penalty notice in each year since their introduction; and what proportion of those notices was paid in each year, broken down by (a) police force area and (b) type of offence for which the notice was issued.
(199269)
130
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were issued fines for motoring offences in each year since 1997; and what proportion of those fines were paid in each year.
(199270)
131
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences were committed by prisoners while released on the home detention curfew scheme since January 1999; what the category of each offence was; and on how many occasions the offence committed was similar in character to that for which the prisoner had originally been sentenced.
(199271)
132
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners have been released on the home detention curfew scheme since January 1999; what the categories of offences were for which they had been sentenced; how many such prisoners were released in each category; and what the average sentence received was in relation to each category.
(199272)
133
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fires there were in prisons between 1st January and the end of October, broken down by prison; and whether (a) prison staff and (b) prisoners were hurt in each case.
(199337)
134
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisons are fitted with sprinkler equipment; and which areas of each prison are protected by the sprinkler system.
(199338)
135
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used to determine whether sprinkler equipment should be installed in prisons and detention centres.
(199339)
136
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he will take to implement the report by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman into the disturbance and fire at the Yarl's Wood Removal Centre.
(199340)
137
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used to determine which fire authority is responsible for each prison and detention centre.
(199341)
138
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will commission an independent review of the Prison Service fire advisers.
(199344)
139
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the Fire Safety Section of the Prison Service has been restructured; and if he will make a statement.
(199345)
140
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Peterborough of 2nd November, Official Report, column 196W, on prisons, what criteria are used to determine which fire fighting equipment is available in each prison; and what assessment he makes of (a) the materials used in the construction of, (b) the location of and (c) the water pressure available in the vicinity of prisons and detention centres in making such decisions.
(199346)
141
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of (a) how much it would cost and (b) how long it would take to install sprinkler equipment in all prisons and detention centres.
(199347)
142
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were charged with offences in each month since 1st July 2003.
(199150)
143
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, column 188W, on community support officers, for what reasons each of the 31 detentions under the detention power pilot resulted in release after the arrival of a police officer; and if he will make a statement.
(199056)
144
N
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter to him dated 10th October from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs Guy-Blackburn.
(199090)
145
N
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter to him dated 11th October from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs S Ahmed.
(199091)
146
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15th November, Official Report, column 1134W, on secure training centres, how many of the hospital admissions were as a result of non-accidental injuries.
(199348)
147
N
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for how long he expects Church of England charities to remain excepted charities.
(199114)
148
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the building of the proposed asylum accommodation centre at Bicester to (a) commence and (b) be completed; when he expects the building to be ready to accept asylum seekers; what plans have been made for the build-up of occupation of the centre by asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement.
(199030)
149
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the Written Question tabled by the honourable Member for Woking for answer on 2nd November, reference 195473.
(199115)
150
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the Written Questions with references (a) 195466, (b) 195467 and (c) 195469 to 195472, tabled by the honourable Member for Woking for answer on 1st November.
(199116)
151
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the Written Questions tabled by the honourable Member for Woking for answer on 25th October, references 193310 to 193312.
(199117)
152
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the Written Questions tabled by the honourable Member for Woking for answer on 21st October, references (a) 193248 to 193255, (b) 193257, (c) 193262, (d) 193264 and (e) 193265.
(199118)
153
N
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on manning levels at the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
(199094)
154
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money has been recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; and if he will introduce further legislation to increase the powers of the (a) police and (b) courts to seize all (i) property and (ii) money gained from illegal activities.
(199243)
155
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many burglaries there were in each London borough in (a) each year since 2001 and (b) each month to date in 2004.
(199241)
156
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many car thefts there were in each London borough in (a) each year since 2001 and (b) each month to date in 2004.
(199242)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
157
N
Angela Eagle (Wallasey):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether there are plans for an organisation and methods study of the Finance and Administration Department.
(198769)
158
N
Angela Eagle (Wallasey):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether there are plans for an organisation and methods study of the Department of the Clerk of the House.
(198770)
159
Angela Eagle (Wallasey):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans there are for the representation of honourable Members on the Board of Management of the House.
(198772)
160
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what cost benefit analysis has been carried out on the use of computer workstations by staff in the Department of the Clerk of the House.
(198771)
161
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission has plans to (a) carry out and (b) commission an organisation and methods study of the Serjeant at Arms' Department.
(198773)
162
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much office accommodation would be vacated if staff of the Department of Finance and Administration were to be relocated outside London.
(198774)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
163
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether all government building in his Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(199306)
164
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he has made to the European Commission concerning the retrieval of accurate information on the use of funds channelled through the Stabex programme; and if he will make a statement.
(199191)
165
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many departmental Green Ministers there have been since 1997.
(198314)
166
N
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, 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.
(199078)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
167
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many authorisations he has given for intercepting (a) mail and (b) telephone calls of (i) members of the public and (ii) honourable Members in the past year.
(199105)
168
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to review the law relating to private operators of wheel-clamping in Northern Ireland.
(199253)
169
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions in each year since 2000 the non-display of vehicle tax discs has been detected, broken down by district command unit.
(199254)
170
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions in each year since 2000 the lack of an MOT certificate has been detected, broken down by district command unit.
(199255)
171
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress is being made on redeveloping Victoria Square, Belfast.
(199258)
172
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many jobs have been created in (a) North Belfast and (b) Northern Ireland as a result of public investment in each year since 1997.
(199259)
173
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many new housing starts there have been in (a) North Belfast and (b) Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.
(199260)
174
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the future of Crumlin Road jail.
(199261)
175
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland about the future role of traffic wardens in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(199296)
176
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many traffic wardens have been recruited in Northern Ireland in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement on the recruitment policy for traffic wardens.
(199297)
177
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to extend the provisions of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 to Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(199299)
178
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the 50:50 recruitment procedure applicable to police recruits in Northern Ireland also applies to the recruitment of traffic wardens.
(199331)
179
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funds are available in the Draft Priorities and Budget 2005-08 for the implementation of the Children and Young People's Strategy.
(198315)
180
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans his Department has for an equality impact assessment of the proposals in the Draft Priorities and Budget 2005-08 consultation document.
(198316)
181
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the role of (a) fuel cost reduction and (b) income maximisation in energy efficiency.
(199031)
182
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions the Department of the Environment has had with the Energy Saving Trust on the establishment of a sustainable energy pilot centre in Northern Ireland.
(199285)
183
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many permissions have been granted for the growing of GM crops in Northern Ireland; and in which locations.
(199286)
184
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many enquiries Consumerline has dealt with since its inception; and what the average cost per enquiry is.
(199292)
185
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) revenue and (b) capital costs of Consumerline were to 31st October.
(199293)
186
N
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, 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.
(199079)
187
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether families involved in the inquiry into child deaths headed by John O'Hara QC will be entitled to legal aid for representation.
(199025)
188
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if his Department will provide contacts for the families involved in the O'Hara child deaths inquiry similar to the family liaison officers appointed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland as part of their ongoing investigation.
(199026)
189
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will institute a public inquiry into the construction of a 45 foot gabion wall at Strangford View in Killyleagh; and if he will make a statement.
(199227)
190
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) Catholics and (b) Protestants were employed in the (i) private and (ii) public sector in Northern Ireland in each of the last 30 years.
(199319)
191
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) Catholics and (b) Protestants were employed in the (i) Fire Service, (ii) Police Service and (iii) Civil Service in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of the working age population of each community each of these figures represents.
(199323)
192
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the West Tyrone Area Plan will be published.
(199217)
Questions to the Prime Minister
193
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Prime Minister, whether the offices for which he is responsible are fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(199322)
194
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions he has met the First Minister of the National Assembly for Wales in an official capacity since November 2000.
(199098)
195
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions he has met the President of the United States since November 2000.
(199099)
196
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Prime Minister, how many official visits he has made to the United States since November 2000.
(199100)
197
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Prime Minister, how many official visits he has made to Wales since November 2000.
(199101)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
198
N
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, 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.
(199081)
Questions to the Solicitor General
199
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Solicitor General, what assessment she has made of the impact that the involvement of the Crown Prosecution Service in the decision on whether or not to charge a person with an offence has had on the number of charges brought; and if she will make a statement.
(199148)
200
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Solicitor General, what assessment she has made of the impact on the number of cases listed at magistrates' courts for a first hearing resulting from Crown Prosecution Service involvement in the pre-charging process at police stations.
(199149)
201
N
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Solicitor General, what assessment she has made of the likely costs to the Law Officers' Departments 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.
(199080)
202
N
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on the Parliament Act 1949.
(199102)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
203
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices have received payments under the Urban Investment Programme; and what the average payment has been to each post office.
(198890)
204
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average compensation payment has been to sub-postmasters leaving the business in (a) each constituency and (b) each region under the Urban Reinvention Programme.
(198891)
205
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much funding under the Urban Investment Programme for post offices remains to be spent; and what timetable has been established to draw down the balance in respect of improvement investment grants to Post Office Ltd.
(198892)
206
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the urban population lived within one mile of a post office or sub-post office in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) each constituency and (c) each region at the most recent date for which information is available.
(198893)
207
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices in (a) each constituency and (b) each region were recommended for closure under the Urban Reinvention Programme; how many were (i) opposed by and (ii) approved by Postwatch; how many (A) closed and (B) remained open after public consultation; and how many were saved from closure on appeal by Postwatch.
(198894)
208
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 11th November, Official Report, column 828W, on business support, what financial provisions her Department has made for subsidised consultancy in (a) Grant for Investigating an Innovative Idea and (b) Support to Implement Best Business Practice.
(199220)
209
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what financial provision her Department has made for funding (a) grants for research and development and (b) collaborative research and development business support products.
(199230)
210
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what funding each of the Knowledge Transfer Partner sponsors provided in the last year for which figures are available; and what each sponsor's criteria for funding are.
(199231)
211
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) services and (b) products her Department offers to businesses to enable them to access best business practice; and what financial provision her Department has made for this in the current financial year.
(199232)
212
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many Knowledge Transfer Partnerships have been part-funded by Government grant; and what the total cost of these grants was.
(199233)
213
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what Knowledge Transfer networks have been established; how much has been allocated for grants to support Knowledge Transfer networks; to which organisations; and what financial provision her Department has made for funding Knowledge Transfer networks in the current financial year.
(199234)
214
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many loans have been guaranteed through the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme since 1995 broken down by (a) region and (b) sector; and what the value of grants was in each case in each year.
(199237)
215
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much of the subsidy to the rural post office network has been allocated to (a) Post Office Ltd. infrastructure, (b) fixed payments to subpostmasters and (c) the development of new methods of delivering post office services in rural areas since the subsidy was introduced.
(199238)
216
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what new methods of delivering Post Office services have been funded from the subsidy paid to support the rural post office network.
(199239)
217
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the UK Government's position on the proposed new EU Battery Directive [COM(2003)723 final].
(199278)
218
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of a total ban on the sale and use of nickel-cadmium batteries on employment in the United Kingdom.
(199279)
219
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made of alternatives to nickel-cadmium batteries for uses that (a) require reliability and high discharge and charge rates and (b) need to operate at low temperatures.
(199280)
220
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the output is to date of the Sellafield Mox Plant in terms of (a) quantity of mox fuel produced, (b) the number of mox pellets produced, (c) the number of fuel rods produced and (d) the number of fuel assemblies produced; what percentage of the total capacity of the plant this output represents; what the planned output is for each of the next five years; and if she will make a statement on the future operating arrangements of the plant.
(199282)
221
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether all government buildings in her Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if she will make a statement.
(199311)
222
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with the Post Office on its definition of rurality.
(198972)
223
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many departmental Green Ministers there have been since 1997.
(198313)
224
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Government retains a golden share in the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company.
(199262)
225
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what prerogatives of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board over the Mersey littoral were transferred to the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company upon privatisation.
(199263)
226
N
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, 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.
(199077)
227
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to introduce legislation to prevent irresponsible lending by loan sharks; and if she will make a statement.
(199244)
228
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her assessment is of the procedures for (a) recruitment, (b) development and (c) assessment of mechanics in the UK motor servicing industry; and what measures are being taken to improve them.
(199247)
229
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the possibility of electricity blackouts due to lack of gas this winter.
(199305)
230
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Department has to ensure that employees given awards at employment tribunals against former employers who are subsequently declared bankrupt receive an award.
(199240)
231
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which businesses are involved in the Business Volunteer Mentoring Scheme; and what assessment she has made of the scheme's contribution to British enterprise.
(199304)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
232
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles are licensed; and what the total licence revenue was for each emission rating band in the private and light goods vehicle licensing category in the last year for which figures are available.
(199251)
233
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether all government buildings in his Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(199315)
234
N
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) purpose and (b) cost are of the roadworks on the side of both carriageways of the M4, east of junction 18.
(199167)
235
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effects of Quality Contracts for buses on joint working between passenger transport executives and bus operating companies in providing bus services that meet the needs of the community they serve.
(199218)
236
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is encouraging local authorities to run Quality Contracts for buses pilot schemes; and if he will (a) commission and (b) publish studies of such pilot schemes.
(199219)
237
N
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the closure of the M25 from Saturday 13th to Monday 15th November.
(199096)
238
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times the lifeboat and inshore rescue services have been called out to rescue cocklers in Morecambe Bay in the past 12 months.
(199153)
239
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce procedures to record the number of fatal car accidents that occur as a result of poor servicing of cars.
(199246)
240
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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.
(199073)
241
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice was taken from the Department of Health on the status of myalgic encephalitis sufferers when formulating the eligibility criteria for the Blue Badge scheme.
(199273)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
242
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the legislative framework will be to enable the National Assembly for Wales to legislate for a ban on smoking in all workplaces and enclosed public places in Wales; and what the timescale will be for bringing forward such legislation.
(199329)
243
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, 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.
(199075)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
244
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether all government buildings in his Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(199312)
245
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answers of 28th October, Official Report, column 1373W, and 4th November, to the honourable Member for Northavon, Official Report, column 417W, on the Child Support Agency, if he will now provide the information requested by the Right honourable Member for Birkenhead.
(199110)
246
N
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, where crisis loans will be paid when Webster House in Kirkby is closed.
(199156)
247
N
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has allocated to the WIN scheme for Kirkby; which parts of the town are covered by the scheme; how many people have taken part in it; what the scheme's targets are; what its results against targets are to date; how many staff work on the scheme; and from where it will be administered when Webster House closes.
(199157)
248
N
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of transferring all benefits and credits to bank automated credit systems on (a) the time taken for payments to be made to clients, (b) numbers of staff required within his Department and (c) the cost of payments to (i) the Post Office, (ii) banks and (iii) other organisations for administering BACS.
(199158)
249
N
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what advice the Government has given to claimants about the transfer of benefits and credits to claimants to bank automated credit systems.
(199159)
250
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 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.
(199076)
251
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with officials from the Department of Health on the clinical definition of myalgic encephalitis.
(199274)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
252
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when she expects to complete the issue to all households of the booklet Preparing for Emergencies.
[Transferred] (199275)
253
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost was of (a) producing and (b) delivering the booklet Preparing for Emergencies.
[Transferred] (199276)
254
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, to how many households the booklet Preparing for Emergencies (a) has been delivered and (b) has yet to be delivered.
[Transferred] (199277)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
255
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with Wandsworth Council on the future role of street wardens in the London Borough of Wandsworth.
[Transferred] (199324)
256
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what contribution his Department has made towards the cost of street wardens in the London Borough of Wandsworth.
[Transferred] (199325)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
257
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on Iraq, with particular reference to the situation in Fallujah.
[Transferred] (199264)
258
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what emergency (a) medical supplies, (b) personnel and (c) equipment will be provided by the UK to assist those injured by coalition forces attacks upon Fallujah.
[Transferred] (199265)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
259
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action is being taken to reduce the number of winter deaths of pensioners due to cold weather.
[Transferred] (199224)
260
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Mobile Telephone Health Research Programme will report; whether there are interim findings; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (199301)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
261
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether all buildings within the parliamentary estate are fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (199308)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
262
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what additional resources the UK will provide to assist in the re-building of Fallujah.
[Transferred] (199266)
263
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action is being taken by the UK to ensure emergency water and electricity supplies will be provided to the citizens of Fallujah.
[Transferred] (199267)
264
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance is being provided by the UK to restore essential utilities infrastructure to Fallujah.
[Transferred] (199268)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
265
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of those people in England eligible for a Blue Badge are suffering from myalgic encephalitis.
[Transferred] (199291)

 
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