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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 2 December 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 2 December 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 2 December 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 2 December 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 2 December of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

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


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, by what mechanisms land belonging to the Civil Service was transferred to the freehold ownership of the Civil Service Sports Council.
(202057)
Questions to the Chairman of the Catering Committee
2
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee, what volume of kitchen waste has been discarded on average per day for disposal on the parliamentary estate in 2004; and how much (a) has been sent for disposal (i) in landfill sites and (ii) by incineration and (b) has been (A) recycled and (B) composted.
(202129)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
3
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Government has borrowed from the National Insurance Fund in each year since 1998-99.
(201907)
4
Mr Chris Smith (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his intention that films already in their principal photography stage and entered into in good faith under existing section 42 arrangements should be excluded in the changes to sale and leaseback arrangements under section 42 relief for film-making investment.
[R] (202144)
5
Mr Chris Smith (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he intends to take to ensure that the achieved relief for film investment under the new section 48 arrangement should amount to 20 per cent.
[R] (202146)
6
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place a copy of the results of his exercise to establish the extent of fraud and error in provisional new tax credit awards for 2003-04 in the Library.
(201581)
7
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how often the MRSA virus was listed as a cause of death on a death certificate in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(201518)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
8
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what responsibilities he has given to his special adviser.
(201655)
9
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what hours his special adviser is contracted to work for him in his ministerial capacity.
(201656)
10
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether his special adviser is paid on a full-time basis.
(201657)
11
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether his special adviser works for (a) him other than in his ministerial capacity and (b) any other minister.
(201658)
12
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether his special adviser takes part in non-Civil Service political activity during hours in which he is contracted to work for him.
(201659)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
13
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much his Department has spent on acquiring shredding equipment for office use in each year since 1997.
(202102)
14
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many staff hours have been spent shredding documents in each month since January.
(202103)
15
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what factors underlie the increase in the rate of files shredded by his Department since January 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(202104)
16
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will list the criteria used to decide which documents and files should be shredded; and what mechanism exists to ensure that documents and files are not destroyed for other reasons.
(202105)
17
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on the work programme of the Ministerial Committee on Freedom of Information (MSC28).
(202109)
18
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what controls the Legal Services Commission operate in relation to (a) fees paid to experts and (b) approval of experts; and what it spent on disbursements for experts in (i) civil, (ii) family and (iii) criminal cases in 2003-04.
(201912)
19
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans he has to (a) impose a ceiling on fees paid to experts and (b) accredited experts.
(201913)
20
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what amount remains outstanding to the Legal Services Commission under the statutory charge at the latest date for which figures are available; and what steps it is taking to recover this.
(201914)
21
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what estimate he has made of the administrative savings which would arise for those receiving legal aid no longer being required to pay court fees.
(201915)
22
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans he has to ensure that the Criminal Defence Service is re-credited when a publicly-funded defendant is acquitted; and what estimate he has made of the amount involved based on the last year for which figures are available.
(201916)
23
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what estimate he has made of the amount of interest generated on solicitors' client accounts which are not returned to clients in the last year for which figures are available; and what assessment he has made of the practical problems of introducing a policy of using this interest to fund legal aid.
(201917)
24
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what progress has been made in the development of new online services for the civil and family courts, with particular reference to (a) Possessions Claim Online and (b) online forms.
(201909)
25
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Department is on course to meet its target of rolling out the Criminal and Civil LINK infrastructures to (a) Crown courts and (b) civil and family courts by March 2006.
(201910)
26
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what impact the Exchanging Hearing Information by Internet Technology scheme has had on Crown court trials and witness waiting times since its introduction.
(201918)
27
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which Government Departments are (a) covered by and (b) excluded from the Directgov website.
(201919)
28
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much of the Department's budget (a) was spent on the launch of the Directgov website and (b) is incurred in Directgov's running costs; and how many hits it has received since its launch.
(201920)
29
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many prisoners have attended court by video conferencing from prison since the introduction of Prison Video Links; how many court rooms have video link facilities; and what cost savings have been made since Prison Video Link was introduced.
(201921)
30
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cost is of implementation of the advance pilot of XHIBIT which was run at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
(201922)
31
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans he has to roll out the advance pilot of XHIBIT run at Snaresbrook Crown Court to the rest of England.
(201923)
32
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many staff have been employed by the Office of Public Guardianship in each of the last two years.
(201727)
33
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what budget has been allocated to the Legal Services Commission in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been employed by the Commission in each year.
(201899)
34
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what budget has been allocated to the Office of the Information Commissioner in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been employed by the Commissioner in each year.
(201900)
35
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what budget has been allocated to the Office of the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been employed by the Office in each year.
(201901)
36
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what budget has been allocated to the Office of the Public Guardianship in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been employed by the Office in each year.
(201902)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
37
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to increase penalties for those who sell alcohol to under-age drinkers.
(201523)
38
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will support the proposal that UNESCO place the Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park on the World Heritage Danger List.
(201934)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
39
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on discussions between US Lieutenant General Obering and his Department in relation to the UK hosting interceptor missiles for the US missile defence system.
(202082)
40
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which UK military bases have been considered for the citing of interceptor missiles as part of the US missile defence system.
(202083)
41
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the unit cost is of striking a campaign medal in (a) cupronickel and (b) silver.
(201735)
42
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the benefits to (a) the recipient and (b) the Government are of striking campaign medals in (i) cupronickel and (ii) silver.
(201736)
43
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost is of reverting from striking campaign medals in cupronickel to silver.
(201737)
44
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will revert to the practice of striking campaign medals in silver; and if he will make a statement.
(201738)
45
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes have occurred to the entry level fitness tests for the armed services since 2000.
(201858)
46
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) financial and (b) other assistance is given by his Department to (i) sea cadets, (ii) army cadets and (iii) air cadets.
(201987)
47
N
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether EADS have agreed the terms for Tranche II for Eurofighter Typhoon.
(201521)
48
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Lewisham, Deptford of 29th November, Official Report, column 345, what the (a) number and (b) locations of civilians in and around Falluja to whom humanitarian assistance could be provided.
(202128)
49
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance is being provided by British troops to locate and make safe any unexploded armaments in and around Falluja resulting from recent Multi-National Force actions.
(202137)
50
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officers, (b) non-commissioned officers and (c) private soldiers have been disciplined following the outcome of (i) an Army Board decision, (ii) a divisional level decision and (iii) a unit level decision since 1997.
(201830)
51
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the 197 complaints considered by the Army Board between 1999 and 2003 related to issues of bullying or harassment.
(201831)
52
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the 63 complaints under Army redress procedures upheld or partially upheld between 1997 and 2003 related to issues of bullying or harassment; and how many (a) officers, (b) non-commissioned officers and (c) private soldiers were disciplined as a result.
(201832)
53
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints considered under Army redress procedures have been made by (a) officers, (b) non-commissioned officers, (c) private soldiers and (d) untrained private soldiers since 1997.
(201837)
54
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what time restrictions apply with respect to making an application to the Employment Tribunal following consideration of a complaint under Army redress procedures relating to (a) sexual harassment, (b) racial harassment, (c) parental leave directive, (d) pay and (e) religion.
(201838)
55
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procedural time limits apply for the issue of a decision by the Army Board in respect of a complaint under Army redress procedures relating to (a) sexual harassment, (b) racial harassment, (c) parental leave directive, (d) pay and (e) religion.
(201839)
56
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers who made complaints under Army redress procedures since 1997 subsequently committed suicide.
(201840)
57
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the complaints considered under redress procedures since 1997 concerned (a) sexual harassment, (b) racial harassment, (c) parental leave directive, (d) pay and (e) religion broken down by service.
(201841)
58
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what have been the total (a) damages awarded against the Department and (b) Department's legal costs since 1997 with respect to cases in the British courts which relate to a decision of the Army Board under the redress system.
(201842)
59
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many parliamentary Questions relating to manning control have not been answered due to disproportionate cost since 1997.
(201843)
60
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints that have been considered under Army redress procedures have resulted in legal action before the (a) Employment Tribunal, (b) High Court and (c) European Court of Human Rights since 1997.
(201844)
61
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many decisions of the Army Board on complaints under the redress system have been overturned by a court of law since 1997; for what reasons these decisions were overturned; and if he will make a statement.
(201845)
62
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints have been considered by the Army Board from soldiers who are serving, or who have served, at (a) Deepcut barracks and (b) ITC Catterick since 1997; and how many of those complaints related to issues of bullying or harassment.
(201846)
63
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his policy for ex-gratia compensation payments to former civilian internees in the Far East region.
(201889)
64
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Minister of State for the Armed Forces will reply to the letters to him from the honourable Member for Vale of York, of 17th May, 6th July and 28th September, regarding the number of Departmental personnel in the Vale of York.
(201908)
65
Alice Mahon (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether napalm or a similar substance has been used by the coalition in Iraq (a) during and (b) since the war.
(201991)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
66
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, over how many months of a year council tax payers may pay their council tax (a) by standing order and (b) direct debit; and if he will make a statement.
(202058)
67
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much his Department has spent on acquiring shredding equipment for office use in each year since 1997.
(202097)
68
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many staff hours have been spent shredding documents in each month since January.
(202098)
69
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what factors underlie the increase in the rate of files shredded by his Department since January 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(202099)
70
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the criteria used to decide which documents and files should be shredded; and what mechanism exists to ensure that documents and files are not destroyed for other reasons.
(202101)
71
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many shared ownership properties were sold in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea in each year since 1997; and how many of those properties were purchased by someone (a) already in social housing in that area, (b) on the single housing register in that area and (c) a key worker.
(201963)
72
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will break down the low cost home ownership units planned for Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea in the Housing Corporation's 2004-06 Approved Developed Programme by (a) one-bed, (b) two-bed, (c) three-bed and (d) four-bed or more.
(201964)
73
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will break down the low cost home ownership units planned for Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea in the Housing Corporation's 2004-06 Approved Developed Programme by (a) conventional shared ownership, (b) Do-It-Yourself shared ownership, (c) Homebuy and (d) other forms of low cost home ownership.
(201965)
74
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to issue a consultation paper on the revision of standards for determining levels of over-crowding.
(201966)
75
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by the Government Office for London in each year from 2000; and what the forecast is for 2005.
(202002)
76
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the running costs for the Government Office for London were in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05; and what the forecast is for 2005-06.
(202003)
77
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the real terms change in the total programmes budget of the Government Office for London was in each year between 2001-02 and 2004-05; and what the projected change is for 2005-06.
(202004)
78
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list local authorities with strategies for sport and recreation.
(201819)
79
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many local authorities have placed their sports facilities within a charitable trust.
(201855)
80
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what changes have occurred to the entry level fitness tests for the fire service since 2000.
(201856)
81
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many members the East of England Regional Chamber has; and how much members are paid, including expenses.
(201954)
82
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many unelected representatives there are in the East of England Regional Chamber; and who appointed each unelected representative.
(201955)
83
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many staff were employed by the East of England Regional Chamber in each of the last two years; and what the total staff costs were in each year.
(201956)
84
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the research projects commissioned by his Department since June 2001; who was commissioned to undertake each project; and what the total cost of each project was.
(201957)
85
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost was of producing and publishing, What will the South West be like in 2026? Regional spatial strategy for the South West 2006-2026, issued by the South West Regional Assembly.
(201958)
86
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his announcement on 1st November of new transport powers for elected regional assemblies represented an addition to the powers set out in the Draft Regional Assemblies Bill.
(201961)
87
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the budget of the East of England Regional Chamber was in each of the last two years; and what its source was.
(202020)
88
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what budget was allocated to the Standards Board for England in each of the last two years; and how many staff were employed by the Standards Board for England in each of those years.
(201728)
89
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total council-owned housing stock is in each housing authority in England; and how many and what percentage of dwellings (a) are unfit and (b) meet the decent homes standard.
(201796)
90
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list local authorities that have transferred their housing stock to a registered social landlord, giving in each case (a) the date of the ballot and (b) the percentage for and against transfer.
(201797)
91
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average amount spent renovating a property in each of the Pathfinder areas in England was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(201798)
92
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will include the decibel level of amplified calls to prayer as a criterion under planning regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(201799)
93
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what mechanisms have been put in place to enable people to appeal against sites approved for permanent traveller sites on local authority land; and if he will make a statement.
(201732)
94
N
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the contribution that a new Mersey crossing may make to the economic growth of the North West.
(201584)
95
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received concerning Part P of Building Regulations due to come into effect on 1st January 2005.
[R] (202118)
96
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the new Part P of Building Regulations on the number of deaths caused by substandard electrical work; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (202119)
97
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the cost to small businesses of (a) certification and (b) the regulatory burden of Part P of Building Regulations when it comes into effect on 1st January 2005.
[R] (202120)
98
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what advertising and publicity will be employed to ensure that homeowners are informed of the effects of the new Building Regulations.
[R] (202121)
99
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact on small businesses of the requirement for electricians to have a prescribed level of insurance cover; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (202122)
100
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the insurance industry on the implementation of Part P of the Building Regulations from 1st January 2005.
[R] (202123)
101
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) plans he has and (b) action he has taken to introduce competent person schemes, other than that concerning electrical safety, into building regulations.
[R] (202124)
102
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the financial impact for local authorities of Part P of the Building Regulations from 1st January 2005.
[R] (202125)
103
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what additional funding he will provide to local authorities to meet the costs of Part P of the Building Regulations from 1st January 2005.
[R] (202126)
104
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what preparations he has made for the process of monitoring electricians for six months to ensure their competence in compliance with Part P of Building Regulations after 1st January 2005; and what the cost has been.
[R] (202127)
105
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has held with interested groups concerning Part P of Building Regulations due to come into effect on 1st January 2005.
[R] (202131)
106
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of Part P of Building Regulations on the cost to the consumer of hiring an electrician.
[R] (202132)
107
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will amend Part P of the Building Regulations to exempt people with significant practical experience of fitting electrical installations from the self-certification regime.
[R] (202133)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
108
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of first time mothers returned to work within (a) four, (b) six, (c) nine and (d) 12 months of the birth of their child in the last year for which figures are available.
(201906)
109
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action he is taking to close the funding gap between schools and colleges for the provision of sixth-form education.
(201859)
110
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many full-time equivalent posts were being funded by Sure Start programmes on the latest date for which figures are available; and what proportion of these posts are occupied by men.
(201526)
111
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent discussions he has had on the nutritional standards for food provided at breakfast clubs.
(201534)
112
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to encourage the formation of school nutritional action groups.
(201535)
113
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has had with Exeter University about the closure of the university's chemistry school; and what assessment he has made of the impact of the closure (a) on students studying chemistry at the university and (b) on the numbers of chemistry graduates.
(201993)
114
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what budget has been allocated to the Children and Family Courts Advisory Service in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been employed by the Service in each of the last two years.
(201862)
115
N
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress his Department is making with the Building Better Schools programme.
(201660)
116
N
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance he has issued to local authorities which have successfully bid for Building Schools for the Future funding.
(201237)
117
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many video conferencing units are installed in (a) the Department and (b) each agency of the Department; what percentage of offices have these facilities in each case; and what plans there are to increase the number.
(201590)
118
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the refurbishment projects for (a) schools under the Building Schools for the Future programme, (b) colleges and (c) his Department's buildings that (i) are in progress and (ii) that will start in the next six months; what action is being taken to ensure that these will procure timber from legal and sustainable sources; and whether guidance will be issued to contractors on each of these projects to ensure that the timber used on-site during refurbishment also comes from legal and sustainable sources.
(201591)
119
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether it is a condition of the Building Schools for the Future programme that proposals include the establishment of at least one academy; and if he will make a statement.
(201592)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
120
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) tonnage and (b) percentage of waste has been disposed of by (i) landfill, (ii) recycling and (iii) incineration since 1997-98, (A) in total and (B) broken down by waste disposal authority.
(202066)
121
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the total amount of (a) carbon dioxide and (b) greenhouse gas emissions per person in the United Kingdom, broken down by (i) emissions produced within the UK, (ii) emissions including those produced in other countries for goods exported into the UK, (iii) emissions including those produced in other countries for goods exported into the UK but excluding goods exported from the UK and (iv) international aviation relating to UK activities.
(202067)
122
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the United Kingdom will ratify the Cartegena Protocol on Biosafety.
(202068)
123
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the reduction in (a) electricity use and (b) carbon dioxide emissions if all roadside lighting in the UK were to switch to LED illuminations.
(202069)
124
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the total (a) electricity use and (b) carbon dioxide emissions produced by (i) roadside street lighting and (ii) other public illumination of roadside signage in the last year for which figures are available.
(202070)
125
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much sewage was discharged into the Thames in each month of the last four years.
(202071)
126
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of the illegal taking of saker falcons from the wild for falconry purposes on this species' wild population across Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
(202072)
127
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures her Department is taking to raise awareness amongst falconers of the impact which illegal trade can have on wild populations of saker falcons.
(202073)
128
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures her Department is taking (a) to raise awareness and (b) to improve the training of the UK police in dealing with the illegal trade in saker falcons.
(202074)
129
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures her Department is taking to raise awareness among (a) transport companies and (b) HM Customs and Excise of the problems of illegal trade in saker falcons.
(202075)
130
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will introduce mandatory registration schemes for people wishing to keep saker falcons in captivity.
(202076)
131
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) Christmas cards and (b) Christmas trees that were recycled in each year since 1990; what support she provides to local authorities with regard to the recycling of Christmas cards; and if she will make a statement.
(202077)
132
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the predicted future annual number of days when there is snowfall is for (a) London, (b) Edinburgh, (c) Bristol and (d) Inverness in (i) 2010, (ii) 2020, (iii) 2030 and (iv) 2050.
(202078)
133
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to ensure the implementation of the Appendix II listing of ramin agreed at the conference of the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species meeting in Thailand immediately after the 90-day period when the new listing is due to come into force.
(202079)
134
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what efforts are being taken to encourage action at an EU level to ensure that ramin is listed under Annex B of EU Regulation 338/97.
(202080)
135
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate what volume and proportion of food from (a) supermarkets, (b) households, (c) restaurants and other eating establishments and (d) other sources became waste products in the last period for which figures are available.
(202087)
136
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the sea defence projects planned for (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06 which will use timber in their construction, stating (i) what type of timber will be used, (ii) whether this timber is procured from legal and sustainable sources and (iii) whether this timber is certified by one of the two systems the Central Point on Expertise on Timber has identified as guaranteeing legality and sustainability.
(202088)
137
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what procurement policy the Government has in place for the use of timber in sea defence projects; and what steps she takes to ensure that all such timber is (a) procured from legal and sustainable sources and (b) certified by one of the two systems the Central Point on Expertise on Timber has identified as guaranteeing legality and sustainability.
(202089)
138
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of historical links between GDP and greenhouse gas emissions.
(202092)
139
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent on acquiring shredding equipment for office use in each year since 1997.
(202093)
140
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff hours have been spent shredding documents in each month since January.
(202094)
141
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what factors underlie the increase in the rate of files shredded by her Department since January 2003; and if she will make a statement.
(202095)
142
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the criteria used to decide which documents and files should be shredded; and what mechanism exists to ensure that documents and files are not destroyed for other reasons.
(202096)
143
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what response the (a) European Commission and (b) European Court of Auditors made to her Department's request for funding to assist in meeting the cost of dealing with the consequences of the 2001 foot and mouth disease outbreak.
(201801)
144
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what prevalence of bovine TB has been detected in culled deer in studies undertaken during the last 20 years.
(202021)
145
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has commissioned into the effectiveness of the examination of deer at abattoirs in identifying cases of bovine TB infection in venison intended for human consumption.
(202022)
146
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) farmed and (b) park deer herds have tested positive for bovine TB in each of the last five years; and how many of those were confirmed by culture or post mortem examination.
(202023)
147
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what studies her Department has commissioned into the effectiveness of the examination of deer by (a) stalkers and (b) butchers in identifying cases of bovine TB in culled deer intended for human consumption.
(202024)
148
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many incidents of bovine TB in (a) farmed and (b) park deer have been notified as a result of identification at abattoirs in each of the past five years.
(202031)
149
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the proportion of bovine TB infection in (a) farmed, (b) park and (c) wild deer entering the human food chain that remains undetected by statutory reporting procedures.
(202032)
150
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had regarding bovine TB infection in deer with her counterparts in the devolved administrations.
(202033)
151
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the report Current and Future Deer Management Options, published in December 2003.
(202034)
152
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.
(202035)
153
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials in the (i) Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and (ii) her Department had been informed of the existence of the (A) James Dring Report, (B) Northumberland Trading Standards video and report, (C) scientific test samples sent to Pirbright and (D) results of those test samples, in respect of the Burnside Farm, Heddon-on-the-Wall, foot and mouth disease outbreak in 2001, (1) prior to and (2) during the period of the Dr Iain Anderson FMD Inquiry in 2001-02.
(202036)
154
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the (a) James Dring Report, (b) Northumberland Trading Standards video and report, (c) scientific test samples sent to Pirbright and (d) results of those test samples in respect of the Burnside Farm, Heddon-on-the-Wall, foot and mouth disease outbreak in 2001 were (i) supplied to the Chairman of the Lessons to be Learned Inquiry in 2001 and (ii) the subject of minuted informal meetings in (A) the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and (B) her Department in (1) 2001 and (2) 2002.
(202037)
155
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment was made of the suitability of the (a) James Dring Report, (b) Northumberland Trading Standards video and report, (c) scientific test samples sent to Pirbright and (d) results of those test samples in respect of the Burnside Farm, Heddon-on-the-Wall, foot and mouth disease outbreak in 2001, to be forwarded to Dr Iain Anderson for his inquiry in 2001-02.
(202038)
156
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what budget has been set by her Department for (a) consumption of resources and (b) capital spending for (i) environmental protection, (ii) animal health and welfare, (iii) food, farming and fisheries, (iv) land use and rural affairs, (v) departmental operations, (vi) the Rural Payments Agency and (vii) other executive agencies for (A) 2005-06, (B) 2006-07 and (C) 2007-08.
(202039)
157
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department first received (a) a video and (b) other documentary evidence from Northumberland Trading Standards Department in respect of the 2001 foot and mouth disease outbreak at Heddon-on-the-Wall.
(202040)
158
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farms in Worcestershire have been subject to decontamination activity by her Department this year as a result of inappropriate burial of material associated with the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic; what the cost of such activity has been; and how many more farms she expects will be subject to similar activity.
(201803)
159
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to ensure market stability after the reform of the EU Sugar Regime.
(201882)
160
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of the reform of the EU Sugar Regime on the (a) number of UK sugar beet producers and (b) sugar price.
(201883)
161
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she is taking to protect the interests of UK sugar producers in the reform of the EU Sugar Regime.
(201884)
162
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she is taking to ensure that there will be competitive prices following the reform of the EU Sugar Regime.
(201885)
163
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether there will be a sugar quota cut for the UK following the reform of the EU Sugar Regime.
(201886)
164
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government is supporting beet-specific compensation following the reform of the EU Sugar Regime; and if she will make a statement.
(201887)
165
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government is supporting mandatory decoupled compensation in the reform of the EU Sugar Regime.
(201888)
166
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) resource budget, (b) staff numbers and (c) running costs were of the Carbon Trust in 2003-04.
(202141)
167
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on collaboration between the Carbon Trust and the Clean Energy Group.
(202143)
168
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with EU Fisheries Ministers on introducing a ban across the EU on bass trawler fishing.
(201733)
169
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the impact of bass trawler fishing on (a) dolphin welfare and (b) the size of the dolphin population.
(201734)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
170
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress is being made with the United Kingdom sponsored resolution on Zimbabwe in the United Nations; and in which institution of the United Nations it is being tabled.
(201123)
171
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he has taken following the increase in the number of UK citizens being detained by US authorities and subsequently released without charge since 2002.
(202084)
172
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what motions have been proposed by the UK for consideration by the United Nations since 1997 relating to (a) the environment, (b) climate change and (c) contraction and convergence.
(202086)
173
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the British Government is taking to assist Mr Anthony King who is on trial in Malaysia.
(201792)
174
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government have made to Iranian authorities regarding the case of the Afghan national Feyz Mohammad who has been sentenced to death.
(201795)
175
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Mrs Margaret Hassan had a British passport.
(201986)
176
N
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he had prior knowledge of recent EU discussions with Hamas; and what assessment he has made of the implications of these discussions for dealing with problems involving proscribed organisations under UK terrorist legislation.
(200666)
177
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to renew the December 1966 Agreement with the United States regarding the use of the British Indian Ocean Territory for defence purposes.
(201820)
178
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Chinese Government over their treatment of the people of Tibet, with particular regard to the death sentence on Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche; and if he will make a statement.
(201904)
179
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to support the retention of the EU arms embargo on China.
(201905)
180
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance is made available from a British embassy or consulate to a British citizen involved (a) in an overseas court case and (b) in a serious accident overseas.
(201989)
181
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will introduce an accreditation scheme for solicitors whose details are given to British citizens by British embassies or consulates.
(201990)
182
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Oral Answer of 29th November, Official Report, column 372, on the Middle East and Ukraine, if he will request that Prime Minister Allawi furnish him with the date upon which he requested that US troops begin to prepare for a possible attack upon Falluja.
(202135)
183
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Oral Answer of 29th November, Official Report, column 372, on the Middle East and Ukraine, if he will request that Prime Minister Allawi furnish him with the date upon which he requested the assistance of British troops in preparation for a possible attack upon Falluja.
(202136)
184
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the UK Government's claim that Iraq tried to obtain uranium from Niger on the UK's relations with Niger.
(201932)
185
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with UN Security Council members regarding the (a) size, (b) effectiveness and (c) general mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(201967)
186
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contribution the UK Government is making to the international efforts to secure peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(201968)
187
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place between the Government and Angola regarding the security situation in the province of Cabinda.
(201969)
188
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to urge partners on the UN Security Council to deploy the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti at full military and civilian strength.
(201971)
189
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to assist the international efforts in Haiti to disarm and demobilise militia groups.
(201972)
190
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what involvement the Government had in the recent release of three UN workers in Afghanistan.
(201974)
191
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place between the UK Government, the UN and the Democratic Republic of Congo regarding allegations of abuse made by refugees against UN civilian staff and soldiers.
(201975)
192
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of political and economic relations between China and Zimbabwe; and what discussions have taken place between the UK Government and China regarding the Mugabe regime.
(201977)
193
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the supply of logistical and communications support to the African Union monitoring force in Darfur; and whether equipment supplied to the monitoring force as part of that support has been accompanied by instructions comprehensible to the troops comprising that force.
(201978)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
194
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses were employed in the NHS on a (a) permanent and (b) temporary basis (i) in total and (ii) broken down by (A) strategic health authority and (B) trust in each year since 1997.
(201654)
195
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time taken to complete an investigation into recompensing someone who has been inappropriately denied fully-funded NHS care was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(201462)
196
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of cases notified by 31st March of people who may have been inappropriately denied fully-funded NHS care have been completed.
(201463)
197
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the latest available figures for progress with restitution cases in continuing care are.
(201464)
198
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of cases of individuals who may have been inappropriately denied fully-funded NHS care had been fully investigated on the most recent date for which figures are available; and in what percentage of cases investigated recompense has been granted.
(201465)
199
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints he has received since 1st January as part of the ongoing investigations into recompensing people inappropriately denied fully-funded NHS care; and how many such cases have been investigated to completion.
(201466)
200
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average annual payment made by the NHS to a dentist working full-time, and with a wholly NHS patient list, was in each of the last three years.
(201850)
201
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether proposals to raise the minimum age of sale in retail premises from 16 to 18 years for cigarettes are included in the White Paper consultation process.
(201724)
202
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) general medical practitioners and (b) practice nurses there were in each Strategic Health Authority for each year since 1997, broken down by (i) whole time equivalent and (ii) headcount.
(201524)
203
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) hospital, public health medicine and community health service (HCHS) medical and dental staff, (b) consultants and (c) HCHS qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff there were in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) whole time equivalent and (ii) headcount in each (A) NHS Trust and (B) Strategic Health Authority.
(201525)
204
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what grounds Trust hospitals are disallowed from bidding for NHS Walk-in centres.
(201527)
205
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new NHS walk-in centres his Department plans to establish; where the new centres will be sited; and which groups will be permitted to bid to run them.
(201528)
206
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) managers and (b) other staff resigned from Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002 and (iii) 2003.
(201468)
207
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust has in place to deal with complaints made to it by members of the public.
(201469)
208
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) managers and (b) staff had their duties reassigned by Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002 and (iii) 2003.
(201470)
209
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health beds were available in Buckinghamshire in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003; and what the average occupancy rates were in each year.
(201471)
210
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines he had issued on the respective responsibilities of the National Health Service and local authority social service departments for the care of people (a) resident in a care home and (b) in their own home, who suffer from a chronic condition.
(202134)
211
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his policy objectives for further discussion in the EU regarding legislation on (a) food supplements, (b) nutrition and health claims on food products and (c) sports nutrition products.
(201983)
212
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that opportunities are provided under the UK's Presidency of the EU for discussions on legislation on (a) food supplements, (b) nutrition and health claims on food products and (c) sports nutrition products.
(201984)
213
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made in relation to extending the lists of nutrients and nutrient sources permitted for use under the provisions of the Food Supplements Directive and the Food Supplements (England) Regulation.
(201985)
214
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had on tackling food poverty.
(201520)
215
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that all primary care trusts work with other relevant bodies to develop a healthy food policy for their area.
(201881)
216
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many claims were made alleging that methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus was acquired as a result of clinical negligence in each quarter since 1997.
(201833)
217
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what cost in each year since 1997 was incurred by the NHS as a result of claims where it was alleged that methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus was acquired as a result of clinical negligence.
(201834)
218
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the percentage of claims which have been settled since 1997, where it was alleged that methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus was acquired as a result of clinical negligence.
(201835)
219
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the most recently estimated 2004-05 year-end financial position is for each strategic health authority as forecast (a) by each strategic health authority itself and (b) as a total of all of the forecasts of each strategic health authority's component health trusts.
(201836)
220
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pensioners had eyesight tests (a) in England and (b) in Amber Valley in each year since 1997.
(202117)
221
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospital has received in each year since the hospitals were merged.
(201739)
222
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to warn people of the danger of excessive use of sun beds.
(201800)
223
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list primary care trusts which have taken over management of local social services.
(201992)
224
Mr Chris Smith (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he had with broadcasters prior to the publication of proposals for limitations on advertising on children's television set out in the Public Health White Paper.
[R] (202145)
225
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the organisations and individuals from whom representations on the displacement of smoking from public places to homes as a result of legislation restricting smoking in public places were received during the preparation of the Public Health White Paper.
(201951)
226
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has collated on the possible displacement of smoking from public places to homes, as a result of legislation restricting smoking in public places.
(201952)
227
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has commissioned on the possible displacement of smoking from public places and workplaces as a result of legislation restricting smoking in such places.
(201982)
228
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the effect of exempting from restrictions on smoking in public places pubs which do not serve prepared food would have on displacing smoking from public places to homes.
(201995)
229
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the (a) fitness for purpose of current information technology used by mental health services trusts and (b) delivery of appropriate modern information systems to those trusts; and if he will make a statement.
(201890)
230
N
David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to reply to the letter of 1st November from the honourable Member for Walsall North concerning a constituent, reference 5006112.
(201472)
231
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of the MRSA virus have been detected at Medway Maritime Hospital since 2001; and how many of these cases were detected on the Trafalgar Ward.
(201532)
232
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times the cause of death at the Medway Maritime Hospital has been recorded as being due to the MRSA virus since 2001.
(201533)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
233
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will lift the certificate of fast tracking in respect of the case of Mr Crispen Kulinji, appeal reference AS/18370/2004; if he will arrange for Mr Kulinji to have access to experienced competent legal advice; what information is available to the department regarding abduction and torture, in respect of Mr Kulinji; if he will arrange for Mr Kulinji's release from the holding centre; and if he will grant permission for Mr Kulinji to remain in this country.
(201911)
234
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will publish the transcript of the Steven Lawrence inquiry.
(201962)
235
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to which individuals the Home Office sent advance copies of the Prisons Service Ombudsman's Report on the disturbance and fire at the Yarls Wood Removal Centre; and when advance copies were sent out.
(201519)
236
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to bring forward proposals to include heavy goods vehicle drivers as a shortage occupation for the purposes of work permit arrangements; and if he will make a statement.
(202111)
237
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals he has to include the civilianisation of custody sergeants within the civilianisation programme for custody.
(202112)
238
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent on CCTV in the London Borough of Wandsworth in each of the last five years.
(201851)
239
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many stop and searches have been made by police officers of the Metropolitan Police in the Greater London area in each of the last three years.
(201852)
240
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many female prisoners, held in HM Holloway prison, have (a) attempted suicide and (b) committed suicide in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(201853)
241
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions have taken place for counterfeiting prescription-only medicines in each year since 1997.
(201721)
242
N
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of drink spiking detection and prevention devices; and if he will make a statement.
(199968)
243
N
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will change the immigration and benefits rules to exempt victims of domestic violence subject to immigration control from the no recourse to public funds provision.
(199969)
244
N
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many written parliamentary questions tabled in the last Session of Parliament were answered by his Department with the response `it has not proved possible to respond to the honourable Member in the time available before prorogation'.
(199970)
245
N
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce a general fund for victims of domestic violence.
(199971)
246
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the health implications of the increased usage of x-ray scanners on the general public.
(201823)
247
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many exclusion orders from licensed premises have been granted in England in each of the last 10 years.
(201824)
248
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) national governing bodies of sport, (b) county sports associations and (c) sports clubs that have registered as an accredited body with the Criminal Records Bureau.
(201816)
249
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost is of registering with the Criminal Records Bureau as a registered body; and whether there is a minimum number of checks that must be carried out each year.
(201817)
250
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Criminal Records Bureau checks have been carried out through accredited sports bodies since the establishment of the Criminal Records Bureau.
(201818)
251
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have occurred to the entry level fitness tests for the (a) Police Service and (b) Prison Service since 2000.
(201857)
252
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in tackling alcohol-related violence and disorder.
(201522)
253
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department will publish guidelines on the treatment of transsexual prisoners.
(201854)
254
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of dogs stolen in England in each of the last three years.
(201903)
255
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget was allocated to (a) the Connecting Communities Network, (b) the Civil Justice Council, (c) the Criminal Justice Integration Unit, (d) crime reduction partnerships, (e) each of the regional crime reduction teams, (f) the drug action teams, (g) the Criminal Records Bureau and (h) the Frank Drugs Campaign in each of the last two years; and how many staff each organisation employed in each year.
(201725)
256
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget was allocated to the (a) Police Information Technology Organisation, (b) witness care units, (c) Youth Justice Board, (d) youth inclusion and support panels and (e) the youth offending teams in each of the last two years; and how many staff each organisation employed in each year.
(201726)
257
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget was allocated to the (a) Correctional Services Board, (b) National Offender Management Service, (c) Anti-Social Behaviour Action Group, (d) National Victims Advisory Panel, (e) Police Leadership Development Board, (f) National Asylum Support Forum, (g) Action Against Crime Business Group and (h) Sentencing Guidelines Council in each of the last two years; and how many staff each organisation employed in each year.
(201729)
258
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget was allocated to (a) The National Centre for Policing Excellence, (b) the National Refugee Integration Forum, (c) each of the multi-agency public protection arrangements panels, (d) the Community Cohesion Unit, (e) each of the regional asset recovery teams, (f) each of the street crime courts and (g) the Country Information Unit in each of the last two years; and how many staff each organisation employed in each year.
(201730)
259
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget has been allocated to the Security Industry Authority in each of the last two years
(201731)
260
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget was allocated to (a) the Active Communities Unit, (b) the Arson Control Forum, (c) each of the Local Arson Control forums, (d) the Central Police Training and Development Authority and (e) each of the Community Cohesion Pathfinders in each of the last two years; and how many staff each organisation employed in each year.
(201860)
261
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget was allocated to the (a) Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit, (b) Persistent Offenders Taskforce and (c) Asylum Decision Service Unit in each of the last two years; and how many staff were employed by each.
(201891)
262
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget has been allocated to the Home Office Communications Directorate in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been employed by the Directorate in each year.
(201892)
263
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget has been allocated to the Home Office Internal Communications Unit in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been employed by the Unit in each year.
(201893)
264
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget has been allocated to the Home Office Marketing and Strategic Communications Unit in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been employed by the Unit in each year.
(201894)
265
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget has been allocated to the Home Office Accounting and Finance Unit in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been employed by the Unit in each year.
(201895)
266
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget has been allocated to the National Criminal Justice Board in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been employed by the Board.
(201896)
267
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget has been allocated to the National Asylum Support Service in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been employed by the Service in each year.
(201897)
268
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget has been allocated to the National Asylum Support Forum in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been employed by the Forum in each year.
(201898)
269
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation took place with prison officer unions on proposals to allow prison officers to serve on juries.
(201804)
270
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what protection he plans to provide to prison officers who serve in the same prison as a person convicted by a jury on which they served.
(201805)
271
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to remove the right of prison officers to claim exemption from jury service.
(201806)
272
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations his Department received from the Law Society on whether or not to exempt prison officers from jury service; and if he will publish them.
(201807)
273
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates he has made of costs incurred by the Prison Service in loss of time when prison officers (a) serve on a jury and (b) attend jury selection.
(201808)
274
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of prison officers summoned to attend jury selection were rejected for jury service as a result of their occupation in the latest period for which figures are available.
(201809)
275
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which groups lost their exemption from jury service under the Criminal Justice Act 2003.
(201829)
276
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budgets for (a) offending behaviour programmes, (b) drug treatment and (c) basic skills education in prisons were in 2003-04; and what the budgets are for (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 2006-07.
(201847)
277
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library copies of the public opinion research conducted by (a) TNS Consumer and (b) Cragg Ross Dawson into identity cards.
(201848)
278
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of those granted UK work permits were refused entry clearance by UK Visas, broken down by nationality, in the last year for which figures are available.
(201849)
279
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of (a) the average cost per incident of theft, (b) the average loss per completed burglary and (c) the average loss per completed robbery to the retail sector in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002 and (iii) 2003; what the level of incidence of (A) violence against staff and (B) completed robbery in the retail sector was in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(202140)
280
N
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Metropolitan Police officers have been investigated since June 2001 for improper use of travel allowances; how many officers have been disciplined since June 2001 for improper use of travel allowances; and if he will make a statement.
(201582)
281
N
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it a requirement for sentencing in all road traffic cases where a fatality has occurred to be made at the Crown Court.
(201253)
282
N
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures have been put in place by constabularies medically to assess people with diabetes individually who apply to join the police.
(201702)
283
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes were committed (a) per head of population and (b) per police officer in each police force area in England and Wales in (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2003-04.
(199784)
284
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which categories of individual will be entitled to pay (a) a reduced fee and (b) no fee for an identity card; and if he will make a statement.
(201577)
285
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to increase the level of charges to individuals for identity cards if the outturn cost of the identity card computer system exceeds his current expectations.
(201578)
286
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reduce charges for identity cards for those individuals who do not hold a driving licence and who do not hold a passport.
(201579)
287
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications of the introduction of compulsory identity cards for his Department.
(201580)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
288
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what factors underlie the increase in the number of staff employed in the Serjeant at Arms Department between 2000 and 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(202085)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
289
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance his Department is giving to Iraqi civilians remaining in Fallujah.
(201661)
290
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance his Department is giving to the Iraqi civilians who left Fallujah in advance of the US bombing.
(201662)
291
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what development aid has been provided by the Government to the governments of (a) Turkmenistan and (b) Armenia in each year since 2000; what conditions have been attached in each case; and what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of those conditions.
(201976)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
292
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many in-patients are in the new Regional Adolescent Psychiatry Unit; and on what date the most recent patient was admitted.
(201928)
293
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Regional In-patient Adolescent Psychiatry Unit remains closed to admissions.
(201929)
294
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to increase the number of (a) child psychologists, (b) child psychotherapists, (c) social workers, (d) nurses and (e) occupational therapists, in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry specialty in the Province.
(201930)
295
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the remit of the Mental Health Review chaired by Professor Bamford includes regional child and adolescent psychiatry services.
(201931)
296
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost was of administration in the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in each of the last five years.
(201935)
297
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his latest estimate is of the cost in a year of hospital-acquired infections to the Province's health service.
(201936)
298
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the merits of reintroducing matrons to hospitals in the Province to oversee hygiene and hospital cleaning.
(201937)
299
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to ensure that MRSA is cited on death certificates for all deaths in which it has been a contributory factor.
(201938)
300
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects the Code of Practice on Passive Smoking at Work to be published.
(201939)
301
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the needs of families of children with disabilities are addressed in Priorities for Action 2005-06.
(201940)
302
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will designate autism as a distinct neurological condition to be addressed through a specific programme of care, separate from existing mental health and learning disability structures.
(201941)
303
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funding has been set aside for costs resulting from anti-social behaviour orders in the Province.
(201942)
304
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of providing (a) elderly, (b) hospital, (c) community, (d) maternity and child health, (e) family and childcare and (f) learning disability care in the Province was in each of the last five years.
(201943)
305
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of providing (a) ambulance and (b) fire services in the Province was in each of the last five years.
(201944)
306
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the expenditure per head of population in the Province on audiology goods and services provision in each of the last three years.
(201945)
307
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department has spent on external consultants in each of the last 10 years.
(201946)
308
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of training junior doctors in the Province was in the last year for which figures are available.
(201947)
309
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of health and personal social services spending in the Province staff salaries accounted for in each of the last five years; and if he will estimate the corresponding percentage for 2005-06.
(201948)
310
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the expenditure per head of population in the Province on health and personal social services was in the last year for which figures are available.
(201949)
311
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assistance his Department is providing to the families of children with disabilities.
(201950)
312
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he has taken to ensure that employees in the Province are protected from (a) asthma triggers at work and (b) causes of occupational asthma.
(202026)
313
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what obligations employers in the Province have regarding surveillance of the health of their staff at work.
(202027)
314
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many individuals developed asthma in the Province because they were exposed to dangerous substances at work in the last year for which figures are available.
(202028)
315
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the number of working days lost in the Province as a result of occupational illness in each of the last three years.
(202029)
316
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with which groups he has discussed possible truth and reconciliation processes in the Province.
(202030)
317
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what information he has received regarding the trafficking of people to the Province for prostitution.
(202042)
318
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients in the Province have been diagnosed with meningitis in each month in each of the last five years.
(202043)
319
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many fire-related (a) injuries, (b) accident and emergency attendances, (c) ambulance calls, (d) fire service call-outs and (e) police calls were reported over the Hallowe'en period in the Province in each of the last 10 years.
(202044)
320
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the merits of providing community-based health professionals in the Province with hand-held computers.
(202045)
321
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the extra costs that will result from the implementation of Agenda for Change in the Province.
(202046)
322
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether fluid management is taught in induction training for all junior doctors who commence posts in paediatric medicine in the Province.
(202047)
323
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he has taken to address the concerns of radiographers in the Province regarding the impact of Agenda For Change on their profession.
(202048)
324
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the starting salary is of radiographers in the Province; and if he will estimate the starting salary for radiographers in the Province after implementation of Agenda For Change.
(202049)
325
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of looked after children in the Province are fostered.
(202050)
326
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the costs resulting from delayed discharges in the Province over the last 12 months.
(202051)
327
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) general practitioner consultations, (b) eye tests and (c) prescription items were provided in the province (i) in the last year for which figures are available and (ii) (A) five (B) 10 and (C) 15 years previously.
(202054)
328
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many whole-time equivalent dentists are employed within the NHS in the Province; and how many there were (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 15 years ago.
(202055)
329
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his latest estimate is of the cost incurred in a year in the Province from dressing wounds.
(202065)
Questions to the Prime Minister
330
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions since 1st January the Ministerial Committee on Intelligence Services has met.
(202107)
331
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, for what reason the Environment Secretary has no place on (a) the Ministerial Committees on Defence and Overseas policy and (b) the Ministerial Sub-Committee on Relations with the United States.
(202108)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
332
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the powers to (a) issue penalties and (b) take other actions against companies and individuals who do not adhere to the requirements of the Telephone Preference Service.
(202090)
333
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment has been made of the potential for plasma gasification melting technology to deal with nuclear waste.
(202091)
334
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will bring forward legislation to make British Summer Time permanent and end the biannual time change.
(201793)
335
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the (a) economic and (b) safety impact of the biannual time change.
(201794)
336
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the responsible behaviour of UK companies investing in the developing world; and what action she is taking in respect of those companies that use child labour.
(201821)
337
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with the pharmaceutical industry on the effects of medicines supplied to patients in the UK being provided in tamper-proof and patient-safe packaging.
(201722)
338
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what mechanisms are in place to prevent tamper-proof packaging on medicines being removed by commercial middlemen.
(201723)
339
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Office of Fair Trading will publish the report of its audit of the Supermarket Code of Practice.
(202041)
340
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to review the offshore licensing regime for gas producers operating on the UK continental shelf to bring them within the regulatory remit of Ofgem.
(201825)
341
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total Government funding for each of the regional development agencies is for 2004, broken down by contributing Government departments.
(201953)
342
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the budget is for the Working Lives Institute's research project on migrant workers commissioned by the East of England Development Agency; what demand there has been for such research; and for what purpose the research results will be used.
(201959)
343
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the criteria are for measuring (a) jobs created and (b) jobs safeguarded in assessing regional development agencies' performance.
(201960)
344
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) role, (b) membership, (c) date of inception and (d) resource budget is of the (i) Small Business Investment Task Force, (ii) Regional Industrial Development Board and (iii) DTI Business Board.
(202130)
345
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her estimate is of the administrative costs to UK employers of providing the EU Social Chapter rights; and what methodology she used for calculating the cost.
(202138)
346
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which of the reviews carried out since 2001 on the working and impact of major pieces of legislation affecting business have been conducted by her Department; what changes to legislation were proposed as a result of each review; and if she will place copies of the reviews in the Library.
(202139)
347
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the amount paid into court pursuant to the provisions of section 430(11) of the Companies Act 1985 in the last year for which figures are available; and what use the Government has made of these funds.
(202142)
348
Linda Perham (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has (a) to review and (b) to amend the regulation of the premium rate telephone industry.
(201827)
349
Linda Perham (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she will take to ensure that BT fulfils its obligation to provide an improved IPStream to DataStream migration process in the broadband market.
(201828)
350
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make it her policy to seek to increase levels of consumer protection for airline passengers on scheduled flights who are not part of a package holiday.
(201826)
351
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money the UK Government has spent on (a) solar and (b) wind-powered forms of renewable energy since 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(201585)
352
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment she has made of the future of photovoltaic (PV) technology within the UK energy market; and what plans she has to promote the use of PV technology.
(201586)
353
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking in respect of charges for connecting major wind farm projects to the national grid; and if she will make a statement.
(201587)
354
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment she has made of the threat of nuclear accident worldwide; and if she will make a statement.
(201588)
355
N
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 a lack of gas this winter.
(201589)
356
N
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received about the operation of the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services (ICSTIS) complaint line.
(200989)
357
N
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will carry out an inquiry into the operation of the regulation of the premium rate telephone industry.
(200990)
358
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures she is taking to enable Business Links to continue to deliver all the services they currently deliver after 1st April 2005 when they will no longer be able to claim full recovery of VAT on their services.
(202052)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
359
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to introduce a renewables obligation for transport fuels.
(202106)
360
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which road schemes are to be considered for inclusion in the Targeted Programme of Improvements between 1st December 2004 and 1st May 2005.
(202113)
361
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons he rejected the advice of the South West Regional Assembly on the options for improving the A303 and A30 to the west of Ilminster; and if he will make a statement.
(202114)
362
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his estimate is of the total cost to public funds of seeking the advice of the South West Regional Assembly on alternative options for improving the A303 or A358 to the west of Ilminster.
(202115)
363
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the basis was for his conclusion that improving the A358 provides better value for money than improving the A303 west of Ilminster.
(202116)
364
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent performance improvements have been achieved by South Eastern Trains; and if he will make a statement.
(201802)
365
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how the Highways Agency is able to agree additional works with contractors under the terms of its 30 year contract with Highway Services (UK) Ltd.
(201822)
366
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effects of traffic congestion over the Jubilee Bridge across the Mersey on investment and economic growth in the North West.
(202053)
367
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the economic viability of the Grantham to Skegness branch line.
(201979)
368
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers have travelled on the Grantham to Skegness branch line in each year since 1995.
(201980)
369
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what provisions are available to support existing community rail line projects should they fail to secure adequate funding through businesses, charities and Government agencies.
(201981)
370
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is with respect to the provision of tunnels at pedestrian rail crossings where there have been fatalities, with particular reference to the Jamaica Road Crossing in Malvern, Worcestershire.
(201467)
371
N
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the contribution that a new Mersey crossing may make to the economic growth of the North West.
(201583)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
372
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department has made in developing the new material deprivation indicator for measuring child poverty; what consultation has taken place on the development of the new material deprivation indicator; whether further consultation is planned; what research his Department has commissioned to inform the development of the new material deprivation indicator; and if he will make a statement.
(201996)
373
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the distribution of poverty by (a) region and (b) housing tenure to inform the development of the new material deprivation indicator.
(201997)
374
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the experience of using a material deprivation indicator to measure poverty in other EU countries.
(201998)
375
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department intends to follow the recommendation in the report The Dynamics of Deprivation to conduct further research into the relationship between material deprivation and housing tenure.
(201999)
376
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of children who would need to be removed from material deprivation for the Government to meet its target of reducing child poverty by half by 2010-11.
(202000)
377
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the Government intends to measure progress against its child poverty target (a) before and (b) after the material deprivation indicator is announced.
(202001)
378
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements have been made to publicise the existence of an exception service for state pension payments.
(201517)
379
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how a person eligible for a state pension can apply to be included in the exception scheme for its payment.
(201529)
380
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who will use the exception service for the payment of their pension; and what estimate he has made of the cost of the service.
(201530)
381
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements have been made to ensure continuity of payment to pensioners who do not respond to the request to nominate a new method of payment when the pension book is discontinued.
(201531)
382
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when action will be taken concerning the application for child support made by Julie Stephens of Christchurch on 20th June 2003.
(202110)
383
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will ensure that the money paid to him in error by the Child Support Agency is passed without further delay to Ms Oakes, the constituent of the honourable Member for Birkenhead.
(201720)
384
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of (a) the minimum income guarantee and (b) pension credit there have been in Wirral West constituency in each year since the inception of each; and what the average value to recipients of each was in each year.
(202025)
385
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what budget has been allocated to the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been employed by the Inspectorate in each year.
(201861)
386
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of (a) the frequency of health and safety inspection in the construction industry, (b) the sanctions available for enforcement of breaches reported and (c) the criteria used to choose which sanctions are used in a particular case; and if he will make a statement.
(201988)
387
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November, Official Report, columns 43-4W, on contracted-out rebates, what his assumptions are of the number of people who are contracted out in 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(201933)
388
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the appropriate printed output that is generated by the Pension Service Teleclaims Call Centre when a claimant does not want their retirement pension paid directly into an account, as set out in the Informed Choice script revised on 8th November.
(201994)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
389
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many drug-related deaths there were in (a) Blyth Valley and (b) South Northumberland in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (202056)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
390
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information he has received on the (a) location and (b) humanitarian condition of Iraqi civilians who left Fallujah in advance of the US bombing.
[Transferred] (201663)
391
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance the Government has offered to the Government of Angola in order to facilitate national elections by 2006.
[Transferred] (201970)
392
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures the Government is taking to ensure the safety of British aid workers in the Darfur region.
[Transferred] (201973)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
393
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the potential effects of electricity power generators buying and selling (a) gas and (b) other fuels on future markets on the emissions trading scheme.
[Transferred] (202081)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
394
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his oral Answer of 25th November, Official Report, column 252, on the Railways Bill, if he will make a statement on the nature and purpose of the discussions under way with the rolling stock companies.
[Transferred] (202147)

 
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