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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 10 January 2005

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 Monday 10 January 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 10 January 2005


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

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


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make a statement on the Office's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206955)
2
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year.
(207637)
3
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207658)
4
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207680)
5
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the amount of Government IT equipment scrapped in the last 12 months; and what the average age of such equipment was.
(207294)
6
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207763)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
7
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many appeals have been lodged with the Inland Revenue with regard to tax credit (a) overpayments and (b) underpayments; and how many have been settled.
(207304)
8
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of alternative financing instruments that could be utilised for raising the finance required for meeting the Millennium Development Goals in the event that insufficient funds are committed to the International Finance Facility.
(207137)
9
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 16th December, Official Report, column 1234W, on Inland Revenue and Customs, what criteria (a) Inland Revenue and (b) HM Customs and Excise use in decisions on reducing or eliminating claims to tax; at what level these decisions have to be sanctioned; and what the total sum involved in such decisions was for each organisation in the last tax year.
(206988)
10
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the UK financial contribution to the European Union is calculated on the VAT (a) due to and (b) actually received by Customs and Excise.
(207316)
11
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what agreement concerning what proportion of debt has been reached in respect of write-off of Iraq's debts for which non-state actors are creditors; and if he will make a statement.
(207266)
12
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations the UK Government is making to non-Paris Club countries to (a) match and (b) exceed Paris Club commitments in terms of debt write-off; and if he will make a statement.
(207267)
13
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what conditionality is required of Iraq by the International Monetary Fund; whether (a) the UK Government and (b) other Paris Club Governments are committed to the implementation of this conditionality under the Paris Club debt write-off deal; and if he will make a statement.
(207271)
14
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in each ward of the Dagenham constituency are (a) employed and (b) unemployed.
(207155)
15
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in each ward of the Dagenham constituency claim (a) pension credit and (b) working tax credit.
(207156)
16
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) unemployed claimants and (b) long-term unemployed claimants there have been in the Dagenham constituency in each year since 1997.
(207162)
17
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many teenage pregnancies have been recorded in Coventry since 1997.
(206976)
18
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of (a) male, (b) female and (c) all full-time workers in (i) Scotland, (ii) each unitary local authority area in Scotland and (iii) Great Britain had hourly gross earnings (A) including and (B) excluding overtime of below (1) £7.58, (2) £5.68 and (3) £4.20 on the latest date for which figures are available.
(207577)
19
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to industry in Scotland of the Aggregates Levy since its introduction.
(207578)
20
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the impact on local authorities in Scotland of the Aggregates Levy since its introduction.
(207579)
21
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what change there has been in imports of aggregates into the UK since the introduction of the Aggregates Levy.
(207580)
22
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Customs and Excise staff were employed in Scotland in each year since 1997.
(207581)
23
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the last review of staffing (a) numbers and (b) locations was carried out by HM Customs and Excise.
(207582)
24
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the likely impact of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill on the number of Customs and Excise staff employed in Scotland.
(207583)
25
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total tax payable on the average pump price of a litre of unleaded petrol was on 20th December.
(207601)
26
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206948)
27
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what projections he made for revenue from stamp duty on (a) property and (b) share transactions in each of the last five years; and what projections he has made for each of the next three financial years.
(206940)
28
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many incidences of ovarian cancer there have been in the last five years.
(207084)
29
Patrick Hall (Bedford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many women resident in Bedford and Kempston had paid jobs in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004.
(207223)
30
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Council Decision (a) supports and (b) authorises the accounting entry for Long Term Pensions Liabilities of Communities' Staff (C294 volume 47, 30th November, p.65).
(207102)
31
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 15th December, Official Report, column 1084W, on the European Union, if he will supply page and column numbers in Departmental Annual Reports and Accounts for references to the costs of activities promoting the benefits of the Government's policy towards the European Union, distinguishing EU policy communication themes from other such themes; and what the total amount spent on such activities was in the last year for which figures are available.
(207107)
32
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 15th December, Official Report, column 1084W, on the European Union, what his Department's policy is on (a) analysing the cost-effectiveness of EU information campaigns and (b) applying for Communities funds to assist such campaigns.
(207108)
33
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 9th December, Official Report, column 653W, on EU funding, what the sum total is to date in real terms that has not been signed off by the Court of Auditors, broken down by year; and what the UK percentage share of the total EU budget was for each year.
(207112)
34
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what actions were funded in 2004 through European Communities' Medium Term Financial Assistance funds within the Special Reserve for Borrowing and Lending Activities.
(207128)
35
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the levels of unfunded pension liabilities of the European Community institutions.
(207129)
36
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of construction of the new European Commission building in Abuja; what the estimated total value is of real estate of Commission offices outside the EU; what the annual cost is of (a) staffing and (b) maintaining them; and how many people are employed in each office.
(207130)
37
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total fines that have been imposed by the European Court of Justice on each member state are since 1974; and how much has been (a) collected and (b) waived for each.
(207132)
38
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a list of UK recipients of European Development Money funds since 1997, indicating in each case what (a) sums were received and (b) projects were supported.
(207152)
39
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the UK Government position regarding accounting entry for Long Term Pensions Liabilities of European Union Staff (C294 volume 47, 30th November, page 65); and whether there is an agreement between member states assuming liability for this debt.
(207263)
40
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer ref 204074 of 13th December, Official Report, columns 869-70W, on EU Funding, whether the list of (a) recipients, (b) awards and (c) projects funded under B3 budget lines is publicly available; what auditing takes place of those budget lines; and if he will undertake to deposit in the Library such listings across the B3 range where they are not publicly available.
(207285)
41
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made in his negotiations with banks and building societies in persuading them to use dormant accounts which cannot be reunited with their owners for the support of good causes.
(207272)
42
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his negotiations with banks and building societies regarding the identification and return of (a) dormant and (b) orphan bank accounts; and if he will make a statement.
(207273)
43
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the documents his Department has published since 1997 relating to the potential (a) cost and (b) efficiency savings resulting from a merger of the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise.
(207287)
44
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to carry out further assessments of the potential (a) cost and (b) efficiency savings resulting from a merger of the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise.
(207288)
45
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) gross job losses, (b) net job losses and (c) job relocations from (i) the Inland Revenue and (ii) HM Customs and Excise would result from implementing (A) the Gershon Review, (B) the Lyons Review and (C) the merger of the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise.
(207289)
46
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what efficiency savings from (a) the Inland Revenue and (b) HM Customs and Excise would result from implementing (i) the Gershon Review, (ii) the Lyons Review and (iii) the merger of the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise.
(207290)
47
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many stamp duty land tax applications have been received by the Inland Revenue since 1st August; and how many of those applications have been received from solicitors in (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland and (c) England and Wales.
[R] (207082)
48
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many stamp duty land tax certificates the Inland Revenue has issued since 1st August; and how many of those certificates have been issued to solicitors in (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland and (c) England and Wales.
[R] (207083)
49
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many divorces there were in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.
(207464)
50
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year.
(207651)
51
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207660)
52
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207682)
53
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Treasury has to vary the unified business rate for small shops.
(207530)
54
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, under what circumstances employer's national insurance contributions are liable to be paid in respect of the earnings of mariners who are employed on UK-flagged vessels operated by offshore manning companies.
(207689)
55
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure compliance by Government departments with the proposals in the Lyons Review for relocation of public sector jobs, with particular reference to jobs in the oil and gas sectors.
(207633)
56
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207178)
57
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207234)
58
Claire Ward (Watford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the level of unemployment in (a) Watford constituency and (b) South West Hertfordshire constituency in (i) 1995 and (ii) 2004.
(207570)
59
Claire Ward (Watford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families have received (a) childcare vouchers and (b) child tax credits in the (i) Watford and (ii) South West Hertfordshire constituencies.
(207584)
60
N
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) bedrooms and (b) living rooms there are within the Royal Lodge, Windsor.
(207143)
61
N
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Crown Estate property has been leased to Prince Edward; how long the lease is; and how many (a) bedrooms and (b) living rooms there are in the property.
(207144)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
62
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what volume of shredded confidential waste has been disposed of in each year of his Department's existence.
(207200)
63
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps the Department has taken to encourage more people to participate in the next General Election.
(206969)
64
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206954)
65
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 15th December 2004, Official Report, column 1204W, on census records, if he will place in the Library the full text of the Advisory Council on Public Records and Archives (ACPRA) October 1998 statement about the closure of census records; what advice he has received from the ACPRA about the closure period for future censuses; and if he will make a statement.
(207724)
66
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what advice he has received from the Advisory Council on Public Records and Archives on the availability of census records under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(207725)
67
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average length of time has been between the issuing of a contact order for parental rights under the Children Act 1989 and the case being listed for a first conciliation/direction appointment in the last 12 months.
(207311)
68
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what guidance he has issued on whether women's refuges constitute adequate accommodation for children when considering awarding of custody in disputed custody cases.
(207317)
69
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many cases of disputed contact were dealt with by the family courts in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.
(207463)
70
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year.
(207643)
71
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207668)
72
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207678)
73
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of (a) proposals for individual voter registration and (b) the possible effects of such a system on the number of young people likely to vote.
(207295)
74
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what research the Department has conducted into the ways in which young people and students register as voters.
(207296)
75
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what guidance he has issued to Government departments in respect of the retention and deletion of e-mails; and what consideration was given to the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in providing guidance.
(207141)
76
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 the Lord Chancellor's special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207180)
77
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207227)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
78
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made in the adoption of a national play strategy; what resources have been allocated towards it; and if she will make a statement.
(207243)
79
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many households in each ward of the Dagenham constituency are entitled to free television licences.
(207262)
80
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what salary is paid to the (a) chair, (b) chief executive and (c) board members of the Office of Communications; and how many days' work a week each is expected to undertake.
(207023)
81
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on her Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206956)
82
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what methodology was used in MORI's Survey of Live Music Staged in England and Wales in 2003-04 commissioned by her Department, with particular reference to the Minister for Sport's conclusion that an estimated 1.7 million gigs had been staged in the past year in bars, clubs and restaurants whose main business was not putting on live music.
(207524)
83
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much Lottery funding was received from distributors for expenditure on (a) the arts, (b) National Heritage and (c) sport in each year from 1997 to 2004; and if she will make a statement.
(207615)
84
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has recently received regarding the relaxation of the requirements for Premier League and First Division football grounds to be all-seater; and if she will make a statement.
(207726)
85
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent requests she has received from organisations requesting a meeting to discuss legislation relating to seating at football matches; and if she will make a statement.
(207762)
86
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the effect of Court of First Instance case T-313/02, as detailed in OJ C300 vol 47 of 4th December, on European Union measures against drug taking in sport.
(207145)
87
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by her Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year.
(207640)
88
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207655)
89
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207673)
90
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what definition the Department uses of ambient gambling.
(207293)
91
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Department has made of the risk of gambling addiction from (a) ambient gambling and (b) gambling from the home.
(207297)
92
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 her special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207173)
93
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the contracts signed by her special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207275)
94
Claire Ward (Watford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will discuss with the Eastern Region Arts Council possible assistance to ensure that the Coliseum concert hall in Watford remains open.
(207609)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
95
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the airworthiness review of the Chinook HC2 helicopter was conducted; and if he will place a copy of the review in the Library.
(206979)
96
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place copies of the 14 annexes and nine enclosures listed on Page 52 of the Chinook HC1 Airworthiness Review Report in the Library.
(206982)
97
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to require prior parliamentary approval of the placement of US interceptor missiles within British military bases.
(207210)
98
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Colombian Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal units which receive UK military assistance are (a) discrete units and (b) integral parts of different Army battalions.
(206945)
99
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures he has taken in respect of the UK commitment to train 20,000 African Union troops over the next five years.
(207056)
100
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will reply to the Question tabled for answer on 1st December, reference 201545.
(207315)
101
N
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many deaths there have been in custody in Iraq (a) under UK forces control and (b) under US forces control; how many individuals taken into custody in Iraq have been moved outside the country by (i) UK forces and (ii) US forces; how many complaints alleging maltreatment of individuals taken into custody in Iraq have been made against (A) UK forces and (B) US forces; and if he will make a statement.
(206717)
102
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Mark 77 firebombs have been used by Coalition forces (a) in Iraq and (b) in or near areas in Iraq where civilians lived; whether this weapon is equivalent to napalm; whether (i) the UK and (ii) the US has signed the UN convention banning the use of napalm against civilian targets; and if he will make a statement.
(207246)
103
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contacts the Government has had with General Augustus Pinochet since 1990 concerning military relations with Chile.
(207697)
104
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effects on the procurement budget of the spreading of the overheads of the defence exports industry across exports and UK requirements; and if he will make a statement.
(207194)
105
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the free post service to Iraq.
(207310)
106
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage by weight of beef supply contracts for his Department and its agencies for each year since 1997 were sourced from (a) British and (b) Scottish herds.
(207598)
107
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will write to the honourable Member for Perth with the information on (a) fines and (b) pay levels for soldiers of 1st Battalion Black Watch, as indicated in his Answers of 18th November, Official Report, column 1809W.
(207599)
108
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206957)
109
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on the deployment of British troops as part of combined European forces under EU leadership; and if he will make a statement.
(207710)
110
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the relationship is between the new European peacekeeping force in Bosnia and the European Union; what command and control structures operate; what the relationship is between the new force and NATO; and if he will make a statement.
(207711)
111
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many sets of body armour were issued by the Army between 1989 and the end of January; to which units they were issued; how many men were serving in each of those units at the end of January; and if he will make a statement.
(207051)
112
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on activities planned by his Department involving Gibraltar as part of the Trafalgar commemorations.
(207078)
113
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the classification level is of reports from UK liaison officers to Eurocorps pertaining to the viability of UK co-operation with Eurocorps; and whether such reports will be accessible under Freedom of Information rules.
(207094)
114
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what occasions he has flown to and from Basra; what type of aircraft was used on each occasion; how his entourage was comprised on each occasion; how many vacant spaces were available on each flight home; and if he will make a statement.
(207134)
115
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what insurgency material was seized in the raid that led to the apprehending of Baha Mousa.
(207151)
116
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library the survey on sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and bullying in the Royal Air Force which was reported in July.
(207587)
117
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Defence Export Services Organisation has been asked (a) to supply information to and (b) to co-operate with the Serious Fraud Office in respect of its investigation into allegations of bribery and false accounting concerning BAE Systems and Saudi Arabian officials.
(207744)
118
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what use his Department is making of biometric facial recognition technology; and if he will make a statement.
(207690)
119
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year.
(207644)
120
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207667)
121
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207679)
122
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what health and safety requirements there are for the firing of naval munitions; and whether these requirements prohibit the firing of specific munitions.
(206925)
123
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many principal warfare officers have not fired naval munitions since 1st January.
(206928)
124
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Royal Navy has met its target for the firing of shells and missiles in 2004.
(206929)
125
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual training requirement is for principal warfare officers; and whether it has been fulfilled this year.
(206930)
126
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to allow visits by the public to the Victoria Cross memorial and other areas of his Department's building in Whitehall; and if he will make a statement.
(206970)
127
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207187)
128
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207239)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
129
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the budget of each London local authority for road and pavement maintenance was in each of the last two years; and what the overspend or underspend of each was in each year.
(207058)
130
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will introduce third party certification for Part P schemes; and if he will make a statement.
(206935)
131
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the inspectorate is in place to carry out inspections under the Part P schemes (electrical safety in dwellings); and if he will make a statement.
(206936)
132
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the progress being made in the implementation of Part P schemes of the building regulations; and how the system will be introduced.
(206937)
133
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the percentage change in council tax imposed by Cambridge City Council has been in each year since its inception.
(206980)
134
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he intends to publish the consultation responses to the draft Planning Policy Statement 6 issued in December 2003.
(207036)
135
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the meetings that have taken place between (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department and representatives of (i) Tesco, (ii) Asda, (iii) Sainsburys and (iv) Morrisons about Planning Policy Statement 6 (Town Centres) over the last 12 months.
(207037)
136
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department has received a response from the Small Business Service to the draft Planning Policy Statement 6 issued in December 2003; and whether a small firms impact assessment has been undertaken in connection with PPS6.
(207061)
137
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the meetings that have taken place between (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department and representatives of organisations representing small and independent retailers about Planning Policy Statement 6 (Town Centres) over the last 12 months.
(207063)
138
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he intends to publish Planning Policy Statement 6, Planning for Town Centres.
(207065)
139
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact of changes in the way central government grants for local social service budgets are calculated on local authorities with a higher than average elderly population.
(207252)
140
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average house price is in Dagenham; and what it was (a) five and (b) 10 years ago.
(207159)
141
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many homeless people in Coventry sought help from Coventry City Council in the last year for which figures are available; and how many homeless people are accommodated by Coventry City Council.
(206965)
142
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his Office's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206958)
143
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 15th December, Official Report, column 1119W, on MOD land, if he will place a copy of the framework agreement in the Library.
(207055)
144
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 15th December, Official Report, column 1119W, on MOD land, how English Partnerships will fund their role under the Sustainable Communities Plan; and if he will make a statement.
(207080)
145
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many pensioners' households he estimates will be affected by council tax reappraisal; and if he will make a statement.
(207146)
146
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many households identified as living below the official poverty line he estimates will be affected by council tax reappraisal; and if he will make a statement.
(207147)
147
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many households there are in each council tax band; what his Department's estimate is of how many will fall into each band after revaluation; and if he will make a statement.
(207148)
148
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when his Department will announce band levels for council tax revaluations; and if he will make a statement.
(207149)
149
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his Department's estimate is of the number of households in each council tax band that will move up in band grading following revaluation.
(207150)
150
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his Department's estimate is of the number of pensioners whose council tax band rating will move up following revaluation; what discussions he has held with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding subsidies for such households; and if he will make a statement.
(207166)
151
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the criteria for selecting which households will fall within which band under council tax revaluation.
(207170)
152
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his Department's estimate is of the number of Band A households which will be rebanded under the revaluation procedures for council tax.
(207278)
153
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much funding was made available to the Derbyshire Fire Authority in each of the last five years.
(207517)
154
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what evaluation has been undertaken of the technology to be used in emergency fire control rooms; and what its anticipated cost is per room.
(207298)
155
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will respond to the Mott MacDonald Report.
(207299)
156
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the relationship between the change in the number of emergency fire controls and the Government's policy on regional government.
(207300)
157
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the previous experience of each member of the community housing task force, with particular reference to experience in (a) the private sector and (b) council house administration.
(207020)
158
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) large scale voluntary transfers and (b) arm's length management organisation transfers the community housing task force has worked on.
(207030)
159
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department keeps a recommended or reference list of finance groups in relation to finance for large-scale voluntary council house transfers.
(207038)
160
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Office in each year since 1997; and how much the Office spent on each in each year.
(207652)
161
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207659)
162
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207681)
163
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment has been made of the reasons for the recent increase in the number of planning appeals.
(207301)
164
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on what date the Mapping Services Agreement was due for completion; and if he will make a statement.
(206555)
165
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207185)
166
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207238)
167
N
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to hold another referendum on establising a regional assembly for the North East.
(207142)
168
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment has been made of the numbers of additional (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) firefighters, (d) police, (e) teachers and (f) other public sector workers that will be required following the building of the additional homes in Swale's Local Plan; and if he will make a statement.
(207111)
169
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment has been carried out of the requirement for additional (a) water, (b) electricity and (c) other infrastructure that will be required for the new homes to be built in Swale under the Local Plan; and if he will make a statement.
(207113)
170
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much money has been allocated for the infrastructure plan for Swale's Local Plan.
(207114)
171
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the infrastructure plan to accompany the new houses to be built for Swale's Local Plan will be announced.
(207115)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
172
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her latest estimate is of the number of people of working age in Leeds West constituency who have low or no skills.
(207211)
173
N
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of students aged 18 years who entered higher education in the academic year 2002-03 were resident in (a) the City of Manchester and (b) Manchester, Withington constituency.
(207072)
174
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of (a) primary school and (b) secondary school teachers have received specialist training in (i) autism awareness and (ii) teaching techniques relevant for children with autism spectrum disorder.
(206972)
175
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children over the age of five years have been diagnosed with autism in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
(206975)
176
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations she has received on changes to funding for the Connexions Service in Birmingham and Solihull.
(206924)
177
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the change in funding formula to be applied to the Connexions Service and the likely impact that this will have in Birmingham and Solihull.
(206941)
178
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has further to subsidise child care places in nurseries in (a) deprived areas and (b) areas where parents have low incomes; and if she will make a statement.
(207244)
179
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money per head has been provided for (a) nursery and (b) pre-school education in England in each of the last seven years.
(207253)
180
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money per head has been provided for (a) nursery and (b) pre-school education in the North Somerset Local Education Authority in each of the last seven years.
(207254)
181
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many free (a) nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for (i) three and (ii) four-years-olds in the North Somerset Education Authority in each of the last seven years.
(207261)
182
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils from the Dagenham constituency have entered higher education in each of the last 15 years.
(207160)
183
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what capital investment her Department has made in the Dagenham constituency in the last five years.
(207161)
184
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the effects of the Sure Start programme in Eltham.
(207216)
185
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on her Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206959)
186
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what ministerial visits are planned for each Minister in her Department in the next six months; and if she will make a statement.
(207302)
187
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Written Ministerial statement on school sport of 14th December, Official Report, column 122WS, how much of the two hours minimum of high quality PE and sport at school for children will occur (a) in curriculum time, (b) before school, (c) at lunch time, (d) at break time and (e) after school; and if she will make a statement.
(207526)
188
Patrick Hall (Bedford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many free early years education places were taken up in Bedford and Kempston in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004.
(207222)
189
Patrick Hall (Bedford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, by how much funding for (a) lower, (b) middle and (c) upper schools in Bedford and Kempston has changed in real terms between 1997 and 2004.
(207226)
190
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how she will assess the income of a household for means testing for student grant awards.
(207196)
191
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the income of step-parents will be taken into account when assessing a student for (a) a grant award and (b) the remission if tuition fees.
(207197)
192
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 13th December, Official Report, column 827W, on Academics (EU Funding), which institutions have received EU funds in the past three years; and if she will make representations to the European Commission to publish the information.
(207191)
193
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to prevent homophobic bullying in schools and colleges.
(207477)
194
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the applied behaviour analysis approach to educating children with autism.
(207479)
195
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in each local education authority area have been diagnosed with autism.
(207482)
196
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many special needs children there are in each local education authority area; and how much special needs funding (a) in total and (b) per child with special needs was provided in each of those local education authorities in the last year for which figures are available.
(207483)
197
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of natural auralism on teaching children with hearing impairment.
(207540)
198
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance has been issued to local education authorities (LEA) on recording allegations made against teachers; and what obligations LEAs are under to report those allegations when a teacher starts at a new school within the local education authority.
(207541)
199
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many representations she has received from local education authorities not in the initial waves of Building Schools for the Future about funding required for replacement or new secondary schools.
(207542)
200
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the documents published by the Department sent to (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in each month since January 2004 broken down by number of pages.
(207543)
201
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the impact on the School Admissions Code of the judgement made in favour of the Oratory School in the High Court.
(207544)
202
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many times the working party on surplus school places has met since it was established in February 2004; and who its members are.
(207545)
203
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of surplus (a) primary and (b) secondary school places there are in each local education authority.
(207546)
204
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list for 2003-04 for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each parliamentary constituency (i) the number of day pupils of compulsory school age, (ii) the number of pupils that missed at least one session due to unauthorised absence, (iii) the percentage of day pupils absent for at least one session and (iv) the percentage of half days missed due to unauthorised absence.
(207547)
205
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what evaluation has been undertaken of the impact of the Increased Flexibility programme on (a) behaviour, (b) attendance and (c) post-16 participation.
(207548)
206
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the impact on post-16 participation rates of the availability of school sixth forms.
(207549)
207
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the post-16 participation rates were of pupils attending (a) schools without a sixth form and (b) schools with a sixth form, by socio-economic grouping in the last year for which figures are available.
(207550)
208
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with Learning and Skills Councils about the Department's support for school sixth forms.
(207551)
209
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the impact that a sixth form has on a school's performance at (a) Key Stage 3 and (b) Key Stage 4.
(207552)
210
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding was made available to schools to teach children who have English as a second language in each year since 1997; and what funding will be made available in each year to 2004.
(207553)
211
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many single form entry infant schools there were on 1st January 2004.
(207554)
212
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the process is for amending a local education authority's (a) Education Development Plan and (b) School Organisation Plan; and whether approval to do so has to be sought from the Secretary of State.
(207555)
213
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she made of the number of children with special educational needs who receive free transport to school because (a) it is specified in a statement and (b) it has been agreed between the parent and local education authority but is not specified in a statement.
(207556)
214
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to publish termly figures for exclusions.
(207557)
215
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to publish data on exclusion, broken down by type of special educational need.
(207558)
216
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the take-up of modern foreign languages at Key Stage 4 following the declassification of modern foreign languages as a foundation subject.
(207559)
217
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations she has received concerning the impact of workforce reform on primary schools.
(207560)
218
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the financial cost of introducing 10 per cent. planning preparation and assessment time in primary schools.
(207561)
219
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what element of the increase in school funding for 2005-06 is to meet the school's requirement to provide 10 per cent. planning preparation and assessment time in primary schools.
(207562)
220
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school sixth forms have (a) opened and (b) closed since 1997.
(207563)
221
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much the (a) national, (b) regional and (c) county branches of the Learning and Skills Council spent on (i) fees to management consultancy firms, broken down by firm, (ii) the Centre for Excellence in Leadership, (iii) the Learning and Skills Development Agency and (iv) the Standards Unit in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(207527)
222
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether she has assessed the level of information made available to parents about the standards of care of children provided by holiday centres.
(207595)
223
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in (a) West Derbyshire constituency and (b) Derbyshire played truant from school in each of the last five years.
(207490)
224
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the composition is of the monies being re-allocated from her Department to local authorities as part of the re-allocation from Government departments to reduce the council tax in the next financial year.
(207312)
225
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent on child protection schemes by her Department in each of the last five years, broken down by budget head; and what the forecast budgets are for the next financial year.
(207313)
226
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by her Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year.
(207653)
227
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207657)
228
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207674)
229
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) higher education and (b) further education participation rates are for the (i) poorest and (ii) richest 100 wards in England.
(207712)
230
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) higher education and (b) further education participation rates are for each local authority in England, listed in descending order according to the greater disparity between the highest and lowest rates; and what the average participation rate is in each case.
(207713)
231
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 her special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207175)
232
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the contracts signed by her special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207274)
233
Claire Ward (Watford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers were employed in Hertfordshire schools in (a) 1995 and (b) 2004.
(207572)
234
Claire Ward (Watford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the funding per (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in Hertfordshire was in (a) 1995 and (b) 2004; and what the percentage change was.
(207573)
235
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which local authorities have trafficked children in their care; and which local authorities have had trafficked children in their care between 1999 and 2004.
(207017)
236
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many trafficked children have disappeared from local authority care between 1999 and 2004.
(207018)
237
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) country of origin and (b) purposes for which they were trafficked were of trafficked children in local authority care between 1999 and 2004.
(207019)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
238
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what expenditure was made by (a) her Department and (b) agencies for which her Department is responsible on research projects by companies with headquarters in (i) the UK, (ii) other EU member states and (iii) non-EU states in each year since 2001-02.
(206989)
239
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what expenditure (a) her Department and (b) agencies for which her Department is responsible have made on research and development by private sector companies in each financial year since 2001-02.
(206992)
240
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) her Department's expenditure and (b) the expenditure of each agency for which she is responsible was on research and development relating to UK university departments and research centres in each year between 2001-02 and 2003-04.
(206996)
241
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much (a) her Department and (b) each agency for which she is responsible spent on research and development with overseas Government laboratories or research establishments, including collaborative Government funded laboratories and research establishments, in each year between 2001-02 and 2003-04.
(206998)
242
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much and what percentage of the expenditure of each agency sponsored by her Department went on research and development in each year between 2001-02 and 2003-04.
(207003)
243
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much and what percentage of her Department's expenditure went on research and development in each year between 2001-02 and 2003-04.
(207004)
244
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what percentage of opportunities for research or consulting disseminated by the Department resulted in (a) research reports and (b) physical deliverables in each year since 2001-02.
(207007)
245
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many contracts were awarded by (a) the Department and (b) agencies for which the Department is responsible to small and medium-sized enterprises in each year since 2001-02; and what the total value of those contracts was in each year.
(207010)
246
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many research and development procurement opportunities were disseminated by the Department to small and medium-sized enterprises registered through the Small Business Research Initiative in each year since 2001-02 to date; and what the value of such opportunities was in each case.
(207011)
247
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what expenditure was made by (a) the Department and (b) agencies for which the Department is responsible on research and development projects undertaken by organisations other than university departments, Government-funded research establishments and private sector companies in each year since 2001-02.
(207016)
248
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what efforts the UK is making within the EU to ensure that those EU countries that are off-target with their Kyoto commitments make better progress to meet their commitments; and if she will make a statement.
(207213)
249
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the salary of the (a) chair, (b) chief executive and (c) board members of the Office of Water Services is; and how many days' work per week each is expected to undertake.
(207024)
250
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the change in use of large moveable pens for the rearing of pheasants following the removal of the chemical DMZ; and whether these pens are subject to (a) planning permission and (b) business rates.
(207308)
251
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers participated during the reference period of the Energy Crops Scheme; and what the total payment was.
(207309)
252
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206960)
253
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money (a) was claimed, (b) was awarded and (c) is contingent liability under foot-and-mouth financial support; and how much of each of these sums is (i) UK sourced and (ii) European Communities sourced grant.
(207127)
254
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the impact of European Court of Justice case C-431/02, as detailed in OJ C300 volume 47 of 4th December, on UK implementation of Directive 91/689/EEC; what measures she will take to comply with the ruling; and what estimate she has made of the costs which will be incurred in so complying.
(207169)
255
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the UK's milk quota was used in the last period for which figures are available.
(207481)
256
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) dairy farms and (b) milk cows there have been in England in each year since 1995.
(207533)
257
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the outcome was of the Environment Council on 20th December; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if she will make a statement.
(207059)
258
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the financial position of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge; and if she will make a statement.
(207469)
259
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which of her Department's publications have drawn on information produced by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre at Cambridge; and if she will make a statement.
(207470)
260
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when (a) she and (b) her officials last met the staff of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre at Cambridge; and what was discussed.
(207471)
261
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the UK's financial contribution to the UN Environment Programme is for (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; and if she will make a statement.
(207472)
262
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by her Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year.
(207638)
263
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207654)
264
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207672)
265
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the contribution of honey production to the agricultural economy.
(207745)
266
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on funding for the National Bee Unit.
(207747)
267
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with colleagues in the Welsh Assembly Government on funding for disease inspection programmes in the bee industry.
(207748)
268
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the National Bee Unit on future disease threats faced by beekeepers.
(207749)
269
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the disease threat faced by bee colonies.
(207750)
270
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 her special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207174)
271
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the contracts signed by her special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207279)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
272
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to promote the proposed international arms trade treaty.
(207611)
273
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what responses he has received from his international counterparts regarding the proposed international arms treaty.
(207612)
274
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether a timetable has been drawn up for the (a) agreement and (b) implementation of the proposed international arms treaty; and if he will make a statement.
(207613)
275
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the government of Colombia and (b) the government of the Irish Republic on assisting in returning to Colombia the IRA/Sinn Fein members convicted there.
(206939)
276
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the openness of the Iraqi electoral process will be assured; who has overall responsibility for the process of the 30th January elections; who appointed them; what their qualifications are for the role; whether the names of would-be candidates who have not been allowed to stand will be disclosed; whether reasons will be given for their ineligibility; who will monitor the polls and undertake the count; who the returning officers will be; whether there will be independent monitoring of the elections; and if he will make a statement.
(207220)
277
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many ballot papers for the Iraqi election will be (a) printed and (b) issued; what arrangements have been put in place to ensure that surplus ballot papers are not used and counted; what arrangements are in place to ensure that there is no (i) multiple voting by individuals and (ii) voting by individuals in place of dead or absentee Iraqis; and if he will make a statement.
(207221)
278
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who will be entitled to vote in the Iraqi election on 30th January in Fallujah; what the anticipated number on the electoral roll in that area is; what arrangements are in place for those who fled the recent fighting to vote; and if he will make a statement.
(207247)
279
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what arrangements are in place to ensure that no non-Iraqis cast votes, or arrange for votes to be included in the poll count, in the Iraqi elections on 30th January; and if he will make a statement.
(207249)
280
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the size of the black market in Iraq in respect of the supply of petrol and oil for domestic use; and if he will make a statement.
(207265)
281
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Eritrean Government concerning the imprisonment of 400 people for their Christian faith.
(207192)
282
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Bahrain concerning human rights since 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(207698)
283
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Turkey will be required officially to recognise the existence of the Republic of Cyprus before it is granted membership of the European Union.
(207207)
284
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Conventions agreed by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe have not been ratified by the UK since 1997.
(207219)
285
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role the New Eurasia Foundation plays in fulfilling the policy objectives of his Department; and what funding the Department contributes to the New Eurasia Foundation.
(207768)
286
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a summary of the advice of Government lawyers in the judicial review case concerning the Orders in Council affecting the Chagos islanders.
(207769)
287
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206961)
288
Mr George Foulkes (Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has undertaken studies of the possible impact of the proposed reform of the EU sugar regime on the internal security situation in Jamaica in relation to the flow of narcotics and illegal weapons to the United Kingdom.
(206923)
289
Mr George Foulkes (Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to discuss with the Jamaican Minister of National Security in January 2005 the possible effects upon the security situation in Jamaica of a drop in the price for sugar under the EU Sugar Regime.
(206938)
290
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to raise the issue of atrocities against the (a) Karen, (b) Karenni and (c) Shan peoples of Burma at the United Nations Security Council.
(207048)
291
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the most recent representations are which he has made directly to the Burmese military regime regarding atrocities by the Burmese military against the (a) Karen, (b) Karenni and (c) Shan people.
(207049)
292
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Burmese regime regarding the attack by the Burmese Army against Karen villages in Hsaw Htee Township, Nyaunglebin District, Karen State, on 14th November; and if he will make a statement.
(207050)
293
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Indonesia regarding recent atrocities by the Indonesian military in Puncak Jaya, West Papua; and if he will make a statement.
(207052)
294
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of China regarding (a) the recent actions taken against house churches in China and (b) the imprisonment of Christians, with particular reference to Pastor Zhang Rongliang and Pastor Cai Zhuohua.
(207053)
295
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Sri Lanka regarding (a) attacks against Sri Lankan Christians, with particular reference to recent attacks against (i) the Assemblies of God church in Yakkala and (ii) the Bethel Children's Home in Batticaloa and (b) the Sri Lankan Government's attempts to pass anti-conversion laws.
(207054)
296
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the requirements for candidates sought as successor ambassador to the Holy See; and whether declared religion will be a factor.
(207073)
297
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those areas of (a) current and (b) prospective EU member states where border definition is in dispute.
(207074)
298
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his policy towards disputed areas of the Estonian/Russian border.
(207075)
299
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his policy towards the future status of Kaliningrad.
(207076)
300
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list UK Government amendments proposed to the European Constitution that were rejected.
(207079)
301
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's position on the maintenance in European Communities' employment of Marta Andreasen.
(207090)
302
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many areas of unanimity have become subject to qualified majority voting decisions since 1st May 1997; and in how many areas unanimity is still required.
(207092)
303
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the effects of the application of Justice and Home Affairs Title VI measures on Gibraltar's (a) constabulary, (b) local government powers and (c) armed forces facilities following the entry into force of the EU constitution.
(207093)
304
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the articles in the draft European constitution in which the text differs from the equivalent articles that formed part of previous treaties.
(207095)
305
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to paragraph 17 of the Explanatory Memorandum on the EU Constitutional Treaty, if he will make a statement on the stopwatch start point for the six-week review period for Parliament; and how this power differs from existing mechanisms.
(207098)
306
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his policy towards the European Convention's Minority Report, submitted by the Convention President alongside the Convention draft; and whether Members of the UK delegation raised the issues contained therein with fellow representatives.
(207099)
307
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which amendments proposed by the Government to the draft European Constitution were not accepted during the Convention stage; and what the text was of the articles in question (a) in the text submitted by the Convention and (b) in the final text.
(207100)
308
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the maintenance in European Communities' employment of named whistleblowers.
(207110)
309
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral statement of 15th December on European Affairs, Official Report, columns 1674-82, if he will name the state to which he refers in column 1679 as holding strong commercial interests in Burma; which companies are involved; what representations he has received from these companies; and if he will make a statement.
(207116)
310
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will define his Department's interpretation of the term federal in relation to EU matters.
(207118)
311
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to detail the costs of EU membership in future publications on the benefits of such membership; and if he will make a statement.
(207133)
312
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the cost of the award of severance grants to European Communities' personnel over the last financial year, broken down by (a) reason for severance and (b) number in each category; whether any involved charges of criminal behaviour; and how many involved claims of whistleblowing.
(207136)
313
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14th December, Official Report, column 1065, on the EU Intelligence Sharing and Co-ordination Service, what the highest classification of information supplied by the UK Government to the Situation Centre is; which departments have supplied such information; and if he will make a statement.
(207139)
314
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the nature of planned EU assistance to ECOWAS for the establishment of a light weapons unit; what the role of EU personnel will be in such assistance; which EU Directorate will take the lead; from which budget line such funding will be taken; and what the likely UK components of that assistance will include.
(207153)
315
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what requirement there is for the EU contribution to ECOWAS for the establishment of a Light Weapons Unit to be separately accounted for in EU accounts.
(207248)
316
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many whistleblowing cases there have been within European institutions in the past 30 years; which institutions have been involved in such cases; and what the employment status is of each individual concerned.
(207255)
317
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the UK Government has received (a) from and (b) concerning whistleblowers in European Union institutions.
(207256)
318
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to insert references to the Minority Report of the Convention on the Future of Europe when official government publications refer in detail to the activities of the Convention; and if he will make a statement.
(207259)
319
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, further to paragraph 15 of the Explanatory Memorandum on the EU Constitutional Treaty, when legal primacy of European law was accepted by the UK Parliament.
(207260)
320
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the Presidencies that will exist under the European Constitution; what budgets each will manage; how many civil servants each will have; and if he will make a statement.
(207264)
321
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what declarations made by UK representatives to the Convention on the future of Europe have been appended to the European Convention; and what legal status they will have should the Convention be ratified.
(207280)
322
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14th December, Official Report, column 1065W, on EU Intelligence Sharing and Co-ordination Services, what analyses and risk assessments the EU Situation Centre has produced; what the security classification is of each; who is responsible for making decisions about the work undertaken by the Centre; and if he will make a statement.
(207283)
323
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the government of the Irish Republic about the future of the common travel area with reference to the requirement for passport or other identification to be shown at Dublin airport by passengers arriving from London's airports; and if he will make a statement.
(207120)
324
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to vary the (a) scale and (b) delivery of UK representation to the Holy See; and if he will make a statement.
(207567)
325
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with the Papal Nuncio prior to decisions being made to alter the UK's arrangements for diplomatic representation to the Holy See; and if he will make a statement.
(207568)
326
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year.
(207649)
327
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207661)
328
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207683)
329
Anne Picking (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment has been made of the merits of appointing an EU special envoy to Burma.
(207746)
330
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what work his Department has undertaken in Iraq since 1st July 2004 to promote the benefits of trade union membership.
(207717)
331
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what work his Department has undertaken with the International Labour Organisation to promote independent trade union representation amongst the people of Iraq.
(207718)
332
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207188)
333
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207240)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
334
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the ratio is of (a) consultants, (b) nurses and (c) general practitioners with a specialism in autism spectrum disorder to autistic children in England; and if he will make a statement.
(206971)
335
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken into the benefits of early intervention for children with autism; and if he will make a statement.
(206973)
336
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much and what percentage of his Department's expenditure went on research and development in each year between 2001-02 and 2003-04.
(206985)
337
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what expenditure was made by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which his Department is responsible on research projects by companies with headquarters in (i) the UK, (ii) other EU member states and (iii) non-EU states in each year since 2001-02.
(206991)
338
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what expenditure (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which his Department is responsible have made on research and development by private sector companies in each financial year since 2001-02.
(206994)
339
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) his Department's expenditure and (b) the expenditure of each agency for which his Department is responsible on research and development relating to UK university departments and research centres was in each year between 2001-02 and 2003-04.
(206997)
340
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much and what percentage of the expenditure of each agency sponsored by his Department went on research and development in each year between 2001-02 and 2003-04.
(206999)
341
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) his Department and (b) each agency for which his Department is responsible spent on research and development with overseas Government laboratories or research establishments, including collaborative Government funded laboratories and research establishments, in each year between 2001-02 and 2003-04.
(207001)
342
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of opportunities for research or consulting disseminated by the Department resulted in (a) research reports and (b) physical deliverables in each year since 2001-02.
(207005)
343
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contracts were awarded by (a) the Department and (b) agencies for which the Department is responsible to small and medium-sized enterprises in each year since 2001-02; and what the total value of those contracts was in each year.
(207009)
344
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many research and development procurement opportunities were disseminated by the Department to small and medium-sized enterprises registered through the Small Business Research Initiative in each year since 2001-02 to date; and what the value of such opportunities was in each case.
(207012)
345
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what expenditure was made by (a) the Department and (b) agencies for which the Department is responsible to research and development projects undertaken by organisations other than university departments, Government-funded research establishments and private sector companies in each year since 2001-02.
(207015)
346
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the expansion of the Whittington Hospital to be complete; and what discussions about the conclusion of the building work have been held by his Department with (a) Jarvis and (b) other contractors.
(207693)
347
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) care homes and (b) care home beds there have been in England in each year since 1997.
(207154)
348
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what salaries or fees are paid to the (a) chairs and (b) chief executives of (i) the Health Care Commission, (ii) the Social Care Commission, (iii) Monitor and (iv) the National Institute for Clinical Excellence; and how many days' work per week each is required to undertake.
(207025)
349
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Trade and Industry on to ensuring that labelling provides adequate information on the health aspects of the practice of supermarkets adding salt to meat products.
(207203)
350
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on patient forums in Greenwich.
(207204)
351
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on consultant fees to support patient forums in Greenwich; and what the total cost of setting up the forums has been.
(207205)
352
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many local residents are serving on patient forums in Greenwich; and how many have resigned since they were set up.
(207206)
353
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on waiting times at the Accident and Emergency Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich.
(207214)
354
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the health implications of the adding of salt to meat by supermarkets to increase weight; and what representations he has made to supermarkets regarding this practice.
(207217)
355
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206962)
356
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects cannabis spray to treat pain to receive a licence for use.
(206942)
357
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the members of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's expert working group on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors will be required to publish their interests.
(206943)
358
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many studies considered by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's expert working group on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors included (a) raw data from clinical trials and (b) summaries of data.
(206944)
359
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial resources have been made available for research into ovarian cancer in the last five years.
(207088)
360
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what new procedures have been implemented for early detection of ovarian cancer in the last five years.
(207089)
361
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of increasing the level of the savings disregard to £15.51 for people supported by local authorities in residential care.
(207624)
362
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each (a) primary care trust and (b) strategic health authority spent on commissioning chiropody and podiatry services in 2003-04.
(207625)
363
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what waiting time targets apply to NHS-funded chiropody and podiatry services; and what plans there are to change these.
(207626)
364
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwives there were in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each primary care trust in each year since 1997, on a (i) headcount and (ii) whole-time equivalent basis.
(207627)
365
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwife vacancies there were in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each primary care trust in each year since 1997; and what the vacancy rate was in each case in each year.
(207628)
366
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when figures for the percentage of adults in each region with no natural teeth in 2003 will be available.
(207671)
367
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what substantive amendments were secured by the Food Standards Agency in the negotiations on the Food Supplements Directive subsequent to the meeting between representatives of the National Association of Health Stores, Consumers for Health Choice, Holland and Barrett, and Solgar Vitamin and Herbs, and Mr Grant Meekin of the Agency in 2001.
(207532)
368
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, upon what basis the Written Observations of the United Kingdom submitted to the Court of Justice of the European Communities in relation to the legality of the Food Supplements Directive concluded in section 20 that the provisions of the Directive themselves do not appear disproportionate.
(207566)
369
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, upon what basis the Written Observations of the United Kingdom submitted to the Court of Justice of the European Communities in relation to the legality of the Food Supplements Directive concluded in section 17 that the legislation did not breach the principles of subsidiarity; and if he will make a statement.
(207597)
370
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for UK ambulance drivers' working time limits of European Court of Justice cases C-397/01 to C403/01, reference OJ C300 vol 47 of 4th December.
(207104)
371
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what punishments may be imposed upon those found guilty of selling or trading in dirty, diseased and illegal cuts of meat; what assessment he has made of the suitability of the punishments; and what further action he is taking to tackle such trade.
(207478)
372
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children with autism there are, broken down by region; and what proportion of the population this represents in each case.
(207480)
373
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of hospital acquired infections in (a) NHS community hospitals and (b) other NHS residential settings in the community.
(207617)
374
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the surveillance data on rates of MRSA in community hospitals; and if he will make a statement.
(207618)
375
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training on infection control is available for NHS staff working in (a) community and (b) primary care settings.
(207619)
376
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients in (a) NHS community hospitals, (b) intermediate care beds and (c) NHS community settings contracted (i) MRSA and (ii) other hospital acquired infections in the last period for which figures are available.
(207620)
377
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures his Department recommends for use in infection control in primary care in the NHS.
(207621)
378
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contingency plans for the provision of hospital beds are in place for the winter in NHS trusts in Dorset.
(207593)
379
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide financial assistance for patients travelling to Bournemouth for surgical urology treatments currently available at Dorchester, if these treatments cease to be available at Dorchester.
(207594)
380
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will undertake a review of current research on treatment for Down's Syndrome.
(207596)
381
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.
(207486)
382
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions for (a) Ritalin and (b) methylphenidate were written in (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2003-04.
(207487)
383
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the typical treatment choice is for children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
(207488)
384
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what dietary supplements are recommended for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
(207489)
385
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance the Department has given to NHS trusts on the priority for the provision of digital hearing aids to be given to those who are partially sighted.
(207044)
386
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the European Working Time Directive for NHS trusts in (a) West Derbyshire constituency and (b) Derbyshire in each of the last three years.
(207443)
387
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to NHS trusts in (a) West Derbyshire constituency and (b) Derbyshire of implementing the new consultants' contract.
(207444)
388
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for additional general practitioner surgeries in (a) the West Derbyshire constituency and (b) Derbyshire.
(207445)
389
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists there were in (a) West Derbyshire constituency and (b) Derbyshire in each of the last seven years.
(207446)
390
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists have applied to become NHS dentists in (a) West Derbyshire constituency and (b) Derbyshire in each of the last seven years.
(207447)
391
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year.
(207646)
392
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207665)
393
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207687)
394
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the effect on the availability of potential staff for care homes of the length of the vetting and clearance process.
(207528)
395
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will abbreviate the clearance process for care home staff when they move employment from a care home for which they have been cleared to another similar home.
(207529)
396
Joyce Quin (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list primary care trusts in England which do not have DXA bone density scanning facilities, broken down by region.
(207571)
397
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207189)
398
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207241)
399
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what it has cost (a) to create and (b) to run (i) the NHS University and (ii) the NHS Modernisation Agency; and what the Modernisation Agency achieved during its existence.
(207716)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
400
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) trained police officers and (b) special constables there are in the Southend Basic Command Unit.
(207629)
401
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has issued to the police on recording attendances at disturbances in pubs and nightclubs.
(207630)
402
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the clear up rate for (a) burglary, (b) car theft and (c) possession of illegal drugs was in Southend in each of the last five years.
(207632)
403
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many days working at usual duties were lost in each year since 1997 due to police officers in the Essex Constabulary attending court cases; and if he will make a statement.
(207752)
404
Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what form of body protection is provided for special constables.
(207291)
405
Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many special constables have been injured in the line of duty since 1st January 2001.
(207292)
406
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time between death and inquest in the jurisdiction of the Coroner for Cleveland was in 2004; and what the average time between death and inquest was in other coroners' jurisdictions in (a) the north east and (b) England and Wales in that year.
(207491)
407
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inquests in the jurisdiction of the Cleveland Coroner were heard in (a) August, (b) September, (c) October, (d) November and (e) December 2004 by (i) the coroner, (ii) the deputy coroner and (iii) the assistant deputy coroner.
(207492)
408
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the salaries of the (a) coroner, (b) deputy coroner and (c) assistant deputy coroner of Cleveland were at 1st December 2004.
(207493)
409
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that the recommendations of the joint Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary Inquiry, Violence in the Home, are being implemented in all police areas.
(207496)
410
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ask the joint Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary team which produced the report Violence in the Home to re-inspect the police and CPS teams which were criticised to ensure that they have implemented the recommendations.
(207497)
411
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what proportion of (a) rape and (b) murder investigations by (i) Cleveland Police and (ii) other north eastern police forces a scene of crime officer was automatically despatched to the crime scene in the last period for which figures are available.
(207498)
412
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many days in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 (i) the Coroner, (ii) the Deputy Coroner and (iii) the Assistant Deputy Coroner for Cleveland sat on inquests.
(207539)
413
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many days on average in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 (i) coroners, (ii) deputy coroners and (iii) assistant deputy coroners in the North-East Region sat on inquests.
(207616)
414
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been held at HMP Lewes in each month from January 2003 to date; and how many (a) had been convicted of an offence, (b) were on remand and (c) were otherwise held in each month.
(207201)
415
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information in respect of asylum seekers held within prison establishments is provided to outside individuals and groups who have as part of their remit the helping of such individuals.
(207202)
416
N
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) burglaries of dwellings, (b) vehicle crimes, (c) crimes in total and (d) arrests there were in the City of York between (i) April and December 2004 and (ii) April and December 2003; what the detection rate was in each category in these periods; and what the percentage change in each was between the two periods.
(205948)
417
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much and what percentage of the Department's expenditure went on research and development in each year between 2001-02 and 2003-04.
(206984)
418
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what expenditure was made by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which his Department is responsible on research projects by companies with headquarters in (i) the UK, (ii) other EU member states and (iii) non-EU states in each year since 2001-02.
(206990)
419
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what expenditure (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which his Department is responsible have made on research and development by private sector companies in each financial year since 2001-02.
(206993)
420
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) his Department's expenditure and (b) the expenditure of each agency for which his Department is responsible on research and development relating to UK university departments and research centres was in each year between 2001-02 and 2003-04.
(206995)
421
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much and what percentage of the expenditure of each agency sponsored by his Department went on research and development in each year between 2001-02 and 2003-04.
(207000)
422
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much (a) his Department and (b) each agency for which his Department is responsible spent on research and development with overseas Government laboratories or research establishments, including collaborative Government funded laboratories and research establishments, in each year between 2001-02 and 2003-04.
(207002)
423
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of opportunities for research or consulting disseminated by the Department resulted in (a) research reports and (b) physical deliverables in each year since 2001-02.
(207006)
424
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contracts were awarded by (a) the Department and (b) agencies for which the Department is responsible to small and medium-sized enterprises in each year since 2001-02; and what the total value of those contracts was in each year.
(207008)
425
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many research and development procurement opportunities were disseminated by the Department to small and medium-sized enterprises registered through the Small Business Research Initiative in each year since 2001-02, to date; and what the value of such opportunities was in each case.
(207013)
426
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what expenditure was made by (a) the Department and (b) agencies for which the Department is responsible on research and development projects undertaken by organisations other than university departments, Government-funded research establishments and private sector companies in each year since 2001-02.
(207014)
427
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to hold a public inquiry in every case where the death of a child in state custody occurs; and if he will make a statement.
(207212)
428
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to establish categories of homicide, other than justifiable homicide, that do not automatically carry a life sentence upon conviction; and if he will make a statement.
(207245)
429
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken for the Criminal Records Bureau to approve individual volunteers was in the last period for which figures are available.
(207034)
430
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to shorten the amount of time that staff and volunteers wait before receiving clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau.
(207035)
431
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals living in the United Kingdom have been sentenced to prison for criminal offences and been recommended for deportation in each of the last five years; and how many have been deported on the completion of their prison sentence.
(207236)
432
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the funding needs for the implementation of the Prison Service Alcohol Strategy; and what the timetable will be for its implementation.
(207193)
433
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average spending per capita on policing in the Dagenham constituency has been in each year since 1996-97.
(207157)
434
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were employed in the Dagenham constituency in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2004.
(207158)
435
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of reported drug overdose deaths.
(206977)
436
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had over the last two years regarding anonymity for defendants in historical sex abuse cases; and what the outcome of those discussions was.
(207322)
437
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in 2001 affected prisoners who were victims of historical sex abuse.
(207323)
438
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will summarise the guidance available for police forces regarding the interviewing of witnesses in historical sex abuse investigations
(207324)
439
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of historical sex abuse cases reviewed by the Criminal Cases Review Commission have been referred to the Court of Appeal due to (a) new evidence and (b) exceptional circumstances.
(207325)
440
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of individuals wrongly convicted of historical sex abuse have been awarded compensation in each of the last five years.
(207326)
441
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of historical sex abuse the Criminal Cases Review Commission have reviewed; and how many they are reviewing.
(207327)
442
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what further safeguards have been built into the dip sampling process since 2003.
(207330)
443
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the merits of using the video-link equipment available in prisons to record interviews between police and imprisoned witnesses in historical sex abuse cases.
(207331)
444
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance was available to police forces involved in historical sex abuse operations prior to the introduction of the Senior Investigations Officers' handbook in 2002.
(207332)
445
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the findings of the joint Metropolitan Police Service and the Institute of Psychiatry research project to assess the veracity of historical allegations of childhood sexual abuse made by adults.
(207333)
446
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of prisoners are imprisoned for committing a sex offence.
(207334)
447
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the punishments available for those found to have perverted the course of justice.
(207343)
448
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has conducted into statement validity analysis; and what the findings were.
(207448)
449
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the recommendations on disclosure from (a) the study commissioned by his Department, (b) the thematic review by the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and (c) Lord Justice Auld's review of the Criminal Courts have been implemented.
(207449)
450
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the admission of similar fact evidence in trials.
(207450)
451
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Criminal Cases Review Commission has established a database on historical sex abuse cases in order to identify generic patterns.
(207451)
452
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes the Criminal Cases Review Commission has suggested to police procedures in the light of its review of historic sex abuse cases.
(207452)
453
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the results of the co-operation between the Historical Abuse Appeal Panel and the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
(207453)
454
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role the Inter-agency Strategic Management Group has in historic sex abuse operations.
(207454)
455
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what types of investigations other than historical sex abuse police use (a) trawling and (b) dip-sampling.
(207457)
456
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many witnesses in historic child abuse cases have been prosecuted for perverting the course of justice, on the basis of deliberate fabrication, since 1995.
(207458)
457
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Senior Investigation Officers' Manual has been amended to specify that any initial approach by the police to former residents of care homes should be no more than a general invitation to provide information to the investigation team.
(207459)
458
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of interviews with adult witnesses in historical sex abuse cases were recorded in each of the last 10 years.
(207460)
459
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the use of the Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scales in historic sex abuse investigations.
(207509)
460
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how compliance with the `The Investigation of Historic/Institutional Child Abuse: The SIO handbook' is assessed.
(207510)
461
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will extend the statutory reporting restrictions which preserve the anonymity of victims of historical sex abuse to persons accused of those offences.
(207511)
462
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the factors underlying the take-up rate of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in historical child abuse cases.
(207512)
463
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had in the last two years regarding the terms of reference of the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
(207513)
464
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce an alternative to the Sex Offenders Treatment Programme which requires no admission of guilt on the part of the prisoner.
(207514)
465
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on how risk assessment of convicted sex offenders is carried out.
(207515)
466
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the merits of abolishing targets for successful convictions.
(207516)
467
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers regarding the documentation and written recording of police interviews with complainants and other significant witnesses in historical sex abuse cases; and what the outcome was of those discussions.
(207518)
468
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has conducted into (a) SCAN and (b) other techniques for assessing the validity of statements for use in historical sex abuse cases.
(207519)
469
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the advice provided by the Association of Chief Police Officers Investigative Interviewing Group to police forces on statement validity analysis techniques for use in historical sex abuse investigations.
(207520)
470
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206963)
471
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the parole board dealing with the application of Harry Roberts for parole heard evidence in secret to which neither Roberts nor his representatives had access.
(207699)
472
Patrick Hall (Bedford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidences of (a) domestic burglary, (b) criminal damage, (c) drug offences, (d) robbery, (e) vehicle theft and (f) violence against the person were recorded in Bedford and Kempston in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2003.
(207225)
473
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8th December, Official Report, column 650W, on xenotransplantation, what steps he took to ascertain that all of the animals were cynomolgous macaques; and what time period the information relates to.
(207045)
474
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he received an opinion from West Midlands Police on their ability to guarantee the safety of the audience and staff of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 21st December, were the theatre to continue to perform the play Behzti; and what assessment he has made of West Midlands Police's capacity to guarantee the audience's safety on 21st December.
(207700)
475
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons he has decided not to bring forward legislative proposals to repeal the law on blasphemy; and if he will make a statement.
(207701)
476
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials held with West Midlands Police between 18th and 20th December on whether the police were able to guarantee the safety of the audience and staff of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in the event of productions of the play Behzti on 20th December and subsequently; and if he will make a statement.
(207702)
477
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the update provided at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 19th November by the EU Counter Terrorist Co-ordinator on the EU's role in the fight against terrorism; and what documents were referred to during that update.
(207091)
478
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the (a) mandate and (b) powers of the European Data Protection Supervisor in respect of tackling fraud.
(207167)
479
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the effect of European Court of Justice case C-200/02, reference OJ C300 volume 47 of 4th December on rights of residency in the UK for non-UK citizens in equivalent circumstances to those who are the subject of that case; and how many individuals with UK-based families are thereby affected.
(207257)
480
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many firearms seized by Nottinghamshire Constabulary during Operation Stealth were real firearms subject to Section 5 (1)(aba) of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended); how many were imitation firearms capable of being readily converted to fire live ammunition as set out in the provisions of Section 1 (1)(a) of the Firearms Act 1982; how many were gas cartridge firearms subject to Section 5 (1)(af) of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended); how many were imitation firearms; and how many were air weapons.
(206931)
481
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many appeals have been brought against the Chief Constable of Humberside Police under section 44 of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended) since 29th October 2003; and how many were (a) dismissed, (b) allowed and (c) abandoned.
(207607)
482
N
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average per annum cost of detaining a prisoner in England and Wales was in the latest year for which figures are available.
(207067)
483
N
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost per annum of supervising an individual on a community punishment order in England and Wales was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(207068)
484
N
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost per annum of supervising an individual on a curfew order with an electronic monitoring condition in England and Wales was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(207069)
485
N
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost per annum of supervising an individual on a community rehabilitation order in England and Wales was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(207070)
486
N
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost per annum of supervising an individual on community rehabilitation and community punishment order in England and Wales was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(207071)
487
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made with his Department's project examining the feasibility of sharing data about deceased persons with organisations involved in fraud prevention.
(207195)
488
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will commission an independent investigation into the escape of three prisoners from Stafford Prison on 8th December; and if he will publish the results.
(207270)
489
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for the right of establishment in business under EU association agreements were received by his Department between 1st June 2003 and 30th April 2004, broken down by nationality of the applicant; and how many were (a) granted, (b) granted in error, (c) refused, (d) refused in error, (e) withdrawn and (f) otherwise disposed of, broken down by nationality.
(207534)
490
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria caseworkers at the Managed Migration Directorate were instructed to consider when determining applications for the right of establishment in business under EU association agreements from (a) 1st June 2003 until August 2003, (b) August 2003 to February 2004 and (c) February 2004 until 30th April 2004.
(207535)
491
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many caseworkers of the Managed Migration Directorate were at work on (a) 6th and (b) 7th March.
(207536)
492
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will break down the number of applications refused between 1st June 2003 and 30th April 2004 for the right of establishment in business under EU association agreements by (a) ground for refusal and (b) nationality.
(207537)
493
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) maximum, (b) mean and (c) minimum number of days was between the date of receipt of an application for the right of establishment in business under EU association agreements and the date of posting the refusal notice to the applicant between 1st June 2003 and 30th April 2004.
(207538)
494
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he monitors the use by private individuals and companies of mobile phones to track the whereabouts of individuals.
(207592)
495
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fingerprint reading machines linked to the National Fingerprint Register are operated by police forces in the UK; and how many checks were carried out in each year since these machines became available.
(207466)
496
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the source is of the figure that about 35 per cent. of terrorists use false or multiple identities, as referred to in the Answer to the honourable Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton of 17th May 2004, Official Report, column 773W.
(207467)
497
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th December to Question 205652, whether the £2.9 million is more than the authority would otherwise have received.
(207525)
498
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons Vivien Hamilton of his office asked the honourable Member for Thurrock on 16th December to return to the Department the letter of 2nd December from the Minister of State to the honourable Member in order to reply to Question 206327 tabled by the honourable Member on 15th December; and if he will make a statement.
(207585)
499
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons are for the delay in replying to the Questions tabled by the honourable Member for Thurrock (a) references 203582 and 203583, tabled on 6th December, (b) reference 204996, tabled on 14th December and (c) reference 204071 and 204164, tabled on 7th December; and if he will make a statement.
(207586)
500
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether plans are in place to use the Metropolitan Police Sports Ground at Imber Court and related buildings and property for other purposes in certain circumstances; and if he will make a statement.
(207600)
501
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many motorists were (a) fined and (b) banned from driving as a result of the evidence of speed cameras in the West Derbyshire Constituency in each of the last five years; and how much money was raised from fines in each year (i) in total and (ii) in Derbyshire.
(207455)
502
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in (a) West Derbyshire Constituency and (b) Derbyshire since their introduction.
(207456)
503
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements he plans for (a) supply of and (b) charging for identity cards for (i) vagrants, (ii) homeless people, (iii) travellers, (iv) mentally ill people after discharge and (v) prisoners on release.
(207026)
504
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it will be an offence not to produce an identity card to authenticate the exchange of information required for car collisions.
(207027)
505
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) financial institutions, (b) shops and (c) restaurants will be entitled to (i) demand to see identity cards as proof of identity, (ii) check the authenticity of cards produced and (iii) call in the police to check cards in the event of disputes.
(207028)
506
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the percentage of identity cards likely to be lost or stolen each year.
(207029)
507
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements he plans to make to allow British citizens living overseas to register for identity cards.
(207622)
508
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the likely size of the national identity register in (a) 2010, (b) 2020 and (c) 2030.
(207623)
509
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of countries which (a) have introduced national identity cards since September 2001 and (b) are in the process of introducing them.
(207691)
510
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to what purposes the additional expenditure to be funded by the planned increase in his Department's budget for central services in 2005-06, as indicated on page 132 of the Home Office Annual Report 2003-04, will be put.
(207692)
511
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year.
(207650)
512
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207662)
513
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207684)
514
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the minimum number of Custom and Immigration officers on duty at John Lennon Airport was in the last period for which figures are available.
(207318)
515
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations have been made to his Department on detention arrangements for passengers believed to be trying to enter the country illegally at John Lennon Airport.
(207319)
516
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals illegally resident in the UK have been found to be in possession of forged Portuguese identity cards in the last 12 months.
(207320)
517
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions have taken place with (a) Peel Holdings and (b) operators of no frills airlines with regard to improving security at John Lennon Airport.
(207321)
518
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals deported from this country have been found to be in possession of forged identity cards in the last 12 months.
(207328)
519
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many forged passports have been confiscated or impounded by Customs and Immigration officers in the last 12 months.
(207329)
520
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many forged passports have been confiscated or impounded in the last three years by (a) Customs and Immigration officers and (b) the police.
(207484)
521
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals with forged passports have been arrested or detained in the last three years by (a) Customs and Immigration officers and (b) the police.
(207485)
522
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207179)
523
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207242)
524
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether, under plans from his Department, all applicants for UK citizenship will have to prove that they can speak English regardless of how long they have lived in the UK.
(207742)
525
Claire Ward (Watford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in Hertfordshire in (a) 1995 and (b) 2004; and if he will make a statement on the percentage change in funding of the police service during that period.
(207569)
526
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the changes to UK law which would be required in order for the Government to be able to ratify the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (2000).
(207039)
527
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to expand the capacity of the Poppy Project to assist women who have been trafficked into prostitution.
(207040)
528
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases have been prosecuted under the trafficking offence established in the Sex Offences Act 2003.
(207041)
529
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases have been prosecuted under the trafficking for exploitation offence established in section 4 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants) Act 2004.
(207042)
530
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance has been issued on cases where trafficked children are appealing for exceptional leave to remain and there is evidence to suggest that they may be re-trafficked if returned to their country of origin.
(207043)
531
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the Government's immigration policies with the UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and their Families.
(207706)
532
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the changes to UK law which would be required for ratification of the UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and their Families.
(207707)
Questions to the Chairman of the Information Committee
533
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee, what steps have been taken since 16th June to protect honourable Members, peers and their staff against spam e-mails; and if he will make a statement.
(206967)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
534
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of its disbursements CDC/Actis Capital has invested in (a) least developed, (b) other low-income, (c) low and middle-income and (d) upper middle-income countries in (i) 2002, (ii) 2003 and (iii) 2004.
(207138)
535
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the UK Government's financial contribution towards the Tsunami relief appeal will come from the contingency fund.
(207737)
536
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged and (ii) delivered to Iran after the Bam earthquake.
(207738)
537
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the plans are for the replacement of food rationing in Iraq by cash subsidy; what the reasons are for the proposed change; what measures are proposed to protect the vulnerable from the potential adverse effects of such a change; what assessment has been made of the possibility of changes in the crime rate resulting from the proposed change; and if he will make a statement.
(207199)
538
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what role UK officials had in the IMF monitoring exercise in Angola; and what advice they have offered to the government of Angola.
(207694)
539
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206964)
540
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid has been provided in support of heritage protection in Iraq; and what form that aid has taken.
(207077)
541
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on his policy towards funding crop sprayer aircraft in support of the Afghan Government's poppy eradication programme.
(207097)
542
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the oral Answer of 15th December, Official Report, column 1654, on the European Union Budget, if he will make a statement on the statistical evidence supporting the statement that repatriation of EC aid would lead to lower levels of development assistance worldwide.
(207117)
543
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the (a) study awards to and (b) activities undertaken by (i) AEC, (ii) AGRER and (iii) GTZ referred to in the latest audit report of the European Development Fund.
(207121)
544
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the nature of European Development Fund support for Zimbabwe.
(207125)
545
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the nature of European Development Fund support for Namibia.
(207126)
546
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, who signed Council Decision 2004/804/EC L356 volume 47 of 1st December on behalf of the Government of Zimbabwe; where the signing took place; and whether sanctions were lifted to enable this procedure to take place.
(207131)
547
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the doubtful debts from the Congolese account referred to in the latest audit report of the European Development Fund.
(207171)
548
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year.
(207642)
549
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207669)
550
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207677)
551
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Tooting of 13th December, Official Report, columns 819-20W, on Iraq, where the interim Iraqi Government and United States forces stockpiled the supplies of water, food and medicine prior to the military operation.
(207277)
552
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207181)
553
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Adviser.
(207228)
Questions to the Leader of the House
554
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Leader of the House, how many statutory instruments were introduced in the past 12 months; how many were debated on the Floor of the House; how many were made under the provisions of legislation originating in the European Communities; and if he will make a statement.
(207096)
555
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Leader of the House, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207183)
556
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Leader of the House, whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207230)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
557
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent by each of the Northern Ireland departments on (a) rent or hire of accommodation for staff conferences and (b) overnight stays in hotels for staff in each year since 1997.
(207739)
558
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff conferences have been organised by each of the Northern Ireland departments in each year since 1997; and at what total cost.
(207740)
559
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many civil servants in each of the Northern Ireland Government departments have attended staff conferences involving an overnight stay in each year since 1997.
(207741)
560
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206950)
561
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what response he has made to the March 2004 report of the Committee of Experts on the Implementation of the Charter for Regional or Minority Lanugages, with particular reference to the recommendation that he recognise the necessity of public funding in order to maintain a newspaper in Irish in Northern Ireland; and what measures he is taking to support the Irish language daily newspaperá.
(207081)
562
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year.
(207645)
563
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207666)
564
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207688)
565
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207182)
566
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207229)
Questions to the Prime Minister
567
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answers on Working Time Regulations of 13th December, Offical Report, column 823W, and 20th December, Official Report, columns 1353-4W, for what reasons it was not possible to provide details of the number and percentage of officials working in his private office who have worked more than a 48 hour week at any time in the last 12 months.
(207614)
568
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his Office's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206951)
569
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Prime Minister, on what day his Office chose 21st December as the date for his visit to Baghdad.
(207462)
570
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 13th December, Official Report, column 822W, on foreign press articles, if he will make it his policy that articles written by members of the United Kingdom Government are deposited in the Library.
(207106)
571
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Prime Minister, which speakers will be invited to the planned meeting of FTSE 100 leaders at Downing Street on the European Constitution; what the projected cost of this meeting is; and which (a) Ministers and (b) outside organisations will be in attendance.
(207109)
572
N
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, whether the Secretary of State for the Home Department had received his seal of office when he issued his two written ministerial statements concerning International Exercise and the case of A & Others and the Secretary of State for the Home Department on 16th December; and if he will make a statement.
(207565)
573
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207190)
574
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Prime Minister, whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207237)
575
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the attributable newspaper articles written by his special advisers in their official capacity between 31st March 2003 and 31st March 2004.
(207764)
576
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Prime Minister, whether his special advisers have used official resources for party political activity.
(207765)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
577
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects draft Statutory Instrument SSI0710, laid on 14th December, to come into force.
(207531)
578
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206952)
579
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year.
(207647)
580
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207664)
581
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207686)
582
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207177)
583
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207233)
Questions to the Solicitor General
584
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Solicitor General, what criteria the Crown Prosecution Service uses to decide whether to prosecute in a case referred to it.
(206932)
585
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Solicitor General, what documents the Crown Prosecution Service requires to receive before making a decision to prosecute.
(206933)
586
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Solicitor General, how many cases were referred to Essex Crown Prosecution Service in each year from 2000; and in how many cases a decision to prosecute was made.
(206934)
587
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on the pilot scheme for joint working between the Crown Prosecution Service and the police in Southend.
(207631)
588
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, in how many Crown Prosecution Service areas Crown Prosecution Service Direct is fully operational.
(207494)
589
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, what her assessment is of the impact of Crown Prosecution Service Direct on (a) the level of convictions, (b) the numbers of guilty pleas and (c) the numbers of cracked trials in 2004.
(207495)
590
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, what monitoring procedures the Crown Prosecution Service has in place to ensure good quality prosecution by the Bar in rape trials.
(207499)
591
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, what monitoring the Crown Prosecution Service carries out of the standard of witness care by the Bar in (a) criminal and (b) rape trials.
(207500)
592
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, what training the Crown Prosecution Service (a) organises for and (b) delivers to the Bar to ensure that its new code of practice on rape prosecutions is followed at trial.
(207501)
593
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, what training is given by the Crown Prosecution Service to the Bar about resisting applications for the admission of previous sexual history in rape trials.
(207502)
594
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, what instructions are given to the Bar by the Crown Prosecution Service about dealing with defence applications to cross-examine about previous sexual history in rape trials which are not made in advance of the trial.
(207503)
595
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, what instructions are given by the Crown Prosecution Service to the Bar in rape trials about meeting and speaking to the complainant.
(207504)
596
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, what the conviction rate in contested rape trials was in 2004 in (a) England and (b) the jurisdiction of the Teesside Crown Court.
(207505)
597
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, what percentage of defendants charged with rape pleaded guilty during 2004 in (a) England and (b) the jurisdiction of the Teesside Crown Court.
(207506)
598
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Solicitor General, how the Crown Prosecution Service tests the evidence in historical sex abuse cases.
(207507)
599
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Solicitor General, what assessment she has made of the implications for UK audit practices of European Court of Justice Case C-255/01, reference OJ C300 vol 47 of 4th December, with particular reference to equivalence of professional qualifications for professional auditors dealing with European Community funds.
(207105)
600
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Solicitor General, what the cost was of UK participation in the Commission case against the Hellenic Republic in Court of Justice Cases C-475/01 as detailed in OJ C300 volume 47 of 4th December; and what form such participation took.
(207258)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
601
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether her Department has carried out analysis of the impact of the non-domestic property rating system on the development of a competitive telecommunications market.
(206983)
602
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether grant funding, other than the European Regional Development Fund grant to the Maritime Defence Museum (Lowestoft) Ltd. for restoration of the Fast Patrol Vessel Defender, was provided by (a) the Government and (b) the European Regional Development Fund for the acquisition, voyage, maintenance and use of the vessel.
(207720)
603
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress the Government Office for the East of England, in conjunction with her Department, has made in ascertaining details of the acquisition, whereabouts and condition of the Fast Patrol Vessel Defender, donated by the Sultan of Oman to Lowestoft.
(207721)
604
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been spent by her Department in each year since 1997 on research connected with the hydrogen economy.
(207208)
605
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) total cost and (b) number of beneficiaries of the retired miners' concessionary fuel scheme was in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) solid fuel and (ii) cash-in-lieu of solid fuel.
(206926)
606
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the level of entitlement to concessionary fuel is for each of the client groups entitled to receive it under the retired miners' scheme; and what the cash-in-lieu rates are.
(206927)
607
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to attend conferences which highlight the alternatives to wind power.
(207465)
608
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the Reach Initiative regarding unsafe substances; what progress has been made with international consideration of the initiative; what barriers there are to its agreement; and if she will make a statement.
(207198)
609
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what changes there have been in the rules in respect of bribery and corruption in contracts involving UK businesses in recent months; and if she will make a statement.
(207276)
610
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list military equipment contracts with the government of Chile since 1990, broken down by value of goods.
(207695)
611
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list all contacts that have taken place between officials of her Department and General Augustus Pinochet concerning arms contracts since 1990.
(207696)
612
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what meetings have taken place between (a) Ministers and (b) officials of her Department and representatives of (i) Tesco, (ii) Asda, (iii) Sainsbury's and (iv) Morrisons about Planning Policy Statement 6 (Town Centres) over the last 12 months.
(207062)
613
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what meetings have taken place between (a) Ministers and (b) officials of her Department and representatives of organisations representing small and independent retailers about Planning Policy Statement 6 (Town Centres) over the last 12 months.
(207064)
614
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether her Department has submitted comments to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister about the draft Planning Policy Statement 6 (Town Centres).
(207066)
615
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, who is responsible for the operation of the Post Office Card Account helpline.
(207250)
616
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints have been received on the operation of Post Office Card Accounts since their introduction.
(207251)
617
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what salary is paid to the (a) chair, (b) chief executive and (c) board members of the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets; and how many hours work per week each is expected to undertake.
(207022)
618
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to revise renewable obligation certificates to distinguish between low, high and premium value renewables.
(207305)
619
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total cost to the Department of the rural subsidy to the Post Office was in the last year for which figures are available; and how the rural subsidy to the Post Office is organised.
(207306)
620
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what timetable has been established to draw down the outstanding balance in respect of improvement investment grants to Post Office Limited.
(207602)
621
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) the UK have received payments under the Urban Investment Programme; and what the average payment has been to each post office.
(207603)
622
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average compensation payment has been to sub-postmasters leaving the postal services business in (a) each constituency and (b) each nation and region of the UK under the Urban Reinvention Programme.
(207604)
623
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the urban population lived within one mile of a post office or sub-post office in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) the UK and (e) each constituency (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the most recent date for which information is available.
(207605)
624
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) each constituency were recommended for closure under the Urban Reinvention Programme; how many were (i) opposed by and (ii) approved by Postwatch; how many (A) closed and (B) remained open after public consultation; and how many were saved from closure on appeal by Postwatch.
(207606)
625
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on her Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206953)
626
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether it is her policy to invite trade associations to play a greater role in training and the provision of apprenticeships.
(206981)
627
Patrick Hall (Bedford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to encourage greater inward investment in Bedford and Kempston.
(207224)
628
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the effect of European Court of Justice Case C-247/02, reference OJ C300 vol 47 of 4th December, on her Department's efforts to increase cross-EU competition in the awarding of public sector contracts by EU member states.
(207103)
629
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the implications for UK business of amendments to Council Directive 73/23/EEC set out in 2004/C 299/07, OJ C299 volume 47 of 4th December.
(207119)
630
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 15th December, Official Report, column 1124W, on the EU Constitution, whether such a legal basis exists within the European Communities treaties.
(207140)
631
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 15th December, Official Report, column 1124W, on the EU Constitution, what the definition is of services of general economic interest; and if she will make a statement on the effect of the provisions of the EU Consititutional Treaty on the competence of (a) Member States and (b) the European Commission in respect of such services.
(207284)
632
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many sub-post offices were closed in (a) the West Derbyshire Constituency and (b) Derbyshire in each of the last five years.
(207461)
633
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Export Credits Guarantee Department has been asked (a) to supply information to and (b) to co-operate with the Serious Fraud Office in respect of its investigation into allegations of bribery and false accounting concerning BAE Systems and Saudi Arabian officials.
(207743)
634
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by her Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year.
(207639)
635
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207656)
636
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207675)
637
Anne Picking (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what studies have been carried out on the (a) extent, (b) nature and (c) sources of unsolicited silent telephone calls by commercial power diallers.
(207766)
638
Anne Picking (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans her Department has to combat silent telephone calls by commercial power diallers.
(207767)
639
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made of the value of using lie detector technology when assessing claims for coal disease-related compensation.
(207722)
640
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what response the Department has made to proposals in the Lyons Review to relocate jobs in the Department to North East Scotland.
(207634)
641
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what decisions have been made to relocate to North East Scotland jobs in the Department in the oil and gas sector as set out in the recommendations of the Lyons Review.
(207635)
642
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the effect of implementing a system of collective responsibility for all future waste electronic and electrical products on (a) the incentives for electronic and electrical producers to implement eco-design policies and (b) the ability of producers to avoid contributing to recycling costs by going out of business or other methods.
(207759)
643
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations have been made by her Department to the European Commission in relation to the introduction of individual producer responsibility and the use of financial guarantees in relation to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive; and what responses have been received.
(207760)
644
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the approaches of the (a) French and (b) German Governments to implementation of individual producer responsibility under the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Directive.
(207761)
645
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many individuals with assets on the realisation register of the Official Receiver were pursued for their assets in each year since 1990.
(207753)
646
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many individuals had assets placed on the realisation register of the Official Receiver in each year since 1990.
(207754)
647
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many bankruptcies have been registered in each year in the UK since 1990.
(207755)
648
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of the total number of entries on the realisation register of the Official Receiver have been realised in each year since 1990.
(207756)
649
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what income the Official Receiver has received in each year since 1990 from the realisation of assets on the realisation register.
(207757)
650
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the number of individuals affected by the transitional provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 that permit a three year grace period from 1st April 2004 in which creditors can pursue the assets of bankrupts.
(207758)
651
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 her special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207165)
652
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the contracts signed by her special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207282)
653
Claire Ward (Watford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the organisations and businesses in Hertfordshire that have received funding from (a) the Department and (b) its arms length bodies in (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2003-04.
(207574)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
654
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it the policy of the Government that bicycle lights which flash, pulsate or comprise light emitting diodes shall be deemed to satisfy the requirement that bicycles ridden at night should have lights.
(207636)
655
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is towards the use of cats eyes on unlit roads; what the reasons are for the policy; and if he will make a statement.
(207215)
656
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the likely (a) start and (b) completion date for construction of the extension of the Midland Metro light rapid transit system from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill; and if he will make a statement.
(207588)
657
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the level of investment in local transport projects in Coventry was in the last year for which figures are available; and how much was spent in the West Midlands region during the period.
(206966)
658
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what action he is taking to develop hybrid engine cars.
(206921)
659
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will assist in bearing the cost of widening the railway bridge over Aerodrome Road, Colindale; and if he will make a statement.
(206987)
660
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of operating the freedom pass was to local authorities in London in the last year for which figures are available; and how many pensioners are eligible from each constituency.
(207268)
661
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206946)
662
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what ministerial visits are planned for each Minister in his Department in the next six months; and if he will make a statement.
(207303)
663
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many pedestrians have been (a) injured, (b) seriously injured and (c) killed in collisions with (i) car drivers, (ii) drivers of all motor vehicles and (iii) cyclists in each of the last five years.
(207719)
664
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the Stategic Rail Authority to provide him with the business case for a major scheme at Reading Station; and when he expects to publish the business case.
(207751)
665
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the effect of European Court of Justice case C-483/02, as detailed in OJ C300 volume 47 of 4th December, on UK implementation of railway directives; what measures he will take to comply with the ruling; and what estimate he has made of the costs which will be incurred in so complying.
(207168)
666
N
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of how many staff will be employed in his Department's new rail organisation; and how the estimate was calculated.
(207473)
667
N
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the current grading structure of the Strategic Rail Authority is; what the (a) pay minimum and (b) pay maximum is for each grade; and what the equivalent Civil Service grade is for each SRA grade.
(207474)
668
N
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff are employed in the Strategic Rail Authority broken down by grade.
(207475)
669
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people have been prosecuted for failure to provide correct addresses for their driving licences in each year since 1990.
(207468)
670
N
Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Health and Safety Executive staff will be relocated as a result of their transfer to the Office of the Rail Regulator.
(207060)
671
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance is given to train operating companies on preventing dangerous levels of overcrowding on commuter trains.
(207589)
672
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representation his Department has received regarding the recent timetable changes on routes from Paddington to Maidenhead and Twyford.
(207590)
673
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what action his Department proposes to take to reduce overcrowding and ensure safety following the introduction of the new train timetable on routes from Paddington to Maidenhead and Twyford.
(207591)
674
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations the Government has received from (a) industry and (b) the public regarding options for restoring a Concorde aircraft to flying condition; and if he will make a statement.
(207122)
675
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who owns the patent for the technical specifications, diagrams and related items for Concorde; and if he will make a statement.
(207123)
676
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the benefit of maintaining an airworthy example of Concorde for research and development purposes; and if he will make a statement.
(207124)
677
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year.
(207648)
678
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207663)
679
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207685)
680
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207176)
681
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207232)
682
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) consultants and (b) employees are employed by the Crossrail project team.
(207608)
683
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the future of the A628 Mottram Bypass, with particular reference to the spur to Glossop.
(207610)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
684
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206947)
685
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207184)
686
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207231)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
687
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are participating in the New Deal for Lone Parents in the Dagenham constituency.
(207163)
688
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each ward of the Dagenham constituency claim (a) disability living allowance and (b) winter fuel payments.
(207164)
689
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of benefit fraud involved (a) false identities and (b) false claims without false identity in the last year for which figures are available; and how many prosecutions there were in each category.
(207021)
690
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimated saving will result from the switch of payments of pensions from payment books to direct payments; and what estimated reduction in the level of fraud will result from the phasing out of payment books.
(207307)
691
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Eltham are receiving (a) pension credit, (b) winter fuel payment, (c) free TV licences and (d) the additional £100 council tax contribution; and how much has been spent on each of these.
(207269)
692
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Scotland were eligible for the £100 winter fuel payment for the over eighties last winter; and how many received it.
(207575)
693
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Scotland will be eligible for an additional winter fuel payment for the over eighties this winter.
(207576)
694
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1st January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1st January 2005.
(206949)
695
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have been in hospital for more than a year live on the weekly benefit rate of £15.90; and what proportion suffer from mental ill-health.
(207736)
696
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year.
(207641)
697
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(207670)
698
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.
(207676)
699
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the value of using lie detector technology when assessing benefits claims.
(207723)
700
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether regulations allow ongoing legal expenses, incurred through contesting custody and access arrangements, to be included in a lone parent's necessary expenditure when an assessment is made by the Child Support Agency.
(207564)
701
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of children in poverty have been lifted out of poverty in each of the last seven years, broken down by (a) constituency, (b) county and (c) region.
(207714)
702
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number of pensioners in each region who are failing to claim means-tested income top-up.
(207715)
703
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many representations he has received in support of his proposals to change benefits processing in Aberystwyth.
(206978)
704
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus will give a substantive reply to the letter of 8th October from the honourable Member for the Isle of Wight concerning Mr D Prescott.
(206968)
705
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) quarterly and (b) annual jobseeker's allowance claimant figures for 18 to 24 year olds on the Isle of Wight are for the last five year period; and if he will make a statement on recent trends.
(207342)
706
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions between 31st March 2002 and 31st March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(207172)
707
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.
(207235)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
708
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the (a) role, (b) office and (c) duties, of the Presidency of the Euro Zone countries, under the Protocol on the Euro Group in the draft EU Constitution.
[Transferred] (207101)
709
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the meaning, in the protocol on the Euro Group in the EU Constitution, of the expression pending the Euro becoming the currency of all member states of the Union; and what representations the Government made on this matter during the negotiations.
[Transferred] (207135)
710
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the legal status of reference to the development of ever-closer co-ordination of economic policies within the euro area in the protocol on the Euro Group of the EU Constitution.
[Transferred] (207281)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
711
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many and what percentage of convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal in each of the last five years were historical sex abuse cases.
[Transferred] (207508)
712
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on the (a) mandate and (b) powers of the the European Data Protection Supervisor in respect of information required to be collected under European Communities legislation.
[Transferred] (207286)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
713
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received from members of the Territorial Army on the length of their tours of duty in Iraq.
[Question Unstarred] (207380)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
714
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many claims for compensation due to injury from slips, trips or falls on council property or property maintained by the local authority have been lodged against each London local authority in each of the past two years; and how much money each London local authority paid out in compensation relating to injury from slips, trips or falls on council property or property maintained by the local authority in each of those years.
[Transferred] (207057)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
715
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many hours of intervention a pre-school child with autism spectrum disorder has access to.
[Transferred] (206974)
716
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent by her Department on child protection schemes in each of the last five years, broken down by budget head; and what the forecast budgets are for the next financial year.
[Transferred] (207314)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
717
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will assess the merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to give local authorities the power to recover the costs of removal of abandoned vehicles from the last registered owner; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (206986)
718
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the balance of trade in each dairy product for which figures are available by (a) quantity and (b) value has been in each year since 1995.
[Transferred] (207476)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
719
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the Government's policy is towards compulsory water metering in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (207209)

 
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