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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 11 January 2005

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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 11 January 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 11 January 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 11 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 Tuesday 11 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 11 January see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Advocate General
1
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Advocate General, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by her Department in the last three years.
(207821)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
2
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his Department in the last three years.
(207822)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
3
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his Department in the last three years.
(207817)
4
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the changes in levels of (a) use and (b) sale of (i) recycled and (ii) secondary aggregates has been since the introduction of the Aggregates Levy.
(207085)
5
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department deems the Aggregates Levy to apply to the use of slate waste as aggregate.
(207086)
6
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the aggregates levy on (a) the production of primary aggregates and (b) the volume of such aggregates sold.
(207338)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
7
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his office in the last three years.
(207823)
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners
8
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers on behalf of the Church Commissioners in the last three years.
(207834)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
9
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what percentage of magistrates are from (a) manual trade backgrounds and (b) social class A on the latest date for which figures are available.
(207785)
10
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his Department in the last three years.
(207824)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
11
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by her Department in the last three years.
(207825)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
12
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his Department in the last three years.
(207826)
13
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times in the last 12 months the Defence Export Services Organisation has provided advice to BAe Systems on (a) agents and (b) agents' commission.
(207792)
14
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many depleted uranium shells used by UK forces have been recovered from the waters of (a) the UK and (b) overseas and Commonwealth partners in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(207809)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
15
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received from the Campaign to Protect Rural England about mobile phone masts.
(207732)
16
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his Department in the last three years.
(207827)
17
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will commission a study on the merits of a levy on the profits of registered social landlords benefiting from large scale voluntary transfers, to be returned as a bonus to the community transferring its council housing.
(207806)
18
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the first warning the UK Government received about the impending tsunami on 26th December 2004.
(207796)
19
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much total Government grant per capita has been given to each local authority in England, including fire authorities, in each year since 1997.
(207336)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
20
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by her Department in the last three years.
(207828)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
21
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parlimentary answers by her Department in the last three years.
(207829)
22
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will (a) urge the European Commission to reduce catches permitted to EU fleets fishing in African national waters to levels which do not undermine sustainable fishing for the local fishermen and (b) request an independent study of the effect of EU fishing on the local fishermen, catches, employment and diet in the states which are leased for fishing rights by the EU.
(207807)
23
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will instruct the National Bee Unit to issue advice to beekeepers on the effects of formic acid, lactic acid and oxalic acid on tackling the parasite Varroa Destructor in honey bees.
(207705)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
24
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has assessed on the operation of the justice system in Zimbabwe.
(207780)
25
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he is taking to encourage steps to improve the justice system in Zimbabwe.
(207781)
26
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many tenders have been put out for (a) translation and (b) interpreting contracts for international events hosted by the UK in 2005.
(207783)
27
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parlimentary answers by his Department in the last three years.
(207830)
28
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the British representative in Diego Garcia and (b) the US authorities about the impact of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami on the Chagos Archipelago.
(207842)
29
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will amend the advice offered by his Department to young travellers to Thailand to highlight the threat posed by lawlessness.
(207703)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
30
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15th December, Official Report, column 1155W, on nurse numbers, how many students entered training to become a nurse or midwife in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available; and what proportion of entrants (i) completed their training and (ii) commenced practice in each year.
(207046)
31
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy towards mixed wards in hospitals.
(207733)
32
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his reply of 9th December 2004, Official Report, column 752W, on dentistry, if he will make a statement on the reasons evinced by the British Dental Association for not attending the meetings of 8th and 12th December 2004; and what follow-up action the Department plans to take.
(207770)
33
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parlimentary answers by his Department in the last three years.
(207831)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
34
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parlimentary answers by his Department in the last three years.
(207835)
35
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals entering the country with questionable identification have been detained at John Lennon airport but have subsequently absconded from the airport in the last 12 months.
(207335)
36
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much total Government grant per capita was given to each police force in England in each year since 1997.
(207337)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
37
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parlimentary answers on behalf of the House of Commons Commission in the last three years.
(207832)
38
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his Answer of 16th December, Official Report, column 1225W, on kettles, whether a comparative assessment was made of the health and safety risks posed by kettles and cisterns of boiling water; and if he will arrange for the issue of rubber gloves to all kitchens in the Parliamentary Estate to protect against the danger of scalding.
(207704)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
39
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his Department in the last three years.
(207811)
40
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will publish written statements on a monthly basis on the progress of UK Government aid to countries hit by the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami indicating (a) amounts spent in pounds sterling, (b) quantity and nature of materials purchased and (c) the proportion of materials sent out to those countries in need.
(207793)
41
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, from which funds money pledged by the Government to help the victims of the Indian earthquake and tsunami has been provided; and if he will make a statement.
(207794)
42
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid has been given by the UK Government to the reconstruction in Bam, Iran, in the aftermath of the earthquake of 2003, broken down by (a) monetary aid and (b) resources and materials; and what proportion has been sent so far to the area.
(207795)
43
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid has been given by the UK Government to the reconstruction in Mozambique following the floods of 2000 setting out (a) the amount of monetary aid and (b) the amount of resources and materials which have been sent to the area.
(207808)
44
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with (a) the Iraqi Interim Government and (b) the International Monetary Fund on their joint proposal to replace the food ration to Iraqi families with a conditional cash payment.
(207521)
45
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the joint proposal of the Iraqi Interim Authority and the International Monetary Fund to replace the food ration to Iraqi families with a conditional cash payment.
(207522)
Questions to the Leader of the House
46
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Leader of the House, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his office in the last three years.
(207810)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
47
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his Department in the last three years.
(207814)
Questions to the Prime Minister
48
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Prime Minister, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his office in the last three years.
(207815)
49
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the US Administration concerning the tactics used in the siege of Fallujah; and if he will make a statement.
(207797)
50
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the US (a) President and (b) Defense Secretary on the creation of a free fire zone in Fallujah.
(207798)
Questions to the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission
51
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers on behalf of the Public Accounts Commission in the last three years.
(207833)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
52
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, in how many rooms within his Department smoking is allowed.
(207789)
53
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his Department in the last three years.
(207816)
Questions to the Solicitor General
54
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Solicitor General, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by her Department in the last three years.
(207812)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
55
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers on behalf of the Speaker's Committee in the last three years.
(207778)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
56
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on her Department's co-sponsorship of the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition.
(207841)
57
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by her Department in the last three years.
(207779)
58
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which solicitors the Law Society has informed the Department have been ruled against for negligence under the miners compensation scheme.
(207784)
59
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 20th December, Official Report, column 1380W, on maternity leave, if she will estimate the average length of time taken in paid maternity leave by those receiving (a) statutory maternity pay and (b) maternity allowance in (i) the latest year for which figures are available and (ii) each of the previous five years.
(207786)
60
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will estimate the change in average length of time taken in paid maternity leave by those receiving (a) statutory maternity pay and (b) maternity allowance since the changes inplemented in April 2003; and if she will make a statement.
(207787)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
61
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made in encouraging the use of yellow school buses as a means to cut traffic congestion.
(207731)
62
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of trains in operation in each year since 1995 have been wheelchair accessible, broken down by train operator; and if he will make a statement.
(207708)
63
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his estimate is of the number of trains that will have to be scrapped to meet the accessibility end date of 2020, broken down by train operator; and if he will make a statement.
(207709)
64
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which licensing authorities are not operating taxis that are accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(207727)
65
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the percentage of buses with faulty ramps in (a) England and (b) each local authority in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(207728)
66
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to promote dial-a-ride bus services; and what assessment he has made of the take-up of these services.
(207729)
67
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list those areas in which dial-a-ride bus services are in operation; and if he will make a statement.
(207730)
68
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his Department in the last three years.
(207813)
69
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) railway stations and (b) miles of railway track there are in (i) Scotland, (ii) England and (iii) Great Britain.
(207799)
70
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will give for each year since 1995 (a) total, (b) public and (c) private investment in the rail infrastructure in (i) Scotland, (ii) England, (iii) Wales and (iv) Great Britain; and how much was spent on (A) track repair and maintenance, (B) station repair and maintenance, (C) new track, (D) new station facilities, (E) other infrastructure repair and maintenance and (F) new infrastructure in each case.
(207800)
71
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will give for each year since 1995 (a) total, (b) public and (c) private spening on the rail infrastructure (i) per person and (ii) per track mile in (A) Scotland, (B) England, (C) Wales and (D) Great Britain.
(207801)
72
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the maintenance costs for the Forth Rail Bridge were for each year since 2000 (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of track and infrastructure maintenance costs in (i) Scotland and (ii) Great Britain.
(207802)
73
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Scottish Executive Ministers will have responsibility for (a) maintaining and (b) paying for the maintenance of the Forth Rail Bridge under his proposals in the Railways Bill.
(207803)
74
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy that resources allocated to Scottish Executive Ministers as a result of the additional responsibilities to be devolved in the Railways Bill shall be allocated on the basis of (a) historic spending, (b) planned spending, (c) population share and (d) share of stations and track miles; and if he will make a statement.
(207804)
75
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure (i) in total, (ii) from public and (iii) from private sources for each underground/tube system in the UK in each year since 1995; and what estimate he has made of (A) track, (B) station, (C) other and (D) total repair and maintenance costs for each system in each year since 1995.
(207805)
76
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects domestic passengers from North Kent rail stations to be able to use Eurostar to and from London.
(207031)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
77
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his Department in the last three years.
(207818)
Questions to the Minister for Women
78
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Minister for Women, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by her office in the last three years.
(207819)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
79
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Support Agency cases are on the (a) new and (b) old systems.
(207782)
80
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to use lie detectors on benefit claimants.
(207790)
81
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his Department in the last three years.
(207820)
82
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is regarding the payment of benefits to claimants of working age who fail to supply account details to his Department.
(207791)
Questions to the Leader of the House
83
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Leader of the House, what assessment has been made of the merits of providing honourable Members with annual rail season tickets.
[Transferred] (207788)

 
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