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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 13 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 Thursday 13 January 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 13 January 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 13 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 Thursday 13 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 13 January see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many e-mails have been permanently deleted by his Office in each month since July 2004.
(208676)
2
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on the deletion of e-mails; when this last changed; and how.
(208677)
3
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance he has issued to other departments in respect of the deletion of e-mails.
(208678)
4
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance he issues to Government departments on circumstances under which paper copies may be kept of e-mails which have been deleted.
(208679)
5
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many senior civil servants left the Government for the private sector and were vetted by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments during 2004; and if he will list their (a) Civil Service and (b) private sector posts.
(208518)
6
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the savings made by each Government department in each year from 2001 to 2004 arising from the introduction of e-government services.
(208519)
7
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much was spent on e-Government in each year from 2001 to 2004 (a) in total and (b) broken down by Government department.
(208648)
8
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance has been issued to civil servants regarding providing public information on the proposed Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208534)
9
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance he plans to issue to the Civil Service on its role (a) prior to and (b) during the referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208535)
10
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Cabinet Secretary regarding the role of the Civil Service prior to and during the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union; and what guidance was issued to civil servants regarding their neutrality in previous referendums.
(208536)
11
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what regulations under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 govern the role of the Civil Service prior to and during referendum campaigns.
(208762)
12
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make a statement on the role of the Civil Service in the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208763)
13
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make a statement on the role of the Government Information and Communication Service prior to and during the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208764)
14
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make a statement on the role of special advisers prior to and during the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208765)
15
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he will reply to the Question tabled on 3rd December 2004, by the honourable Member for New Forest East, ref 203389.
(208328)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
16
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the economic benefits that would arise from the creation of a free trade area including the US and the EU.
(208078)
17
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with the EU Trade Commissioner regarding the creation of a free trade area between the EU and the US.
(208317)
18
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which manufacturers have been selected to supply cars for the ministerial car pool over the last 12 months; and what are the volumes of vehicles which have been contracted for.
(208781)
19
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates the Office of Government Commerce has made of government requirements for new light vans in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.
(208782)
20
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the latest figures are for the take up of online submission of personal tax returns; and what steps he has taken to evaluate consumer satisfaction with the process.
(208486)
21
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will match the United States' commitment to top up the Paris Club deal in respect of Iraq's debt by a bilateral agreement taking the debt write-off to 100 per cent.; and if he will make a statement.
(208732)
22
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Paris Club at its recent deliberations on Iraqi debt considered to be the amount of interest accumulated to that debt by individual countries; what the total estimated interest is on Iraq's debt; what the level of debt would be if interest is excluded; what the average period of time is that the interest has been accumulating; how much debt and interest Iraq owes to (a) the UK, (b) Saudi Arabia and (c) Kuwait; and if he will make a statement.
(208733)
23
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were unemployed in Leyton and Wanstead constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004; and what percentage change that represents.
(208766)
24
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people in the Leyton and Wanstead constituency who have benefited from tax credits; and if he will break that estimate down by (a) category of tax credit and (b) average amount received in each category.
(208772)
25
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues regarding their expenditure on matters relating to the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208760)
26
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many properties are listed by the Valuation Office Agency as having a band review pending.
(208757)
27
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the most recent figures are for survival rates for ovarian cancer in the UK.
(208363)
28
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to identify alternative funding for the Fairshare scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(208636)
29
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times since 1997 the clawback clause to recover excess profits on former Ministry of Defence sites has been invoked; which sites were involved; what the sum involved was in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(208687)
30
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in respect of how many deaths within the Humberside police area alcohol was found to be the primary cause in each of the past five years.
(208364)
31
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the cost of answering (a) an oral and (b) a written Parliamentary Question.
(208695)
32
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total cost in each of the last 10 years of answering parliamentary questions.
(208696)
33
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the level of average real personal disposable income was in each year since 1975; and what the percentage change was in each year.
(207773)
34
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money is contained in the National Insurance Fund.
(208404)
35
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money has been allocated to the NHS from the National Insurance Fund in each of the last five years.
(208405)
36
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money was allocated from the National Insurance Fund to (a) the state pension and (b) sickness benefit in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(208503)
37
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to offer alternative funding assistance to credit unions to replace funding withdrawn due to state aid regulations.
(207975)
38
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on state aid regulations in relation to credit unions.
(207976)
39
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of new state aid regulations on (a) newly-formed and (b) established credit unions.
(207994)
40
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the people working within his Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry they came from and (b) the policy responsibilities they have been given.
(208632)
41
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many dwellings in England are in council tax bands (a) A, (b) B, (c) G and (d) H.
(208688)
42
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children are eligible for the Child Trust Fund in (a) Milton Keynes South West and (b) North East Milton Keynes.
(208413)
43
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when a decision will be made on the appeal submitted by Mr Keith Morris of Paignton on 23rd October 2004 against an alleged overpayment of tax credits.
(207837)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
44
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps he takes to ensure that material of future historical importance is retained, in relation to the Government's e-mail deletion policy.
(208716)
45
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, who will be entitled to vote in the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208537)
46
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what powers the Electoral Commission will have regarding Government expenditure on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208544)
47
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what regulations govern spending in the UK by (a) the European Commission, (b) the European Parliament and (c) European Union agencies regarding the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union prior to and during the proposed referendum on the Treaty.
(208545)
48
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what spending limits will apply to campaigning on the Referendum on the EU Constitutional Treaty by agencies of the European Union prior to and during the proposed referendum.
(208546)
49
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Electoral Commission regarding the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208551)
50
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on the rules governing activities by (a) political parties, (b) trade unions, (c) businesses, (d) campaigning organisations, (e) the European Union and (f) the Government prior to and during the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208555)
51
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what consultations the Department has undertaken with the (a) Electoral Commission and (b) other organisations regarding the Electoral Commission's powers to regulate spending during the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208556)
52
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on his Department's plans for the referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208563)
53
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what his estimate is of the cost of the referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208564)
54
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the reasons were for the early release of those 19th century decennial censuses for (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland, which were released for public inspection before they were 100 years old.
(208634)
55
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will publish the texts of the undertakings of confidentiality which were printed on the census documents for (a) 1911 and (b) 1921, for (i) England and Wales, (ii) Scotland and (iii) Northern Ireland.
(208635)
56
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when he will reply to the Question tabled on 3rd December 2004, by the honourable Member for New Forest East, ref 203344.
(208329)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
57
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the people working within her Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry they came from and (b) the policy responsibilities they have been given.
(208631)
58
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much lottery funding the Arts Council has committed for theatre building and improvement schemes in each of the last three years; and what proportion of the total Arts Council lottery funding this constituted in each year.
(208759)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
59
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contracts have been signed by his Department's Disposal Services Agency in the calendar year 2004 for equipment directly sold on a government-to-government basis; and if he will list (a) the equipment concerned and (b) the country to which it has gone or is going.
(208779)
60
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether private security firms and personnel are employed in the (a) management and (b) running of prisons and detention centres under the control of the UK in Iraq.
(208650)
61
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving British military personnel or past serving personnel in Iraq have been charged with offences against Iraqi civilians since the recent military conflict began; if he will list each of the offences with which military personnel have been charged; how many personnel (a) have so far been found guilty and (b) are awaiting trial for such offences; and if he will make a statement.
(208725)
62
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what facilities exist for relatives or friends to visit Iraqis held in detention or in prison by British military forces in Iraq; and what procedures have to be followed for such visits to take place.
(208742)
63
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the longest period of time that a (a) man and (b) woman has been held in detention or imprisonment by British military forces in Iraq.
(208743)
64
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many doctors are allocated on a full-time basis to detention centres or prison centres run by British military authorities in Iraq.
(208744)
65
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Iraqi (a) men and (b) women were held in detention or in prison by British military forces in Iraq on 1st December 2004.
(208745)
66
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) men and (b) women have been released from detention or prison in Iraq by British military forces since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
(208748)
67
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the recent reports of the Director of Infantry's study for the Army Board on Infantry Manning.
(208324)
68
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish all recent papers for the Executive Committee of the Army Board.
(208325)
69
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the decisions on the recent infantry re-organisation were finalised.
(208326)
70
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will change the name of the new Welsh infantry regiment to ensure that the names of the Royal Regiment of Wales and the Royal Welch Fusiliers are more prominent, in a manner similar to that used for the renaming of the Scottish infantry regiments.
(208692)
71
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the size of the army will be after the proposed re-organisation; and what it was in 1997.
(208418)
72
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what means he communicated his decision to disband the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment to serving officers and men.
(208829)
73
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to what precedent he referred in deciding upon a method for disbanding the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment.
(208830)
74
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which infantry regiments have the best record of retained manpower in the last 12 months.
(208831)
75
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of (a) recruiting, (b) testing and (c) providing basic training for an infantry recruit.
(208832)
76
N
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the British military contribution to date to assist in the tsunami relief operation; on what dates military units were deployed; and what their destinations were.
(208116)
77
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the restructuring of the English regiments.
(208799)
78
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to investigate the allegations of Surrey Police concerning intimidation of witnesses stationed at Deepcut Barracks by uniformed members of the Royal Military Police.
(208381)
79
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what stage the prosecution of Brett Richard Mallinson and David Moffett of the Light Dragoon Guards by the legal authorities of Tanzania has reached.
(208382)
80
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what disciplinary action has been taken against soldiers and officers of (a) the Light Dragoon Guards and (b) other regiments following the death of Conjesta Ulikaye in Dar es Salaam in November 2004; what steps have been taken to establish a Board of Inquiry to investigate the background to her death; and whether an apology or expression of sympathy has been made to (i) the family of Conjesta Ulikaye and (b) the Government of Tanzania.
(208383)
81
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers have participated in adventure training exercises in Tanzania since 10th November 2004; and from which regiments.
(208384)
82
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers who have served in Iraq since March 2004 have (a) gone absent without leave and (b) been charged with desertion.
(208385)
83
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to investigate allegations of bullying and sexual assault made by former Coldstream Guardsman Jake Shrof.
(208386)
84
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what action has been taken against Wing Commander Nigel Gorman; under what regulations he was ordered back from his assignment; what charges were laid against him; and what procedures were adopted to hear and adjudicate on these charges.
(208752)
85
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under what regulations Commander David Axon was removed from HMS Somerset in November 2004; what charges were laid against him; what procedures were adopted to hear and adjudicate on these charges; and what actions were taken as a result.
(208753)
86
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the people working within his Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry they came from and (b) the policy responsibilities they have been given.
(208630)
87
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the assessment undertaken by his Department of the United States Department of Defense Report on the Khamisiyah chemical weapons storage bunker in Iraq.
(208788)
88
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at what time, using Greenwich Mean Time and on what date the United States Navy authorities on Diego Garcia informed (a) British military personnel based on Diego Garcia and (b) his Department that the hydro-acoustic monitoring stations based on Diego Garcia had picked up the movement and direction of the tsunami tidal wave on 26th December 2004; and what action was taken following the receipt of this information.
(208790)
89
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated out-of-service date for the Mirach target drone is.
(208793)
90
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a decision has been made on the future of the remaining Meteor jet at Llanbedr Airfield.
(208794)
91
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans have been made for the commemoration in Wales of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War Two.
(208795)
92
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the decision was taken not to name the new Royal Welsh regiment by showing its name in brackets behind the old battalion names in the same way as the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
(208796)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
93
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make it a requirement for all new dwellings in his proposed sustainable communities to (a) be fitted with photovoltaic cells and (b) have separation of drinking water from grey water.
(208351)
94
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent assessment he has made of the effects on flood risk elsewhere of the construction of sustainable communities east of London.
(208354)
95
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance was issued to civil servants in his Department regarding their activities prior to and during the referendum on the North East Regional Assembly.
(208561)
96
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he took to ensure that information provided by his Department prior to the North East Regional Assembly referendum was politically neutral.
(208562)
97
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his policy is towards the findings of the Barker Review regarding the number of additional new social housing dwellings that need to be provided each year in the UK.
(208388)
98
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will set a new target to reduce the council house repairs backlog to 700,000 properties by April 2008.
(208389)
99
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will set a target for the proportion of new homes to be provided in the Sustainable Communities Plan that will be social housing.
(208390)
100
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will publish regular aggregated information on the number of (a) social and (b) affordable homes planned by the regional housing boards.
(208391)
101
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what systems he is putting in place to monitor the delivery of planned improvements to properties transferred under (a) large scale voluntary transfer, (b) arms length management organisations and (c) private finance initiative schemes.
(208392)
102
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will publish an annual summary for the next three years of planned improvements to housing association stock.
(208485)
103
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average cost of an appeal against council tax banding was in the last period for which figures are available.
(208533)
104
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) single company use and (b) multiple company use mobile telephone masts have been erected.
(208656)
105
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans his Department has to introduce in England measures equivalent to the use classes order in Northern Ireland.
(208395)
106
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the people working within his Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry they came from and (b) the policy responsibilities they have been given.
(208629)
107
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) registered social landlord dwellings and (b) local authority dwellings there were in England in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(208649)
108
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the eligibility requirements of local authority tenants for the right to buy; and how the discount is calculated.
(208657)
109
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the eligibility of housing association tenants for the right to buy.
(208658)
110
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many housing association tenants are eligible for the right to buy.
(208659)
111
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the amount of local authority housing stock which will be transferred in each of the next five years.
(208689)
112
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average band (a) A, (b) B, (c) G and (d) H council tax bills were in England in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 2004-05.
(208690)
113
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many copies of the document Creating Better Places and Lives have been printed by his Department; what the costs of (a) design, (b) printing and (c) distribution were; and how many copies were posted unsolicited to individuals and organisations.
(208231)
114
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the grants made through the Living Spaces programme broken down by local authority area; and what (a) the value of the grant, (b) the title of the scheme and (c) the objective of each scheme was in each case.
(208232)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
115
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list known sources of funding for extended school programmes; and if she will make a statement.
(208783)
116
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the latest figures are for online application to university; and what steps she has taken to evaluate consumer satisfaction with the process.
(208646)
117
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the publication schemes under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 prepared by public authorities for which her Department has responsibility; and if she will list the authorities which (a) have had and (b) have not prepared such schemes.
(208480)
118
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the meetings she and her Ministers have had with the Director of Fair Access.
(208481)
119
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 21st December 2004, Official Report, column 1719W, on university admissions, whether she plans to publish the conclusions of her review.
(208647)
120
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the percentage change was between 1997 and 2004 for the number of young people in the Leyton and Wanstead constituency achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C.
(208769)
121
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the percentage change between 1997 and 2004 was for young people achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C.
(208770)
122
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many three and four year olds in Leyton and Wanstead have benefited from the scheme guaranteeing a free part-time nursery place.
(208771)
123
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to provide professional training for teachers on how to tackle homophobic bullying.
(208313)
124
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made in recent discussions she has held with the National Union of Teachers on lessons being taken by non-qualified teachers.
(208702)
125
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, under what circumstances non-qualified teachers are permitted to take lessons.
(208703)
126
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding has been spent on computers for schools in Derby North in each year between 1997 and 2004.
(208487)
127
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding each school in Derby North has received from the New Deal for Schools.
(208488)
128
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding has been spent on higher education in Derby North in each year between 1997 and 2004.
(208489)
129
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she will reply to the Question tabled on 3rd December 2004, by the honourable Member for New Forest East, ref 203329.
(208327)
130
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the total central government funding per pupil for each local education authority in England from 1996-97 to 2004-05 calculated on the basis used for the figures provided to the honourable Member for Mid Worcestershire on 9th November 2004; if she will provide average figures for (a) the shire counties and (b) England for each of these years on the same basis; and if she will provide estimated figures for 2005-06 on the same basis.
(208655)
131
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the people working within her Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry they came from and (b) the policy responsibilities they have been given.
(208628)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
132
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on the deletion of e-mails by her Department; when this policy last changed; and how.
(208681)
133
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many e-mails were deleted by (a) her Department and (b) agencies for which her Department is responsible in (i) January 2004 and (ii) December 2004.
(208682)
134
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action her Department is taking to protect coral reefs and sea-mounts in UK territorial waters.
(208419)
135
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what rural proofing was made of Home Office Circular No 13/2000 and its effect upon country shows.
(208697)
136
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with (a) the Country Landowners Association, (b) the Historic Houses Association and (c) the National Farmers' Union about the effects of Home Office Circular 13/2000 on country shows.
(208698)
137
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many successful appeals there have been against the preliminary mapping of areas for access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000; and if she will make a statement.
(207853)
138
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the infrastructure proceedings pending against the UK Government arising from the failure to comply with EU environmental directives, indicating those which relate exclusively to (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland.
(208417)
139
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the people working within her Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry they came from and (b) the policy responsibilities they have been given.
(208627)
140
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the honourable Member for Scunthorpe will reply to the letter of 1st September 2004 from the honourable Member for West Worcestershire.
(207980)
141
N
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.
(207867)
142
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what outbreaks of the Foot and Mouth virus have been identified by the Government as a possible common origin for the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in the UK in February 2001 and the outbreak of September 2000 in South Africa.
(208754)
143
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the phylogenetic analyses on which her Department's report Origin of the UK Foot and Mouth disease epidemic in 2001 based its conclusions on the introduction of the Foot and Mouth virus into Great Britain.
(208755)
144
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what phylogenetic evidence was used to support the conclusion of her Department's report Origin of the UK Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic in 2001 that the February 2001 UK outbreak and the September 2000 South African outbreak had a common origin as opposed to the South African outbreak being the origin of the UK outbreak.
(208756)
145
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what actions were taken by the UK authorities in regard to the November 2000 Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in Mpumalanga that were not taken in regard to the September 2000 foot and mouth outbreak in KwaZulu-Natal.
(208825)
146
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what actions were taken by the UK authorities in relation to the September 2000 Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in KwaZulu-Natal.
(208826)
147
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what actions on the part of the UK authorities were (a) required and (b) recommended by the European Union with regard to the September 2000 Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in KwaZulu-Natal; and when these were implemented.
(208827)
148
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government has received evidence of a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak isolate that has a closer phylogenetic relationship to the outbreak of Foot and Mouth in February 2001 in the UK than the outbreak of September 2000 in South Africa.
(208828)
149
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what further analyses of the genome sequences of isolates from the February 2001 UK Foot and Mouth outbreak and the September 2000 South African Foot and Mouth Disease outbreaks, and their likely origins, have been performed since the publication of her Department's report, Origin of the UK foot and mouth disease epidemic in 2001.
(208837)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
150
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make the establishment of a free trade area including the EU and the US a priority for the UK Presidency of the EU.
(208077)
151
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 21st December, Official Report, column 1620W, on the EU Constitution, whether a possible reweighting of votes under the proposed EU Constitution was discussed with the German Chancellor by (a) the Prime Minister and (b) a Foreign Office Minister.
(208355)
152
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to authorities in Pakistan regarding their decision to re-instate the death penalty for child offenders; and if he will make a statement.
(208615)
153
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons oil production supplies in Iraq have not been properly metered; and if he will make a statement.
(208734)
154
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government in Iraq that is formed after the 30th January elections will represent the vote in the elections; and if he will make a statement.
(208735)
155
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome has been of investigations undertaken by US authorities into deaths of two people detained by US authorities at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan in December 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(208774)
156
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what Her Majesty's Government's policy is on the closure by the Iraqi interim government of Al-Jazeera offices; whether his Department's representatives in Iraq have made representations on this issue at official meetings; and if he will make a statement.
(208835)
157
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Albanian Government on provision of information to Albanian women who are considering offers of employment in the UK, with particular reference to the entertainment industry; and if he will make a statement.
(208653)
158
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he visited the wall now being built by the Israeli authorities on Palestinian land on his recent visit to Palestine; and if he will make a statement.
(208739)
159
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many entry clearance officers are working in (a) Pakistan, (b) India and (c) Sri Lanka.
(208746)
160
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union will not be held on the same date as elections to (a) local authorities, (b) devolved assemblies, (c) Parliament and (d) the European Parliament.
(208538)
161
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his Department's plans for the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208547)
162
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance he has issued to his Department's civil servants on their role prior to and during the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208549)
163
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to publish the regulatory impact assessment for the bill to give effect to the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union subject to a referendum.
(208550)
164
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much the Government plans to spend on information regarding the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union prior to the proposed referendum.
(208553)
165
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance he has issued to his Department's press officers on their role prior to and during the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208557)
166
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure that information issued by his Department on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union is neutral.
(208558)
167
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the provision of information regarding the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208559)
168
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what provision the (a) European Commission, (b) European Parliament and (c) European Union agencies have made for providing information to the public on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union; and what steps he is taking to ensure that it is politically neutral.
(208560)
169
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department is planning to spend on providing public information regarding the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union in advance of and during the proposed referendum.
(208565)
170
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he intends to distribute a copy of the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union to every household.
(208566)
171
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which UK embassies use procedures for granting student visas which deviate from the usual procedures; and what the reasons are for these exceptions.
(208637)
172
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter dated 29th November 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Z. Azi.
(208704)
173
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter dated 15th November 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Samiul Alam.
(208705)
174
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter dated 9th November 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to S. Hameed.
(208712)
175
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to European counterparts concerning an EU-wide demarche to the Government of China on the recent arrest of Pastor Zhang Rongliang; and if he will make a statement.
(208393)
176
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the North Korean Government concerning the safety of Park Yong-chol, following his repatriation from China in October 2004.
(208394)
177
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the EU Commissioner for External Affairs on the treatment of Pastor Nguyen Quang in Vietnam; and if he will make a statement.
(208396)
178
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Vietnam Government about the treatment of Pastor Nguyen Quang; and if he will make a statement.
(208397)
179
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his European counterparts concerning an EU-wide demarche to the Government of Vietnam on the case of the imprisoned human rights activist Pastor Nguyen Hong Quang.
(208479)
180
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which consultant organisations are undertaking work for his Department; what the title of each project is; what the cost is of each project; and on what date each tender was awarded.
(207218)
181
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what requests for assistance he has received from United Nations authorities investigating the provenance of surveillance devices discovered at the Geneva headquarters in December 2004.
(208403)
182
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the principle of conferral applies to any member state of the European Union in respect of the fisheries resources of the Azores.
(208836)
183
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether weapons exported by British companies to Indonesia have been used in internal repression in the last year, with particular reference to the statement made by Colonel Sudarsono relating to the use made of Scorpion tanks.
(208379)
184
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department's officials have recommended the suspension of arms sales to Indonesia in the last year.
(208380)
185
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the people working within his Department on secondment from the private sector, the organisation or industry they came from and the policy responsibilities they have been given.
(208626)
186
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the reasons were for moving the UK's diplomatic representation in Aden to smaller premises.
(208399)
187
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what percentage of his Department's resources have been dedicated to diplomatic representation in Yemen in the last 10 years.
(208400)
188
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the budget for diplomatic representation to countries in the Middle East is for the current financial year; and what the budgetary allocation is to each country.
(208401)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
189
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provisions have been put in place to allow NHS professionals and staff who wish to do so to volunteer to travel to South Asia to assist the ongoing relief effort following the tsunami disaster; and if he will make a statement.
(208154)
190
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what special assistance the NHS is offering the ongoing relief effort in South Asia following the tsunami disaster; and if he will make a statement.
(208160)
191
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision the NHS has made to treat UK nationals returning to England from South Asia requiring care and treatment following the tsunami disaster; and if he will make a statement.
(208162)
192
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the most recent figures are for waiting times for MRI scans, broken down by (a) hospital trust and (b) primary care trust.
(208520)
193
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the commitment to spending an extra £570 million on cancer services by 2004 in the September 2000 NHS Cancer Plan was fulfilled; and how extra money relating to cancer services since the publication of that plan has been spent.
(208775)
194
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what development projects are proposed for St George's Hospital, Hornchurch within the next three years; and whether a capital programme has been agreed.
(208552)
195
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the (a) social class, (b) income, (c) health, (d) morbidity and (e) mortality characteristics of the patients expected to use NHS walk-in centres at or near major railway stations.
(208318)
196
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to (a) introduce free prescriptions for claimants in receipt of incapacity benefit; and if he will make a statement.
(208652)
197
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many reports the National Institute for Clinical Excellence has produced in the last five years.
(208358)
198
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new (a) technologies and (b) treatments the National Institute for Clinical Excellence has recommended in the last five years.
(208359)
199
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in the IT strategy for the NHS.
(208360)
200
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he has made in developing referral guidelines for ovarian cancer.
(208361)
201
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress cancer networks have made with support for sufferers of ovarian cancer.
(208362)
202
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what percentage of people with multiple sclerosis the timeframe laid down in the National Institute for Clinical Excellence Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) of 12 weeks between general practitioner referral and completion of investigations was met in the last period for which figures are available.
(208843)
203
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for an NHS patient suspected of having multiple sclerosis from referral by their general practitioner to completion of tests was in the last period for which figures are available.
(208844)
204
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many MRI scanners there are available and how many hours are designated for NHS neurological use.
(208845)
205
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hours per day MRI scanners were (a) in use for NHS neurology services and (b) manned by suitably qualified staff in the last period for which figures are available; and what proportion of this time was designated for MS diagnostic purposes.
(208846)
206
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were investigated for a possible diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in each of the last five years.
(208847)
207
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in each of the last five years.
(208848)
208
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the NHS capacity is of specialist neuro-radiologists.
(208849)
209
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements are placed by strategic health authorities on primary care trusts to arrange access to MRI scans for those suspected of having multiple sclerosis.
(208850)
210
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, against what benchmarks performance in terms of access to specialist multiple sclerosis neurological services is managed.
(208851)
211
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether additional MRI scans are to be purchased from Alliance Medical to reduce waiting times for people with neurological conditions.
(208852)
212
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether additional MRI scans to be purchased through the private system are reported on by (a) UK staff and (b) staff overseas.
(208853)
213
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) funding will be made available and (b) time will be set aside for training and development of health professionals under the Agenda for Change programme.
(208854)
214
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what budget is allocated for training and development for a specialist nurse post.
(208855)
215
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the funding allocated by the Department to multiple sclerosis specialist nurses for the financial year 2005-06 has been confirmed in writing to the primary care trusts concerned.
(208856)
216
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress had been made in each strategic health authority towards the target for 80 per cent. of diabetics to be offered retinopathy screening by 2006 (a) at Q4 of 2003-04 and (b) at the last quarter for which figures are available.
(208402)
217
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 21st December 2004, Official Report, column 1688W, on strategic health authorities, if he will publish the most recent in-year financial forecasts of all (a) strategic health authorities, (b) primary care trusts and (c) National Health Service trusts in England where this information is available locally.
(208797)
218
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished consultant episodes in NHS hospitals in England there were in each year from 1999 to 2004.
(208798)
219
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the people working within his Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry they came from and (b) the policy responsibilities they have been given.
(208625)
220
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the honourable Member for Doncaster Central will reply to the letter of 15th November 2004 from the honourable Member for West Worcestershire.
(207979)
221
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to award care home residents the amount of pension credit they would receive if they were still living in their own homes; and if he will make a statement.
(207734)
222
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme.
(208406)
223
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department is funding to develop a more reliable diagnostic test for prostate cancer.
(208407)
224
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase public awareness of (a) detection, (b) diagnosis and (c) treatment of prostate cancer.
(208408)
225
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase clinical knowledge of prostate cancer amongst (a) general practitioners and (b) other health professionals.
(208409)
226
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the reliability of do-it-yourself PSA testing kits; and what plans he has to regulate their public sale.
(208410)
227
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in (a) detection and (b) treatment of prostate cancer since 1997.
(208411)
228
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has commissioned into the frequencies with which (a) men and (b) women access primary care for cancer.
(208412)
229
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received about his Department's support for Saneline.
(208490)
230
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's funding for Saneline has been in each year since its inception.
(208491)
231
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to increase his Department's funding for Saneline in 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(208492)
232
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the contribution of Saneline to the provision of support and advice to mentally ill people and their families; what assessment he has made of the impact of any reduction in Saneline's activities as a result of funding shortfall; and if he will make a statement.
(208493)
233
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of Saneline's planned closure of its Macclesfield office on the well-being of mentally ill people and their families seeking support and advice in the area for which it provides coverage.
(208494)
234
N
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made in reducing the salt content in processed food.
(207859)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
235
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many alcohol-related violent offences have been reported to (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to a (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction.
(208591)
236
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of domestic violence have been reported to (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to a (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction.
(208592)
237
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many vehicle thefts have been reported to (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to a (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction.
(208593)
238
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many assaults have been reported to (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction.
(208594)
239
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many youth crime offences have been reported to (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction.
(208595)
240
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violence against the person offences have been reported to (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction.
(208596)
241
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violent crimes have have been reported to (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction.
(208597)
242
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sexual offences have have been reported to (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction.
(208598)
243
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many snatch thefts have been reported to (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to a (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction.
(208638)
244
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many robberies have been reported to (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to a (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction.
(208639)
245
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many instances of internet crime have been reported to (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to a (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction.
(208640)
246
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many instances of gun crime have been reported to (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to a (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction.
(208641)
247
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) fraud and (b) forgery offences have been reported to (i) Essex Police and (ii) Southend Police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to a (A) prosecution and (B) conviction.
(208642)
248
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many football banning orders have been issued by (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police in each year since 1997.
(208643)
249
Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are employed in the corporate development and human resources department of Surrey Police.
(208784)
250
Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on salaries for the corporate development and human resources department of Surrey Police in financial year 2003-04.
(208785)
251
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the offences for which fixed penalty notices can be issued by (a) police constables and (b) police community support officers.
(208780)
252
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners in the prison estate are held on remand awaiting deportation having completed their sentences; how many prisoners were held on this basis in 2004; and what the average period was for which such prisoners were held on remand.
(208507)
253
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners committed suicide in 2004 broken down by prison; and how many of those were (a) remand prisoners, (b) convicted but not sentenced, (c) aged under 16, (d) aged 16 or 17 and (e) aged between 18 and 21.
(208516)
254
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners at Feltham Young Offender Institution are held on remand awaiting deportation having completed their sentences; how many prisoners were held on that basis in 2004; and for what periods such prisoners were held.
(208522)
255
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the proposed identity card will contain an individual's address on the face of the card; what controls will apply to the release of an individual's address to individuals or organisations contacting the databank; and if he will make a statement.
(208731)
256
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will issue guidelines to the police in respect of restraint in a prone position for a long period or on a number of separate occasions but during the same detention; and if he will make a statement.
(208737)
257
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Albanian nationals, Taulant Merdany and Elidon Bregu, sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court for the trafficking of women into the United Kingdom for the purposes of prostitution, will be deported from the United Kingdom on the completion of their prison sentences; and if he will make a statement.
(208387)
258
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of self-harm have taken place in prisons in London in each of the last three years.
(208740)
259
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many letters his Department received from members of the general public in the United Kingdom during the year 2004.
(208741)
260
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of crimes reported within the Greater London area has been cleared up in each of the last three years.
(208747)
261
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what projections he has made of the number of inmates in future large prison developments in England and Wales.
(208749)
262
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the number of animal experiments in the UK; and if his Department will take steps to reduce the number of experiments.
(208820)
263
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department plans to make available to sex offenders to find (a) accommodation and (b) employment after their release from prison.
(208822)
264
N
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions with reference to the Three Strikes and You're Out policy recently introduced by police and the Crown Prosecution Service in Taunton.
(208230)
265
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has initiated into the use of biometrics for individual identification.
(208357)
266
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the change in capital charges payable by the Prison Service has been following the revaluation of the estate.
(208801)
267
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Crown immunity was removed from HM Prison Service.
(208802)
268
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the prison estate assets and their value (a) before and (b) after the latest revaluation.
(208803)
269
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what sum was identified to be rolled over from the 2003-04 financial year's underspend in the Prison Service, as at 1st April 2004.
(208804)
270
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish (a) the Business Case, (b) the Gateway Review and (c) the Risk Assessment of the National Offender Management Service.
(208683)
271
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice has been given to Chief Officers of Probation on the future structure of the Probation Service after the introduction of the National Offender Management Service.
(208684)
272
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the business risk to the Home Office of the introduction of the National Offender Management Service; and if he will make a statement.
(208691)
273
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether provisions in the proposed bill on the management of offenders which strengthen the powers of probation boards will be consistent with the latest National Offender Management Service structure blueprint.
(208694)
274
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to make the employees of probation boards in England and Wales civil servants.
(208717)
275
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 15th November 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr K. Gelani.
(208706)
276
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 1st November 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Lily Beverley.
(208707)
277
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 18th November 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Carl Walker.
(208708)
278
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 29th November 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms Yulima Vicentre Vidal.
(208709)
279
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 29th November 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr S. Bhakar.
(208710)
280
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 18th November 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Shaban Kurtula.
(208711)
281
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason Angela Cannings was refused (a) compensation and (b) an exgratia payment for wrongful conviction and imprisonment; and if he will make a statement.
(208513)
282
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the criteria are for the award of (a) compensation and (b) ex gratia payments in cases of wrongful conviction and imprisonment; and if he will make a statement.
(208514)
283
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the Question tabled on 3rd December 2004, by the honourable Member for New Forest East, ref 203298, asking how many departmental files have been destroyed in each of the past five years.
(208330)
284
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Serious and Organised Crime and Police Bill on the role of the custody sergeant.
(208718)
285
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of possible merits of changing the role played by the custody sergeant in the criminal justice system.
(208719)
286
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will publish his response to the European Committee on the Prevention of Torture report and recommendations following inspection of conditions experienced by prisoners detained without trial at Belmarsh and Woodhill.
(208398)
287
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many files the Yorkshire Police has re-opened in the past year concerning deaths at Catterick Barracks.
(208751)
288
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the people working within his Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry they came from and (b) the policy responsibilities they have been given.
(208624)
289
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners are estimated to suffer from mental health problems in prisons in England and Wales.
(208839)
290
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of numbers of police officers in Wales are (a) community support officers, (b) reserve officers and (c) part-time officers.
(208840)
291
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he expects the provisions for the introduction of identity cards in Wales to differ from these in the rest of the UK.
(208841)
292
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions for drink driving there have been in Wales in each year since 1996.
(208842)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
293
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to ensure that the reconstruction of areas affected by the tsunami is carried out in such a way as to build in extra protection from (a) future such events and (b) flooding caused by climate change.
(208350)
294
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent reports he has received on the state of Iraq's healthcare system; and what action his Department is taking to improve the level of basic healthcare in Iraq.
(208728)
295
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent reports he has received on levels of acute malnutrition amongst Iraqi children up to the age of five years; and what action his Department is taking to reduce levels of child malnutrition in Iraq.
(208729)
296
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate his Department has made of the numbers of children attending schools in Iraq not receiving a nutritional dinner each day; what percentage of the total number attending school this amounts to; and if he will make a statement.
(208730)
297
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding has been provided by his Department after the first year in relation to the commitment announced in January 2004 to spend £100 million in Bangladesh in support of primary education in that country over six years; and if he will make a statement.
(208776)
298
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan Government to ensure that all Tamil communities in Sri Lanka are now receiving food, medical supplies and other assistance; and if he will make a statement.
(208727)
299
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance he has offered to the Palestinian authorities to train their Police Force; and if he will make a statement.
(208750)
300
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid has been provided to Sri Lanka since the tsunami; how much of that aid has been distributed (a) to predominantly Tamil areas and (b) to predominantly Singhalese areas; and if he will make a statement.
(208314)
301
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he is making to the Sri Lankan government concerning its refusal to allow Kofi Annan to visit Tamil areas affected by the tsunami; and if he will make a statement.
(208315)
302
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to ensure aid to Sri Lanka after the tsunami is being distributed to Tamil areas; and if he will make a statement.
(208316)
303
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what UK development aid has been given to Iraq in each of the last five years; what the planned level of aid is for the next two years; and what percentage of his Department's budget that aid represented in each of those years.
(208319)
304
N
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether he has discussed with the relevant national and international bodies the possibility of individual communities devastated by the Asian earthquake being adopted by communities in the UK to raise funds for the re-building of a specific community; and if he will make a statement.
(208227)
305
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the people working within his Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry they came from and (b) the policy responsibilities they have been given.
(208623)
306
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, at what time, using Greenwich Mean Time (a) he and (b) his Department was first informed of the earthquake off Sumatra on 26th December; and when (i) he and (ii) officials in his Department were informed that the earthquake had caused a tsunami.
(208789)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
307
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much extra funding has been provided to the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for 2005 to 2008 to allow for the mainstreaming of services funded under the Children's Fund.
(208616)
308
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many employees of the Department of (a) Education, (b) Social Development, (c) Regional Development, (d) Culture Arts and Leisure, (e) Environment, (f) the First and Deputy First Minister, (g) Education and Learning, (h) Health, Personal Social Services and Safety, (i) Enterprise, Trade and Investment, (j) Agriculture and Rural Development and (k) Finance and Personnel have been subject to disciplinary proceedings in the last 12 months; and what the total workforce is of each Department.
(208699)
309
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent in the (a) Coleraine and (b) Limavady Borough Council areas on structural maintenance by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in 2004.
(208700)
310
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent in the (a) Coleraine and (b) Limavady Borough Council areas on minor roads improvements by the Roads Service in 2004.
(208701)
311
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the implications for planning applications in (a) North Down and (b) in the rest of Northern Ireland of the recent European Commission threat of infringement proceedings for inadequate waste water treatment infrastructure.
(208320)
312
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what monitoring controls are in place to assess quality of Government service delivery to deaf and hard of hearing people in Northern Ireland.
(208321)
313
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what communication training other than deaf awareness training to communicate with those who are deaf or hard of hearing has been undertaken by each Northern Ireland Office department in the last 12 months.
(208322)
314
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made towards a forestry strategy for Northern Ireland.
(208323)
315
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects to be able to publish school statistics that distinguish between authorised and unauthorised absence in Northern Ireland.
(208567)
316
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of pupils at each key stage in Northern Ireland were referred to the Education Welfare Service for persistent or chronic non-attendance in each academic year from 2000-01 to 2003-04.
(208568)
317
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average time taken by the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency is in respect of new applications under the new Child Support Scheme to (a) acknowledge applications for child support, (b) issue maintenance enquiry forms to non-resident parents, (c) issue an interim maintenance assessment and (d) issue a final maintenance assessment; and if he will provide disaggregated figures to show the respective performance of the (i) Northern Ireland operations and (ii) Eastern Business Unit.
(208569)
318
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his timetable for transferring the live caseload of the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency to the new Child Support Scheme is.
(208570)
319
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the number of deduction from earnings orders issued by the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency in respect of new scheme cases in (a) 2003-04 and (b) the current year.
(208571)
320
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the performance of (a) the Eastern Business Unit and (b) the Northern Ireland operations of the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency during 2004-05 in securing maintenance on behalf of children.
(208572)
321
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many telephone calls were made to the customer help line of (a) the Eastern Business Unit and (b) the Northern Ireland Operations of the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency (i) in 2003-04 and (ii) in 2004-05 to date; and how many such calls were abandoned.
(208573)
322
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many complaints have been referred to the independent case examiner so far in 2004-05 in respect of (a) the Eastern Business Unit and (b) the Northern Ireland Operations of the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency.
(208574)
323
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the progress made by the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency towards its milestone target of securing a 50 per cent. increase in the number of children receiving child maintenance by March.
(208575)
324
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money has been categorised by the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency as probably uncollectable in (a) each financial year from 2000-01 to date and (b) in total over that period.
(208576)
325
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many prisoners in Northern Ireland are being given separated status; and how many belong to each relevant paramilitary group.
(208577)
326
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many prisoners at HMP Maghaberry have (a) applied for and (b) been granted separated status since its introduction.
(208578)
327
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what analysis the Government has made of the prevalence of unauthorised absence from school among (a) different types of school in Northern Ireland, (b) Catholic children and (c) Protestant children, respectively.
(208579)
328
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many medical retirements there were in each (a) department, (b) agency, (c) non-departmental public body, (d) education and library board and (e) health and social services board in Northern Ireland in each of the last two financial years; and what proportion of all retirements that were medical retirements this represented in each case.
(208580)
329
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average unit cost is to Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland of processing an application for (a) a driver's licence, (b) a vehicle licence, (c) a taxi licence and (d) a road freight licence; what the comparable figures were for the last four financial years; and if he will make a statement.
(208581)
330
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he has taken to reduce and eliminate the financial deficit on processing licences by Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland.
(208582)
331
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to change the levels of licensing fees currently charged by Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland.
(208583)
332
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his planning estimate is of the expected income of Driving and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08 from (i) driver licensing fees, (ii) vehicle licensing fees, (iii) taxi licensing fees and (iv) road freight licensing fees.
(208584)
333
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many days on average were taken by the Social Security Agency in (a) 2003-04 and (b) the current financial year to date to process a new claim for pension credit; and if he will make a statement.
(208585)
334
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many applications for pension credit are outstanding with the Social Security Agency; what is the date of the earliest outstanding application; and if he will make a statement.
(208586)
335
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average clearance times were in days achieved by the Social Security Agency (a) in each of the last four financial years and (b) in the current financial year to date for dealing with applications for (i) job seeker's allowance, (ii) income support, (iii) disability living allowance and (iv) incapacity benefit.
(208587)
336
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Northern Ireland who receive (a) the state retirement pension, (b) state pension credit and (c) disability living allowance in cash at post offices (i) have said that they wish their payments made into a bank or post office account after 1st April, (ii) have said that they do not wish payments made into an account and (iii) have not responded to the Social Security Agency's inquiries.
(208588)
337
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of Social Security Agency customers have their benefits paid directly into bank or post office accounts.
(208589)
338
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the figures for (a) debtors and (b) creditors recorded by the Social Security Agency.
(208590)
339
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to regulate the level of charges for the emptying of septic tanks in Northern Ireland after April 2006.
(208599)
340
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether it is his policy to allocate additional resources to (a) schools, (b) hospitals and (c) Government departments in order to compensate them for the impact of the introduction of water and sewerage charges from April 2006.
(208600)
341
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assumptions have been made in planning his budgets for the Northern Ireland departments over the three years from April 2006 about the amount of money in each year that will be released for other public expenditure in Northern Ireland as a result of the introduction of a self-financing regime for water and sewage services.
(208601)
342
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what analysis he has made of the costs and benefits of extending water metering to (a) hospitals, (b) schools and (c) Government offices in Northern Ireland.
(208602)
343
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of offers made by the Housing Executive under the House Sales Scheme were issued within 10 weeks of application during 2003-04.
(208603)
344
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was owed in rent arrears to the Housing Executive on 31st March 2004.
(208604)
345
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of pensioners eligible for pension credit in Northern Ireland who have applied for pension credit.
(208605)
346
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many exception reports have been submitted in the current financial year to the Chief Executive of the Social Security Agency to indicate areas of the Agency's business where an assurance that proper controls exist cannot be given; which areas of the Agency's businesses are now subject to exception reports; and if he will make a statement.
(208606)
347
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the levels of (a) fraud and (b) incorrectness were in each social security benefit for which the Social Security Agency is responsible, and in total in each financial year from 2000-01 to date; in (a) monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total expenditure on each benefit programme in each year.
(208607)
348
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will place in the Library copies of the monthly reports to the Social Security Agency Management Board on the Agency's performance in meeting its Programme Protection Plans for 2004-05.
(208608)
349
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many grants the Housing Executive approved in 2003-04 for the repairs of homes in the private sector; what the total value was of those grants; and what the target is for such grants in 2004-05.
(208609)
350
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many homes the Housing Executive started planned maintenance work in 2003-04; and what its target is for such starts in 2004-05.
(208610)
351
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many improvement schemes the Housing Executive began in 2003-04; and what its target is for such starts in 2004-05.
(208611)
352
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pupils at each key stage were referred to the Education Welfare Service in Northern Ireland in 2003-04 for persistant or chronic non-attendance.
(208612)
353
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to encourage competition in the provision of emptying services for septic tanks in Northern Ireland after April 2006.
(208613)
354
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the condition of Northern Ireland's water infrastructure; and what the main cause was of the failure of that infrastructure to meet EU Directive standards.
(208414)
355
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been paid to date to the European Commission as a result of the failure of Northern Ireland's Water Service to meet EC Water Directive standards.
(208415)
356
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to reduce the Occupational Therapy Assessment waiting list in the Newry and Mourne Health Trust Area.
(208416)
357
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the reasons for differences in figures for post-primary school enrolments between those issued in a recent Statistical Press Release from the Department for Education in Northern Ireland and those predicted by the Post Primary Review Working Party Report; if he will publish the figures for post-primary school enrolments issued from these sources for each year from 2002-03 to 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(207735)
Questions to the Prime Minister
358
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Prime Minister, what progress he has made in his representations to the US Administration regarding that country's engagement in efforts to effectively tackle global warming; and if he will make a statement.
(208736)
359
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the Electoral Commission regarding the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208539)
360
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Prime Minister, what guidance he has issued to civil servants regarding providing public information on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208540)
361
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Prime Minister, what guidance he plans to issue to the Civil Service on its role prior to and during the referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208541)
362
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Prime Minister, what guidance he plans to issue to special advisers on their role prior to and during the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208542)
363
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the Cabinet Secretary regarding the role of the Civil Service prior to and during the referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208543)
364
N
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Prime Minister, whether a senior cabinet minister will attend the Non-Proliferation Treaty Meeting to be held in London in Spring 2005.
(208229)
365
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 8th December 2004, Official Report, column 1167, what the basis was for his claim that the United Nations appointed the interim Government in Iraq; and under what legal provision this appointment was made.
(208378)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
366
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary on energy pricing for renewables.
(208800)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
367
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her policy is on the possible import of nuclear waste from Italy into the UK for disposal.
(208352)
368
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make it her policy to prevent the import for disposal of nuclear waste until a solution has been agreed upon to deal with the existing United Kingdom nuclear waste stockpile.
(208353)
369
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the latest figures are for online company registration; and what steps she has taken to evaluate consumer satisfaction with the process.
(208645)
370
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many businesses started up on average each week in the London region in 2004; what the weekly average of such start-ups has been since May 1997; and if she will make a statement on the (a) sustainability and (b) employment-creating and prosperity-generating features of such businesses.
(208768)
371
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her estimate is of the number of people in the (a) London region and (b) Leyton and Wanstead constituency who have benefited from the most recent rise in the national minimum wage.
(208773)
372
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when her target for 35 per cent. of large organisations to have completed a pay review by 2006 in connection with equal pay was set; what her estimate is of the percentage of large organisations which had undertaken or commenced such reviews by the end of 2004; and if she will make a statement.
(208778)
373
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues regarding provision of freepost by the Royal Mail during the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.
(208554)
374
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the cost of providing freepost by the Royal Mail for public information on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union prior to and during the referendum.
(208761)
375
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the effect has been on the UK retail car market of the European Commission Regulation No 1400/2002, which exempts EC competition rules arrangements in the EU for the distribution of new cars and subsequent servicing; and if she will make a statement.
(208617)
376
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the effect of the new EU Block Exemption regulations EU 1400/2002 having on car repair and servicing; and if she will make a statement.
(208618)
377
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Supply of New Cars Order 2000 on the price of new cars in the UK; and if she will make a statement.
(208619)
378
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether independent car repairers are being given access to technical information under European Commission Regulation No 1400/2002; and if she will make a statement.
(208620)
379
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the contracts won by UK firms since March 2003 for the reconstruction of Iraq, indicating the value of the contract in each case.
(207772)
380
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many computer failures of the Citibank Post Office card account system there were in 2004; on which dates; and what measures are being taken to prevent such failures.
(207977)
381
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the people working within her Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry they came from and (b) the policy responsibilities they have been given.
(208621)
382
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices have closed in Wales in each year from 1996 to 2004.
(208833)
383
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new business start-ups there have been in Wales each year since 1996; and how many businesses in Wales have shut down or moved out of Wales in each of these years.
(208834)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
384
Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the honourable Member for Plymouth, Devonport will reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for South West Surrey of 10th December.
(208786)
385
Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the honourable Member for Plymouth, Devonport will respond to the points raised by the Right honourable Member for South West Surrey in the Christmas Adjournment Debate on 21st December, Official Report, columns 2090-92, concerning the A3 at Hindhead.
(208787)
386
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps are being taken to promote the integration of rail and cycle travel, with particular reference to offpeak periods; and what mechanisms exist for co-ordinating transport and public health policies in respect of cycling.
(208521)
387
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether future rail franchises will require franchisees to make a specific commitment to integrate cycling with rail travel.
(208523)
388
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the latest figures are for the take up of online (a) first time vehicle registration and (b) driving licence application and renewal; and what steps he has taken to evaluate consumer satisfaction with the processes.
(208644)
389
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to announce a decision regarding a public inquiry into the Potters Bar derailment.
(208504)
390
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward proposals to develop a tram network that would cover the Greater London area in co-operation with London local authorities and the Greater London Assembly; and if he will make a statement.
(208654)
391
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what figures his Department has compiled for the number of road accidents between junctions 12 and 12a of the M5 in the past 12 months.
(208821)
392
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the risk to the marine environment in (i) the Solent and (ii) other UK coastal waters from single hull tankers; and if he will make a statement.
(208685)
393
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to ban single hulled tankers from operating in UK coastal waters; and if he will make a statement.
(208686)
394
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the (a) working groups and (b) work streams under way under Project Heathrow; and what deadlines have been set for each work stream.
(208495)
395
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the members of the mixed-mode working group of Project Heathrow.
(208496)
396
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers departed from London Paddington on (a) First Great Western and (b) First Great Western Link services in the latest month for which figures are available, broken down by (i) morning peak time, (ii) afternoon peak time and (iii) off-peak time.
(208497)
397
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library a copy of First Great Western Link's latest passenger survey conducted on the route from London Paddington to (a) Maidenhead and (b) Twyford.
(208498)
398
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers arrived at London Paddington on (a) First Great Western and (b) First Great Western Link services in the latest month for which figures are available, broken down by (i) morning peak time, (ii) afternoon peak time and (iii) off-peak time.
(208499)
399
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers used Maidenhead station in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004, broken down by (i) morning peak hours, (ii) evening peak hours and (iii) off-peak hours.
(208500)
400
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when First Great Western last conducted a passenger survey of the number of commuters and rail passengers on the route from London Paddington to (a) Maidenhead and (b) Twyford.
(208501)
401
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers used Twyford Station in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004, broken down by (i) morning peak hours, (ii) evening peak hours and (iii) off-peak hours.
(208502)
402
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library copies of the working papers of the working groups under Project Heathrow.
(208506)
403
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the safety of passengers who are (a) sitting and (b) standing in the event of (i) a rail crash and (ii) a derailment.
(208509)
404
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidelines his Department has issued on the maximum acceptable density of commuter rail passengers measured by number of passengers per square foot.
(208510)
405
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many representations his Department has received regarding the December timetable changes on routes from Paddington to Maidenhead and Twyford, broken down by (a) those in favour of the changes and (b) those opposed to the changes.
(208511)
406
N
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers he has to instruct vessels to secure safe anchorage (a) within harbour limits and (b) outside harbour limits.
(208155)
407
N
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what factors determine his Department's policy towards the setting of harbour limits.
(208156)
408
N
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vessels have run aground around the UK coastline in each of the past 10 years for which figures are available.
(208157)
409
N
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers he has to determine harbour limits in England.
(208158)
410
N
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers exist to regulate shipping movements within UK territorial waters; and who may exercise these powers.
(208159)
411
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the people working within his Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry they came from and (b) the policy responsibilities they have been given.
(208622)
412
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on negotiations between the Highways Agency and Balfour Beatty on the future of the A3 Hindhead Road Tunnel.
(208758)
413
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the future of the Stourport relief road project.
(208823)
414
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department will make available to build the Stourport relief road.
(208824)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
415
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will meet the Secretary of State for Defence to discuss the renaming of the Welsh infantry regiment to reflect more prominently the names of the Royal Regiment of Wales and the Royal Welch Fusiliers.
(208693)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
416
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to adopt changes to the Access to Work scheme similar to those recently introduced in Northern Ireland.
(208508)
417
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action his Department has taken in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive and other agencies to assess (a) the prevalence and (b) appropriate action to deal with the toxic mould fungus stachybotrys chartarum in (i) the workplace and (ii) the wider environment.
(208517)
418
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what standards are set in Jobcentre Plus offices for (a) response times within which telephone numbers which are advertised to the public are answered and (b) the percentage of time in a working day when lines are not engaged; and what the most recent figures are for performance aganist these standards.
(208512)
419
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which telephone answering services in the agencies for which the Department is responsible are (a) staffed by employees of the Department, (b) serviced by call centres in the UK and (c) serviced by overseas call centres.
(208515)
420
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the Leyton and Wanstead constituency have found work through New Deal programmes since they were introduced.
(208767)
421
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to (a) introduce a winter heating allowance for claimants in receipt of disability living allowance and (b) introduce free TV licences for claimants in receipt of disability living allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(208651)
422
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the people working within his Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry they came from and (b) the policy responsibilities they have been given.
(208633)
423
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will respond to the letter from the honourable Member for Totnes dated 26th October 2004 about Mr Keith Morris of Paignton and child benefit dependency increases, which was transferred from the Treasury.
(207836)
424
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) grants he has made to and (b) contracts he has made with Action for Employment (A4e) in each of the last five years; and what conditions apply to the use of such grants for the production of marketing materials.
(207771)
425
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what calculations his Department has made concerning at what age (a) a man and (b) a woman with (i) half average earnings and (ii) average earnings, with a stakeholder pension with charges of one per cent. of premiums which tracks movements in the stock market, should contract in to the state second pension if he makes assumptions about his life expectancy, stock market growth and other economic variables in line with those made by the Government Actuary's Department.
(208161)
426
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) men aged 60 to 64, (b) men aged 55 to 59, (c) men aged 50 to 54, (d) women aged 55 to 59 and (e) women aged 50 to 54 were contracted out of the state second pension into either an appropriate personal pension or a stakeholder pension in the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement on the distribution of earnings within each group.
(208228)
427
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in poverty there have been in Wales in each year since 1998.
(208791)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
428
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Government departments and agencies use open source software procurement; and what the total value was of open source software procured by Government in 2004.
[Transferred] (208614)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
429
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her most recent estimate is of the cost of setting up the independent person or panel with responsibility for reviewing decisions made by the Office for Fair Access.
[Transferred] (208505)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
430
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the process for closing alleys or gallies which are designated as rights of way; and how many such closures have been secured since the legislation was last updated.
[Transferred] (208838)
431
N
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Department for Transport on promoting sustainable energy sources.
[Question Unstarred] (207851)
432
N
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the UK's dairy industry is reliant upon imports.
[Question Unstarred] (207861)
433
N
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of proposals for single farm payments on future land use.
[Question Unstarred] (207866)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
434
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what arrangements US military forces have for access to the British territory of Diego Garcia; and for how long these arrangements are programmed to continue.
[Transferred] (208680)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
435
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a police cell is deemed to be a place of safety for individuals with mental illness; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (208738)
436
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the outcome has been of the exploration by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, following its discussions with HM Customs, for the use of effective counter-warnings on foreign websites selling prescription and pharmacy-only medicines direct to the public; what improvements HM Customs have made in recognising and dealing with such packages of medicines; how these improvements are reflected in the number of (a) items being impounded or (b) prosecutions for breaches of the Medicines Act 1971; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (208777)
437
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons were for the decision of the North Yorkshire Emergency Doctors co-operative to go into administration last month; and what action the Government is taking to ensure that the quality of out-of-hours care in North Yorkshire is not jeopardised by this decision.
[Transferred] (208713)
438
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what new funding is being made available so that the out-of-hours service in North Yorkshire can continue to function effectively.
[Transferred] (208714)
439
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of possible sources of new funding for out-of-hours services in North Yorkshire; and what funding he expects to come from (a) primary care trusts, (b) the Government and (c) other sources.
[Transferred] (208715)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
440
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's policy is on enabling children who have been orphaned as a result of the tsunami disaster from Sri Lanka and India to be allowed to join close relatives who now live in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (208726)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
441
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many public swimming pools there are in Wales.
[Transferred] (208792)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
442
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners did not receive winter fuel allowance payments in 2004 in (a) England and (b) each local authority area due to administrative errors; when such pensioners can expect to receive their entitlement; if he will make it his policy to pay interest on delayed payments based upon the time elapsed between the date on which the payment should have been made and the date when the payment is actually received; and what steps he is taking to prevent further such problems from occurring.
[Transferred] (208356)

 
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