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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 17 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 17 January 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 17 January 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 17 January of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 17 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 17 January see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many car parking spaces are provided for those (a) working in and (b) visiting his Department.
(208972)
2
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many tenders were let by his Department to external suppliers in financial year 2003-04; and what the value was.
(209114)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
3
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will add all income received from the taxation of charitable donations to the Disaster Emergency Committee to the Government's aid contribution to the tsunami disaster appeal in Asia.
(209027)
4
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the amount raised by the Treasury through the taxation of donations made to the Disaster Emergency Committee as a result of the tsunami in Asia.
(209028)
5
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to encourage those who are donating to the Disaster Emergency Committee as a result of the tsunami in Asia to claim gift aid on their contributions.
(209029)
6
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(209572)
7
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills about allowing headteachers to set performance targets in schools.
(209053)
8
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department's first tranche of funding for the advance purchase scheme for AIDS vaccine research will begin.
(209071)
9
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health about allowing health service managers to set hospital performance targets.
(209085)
10
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average (a) unsecured debt per person and (b) annual income per person was in each year since 1997.
(208525)
11
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue implications of restructuring stamp duty on residential property sales to charge marginal rates of (a) 0 per cent. on property sales of £60,000 or less, 1 per cent. on sales between £60,000 and £249,999, 3 per cent. on sales between £250,000 and £499,999 and 4 per cent. on sales of £500,000 and above, (b) 0 per cent. on property sales of £60,000 or less, 2 per cent. on sales between £60,000 and £249,999, 3 per cent. on sales between £250,000 and £499,999 and 4 per cent. on sales of £500,000 and above, (c) 0 per cent. on property sales up to £100,000, 1 per cent. on sales between £100,000 and £249,999, 3 per cent. on sales between £250,000 and £499,999 and 4 per cent. on sales of £500,000 and above, (d) 0 per cent. on property sales up to £120,000, 1 per cent. on sales between £120,000 and £249,999, 3 per cent. on sales between £250,000 and £499,999 and 4 per cent. on sales of £500,000 or above, (e) 0 per cent. on property sales up to £120,000, 2 per cent. on sales between £120,000 and £249,999, 3 per cent. on sales between £250,000 and £499,999 and 4 per cent. on sales of £500,000 or above and (f) 0 per cent. on property sales up to £120,000, 2 per cent. on sales between £120,000 and £249,999, 3 per cent. on sales between £249,999 and £499,999 and 5 per cent. on sales of £500,000 or above.
(208526)
12
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many taxpayers who completed a tax return returned it by the 31st January deadline in each year from 1997; and how many missed the deadline.
(209526)
13
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been levied in fines for tax returns received after the 31st January deadline in each year since 1997; and how many of these fines remain unpaid.
(209527)
14
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HM Customs and Excise is expected to complete its assessment of the impact of the introduction of the Aggregates Levy.
(209144)
15
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1st January 2004.
(209222)
16
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the implications are of cross-border roads in Northern Ireland in relation to implementing the proposed lorry road user charge.
(209260)
17
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many car parking spaces are provided for those (a) working in and (b) visiting his Department.
(208939)
18
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many school-age children died from drug misuse in each of the last 10 years.
(209091)
19
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tenders were let by his Department to external suppliers in the financial year 2003-04; and what the value was.
(209092)
20
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) average and (b) median (i) weekly and (ii) hourly gross earnings (A) including and (B) excluding overtime is of (1) managers, (2) senior professional, (3) associate professional and technical, (4) administrative and secretarial, (5) skilled trades, (6) personal service, (7) sales and customer service, (8) process, plant and machine operatives and (9) elementary occupational groups are in each local authority area in Scotland, broken down by (x) male, (y) female and (z) all workers.
(209268)
21
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's priorities for the Economic and Financial Affairs Council will be during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Union; and if he will make a statement.
(209557)
22
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which 50 local authorities in England have the highest percentage of properties in Council Tax Band A.
(209413)
23
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in the Burnley constitutency were unemployed in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004; what percentage change that represents; and if he will make a statement.
(209508)
24
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the number of people in the Burnley constituency who have benefitted from tax credits, broken down by (a) type of tax credit and (b) average amounts received in each category; and if he will make a statement.
(209509)
25
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on Government efforts to reduce the backlog in dealing with working families tax credit appeals on overpayments.
(208976)
26
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the current average waiting time for the completion of overpayment appeals relating to working families tax credit.
(208985)
27
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much corporation tax has been raised from (a) national governing bodies for sport and (b) international sporting headquarters based in the UK in each year since 1997.
(209129)
28
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much each (a) nation and (b) region of the United Kingdom received in central government grant in the latest year for which figures are available, listed in descending order.
(209293)
29
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with representatives of small and medium sized businesses regarding tax credits for research and development.
(209414)
30
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total cost to public funds will be for the increased spending announced in the Pre-Budget Report.
(209415)
31
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings he has had with university chancellors and vice-chancellors over the last 12 months.
(209421)
32
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list businesses and individuals entertained by him and his Department at public expense in the last 12 months.
(209422)
33
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money his Department has spent on corporate entertainment in each of the last seven years.
(209423)
34
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the level of national debt in (a) 2009-10 and (b) what it was in 1997-98.
(209424)
35
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on office supplies in the last 12 months.
(209436)
36
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials in his Department are assigned to work on the UK's potential integration with the European Monetary Union.
(209437)
37
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the five economic tests for joining the euro he assesses are being met.
(209491)
38
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on evaluation of the five economic tests for entry to the single currency.
(209492)
39
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to visit the London Borough of Havering this year.
(209493)
40
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage contribution London has made to the UK economy in each of the last seven years.
(209494)
41
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on travel in each of the last seven years.
(209506)
42
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effect on Vale of Clwyd constituency of his Department's policies since 1997.
(209295)
43
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many demands have been issued by the Tax Credits office regarding alleged overpayments in each of the last two financial years; what the average sum of overpayments was; how many overpayments have been waived by the Inland Revenue; how many staff are in the Overpayment Recovery team; and how many overpayment cases are currently under investigation.
(209041)
44
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints have been made about the Tax Credits system in each financial year since its inception, (a) via honourable Members and (b) direct from constituents; how many cases have been referred by honourable Members to the Inland Revenue for investigation; and if he will make a statement.
(209042)
45
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the recorded gross domestic product in the UK is estimated to be generated by underground activity.
(209142)
46
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deficiency notices he (a) has issued and (b) expects to issue in order to ensure that all individuals are notified of gaps in their National Insurance Contribution (NIC) record since 1997-98; what data he collects on the (i) age, (ii) marital status and (iii) gender of recipients; how many people have so far responded by making voluntary NIC payments to fill gaps in their record; how many notices have been issued to (A) women aged 63 years or above and (B) men aged 68 years or above; and if he will make a statement.
(208423)
47
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to complete consideration of the outline business case on modernising specialist acute hospital services in North West London; and if he will make the conclusions public.
(209319)
48
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will invite the Comptroller and Auditor General to release personnel from the National Audit Office previously engaged in its consideration of the Paddington Basin Health Campus project last year to assist in his Department's evaluation of the outline business case on the modernising of specialist acute hospital services in West London.
(209359)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
49
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since his appointment.
(209216)
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners
50
N
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what measures are in place to maintain churches.
(208474)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
51
N
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether corporal punishment of children has been prohibited by legislation in each of the UK Crown dependencies (a) as a sentence of the courts and as a form of punishment in penal institutions for young offenders, (b) in schools, including private schools, (c) in other institutions and forms of care and (d) by parents in the home.
(208163)
52
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what progress has been made in identifying a site for a new Court House in Lisburn; and if he will make a statement.
(208377)
53
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how the Department plans to monitor the number of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and how often, and where, it plans to publish information on the number of such requests to (a) Government departments and (b) other public agencies.
(209202)
54
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer given to the honourable Member for Coventry South of 10th January, Official Report, column 120W, on voter turnout, what discussions he has had with the Electoral Commission on enhancing voting procedures, including postal and internet voting, at the next general election.
(209203)
55
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that the Secretary of State has cancelled since 1st January 2004.
(209227)
56
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many car parking spaces are provided for those (a) working in and (b) visiting his Department.
(208971)
57
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many tenders were let by his Department to external suppliers in financial year 2003-04; and what the value was.
(209115)
58
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans there are to speed up the criminal justice system.
(209425)
59
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Lord Chancellor has discussed reform of the Criminal Justice System with the Secretary of State for Home Affairs since the latter's appointment.
(209486)
60
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Home Affairs on delivering an efficient asylum process; and when each meeting to discuss such matters took place.
(209487)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
61
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(209584)
62
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with the European Commission on the supporting, co-ordinating and complementary action which may be taken by the EU in the field of (a) culture, (b) tourism and (c) sport under article I-17 of the proposed EU constitution.
(209586)
63
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the most recent television licence fee evasion rates are for the United Kingdom; and what plans she has to publish a regional breakdown of evasion rates.
(209118)
64
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support the Government is offering the film industry in the North East.
(209534)
65
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the contribution the Lottery has made to combating (a) social exclusion and (b) financial exclusion in Sunderland; and if she will make a statement.
(209535)
66
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support her Department is giving to visitor attractions in Sunderland; and if she will make a statement.
(209536)
67
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of National Lottery Funding for sport paid through Sport England is available for open bidding in 2004-05; and what estimate she has made of the cash value of National Lottery Sports funding made available through Sport England that will be available for open bidding in 2005-06.
(208420)
68
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list meetings her Department has had with representatives of the drinks, licensing and public house industries in the last 12 months, broken down by (a) date and (b) attendees; and whether civil servants were present at the meetings to record what occurred.
(209544)
69
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will amend the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 to allow flood-lit all-weather horse racing.
(209381)
70
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that she has cancelled since 1st January 2004.
(209264)
71
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many car parking spaces are provided for those (a) working in and (b) visiting her Department.
(208973)
72
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many tenders were let by her Department to external suppliers in financial year 2003-04; and what the value was.
(209116)
73
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the take-up of digital television; and if she will make a statement.
(209177)
74
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the £750 million for school sport announced by the Prime Minister in 2000 has been (a) pledged and (b) spent.
(209128)
75
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the British Horseracing Board on the recent relevant European Court of Justice ruling; and what the outcome of the discussions was.
(209130)
76
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received on extending the life of the Levy Board.
(209131)
77
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with regulatory bodies regarding the screening on terrestrial television of allegedly blasphemous material.
(208421)
78
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what reports she has received of difficulties experienced by the proprietors of amusement arcades and similar attractions which undertake joint operations between schedule C and schedule D in ensuring that prohibited persons take no part in activities covered by schedule C; and how many proprietors have (a) lost their licenses and (b) been prosecuted as a result of such breaches.
(209346)
79
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her policy is on (a) the duration of grandfather rights to proprietors of schedule D amusement arcades, (b) the grant of such rights to joint operations between schedule C and schedule D and (c) the steps which need to be taken by a proprietor to secure for himself such rights as may be granted; and what exceptions to the legislation are to be provided by the grandfather rights.
(209347)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
80
N
Donald Anderson (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) retained sites in Cyprus which the United Kingdom has returned since the written answer of 16th January 1995, Official Report, column 373W and (b) the location and function of each remaining retained site in Cyprus.
(208428)
81
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what action the Government has taken to investigate the claims of national servicemen who volunteered for experiments at Porton Down and who believe that they have suffered damage to their health.
(208868)
82
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(209581)
83
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procedures are in place to ensure that details of service men and women who have been convicted under a court martial are passed on to the civilian police and recorded on their database.
(209132)
84
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether trainees with the Parachute Regiment wear emergency parachutes during training jumps; and if he will make a statement.
(209152)
85
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have been (a) killed and (b) injured as a result of accidents during exercises at the Army Training Ground at Otterburn in each of the last 10 years.
(209153)
86
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to finalise the endorsement of preferred bidder status for the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft Programme; and if he will make a statement.
(209155)
87
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military personnel he expects will be in Iraq at the time of the January election.
(207995)
88
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has discussed with his US counterparts the findings of the Report on Scientific Progress in Understanding Gulf War Illnesses of September 2004 commissioned by the US Secretary for Veteran Affairs; and if he will make a statement.
(209149)
89
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what military (a) assistance and (b) aid the UK has provided to each country following the tsunami disaster; what plans he has made for further military (i) assistance and (ii) aid to each country; and if he will make a statement.
(209329)
90
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Colchester of 10th January, Official Report, column 73W, on infantry battalions, which nationalities make up the strength of each regiment at the date shown.
(209175)
91
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the monetary value of beef supply contracts for his Department has been in each year since 1997, broken down by contracts with (a) Scottish suppliers, (b) suppliers in the rest of the United Kingdom and (c) suppliers outside the United Kingdom.
(209143)
92
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are for the future of the land at the Defence Munitions Dean site.
(209545)
93
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the housing sold at the Defence Munitions Dean site were sold to the existing occupants; and how many tenants did not choose to buy.
(209546)
94
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department makes of the use in other countries of arms that have been supplied by UK manufacturers.
(209549)
95
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Hercules C130 planes from RAF Lyneham have been made available for the aid effort in the Indian Ocean; and how many of them have been deployed.
(208816)
96
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the statement by the Prime Minister of 10th January, Official Report, columns 22-31, on the Asian tsunami, on what date the five Hercules airplanes were deployed in the disaster area.
(208817)
97
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Government department is paying the costs of using the Hercules aircraft based at RAF Lyneham for disaster relief.
(208818)
98
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the deployable field hospital at RAF Lyneham is not being used for disaster relief in the Indian Ocean.
(208819)
99
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Wiltshire Mercy Appeal based at the former RAF Wroughton about using the Hercules aircraft at RAF Lyneham to deliver the aid which they have collected.
(208870)
100
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1st January 2004.
(209214)
101
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will release civilian casualty estimates contained in British military contact reports from Iraq.
(209316)
102
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish Iraq casualty estimates contained in British military contact reports filed since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
(209456)
103
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the Army does not sponsor applications from UK armed forces' personnel from elsewhere in the Commonwealth who wish to apply for dual or full British citizenship.
(208858)
104
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the Royal Navy sponsors applications from UK armed forces' personnel from elsewhere in the Commonwealth who wish to apply for dual or full British citizenship.
(208859)
105
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to review the financial resources available to the Meteorological Office; and if he will make a statement.
(208875)
106
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what disciplinary action has been taken against Private Terence Morrison in connection with the attempted murder of a 14 year old boy in Belfast on 6th November 2004; and in what regiment Private Morrison serves.
(208866)
107
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the circumstances were of the death of a soldier who was crushed when an armoured vehicle overturned in Amesbury, Wiltshire in the first week of December 2004; to what regiment those involved belonged; when he expects an inquest to be held; what steps have been taken to establish a Board of Inquiry into the incident; and at what time and date the Health and Safety Executive were informed of the incident.
(208867)
108
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many car parking spaces are provided for those (a) working in and (b) visiting his Department.
(208929)
109
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many tenders were let by his Department to external suppliers in the financial year 2003-04; and what the value was.
(209101)
110
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps were taken to inform members of the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment that they would be disbanded in advance of the commanding officer's televised announcement.
(209193)
111
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which infantry regiments have had the best record of personnel retention in each year since 2002.
(209195)
112
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the comparative costs of recruitment and training for infantry recruits in each infantry regiment.
(209196)
113
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department will seek to recover costs from (a) the Department for International Development and (b) funds committed by the UK Government to the relief effort for the use of the UK military staff and equipment in the support and relief effort following the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami; and if he will make a statement.
(209077)
114
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what occasions since 1997 his Department has recovered costs for the use of UK military staff and equipment used in (a) emergency relief efforts and (b) support of international aid projects; how much money was recovered from (i) the Department for International Development and (ii) other overseas aid budgets in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(209078)
115
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total value is of the (a) contract now and (b) through life support for the three offshore patrol vessels built for the Royal Brunei Navy.
(208482)
116
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to reduce the size of the Gurkha garrison in Brunei as part of the defence review.
(208483)
117
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the three offshore patrol vessels built by BAe Systems and endorsed by the Royal Navy for the Royal Brunei Navy are subject to arbitration.
(208484)
118
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned headcount changes attributable to his Department's efficiency programme are for the (a) Army Base Repair Organisation, (b) Defence Aviation Repair Agency, (c) Defence Science and Technology Laboratories, (d) Meteorological Office and (e) UK Hydrographic Office for financial years (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.
(209332)
119
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned headcount changes attributable to his Department's efficiency programme are for the (a) Pay and Personnel Agency, (b) Queen Victoria School, (c) RAF Training Group Defence Agency, (d) Service Children's Education, (e) Veterans Agency and (f) Warship Support Agency for financial years (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.
(209333)
120
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned headcount changes attributable to his Department's efficiency programme are for the (a) Commander-in-Chief Fleet, (b) General Officer Commanding (Northern Ireland), (c) Commander-in-Chief Land Command, (d) Commander-in-Chief Strike Command, (e) Chief of Joint Operations and (f) Chief of Defence Logistics for financial years (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.
(209334)
121
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned headcount changes attributable to his Department's efficiency programme are for the (a) Second Sea Lord/Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command, (b) Adjutant General, (c) Commander-in-Chief Personnel and Training Command, (d) Central, (e) Defence Procurement Agency and (f) Corporate Science and Technology for financial years (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.
(209335)
122
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cashable savings attributable to his Department's efficiency programme are for the (a) Disposal Services Agency, (b) Duke of York's Royal Military School, (c) Medical Supply Agency, (d) Ministry of Defence and Guarding Agency and (e) Naval Recruiting and Training Agency for financial years (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08.
(209336)
123
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the appeal referred to in Note 13 (ii) of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2003-04.
(209337)
124
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average annual operating costs in near cash terms of an (a) armoured infantry battalion, (b) mechanised battalion, (c) air assault battalion and (d) light role battalion regular were in financial years 2002-03 and 2003-04.
(209338)
125
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual operating costs in near cash terms of (a) HMS Grafton, (b) HMS Marlborough and (c) HMS Norfolk were in financial years 2002-03 and 2003-04.
(209339)
126
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned cashable savings attributable to his Department's efficiency programme are for the (a) Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency, (b) Army Training and Recruiting Agency, (c) British Forces Post Office, (d) Defence Analytical Services Agency and (e) Defence Bills Agency for financial years (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08.
(209340)
127
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned cashable savings attributable to his Department's efficiency programme are for the (a) Defence Communication Services Agency, (b) Defence Dental Agency, (c) Defence Estates, (d) Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency and (e) Defence Intelligence and Security Centre for financial years (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08.
(209341)
128
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned cashable savings attributable to his Department's efficiency programme are for the (a) Defence Medical Training Agency, (b) Defence Procurement Agency, (c) Defence Storage and Distribution Agency, (d) Defence Transport and Movements Agency and (e) Defence Vetting Agency in financial years (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08.
(209342)
129
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned headcount changes, attributable to his Department's efficiency programme are for the (a) Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency, (b) Army Training and Recruiting Agency, (c) British Forces Post Office, (d) Defence Analytical Services Agency and (e) Defence Bills Agency for financial years (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.
(209382)
130
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned headcount changes, attributable to his Department's efficiency programme are for the (a) Defence Communication Services Agency, (b) Defence Dental Agency, (c) Defence Estates, (d) Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency and (e) Defence Intelligence and Security Centre for financial years (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.
(209383)
131
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned headcount changes, attributable to his Department's efficiency programme are for the (a) Defence Medical Training Agency, (b) Defence Procurement Agency, (c) Defence Storage and Distribution Agency, (d) DefenceTransport and Movements Agency and (e) Defence Vetting Agency for financial years (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.
(209384)
132
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned headcount changes, attributable to his Department's efficiency programme are for the (a) Disposal Services Agency, (b) Duke of York's Royal Military School, (c) Medical Supply Agency, (d) Ministry of Defence and Guarding Agency and (e) Naval Recruiting and Training Agency for financial years (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.
(209385)
133
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what work BAe Systems carried out at (a) RAF Cottismore and (b) RAF Marham in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004.
(209496)
134
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many BAe Systems personnel worked at (a) RAF Cottismore and (b) RAF Marham in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004.
(209497)
135
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contracts were entered into with BAE Systems at RAF Marham in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.
(209516)
136
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contracts were entered into with BAE Systems at RAF Cottesmore in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.
(209517)
137
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much work was put out to competitive tender at (a) RAF Cottesmore and (b) RAF Marham in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004.
(209518)
138
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost was of the damage to Harrier air frames at RAF Cottesmore in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.
(209519)
139
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) stopped searching for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction; what proportion of the ISG's cost was met by the United Kingdom; and what the total United Kingdom financial commitment, including salaries of British personnel involved was, to the ISG.
(209160)
140
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what military assistance the UK has provided following the tsunami disaster; and what plans he has made for further military assistance.
(208331)
141
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the estimates of Iraqi casualties contained in contact reports compiled by UK armed forces serving in Iraq since 20th March 2003.
(209235)
142
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what response has been provided to solicitors representing the British Nuclear Tests Veterans Association.
(209533)
143
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost of military action in Iraq was in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05 to date.
(209530)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
144
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the fuel cost data provided for the revision of building energy standards takes account of the leakage of natural gas during (a) processing, (b) transmission, (c) storage and (d) distribution; and whether his Department has studied records of leakage in the USA.
(209499)
145
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much his Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(209571)
146
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) obligations are incumbent on and (b) powers are at the disposal of local authorities to clean (i) publicly and (ii) privately owned properties of graffiti; and if he will make a statement.
(209374)
147
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the registered social landlords involved in providing and managing sites for gypsies and travellers in the West Midlands.
(207982)
148
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost to local authorities was of collecting and enforcing the council tax in England for 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(209388)
149
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what local authority Best Value performance indicators in relation to alcohol-related crime (a) were complied in 2003-04 and (b) will be compiled in (i) 2004-05 and (ii) 2005-06.
(209263)
150
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1st January 2004.
(209223)
151
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 15th December, Official Report, column 1119W, on MoD land, when the first audit of the arrangement will take place; and if he will make the results publicly available.
(209074)
152
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will revise existing planning procedures to enable local authorities to ban the siting of mobile phone masts near (a) schools, (b) nurseries and (c) hospitals.
(208965)
153
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will institute an immediate review of the planning process for the siting of mobile phone masts as called for in the National Radiological Protection Board report.
(208966)
154
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will revise plannning procedures with regard to mobile telephone masts to enable local authorities to consider possible health implications.
(208967)
155
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will obtain from the Chairman of the Audit Commission a reply to the letter sent to the Chairman on 4th November 2004 by the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr J. White.
(208884)
156
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to reopen the Living Spaces programme for fresh applications.
(209008)
157
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many applications to the Living Spaces programme are awaiting a decision on funding.
(209009)
158
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the schemes in Tower Hamlets that have (a) been granted funding from the Living Spaces programme and (b) are awaiting a decision on funding from the programme.
(209010)
159
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the availability of an environmental health officer to identify an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) with three or more storeys and five or more occupants as compared to identifying an unlicensed HMO with three or more storeys.
(209011)
160
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which organisations support establishing the threshold for the mandatory House in Multiple Occupation licensing scheme of three or more storeys and five or more occupants.
(209012)
161
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what threshold for the mandatory House in Multiple Occupation licensing scheme was proposed by (a) the Local Government Association and (b) the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
(209013)
162
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much has been spent by the South East England Development Agency on redeveloping the Ropetackle site in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.
(208665)
163
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what arrangements are in place for a profit share between the South East England Development Agency and the developers Berkeley Group for the disposal proceeds of properties on the Ropetackle site in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.
(208666)
164
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the anticipated net financial expenditure income is to the South East England Development Agency when all the disposals of properties on the Ropetackle site in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, have been completed.
(208667)
165
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the original budget for the development of the Ropetackle Site in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex was, when acquired by the South East England Development Agency.
(208668)
166
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much was paid by the South Eastern England Development Agency to (a) Adur Council and (b) private landowners on acquisition of the Ropetackle site in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex; and what conditions were attached.
(208669)
167
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Local Government Finance Settlement 2005-06 on the level of council tax.
(209188)
168
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for what reasons his Department did not use 2001 census data for the Local Government Finance Settlement 2005-06.
(209189)
169
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when his Department will issue guidance on how capping should be applied.
(209190)
170
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many car parking spaces are provided for those (a) working in and (b) visiting his Department.
(208930)
171
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many tenders were let by his Department to external suppliers in financial year 2003-04; and what the value was.
(209112)
172
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent discussions his Department has had with the housing renewal pathfinder projects regarding (a) progress to date and (b) future funding levels; and if he will make a statement.
(209412)
173
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what criteria he takes into account when determining whether or not an elected regional assembly would be appropriate for a region.
(209294)
174
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the value for money of the Greater London Assembly.
(209363)
175
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much central government funding was allocated to the London Borough of Havering in (a) 1997, (b) 1999, (c) 2001 and (d) 2002.
(209364)
176
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average percentage change in band D council tax rates in England has been since 1997.
(209365)
177
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many staff are employed by his Office; and what its annual running costs are.
(209434)
178
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much central government money the London Borough of Havering received per citizen in 2003-04.
(209435)
179
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will revise the information on telecommunication masts on his Department's website to take account of the advice of Sir William Stewart.
(209156)
180
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his policy is on the siting of telecommunication masts, including those serving the emergency services; and what account this policy takes of the precautionary principle.
(209157)
181
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will give guidance to planning authorities not to determine planning applications related to earlier applications which are the subject of an ombudsman investigation; and if he will make a statement.
(209267)
182
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received on the definition of a minor work as applied to the inspection of electrical work under Building Regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(209532)
183
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many homeless people in Swale have sought help from Swale Borough Council since 2001; and how many homeless people are accommodated by Swale Borough Council (a) within and (b) outside its boundary.
(208872)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
184
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment her Department has made of the merits of supporting research into the costs and benefits of out-of-classroom learning; and if she will make a statement.
(209284)
185
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the role of out-of-classroom learning in increasing (a) physical activity and (b) inclusivity amongst school children; and if she will make a statement.
(209285)
186
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what practical steps will be taken to increase opportunities (a) within the curriculum and (b) outside the school day for trips and visits for school children as identified in her Department's five year strategy; and if she will make a statement.
(209286)
187
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance has been given to academies in relation to the promotion of outdoor learning.
(209287)
188
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if her Department will asked Ofsted to conduct a special survey of outdoor education in all schools.
(209539)
189
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans her Department has to commission further research into the contribution of (a) outdoor education and (b) biology fieldwork to the curriculum; and if she will make a statement.
(209540)
190
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to ensure that all students experience the benefits of outdoor education as identified in the recent Ofsted report; and if she will make a statement.
(209541)
191
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent discussions she has had with the teaching unions regarding their position on educational visits; and if she will make a statement.
(209542)
192
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average time taken for employers seeking to be taken out of the scope of an industrial training board was in the last year for which figures are available.
(209440)
193
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions (a) she and (b) her officials have held since January 2004 with the British Exhibition Contractors Association on the requirements for their members to be registered with the Construction Industry Training Board; and if she will make a statement.
(209441)
194
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when the requirement for exhibition contractors to be registered with the Construction Industry Training Board was last reviewed; and if she will make a statement.
(209442)
195
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many exhibition construction companies have appealed to industrial tribunals since May 1997 seeking exemption from the Industrial Training Act 1982; and what the results were.
(209443)
196
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the procedure to be followed is for companies seeking exemption from the requirements of the Industrial Training Act 1982.
(209444)
197
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much her Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(209582)
198
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions her Department has had with the European Commission on the supporting, co-ordinating and complementary action that may be taken by the EU in the field of vocational training under article I-17 of the proposed EU constitution.
(209585)
199
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will set out (a) for the London Borough of Redbridge and (b) for the London Borough of Waltham Forest, for 1997 and 2004, (i) the pupil to teacher ratio and (ii) the pupil to teacher plus classroom assistant ratio.
(209017)
200
Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the outcome was of the Education, Youth and Culture Council held on 15th and 16th November 2004; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if she will make a statement.
(209500)
201
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average GCSE points scores for each school type in England excluding GNVQ Part One qualifications and GCSE short courses have been in each year since 2000.
(208430)
202
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what safeguards are in place to ensure that advice and information given by Directors of Education to local education authorities on the closure of schools is accurate, objective and balanced.
(208873)
203
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria she applies when determining whether to approve a statutory notice of closure on a primary school.
(208876)
204
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will assess the merits of a single system of student support based on intensity of study.
[R] (209236)
205
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the extent to which support for part-time students takes account of the costs of (a) travel, (b) childcare and (c) lost income.
[R] (209237)
206
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures the Government has taken since the Higher Education Act 2004 to support part-time students.
[R] (209241)
207
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will publish regular information on the number of (a) schools and (b) children's centres that have been built, rebuilt or remodelled in each of the Department's programmes.
(209448)
208
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will set intermediate targets for the number of secondary schools to be improved in the Building Schools for the Future programme.
(209449)
209
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what definition she uses of the term 21st century schools in the Building Schools for the Future programme.
(209450)
210
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that she has cancelled since her appointment.
(209224)
211
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 10th January to question 207543 from the honourable Member for Fareham, how many pages there were in each of the publications sent to primary and secondary schools.
(208962)
212
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many car parking spaces are provided for those (a) working in and (b) visiting her Department.
(208928)
213
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many tenders were let by her Department to external suppliers in the financial year 2004-05; and what the value was.
(209098)
214
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many tenders, and to what value, were let by her Department to external suppliers in the financial year 2003-04.
(209099)
215
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many exclusions there were relating to illegal drugs in each of the last 10 years in English secondary schools.
(209103)
216
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many representations have been made to her Department by schools on problems of drug use (a) on and (b) outside school premises in each of the last 10 years.
(209108)
217
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many notifications of illegal drug possessions by school pupils on school premises there were in each of the last 10 years.
(209110)
218
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many needle stick injuries have been reported from discarded needles in school grounds in each of the last 10 years.
(209111)
219
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the Government's priorities for the Education, Youth and Culture Council will be during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Union; and if she will make a statement.
(209555)
220
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with local education authorities involved in the first wave of the Building Better Schools programme.
(209048)
221
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations she has received from areas involved in the first wave of the Building Better Schools programme; and if she will make a statement.
(209049)
222
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what requirement there is for medical facilities at (a) junior schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) further education establishments to be staffed.
(209266)
223
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding will be allocated to Devon schools in 2005-06 to implement phase 3 of the National Agreement on Workforce Reform; and if she will have discussions with Devon teachers about the possible impact on school budgets.
(209040)
224
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the proposed level of funding for childcare provision in schools is for the next three years.
(209182)
225
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when the Government plans to release the Connexions End to End Review of Careers Education and Guidance; and if she will make a statement.
(208815)
226
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to ring fence the funding for Sure Start programmes in Kent when the funding arrangements are moved to Kent County Council.
(208426)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
227
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research she has sponsored into the effects of oil leakage on land on (a) sources of drinking water, (b) soil conditions and (c) welfare of wildlife.
(209501)
228
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will discuss with mobile telephone operators the potential for using mobile phone masts to disseminate warnings of severe weather or other disasters that require localised warning messages.
(209140)
229
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to publish the Animal Welfare Bill.
(208369)
230
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list communities recorded by the Environment Agency as being subject to flooding in 2000, giving in each case the number of (a) commercial and (b) residential properties flooded; and for how many and what percentage of properties in each community (i) flood defences have been improved, (ii) flood defence improvements have been approved but not yet implemented and (iii) flood defences improvements have been approved.
(208722)
231
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(209583)
232
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what effect she expects the removal of Varroasis from the list of notifiable diseases to have on the health of (a) feral and (b) non-feral colonies of bees.
(208365)
233
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her assessment is of the state of the honey industry in the UK; and how she expects it to change in the next five years.
(208367)
234
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimates she has made of the contribution made by the beekeeping industry to the agricultural economy in the last year for which figures are available; and what assessment she has made of how this will be affected by the proposed cut in the budget of the National Bee Unit for 2005-06.
(208368)
235
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on progress on the Government programme for use of timber products which are legal and sustainably grown.
(209377)
236
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will incorporate social criteria involving impacts on indigenous forest people into official programmes for responsible timber use.
(209378)
237
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the most common causes are of failure of attempts under the relevant legislation to close alleys or gullies.
(209176)
238
Roger Casale (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she has taken to update the list of areas at risk from flooding to take account of forecasts by climate change experts; and what proposals on this she has received from the Environment Agency.
(209523)
239
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will make an announcement on the operation of the Waste Performance Reward Grant for 2005-06.
(209154)
240
Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the outcome was of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 21st and 22nd December 2004; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if she will make a statement.
(209495)
241
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the value of exports of British beef to (a) France, (b) Italy and (c) Germany was in each of the last two years.
(209258)
242
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the future of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Committee.
(209570)
243
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has for the future of the Agriculture, Environment and Biotechnology Committee.
(208805)
244
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much correspondence and of what nature, the Department has received in each of the last three years for which figures are available from producers and suppliers in respect of their relationship with large supermarket companies, with particular reference to contracts and the relationships throughout the supply chain.
(208806)
245
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that she has cancelled since 1st January 2004.
(209220)
246
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to facilitate the improvement in the navigability of (a) the River Itchen, north of Southampton and (b) other rivers in Hampshire; and if she will make a statement.
(209561)
247
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received about improving the navigability of the Itchen Navigation.
(209562)
248
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether City of York local authority representatives will be allocated a full position on the Regional Flood Defence Committee.
(208860)
249
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the allocation of funding for flood defence in York.
(208861)
250
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many car parking spaces are provided for those working (a) in and (b) visiting her Department.
(208927)
251
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many tenders were let by her Department to external suppliers in the financial year 2003-04; and what the value was.
(209100)
252
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's priorities for the Agriculture and Fisheries Council will be during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Union; and if she will make a statement.
(209551)
253
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's priorities for the Environment Council will be during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Union; and if she will make a statement.
(209552)
254
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many lead water supply mains and pipes have been replaced since 2000.
(208879)
255
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many kilometres of water distribution mains have been renovated since 2000 to reduce problems associated with discolouration of water.
(208883)
256
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the amount of the (a) water supply and (b) sewerage infrastructure in England which is in unsatisfactory condition; and what estimate she has made of (i) the cost of necessary repair and maintenance of the infrastructure and (ii) the length of time at current levels of investment to clear the backlog.
(208885)
257
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many households in Burnley have benefited from Warm Front; how many pensioners have been assisted by the programme; and if she will make a statement.
(209050)
258
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what correspondence she has received from the European Food Safety Authority with regard to the safety of GM products; and if she will publish the correspondence.
(208977)
259
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce legislation to (a) stop animal abuse and (b) improve the conditions in which animals are transported.
(209349)
260
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14th December 2004, Official Report, column 1001W, on Sellafield flooding, if she will make a statement on the impact on Sellafield of the heavy rain of 9th to 11th January.
(209261)
261
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the proposals outlined in the Haskins Report on the budget of the National Bee Unit; and if she will make a statement.
(208002)
262
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many colonies of bees are within the workload of each bee inspector; and how many beekeepers each inspector is responsible for in the six months of the year when inspections are undertaken.
(208003)
263
N
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to update advice to (a) farmers, (b) market gardeners and (c) other users of organophosphate pesticides in the light of the findings of the Department of Health's advisory committee on carcinogenicity relating to links between prostate cancer and these substances.
(208165)
264
N
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will publish the report of the review of the scientific literature on links between Parkinson's Disease and pesticide exposure (PS2601), funded by her Department.
(208724)
265
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to change staffing levels at the Central Science Laboratory's National Bee Unit.
(209184)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
266
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the quality of the environment in Iraq (a) before the invasion by Coalition forces in March 2003 and (b) recently.
(208371)
267
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(209573)
268
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to support requests by representatives of ethnic national groups in Burma, including the Shan, Karen and Karenni, to address the United Nations General Assembly and other UN forums.
(209054)
269
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will urge the Association of the South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) (a) to suspend Burma from the organisation and (b) not to proceed with Burma's chairmanship of ASEAN in 2006.
(209055)
270
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Association of South East Asian Nations to urge the Government of Burma to allow unrestricted access to independent human rights monitors and humanitarian aid organisations to all parts of Burma.
(209056)
271
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will urge the Government of Burma to allow unrestricted access for independent human rights monitors and humanitarian aid organisations to all parts of Burma.
(209057)
272
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Burma about the imprisonment of (a) Huiun May Aung and (b) Dr Zaw Myint Maung.
(209058)
273
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many political prisoners are on death row in Tharawaddy prison in Burma.
(209059)
274
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Burma about the imprisonment of Aye Myint Than.
(209060)
275
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the International Committee of the Red Cross to monitor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's well-being through regular visits.
(209061)
276
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the report of the high level panel on reform of the United Nations.
(209063)
277
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the National League for Democracy in Burma about the medical condition of Aung San Suu Kyi.
(209064)
278
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Burma about (a) the reduction and (b) the withdrawal of Aung San Suu Kyi's security detail.
(209065)
279
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the State Peace and Develoment Council in Burma (a) to allow Daw Aung San Suu Kyi free access to her personal physician, (b) to end the intimidation and harassment of that physician and (c) to permit the National League for Democracy Youths to remain in Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's compound to take care of her.
(209072)
280
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will seek to put the conduct of the Government of Burma on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council as a regional and international concern on the grounds of (a) crimes against humanity, (b) the refugee situation in neighbouring countries and (c) involvement in the narcotics trade.
(209073)
281
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will issue a public statement expressing concern about the safety and health of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and emphasising that the Burmese military is responsible for her safety and health.
(209251)
282
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the reasons are for the proposed closure of the British Embassy in Madagascar; and if he will make a statement.
(208961)
283
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he is taking in conjunction with other Government Departments to encourage developed countries to collaborate to discourage (a) the practice of illegal logging and (b) trade in forest products.
(209379)
284
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the current position with regard to (a) Mr Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, imprisoned in Pakistan, and (b) his Department's involvement in this case.
(209016)
285
N
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether corporal punishment of children has been prohibited by legislation in each of the UK overseas territories (a) as a sentence of the courts and as a form of punishment in penal institutions for young offenders, (b) in schools, including private schools, (c) in other institutions and forms of care and (d) by parents in the home.
(208164)
286
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on the case of Turkish Cypriot civil servant Mr Gökce, who has been dismissed from his post for private comments he made sympathising with the Kurds and the suffering of the Armenians in the 1915 genocide, and criticising the treatment of Greek Cypriots during the invasion of 1974; and if he will make a statement.
(209504)
287
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the UN on allegations of sexual abuse by peace-keeping troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and whether he has discussed this matter with the governments of the countries concerned.
(209171)
288
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what access (a) representatives of his Department and (b) non-governmental organisations have to the northern parts of Sri Lanka under the control of the Tamil region, following the tsunami.
(209172)
289
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role the Government is playing in assisting peace talks between the Government of Sudan and rebel organisations in the Darfur region.
(209173)
290
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1st January 2004.
(209221)
291
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Egypt regarding its response to the killing of Christians in El Kosheh in January 2000.
(209564)
292
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Jordan regarding Mrs Siham Qandah's custody of her children; and if he will make a statement.
(209565)
293
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will press the European Union to consider imposing sanctions against Eritrea in response to its treatment of evangelical Christians.
(209566)
294
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Eritrea on (a) releasing evangelical Christians arrested on New Year's Eve in Asmara, (b) official recognition of the evangelical Protestant Christian denominations in Eritrea and (c) detentions of evangelical Christians; and if he will make a statement.
(209567)
295
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Vietnam regarding (a) the pre-Christmas mass detention of Montagnard Christians in the Central Highlands and (b) human rights abuses of Montagnards in Vietnam's Central Highlands; and if he will make a statement.
(209568)
296
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Cambodian authorities on (a) the deportation of Montagnard refugees from Vietnam's Central Highlands back to Vietnam and (b) reopening its north eastern border with Vietnam; and if he will make a statement.
(209569)
297
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the size of the poppy harvest in Afghanistan has been in each year since 2000.
(209283)
298
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what further measures are planned to help combat opium production in Afghanistan.
(209290)
299
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate has been made of the percentage of the UK's heroin supply coming from Afghanistan.
(209292)
300
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to make a final response to the letter from the honourable Member for Bolton South East, of 7th October 2004, regarding the case of Mr Mohammed Howaz's daughter-in-law, ref. GV100/83465.
(209269)
301
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply substantively to the question tabled by the honourable Member for Thurrock for named day answer on 16th December 2004, ref 205526.
(209187)
302
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether a derogation from EU Treaty provisions was granted to the United Kingdom which allows dual membership of the House of Lords and the European Parliament; and if he will make a statement.
(209259)
303
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the countries in which British citizens and residents are being (a) lawfully and (b) unlawfully detained at the request of, or in co-operation with, the United States military or intelligence agencies; how many persons are detained in each country; and how many are under 18 years.
(209046)
304
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance was issued to British consular staff and others visiting (a) Guantanamo Bay and (b) other places of detention overseas on measures to guard against allegations that they may have implicitly condoned torture and ill treatment or encouraged prisoners to make false confessions; and what plans he has to issue further guidance.
(209047)
305
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many car parking spaces are provided for those (a) working in and (b) visiting his Department.
(208974)
306
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which countries have been assisted by his Department in the development of free trade unions.
(208975)
307
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many tenders were let by his Department to external suppliers in the financial year 2003-04; and what the value was.
(209095)
308
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's priorities for the General Affairs and External Relations Council will be during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Union; and if he will make a statement.
(209556)
309
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many temporary passports were issued to British survivors of the recent tsunami.
(208721)
310
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the progress made at the African Union summit in Gabon on the issues of (a) Cote d'Ivoire, (b) Sudan and (c) the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement.
(209086)
311
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department sent observers to the African Union summit in Gabon; and if he will make a statement.
(209087)
312
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the impact on the stabilisation process of Cote d'Ivoire of the proposed referendum on the presidential candidature of Alassane Ouattara; and if he will make a statement.
(209088)
313
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government are taking to seek to facilitate dialogue between the Indonesian Government and the Papuan people to find a peaceful resolution to the West Papua conflict.
(209003)
314
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to representatives of UK companies with operations in West Papua with respect to the companies' human rights protection, monitoring and reporting policies in the territory.
(209004)
315
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with the United Nations regarding the possibility of sending UN observers to monitor the human rights situation in West Papua.
(209032)
316
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment has been made of the political impact of possible under-representation of Sunnis in a future Iraqi legislature and the subsequent implications of this for the security situation in Iraq.
(209033)
317
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to assist the interim Iraqi Government in encouraging the Sunni minority to participate in the forthcoming elections in Iraq.
(209034)
318
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the Government plans to provide the new Palestinian leadership to carry out internal reforms to strengthen security apparatus in order to tackle powerful warlords and corrupt officials, and establish law and order in Palestinian society.
(209035)
319
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the impact of the Asian tsunami on levels of Islamic fundamentalism in South East Asia in the (a) short term and (b) medium to long term; and what plans have been made to discuss this issue with the (i) Thai and (ii) Indonesian Governments.
(209151)
320
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment has been made of the scale of the impact of the Asian tsunami disaster on Burma in addition to the official reports of damage and casualties made by the Burmese Government.
(209369)
321
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Burmese chairmanship of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2006; and what the implications of the Burmese chairmanship are for the UK's relations with ASEAN.
(209370)
322
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the UN Security Council regarding human rights abuses in Burma.
(209371)
323
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the UN Security Council regarding illicit drug production and trafficking in Burma.
(209372)
324
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of an independent inquiry into the number of (a) Iraqi military personnel and (b) Iraqi civilians killed or injured by the activities of Coalition forces in Iraq since 19th March 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(209234)
325
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK residents with indefinite leave to remain in the UK are held at Guantanamo Bay; and what their names are.
(209375)
326
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has received concerning Guantanamo Bay prisoners who are residents with indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
(209376)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
327
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on links between exposure to pesticides and the incidence of prostate cancer, with particular reference to the work of the Advisory Committee on Carcinogenicity.
(208370)
328
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(209579)
329
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the questions tabled by the honourable Member for Mole Valley on 21st December 2004, ref (a) 206687, (b) 206688 and (c) 206887.
(208366)
330
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on the supporting, co-ordinating and complementary action which may be undertaken by the EU in the field of protection and improvement of human health under article I-17 of the proposed EU constitution.
(209588)
331
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) the NHS Bank has lent to each NHS organisation and (b) has been repaid in each year since the Bank's inception.
(209036)
332
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what average length of time posts were vacant in the Community Dental Service for each year since 1997, in (a) England, (b) strategic health authorities and (c) primary care trusts; and what the vacancy rate was in each case.
(209037)
333
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department assesses whether or not a country has a surplus of a particular healthcare profession when considering overseas recruitment.
(209038)
334
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for (a) negotiating and (b) concluding the general practitioner contract, including the time when a draft contract was made available to the general practitioner representatives.
(209039)
335
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 16th December, Official Report, column 1329W, on temporary medical staff, what the figures are for each NHS Trust for the equivalent period.
(209090)
336
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered midwives there were in each year since 1996 by (a) headcount and (b) whole-time equivalent.
(209547)
337
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the three month vacancy (a) rates and (b) numbers were for (i) midwives, (ii) nurses, (iii) GPs, (iv) district nurses, (v) health visitors, (vi) physiotherapists, (vii) occupational therapists, (viii) speech and language therapists and (ix) consultants, broken down by specialty for (A) England, (B) Strategic Health Authority, (C) each NHS trust and foundation trust and (D) each primary care trust in each year since 1997.
(209548)
338
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many qualified speech and language therapists are employed by the NHS; how many unfilled vacancies there are; how many are in training; and what the Government target for speech and language therapists in post is.
(209525)
339
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the funding that has been allocated to St George's Hospital, Tooting for the next 12 months.
(209248)
340
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many acute hospital beds are available at NHS hospitals within the Greater London area.
(209408)
341
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ward beds are available at St George's Hospital, Tooting.
(209409)
342
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there are for doctors in NHS hospitals within the Greater London area.
(209411)
343
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the provision of orthodontic surgeons at the Sunderland Royal Hospital; and what plans he has to increase their numbers.
(208988)
344
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in the (a) Kingston and Surbiton constituency and (b) Borough of Kingston waited for more than six months for foot and ankle surgery under a podiatric surgeon in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(209328)
345
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) total monetary value and (b) average value is of the (i) 2,560 stage one payments and (ii) 112 stage two payments which had been made as at 6th December 2004 to the Skipton Fund under the ex gratia payment scheme for people infected with hepatitis C.
(209147)
346
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements he will make to ensure that there is no diminution in the quality of the training provided when the NHS University is replaced by the NHS Institute for Learning, Skills and Innovation.
[R] (209238)
347
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff have participated in NHS University courses since its inception, broken down by subject.
[R] (209240)
348
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the need for new patient pathways in dermatology; and what action he will take to promote and support their implementation across the NHS.
(209018)
349
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the value of competency frameworks for health professionals working in dermatology; and what action he will take to ensure that they are rolled out across the NHS.
(209019)
350
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role the Long-term Conditions Care Group Work Force Team Dermatology Group has in the development of NHS dermatology services; and if he will make a statement.
(209020)
351
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he will take to incorporate (a) specialist nurses and (b) non-consultant career grade doctors within e-booking for dermatology.
(209021)
352
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of e-booking on the (a) workload of and (b) quality of patient care by dermatology consultants.
(209022)
353
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the length of time that patients with severe skin diseases will wait to access new biological and immuno-suppressant therapies; and if he will make a statement.
(209023)
354
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what impact he expects the cost of new biological and immuno-suppressant therapies to have on dermatology services and their resources; and if he will make a statement.
(209024)
355
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that patients with chronic skin diseases have access to the widest possible range of treatments, including new biological and immuno-suppressant therapies.
(209025)
356
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when mercury was removed from the diptheria, polio and tetanus (DPT) vaccine used in the UK.
(209390)
357
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of mercury in the diptheria, polio and tetanus (DPT) vaccine (a) on the immune system and (b) in reaction with the MMR vaccine.
(209391)
358
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of whether an increase in the availability of MRI scans will require an increase in (a) the number of staff in neurology departments and (b) the amount of resources available to neurology departments.
(208869)
359
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1st January 2004.
(209217)
360
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of whether there is a correlation between the number of prescriptions for Roaccutane and recorded suicides in the last 10 years.
(209345)
361
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has commissioned into the efficacy of essential oils in killing MRSA bacteria.
(208661)
362
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has evaluated on the proportion of people who carry MRSA in their nostrils with no adverse effect to themselves; and what precautions are taken to protect hospital patients from medical practitioners who may be carrying MRSA in this way.
(208662)
363
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to raise public awareness of MRSA and potential safeguards against contracting infections.
(208808)
364
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his strategy is for tackling the spread of MRSA outside hospital settings; and what funds his Department has set aside to tackle MRSA.
(208809)
365
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have suffered long-term illness as a result of contracting MRSA infections in each of the last 10 years.
(208810)
366
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will institute a review into the possible health implications of mobile telephones in the light of the report by the National Radiological Protection Board.
(208968)
367
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to assess the impact that the Fairer Charging guidance has had on (a) people with disabilities and (b) older people whose income is just above the guaranteed income level of income support plus 25 per cent.; and if he will make a statement.
(209232)
368
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what independent audits have taken place on the (a) efficacy and (b) safety of private provision of laser eye surgery.
(209317)
369
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 30th November 2004, Official Report, column 111W, on regional tobacco control managers, what expenditure has been allocated to regional tobacco control managers since May 2003 for the funding of local tobacco alliances.
(208963)
370
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the role is of local tobacco alliances; what projects they deliver; and if he will make a statement.
(208994)
371
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's procedure is for the use of new infection control technologies in the NHS following the recommendation from its Rapid Review Panel.
(208995)
372
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to publish the minutes of the meetings of the Rapid Review Panel.
(208996)
373
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many products have been recommended to his Department by the Rapid Review Panel for (a) development for use in the NHS and (b) trial in an NHS clinical setting.
(208997)
374
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what circumstances a product or treatment may bypass the Rapid Review Panel assessment; and if he will list the products or treatments that have done so.
(208998)
375
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list products and treatments reviewed by the Rapid Review Panel since December 2003 that are now being used for infection control or cleaning purposes in NHS facilities.
(208999)
376
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list products which have submitted applications to the Rapid Review Panel for use in fighting infection in the NHS since the Panel's establishment.
(209000)
377
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many submissions the Rapid Review Panel has received for its review of products to aid cleanliness and fight infections in the NHS; when each submission was received; and when the Rapid Review Panel reported its results for each submission.
(209001)
378
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recommendations (a) his Department and (b) the National Patient Safety Agency has made to the NHS on hand infection control against the spread of norovirus.
(209002)
379
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many accident and emergency child admissions there were in East Sussex's Hospitals NHS Trust in each quarter since 31st March 2001.
(209005)
380
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will state what powers NHS matrons have to withhold payment to cleaning service providers.
(209006)
381
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what system is in place for the transfer of Criminal Record Bureau checks on NHS employees between NHS organisations.
(209031)
382
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the results of the 2004 Patient Environment Action Team cleanliness scores were passed to the Healthcare Commission.
(209591)
383
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 105W, on MRSA, how many of the babies who contracted MRSA in 2002 died from their infections.
(209250)
384
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children (a) contracted MRSA infections in hospitals and (b) died from MRSA infections in each of the last seven years.
(209262)
385
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which countries were visited by his Department's officials and Ministers in relation to substance misuse in 2004.
(208935)
386
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many car parking spaces are provided for those (a) working in and (b) visiting his Department.
(208936)
387
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many tenders were let by his Department to external suppliers in the financial year 2003-04; and what the value was.
(209096)
388
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many in-patient admissions there were for deep vein thrombosis in drug addicts in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004, broken down by hospital.
(209104)
389
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pharmacies supply prescription (a) methadone and (b) bupraenorphine; and how many of these are independent pharmacies.
(209105)
390
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many drug overdose admissions there were to accident and emergency departments in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004, broken down by hospital.
(209106)
391
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many whole time equivalent dentists have been recruited back to the NHS through the Keeping in Touch scheme.
(209191)
392
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people (a) took and (b) passed the International Qualifying Exam which enables dentists from non-EU countries to practise in England in each year from 1997 to 2004.
(209192)
393
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money his Department has spent in total on the Keeping in Touch scheme to recruit dentists back into the NHS.
(209194)
394
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for the (a) budget, (b) location and (c) planned commencement of activities of the specialised burns services unit in the south west region.
(209197)
395
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the final decisions on a specialised burns services unit in the south west will be taken.
(209198)
396
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria his Department is using to determine the location of a specialist burns services unit in the south west.
(209199)
397
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for the reconfiguration of specialist burns services.
(209200)
398
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the Government has made of whether relationship exists between MRSA and the privatisation of cleaning activities in NHS hospitals.
(209146)
399
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum patient to nurse ratios are; and in which health authorities they apply.
(209416)
400
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the recommended minimum nurse to patient ratio is in the NHS.
(209417)
401
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average patient to nurse ratio was in (a) the London Borough of Havering, (b) Greater London and (c) England for each of the last seven years.
(209418)
402
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what incentives are in place to discourage people from leaving the nursing profession.
(209419)
403
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government will provide compensation to those contracting MRSA in National Health Service hospitals and clinics.
(209420)
404
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals are in place to combat the spread of MRSA in the London Borough of Havering with particular regard to the New Oldchurch Hospital.
(209438)
405
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the infection rates of MRSA have been by age groups in (a) the London Borough of Havering, (b) Greater London and (c) the United Kingdom for the past five years.
(209439)
406
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made towards achieving an online system of (a) booking GP appointments, (b) health records and (c) prescription processing for NHS patients.
(209233)
407
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prime service providers are employed by the NHS.
(209249)
408
N
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in the (a) Solihull constituency and (b) Borough of Solihull waited for more than six months for foot and ankle surgery under a podiatric surgeon in 2004.
(208422)
409
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS consultant physician posts are unfilled; and what proportion of the consultant physician work force this represents.
(209242)
410
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will lay before Parliament the General Dental Council and the Dentists Act (Amendment) Order 2005.
(209507)
411
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to what penalty clauses his Department is contractually liable for commercial enterprises relating to the progress of work on the Paddington Basin Health Campus Project.
(209320)
412
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what expenditure his Department has incurred to date on the Paddington Health Campus Project; and how much of that expenditure has been in consultancy fees.
(209321)
413
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the date when the Paddington Basin Health Campus will become fully operational.
(209356)
414
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to announce the selection of a private finance initiative partner for the Paddington Basin Health Campus project; and which companies are under consideration by his Department for this role.
(209357)
415
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects his Department to receive planning permission from Westminster Borough Council to proceed with the Paddington Health Campus project.
(209358)
416
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS personnel have been involved in working (a) full-time and (b) part-time on the Paddington Basin Health Campus project in each year since 1997; how many of these were working in (a) his Department, (b) health authorities and (c) trust hospitals; and what his estimate is of the figures in each of the next eight years.
(209360)
417
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) capital and (b) revenue financial contributions have been requested by his Department of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Hospital Trust towards the Paddington Basin Health Campus project in the interim period before the campus becomes operational; and whether these contributions have been approved by the Board of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Hospital Trust.
(209361)
418
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his latest estimate is of the funds to be realised for his Department from land sales on the site of (a) Harefield Hospital and (b) the Royal Brompton Hospital; and what proportion of the total estimated final cost of the Paddington Basin Health Campus they constitute.
(209362)
419
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the consultants to whom NHS monies have been disbursed for work related to the Paddington Basin Health Campus since the beginning of the project, broken down by amount of money.
(209403)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
420
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalty notices for disorder for consumption of alcohol in designated public places have been issued by (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police since the scheme was rolled out nationally in 2004.
(208951)
421
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalty notices for disorder for using public telecommunications systems for sending messages known to be false in order to cause annoyance have been issued by (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police since the scheme was rolled out nationally in 2004.
(208952)
422
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalty notices for disorder for wasting police time or giving false reports have been issued by (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police since the scheme was rolled out nationally in 2004.
(208953)
423
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalty notices for disorder for disorderly behaviour while drunk in a public place have been issued by (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police since the scheme was rolled out nationally in 2004.
(208954)
424
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalty notices for disorder for buying or attempting to buy alcohol for consumption in a bar in licensed premises by a person under 18 have been issued by (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police since the scheme was rolled out nationally in 2004.
(208955)
425
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalty notices for disorder for throwing stones etc at trains or trackside buildings on railways have been issued by (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police since the scheme was rolled out nationally in 2004.
(208956)
426
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalty notices for disorder for trespassing on a railway have been issued by (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police since the scheme was rolled out nationally in 2004.
(208957)
427
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalty notices for disorder for knowingly giving a false alarm to a fire brigade have been issued by (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police since the scheme was rolled out nationally in 2004.
(208958)
428
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalty notices for disorder for alcohol related offences have been issued by (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police since the scheme was rolled out nationally in 2004.
(208959)
429
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalty notices for disorder for throwing fireworks in a thoroughfare have been issued by (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police since the scheme was rolled out nationally in 2004.
(208960)
430
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times in each year since their inception (a) Essex and (b) Southend Community Support Officers have used the power to maintain and enforce a cordoned area established under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.
(209474)
431
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty notices for dog fouling, littering and riding on footpaths have been issued by (a) Essex and (b) Southend Community Support Officers in each year since their inception.
(209475)
432
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty notices for public nuisance under Chapter 1, Part 1 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 have been issued by (a) Essex and (b) Southend Community Support Officers in each year since their inception.
(209476)
433
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times in each year since their inception (a) Essex and (b) Southend Community Support Officers have used their power to request a name and address for fixed penalty offences and offences that cause injury, alarm and distress to another person or damage or loss of another's property.
(209477)
434
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times in each year since their inception (a) Essex and (b) Southend Community Support Officers have used their power to request the name and address of a person acting in an anti-social manner.
(209478)
435
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times in each year since their inception (a) Essex and (b) Southend Community Support Officers have used their power to save life or limb, or to prevent serious damage to property.
(209479)
436
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times in each year since their inception (a) Essex and (b) Southend Community Support Officers have used their power to seize vehicles used to cause alarm and distress.
(209480)
437
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times in each year since their inception (a) Essex and (b) Southend Community Support Officers have used their powers to (i) require the removal of abandoned vehicles, (ii) stop vehicles for the purpose of a road check, (iii) stop and search vehicles and remove items carried by drivers or passengers under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 and items carried by pedestrians, (iv) regulate traffic for the purpose of escorting abnormal loads and (v) stop a vehicle for emissions testing.
(209481)
438
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times in each year since their inception (a) Essex and (b) Southend Community Support Officers have used their power to request a person to stop drinking in a designated public area and to surrender open containers of alcohol.
(209482)
439
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times in each year since their inception (a) Essex and (b) Southend community support officers have used their powers to (i) confiscate alcohol from a young person and (ii) confiscate cigarettes and tobacco products from a young person.
(209483)
440
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the (a) operation and (b) outcome of the pilot scheme attaching Crown Prosecution Service officers to police officers; in which police authorities the pilots are being conducted; and in which districts in Essex the pilot is being conducted.
(209524)
441
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to establish the independent monitoring of (a) performance and (b) market testing in the Prison Service; and if he will make a statement.
(209399)
442
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost of the (a) performance and (b) market testing programmes for each establishment within HM Prison Service where they have been run or are on-going for each year of operation of the programmes.
(209400)
443
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to extend (a) performance and (b) market testing within the Prison Service; and if he will make a statement.
(209401)
444
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the progress made by each prison under (a) performance and (b) market testing.
(209402)
445
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he is taking to accelerate the deportation of foreign nationals who remain in detention, having completed their sentence; and if he will make a statement.
(209451)
446
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average period of detention in the prison estate is for foreign nationals who, having completed their sentence, are awaiting deportation.
(209452)
447
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect on prison overcrowding for each category of prison of foreign nationals who, having completed their sentence, continue to be detained, awaiting deportation.
(209453)
448
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what grounds of (a) cost and (b) anticipated benefit the decision was made to extend the programme of performance testing in the Prison Service to establishments that are not designated as failing.
(209454)
449
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(209574)
450
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national prisoners have been detained beyond their sentence expiry date in each prison in each of the last 10 years in England and Wales.
(209595)
451
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent consultants from PA Consulting are advising his Department on the design of the national identity card programme; what the average annual cost per consultant is; what the total cost of the consultants is; and if he will make a statement.
(209052)
452
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the Afghans who landed at Stansted on a hijacked plane remain in the UK; and what support they are receiving.
(208984)
453
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry proposals for introduction of a code of practice for retailers selling knives that would distinguish between advertising the sale of blades for domestic purposes and promoting the sale of combat knives.
(209520)
454
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether details of the late Lance Corporal Atkinson who was court-martialled for false imprisonment appear on the police database.
(209127)
455
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ask the Independent Police Complaints Commission to investigate the reasons for the delay in resolving the case of Mr B. Mayo.
(209174)
456
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the immigration status of Albanian nationals (a) Taulant Merdany and (b) Elidon Bregu; when and under what immigration status each arrived in the United Kingdom; what interviews have taken place with them or their legal representatives during the time they have been in this country; what immigration records are held by his Department on each; and whether his Department will be informed by the prison authorities when they are released from prison.
(209253)
457
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of domestic violence have been reported to the Metropolitan Police in each of the last three years.
(209254)
458
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many coroners courts operate within the Greater London area.
(209255)
459
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the detection rates for domestic burglary in the Greater London area were in each of the last three years.
(209256)
460
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many escapes from prisons in England and Wales there have been in each of the last three years.
(209404)
461
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison officers quarters' are owned by the Prison Department at prisons in England and Wales.
(209405)
462
John Cryer (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will answer letters from the honourable Member for Hornchurch dated 29th January, 1st October and 12th November 2004, concerning the case of Brian Kent, reference M19306/4; and if he will make a statement on whether computer problems led to the delay.
(209201)
463
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has been made of the impact of overcrowding on the number of prisoners completing the Sex Offender Treatment Programme.
(209528)
464
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sex offenders are held in prisons within 50 miles of their home.
(209529)
465
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty notice offences have been issued for each basic command unit in England and Wales for (a) selling alcohol to a person under 18, (b) the purchase of alcohol for a person under 18 on licensed premises, (c) the consumption of alcohol by a person under 18 and (d) allowing delivery of alcohol to a person under 18.
(209239)
466
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes involving violence against the person there were in each crime and disorder reduction partnership area in England and Wales in each year since the partnerships were established.
(209245)
467
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what records of (a) alcohol-related crime and (b) anti-social behaviour offences are kept by police forces; and if he will make a statement.
(209246)
468
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many respondents to the British Crime Survey believed their assailants were under the influence of alcohol when they were assaulted in each year since the statistics were first compiled.
(209247)
469
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21st December 2004, Official Report, columns 1526-7W, on alcohol-related crimes, what the level of alcohol-related crime was; and how many fixed penalties were issued in each of the 92 participating basic command units.
(209252)
470
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the completion of questions relating to bank account details on application forms returned in relation to the UK Passport Service's Personal Identificate Projection affects the application for a passport.
(209445)
471
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the credit reference company Equifax retains the information it receives from passport applicants for use on its databases.
(209446)
472
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what forms passport applicants receive in application packs as part of the UK Passport Service's Personal Indentification Project; and what forms applicants are required to complete as part of their application.
(209447)
473
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the credit reference company Equifax is allowed to use for commercial gain the information it receives from passport application forms.
(209455)
474
N
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have died in custody in each year since 1990.
(208117)
475
N
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violent incidents were reported in each institution within the secure estate in the most recent year for which records are available.
(208118)
476
N
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children are in custody in the secure estate as a result of criminal behaviour, broken down by (a) age, (b) gender, (c) placement and (d) constituency of home address.
(208119)
477
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the New Grant Programme for small and medium-sized (SME) enterprises to be launched on 26th January by the Home Office is applicable to SMEs in Scotland.
(209145)
478
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the locations in Scotland where the UK Passport Service plans to set up passport offices to meet the new requirements on passport issue announced on 21st December 2004.
(209148)
479
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Department will respond to the proposal from Wirral Police Force for Bobbybanks.
(208427)
480
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) civil servants, (b) secondees and (c) consultants are employed in developing identity cards; and if he will make a statement.
(208990)
481
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the 20,000 community support officers that the Government has proposed to recruit by 2008, referred to in the HMIC Annual Report 2003-04, are to be posted in Merseyside.
(208993)
482
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the blueprint for the National Offender Management Service was approved by the National Offender Management Service Board before it was presented to the Prime Minister on 18th November.
(209386)
483
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what he expects the (a) role and (b) function of the National Offender Management Service to be by April 2007; and what percentage of those functions will be run by the statutory services of the National Offender Management Service.
(209387)
484
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since his appointment.
(209230)
485
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what change there has been in the average time UK and other EU arriving passengers have to wait to pass through immigration over the last 12 months.
(209231)
486
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what circumstances individuals, who are not British citizens, who have received custodial sentences for crimes committed in the UK, would not be deported; and if he will make a statement.
(208943)
487
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals who have been granted full British citizenship since 1997 have had their status revoked following the imposition of a custodial sentence for crimes committed in the UK.
(208944)
488
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applicants for asylum who have been granted temporary leave to remain in the UK who have served, or are serving, custodial sentences for crimes committed in the UK in each of the last five years for which there are records, have been (a) returned to their country of origin and (b) had their status revoked; and if he will make a statement.
(208945)
489
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applicants for asylum who have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK who have served, or are serving, custodial sentences for crimes committed in the UK in each of the last five years for which there are records, have been (a) returned to their country of origin and (b) had their status revoked; and if he will make a statement.
(208946)
490
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers whose applications have not been resolved, are currently serving custodial sentences for crimes committed in the UK.
(208947)
491
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will eliminate the LD50 test as a regulatory instrument for the safety and potency testing of Botox, in favour of in-vitro methods; and if he will make a statement.
(209075)
492
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the use of animals to test (i) Botox and (ii) Dysport for cosmetic purposes; and if he will make a statement.
(209076)
493
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions have been secured in drug-related crime cases in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Tyne and Wear and (c) England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(209288)
494
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug related crimes in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Tyne and Wear and (c) England and Wales were linked to heroin in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(209289)
495
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Tyne and Wear and (c) England and Wales have been linked to drugs in each year since 1997.
(209291)
496
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are assigned to the investigation into the death of Private Mario Clarke in Hackney on 26th December 2002; what steps have been taken to maintain contact of a family liaison officer with Private Clarke's widow, subsequent to her deportation to Jamaica; what steps have been taken to establish an inquest into the death; and whether public funds will be made available to Deveen Clarke to attend the inquest.
(208865)
497
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many car parking spaces are provided for those (a) working in and (b) visiting his Department.
(208931)
498
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which counties were visited by his officials and Ministers in relation to substance misuse in 2004.
(208932)
499
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many tenders were let by his Department to external suppliers in the financial year 2003-04; and what the value was.
(209097)
500
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug dealers were convicted of dealing outside schools in each of the last 10 years.
(209107)
501
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) bodies and (b) individuals have made representations to his Department on drug use in schools in each of the last 10 years.
(209109)
502
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug tests were carried out in custody suites in 2004; and how many of these showed positive for (a) bupraenorphine, (b) heroin, (c) methadone, (d) amphetamines, (e) cocaine and (f) crack cocaine.
(209117)
503
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's priorities for the Justice and Home Affairs Council during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Union will be; and if he will make a statement.
(209560)
504
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what charges he is imposing on survivors of the recent tsunami to replace passports lost in the disaster.
(208720)
505
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to enable Mr Patrick Duncan Erasmus (Home Office Ref No E1008322) to have his passport returned to him for the period 5th to 21st February, and then be allowed back into the UK to continue his appeal against refusal to allow him the right to remain in this country on the basis of his marriage.
(209007)
506
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures he has in place to keep track of people waiting for asylum applications to be processed.
(209366)
507
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for reform of the (a) enforcement and (b) administration of (i) criminal penalties and (ii) fixed penalty notices.
(209484)
508
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department spent on the delivery of the asylum process in the last year for which figures are available.
(209485)
509
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Department is taking to ensure all citizens have equal access to justice.
(209488)
510
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to reduce (a) costs and (b) waste in the justice system.
(209489)
511
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of running the justice system was in (a) 1995, (b) 1997, (c) 1999, (d) 2001 and (e) 2003; and what the expected cost is in 2005-06.
(209490)
512
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money has been recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; and if he will introduce further legislation to increase the powers of the (a) police and (b) courts to seize all (i) property and (ii) money gained from illegal activities.
(209348)
513
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces convicted by a court martial of a sexual offence has his or her name placed on the Sex Offenders Register.
(209511)
514
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences have been recorded by the Suffolk police force in each year since 1995, broken down by category.
(209265)
515
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the work that the Police Standards Unit has undertaken with Nottinghamshire Police; and what estimate he has made of the cost of such work.
(207341)
516
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of migrants from EU accession states who have failed to register with the workplace monitoring scheme since entering the UK.
(208886)
517
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the (a) scale and (b) nature of working by illegal immigrants in the UK.
(208887)
518
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the documentation requirements for passport applications have been changed to long birth certificates.
(209133)
519
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many warrants were issued by Dyfed Powys Magistrates' Court for the arrest of people normally resident in the Greater London area in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003; and how many were served in each year.
(207840)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
520
N
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funds remain in his Department's emergency reserve; and what plans he has to increase them.
(209051)
521
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken to ascertain the humanitarian situation in Burma following the Asian tsunami disaster; and if he will make a statement.
(209026)
522
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(209575)
523
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of people displaced from Karen and Karenni states in Burma in 2004.
(209062)
524
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make representations to EU counterparts that the EU give the same priority to orphans and vulnerable children as the UK in its HIV/AIDS Programme for Action.
(209066)
525
N
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of child soldiers in Darfur.
(209067)
526
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of conditions at Ardamata Camp outside Geneina, Darfur.
(209068)
527
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the incidence of malaria in refugee camps in Darfur.
(209069)
528
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he is having with (a) members of the European Parliament and (b) the Council of Ministers to ensure that orphans and vulnerable children are given the necessary priority in the Programme for Action and the new EU Development Policy.
(209070)
529
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will break down UK assistance to the tsunami-hit area by (a) debt relief, (b) direct aid, (c) bilateral aid and (d) donations in kind.
(208964)
530
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the sources are of UK financial assistance from public funds to date for the tsunami disaster; and what percentage of the pledged aid (a) is from the existing departmental budget and (b) he expects will be funded by other Government sources, broken down by source.
(209089)
531
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan Government on equal access of Tamil people to aid.
(209589)
532
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the Indonesian Government about restrictions imposed on aid agencies regarding access to the Aceh region.
(209590)
533
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's long-term strategy is for dealing with the aftermath of the tsunami disaster.
(209592)
534
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with tsunami-affected countries on providing training for (a) local counsellors for victims suffering from post-traumatic stress and (b) local architects in relation to (i) reconstruction programmes and (ii) the design of safer essential buildings.
(209593)
535
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with countries affected by the tsunami about the supply of (a) field hospitals and (b) water purificiation plants.
(209594)
536
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what makes of car have been selected for supply to the Palestinian Police force in the programme funded by the UK; in which country those vehicles were manufactured; and what assessment was made of the options for procurement of vehicles produced in the UK.
(209515)
537
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1st January 2004.
(209226)
538
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what lessons his Department has drawn on the deployment of UK search and rescue teams following experience in the South Asian tsunami disaster area.
(209318)
539
N
Sir Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what priorities have been identified for action in the fields of international reconstruction and development during the UK's Presidency of the EU.
(208372)
540
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Central Bank of the States of West Africa's recent introduction of new currency into (a) Benin, (b) Burkina Faso, (c) Côte d'Ivoire, (d) Guinea Bissau, (e) Mali, (f) Niger, (g) Senegal and (h) Togo; and if he will make a statement.
(209079)
541
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports (a) he and (b) his Department has received on shortcomings in the distribution policy of the Central Bank of the States of West Africa in its recent introduction of new currency into its member states; and if he will make a statement.
(209080)
542
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) policy and (b) implementation of the policy of the Central Bank of the States of West Africa in its recent introduction of new currency into its member states, with particular reference to access to and distribution of new currency and exchange places in northern Côte d'Ivoire; and if he will make a statement.
(209081)
543
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the money committed by his Department as a result of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami includes money that will be charged back by the Ministry of Defence for costs related to the use of UK military staff and equipment in relief and support efforts in the area; and if he will make a statement.
(209082)
544
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimates his Department have made of the total value of UK Government spending committed following the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that will be paid to (a) other UK Government departments, (b) the UN or its agencies, (c) non-governmental organisations, (d) other national governments and (e) other agencies working in the countries affected; and if he will make a statement.
(209083)
545
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the proposals for (a) humanitarian aid, (b) reconstruction aid and (c) long-term development aid made during the African Union summit in Gabon with regard to (i) Sudan, (ii) Cote d'Ivoire and (iii) Democratic Republic of the Congo; what assessment his Department has made of the availability of the (A) infrastructure and (B) qualified manpower needed to maximise the efficiency of the implementation of such proposals; and if he will make a statement.
(209084)
Questions to the Leader of the House
546
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Leader of the House, if he will list the official engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1st January 2004.
(209228)
547
N
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Leader of the House, how many (a) written and (b) oral submissions of evidence were made to each pre-legislative scrutiny committee held since 1997; and how many were submitted by (i) individuals, (ii) voluntary sector groups, (iii) statutory sector organisations, (iv) employers and (v) employer organisations.
(208671)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
548
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much of the fine imposed by the Government on Sinn Fein/IRA in April 2004 has been paid since the first report of the Independent Monitoring Commission.
(208991)
549
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(209580)
550
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been taken to ensure that the restructured Sure Start project in North Belfast incorporates best practice from the Home Start model in using volunteers to support families.
(208880)
551
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he has taken to ensure that a multi-agency approach in service delivery is central to the proposed new Sure Start model.
(208881)
552
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the effects on community groups in North Belfast of the decision to withdraw Sure Start funding from Home Start programmes in the area.
(208882)
553
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the community balance of the workforce at the main postal sorting office at Mallusk, Co Antrim was on the latest date for which figures are available.
(209134)
554
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the policy of Royal Mail is with regard to under-represented groups in its workforce in Northern Ireland.
(209135)
555
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether Royal Mail (a) is taking and (b) has taken affirmative action to redress community imbalance in its workforce in Northern Ireland.
(209136)
556
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether Royal Mail reports on the community balance in the travel-to-work area for each of its sites in Northern Ireland.
(209137)
557
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average GCSE points scores for each school type in Northern Ireland excluding GNVQ Part One qualifications and GCSE short courses have been in each year since 2000.
(208429)
558
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will publish the report of the study carried out by BDO Stoy Hayward on the restructuring of further education colleges in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(208431)
559
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1st January 2004.
(209215)
560
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the timetable is for the publication of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment's Economic Vision for Northern Ireland document; and what (a) internal and (b) external consultation will take place on this document.
(209119)
561
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on fraudulent attempts in Northern Ireland by persons claiming to seek donations destined for victims of the recent tsunami; what his assessment is of (a) the nature of this fraud and (b) how widespread it is; and what advice his Department has given to members of the public about making secure donations.
(209120)
562
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many recorded incidents, excluding those caused by weather, vandalism or damage caused by contractors, resulted in the interruption of electricity supplies to street lighting in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months; and what the average duration was of such faults to the electricity supply.
(209121)
563
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made to facilitate the creation of a museum dedicated to the Titanic story at Titanic Quarter; and what assessment has been made of the benefits of such a museum on the Northern Ireland economy and tourist sector.
(209122)
564
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects a management plan for the development of the Titanic Quarter to be ready for consultation; and what consultation will be undertaken prior to the approval of such a management plan.
(209123)
565
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been taken by (a) Museums and Galleries Northern Ireland and (b) the Public Records Office Northern Ireland to catalogue the Harland and Wolff working drawings for ships acquired in 2002; and what steps have been taken to provide public access to these documents.
(209124)
566
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many midwife-led maternity units are operating in Northern Ireland; and at which locations.
(209125)
567
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average number of nurses was in each calendar month in 2004 allocated to each shift in each midwife-led maternity unit; and how many (a) children were born in each midwife-led maternity unit and (b) mothers were turned away from each unit in each month.
(209126)
568
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent on community relations by each Northern Ireland District Council in each of the last five years; and what proportion of each district council area's total spending in each year these figures represent.
(209204)
569
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment the Roads Service has made of the impact of the removal of the planning restriction on the total number of annual passengers using the Belfast City Airport on usage and congestion on the (a) Sydenham by-pass and (b) West Link.
(209205)
570
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects the current full actuarial valuation of the liabilities of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (Northern Ireland) to be completed; and if he will place a statement on the conclusions of that valuation in the Library.
(208660)
571
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the projected cost is of bringing all Water Service mains and treatment plants up to EC Water Directive standards.
(208373)
572
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the Water Service's future work plan is for fixing burst water mains in Northern Ireland.
(208374)
573
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Water Service reduces water pressure in an effort to reduce water wasted through burst water mains.
(208375)
574
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 9th December 2004, Official Report, column 784W, on Article 226 Reasoned Opinion proceedings, what the cause of the infraction proceedings was in each case.
(208664)
575
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will extend the provision of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill to Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(209186)
576
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many suicides there were in Northern Ireland in 2004.
(208811)
577
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funding has been set aside for establishing eating disorders services in the Province.
(208812)
578
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients from Northern Ireland with eating disorders have required treatment outside the Province in each of the last five years.
(208813)
579
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many individuals were diagnosed with HIV in Northern Ireland in 2004.
(208814)
580
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the impact that the number of site meetings being requested by Ards Borough Council is having on the planning process in the Ards Borough area.
(208978)
581
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the number of (a) planning applications (i) which have come before Ards Borough Council and (ii) which have come before Ards Borough Council with recommendation for refusal, (b) the number of site meetings which have been requested by Ards Borough councillors and (c) applications which have been (A) overturned and (B) given approval, in each of the past six years.
(208979)
582
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how DOE Planning Service takes (a) the sustainability of the rural environment and (b) the possible destruction of mature trees and hedgerows into account when considering applications for planning permission.
(208980)
583
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many planning applications were received by DOE Planning Service in Downpatrick for domestic properties on (a) Ballygelagh Road, Ardkeen, (b) Upper Ballygelagh Road, Ardkeen, (c) Tullycross Road, Ardkeen, (d) Lisbane Road, Ardkeen; and how many applications came before Ards Borough Council with recommendations for refusal that were subsequently overturned and granted approval in each year for the past 10 years.
(208981)
584
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many planning applications have been received by DOE Planning Service for domestic properties in the Ards Peninsula, (a) in the five years prior to the publication of the draft Ards and Down Area Plan 2015 and (b) since its publication; how many applications in each case were brought before Ards Borough Council with a recommendation for refusal; and how many of these applications were subsequently overturned and given approval.
(208982)
585
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many site meetings have been requested by each member of Ards Borough Council, in relation to planning applications which have come before Council with a recommendation for refusal in each year for the last six years.
(208983)
586
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what additional industrial space is available to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the Strabane District Council area to facilitate inward investment.
(209180)
587
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the West Tyrone Area Plan will be published.
(209181)
588
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the proposed level of funding for childcare in schools is for the next three years.
(209183)
Questions to the Prime Minister
589
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, how many e-mails have been permanently deleted by his Office in each month since July 2004.
(208723)
590
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his engagements for February.
(207981)
591
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to seek further appointments by the House of Lords Appointments Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(208376)
592
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has held with the European Commissioner for External Trade on additional roles he has been asked to perform for the European Commission outside his portfolio responsibilities.
(208926)
593
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the meetings he has had with representatives of the drinks, licensing and public house industries in the last 12 months broken down by (a) date and (b) attendees; whether civil servants were present at each meeting to record what occurred; and what separate meetings his officials have had with the drinks industry.
(209543)
594
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will commission an independent inquiry into the number of Iraqis (a) killed and (b) injured since March 2003.
(208969)
595
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will establish a comprehensive and independent inquiry into the number of Iraqi casualties since the invasion of March 2003.
(209457)
596
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale):To ask the Prime Minister, what the Government's priorities for the European Council will be during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the Council of the European Union; and if he will make a statement.
(209558)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
597
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(209578)
598
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1st January 2004.
(209219)
Questions to the Solicitor General
599
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Solicitor General, how many prosecutions were undertaken by the Crown Prosecution Service in (a) Essex and (b) Southend-on-Sea in each year since 1997; and how many resulted in (i) conviction and (ii) acquittal.
(209473)
600
N
Mr William Cash (Stone):To ask the Solicitor General, what payment was made to Sir Roy Meadows as an expert witness in the case of R. v Cannings; by whom; and on whose behalf.
(208524)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
601
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of domestic insurance policies in England cover environmental damage to (a) insured persons' property and land and (b) third parties arising from leakages from domestic oil supplies; what enquiries her Department has made into this subject since 1997; and what plans she has to encourage an increase in the availability of such cover.
(209502)
602
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research she has commissioned into the operation of insurance pools in the USA designed to protect the owners of oil tanks from liability for contamination from spills and leaks.
(209503)
603
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list companies in the UK making medical instruments, broken down by percentage of market share.
(209505)
604
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research her Department (a) has commissioned and (b) plans to commission on (i) impulsive noise and noise modulation effects arising from groups of wind turbines and (ii) general noise from wind turbines.
(209185)
605
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 142W, on the Freedom of Information Act, whether private companies are protected from being compelled under the Act to divulge commercial-in-confidence information provided to them by public bodies; and under what circumstances the non-absolute exemption at section 43 can be invoked.
(209550)
606
Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures the South East England Development Agency took to press the case for the A3 Hindhead tunnel to remain in the active roads programme.
(209512)
607
Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the South East England Development Agency was first informed of the Department of Transport's intention to downgrade the A3 Hindhead tunnel scheme.
(209513)
608
Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will place in the Library all papers relating to the advice given to ministers in 2004 concerning the A3 at Hindhead.
(209514)
609
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions her Department has had with the European Commission on the supporting, co-ordinating and complementary action which may be taken by the EU with regard to industry under article I-17 of the proposed EU constitution.
(209587)
610
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will break down the Export Credits Guarantee Department unrecovered debt from each country on guarantees issued since May 1991 by project.
(208424)
611
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many recovery actions have been completed by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in each year since 1997; how much has been recovered; and how much is unrecoverable.
(208425)
612
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the 16 companies in the Birmingham, Hodge Hill constituency that are participating in Advantage West Midland's Accelerate Programme.
(209373)
613
Roger Casale (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what public information campaigns her Department has commissioned since 1997 to alert owners of domestic heating oil tanks to their potential liability in respect of (a) oil leaks and spillages generally and (b) oil leaks in the circumstances of flooding.
(209510)
614
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what checks are made on the payment of the minimum wage within the Greater London area to ensure that the proper rates are paid.
(209257)
615
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what statistics trading standards officers are required to compile on the sale of alcohol to under-age individuals.
(209243)
616
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what guidance the Government has issued to local authority trading standards officers on measures they should take towards reducing under-age drinking.
(209244)
617
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many representations her Department has received in each of the last three years for which figures are available in respect of the nature of trading relationships from primary producers to supermarkets through the food supply chain.
(208807)
618
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will refer the operators of premium telephone number 090 66 33 6929 to the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services.
(209389)
619
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 21st December, Official Report, column 1614W, on Research Councils (Consultants), how much has been paid to consultants by each Research Council (a) to help them prepare for oral evidence sessions before Parliamentary Select Committees and (b) for other services in relation to parliamentary activities since June 2004.
(209207)
620
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that she has cancelled since 1st January 2004.
(209213)
621
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Department expects to reach an agreement with the European Commission on first phase exemption from EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
(209323)
622
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many miners' compensation cases have received full and final settlements of less than £500.
(208877)
623
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints about claims handling companies were made to her Department in 2004; and how many of these were referred to the Law Society.
(208878)
624
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many car parking spaces are provided for those (a) working in and (b) visiting her Department.
(208933)
625
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many visits were made to Kazakhstan by her (a) officials and (b) Ministers in 2004.
(208934)
626
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of Great Britain is broadband enabled, broken down by region.
(208942)
627
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many tenders were let by her Department to external suppliers in the financial year 2003-04; and what the value was.
(209093)
628
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which 25 constituencies have received most money in payments under the Miners' Compensation Scheme.
(209178)
629
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the ratio of deceased to live Miners' Compensation Scheme claims is (a) in each region and (b) overall.
(209179)
630
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the Government's priorities for the Competitiveness Council will be during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Union; and if she will make a statement.
(209553)
631
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she is taking to assist industry and businesses with high gas use to manage their business risk; and if she will make a statement.
(209350)
632
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will take action to introduce an efficient and competitive forward wholesale gas market.
(209351)
633
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with UK Offshore Operations Association to develop a UK forward gas market; and if she will make a statement.
(209352)
634
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will take action to help large industrial users to compete in the forward wholesale gas market.
(209398)
635
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the Car Wise scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(209324)
636
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the (a) matters discussed and (b) decisions taken at the meeting of the EU Ad hoc Working Party on Nuclear Safety held in Brussels on 13th January; if she will place in the Library copies of documents discussed; and at what internet site details of the work of this ad hoc group may be found.
(209158)
637
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether additional protection was required for (a) the low-level radioactive waste disposal trenches at Drigg and (b) the high-level radioactive waste storage tanks at Sellafield as a result of the recent stormy weather in Cumbria.
(209159)
638
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the total revenue from tariffs imposed on clothing exports from developing countries in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by country.
(209531)
639
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the number of illegal immigrants employed by gangmasters in 2004.
(209141)
640
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made on arrangements to implement the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive by August.
(209538)
641
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will ensure that funding for citizens advice bureaux is ring-fenced.
(209325)
642
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her policy is on the existence of a national network of citizens advice bureaux; and if she will make a statement.
(209326)
643
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much central government funding was provided to Citizens Advice Bureaux in the last year for which figures are available; and how that funding is allocated.
(209327)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
644
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date he expects eligibility for the Blue Badge Scheme to be extended to children under two.
(209206)
645
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(209577)
646
Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria were applied when his Department first separated trunk roads into national and regional schemes.
(209521)
647
Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which trunk roads have been downgraded from national to regional significance in the last 10 years; and what consultation took place on this issue.
(209522)
648
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he supports the recent proposals put forward to his Department by contractors to open rural stations and halts with short platforms.
(208989)
649
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the number of pensioners eligible for free bus passes and travel; and what percentage of the pensioner population this represents.
(208970)
650
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the statement by the honourable Member for Staffordshire, Moorlands of 11th January, column 22WH, on operational improvements in Marlow, what assessment he has made of the improvements needed; and if he will make a statement.
(209150)
651
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1st January 2004.
(209218)
652
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received from (a) the Local Government Association and (b) individual local authorities, urging a reduction in the time taken by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to contact the last registered owners of vehicles found with no road tax.
(208948)
653
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average time taken by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to contact the last registered owners of vehicles found with no road tax was in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(208949)
654
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his timetable is for reaching a conclusion on the re-evaluation of the South Hampshire Rapid Transit project; and if he will make a statement.
(208950)
655
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential to increase the amount of freight carried on the rail network in the south-east of England; and if he will make a statement.
(209563)
656
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what provision he has made for the rejection of community railways by local communities.
(209343)
657
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the process by which local communities will be invited to comment on the designation of a railway line as a community railway.
(209344)
658
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many car parking spaces are provided for (a) those working in and (b) visiting his Department.
(208940)
659
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many major road developments have not been the subject of a public inquiry in the last five years.
(208941)
660
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many tenders were let by his Department to external suppliers in the financial year 2003-04; and what the value was.
(209094)
661
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's priorities for the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Union will be; and if he will make a statement.
(209559)
662
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the progress of the Crossrail project.
(209426)
663
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much land which is not part of the rail network Crossrail will need to acquire in order to complete the project.
(209427)
664
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what he expects the total cost of the Crossrail project will be; what percentage of this money will be provided by the Government; what percentage will be provided by private finance; and what form the private finance will take.
(209428)
665
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the punctuality of railway service providers.
(209429)
666
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Government expects to spend in overall improvements including safety improvements, to the Rail Network over the next five years.
(209430)
667
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money the Government has invested in the rail network since May 1997.
(209431)
668
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans there are to improve facilities at (a) Romford and (b) Gidea Park train station; and if he will make a statement.
(209432)
669
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans there are for further tram networks in cities which have poor public transport systems.
(209433)
670
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency was last audited by the National Audit Office.
(208670)
671
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment has been made of the response times of the (a) online and (b) telephone renewal system of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
(209597)
672
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times the (a) online service and (b) the automatic telephone system at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has failed to recognise its relicensing numbers since the system was established.
(209598)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
673
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1st January 2004.
(209229)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
674
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will grant to board members of housing associations and trusts a state benefit waiver having the effect of disregarding renumeration they receive as a result of their service on a housing assocation board.
(209138)
675
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many representatives serving on housing association and trust boards have had benefits cut as a result of such service in the last 12 months.
(209139)
676
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(209576)
677
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women were in receipt of the state retirement pension in the Easington constituency in each of the last five years.
(208986)
678
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claiments have been in receipt of incapacity benefit in the Easington constituency in each year since 2000.
(208987)
679
N
Tony Cunningham (Workington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress is being made towards centralising benefits processing in Workington.
(208663)
680
N
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of benefit fraud cases he estimates would be caught by the use of identity cards.
(209030)
681
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what limitation his Department places on the amount of pension or benefit that an individual can withdraw from a Post Office Card Account.
(208992)
682
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) pensioners and (b) pensioner households in Sunderland (i) are eligible for winter fuel allowance, (ii) have not yet received their entitlement and (iii) have reported non-receipt of their allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(209537)
683
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what restrictions data protection legislation places on the issuing of personal invitation documents for a Post Office Card Account for child benefit.
(208871)
684
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since his appointment.
(209225)
685
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for health and safety offences under section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in each year since 1974.
(209014)
686
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many company directors have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for health and safety offences under section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in each year since 1974.
(209015)
687
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what is the age breakdown of (a) incapacity and (b) disability living allowance claimants is.
(208937)
688
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many car parking spaces are provided for those working in and visiting his Department.
(208938)
689
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many tenders were let by his Department to external suppliers in the financial year 2003-04; and what the value was.
(209102)
690
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the Government's priorities for the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council will be during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Union; and if he will make a statement.
(209554)
691
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans there are to regulate compliance with the obligations of Part 3 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
(207838)
692
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made of disabled people's access to goods, services and facilities as a result of the introduction of Part 3 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 from 1st October 2004.
(207839)
693
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what systems are in place (a) to assess the relative urgency of cases referred to the MP's hotline in the South West Business Unit of the Child Support Agency and (b) to prioritise cases accordingly.
(209367)
694
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is possible to trace cases by (a) name and (b) address on the new Child Support Agency computer.
(209368)
695
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with a full employment record have been disallowed (a) sickness benefits, (b) incapacity benefits, (c) jobseeker's allowance and (d) income support supplementary benefit because they did not have adequate NI contributions over the last three years.
[R] (206922)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
696
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many men have died from prostate cancer in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (209406)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
697
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mechanisms the Government is using to assess its responsibility towards Iraqi civilians under the Geneva conventions in the absence of a reliable estimate of Iraqi casualties.
[Transferred] (209459)
698
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the role is of the Meteorological Office in connection with issuing (a) flood warnings and (b) severe weather warnings; what resources are available to it; and what the level of accuracy of these forecasts was in 2004.
[Transferred] (208874)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
699
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the (a) hazards of and (b) trends in incidence of commercial advertising alongside motorways and major roads.
[Transferred] (208862)
700
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received regarding the (a) effects of and (b) level of commercial advertising alongside motorways and major roads.
[Transferred] (208863)
701
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will take action to curb the amount of commercial advertising alongside motorways and major roads.
[Transferred] (208864)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
702
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students were at medical schools in the United Kingdom at 1st December 2004.
[Transferred] (209407)
703
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children were adopted in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (209410)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
704
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the accuracy of the seasonal efficiency of domestic boilers in the UK system for measuring the energy efficiency of domestic heating boilers.
[Transferred] (209498)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
705
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which period is covered by the Iraqi Ministry of Health data for casualties which the Government is using as its estimate of casualties.
[Transferred] (209380)
706
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government will be represented at 90th anniversary commemorations of the sinking of the Lusitania close to the Old Head of Kinsale or elsewhere; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (209596)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
707
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what research is being conducted on the impact of the war on Iraqi (a) health and (b) mortality.
[Transferred] (209458)

 
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