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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 20 January 2005

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 20 January 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 20 January 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 20 January of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Thursday 20 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 20 January see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, further to the Prime Minister's Answer to the honourable Member for Daventry of 14th December 2004, Official Report, column 1005W, on the Butler Review, whether there is (a) an informal group and (b) a formal ad hoc Cabinet Committee to consider policy towards Iraq.
(209937)
2
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) guidelines and (b) other regulations have been promulgated since July 2004 on procedures for record-keeping by (i) informal groups and (ii) formal ad hoc Cabinet Committees engaged in considering policy issues.
(209938)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
3
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the most recent figures are for the survival rates for women suffering from cancer.
(209280)
4
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has held discussions with experts in institutions in the City of London to seek advice on new methods of restructuring and financing international debt.
(210284)
5
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect that debt relief for heavily indebted poor countries will have on (a) foreign direct investment and (b) private bank lending.
(210285)
6
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect that debt relief will have on the international credit standing of each heavily indebted poor country.
(210286)
7
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research he has conducted into the effect on each heavily indebted poor country's credit standing of debt relief by (a) Paris Club countries and (b) other countries.
(210287)
8
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the balance of trade figures were between the UK and each heavily indebted poor country in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(210288)
9
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average time taken to decide an appeal against the Inland Revenue's decision to recover an overpayment in tax credits is; and if he will make a statement.
(209724)
10
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the level of accuracy of processing and calculating new tax credits is for (a) 2003-04 and (b) the current tax year.
(209725)
11
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether a recipient of tax credits is able to return overpayments to the Inland Revenue as they occur.
(209726)
12
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the appeal made on 17th November 2004 against the Inland Revenue's decision to recover overpayments from the honourable Member for Birkenhead's constituent, Mrs Wynne, will be heard.
(209727)
13
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd South constituency, the effects on Clwyd South of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(210329)
14
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total expenditure on (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit was in each year that these schemes have been in operation.
(210055)
15
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the budget for (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit has been spent on administration in each year that each scheme has been in operation.
(210058)
16
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) actual and (b) percentage annual changes in job levels for the (i) private and (ii) public sectors were in the last two calendar years.
(210282)
17
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were overpaid (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit during 2003-04.
(210331)
18
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families received (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit recovery notices during 2003-04.
(210332)
19
N
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many requests to reconsider recovery of overpayments of tax credit have been received; how many have been dealt with; and how many of those dealt with were successful on the grounds of an official error.
(209787)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
20
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Lord Chancellor's plans to increase the number of community courts in England.
(210050)
21
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment the Department has made of the efficacy of the community court in North Liverpool; how many offences the court has considered, broken down by category; and what sentences were handed down.
(210051)
22
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd South constituency, the effects on Clwyd South of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(210328)
23
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the balance of political affiliations is on each of the magistrates' benches in (a) England and Wales and (b) Northern Ireland.
(209749)
24
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2004, Official Report, column 29W, on Claims Direct, if he will publish the minutes of the meeting between representatives of Claims Direct and officials of his Department in 2002 to discuss matters relating to the operation of the personal injury market.
(210301)
25
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the reasons were for the decision not to make negotiation compulsory in disputes between divorced or separated parents.
(210230)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
26
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what reports the Government has received on damage done to historic sites in Babylon; and if she will make a statement.
(210094)
27
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd South constituency, the effects on Clwyd South of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(210327)
28
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the revised target date of 2012 for switch off of the analogue signal is met; and if she will make a statement.
(210013)
29
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress the Government has made towards meeting its targets for digital switchover.
(210014)
30
Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the applicability of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to the Press Complaints Commission; and if she will designate the Press Complaints Commission as a public body for the purposes of the Act.
(210147)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
31
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK forces personnel are serving in Germany; and if he will make a statement.
(210303)
32
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the longest sentence being served by a (a) man and (b) woman following conviction by a military court is.
(210310)
33
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many submarines are in service in the Royal Navy; and what the age is of each vessel.
(210311)
34
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's latest published assessment is of the illnesses suffered by Gulf War veterans; and if he will make a statement.
(210319)
35
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK doctors are working in (a) detention centres and (b) prison centres in Iraq.
(209282)
36
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 12th January, Official Report, column 574W, on the procurement budget, how the figure of £300 million is comprised; from what sources he has calculated that figure; and if he will make a statement.
(209953)
37
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason flights scheduled to deliver aid to areas affected by the tsunami in Asia have been held up at RAF Lyneham.
(209728)
38
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd South constituency, the effects on Clwyd South of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(210326)
39
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what occasions in (a) the joint negotiating machinery between his Department and the Gibraltar Service Police Association and (b) other fora his Department formally raised its intention to deduct monies from police officers' pay in relation to rent and other allowances; and if he will place a copy of the minutes relating to such discussions in the Library.
(209693)
40
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date the Department received the views of the solicitor representing the Gibraltar Service Police Association on the intention to deduct monies from police officers arising from the dispute about the payment of rent allowances and the application of the analogue principle; for what reasons a substantive reply has not been sent; and if he will make a statement.
(209694)
41
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place a moratorium on the deduction of Gibraltar Service Police salaries until discussions between the Gibraltar Service Police Association and the Association's solicitor have been concluded; and if he will make a statement.
(209695)
42
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Government will commission and fund a comprehensive, independent inquiry into the number of Iraqis who have died or been injured as a result of war-related causes since the US/UK invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
(210008)
43
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what response he has made to the lawyers acting on behalf of British Nuclear Tests Veterans who have submitted a letter before action.
(209664)
44
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to hold an independent investigation into deaths that have occurred in British custody in Iraq.
(209940)
45
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many investigations have been held into deaths and injuries allegedly caused by UK forces in Iraq; and what the status of each investigation is.
(209941)
46
N
Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the early introduction into service of Falcon is required to secure the operational benefits of network enabled capability.
(209748)
47
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he expects the UK to make a decision on a replacement for the Trident nuclear weapons system in the next Parliament.
(209882)
48
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his priorities are for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in May 2005; and whether the UK will request that replacement of Trident be placed on the agenda.
(209883)
49
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to service Tornado GR4 jets at RAF Lossiemouth.
(210259)
50
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many tracks are to be built at RAF Lossiemouth to service Tornado GR4 jets.
(210260)
51
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what concerns have been expressed to him by BAe Systems about the ability of the RAF to undertake deep repair of Tornado GR4 jets at RAF Marham.
(210261)
52
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many tracks are to be built at RAF Marham to provide depth support for Tornado GR4 jets.
(210262)
53
N
Mr Neil Turner (Wigan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of each type of camouflage garments had been delivered up to 31st December 2004 under the terms of his Department's camouflage garment contract.
(209394)
54
N
Mr Neil Turner (Wigan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the officials who conducted the most recent review of his Department's contract awarded for the manufacture of camouflage garments were the same as those responsible for making the award.
(209395)
55
N
Mr Neil Turner (Wigan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the scale of subsidies given to the China people's liberation factory 3533 by the Chinese Government in connection with his Department's contract for camouflage garment manufacture.
(209396)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
56
N
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the occasions on which (a) ministers and (b) officials in his Department have communicated with Canatxx Gas Storage Ltd, Canatxx Energy Ventures Ltd or a company associated with Canatxx (i) by letter, (ii) by e-mail, (iii) by telephone and (iv) in person; and if he will publish the content of such comunication on the Departmental website.
(209828)
57
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the running costs of the Government Office for London have been in each year since 1999-2000; and what the forecast is for 2005.
(210132)
58
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many staff were employed by the Government Office for London in each year since 1999-2000; and how many are forecast to be employed at the end of 2004-05.
(210133)
59
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much Government money was distributed by the Government Office for London in each year since 1999-2000; and what the forecast sum to be distributed in 2004-05 is.
(210134)
60
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many representations he has received from (a) individual local authorities and (b) others concerning the delay in publishing the updated version of Planning Policy Guidance 3; and if he will make a statement.
(210200)
61
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to publish the revised version of Planning Policy Guidance Note 3; and what the reasons are for the delay.
(210202)
62
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what formula was used for the outline allocation for the 2005-06 Supporting People programme; and if he will make a statement.
(210302)
63
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd South constituency, the effects on Clwyd South of his Office's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(210335)
64
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what advice he has issued to planning authorities in respect of allowing properties to be built on land at risk from flooding; what plans he has to revise such guidance; and if he will make a statement.
(209471)
65
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the legal status of the unelected regional structures that have been established in the North West Region.
(210197)
66
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which projects in the Eddisbury constituency under the Living Spaces programme have (a) applied for funds, (b) been supported with funds, (c) been refused funds and (d) have applications pending that were submitted before the 21st July 2004 deadline.
(210283)
67
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent changes have been implemented to the (a) right-to-buy and (b) right to acquire regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(209998)
68
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the Building Research Establishment standards of (a) EcoHomes and (b) BREAM will be applied in the construction of new homes in the Milton Keynes and South Midlands sub-region as part of the sustainable communities plan.
(210226)
69
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the proposed new housing in the Milton Keynes and South Midlands sub-region has high standards of energy efficiency and thermal insulation.
(210228)
70
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received on the operation of Minerals Planning Guidance No 3; and if he will make a statement.
(210047)
71
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many open cast coal-mining planning applications were made in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; how many approvals were granted (a) by local planning authorities and (b) on appeal in each of those years; and what tonnage was approved for extraction in each of those years.
(210048)
72
N
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost of pension provision to the West Midlands Fire Service was in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of the total budget of the authority this represented in each year.
(209873)
73
N
Mr Robert N. Wareing (Liverpool, West Derby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to visit the Boot Estate in Norris Green, Liverpool; and if he will make a statement.
(209462)
74
N
Mr Robert N. Wareing (Liverpool, West Derby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Minister of State for Housing and Planning will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Liverpool, West Derby of 9th December 2004 in respect of the Boot Estate, Norris Green, Liverpool.
(209463)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
75
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recommendations she has made to local authorities regarding parental involvement in children's centres.
(210128)
76
N
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of 18 year-olds who were (a) resident in the City of Manchester and (b) resident in the Manchester, Withington constituency, entered higher education in the academic year 2002-03.
(209843)
77
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average size is of (a) maintained school sixth forms and (b) sixth form colleges in each (i) local education authority and (ii) learning and skills council area.
(210174)
78
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of 16 to 18 year old A-level candidates achieved at least three A grades at A2 level in (a) maintained schools, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) other further education colleges in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(210175)
79
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average GCE/VCE A/AS point score per candidate aged 16 to 18 years in (a) maintained schools, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) other further education colleges was in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(210176)
80
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average cost is per pupil of education in (a) maintained school sixth forms, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) other further education colleges; and what projections her Department has made for funding per pupil over the next five years in each of these types of establishment.
(210177)
81
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many sixth form colleges have been (a) opened and (b) closed since 1997.
(210178)
82
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the retention rate for (a) maintained school sixth forms, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) other further education colleges was in each local education authority in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(210179)
83
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of how much time will be required of teachers to fill in the route map for information and communication technology use.
(210180)
84
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many participants there are in the Not School project; and how many are entered for formal accreditation.
(210181)
85
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what groups are being consulted on whether e-learning credits are to be extended beyond 2005-06; and when a decision will be made.
(210182)
86
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils were in post-16 education in each (a) local education authority and (b) learning and skills council area in the most recent period for which data is available; and what the participation rates were in each area in that period.
(210183)
87
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of children migrated (a) into and (b) out of each (i) local education authority and (ii) learning and skills council area to attend a 16-19 education establishment in the last period for which figures are available.
(210184)
88
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of pupils in maintained schools (a) with and (b) without a sixth form achieved five or more grades A*-G at GCSE in 2003-04.
(210185)
89
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average value added scores at Key Stage 4 are for (a) maintained school sixth forms, (b) sixth form colleges, (c) further education colleges and (d) special schools.
(210186)
90
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the reasons for higher participation rates in full-time education and training of pupils from maintained schools with sixth forms.
(210187)
91
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the implications of the Tomlinson Report for the number of places needed in 16-19 education.
(210188)
92
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils with special educational needs are participating in 16-19 education in (a) maintained school sixth forms, (b) sixth form colleges, (c) further education colleges and (d) special schools.
(210189)
93
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of pupils went on to higher education from (a) maintained school sixth forms, (b) sixth form colleges, (c) further education colleges and (d) special schools in the last year for which figures are available.
(210190)
94
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average GCE/VCE A/AS point score per candidate aged 16 to 18 years in maintained school sixth forms containing (a) fewer than 25, (b) 25-50, (c) 50-75, (d) 75-100, (e) 100-125, (f) 125-150 and (g) more than 150 pupils was in the last year for which figures are available.
(210191)
95
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many specialist schools there are in England; how many are in areas within the most deprived 20 per cent. of wards according to the Government's index of deprivation; and what specialisms have been chosen by the schools situated in those areas.
(209788)
96
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of applicants for Post-Graduate Certificate in Education courses in (a) primary and (b) secondary teaching obtained either a first or an upper second class honours degree in the latest period for which figures are available.
(209791)
97
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the availability of foster carers.
(210205)
98
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to improve the line of accountability for social services departments who place looked after children in private children's homes out of area.
(210206)
99
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many private children's homes have been registered in each of the last five years.
(210207)
100
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many private children's homes have been de-registered (a) due to voluntary closure and (b) under direction from her inspectors in each of the last five years.
(210208)
101
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many formal references to her Department by heads of schools with suspicions about child abuse activities by members of staff have been made in each of the last 10 years.
(210233)
102
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many adoptions were completed by each social services department in each of the last five years for children aged (a) nought to three, (b) four to 10 and (c) over 10 years.
(210234)
103
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many adoptions have taken place in each of the last five years of children in care for (a) less than and (b) more than six months.
(210258)
104
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations she has received on the effect of pupil ratios on the allocation of funding to schools.
(210130)
105
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total expenditure on Sure Start was in each year that the scheme has been in operation.
(210054)
106
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of the budget for Sure Start was spent on administration in each year that the scheme has been in operation.
(210059)
107
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent representations she has received regarding problems with the Student Loan Company; and if she will make a statement.
(210000)
108
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many applications from faith-based groups to open new state-funded schools have been (a) received and (b) granted since the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.
(209875)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
109
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the plan to make illegal the awarding of goldfish as prizes at fairgrounds has been dropped; and what discussions her Department held with the (a) Prime Minister and (b) Chancellor of the Exchequer on this matter.
(210264)
110
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the cost of removing (a) pesticides and (b) nitrates from drinking water supplies for each year since 2000.
(210266)
111
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what volume of (a) low level, (b) intermediate level and (c) high level nuclear waste has gone missing in each of the last five years; and what percentage has been recovered.
(210270)
112
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to respond to the application for climate change levy exemption submitted by the British Apparel and Textile Confederation on behalf of Black Sheep Textiles.
(208166)
113
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the state of the UK's coral reefs; and what future changes she expects to see due to climate change.
(209279)
114
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with (a) local authorities and (b) other stakeholders on how to encourage businesses to recycle their waste.
(210089)
115
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures her Department has taken to encourage the recycling of commercial waste.
(210127)
116
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on (i) the effects on the welfare of hens of enriched battery cages and (ii) the economic effects of switching to alternative systems; and if she will make a statement.
(210201)
117
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd South constituency, the effects on Clwyd South of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(210324)
118
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received suggesting a relationship between cancer in under-16s and air pollution.
(210203)
119
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's strategy is for reducing (a) air pollution and (b) the impact of air pollution on (i) the environment and (ii) human health.
(210204)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
120
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which UK private security firms and personnel are employed in Iraq.
(209281)
121
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) the UK Government and (b) UK banks are assisting the government of Equatorial Guinea with its investigation into the alleged coup attempt.
(210072)
122
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether UK Government officials were involved in the proceedings relating to Sir Mark Thatcher in South Africa.
(210073)
123
Mike Gapes (Ilford South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place a copy of the United Kingdom Confidence-Building Measure return under the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention for 2003 and subsequent years in the Library.
(210277)
124
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has for disposal of the assets comprising the British consulate in Oporto when the post is closed.
(209884)
125
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what use will be made of funds raised from the disposal of the property and land occupied by the British consulate in Oporto when the post is closed.
(209885)
126
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the disposition attachment of the will of the late Evelyn Teage pertaining to the closure of the British consulate in Oporto.
(209886)
127
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what legal advice he has taken on the status of the property and land occupied by the British consulate in Oporto after closure of the post.
(209887)
128
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what sales have previously been made of land occupied by the British consulate in Oporto; and what happened to the proceeds under the terms of the Evelyn Teage Will Trust.
(209888)
129
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will meet representatives of the Palestinian authorities following the recent election.
(210062)
130
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will arrange to meet representatives of the other guarantors of Cyprus to discuss the future of the island.
[R] (210063)
131
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British citizens are held in prisons in Burma.
(210095)
132
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent meetings he has held with Turkish Ministers to discuss the removal of Turkish troops from Cyprus.
[R] (210096)
133
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the US Administration in the past six months concerning Iran and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
(210075)
134
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has held in the past year with (a) EU governments and (b) the US Administration in connection with Russia's policy in Chechnya.
(210076)
135
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Russian Government in the past six months concerning human rights in Chechnya.
(210077)
136
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to consider human rights issues before permitting the sale of arms to China.
(210078)
137
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of human rights in China.
(210079)
138
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the US Administration in the past six months concerning the EU arms embargo on China.
(210080)
139
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the UK diplomatic presence in and relations with Madagascar will be maintained if the British embassy is closed.
(210081)
140
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will appoint a one man diplomatic mission at Chargé d'Affaires level instead of the proposed nomination of an honourary Consul in place of the embassy in Madagascar.
(210082)
141
N
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he makes an evaluation of the human rights performance of recipient countries in decisions on their eligibility to purchase British armaments.
(209942)
142
N
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on UK relations with the Republic of Taiwan of approval by the United Kingdom Government of the lifting of the EU's embargo on the sale of armaments to the People's Republic of China.
(209943)
143
N
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects on the level of threat to the security of the People's Republic of China of the lifting of the EU's embargo on the sale of armaments.
(209944)
144
N
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the governments of China's neighbouring countries on the lifting of the EU's embargo on the sale of armaments to the People's Republic of China.
(209945)
145
N
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the US Government on lifting the EU's embargo on the sale of armaments to the People's Republic of China.
(209946)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
146
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which of the recommendations from the Mobile Phone and Health 2004 report by Sir William Stewart have been implemented.
(210263)
147
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has discussed the health implications of the use of the TETRA system with representatives of those countries that already use the system.
(210267)
148
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has met Sir William Stewart to discuss his report Mobile Phones and Health 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(210268)
149
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to ensure that district nurses are informed that a patient discharged from hospital contracted MRSA while in hospital.
(210275)
150
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will remove (a) formaldehyde, (b) mercury, (c) foetal calf serum and (d) monkey kidney cells from UK childhood vaccines.
(210276)
151
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish allocations for (a) primary care trusts and (b) central budgets for (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08.
(210334)
152
Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) activities and (b) methods his Department is adopting to make (i) women and (ii) the medical profession aware of the possibility that the von Willebrand's form of haemophilia can be the cause of women's bleeding disorders.
(210126)
153
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the responses to the consultation on draft regulations to allow the NHS to re-coup costs under the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003.
(210297)
154
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of heroin addiction was in the Greater London area for the latest period for which figures are available.
(210313)
155
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were awaiting treatment by a consultant orthodontist on the latest date for which figures are available; and what the average time taken to obtain treatment once placed on the waiting list was in (a) Sunderland Royal Hospital, (b) Durham University Hospital and (c) Hartlepool University Hospital in the last year for which figures are available.
(210139)
156
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultant orthodontists are employed in (a) Sunderland Royal Hospital, (b) Durham University Hospital and (c) Hartlepool University Hospital.
(210140)
157
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects vacancies for orthodontists at Sunderland Royal Hospital to be filled; and how long the positions have remained vacant.
(210141)
158
N
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual percentage increase in total budgets for (a) Kingston Hospital and (b) the NHS in (i) South West London, (ii) London and (iii) England has been in each year since 1992.
(209822)
159
N
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual percentage increases in total budgets for (a) Kingston Hospital and (b) the NHS in (i) South West London, (ii) London and (iii) England are for (A) 2005-06, (B) 2006-07 and (C) 2007-08.
(209823)
160
N
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total budgets for (a) Kingston Hospital and (b) the NHS in (i) South West London, (ii) London and (iii) England have been in each year since 1992.
(209824)
161
N
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the projected total budgets for (a) Kingston Hospital and (b) the NHS in (i) South West London, (ii) London and (iii) England are for (A) 2005-06, (B) 2006-07 and (C) 2007-08.
(209825)
162
N
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwife vacancies there are in (a) Kingston Hospital and (b) South West London, (c) Merton, Surrey and Mid-Surrey, (d) London and (e) England.
(209826)
163
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the contribution of (a) healthy living centres and (b) healthy lifestyle workers to public health; and if he will make funding available to ensure their continuation.
(210088)
164
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding was spent on hepatitis C treatment by Norfolk primary care trusts (PCTs) in each of the last five years; and what guidance he has issued to those PCTs on treatment for hepatitis C.
(210247)
165
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding primary care trusts plan to devote to prison populations for the treatment of hepatitis C.
(210248)
166
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been allocated in 2004-05 for hepatitis C awareness and prevention.
(210249)
167
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice the Government has given to primary care trusts concerning the relationship between hepatitis C and chronic disease.
(210250)
168
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people resident in the 20 per cent. most deprived wards are serving as non-executive directors on each NHS trust in the North-West.
(209789)
169
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in appointing more people from Warrington North to NHS trusts.
(209790)
170
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his latest estimate is of the percentage of people who have used the NHS Stop Smoking Services programme and who are no longer smoking after 12 months.
(210136)
171
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have used the NHS Stop Smoking Services in each of the last five years; and what the average cost to the NHS per person is of NHS recommended smoking cessation services.
(210137)
172
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospital trusts in England are employing (a) nurses and (b) doctors paid for in part or wholly by pharmaceutical companies.
(210211)
173
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the ratio of doctors per head of population is in England.
(210212)
174
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes have been made involving direct admission of children to the paediatric department rather than the accident and emergency department at the Conquest Hospital in East Sussex.
(210213)
175
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) tumour and (b) leukaemia cases in children were treated in the NHS in each of the last eight years.
(210214)
176
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) headcount and (b) whole time equivalent mental health social workers have been (i) approved to practise and (ii) in employment in the NHS in each of the last eight years.
(210215)
177
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were treated for depression in each of the last five years.
(210216)
178
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people suffering from depression who are not receiving treatment.
(210217)
179
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many secure psychiatric beds have been available in each of the last eight years.
(210218)
180
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the recent interruption of supply of animal insulin from CP Pharmaceuticals.
(210219)
181
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what speaking engagements have been undertaken by Professor Roy Meadow to NHS employees since December 2003.
(210220)
182
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on recent interruptions in the supply of diamorphine.
(210221)
183
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the European Medicines Evaluation Agency's call for more clinical trials on analogues used in diabetes treatment.
(210222)
184
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the possible carcinogenic effect of analogues prescribed for diabetes.
(210223)
185
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions of analogue drugs for diabetes treatment were made in the last year.
(210224)
186
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the mitogenic potency of insulin analogues.
(210225)
187
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department calculates the NHS reference costs for the (a) provision and (b) fitting of digital hearing aids.
(210238)
188
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the overall costs of (a) supplying and (b) fitting digital hearing aids by (i) the NHS and (ii) independent providers.
(210239)
189
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training is required for audiologists qualified to fit digital hearing aids within the NHS.
(210240)
190
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many digital hearing aids have been commissioned to be supplied and fitted by independent providers for NHS patients in the last year for which figures are available; and what the cost was.
(210241)
191
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to which parts of the UK the NHS staff pension scheme extends.
(209954)
192
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in changing the pension arrangements for NHS consultants.
(210090)
193
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made with the proposal to change the NHS pension scheme from a final salary scheme to an average pay scheme.
(210091)
194
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS staff are members of the NHS pension scheme.
(210092)
195
Mr John Lyons (Strathkelvin & Bearsden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the current value of the NHS staff pension fund is.
(210093)
196
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on emergency cover for general practitioners in North Yorkshire.
(210129)
197
Kali Mountford (Colne Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are employed in Haringey Social Services Department, broken down by grade; what the vacancy rate is; and how many care managers in specialist teams for mental health are employed.
(210290)
198
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioner surgeries have been upgraded in Lancashire using the local improvement finance trust programme; and if he will make a statement.
(209999)
199
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what aspects of the implementation of the new contract for NHS dentists have led to the delay in the transfer of responsibility for dental services to primary care trusts.
(210235)
200
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the new domiciliary oxygen contract will make available the supply of liquid oxygen; and when he expects it to be implemented.
(210236)
201
N
Mr Neil Turner (Wigan):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the market force factor is applied to personnel costs for NHS employees beyond agreed weighting factors.
(209608)
202
N
Mr Neil Turner (Wigan):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects on clinical critical mass in hospital trusts of the independent sector treating a high percentage of simpler cases of elective admissions.
(209609)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
203
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times (a) Essex and (b) Southend community support officers have issued a fixed penalty notice to parents for truancy since 27th February 2004.
(210150)
204
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times (a) Essex and (b) Southend community support officers have stopped cyclists in order to issue a fixed penalty notice for cycling on a footpath since 20th January 2004.
(210151)
205
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times (a) Essex and (b) Southend community support officers have issued a fixed penalty notice for graffiti and fly posting since 31st March 2004.
(210152)
206
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times (a) Essex and (b) Southend community support officers have used the power to disperse groups since 20th January 2004.
(210153)
207
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times (a) Essex and (b) Southend community support officers have used the power (i) to detain a person for up to 30 minutes pending the arrival of a constable, or to accompany that person to a police station with the person's agreement and (ii) to use reasonable force to detain a person or prevent him or her from leaving the scene in each year since their inception.
(210154)
208
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is his Department's policy to use the precautionary principle with reference to the use of Tetra-based equipment by police officers; and if he will make a statement.
(210269)
209
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women were convicted of trafficking (i) class A drugs and (ii) cannabis from Africa to the UK in each of the last five years.
(210060)
210
Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for which offences fixed penalty notices may be issued by non-police personnel.
(210052)
211
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many day releases there have been from London prisons during the last 12 months.
(210312)
212
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners were being held in police cells at police stations in the Greater London area on the latest date for which figures are available.
(210314)
213
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent police officers are employed in the Metropolitan Police force; and what the figure was five years ago.
(210315)
214
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many special constables are serving in the Metropolitan Police Force.
(210316)
215
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have been made to the guidelines for investigations into historical sex abuse, to take account of the establishment of the National Centre for Policing Excellence.
(210001)
216
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of prisoners interviewed by the police in relation to historical sex abuse cases were taken to (a) an external location and (b) a specially equipped suite for their interview in each of the last five years.
(210004)
217
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Department has conducted an audit of police compliance with guidelines for the interviewing of prisoners in historical sex abuse cases.
(210005)
218
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the outcome was of the consultation with stakeholders on which services should be linked to identity cards and whether there should be unique personal numbers across public services.
(210006)
219
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the assessment of the UK Passport Service biometric trial has been completed.
(210007)
220
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent on (a) preparation, (b) publication and (c) delivery of The Sharp End magazine.
(210012)
221
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average age is of serving special constables, broken down by police force area.
(210015)
222
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average tenure is of serving special constables, broken down by (a) year of entry and (b) police force area.
(210016)
223
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have broken their bail conditions in each year since 1997; and what offences they had committed.
(210017)
224
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have retired in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) rank and (b) police force area.
(210018)
225
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average salary of (a) a newly trained police constable and (b) a community support officer is, broken down by police force.
(210019)
226
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much it cost (a) to train a special constable and (b) to maintain a special constable for a year of service in the last period for which figures are available.
(210020)
227
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average age is of serving police officers, broken down by (a) rank and (b) police force area.
(210021)
228
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money has been allocated for CCTV cameras in Warrington in each year since 1997.
(209786)
229
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd South constituency, the effects on Clwyd South of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(210325)
230
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of anti-social behaviour orders in Gloucestershire.
(210237)
231
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for extensions to existing anti-social behaviour orders have been (a) granted and (b) refused in Gloucestershire.
(210243)
232
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been breached in Gloucestershire; and what action has been taken against those breaching the orders.
(210244)
233
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 22nd November from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to the Roby.
(210143)
234
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 29th November from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr S Bhakar.
(210144)
235
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost of crime committed by a heroin addict in the UK was for the latest period for which figures are available.
(210146)
236
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) gender and (b) familial relationship to the child victim was of offenders in substantiated child abuse cases in each of the last five years, broken down by (i) physical abuse, (ii) emotional abuse, (iii) sexual abuse and (iv) cases of neglect.
(209948)
237
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether cases similar to the Angela Cannings case are subject to non-judicial investigations.
(210002)
238
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons were for his decision not to offer financial compensation to Mrs Angela Cannings for wrongful conviction and imprisonment.
(210003)
239
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many deaths were caused by (a) legally held and (b) illegally held firearms in each year since 1996.
(210009)
240
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the rate of (a) false positive matches and (b) false negative matches in the UK Passport Service biometrics trial has been; and what estimates have been made of these rates in a database of all UK adults.
(210155)
241
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the results of the UK Passport Service biometrics pilot will be made public.
(210156)
242
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what coaching will be provided to citizens in how to present their biometrics for verification purposes when applying for an identity card; whether such coaching will form part of the identity card enrolment process; and what provision has been made for such coaching in the published costs for the scheme.
(210157)
243
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the UK Passport Service biometrics trial has included groups who by reason of their disabilities are unable to provide biometric data.
(210158)
244
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people he estimates will have access to the national identity register.
(210159)
245
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evaluation he has conducted of the security of the proposed national identity register; and what weaknesses have been identified.
(210160)
246
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has commissioned into the safety of iris scan enrolment for identity card applicants.
(210161)
247
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of UK adults who for physical reasons are unable to provide (a) fingerprints and (b) iris scans for the purposes of the national identity cards scheme.
(210162)
248
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the Police National Computer was accessed unlawfully in each of the last five years; and in how many cases those responsible were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted.
(210163)
249
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of (a) police officers and (b) police staff have submitted DNA samples to the police DNA elimination database.
(210164)
250
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the length of time it will take to check biometric passports at airports, compared with non-biometric passports; and if he will make a statement.
(210166)
251
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether individuals applying for a biometric passport will be required to submit (a) a standard passport photograph and (b) a higher-resolution photograph taken by other means; and if he will make a statement.
(210167)
252
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 276W, on the Belmarsh detainees, whether subsistence costs for "G" are paid from Government funds.
(210168)
253
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 304W, on identity cards, what the value is of the contracts with each private sector company; and what work has been undertaken by (a) the private sector companies and (b) the Government bodies mentioned.
(210169)
254
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 304W, on identity cards, what tasks are being undertaken by (a) the civil servants, (b) the secondee from the Metropolitan Police and (c) the secondee from the UK Passport Service.
(210170)
255
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 304W, on identity cards, what tasks are being undertaken by (a) the secondee from Shreeveport Management Consultancy and (b) the consultants from PA Consulting Group Ltd.
(210171)
256
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 335W, on passports, what the figures are for adult passport (a) applications and (b) renewals.
(210172)
257
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 344W, on prisons, what the agreed overcrowding limit is for each of the private finance initiative prisons; and what penalties have been imposed on each prison for exceeding its overcrowding limit in the last three years.
(210173)
258
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) fraud and (b) forgery offences have been reported to Lancashire Police in each year since 1997; and how many led to (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction.
(209996)
259
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many football banning orders have been issued in each year since 1997, broken down by area in which the offender resides.
(209997)
260
N
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made with the application for indefinite leave to remain lodged in April 2004 by Mr Hameed Al Haddad of Solihull (Home Office ref. H1021433).
(209874)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
261
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many bottles of water were purchased by departments of the House last year for consumption other than in restaurants and cafeterias; and what the cost was.
(210271)
262
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will make it their policy to replace bottled water with tap water in (a) Westminster Hall, (b) Committee rooms and (c) other meeting rooms.
(210272)
263
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the policy is on the disposal of (a) untouched food left over from receptions in the House and (b) residuary food waste from catering outlets.
(210273)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
264
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the percentage of the total UK (a) bilateral aid budget and (b) multilateral aid budget that is available on the ground for Millennium Development Goal projects.
(210198)
265
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged and (ii) delivered to Bangladesh after the floods in 2004.
(210199)
266
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) consultancy and (b) equipment was provided under his Department's Integrated Personnel and Payroll Database Project in Ghana in 1999-2000.
(210333)
267
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's estimate is of the number of (a) refugees in Chad, (b) internally displaced persons in Darfur, (c) refugees in Chad receiving aid, (d) internally displaced persons receiving aid in Darfur, (e) civilians killed in fighting in Darfur since the beginning of 2005 and (f) civilians injured in fighting in Darfur since the beginning of 2005.
(210336)
268
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contingency plans are in place to overcome logistical difficulties in getting aid to tsunami victims in the countries affected.
(209729)
269
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with non-governmental organisations to ensure that efforts to provide aid to Darfur are not reduced consequent on work done to provide aid to vicitms of the tsunami in Asia.
(209730)
270
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much EU overseas development assistance has been (a) committed and (b) spent on water and sanitation projects in each year since 2000, broken down by country.
(209830)
271
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans his Department has to increase the proportion of EU aid spent on water and sanitation projects.
(209831)
272
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will publish the minutes of meetings of the Commission for Africa.
(210298)
273
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on what date he expects the report of the Commission for Africa to be published.
(210299)
274
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his budget is for spending on heavily indebted poor countries debt relief in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 from (i) existing Departmental spending plans and (ii) sources additional to those plans.
(210300)
275
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the Government's policy is on whether to support within the EU the inclusion of a requirement for countries to privatise their water delivery under the terms of GATS.
(210306)
276
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding the Government has (a) pledged and (b) spent in relief and reconstruction for Bam, Iran, following the earthquake in 2003.
(210307)
277
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of EU aid in each of the last five years was spent in heavily indebted poor countries.
(210308)
278
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of UK aid channelled through the EU was spent in each of the last five years on schemes designed to achieve the millennium development goals.
(210309)
279
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many of his Department's employees in each country in receipt of development aid from the UK were of (a) UK nationality, (b) local origin and (c) other origin in the latest year for which figures are available.
(210317)
280
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of his Department's spending in each less developed country in each of the last five years was directed to (a) direct budgetary support, (b) non-governmental organisations and (c) debt relief.
(210318)
281
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the availability of fresh water on the island of St Helena.
(210242)
282
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he expects to make a decision on air access for the island of St Helena; and if he will make a statement.
(210245)
283
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the impact on (a) food supplies and (b) the economic situation of individuals in southern Mauritania of the locust invasion of 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(210338)
284
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) economic, (b) social and (c) humanitarian situation in (i) Mauritania and (ii) southern Mauritania with reference to (A) the recurrent drought since 2001 and (B) the 2004 locust invasion; and if he will make a statement.
(210339)
285
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the UN World Food Programme appeal on 17th January for assistance to Mauritania over the next three years; what plans his Department has made to respond to the appeal; what changes are planned for the budget to be allocated to Mauritania; and if he will make a statement.
(210340)
286
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the food-for-work projects envisaged by the UN World Food Progamme for the distribution of food aid in Mauritania; and if he will make a statement.
(210341)
287
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made in determining the details of the system replacing food rations with cash payments in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(209947)
288
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to ensure that orphaned survivors of the tsunami are protected from the activities of paedophile rings; and whether it is his policy to ensure that partner aid agencies take action to minimise such risks.
(209829)
Questions to the Leader of the House
289
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Leader of the House, from which Government agencies letters in response to Parliamentary Questions are (a) published in Hansard and (b) placed in the Library; and what criteria are applied in deciding which answering mechanism should be used.
(210337)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
290
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many new trains Translink has taken delivery of in each of the past six months in Northern Ireland.
(210342)
291
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will announce his decision on the funding requests from Londonderry City Council regarding Londonderry Airport.
(210343)
292
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many dilutional hyponatraemia-related deaths occurred in the Province in each of the last 20 years.
(210022)
293
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the services available in the Province for haemophilia patients.
(210023)
294
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many consultants in child and adolescent psychiatry in each of the health board areas in the Province are providing a full-time out-of-hours service.
(210024)
295
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the remit is of the Appleby Health Review.
(210025)
296
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funding he has provided for victims' organisations in each year since 1998.
(210026)
297
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many individuals in each of the Province's health board areas are awaiting an initial assessment by a physiotherapist.
(210027)
298
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many suicides there have been in the Province in each of the last 10 years.
(210028)
299
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many suicides there have been at prisons in the Province in each of the last 10 years.
(210029)
300
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the level of obesity-related illness in the Province; and what the level was (a) 10 and (b) 20 years ago.
(210030)
301
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the longest period is that individuals from each of the Province's health boards have been waiting for (a) inpatient admission and (b) initial outpatient assessment in orthopaedic surgery.
(210031)
302
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many individuals in the Province are awaiting (a) inpatient admission and (b) initial outpatient assessment in orthopaedic surgery.
(210032)
303
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many individuals in each of the Province's health board areas are awaiting an initial assessment by a speech and language therapist.
(210033)
304
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what information he has regarding the number of trolley waits at each of the Province's hospitals in each month over the last five years.
(210034)
305
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the response of 21st December 2004, Official Report, column 1524W, how many individuals are waiting for initial chiropody assessment, for those health trusts for which the information is available.
(210035)
306
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he intends that 13th July should cease to be a public sector holiday in the Province.
(210036)
307
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many individuals in Northern Ireland have been diagnosed with HIV in (a) 2004 and (b) each of the 10 preceding years; and if he will make a statement on steps to limit the spread of HIV infection in the Province.
(210037)
308
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many individuals in the Province are awaiting (a) inpatient admission and (b) initial outpatient assessment in neurosurgery.
(210038)
309
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the operation of the midwife-led maternity unit at Craigavon.
(210039)
310
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the number of individuals in Northern Ireland awaiting assessment by genito-urinary medicine services.
(210040)
311
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the involvement of paramilitary organisations in the Province in the counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals.
(210041)
312
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what information he has regarding the extent of alcohol-related illness in the Province, and how this compares with the position (a) 10 and (b) 20 years ago.
(210042)
313
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients in the Province have been diagnosed with influenza in each month over the past five years; how many have died from influenza in the Province in each of the last 20 years; and how many cases of each subtype of influenza were diagnosed in the Province since 1st November 2004.
(210043)
314
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many trolley waits (a) in total and (b) lasting more than two hours there were in the Province during each quarter over the last five years; and how many trolley waits there were on each day since 1st December 2004.
(210044)
315
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many paramilitary attacks on individuals there have been in the Province in each week since October 2004.
(210045)
316
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average cost is of a (a) residential, (b) nursing home and (c) domiciliary community care package in the Province.
(210046)
317
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many new patients received digital hearing aids in the Province in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; and how many new patients he expects to receive such aids in 2005.
(210064)
318
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the progress of the working group to consider the introduction of a chlamydia screening programme.
(210065)
319
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the take-up rate for influenza vaccination was in each area in the Province in each of the last five years.
(210066)
320
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the costs that would be incurred by providing free nursing and personal care to those in the Province with dementia.
(210067)
321
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost of community care packages in the Province has been in each of the last 10 years.
(210068)
322
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the cost to the Province's health service of (a) theft and (b) fraud in each of the last six years.
(210069)
323
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the cost to each of the Government departments in the Province of (a) theft and (b) fraud in each of the last six years.
(210070)
324
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) accident and emergency attendances and (b) hospital admissions there were in the Province for fall-related injuries in those aged (i) less than 60, (ii) 60 to 75 and (iii) more than 75 years in each of the last five years.
(210071)
Questions to the Prime Minister
325
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions (a) he and (b) other Ministers have had with the United States Administration about ratification of the UN Charter on the Rights of the Child.
(210289)
326
N
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the arrangements for (a) honourable Members and (b) members of the Government occupying official residences to contribute to the running costs of those properties.
(209844)
327
N
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the official residences which are occupied by (a) honourable Members and (b) members of the Government.
(209845)
328
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Prime Minister, whether the Government has commissioned a report by Lord Birt on the future functions of Her Majesty's Treasury; and if he will make a statement.
(209393)
329
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, what information he has (a) received and (b) requested from his US counterpart on US military reconnaisance missions in Iran.
(209892)
330
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, whether paragraph 23 of the Ministerial Code was applied in relation to the complete text of the Attorney General's advice of 7th March 2003.
(209939)
331
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Prime Minister, what the main conclusions were of his meeting with the President of Serbia and Montenegro on Monday 17th January.
(210231)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
332
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the costs of security for the G8 summit at Gleneagles.
(209397)
Questions to the Solicitor General
333
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Solicitor General, if the Attorney General will publish her advice to the Government on the legality of the war in Iraq.
(209881)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
334
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many businesses were (a) registered and (b) deregistered for VAT in each year since 2001 in each (i) constituency and (ii) region.
(210135)
335
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 11th January, Official Report, column 421W, on the Post Office (Rural Subsidy), what the average assigned office payment to sub postmasters is; and how many (a) rural, (b) urban and (c) urban deprived sub-post offices received assigned office payments.
(210138)
336
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether she expects to postpone further the Government's decision to allow the NHS to re-coup costs under the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 until the Office of Fair Trading has completed its latest investigation into the cost of employers' liability insurance.
(210304)
337
Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the results of the consultation on draft regulations to allow the NHS to re-coup costs under the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003; and what recent discussions she has had with the Department of Health about the effect that these proposals will have on (a) small businesses and (b) the cost of employers' liability insurance.
(210305)
338
N
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the occasions on which (a) Ministers and (b) officials from her Department have communicated with Canatxx Gas Stonage Ltd, Canatxx Energy Ventures Ltd or a company associated with Canatxx (i) by letter, (ii) by e-mail, (iii) by telephone and (iv) in person; and if she will publish the content of such communication on the departmental website.
(209827)
339
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd South constituency, the effects on Clwyd South of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(210320)
340
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people in the Clwyd South constituency have benefited from the national minimum wage since its introduction.
(210323)
341
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she plans to publish the results of her consultation on changes to the law on the rights of homeworkers.
(210209)
342
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to strengthen the employment rights of homeworkers (a) to enable them to claim the minimum wage and (b) to give them greater legal protection.
(210210)
343
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received regarding the change in the (a) usage and (b) cost of external consultants employed to advise private companies on compliance with regulations sponsored by her Department in each year since 1997.
(210278)
344
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what work was commissioned by her Department's executive agencies to be carried out by external consultants and advisors in 2003-04.
(210279)
345
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much UK Trade and Investment was spent on external consultants and advisors in each of the last three years.
(210280)
346
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her Department's total spending on rebranding the Business Link service was; and how much of the total spending was on external consultants.
(210281)
347
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government plans to take to make internet shopping more secure.
(210010)
348
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the number of purchases made on the internet in 2004 where the goods (a) never arrived and (b) were of inferior standard to those advertised.
(210011)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
349
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of new cars sold in 2003 emitted less than 100g of carbon dioxide per kilometre; and what projection he has made for the percentages that will be allowed for each year until 2012.
(210265)
350
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd South constituency, the effects on Clwyd South of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(210321)
351
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what response his Department has made to representations received regarding the December timetable changes on routes from Paddington to Maidenhead and Twyford.
(209949)
352
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fines were issued to drivers for failing to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency about a change of address in each of the last five years.
(210165)
353
N
Mr Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what definition he uses of a purpose built taxi.
(209472)
354
Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether trades vans servicing private houses have been considered for exemption from local authority parking charges.
(210148)
355
Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what categories of vehicles are exempt from parking fines and charges.
(210149)
356
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will make a decision on authorising a public inquiry into the route of the A555, Hazel Grove Bypass; and if he will make a statement.
(210049)
357
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of uninsured motorists driving on public roads; and what this figure is as a percentage of all drivers.
(210142)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
358
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd South constituency, the effects on Clwyd South of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(210322)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
359
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have died from carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK in each year since 1997.
(210083)
360
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Health and Safety Commission's recommendations regarding gas safety in relation to (a) the introduction of a levy on gas suppliers to fund a publicity campaign about the dangers of carbon monoxide gas and (b) requiring emergency service providers to provide suitably trained and equipped operatives to perform the flue gas analysis are due to be implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(210084)
361
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that householders (a) obtain and (b) use certified carbon monoxide detectors.
(210085)
362
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with gas suppliers on (a) the need for regular gas checks and (b) the efficient operations of gas appliances in domestic homes.
(210086)
363
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many prosecutions there have been in each of the last 10 years of landlords whose neglect of gas appliances caused the death of their tenants.
(210087)
364
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of whether the Child Support Agency has sufficient clerical resources to deal with the backlog of cases transferred from the old to the new systems.
(210246)
365
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress the Department has made in sharing data on deceased claimants with (a) CIFAS and (b) other public agencies.
(210053)
366
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd South constituency, the effects on Clwyd South of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(210330)
367
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the current timescale for handling new applications for child support.
(210131)
368
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total expenditure on the New Deal for Lone Parents was in each year that the scheme has been in operation.
(210056)
369
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of the budget for New Deal for Lone Parents has been spent on administration in each year that the scheme has been in operation.
(210057)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
370
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons it is not listed on a death certificate when MRSA has been a contributory factor.
[Transferred] (210274)
371
Hugh Bayley (York, City of):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the quantity of illegal drugs (a) produced in Africa and (b) exported from Africa to Europe or the UK in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (210061)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
372
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the legal aid bill for defending drug addicts in court was in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004.
[Transferred] (210145)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
373
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidelines have been issued on how much time a non-resident parent should have with their children.
[Transferred] (210229)
374
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Claire Ward (Watford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the standards of numeracy and literacy in primary schools in Watford were (a) in 1997 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.
[Question Unstarred] (209685)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
375
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the government of Serbia and Montenegro requesting that it hand over war criminals to the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.
[Transferred] (210232)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
376
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of those convicted of offences of (a) driving without insurance, (b) driving without a licence and (c) driving after the refusal or revocation of a licence were fined (i) less than 20 per cent., (ii) between 20 and 40 per cent., (iii) between 40 and 60 per cent., (iv) between 60 and 80 per cent. and (v) more than 80 per cent. of the maximum penalty; and what percentage were (A) disqualified immediately, (B) disqualified under the totting-up procedure, (C) awarded up to three points, (D) awarded between four and six points and (E) awarded in excess of six points in the last period for which information is available.
[Transferred] (210074)

 
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