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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 25 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 25 January 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 25 January 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 25 January of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 25 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 25 January see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average amount of compensation for errors paid by the Inland Revenue to claimants of tax credits was between April 2003 and December 2004.
(211022)
2
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the compensation payments made for errors to tax credits claimants between April 2003 and December 2004, were for (a) £0-£25, (b) £25-£50, (c) £50-£100, (d) £100-£150, (e) £150-£200, (f) £250-£300, (g) £300-£350, (h) £350-£400, (i) £400-£450 and (j) £450-£500.
(211023)
3
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when Mr Fitzgerald and Ms Johnson of Rock Ferry, constituents of the honourable Member for Birkenhead, will receive their tax credits.
(211034)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
4
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average waiting time was for the determination of an application for permission to appeal to the Immigration Appeal Tribunal, at the latest date for which figures are available.
(210892)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
5
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those Ministry of Defence projects for which QinetiQ (a) has pre-qualified to bid and (b) is bidding (i) on its own and (ii) as a full equity partner in a consortium.
(211092)
6
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for conflicts of interest to arise where QinetiQ is competing for Ministry of Defence contracts; and if he will make a statement.
(211093)
7
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether restrictions have been placed on the ability of QinetiQ to compete for service-based Ministry of Defence contracts.
(211097)
8
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons statistics on the numbers of Armed Service Personnel injured in action in Iraq each month were not collected before August 2004.
(211024)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
9
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the compliance of house builders with the 2002 Building Regulations standards concerning energy efficiency.
(211084)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
10
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the oral Answer of 20th January, Official Report, column 948, on league tables, what assessment her Department has made of the improvement in average results at GCSE that would be achieved if all local education authority areas were to perform at the same level as selective local education authority areas.
(210953)
11
N
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many independent schools there are in the pre-registration category; how many have had (a) one visit and (b) two allotted visits; and how many are faith schools, broken down by faith.
(210849)
12
N
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pre-registration independent schools which did not comply fully with regulations 2e and 2d on the first visit complied on the second visit; and how many were non-compliant with regulations 2e and 2d, broken down by faith.
(210853)
13
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much of the increase in the number of places needed in 16 to 19 year olds' education set out in her Department's five year strategy is attributable to (a) increased participation rates and (b) the number of 16 to 19 year olds in the period.
(210948)
14
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of a school's governing body is required to be filled by parent governors for (a) community, (b) foundation, (c) voluntary aided, (d) voluntary controlled and (e) academy schools; and whether the proportion has changed since 1997.
(211072)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
15
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the capacity the present economic value attributed to permits under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme has to lead to environmentally beneficial changes of behaviour.
(210850)
16
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received about the effect of the recent proposal of the European Commission on cod stocks in the North Sea; what expert advice she has received on the matter; and if she will make a statement.
(211099)
17
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her officials have undertaken into the preparation and implementation of the 2004 German flood protection legislation.
(210852)
18
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the quantity of (a) unapproved and (b) experimental GM material entering (i) animal feed and (ii) food intended for human consumption.
(210879)
19
N
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the carbon dioxide emissions levels of each economic sector in the UK have been in each year since 1997.
(211025)
20
N
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the reasons are for her assessment that the UK would not be able to achieve the Government's original target of a 20 per cent. carbon dioxide reduction by 2010; and if she will make a statement.
(211026)
21
N
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the reasoning and methodology the Government employed in determining that a UK target for carbon dioxide reduction of 20 per cent. was achievable.
(211027)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
22
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what penalty clauses have been included in his Department's contract with the Geronimo PR agency to be effective if the agency fails to achieve the required coverage for the EU and the proposed EU constitution.
(210949)
23
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the names are of the employees of the Geronimo agency who (a) presented the company's proposal to the Department and (b) will work on his Department's account.
(210950)
24
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the contract between his Department and the Geronimo PR agency.
(210951)
25
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list agencies which (a) tendered for and (b) were shortlisted for the contract to promote the EU and the proposed constitution.
(210952)
26
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list, for each country where it has been utilised over the last two years, the grants made from the Small Grants Scheme; and what the (a) amount and (b) purpose of each grant was.
(211102)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
27
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect the introduction of charges for (a) eye tests and (b) dental check-ups had on demand for these services.
(210365)
28
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost of (a) a MRI scanner and (b) a CT scanner; and what resource funding is needed to run a scanner for a year.
(210366)
29
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost of training a (a) radiographer and (b) radiologist (i) in each year of training and (ii) in total; and if he will make a statement.
(211073)
30
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change there has been in the number of training places for (a) radiographers and (b) radiologists since 1997; if he will estimate the cost of the change; and if he will make a statement.
(211074)
31
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on introducing the roles of (a) assistant practitioner and (b) advanced practitioner in radiology departments since 1997; and if he will estimate the cost of these changes.
(211075)
32
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many extra dentists he plans to recruit; and how many of them he expects to (a) come from overseas recruitment and (b) be existing dentists returning to the NHS.
(211076)
33
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the funding allocated to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry for the next year.
(210124)
34
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist burns services units there are in the West Midlands region.
(210125)
35
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) consultants and (b) staff there have been in (i) Rampton, (ii) Broadmoor and (iii) Ashworth special hospitals in each of the last 10 years.
(210899)
36
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the new private sector treatment units are paid for (a) the number of operations contracted for and (b) the number of operations carried out; and what the costs of the same operations in foundation hospitals is.
(211088)
37
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding has been made available to each primary care trust in each year since 2000; and what the average level of funding was in each year.
(211090)
38
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged over (a) 90 and (b) 95 years are living in (i) residential and (ii) nursing homes.
(211071)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
39
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty notices for littering have been issued by Coventry community support officers in the last year.
(210123)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
40
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the amounts paid over the last two years from the Civil Society Fund, broken down by (a) the recipient, (b) the country they are operating in and (c) the purpose of the grant.
(211100)
41
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the amounts paid over the last two years from the Political Participation Fund, indicating the recipient, the country they are operating in and the purpose of the grant in each case.
(211101)
Questions to the Leader of the House
42
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Leader of the House, if he will bring forward proposals to merge the Modernisation of the House of Commons and Procedure Committees.
(210426)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
43
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what grants have been made by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to the owners of boats on inland waterways in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(210880)
44
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent by the Department for Regional Development in County Fermanagh on replacing road signs that have been destroyed by graffiti or other defacing between September and December in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.
(210881)
45
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many speech and language therapists are employed in each of the Health and Social Services Board areas in Northern Ireland.
(210882)
46
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many speech and language therapists are employed by the Western Health and Social Services Board in County Fermanagh.
(210883)
47
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many full-time reserve constables in the Police Service of Northern Ireland are on annual extension contracts; and what terms they will be offered under the downsizing arrangements for the full-time reserve.
(210884)
48
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the latest estimate is of the cost of carrying out a hip replacement operation on the NHS in Northern Ireland; and how many people are waiting for a hip replacement operation in Northern Ireland.
(211070)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
49
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 13th January, Official Report, columns 628-9W, on the Fast Patrol Vessel Defender, to whom the vessel was sold; when the vessel was sold; for what amount the vessel was sold; and if she will place a copy of the marine surveyor's assessment in the Library.
(211098)
50
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the potential for oil-related infrastructure in the North Sea to be used for carbon sequestration purposes; what steps she is taking to encourage such use; and if she will make a statement.
(210851)
51
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many civil servants in her Department work in the (a) Commercial Best Practice and Enterprise, (b) Maximising Potential in the Workplace, (c) Finance for Investment, (d) Strengthening Regional Economies and (e) Knowledge Transfer and Innovation unit, broken down by salary band.
(210471)
52
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which solicitors have double charged their clients in respect of miners' claims for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and vibration white finger.
(211103)
53
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average full and final settlement is for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claims and (b) vibration white finger claims, broken down by constituency.
(211104)
54
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for the Isle of Wight dated 26th October 2004 concerning John Havies.
(211021)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
55
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his current assessment is of the extent of car number plate cloning; what action is taken against users of vehicles with cloned plates; what assessment he has made of the ease of making and using such plates; what plans he has for new (a) legislation and (b) sanctions to deal with those making or using cloned plates; if he will introduce measures to ensure that car owners whose number plates have been cloned or used without their knowledge are not penalised; and if he will make a statement.
(211083)
56
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the full rollout of the computerised MOT system began on 29th November 2004 as scheduled; what the projected date of completion of the rollout is; and if he will make a statement on (a) liability to penalties for delay to the rollout of the computerised MOT system incurred by Siemens Business Services (SBS) and (b) penalties issued to SBS by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.
(211087)
57
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what requests for funding he has received from local authorities to (a) widen and (b) dual the A15 in Lincolnshire.
(210424)
58
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many new miles of railway track have been brought into use since 1997; and if he will list the new lengths of track.
(210425)
59
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the Function Mapping Report and Directorate Capability statements commissioned by his Department on Strategic Rail Authority responsibilities.
(211085)
60
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps are being taken by his Department to ensure that in-house rail freight expertise is (a) transferred to and (b) can be called upon by the new Department for Transport Rail organisation.
(211086)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
61
Anne Picking (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures the Government is taking to ensure that telephone claims lines are adequate to cope timeously with crisis loan applications; and if he will make a statement.
(211089)
62
Anne Picking (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on his Department's progress in ensuring that the reduction in benefit processing centres as part of rationalisation plans will not impede or hinder access to face-to-face interviews.
(211091)
63
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 777W, on pensions, what the percentage rates of contracted-out rebates for appropriate personal pensions are for (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2004-05 for a person aged (i) 40 and (ii) 50 years; and if he will make a statement.
(211069)
64
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of clients of the New Deal programmes have left to go into employment, broken down by region; and what proportion of those who do so are still in work or have not returned to the claimant register (a) three months later, (b) six months later and (c) a year later, broken down by region.
(210946)
65
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research his Department has conducted into the average cost per additional job created (a) under the New Deal programmes and (b) in employment zones; whether the research produced figures broken down by region; and whether research investigated (i) the number who would have found employment notwithstanding the New Deal and (ii) the effect on (A) tax receipts and (B) unemployment benefits from the jobs created.
(210947)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
66
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many representations have been made to UK military authorities in Iraq by prisoners of war of (a) Iraqi and (b) other nationality in accordance with their rights under Article 78 of the 3rd Geneva Convention.
[Transferred] (211082)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
67
N
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the governments of Estonia and Latvia about the political situation in Ukraine.
[Question Unstarred] (210397)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
68
N
Tony Cunningham (Workington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's medium and long-term plans are to assist in the reconstruction of countries hit by the tsunami.
[Question Unstarred][Transferred] (210394)
69
N
Sir Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he expects to announce the Government's plans for long-term assistance for the reconstruction of countries affected by the Asian earthquake and floods.
[Transferred] (210404)

 
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