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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 26 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 Wednesday 26 January 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 26 January 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 26 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 Wednesday 26 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 26 January see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent estimate is of the monthly cost of operations in Iraq; what the average monthly cost of operations since the war ended is; what the cost of operations during the war were; what the monthly costs incurred in relation to Iraq in addition to the costs of operations are; what the UK's financial commitment is to Iraq; what the (a) gross and (b) net sums are in each case where the former includes sums transferred from existing budgets; and if he will make a statement.
(211179)
2
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in how many deaths misuse of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) crack and (d) magic mushrooms was a contributory factor in each of the last 10 years.
(211231)
3
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was raised from VAT on (a) alcohol and (b) tobacco in each of the last five years.
(211286)
4
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list those accounting requirements set out in Commission Regulation (EC) 2238/2004, OJ L394 volume 47 of 31st December 2004 that will apply to and within member states but not to European Community institutions; and if he will make a statement.
(211358)
5
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of European Communities pensions was in the last year for which figures are available; and what the forecast cost is for (a) 2014, (b) 2024, (c) 2034 and (d) 2044.
(211360)
6
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the assessed sum level of fraud within those areas of the European Communities budgets that have not been signed off by the European Court of Auditors.
(211376)
7
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what liabilities arise for the European Commission where budget discharge has not been granted by the Court of Auditors under Article 276 of the EC Treaty and Article 143 of the Financial Regulation.
(211377)
8
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the ongoing pensions liabilities of the European Coal and Steel Community; and to where pension funds were transferred from closed budget lines and accounts.
(211386)
9
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which organisations received funding contrary to finding 6.25 of the European Court of Auditors' report for 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(211410)
10
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will identify the ineligible expenditure referred to in paragraph 7.39 of the European Court of Auditors annual report for 2003.
(211412)
11
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will identify the cases referred to in paragraph 9.45 of the European Court of Auditors annual report for 2003.
(211413)
12
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the cases of fraud identified in paragraph 31 of page 332 of the European Court of Auditors annual report for 2003.
(211414)
13
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on each of the cases of irregularity identified in (a) paragraph 43 of page 335 and (b) paragraph 65 of page 345 of the European Court of Auditors annual report for 2003.
(211415)
14
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library the latest Commission Report on the Beneficiaries of Grants Made Under Chapter A-30; and which (a) internal audit and (b) Court of Auditors report related to these grants.
(211417)
15
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19th January, Official Report, column 986W, on parliamentary questions, if he will break down the estimated cost of answering a parliamentary question into its component elements; and which costs relate to staff time.
(211449)
16
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has made, or have been made on his behalf, to companies involved in the CVF programme concerning final assembly of the proposed aircraft carriers.
(211434)
17
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency, the effects on Preseli Pembrokeshire of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211326)
18
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the survival rates were for each form of cancer in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.
(211105)
19
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the number of carers who are over the age of 65 years.
(211248)
20
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his target differential is between the prices of red diesel and road diesel; what further increases in duty levels he expects to make to meet this target; and when he expects that the target will be met.
(211401)
21
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the impact of the recent rise in the duty on red diesel on (a) farmers, (b) the boating industry and (c) the plant industry; and if he will make a statement.
(211402)
22
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many 16 and 17 year olds are liable for income tax.
(211144)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
23
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19th January, Official Report, column 1028W, on the Constitutional Treaty, with which individuals discussions took place; on what dates; and if he will publish notes and minutes of the meetings and internal memoranda produced consequent to the meetings.
(211430)
24
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency, the effects on Preseli Pembrokeshire of the Department's policies and actions since it was established.
(211324)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
25
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to include existing casinos in the proposed pilots for large and small casinos.
(211327)
26
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on her Department's policy towards European Community participation in the European Audiovisual Observatory; what activities the Observatory undertakes; and at what cost.
(211362)
27
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):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 Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency, the effects on Preseli Pembrokeshire of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211323)
28
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was implemented.
(211328)
29
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been made available to Wakefield Council for library services in each of the last five years.
(211225)
30
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the statement in the recent report by the Ofcom Consumer Panel that, though financial barriers to digital conversion exist, they are of secondary importance, represents Government policy.
(211367)
31
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support the Government has given to development of the digital tick kitemark indicating digitally compatible products and services amongst manufacturers and retailers.
(211435)
32
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many households in Warrington South are in receipt of free television licences.
(211404)
33
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much financial support was provided to the Millennium Dome by the National Lottery in each year from 1997-98.
(211138)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
34
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military personnel were based at Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan in December 2002; how many had duties in connection with detainees; how many were operating with US forces in connection with detainees; whether any witnessed the killing of or assault upon any detainee; when his Department first became aware of the killing of detainees; and if he will make a statement.
(211315)
35
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department took to secure the United Nations World Food Programme sites on the outskirts of Basra; what assessment he has made of what was looted from the Programme at the site; and if he will make a statement.
(211390)
36
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Iraqis killed in respect of whom UK military personnel are subject to investigation but where charges have not yet been brought; and if he will make a statement.
(211403)
37
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) Barnet Council and (b) the Mayor of London concerning the future of the site at Inglis Barracks, Mill Hill when it is no longer required by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(211271)
38
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department will start to market the site at Inglis Barracks, Mill Hill; and if he will make a statement.
(211272)
39
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to preserve the historic officers' mess building at Inglis Barracks, when British Forces Post Office vacate the premises; and if he will make a statement.
(211273)
40
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to preserve the Middlesex regiment War Memorial and associated memorials when British Forces Post Office vacate Inglis Barracks, Mill Hill; and if he will make a statement.
(211274)
41
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to ensure a continuation of light industrial use of (a) all and (b) part of the Inglis Barracks, Mill Hill site when it is no longer required by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(211275)
42
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which specialist units have been deployed on operations since 1997 in a basic infantry role.
(211388)
43
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the (a) manning levels and (b) activities of the Royal Army Dental Corps.
(211421)
44
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what conditions have been applied to the physical integrator contract awarded to KBR in respect of the yard where final assembly of the CVFs will take place.
(211432)
45
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has received representations from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, or on his behalf, in connection with the location of the final assembly of the CVFs.
(211433)
46
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was implemented.
(211329)
47
Mr John McFall (Dumbarton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will reply to the Question tabled by the Right honourable Member for Dumbarton on 10th December 2004, reference 204981, on cash machines.
(211369)
48
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps towards compliance with the UK's commitment to pursue disarmament negotiations in good faith under Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty have been taken with regard to entering the Trident system into nuclear disarmament treaties.
(211436)
49
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's policy is on research and development of new nuclear weapons, with particular reference to low yield and bunker buster weapons and activities carried out within the Mutual Defence Agreement with the United States Administration; and if he will make a statement.
(211437)
50
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the implications of ending the EU-China Arms embargo for (a) future UK defence technological capabilities and (b) interoperability with US forces.
(211394)
51
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the current book value of the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) was purchased from (a) foreign companies and (b) US companies; and what proportion of planned new expenditure at AWE sites is expected to be paid to (i) foreign companies and (ii) US companies.
(211313)
52
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the (a) Regimental HQ and (b) individual Battalions of (i) Princess of Wales, (ii) Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, (iii) The Royal Anglian, (iv) Light Infantry, (v) Royal Green Jackets, (vi) Royal Gurkha Rifles and (vii) Parachute Regiments are based.
(211251)
53
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which months during 2004 regular Army recruitment was stopped for (a) the whole regular Army and (b) sections of the regular Army.
(211252)
54
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the monthly recruitment figures for the regular Army were during 2004.
(211253)
55
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of the defence procurement budget is allocated to the Future Rapid Effects System for each year from 2007 to 2010.
(211254)
56
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who the UK representatives will be on the European Security Research Advisory Board.
(211255)
57
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Panther vehicle is a tracked vehicle; what armaments the Panther vehicle will carry; and what armour specification the Panther vehicle will have.
(211264)
58
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the top speed of the Panther vehicle is on (a) tarmac roads and (b) cross country.
(211265)
59
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the complement of the Panther vehicle is.
(211266)
60
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Panther vehicles have been ordered; and what the cost per unit is.
(211267)
61
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the budget is for each year of the Panther vehicle programme.
(211268)
62
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who the lead contractor for the Panther project is.
(211269)
63
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Panther command liaison vehicle is intended to be from the same family as the Panther armoured reconnaissance vehicle.
(211270)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
64
Roger Casale (Wimbledon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how he intends that the standard assessment procedure rating system shall adapt to changes in the relative prices of different fuels.
(211422)
65
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people qualified for the Rent to Mortgage schemes in the seven years prior to its abolition; and what the average cost of the scheme was per year in that period.
(211188)
66
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps the Government has taken to alert council tenants to changes in the Right to Buy regulations.
(211189)
67
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, from which grants, including special grants, the London Boroughs of (a) Redbridge and (b) Waltham Forest will receive a funding allocation for 2005-06; what the allocation will be in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(211256)
68
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency, the effects on Preseli Pembrokeshire of his Department's policies and actions since it was established.
(211325)
69
N
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) council tenants and (b) former council tenants have transferred to (i) registered social landlords and (ii) arm's length management organisations exercising their right to buy in each year since 1995.
(211095)
70
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) reports, (b) strategies, (c) five-year plans and (d) 10 year plans he has launched in his role as Deputy Prime Minister or Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions.
(211136)
71
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the estimated expenditure on the National Centre for Sustainable Communities Skills is in the next financial year.
(211159)
72
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the estimated central government grant to each regional chamber is for 2005-06.
(211160)
73
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list each parish council in England.
(211161)
74
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which recommendations from Lord Rogers's Urban Task Force report the Government has not yet implemented.
(211162)
75
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which recommendations of the Barker review of housing supply the Government intends to implement; and if he will make a statement.
(211163)
76
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total public expenditure on the Millennium Dome was in each year from 1997-98, broken down by (a) cost centre and (b) department.
(211164)
77
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which television channels comprise the cheapest available business cable and satellite package that his Department subscribes to.
(211170)
78
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 758W, on local elections, what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the suggestion of the Electoral Commission to introduce freepost mailings in local elections; and if he will make a statement.
(211192)
79
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether private ministerial offices had access to the Sky Sports 1 television channel prior to November 2003.
(211235)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
80
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many college lecturers are employed by outside organisations; what the average differential in the pay rates between college lecturers employed directly by colleges and those employed indirectly is; and whether her Department monitors the pay rates set by (a) Protocol Professional and (b) other consultancies who hire lecturers using public funds.
(211366)
81
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers were employed in schools in Northamptonshire in the academic years (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2003-04.
(211280)
82
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers were employed in schools in Northampton in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2003-04.
(211281)
83
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many learning support assistants were employed in schools in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) Northampton in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 2003-04.
(211282)
84
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the capital expenditure on schools was in Northampton in each year from 1985 to 2004.
(211285)
85
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) young apprenticeships and (b) apprenticeships for adults aged 25 years and over are available, broken down by (i) geographic areas and (ii) sectors; and what plans she has to extend them to (A) Stafford and (B) other parts of England.
(211223)
86
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to develop a Graduate Apprenticeship Scheme.
(211224)
87
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether her Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was implemented.
(211330)
88
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which schools in England have outside toilets.
(211142)
89
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding has been provided for (a) nursery and (b) pre-school education in Warrington in each of the last seven years.
(211406)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
90
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff in her Department and agencies (a) are and (b) will be fully or partly employed in preparing for the merger of English Nature with parts of the Countryside Agency and the Rural Development Service; and if she will make a statement.
(211147)
91
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice she has received from English Nature about the creation of the new agency for rural delivery; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the advice received.
(211148)
92
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to appoint the Chairman and Board of the proposed new integrated agency for rural delivery.
(211149)
93
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the effects on costs are expected to be from the proposed merger of English Nature with parts of the Countryside Agency and the Rural Development Service.
(211150)
94
Roger Casale (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what visits her officials have made since 1997 to (a) Germany, (b) the Netherlands and (c) other EU Member States to investigate measures taken to prevent pollution from oil leakage in areas liable to flooding.
(211423)
95
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will make an announcement on the conclusions of the mid-term review with reference to (a) permanent pasture, (b) the 10-month rule, (c) entry and higher level agri-environment schemes and (d) three metre margins.
(211077)
96
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money is available in each region under the Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy.
(211078)
97
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farm plastics recycling schemes are in place.
(211079)
98
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the latest figures are for the incidence of bovine TB, broken down by holding.
(211080)
99
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures the European Community institutions are bringing forward covering the fishing fleets of the EU member states that acceded to the EU in 2004.
(211355)
100
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on levels of fishing by vessels from European Union member states that joined the EU in 2004 within the UK's home waters.
(211356)
101
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the application in the UK of Commission Decision 2005/13/EC, OJ L6 volume 48 of 8th January, with particular reference to (a) the UK border, (b) the status of Commission veterinary experts, (c) the cost of each expert and (d) the number of experts.
(211426)
102
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the Atlantic Biogeographical Region; what factors determine inclusion in the list set out in 2004/813/EC, L 387 volume 47 of 29th December 2004; what the purpose is of the list; what obligations are placed on the Government relating to the list; what impact it will have on sites of special scientific interest; what impact it will have on the operations of HM Armed Forces in the Salisbury area; what additional obligations arise for the management of named sites; what additional powers listing confers for the preservation of named marine habitats; and if she will make a statement on the application of listing of marine habitats to the Common Fisheries Policy.
(211431)
103
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the UK is making towards the target of 40 per cent. of materials for growing media and soil improvers being peat-free by 2005.
(211219)
104
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has for meeting the Government's target of 90 per cent. peat-free materials for growing media and soil improvers by 2010.
(211220)
105
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what market data her Department (a) collects and (b) plans to collect on progress towards the Government's targets for peat-free materials.
(211221)
106
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):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 Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency, the effects on Preseli Pembrokeshire of her Department's policies and actions since it was established.
(211322)
107
Tom Levitt (High Peak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what Government initiatives exist to promote the planting of trees; and what assessment she has made of the effect they have had on tree numbers.
(211171)
108
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was implemented.
(211331)
109
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the guidance issued to the national parks on the encouragement of people from the inner cities to use the parks.
(211297)
110
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is her policy to require national parks to discontinue activities in order to perform the new duties detailed in the guidance recently issued by her Department to national parks.
(211298)
111
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the levels of bovine TB in North West Leicestershire.
(211158)
112
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to publish the findings from the Krebs trials; and if she will make a statement.
(211169)
113
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what decisions have been made for funding of the new integrated agency for rural delivery; and for what purposes the funding rolled over from the Environmental Action Fund was to be put.
(211397)
114
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on funding for environmental education projects following the wind-up of the landfill tax credit scheme; and what steps she is taking to ensure that there is no shortfall in funding.
(211398)
115
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list organisations in receipt of Environmental Action Fund payments in each year since 2002; which organisations she expects will be awarded grants in the period 2005-08; and what the annual funding is expected to be in each case.
(211407)
116
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the size of the Environmental Action Fund (a) was for 2002-05 and (b) will be in 2005-08; what funds were available to bidders in 2002-05; and what funds will be available to bidders in 2005-08.
(211408)
117
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many groups have bid for funding from the Environmental Action Fund in 2005-08; and how many of the unsuccessful bids are associated with increasing awareness and understanding of sustainable development.
(211409)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
118
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will press the United States authorities to disclose the circumstances of the death of an Afghan at a detention site near Asadabad, in Kunar province, Afghanistan; whether any UK forces have been based at this detention site; and if he will make a statement.
(211389)
119
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of people detained by Coalition forces in Iraq but not recorded on Camp Cropper prison rolls and not presented to the International Committee of the Red Cross; and if he will make a statement.
(211391)
120
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Coalition Provisional Authority complied with United Nations resolution 1483, concerning control of Iraq's oil revenues; what assessment he has made of whether those funds were independently monitored and fully accounted for; whether the auditor appointed in April 2004 has reported; and if he will make a statement.
(211392)
121
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Syrian government on Hezbollah and Hamas.
(210699)
122
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on (a) the circumstances in which the Government of Mauritius told his Department that the Mauritius Shipping Company cancelled a visit to Diego Garcia for Chagossians and (b) the implementation of his undertaking to Chagossians that they be allowed to visit ancestral graves in the British Indian Ocean Territory.
(210472)
123
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the case of Linda Orams and the extent to which judgments of the civil courts in Cyprus are enforceable in the United Kingdom.
(211277)
124
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of the practice of the Iranian Government not to keep documentary records of complaints of ill-treatment by Baha'is to Iranian police and security services; what conclusions he has drawn; and if he will make a statement.
(211284)
125
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the threats to withdraw the protection of the law from the Baha'i community in Iran; and if he will make a statement.
(211288)
126
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the UN, with particular reference to the Commission on Human Rights, concerning the position of the Baha'i community in Iran; and if he will make a statement.
(211299)
127
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Iran regarding its demand that Baha'is cease communal activities; and if he will make a statement.
(211301)
128
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he made during negotiations on the European Constitution on (a) combating fraud and (b) whistleblowing; and if he will make a statement on his policy towards implementing European Convention document 844/03, Systems of Mismanagement, as a basis for reform of the anti-fraud system.
(211354)
129
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the European Commission on the combating of fraud within the institutions.
(211357)
130
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the European Commission on the fair treatment of whistleblowers within the European Community institutions.
(211359)
131
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who signed the Agreements of OJ L 391 volume 47 of 31st December 2004 on behalf of the Zimbabwean government; where the signing took place; what travel restrictions applied to the individuals involved; and if he will make a statement.
(211363)
132
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on expenditure planned under Council Decision 2005/12/EC of OJ L6 volume 48 of 8th January.
(211365)
133
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the cases being investigated by OLAF pertaining to illegal exports to Iraq referred to on page 125 of the Court of Auditors annual report for 2003.
(211375)
134
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on European Communities planned actions in the field of egality, with particular reference to projects arising from COM (2004) 352.
(211379)
135
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, under which (a) budget lines and (b) projects UK organisations may apply for money from the European Communities for (i) communications and (ii) information work relating to the Communities.
(211411)
136
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19th January, Official Report, column 1020-21W, on the European Constitution, if he will publish the minutes of meetings held with European Commission officials pertaining to the provision of information relating to the constitutional treaty for the European Union.
(211429)
137
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was implemented.
(211332)
138
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the massacre at Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi on 13th August 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(211418)
139
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of alleged Mai Mai and Rwandan Hutu militia involvement in the massacre at Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi on 13th August 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(211419)
140
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) representatives of the UK Government have had with members of (i) the government of Burundi and (ii) the armed forces of Burundi concerning the security needs of refugee (A) camps and (B) groups in Burundi, with particular reference to the Banyamulenge; and if he will make a statement.
(211420)
141
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the activities of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(211444)
142
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the activities of the Alex Boncayao Brigade since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(211445)
143
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of (a) the scale and (b) the nature of activity by the Conseil national pour la défense de la democratie/Forces pour la défense de la democratie in (i) the Democratic Republic of the Congo, (ii) Tanzania and (iii) Burundi since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(211446)
144
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) identity and (b) threat represented by the Yellow-Red Overseas Organization; and if he will make a statement.
(211447)
145
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the activities of the Milliyetci Hareket Partisi since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(211448)
146
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Govan):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's relations with the Ukraine following the recent election.
(211278)
147
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Govan):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress in improving women's rights in Afghanistan.
(211279)
148
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his recent talks with Dr Condoleezza Rice.
(211263)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
149
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed by (i) the Nottingham City Primary Care Trust, (ii) the Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust, (iii) the Queen's Medical Centre NHS Trust and (iv) other bodies (A) on 1st April 2000 and (B) on the latest date for which figures are available.
(211368)
150
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission research into whether lycopene found in organic red ketchup is a useful agent against cancer; and if he will make a statement.
(211314)
151
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th December 2004, Official Report, column 1481W, on NHS cleaning services, which organisations are responsible for cleaning hospitals where that service has been outsourced.
(211081)
152
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of people were diagnosed with mental health problems directly relating to consumption of cannabis in the last year for which figures are available.
(211229)
153
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects of the new general practitioners' contract on general practitioners' earnings.
(211222)
154
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was implemented.
(211338)
155
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cleaners are employed at (a) Scunthorpe Hospital and (b) Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby.
(211135)
156
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of MRSA were reported at (a) Scunthorpe Hospital and (b) Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby in each year for which figures are available.
(211143)
157
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the saving to public funds made as a result of the work of private carers.
(211312)
158
Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been carried out by his Department on the relative merits of (a) cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) and (b) counselling in general practitioners' practices; what advice he offers on the provision of (i) counselling and (ii) CBT by primary care trusts; and if he will make a statement.
(211240)
159
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what capital projects have been undertaken at Warrington Hospital in each of the last seven years, broken down by (a) type and (b) cost.
(211405)
160
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the staffing levels in his Department's Tobacco Control Division were on (a) 31st May 1997, (b) 30th June 2001 and (c) 1st January 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(211145)
161
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are employed by the National Health Service University.
(211259)
162
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the ethnic breakdown is of staff at the National Health Service University.
(211260)
163
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the Wells Report.
(211261)
164
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost has been of the National Health Service University since its inception.
(211262)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
165
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions for (a) dealing in and (b) being in possession of (i) cocaine and (ii) LSD (A) Essex Police and (B) Southend Police have brought successfully in each year since 1997.
(211438)
166
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions for (a) dealing in and (b) being in possession of (i) ecstasy and (ii) heroin (A) Essex Police and (B) Southend Police have brought successfully in each year since 1997.
(211439)
167
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions for (a) dealing in and (b) being in possession of (i) amphetamines and (ii) cannabis (A) Essex Police and (B) Southend Police have brought successfully in each year since 1997.
(211440)
168
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions for (a) failing to provide a breath test and (b) failing to provide a breath specimen for analysis (i) Essex Police and (ii) Southend Police have brought successfully in each year since 1997.
(211441)
169
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions for (a) disobeying a police constable stopping traffic and (b) failing to stop for a police constable (i) Essex Police and (ii) Southend Police have brought successfully in each year since 1997.
(211442)
170
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions for failing to comply with a road sign (a) Essex Police and (b) Southend Police have brought successfully in each year since 1997.
(211443)
171
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision will be made for children aged under five years at asylum accommodation centres.
(211207)
172
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what formal links with schools and education facilities asylum accommodation centres will have.
(211208)
173
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing education facilities at asylum accommodation centres; and who will be responsible for the costs.
(211209)
174
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what facilities will be provided for children with special educational needs at asylum accommodation centres.
(211210)
175
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who will be responsible for providing education facilities at asylum accommodation centres; and who will be responsible for making decisions on provision.
(211211)
176
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government will take to ensure that contractors provide effective education at asylum accommodation centres.
(211212)
177
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether education facilities at asylum accommodation centres will be inspected.
(211213)
178
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, from where teachers at asylum accommodation centres will be recruited; and what qualifications they will be required to have.
(211214)
179
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who will manage education at asylum accommodation centres.
(211215)
180
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment will be made of children's educational needs when they arrive at asylum accommodation centres.
(211216)
181
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role will be played by local education authorities in relation to asylum accommodation centres.
(211217)
182
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what subjects will be taught within education provision in asylum accommodation centres.
(211218)
183
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are undertaking drug rehabilitation under drug treatment and testing orders.
(211228)
184
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list organisations and individuals consulted in the formulation of the Drugs Bill.
(211230)
185
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have failed to complete drug treatment and testing order programmes since they were introduced.
(211232)
186
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate has been made of the cost of provision of x-ray scanning and ultrasound equipment to be used on persons arrested under suspicion of possessing Class A substances, as set out in the Drugs Bill.
(211233)
187
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the change in the price of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) crack, (d) cannabis, (e) ecstasy and (f) magic mushrooms has been in each of the last five years.
(211234)
188
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his policy towards the amendments to the Proposal to a Council Decision establishing the European Refugee Fund for the period 2005 to 2010, OJ C 318 volume 47 of 22nd December 2004, regarding the inclusion of textual reference to (a) those in need of special medical treatment and (b) repatriation in conditions of dignity; and what his policy is towards the inclusion in the Commission text of measures taking account of gender-related issues.
(211380)
189
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on Council Decision 2004/926/EC of 22nd December 2004; and when this proposed change to UK treaty obligations was reported to Parliament.
(211382)
190
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers, (b) community support officers and (c) wardens were employed by Northamptonshire police in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 2003-04.
(211283)
191
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Written Answer of 20th January, Official Report, column 1088W, if he will ensure that his Department notifies the honourable Member for Stafford when the report into the escapes from Stafford Prison on 8th Decemer 2004 is completed; and if he will arrange for the honourable Member to receive a briefing on the contents of the report.
(211296)
192
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency, the effects on Preseli Pembrokeshire of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211321)
193
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of initial asylum applications received from 1st August 2003 were dealt with in the target time of 13 weeks from receipt of application.
(211241)
194
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the current time taken for a decision on an asylum application that was made before 1st August 2003 is, where the initial application was considered to be valid.
(211242)
195
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was implemented.
(211334)
196
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) part-time, including reduced hour and short-time working and (b) full-time police officers there were in each constabulary in each of the past seven years.
(211295)
197
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the criteria for assessing and substantiating accounts of torture and political persecution given by Zimbabwean asylum seekers differentiate between claims from genuine and non-genuine Zimbabwean refugees.
(211393)
198
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 739W, on asylum seekers, if he will list the special and specific grants given to each local authority in Wales to cover the costs of asylum seekers' support in each year since 1996-97; and when information on payments in Wales for (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04 will be available.
(211168)
199
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will break down the numbers of people who migrated to the UK in each of the last three years by (a) age, (b) gender and (c) ethnicity.
(211257)
200
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will break down the numbers of migrants to the UK in each of the last three years by (a) those seeking asylum, (b) those applying for a work permit and (c) EU citizens.
(211258)
201
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will meet representatives from the (a) Sikh Federation (UK), (b)National Council of Gurdwaras, (c) Young Sikhs and (d) Sikh Secretariat to discuss matters of concern to the Sikh community.
(211290)
202
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will revise the statutory code of practice to ensure that all public bodies separately recognise and monitor Sikhs for the purposes of the Race Relations Act 2000.
(211291)
203
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from the Indian High Commission concerning India's opposition to the separate recognition and monitoring of British Sikhs by public bodies in the UK.
(211292)
204
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to undertake a comprehensive review of the proscription of the International Sikh Youth Federation.
(211293)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
205
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how his Department plans to be involved in the second round of UNICEF-led Rapid Assessment Analysis Action Planning plans in 2005.
(211151)
206
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how his Department plans to be involved in the implementation of the existing national plans of action resulting from the UNICEF-led Rapid Assessment Analysis Action Planning process.
(211152)
207
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the UK Government is taking to ensure that civil society organisations in developing countries are able to access allocated resources for meeting the needs of orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS.
(211153)
208
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what indicators the UK Government is intending to use for monitoring expenditure of the £150 million allocated to meet the needs of orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS.
(211154)
209
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the expenditure on orphans and vulnerable children that is specified in the AIDS strategy will be recorded to ensure that it reaches those children.
(211155)
210
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the UK Government is taking to ensure that orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS are considered as a priority issue in the European Union's forthcoming revised Programme for Action on Poverty Diseases.
(211156)
211
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action the UK Government will be taking in 2005 to secure the commitment of other (a) G8 governments and (b) EU member states (i) to endorse and (ii) to earmark resources for the implementation of the framework for the protection, care and support of orphans and vulnerable children living in a world with HIV/AIDS.
(211157)
212
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's priority countries are in regard to orphans and other children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS.
(211165)
213
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his plans are for including Asian countries in future plans for orphans and vulnerable children.
(211166)
214
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the findings of the Commission for Africa will be presented to Parliament.
(211167)
215
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make it his policy to give direct grants to Iraqi non-governmental organisations that operate in accordance with his Department's humanitarian objectives; and if he will make a statement.
(211316)
216
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of Palestinian economic regeneration.
(210700)
217
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with which non-governmental organisations his Department is working to provide relief and reconstruction to tsunami victims in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.
(211300)
218
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries are the top 10 recipients of EU development aid; how much aid was given to each in the last year for which figures are available; and what the average annual income was in each country in that year.
(211424)
219
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was implemented.
(211335)
220
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) humanitarian and (b) security situation of Banyamulenge refugees in Burundi; and if he will make a statement.
(211395)
221
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the current drought in Kirundo Province in Burundi on the (a) economic and (b) humanitarian situation in (i) Busoni, (ii) Bugabira, (iii) Ntega, (iv) Kirundo and (v) Burundi as a whole; and if he will make a statement.
(211396)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
222
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average waiting time for patients in Northern Ireland to see an orthopaedic consultant is, broken down by Health and Social Services Board area.
(211176)
223
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the longest time is that a patient has had to wait to see an orthopaedic consultant in Northern Ireland since 1997.
(211177)
224
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent in Northern Ireland on the Sure Start Programme in each year since its introduction, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
(211180)
225
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money has been spent on the Early Years Development Fund in each constituency in Northern Ireland in each year since its introduction.
(211181)
226
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he plans to publish the Children First strategy for Northern Ireland.
(211182)
227
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether, under the extension of Peace II funding to Northern Ireland, there will be measures in respect of (a) child care and (b) training in child care provision in Northern Ireland.
(211183)
228
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures are being taken to tackle fuel poverty in Northern Ireland.
(211194)
229
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Northern Ireland are classified as fuel poor.
(211195)
230
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent on tackling fuel poverty in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.
(211196)
231
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many homes have been assisted under the Warm Homes Scheme in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) North Belfast in each year since its introduction.
(211197)
232
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he plans to set up the Inter-Departmental Group on fuel poverty.
(211198)
233
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what categories of homes are eligible for assistance under the Warm Homes Scheme in Northern Ireland.
(211199)
234
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which organisations have received funding via the European Communities PEACE II programme, broken down by party political affiliations.
(211374)
235
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when funding will be made available for the Fuel Poverty Partnership Fund; and when this Fund will be available to those working to reduce fuel poverty.
(211250)
236
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the GCSE point scores for all school types in Northern Ireland excluding GNVQ Part 1 qualifications and GCSE short courses have been in each year since 2000.
(210769)
237
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects to publish the consultation document on alternative admissions criteria to post-primary schools.
(210770)
238
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons (a) official publications referring to post-primary enrolments and (b) his Department's figures in the Costello Report exclude pupils in special units.
(210771)
239
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Department of Education or an education and library board have been subject to judicial review on home to school transport policy.
(210772)
240
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pupils are enrolled in grammar schools in Northern Ireland; and how many were so enrolled in 2002-03.
(210773)
Questions to the Prime Minister
241
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Prime Minister, how many days he has spent overseas on official business in each year since 1997.
(211247)
242
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Iranian government and (b) North Korean Government on nuclear weapons.
(210698)
243
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list occasions when his office has organised briefing meetings on the European Constitution for those outside Government.
(211387)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
244
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much has been spent on tackling fuel poverty in Scotland in each year since 1997.
(211190)
245
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what categories of homes are eligible for assistance under measures to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland.
(211191)
Questions to the Solicitor General
246
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Solicitor General, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency, the effects on Preseli Pembrokeshire of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211317)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
247
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions (a) she and (b) her Department has had with (i) the regulator and (ii) British Telecom concerning the time taken to restore faulty telephone lines to vulnerable people.
(211184)
248
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the implications for competition of pubs and nightclubs being obliged to charge minimum prices for alcohol as a means of tackling alcohol misuse; and if she will make a statement.
(211236)
249
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on UK arms sales to (a) Somalia, (b) Iran, (c) Lebanon, (d) Zambia, (e) Uzbekistan, (f) Yemen and (g) Syria referred to in OJ C316 of volume 47 of 21st December 2004.
(211373)
250
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the 10 largest (a) research and development and (b) construction projects sponsored by her Department since 1997 that are yet to recoup outlay are; what the total cost to date is of each project; what the annual maintenance cost is of each; and what the estimated time is before outlay will be recovered.
(211383)
251
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the UK contribution to date has been to the development of the Airbus A380; and how many aircraft will need to be sold for the investment to be recouped.
(211384)
252
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which areas of commerce will be affected by Council Directive 2004/113/EC of 13th December 2004, OJ L 373 of 21st December 2004; and what discussions she has held with representatives of the sectors involved, with particular reference to the insurance industry.
(211416)
253
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency, the effects on Preseli Pembrokeshire of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211320)
254
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether her Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was implemented.
(211339)
255
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which 20 solicitors have received most in fees paid by the Department under the Coalminers' Compensation Scheme; and how much each has been paid to date.
(120893)
256
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average settlement is for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger claims for the 20 solicitors who have submitted the greatest number of claims under the Coalminers' Compensation Scheme.
(120897)
257
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which 20 solicitors have the largest number of unsettled (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger claims under the Coalminers' Compensation Scheme.
(120898)
258
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the operation of the UK forward wholesale gas market; what assessment her Department has made of the differential between the UK forward gas price and comparable prices in the rest of the EU; and if she will make a statement on the effect of the UK forward wholesale gas market on the competitiveness of intensive industrial consumers of gas.
(211249)
259
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Govan):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on reform of the extended warranty market for domestic electrical goods.
(211226)
260
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the estimated Government expenditure by regional development agencies is expected to be in 2004-05; and what expenditure is projected for 2005-06.
(211137)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
261
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency offices in Swansea do not accept licences issued by DVLA in Northern Ireland in respect of the Conditional Offer Fixed Penalty Scheme.
(211287)
262
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency, the effects on Preseli Pembrokeshire of his Department's policies and actions since it was established.
(211319)
263
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was implemented.
(211337)
264
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many new car registrations there were in the year to 31st December 2004 (a) in total, (b) by volume and (c) by percentage in the (i) AAA: under 100, (ii) AA: 101-120, (iii) A: 121-150, (iv) B: 151-165, (v) C: 166-185, (vi) D.1: 186-200, (vii) D.2: 201-225, (viii) D.3: 226-250, (ix) D.4: 251-275, (x) D.5: 276-300, (xi) D.6: 301-350, (xii) D.7: 351-400, (xiii) D.8: 401-450, (xiv) D.9: 451-500 and (xv) D.10: 501+ carbon dioxide g/km band.
(211173)
265
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the uniformed Highways Agency traffic officers will be paid; and how much has been spent on recruitment costs to date.
(211175)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
266
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency, the effects on Preseli Pembrokeshire of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211341)
267
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether his Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was implemented.
(211333)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
268
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the reasons are for the 20-week delay in the making of maintenance awards by the Child Support Agency; what action is being taken to (a) issue interim awards and (b) rectify computer problems at the Agency; and what arrangements will be made to deal with cases of hardship where awards have been delayed.
(211185)
269
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will alter the rules relating to income support so as to allow recipients of grants from the Thalidomide Trust to spend such grants on ongoing household expenses without losing their income support entitlement.
(211186)
270
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will alter the rules relating to (a) income support, (b) care funding and (c) the Independent Living Fund to allow recipients of grants from the Thalidomide Trust to take their full entitlement to such grants at the beginning of the year without losing their entitlement to those benefits.
(211187)
271
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals have entered the New Deal in Dudley North constituency in each year since 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(211193)
272
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency, the effects on Preseli Pembrokeshire of his Department's policies and actions since it was established.
(211318)
273
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was implemented.
(211336)
274
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each electoral ward in Cleethorpes constituency are claiming disability living allowance.
(211139)
275
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each electoral ward in Cleethorpes constituency claimed winter fuel allowance in 2003-04; and how many have claimed the allowance in 2004-05.
(211140)
276
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have started each of the New Deal for Employment programmes in (a) North East Lincolnshire and (b) North Lincolnshire; and how many have entered work.
(211141)
277
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been declared ineligible for a carers' allowance in each of the last five years because they have a state pension.
(211311)
278
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the annual cost of administering (a) the pension credit and (b) the basic state pension; and what the administration costs are as a proportion of the total benefits paid out under (i) pension credit and (ii) basic state pension.
(211372)
279
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent changes have been made to eligibility for winter fuel payments for those living in residential care who (a) are receiving and (b) are not receiving pension credit; and if he will estimate in each case how many people have been affected by those changes.
(211094)
280
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the merits of a specific old-age pensioner cost of living index for generating annual increases in state retirement pension.
(211178)
281
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the concept of normal handling and use contained in EU legislation on the classification and labelling of chemicals is applied in the United Kingdom; who is responsible for advising the Government on the application of this concept; what guidance has been issued by the Health and Safety Executive to the business community and others on how the concept of normal handling and use will be applied; and if he will make a statement.
(211172)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
282
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 8th December 2004, Official Report, column 578W, on special advisers, if he will list the complaints made to the Secretary of the Cabinet between 31st March 2003 and 31st March 2004 regarding the conduct of special advisers.
[Transferred] (211340)
283
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will remove restrictions on the wearing of the kirpan by Sikh employees and Sikh members of the public in Government buildings.
[Transferred] (211294)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
284
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much red diesel was consumed in each month since the fuel duty rate provisions set in the 2003 Budget took effect; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (211399)
285
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much red diesel has been consumed in each month since the introduction of new fuel duty rates on 1st September 2004; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (211400)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
286
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the effect of the application of Commission Regulation (EC) No 2237/2004 of 29th December 2004, OJ L393 of volume 47 of 31st December 2004, on the manner in which the Government estimates decommissioning costs of (a) former Ministry of Defence property, (b) airfields, (c) nuclear sites and (d) sites at risk from contamination of asbestos and other substances.
[Transferred] (211361)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
287
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on her Department's policy towards UK participation in the Europass initiative.
[Transferred] (211364)
288
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on European Communities planned actions in the field of youth, with particular reference to projects arising from COM (2004) 337 and from the New Impetus for European Youth White Paper.
[Transferred] (211378)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
289
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the measures his Department has taken to support polling for Iraqi expatriates in the forthcoming Iraqi elections (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in dependent territories; how many eligible electors his Department estimates there to be; and what security measures have been brought in.
[Transferred] (211425)
290
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the Unilateral Statement by the European Community on competence division was included in the Co-operation Agreement between the Community and Pakistan set out on page 36 of OJ L 378 volume 47 of 23rd December 2004.
[Transferred] (211427)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
291
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the percentage of people living within a 50 mile radius of Government-funded drug rehabilitation facilities.
[Transferred] (211227)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
292
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the (a) transfer to qualified majority voting and (b) UK participation in the items listed in Council Decision 2004/927/EC, OJ L396 of 31st December 2004; and by what mechanism Parliament is notified of such changes in legislative mechanism.
[Transferred] (211381)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
293
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much revenue has been paid to the Exchequer from speed camera operations in England in each year since 2001.
[Transferred] (211146)
294
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on European Communities planned actions in the field of social legislation relating to road transport, with particular reference to projects arising from COM (2004) 360.
[Transferred] (211385)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
295
N
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on tackling pensioner poverty in Wales.
[Question Unstarred] (209963)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
296
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to issue guidance to the business community on how the concept of normal handling and use in EU legislation on the classification and labelling of chemicals will be applied.
[Transferred] (211174)

 
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